Puntarenas

Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion

Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Shore Excursion Puntarenas Highlights
  • 8 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Encounter the best of Costa Rica's wildlife, cuisine, and famous natural beauty on a combo shore excursion from Puntarenas. Watch adorable white-faced monkeys playing in the trees, and spot crocs and birdlife on a pontoon cruise down the Tarcoles River. Learn the history of the bustling Puntarenas port, and indulge your taste buds with locally grown fruit fresh from the farm, a typical lunch at a local restaurant, and a chance to buy authentic Costa Rican coffee.
  • Full-day combo shore excursion from Puntarenas
  • Get to know Pacific Costa Rica's cuisine, wildlife, and culture
  • Visit plantations to taste fresh tropical fruit
  • Look for wild crocodiles on a pontoon cruise down the Tarcoles River
  • Enjoy Costa Rican cuisine at a local restaurant
  • Shop for coffee and other Costa Rican products
  • Includes convenient port pickup and drop-off

What's Included

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Food tasting
  • Lunch
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

08:00 AM

What To Expect

Gio Tours - Day Tours

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Tarcoles

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Infant seats available
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
  • At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time, and re-boarding time
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Reviews

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William_W, Apr 2024
Tour was to start at 0800. We were on the bus by 0745. At 0830 the bus had still not left, so we got tired of waiting and gave up. Also the description said it was "steps from the ship" but yet it involved about a 15 minute walk. False advertising.
Totally Not Worth the Money
Joan_B, Apr 2024
I thought this tour was really lame and a waste of a vacation day. The only fun part was going out to watch and feed capuchin monkeys. The river trip to see alligators was a bust, they then took us for lunch at a very mediocre and crowded tourist buffet. Afterwards we went to a supermarket. Really? They thought that was interesting? It ended with a boring bus ride around town that you can walk on your own.
Good short excursion of city and wild life.
Christin_C, Apr 2024
Our tour guide was terrific. Unfortunately, the traffic was horrible due to Easter and we were not able to visit some areas as scheduled.
Good shore excursion in Puntarenas
Maria_R, Apr 2024
The bus is nice and clean. Jose the driver is very accommodating. Pablo our guide is very caring, fun and communicated well. The boat ride to Tacoles River is very good. We saw crocodiles and different birds. Fun expedience with the monkeys. We did get to see different fruits . We spent a lot of time in the traffic due to some accidents so we were rushed and late for lunch. If ever we get back in Puntarenas, I will still use this company but maybe reserve a private tour.
Horrendous traffic
Christopher_w, Mar 2024
The whole trip was a disaster traffic horrendous so the main part of the trip on the river didn’t happen. We spent several hrs waiting in traffic for the guide to decide in order to get all the cruise passengers back to the ship on time the trip couldn’t be completed.
Stuck in Traffic?
Graham_H, Mar 2024
The booking process was simple and communication was great, the transport (coach) was waiting for us was very nice with welcome air con. The tour started well with a trip to see the monkeys, we followed this up with a visit to the fruit store with welcome free samples, great selection of fruit some of which I have never seen before. This is where the tour ended due to the volume of Easter traffic. We sat in traffic for over 2 hours before the decision was made to abandon the tour and head back via a welcome lunch stop. Pablo, the guide and Hose’ the driver tried really hard and made what was a difficult situation better than it could have been. I guess it was no-ones fault or was it? I think this could have been predicted, we have Easter every year and I’m sure the traffic increases during this time as families head towards the coast. Why not head away from the traffic, surely there must be tourist attractions worth seeing as opposed to the inside of a coach for hours on end. Whilst I would probably book this tour again but NEVER during a public holiday. Oh and I do expect my entrance fee & boat trip costs refunding…
Highly recommend great guide
Robyn_M, Jan 2024
The bus accommodations were clean and new The guide was extremely knowledgeable and s spoke great English The nature boat tour on the river was perfect
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Dear Robyn_M, Thank you very much for taking the time to write us a review! We are glad to hear that you has a comfortable and enjoyable tour and that the tour guide made the tour a beautiful experience for you. If you ever come back to Costa Rica again don't hesitate in letting us know as it would be our pleasure to show you every detail of this beautiful country!
