COSTA RICA & PANAMA CANAL

Itinerary & Ports
date
port
arrive
depart
Jan 16 Sat
6:00 PM
 
Jan 17 Sun
7:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
Jan 18 Mon
8:00 AM
5:00 PM
 
Jan 19 Tue
8:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
Jan 20 Wed
At Sea
Jan 21 Thu
8:00 AM
5:00 PM
 
Jan 22 Fri
4:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
Jan 23 Sat
7:00 AM
 
SAT JAN 16
TO 6:00 PM Puerto Caldera

day 1 Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica


Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
Located on the Gulf of Nicoya, the small town of Puerto Caldera is one of Costa Rica’s top attractions, perfect for travelers who like more off the beaten path destinations where the native Tico lifestyle can be experienced. It is the gateway to San Jose, Jaco and the big city of Puntarenas, plus Los Suenos and Tortuga Island. Carara National Park is nearby, the rainforest home to crocodiles, over 400 species of birds and is considered the most likely place to see scarlet macaws.
SUN JAN 17
7:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Quepos

day 2 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. 
MON JAN 18
8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Golfo Dulce

day 3 Puerto Jimenez (Golfo Dulce), Costa Rica


Puerto Jimenez (Golfo Dulce), Costa Rica
Picture Jurassic foliage growing down steep hillsides all the way to the waterline, the hoots  of monkeys echoing through trees choked by orchids. Golfo Dulce is 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. This port is accessed with a wet landing.
TUE JAN 19
8:00 AM TO 6:00 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 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. There are numerous hardwood trees like teak, mahogany, and eucalyptus, and fruit trees like mango, banana and coconut trees. Here you will be treated to Windstar's Signature Beach Party on a secluded beach that faces the Pacific Ocean.
THU JAN 21
8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Balboa / Fuerte Amador

day 6 Balboa / Fuerte Amador, Panama


Balboa / Fuerte Amador, Panama
One of the entrances to the Panama Canal on the Pacific side, Balboa/Fuerte Amador was founded in 1519 and is a short distance from Panama City.  In 2012 Balboa was ranked #1 in Latin America in the category of world's busiest container ports. Sightseeing highlights include the colonial homes, the Administration Building, the Goethals Memorial, the Prado, and the local handicraft markets of traditional Panamanian crafts.
FRI JAN 22
4:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Panama Canal

day 7 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. 
SAT JAN 23
7:00 AM TO Colón

day 8 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. 

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