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Caribbean Beaches & Costa Rican Cloudforests

Caribbean Beaches & Costa Rican Cloudforests

At a glance

Duration: 15 Days, 14 Nights

Coverage: Bridgetown to Puerto Caldera

From: $2,799

Season: December

Activities: Culture, History, Wildlife

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Wind Star Cruises

Escape the crowds and island traffic congestion as you rediscover the old charm of the Caribbean’s lesser-known locales in this delightfully intimate cruise through Southern Caribbean Islands, Columbia, Panama and Costa Rica. As your cruise progresses, the charming remote white beaches and quaint village markets give way to tropical jungles, the Panama Canal and the Pacific Ocean. As you turn north up the coast, you’ll visit Panama’s breathtakingly beautiful Isla Parida, and Costa Rica’s mist-shrouded cloudforest near the ecotourism epicenter of Quepos.

Highlights

  • Stroll through the streets of Cartagena admiring the Spanish architecture
  • See the famous divi-divi trees in Aruba, all pointing west from the trade winds
  • Walk up Mount Pleasant in Bequia for a spectacular view of Admiral Bay
  • Make time for a scenic drive to Harrison's Cave in Bridgeport
  • Explore the beaches and wildlife of Manuel Antonio National Park
  • The coastline beauty of Golfo Dulce’s rainforest flora and fauna
  • Daylight transit of the Panama Canal
  • Relax on the pristine beaches of Panama, Aruba and Costa Rica
  • Pack light with complimentary daily laundry service

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Bridgetown, Barbados

Jolly old England comes to life in the city and its garrison, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Further afield, you’ll find historic sugar plantations and the fairyland magic of Harrison’s Cave.

Day 2 - Bequia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines

The only ships in port are those small enough to anchor alongside the yachts and fishing boats in Admiralty Bay. Bequia’s whaling heritage is on display in the museum in pretty Port Elizabeth, or watch the island’s famed model boat builders at work on their miniature masterpieces.

Day 3 - At Sea

Day 4 - Oranjestad, Aruba

Known for having some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, this Dutch port makes it easy to just … take it easy. Walk through town to choose your favorite carved wooden door, or spend the day like the Arubans do playing dominos at a beachside table.

Day 5 - At Sea

Day 6 - Cartagena, Colombia

Welcome to the sparkling city of Cartagena, where the gold and jewels of the Spanish Main awaited shipment across the Atlantic. No pirate could resist, nor will you be able to when you visit this historic city. The Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is surrounded by 400-year-old walls and contains a plethora of churches, fortresses, and restored colonial mansions. Outside the walls are more treasures: Climb the massive Castillo de San Felipe to investigate its maze of hidden tunnels, or shop for the perfect emerald.

Day 7 - At Sea

Day 8 - Colón, Panama

Explore the inner workings of the Panama Canal, head into the jungle to meet with Embera Indians, or take an aerial tram ride through the rainforest canopy.

Day 9 - Panama Canal, Panama

At nearly 48 miles long, on your transit through the Panama Canal you will enter three sets of locks that raise and lower the vessel 85 feet between the calm Pacific Ocean and the shimmering waters of the Atlantic. Your voyage features a daylight hours transit with numerous observation vantage points for outside viewing and comfortable indoor air-conditioned lounges. Expert onboard commentary enhances your journey as you watch the day to day workings of this bucket list experience.

Day 10 - Balboa / Fuerte Amador, Panama

One of the entrances to the Panama Canal on the Pacific side, Balboa/Fuerte Amador was founded in 1519 and is a short distance from Panama City. In 2012 Balboa was ranked #1 in Latin America in the category of world's busiest container ports. Sightseeing highlights include the colonial homes, the Administration Building, the Goethais Memorial, the Prado, and the local handicraft markets of traditional Panamanian crafts.

Day 11 - At Sea

Day 12 - Isla Parida, Panama

Located within a Nature Preserve of 50 islands, and part of Chiriqui Marine National Park lovely Isla Parida boasts magnificent white-sand beaches, one of which is over 1,300 feet long. The crystal clear waters stay at 82 degrees year round and are filled with marine life. There are numerous hardwood trees like teak, mahogany, and eucalyptus, and fruit trees like mango, banana and coconut trees. Here you will be treated to a delicious barbecue hosted by Windstar on a secluded beach that faces the Pacific Ocean.

Day 13 - Puerto Jimenez (Golfo Dulce), Costa Rica

Picture Jurassic foliage growing down steep hillsides all the way to the waterline, the hoots of monkeys echoing through trees choked by orchids. Golfo Dulce is one of Costa Rica’s most biodiverse areas, where both the jungle and the sea brim with life. Explore the canals by kayak in search of javelinas, butterflies, and more bird species than in all of North America.

Day 14 - Quepos, Costa Rica

The former banana-exporting town of Quepos is your basecamp for a day of rainforest adventure. Take a walk along trails that weave up to waterfalls, or ride horseback to a beautiful jungle pool. A float trip through a mangrove swamp populated by monkeys, crocodiles, egrets, and herons is also available. Or you may choose a nature walk through Manuel Antonio National Park, with its lovely beaches, easy trails, and abundant animal life.

Day 15 - Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica

Absorb Costa Rica’s magnificent biodiversity by adding a land package to your cruise. Venture to the Monteverde Cloud Forest, where 300-year-old trees and orchids form a spectacular backdrop to resplendent quetzals, tapirs, monkeys, sloths, and other rainforest residents. Or head to Tortuguero National Park, one of the most remote places in Costa Rica, known for being a primary nesting site of endangered green turtles.

Dates & Rates

Dates Ocean View Suite Ocean View Suite 1 Ocean View Suite 2 Ocean View Suite 3 Balcony Suite Balcony Suite 1 Classic Suite Owner's Suite
Dec 2, 2017 $2,799 $2,974 $3,174 $3,274 $3,674 $4,074 $5,974 $7,274

*Rates shown are per person, based on double occupancy, reflect all discounts and include non-discountable amounts. Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses are additional.

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Star Breeze

Star BreezeA newest addition to Windstar’s fleet, the Star Breeze accommodates just 212 guests each, leaving plenty of room for spacious suites, decadent dining, and all the trappings of Windstar’s private yacht style — from a signature Watersports Platform to the classic Yacht Club observation lounge at the top. Recently renovated, she combines celebrity glamour with the country club-casual atmosphere Windstar guests treasure.View ship details...