Costa Rica Shore Excursions

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Glenview, IL USA
6 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
Does anyone have any recommendations for the shore excursions on the Windstar for travel to Costa Rica? I would also be interested to hear if anyone has used a private operator that they were happy with for shore excursions. Thank you for your help.
81 Posts
Joined Feb 2001
We sailed on the Windstar last Feb.We thought the all day trip to Nicargua was well worth the money and you get lunch plus a view of the volcano.
Southlake, Texas
1,142 Posts
Joined Sep 2004
We went last January, and I concur on the Nicaragua excursion. The half-day trip was not as good; we took that one, and really wished that we had chosen the other.

We also did the zipline in Playa del Coco. It was fun, and well-run. I would now put myself in the zipline been there-done that catagory.

If you're interested, there are several reviews of this trip from last year on this board.

Denver, CO
595 Posts
Joined Feb 2004
We will be cruising Costa Rica Dec. 30 and I was wondering if there was any reason to book ahead for excursions. There are four of us traveling and it is difficult to plan ahead but i was not sure if any excursions filled up on this itinerary. Happy holidays to all!
willington,ct usa
890 Posts
Joined Dec 2002
We are on Windstar to Costa Rica feb 3, 2007, and are also interested in excursion info. Is ship's ziplining excursion fun? What other excursions are recommended? Any private ones OK with ship's itinerary?
Denver, CO
595 Posts
Joined Feb 2004
Went online today to discover that several excursions for the 12/30 Costa Rica Cruise are already booked. The Curu Wildlife Refuge tour was completely booked at the 9:30 a.m. departure. I waitlisted us for that one and booked my husband and myself for the 7:30 a.m. tour but that is sooo early!
The ATV tour in Quepos was also already full. Looks like people are taking advantage of this online early booking option. I also did online check in with the embarkation forms, etc. It was a bit of a pain since I did not realize that if you do not fill out a page properly/completely then you cannot continue to the next page. The site will then not save the page you just filled out and you will have to start over. When completely finished you then print your "boarding pass." Hope this helps others who have not yet tried this option.
4,779 Posts
Joined Jan 2006
We will be disembarking as you board! I did not prebook excursions since I may always decide to change my mind and they need to be prepaid. Oh well, the only one I wanted to do was in Marenco...Snorkeling. Hope we get to go. I printed out the Boarding Forms since the website said they were unavailable for online registration. Thanx for the current info. Have a great trip!
willington,ct usa
890 Posts
Joined Dec 2002
Any recommendations for privately booked tours on this Windstar itinerary?
Already booked the all-day volcano and the zipline tour for my 2/3/07 cruise, but not sure if the other Windstar sponsored tours sound that great. I would be scared to do the ATV tour with my own ATV.
I would greatly appreciate suggestions...