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Coastal Adventures: Costa Rica & Panama

San Jose - Panama City - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Emerald Azzurra
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Embark on an 8-day cruise from Costa Rica to Panama, tracing the scenic West Coast. Journey to Panama's Cebaco Island, relishing pristine beaches. Explore Quepos, a hub for sport fishing and ecotourism, and venture into the diverse Manuel Antonio National Park. Immerse in Golfito's unspoiled bay, a haven for biodiversity. Traverse the stunning Pearl Islands, once known for pearls and now teeming with marine life. Excursions daily, from wildlife visits to heritage encounters. Indulge in marina activities, swimming, and relaxation.
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Highlights
  • Explore Costa Rica's pristine beaches, dive into Manuel Antonio's landscape
  • Immerse in Marina Golfito's biodiversity-rich bay
  • Marvel at Curú Wildlife Refuge's natural beauty and farm
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: San José – Puntarenas | Embark

The luxurious yacht cruise commences in Puntarenas, where guests will be transferred to the Emerald Cruises luxury yacht, embarking on a journey to explore the West Coast of Panama and Costa Rica.

Please ensure booking a flight to arrive in San Jose before 01:00 PM.

Day 2: Curú & Isla Tortuga, Costa Rica

The Curú National Wildlife Refuge and farm reside in the Nicoya Peninsula situated in north-west Costa Rica. Some of the most exquisite beaches and protected bays in the country can be found in this location. The first private national wildlife refuge in Costa Rica stands as an exemplar of a triumphant sustainable development initiative. The presence of grazing cattle and the growth of tropical fruits such as mangos are still observable.
Isla Tortuga, a premier destination in Costa Rica, is also part of the experience, located approximately an hour away from the shores of the Nicoya Peninsula. Isla Tortuga features an immaculate sandy beach adorned with palm trees and clear waters. The option to unwind by the beach, partake in hiking, or engage in snorkelling in the crystalline waters is available.

Opportunity to spend the day swimming off the yacht and enjoying the marina toys.

Day 3: Quepos, Costa Rica

Quepos emerges as a compact, thriving harbor settlement renowned for its distinction as a prime destination for sport fishing, alongside serving as the access point to the renowned Manuel Antonio national park. Set against a backdrop of rainforest, this tropical inlet presents an array of outdoor escapades. Subsequent to the decline of the banana plantation that initially shaped the harbor, Quepos transitioned from its prior industry to ecotourism. This shift has resulted in a plethora of additional attractions, encompassing activities such as kayaking and canopy tours. The region also garners attention from numerous researchers and naturalists, drawn by the exceptional biodiversity characteristic of this area.

Day 4: Golfito, Costa Rica

Golfito Bay stands as a 'gulf within a gulf', celebrated for its pristine scenery enveloped by verdant mangroves hailing from Corcovado and Piedras Blancas national parks. Within this bay resides a repository of extraordinary biodiversity, positioning it within one of Costa Rica's most dynamic locales. This destination magnetizes eco-adventurers, boating enthusiasts, surfers, and nature enthusiasts alike, beckoning them to engage with a diverse range of enjoyable and invigorating pursuits. Concealed as a hidden treasure, where the Costa Rican jungle harmonizes with the ocean, Marina Golfito delivers an opportunity to encounter Costa Rica through a remarkable and fresh perspective.

Day 5: Isla Cebaco, Panama

Cebaco Island rests within the Veraguas province and constitutes a segment of the protective periphery encompassing Coiba Island National Park. This island stands as Panama's third most extensive landmass, following Coiba Island and Isla del Rey. Presently, approximately 500 individuals inhabit the island, with settlements primarily concentrated in the northern regions. Isla Cebaco also attained recognition for its collection of beaches.

An occasion unfolds, inviting to dedicate a day to swimming from the yacht's confines and savoring the entertainment provided by the marina diversions.

