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Boat Cruises

There are many types of boat cruises to choose from in Costa Rica. You can sail on sparkling ocean waters to sunny, sandy beaches or float through verdant jungle habitat to see exotic creatures. Location is the key to choosing a boat tour that fits into your itinerary. We can help to plan an itinerary that includes the tours you are interested in.

Jungle River cruise tours in Costa Rica are a great experience for those of all ages, are not strenuous and are a relaxing way to enjoy the outdoors. If you are interested in seeing nature and learning about tropical ecosystems, this is a perfect opportunity. Traveling by boat along the banks of a river makes it much easier to view birds and animals. Plus, the estuaries and mangroves allow you to see a whole new array of creatures not found in the rainforest.

Ocean cruises have the greatest variety of boats, destinations and tour lengths to choose from. You can sail on a giant, motorized catamaran with dozens of other guests, a large yacht with multiple levels, small catamarans with sails, or small vessels seating only a handful of people. Choose from an full day tour to an offshore island or a relaxing sunset cruise along the coastline.

Lake boating is limited to fishing, transfers and sunset cruises. The tours listed below are not the only tours available, but rather a sampling of the most common. Let us know your interests and we can customize an itinerary to include them!

More InfoCentral Jungle Cruise

Famous for its large American Crocodiles, the Tarcoles River forms the Northern border of Carara Biological Reserve on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The Tarcoles is full of wildlife: Scarlet Macaws, Jesus Christ Lizards, and over 120 species of birds. Home to giant crocodiles, this location has been featured on National Geographic channel.

Cano Negro

Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge sits along the Nicaragua Border and features a wetlands ecosystem with boat tours. See hundreds of bird, plant and animal species as you glide on the Cano Negro lagoon and its branching waterways. Cano Negro is about 2 hours, each way, from the Volcano.

Tortuguero Canal

Tortuguero is located on the northern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. The jungle here is thick and hard to traverse, so animals are more easily viewed from the water's edge. This is a birdwatcher's paradise! Traveling to Tortuguero requires a day's travel both coming and going, wither with a domestic flight or a bus/boat trip.

More InfoTortuga Island

Tortuga Island is located in the Gulf of Nicoya off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Board a a lovely giant catamaran for a very scenic, relaxing full day on the ocean and beach at Tortuga Island. Play in the surf or sun on the sand. Many activities are available, such as snorkeling, volleyball and banana boat rides. Marimba music provides a festive backdrop for the BBQ lunch with white wine.

Caño Island

A trip to Caño Island is a small, intimate tour with only a handful of guests. Departing from Drake Bay, cross the Pacific Ocean to this small, offshore island in southern Costa Rica. Spend time snorkeling along the coastline before you disembark onto the island. A guide will lead you on a hike through tropical rainforest with towering trees and dense vegetation.

Lake Arenal Sunset Cruise

Lake Arenal sprawls at the foot of a spectacular volcano. This area is absolutely beautiful and being on this large lake adds to the enjoyment of it. With limited seating on a very small boat, this is typically a private tour. The peaceful solitude of sunset views behind a towering volcanic backdrop is remarkable.

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