Fantastic
Diane_W, Jan 2024
The crocodiles were prehistoric, the howler monkeys cute and the scenic overlook was gorgeous! Pablo was a great guide-patiently answering questions and helping us shop/explaining the various fruits and coffee. Andrea’s kept us safe!
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Dear Diane_W, Thank you very much for taking the time to write us a review! We are glad to hear that you were able to see the crocodiles and the howler monkeys and that both Pablo and Andrea made this an enjoyable experience for you. If you ever come back to Costa Rica again don't hesitate in letting us know as it would be our pleasure to show you every detail of this beautiful country!
Transportation made it less than fun.
travelerrn, Sep 2023
The tour guide did not make good use of our time. He waited 30 min for someone who never did show up. We then had a 45 minute delay due to road construction which he couldnt do anything about, but further made bad decisions by not leaving lunch earlier, even if it meant shortening the gift shop time. The delay for construction this time was just over an hour which would really push us to get back to the ship. Then some fool didnt use the restroom at the restaurant and the bus stopped just so he could go spend 9 min in the bathroom while the rest of us sat and waited. The boat tour for crocs and birds was really good, but the stress of not knowing we would get back to ship on time was not good for many of us.
Good Crocodile boat trip but no monkeys
Nancy_B, May 2023
The Viator tour description said we would go to a private area to see monkeys....didn't happen. The bus barely slowed going past a forested area where the guide said sometimes you could spot one. The fruit stop was a big open-air market, not the farmers who grew them....but it was still interesting. The boat trip to see the Crocs and birds was the best part of the trip for me. The boat captain found crocs, fed them chicken to give us a show and was very entertaining. We saw birds too. Then we went to lunch at a restaurant serving cafeteria style. There was a long line as it appeared several tour groups were eating there. The souvenir shop was attached. The Viator tour description also said we would go to a real Costa Rican supermarket but that stop didn't happen either. The bus driver and tour guide were fine, especially helping me get on and off the bus (I have difficulty with stairs). I really wish we had seen monkeys and stopped at a supermarket as described on Viator. Probably the biggest disappointment was the very long, long walk along the pier from the ship to the meeting point. Other tour busses pulled onto the pier next to the ship but not ours. After we got to the guide and bus at the meeting time, they delayed the start of the tour at least 30 minutes for missing passengers who never showed. At the end of the tour we again had the long, long walk on the pier from the drop off spot to the ship. Overall it was an okay tour that would have been much better if the tour had actually followed the description on Viator.
Very well paced and well...
Bruce_C, Apr 2023
Very well paced and well organized tour. Our guide Pablo and driver Jose did everything possible to make this an enjoyable experience for their guests.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Dear Bruce_C, Thank you very much for taking the time to write us a review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour and that both Pablo and Jose made this an enjoyable experience for you. If you ever come back to Costa Rica again don't hesitate in letting us know as it would be our pleasure to show you every detail of this beautiful country!
A memorable experience.
Patrick_L, Apr 2023
Excellent tour! Our guide Pablo stopped the bus whenever he saw some interesting wildlife and we all jumped out to view it, all 9 of us. The Tecoles River crocodile tour was the icing on the tour. Terrific small group tour with lunch included and there were plentiful bathroom stops.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Dear Patrick_L, Thank you very much for taking the time to write us a review! We are very happy to learn that you had a good time on our tour with Pablo and all the activities included on the tour. If you ever come back to Costa Rica again don't hesitate in letting us know as it would be our pleasure to show you every detail of this beautiful country!
Nice Scenery
ScottJ_B, Mar 2023
Great guide, Pedro. Interesting scenery. We didn't see monkeys and only a few crocodiles. We saw lots of birds. It was the dry season so apparently animal sightings are not as plentiful. That said, it was an enjoyable excursion through Costa Rica.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Dear ScottJ_B, Thank you very much for taking the time to write us a review! We are glad to know that your excursion was enjoyable, as the tour guide mentioned, wildlife is that, wild, so sometimes you are lucky and get to spot animals and sometimes is harder, but that's how you know you are in nature and not in a zoo. If you ever come back to Costa Rica again don't hesitate in letting us know as it would be our pleasure to show you every detail of this beautiful country!