Day 6: Playa del Muerto - Darién National Park, Panama

The Darién National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site covering around 5,750 square kilometres. The park is among the largest and most precious protected areas in all of Central America. It covers up almost the entire Panama-Colombia border as well as a stretch to the Pacific. This park offers an exceptional variety of habitats – sandy beaches, rocky coasts, swamps, mangroves, and tropical forests – which makes it the perfect home for diverse wildlife. There are two indigenous tribes, for both Panama and Costa Rica, which live today on the park’s riverbanks.

Day 7: Pearl Islands, Panama

Today's expedition will uncover the Pearl Islands, situated along the Pacific Coast of Panama within the Gulf of Panama. A voyage to any of the 200 islands and islets, with numerous being small and devoid of habitation, will grant the pleasure of basking on exquisite beaches and exploring captivating coral reefs. Although pearls are no longer attainable, an encounter with diverse fish and marine creatures awaits.

Opportunity to spend the day swimming off the yacht and enjoying the marina toys.

Day 8: Panama City | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
The period spent aboard the Emerald Cruises luxury yacht concludes in Panama City. Following farewells to the crew and fellow guests, transfer arrangements are made to reach the airport for the return flight home.

Booking the departure flight from Panama City after 12:00 PM is advised.

The provided itinerary serves as a guide solely and may undergo modifications for operational reasons. As a result, Emerald Cruises cannot guarantee an unaltered execution of the cruise as stated in the above itinerary.

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Oceanview Stateroom
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Oceanview Stateroom (D)
182ft² - 204ft² (17m² - 19m²). Situated on the Emerald Deck, towards the front of the yacht, Oceanview Staterooms are bigger than the average standard.
Balcony Stateroom
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Balcony Stateroom (B)
285ft² - 306ft² (26.5m² - 28.5m²). Situated on the Observation deck, Balcony Staterooms are stylish home-away-from-home. With everything you need for a great night’s sleep.
Balcony Stateroom
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Balcony Stateroom (A)
285ft² - 306ft² (26.5m² - 28.5m²). Situated on the Panorama deck, Balcony Staterooms are stylish home-away-from-home. With everything you need for a great night’s sleep.
Deluxe Balcony Stateroom
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Deluxe Balcony Stateroom (S)
382ft² - 403ft² (35.5m² - 37.5m²). Deluxe Balcony Staterooms are conveniently located on the Pool Deck and feature their own private balcony. With just two per yacht, you’ll benefit from having extra space for the assured comfort.
Terrace Suite
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Terrace Suite (T)
648ft² - 669ft² (60.2m² - 62.2m²) (includes outside terrace). Spacious Terrace Suites take pride of place at the back of the Panorama Deck. As the name suggests, you’ll enjoy a private oversized terrace, where you’ll be able to relax and take in the views as you sail into the world’s prettiest ports.
Yacht Suite
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Yacht Suite (Y)
700ft² - 721ft² (65m² - 67m²) (includes outside terrace). Positioned at the back of the Observation Deck, you’ll be treated to sensational ocean and coastal views from the private terrace. Receive a number of inclusions to help you make the most of your time in your Yacht Suite.
Owner Suite
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Owner's Suite (SA)
1,162ft² - 1,192ft² (108m² - 110.8m²) (includes outside terrace). Oversized Owner’s Suites are the largest and most opulent, located on the Pool Deck. Boasting a separate bedroom and lounge area, also enjoy the large private terrace, from which to see the stunning views of each port you visit.

Notes

- Single accommodations are available on some, but not all, tours for a single supplement rate, payable at the time of booking.
- Children under 12 years old are ineligible to participate in tours, except for applicable Christmas tours and cruises and only if accepted by operator in its sole direction.
- Due to the availability of alcohol on many of vacation packages, children and other persons under 21 years of age must be accompanied by a person over the age of 21 (an "Adult") and must share their accommodation with that Adult.
- Most transportation services are not equipped with elevators or wheelchair ramps, and cabin doors and rest rooms may not be wide enough to provide access for standard wheelchairs.
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Choice between Emerald Plus and Emerald Active Excursions
  • Wifi
  • Complimentary Wine, Beer and Soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • The services of an Emerald Cruises Tour Manager
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Wildlife Refuge Visit
  • Mangrove Boat Cruise
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Travelers are urged to arrange comprehensive travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances that may occur during the tour

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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