COSTA RICA & PANAMA CANAL

Itinerary & Ports
date
port
arrive
depart
Dec 30 Fri
6:00 PM
Dec 31 Sat
6:00 AM
6:00 PM
Jan 1 Sun
At Sea
Jan 2 Mon
7:00 AM
5:00 PM
Jan 3 Tue
8:30 AM
6:00 PM
Jan 4 Wed
6:00 AM
6:00 PM
Jan 5 Thu
6:00 AM
10:00 PM
Jan 6 Fri
6:00 AM
7:00 PM
Jan 7 Sat
6:00 AM
FRI DEC 30
TO 6:00 PM Colón

day 1 Colón, Panama


Colón, Panama
Explore the inner workings of the Panama Canal, head into the jungle to meet with Embera Indians, or take an aerial tram ride through the rainforest canopy. 
SAT DEC 31
6:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Panama Canal

day 2 Panama Canal, Panama


Panama Canal, Panama
At nearly 48 miles long, on your transit through the Panama Canal you will enter three sets of locks that raise and lower the vessel 85 feet between the calm Pacific Ocean and the shimmering waters of the Atlantic. Your voyage features a daylight hours transit with numerous observation vantage points for outside viewing and comfortable indoor air-conditioned lounges. Expert onboard commentary enhances your journey as you watch the day to day workings of this bucket list experience. 
MON JAN 2
7:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Isla Parida

day 4 Isla Parida, Panama


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Located within a Nature Preserve of 50 islands, and part of Chiriqui Marine National Park lovely Isla Parida boasts magnificent white-sand beaches, one of which is over 1,300 feet long.  The crystal clear waters stay at 82 degrees year round and are filled with marine life. This island is close to some of the best big game fishing of marlin, sailfish, tuna and jacks in the world. There are numerous hardwood trees like teak, mahogany, and eucalyptus, and fruit trees like mango, banana and coconut trees.  Wildlife here includes white-faced and howler monkeys, parrots and toucans.  Here you will be treated to a delicious barbecue hosted by Windstar on a secluded beach that faces the Pacific Ocean.
TUE JAN 3
8:30 AM TO 6:00 PM Golfo Dulce (Puerto Jimenez)

day 5 Golfo Dulce (Puerto Jimenez), Costa Rica


Golfo Dulce (Puerto Jimenez), Costa Rica
Very early this morning we make a brief stop in Golfito for customs clearance, which the purser will take care of before we sail on to Puerto Jiminez.  Picture Jurassic foliage growing down steep hillsides all the way to the waterline, the hoots and hollers of monkeys echoing through trees choked by orchids. This is Golfo Dulce, one of Costa Rica’s most biodiverse areas, where both the jungle and the sea brim with life. Explore the canals by kayak in search of javelinas, butterflies, and more bird species than in all of North America. Or visit the Golfo Dulce Rescue Center for a close-up look at juvenile spider monkeys and other orphaned, injured, or displaced residents of the rainforest. 
WED JAN 4
6:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Bahia Drake

day 6 Bahia Drake, Costa Rica


Bahia Drake, Costa Rica
Bahia Drake, a UNESCO site, offers a wide variety of activities for you.  Explore the vast rainforest and expansive mangroves – home to monkeys, crocodiles, and more.  Traverse the rainforest’s canopy on a zipline tour or join a naturalist guide on a horseback ride.  Snorkel the waters off Cano Island, where sea turtles, dolphins, parrot fish, manta rays and more reside.  Join a hiking tour through the peaceful green world of the Osa Biological Corridor listening for red macaws, toucans and other small mammals. 
THU JAN 5
6:00 AM TO 10:00 PM Bahia Herradura

day 7 Bahia Herradura, Costa Rica


Bahia Herradura, Costa Rica
The coastal area of Bahia Herradura is known worldwide as the fishing capital of Costa Rica. It is a popular tourist destination with close proximity to Jaco Beach, with its excellent surfing conditions. This area offers many other outdoor recreational options along the black-sand beaches lined with palm trees. You will not have to worry about running out of daylight regardless of the time you visit because the sun rises and sets at the same time in Costa Rica all year long.
FRI JAN 6
6:00 AM TO 7:00 PM Quepos

day 8 Quepos, Costa Rica


Quepos, Costa Rica
The former banana-exporting town of Quepos is your basecamp for a day of rainforest adventure. Take a walk along trails that weave up to waterfalls, or ride horseback to a beautiful jungle pool. A float trip through a mangrove swamp populated by monkeys, crocodiles, egrets, and herons is also available. Or you may choose a nature walk through Manuel Antonio National Park, with its lovely beaches, easy trails, and abundant animal life. 
SAT JAN 7
6:00 AM TO Puerto Caldera

day 9 Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica


Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
Arrive early to absorb Costa Rica’s magnificent biodiversity. Venture to the Monteverde Cloud Forest, where 300-year-old trees and orchids form a spectacular backdrop to resplendent quetzals, tapirs, monkeys, sloths, and other rainforest residents. Or to Poas Volcano National Park, home to 79 species of birds including the Resplendent Quetzal.

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