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Puntarenas Roundtrip - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Star Clipper
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Set sail for an exciting 8-day Central America roundtrip from Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Your cruise departs from Puntarenas and heads to Quepos, the gateway to the Manuel Antonio National Park. Then, spend a day at sea viewing islands and participating in Star Clipper's activities while being transported to beautiful ports. Visit San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua, a beach party destination with world-class surfing beaches that host several international surfing competitions. Head to Islas Tortugas, which stands as the most beautiful island in Costa Rica. Your voyage culminates in the Costa Rican port city of Puntarenas.
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Highlights
  • Visit the world-class surfing beach of San Juan del Sur
  • Swim & snorkel at the calm and breathtaking Playa Nacascolo
  • Spend an afternoon enjoying Isla Tortuga‚Äôs palm-shaded beaches
  • Discover diverse tropical ecosystems while exploring via kayak and on foot
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Day 1: Puntarenas, Costa Rica | Embark

Puntarenas is a cruise port that is also a gateway to Costa Rica's Pacific Coast. Visit the Paseo de Los Turistas promenade near the beach with its many bars and restaurants.

Day 2: Quepos, Costa Rica

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The small busy town of Quepos serves as the gateway to the Manuel Antonio National Park. Although the rapid rise in ecotourism has meant that Quepos has been descended upon it, has largely retained its authentic feel. There is a good restaurant scene, the streets are easy to navigate and the locals are friendly.

Day 3: At Sea

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Each Star Clippers ship offers a traditional and elegant way to see the world. Feel the wind fill the sails and gently carry you from one gorgeous destination to the next. During your time onboard, you can choose to relax on a sun lounger or cool off in one of the pools on the top deck, while more adventurous passengers may enjoy the opportunity to climb the rigging or even have a go at steering the ship. Alternatively, you can wander the interior areas of the ship and discover relaxing lounges, a revitalizing spa (Royal Clipper only), and a peaceful library.

Day 4: San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
San Juan del Sur is Nicaragua's beach party destination. Its own beach is pretty enough but venture just north or south and you will discover world-class surfing beaches that host many international surfing competitions. In addition, you can explore peaceful fishing villages and discover sea turtle nesting grounds. The Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia sits on one of the highest points on the bay and is one of the tallest Jesus statues in the world.

Day 5: Playa Panama | Bahia Culebra, Costa Rica

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Playa Nacascolo is located on Costa Rica's Pacific coast on the east side of the Papagayo Peninsula. The golden sandy beach is surrounded by headlands covered in vegetation that stay lush for most of the year allowing you to spot coatis and monkeys. It has been described as one of Costa Rica's prettiest beaches and as it's protected by the Bahia Culebra headlands, the water is usually calm for swimming.

Day 6: Bahia Potrero | Flamingo, Costa Rica

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This area consists of the three seaside villages of Flamingo, Surfside, and Potrero. It has an ideal beach with calm waters for a relaxing swim or a long stroll along this exquisite Pacific coastline.

Day 7: Islas Tortugas, Costa Rica

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Isla Tortuga is widely regarded as the most beautiful island in Costa Rica. With giant coconut palms framing powder-soft white sand beaches that are lapped by crystal clear turquoise waters, this really is a tropical paradise. You can also play beach volleyball, rent a kayak, swim, or even get a ride on a glass-bottom boat. However, if you are feeling adventurous you can ride the zip line as part of a canopy tour.

Day 8: Puntarenas, Costa Rica | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Puntarenas is a cruise port that is also a gateway to Costa Rica's Pacific Coast. Visit the Paseo de Los Turistas promenade near the beach with its many bars and restaurants.

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Category 6 cabin on the Star Clipper
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Category 6
Located on the Commodore Deck, this inside cabin features upper/lower berths and a bathroom with shower.
Star Flyer, Star Clipper Cabin
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Category 5
Located on the Clipper & Commodore Decks, this inside/outside cabin features a raised double bed, two lower beds, or triple berths, and a marble-lined bathroom with shower.
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Category 4
Located on the Commodore Deck, this outside cabin features two lower beds, double bed, or triple berths, and a marble-lined bathroom with shower.
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Category 3
Located on the Clipper & Commodore Decks, this outside cabin features two lower beds, double bed, or triple berths, and a marble-lined bathroom with shower.
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Category 2
Located on the Clipper Deck, this large outside cabin features two lower beds, double bed, or triple berths, and a marble-lined bathroom with shower.
Category 1 cabin on the Star Clipper
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Located on the Main & Sun Decks, this deluxe deck cabin features two lower beds that can convert to a double bed, minibar, marble-lined bathroom with whirlpool bath, and cabin doors that open onto the deck.
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Owner's Cabin (Double)
Located on the Clipper Deck, this deluxe outside cabin features a double bed, sitting area, minibar, and marble-lined bathroom with whirlpool.
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Mineral water, tea, and coffee served during meal times.
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Port Fees
  • All transfers to/from the boat from airports.
  • Medical services and visas

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