Amazing Tour!!!!
Sherly_J, Mar 2023
Pablo was amazing even gave us a tour of Puntarenas local areas after the tour.The lunch was amazing authentic Costa Rican food and fruit tasting(pineapple/ papaya) I got a chance to buy Souvenirs while I was on the excursion.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Dear Sherly_J, Thank you very much for taking the time to write us a review! Its great to hear you were able to enjoy the tour and enjoy Costa Rican food. If you ever come back to Costa Rica again don't hesitate in letting us know as it would be our pleasure to show you every detail of this beautiful country!
Great tour and GREAT guide.
Henry_M, Dec 2022
Pablo was terrific. We saw everything we hoped to see. Monkeys, macaws, toucan, and big Crocs. Lunch was provided and was very good.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Dear Henry_M, Thank you very much for taking the time to write us a review! We are very glad to know that our tour guide made a good job at spotting wildlife for you and your party. If you ever come back to Costa Rica again don't hesitate in letting us know as it would be our pleasure to show you every detail of this beautiful country!
Very nice tour, would do again
Deanna_T, May 2022
Guide (Pablo) and driver (Carlos) were friendly, cheerful, patient, and very informative. Our guide was terrific at spotting wildlife and then getting us close enough to take good pictures. It was a rainy day, so the tour route had to be changed because of road conditions, but it was a comfortable van, fun boat ride, and we were just a couple of feet away from the crocodiles!
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Dear Deanna_T, Thank you very much for taking the time to write us a review! We are so very glad to know that even with the rain you were able to fully enjoy the tour and the day. We are happy that our representatives made such a great job. If you ever come back to Costa Rica again don't hesitate in letting us know as it would be our pleasure to show you every detail of this beautiful country! Just access our website for information or write us directly to our email!
Viator Punta Reynas Excursion
Elliot_E, May 2022
Sing crocodiles on the river. Searching for and finding white faced monkeys. A good lunch of local food
Loved our tour! Saw crocs...
DianeBurnett, Feb 2022
Loved our tour! Saw crocs and macaws and monkeys. Our guide made a special effort to find these animals. Well done
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Dear DianeBurnett, Thank you very much for taking the time to write us a review! We are glad you were able to enjoy this tour as much as we did! We are happy that you were able to see so many animals and that our tour guide did a good job. If you ever come back to Costa Rica again don't hesitate in letting us know as it would be our pleasure to show you every detail of this beautiful country! Just access our website for information or write us directly to our email!
Great intro to Costa Rica
Kris_H, Jan 2022
Pablo our guide and Mauricio our driver were fantastic and did their best to help us see as many sites and animals as possible. The river cruise and lunch were the highlights of the day. Unfortunately we did not see any monkeys or toucans but it wasn’t from a lack of effort. Overall, a great day and a wonderful introduction to Costa Rica.
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Dear Kris_H, Thank you very much for taking the time to write us a review! We are glad you were able to enjoy this tour as much as we did! We are happy that you had a good time and that our reps were also great.. If you ever come back to Costa Rica again don't hesitate in letting us know as it would be our pleasure to show you every detail of this beautiful country! Just access our website for information or write us directly to our email!
Puntarenas Shore Tour
William_D, Oct 2021
Jesús is a fantastic guide. He and the driver Gio made our stay in Puntarenas memorable and exciting. We saw crocodiles, birds, lizards, and Bhrama bulls. Both tour guides spoke great English. Highly recommended! William
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Dear William D, Thank you very much for taking the time to write us a review! We are glad you were able to enjoy this tour as much as we did! We are happy that you were able to see so many animals and that our tour guide did a good job. If you ever come back to Costa Rica again don't hesitate in letting us know as it would be our pleasure to show you every detail of this beautiful country! Just access our website for information or write us directly to our email!

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