Puntarenas Cruises

San José: Capital of Costa Rica
Costa Rica Countryside and Coffee Experience
Scarlet Macaws and Jaguars Sanctuary 

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Puntarenas is set on a sandy peninsula in Costa Rica, overlooking the glorious Gulf of Nicoya. This MSC World Cruise destination is a charismatic hotspot celebrated for its beach, theatre, art gallery, and colourful Central American culture. Enveloped by lush nature, the city is the perfect starting point for an array of tours and excursions, including San José, a coffee plantation, and the Natuwa Sanctuary.
 
MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
 
• San José: Capital of Costa Rica
• Costa Rica Countryside and Coffee Experience
• Scarlet Macaws and Jaguars Sanctuary 
 
San José, the capital of Costa Rica, is rich in culture and heritage. On an MSC Cruises excursion, you’ll soak up the city’s cosmopolitan atmosphere while admiring its tranquil parks and elegant buildings. Lean about pre-Columbian culture by stopping at the Gold Museum, home to 1,586 ancient golden artefacts! Then, relax in Metropolitan Park at La Sabana, which is surrounded by towering green trees and colourful flowers. The National Theatre, renowned for its exquisite interiors, brings the day to a close. Discover an incredible ceiling painted with murals, often touted as one of the most beautiful in the world.
 
Immerse yourself in Costa Rican coffee culture with a visit to the Naranjo region. On an MSC Cruises excursion, you’ll visit the Hacienda Espiritu Santo, a 258-hectare plantation. Learn about harvesting, roasting, and brewing methods while exploring the farm and processing plant. Afterwards, stop by the charming town of Sarchí to see the National Labour Symbol — a colourful Costa Rican oxcart!
 
Natuwa Sanctuary is a renowned wildlife conservation charity which protects endangered species such as ocelots, tapirs, monkeys, jaguars, and scarlet and green macaws. Visit this extraordinary centre on an MSC Cruises excursion, where you’ll learn about the vital role that animals play in the Costa Rican ecosystem. Natuwa provides a refuge and rehabilitation for wildlife that’s been negatively affected by hunting and deforestation. This educational day out is idea for the whole family including eco-conscious travellers and budding conservationists!

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    Costa Rica

    Suspended between two oceans
    Suspended between two oceans

    Hemmed in between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans near the narrowest point of the Central American isthmus, the diminutive republic of Costa Rica is often pictured as an oasis of political stability in the midst of a turbulent region.

    A cruise to Costa Rica is a unique opportunity to experience a democratic and prosperous nation which is also one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet, an ecological treasure-trove whose wide range of habitats support a fascinating variety of wildlife, much of it now protected by an enlightened conservation system widely regarded as a model of its kind. Though this idyllic image might not do justice to the full complexities of contemporary Costa Rican society, it’s true that the country’s long democratic tradition and complete absence of military forces stand in sharp contrast to the brutal internal conflicts that have ravaged its neighbours.

    Most of all, though, it is Costa Rica’s outstanding natural beauty, and the wildlife that accompanies it, that has made it one of the world’s prime ecotourism destinations, with visitors flocking here to hike trails through ancient rainforest, peer into active volcanoes or explore the Americas’ last vestiges of high-altitude cloud forest, home to jaguars, spider monkeys and resplendent quetzals.