Star Collector: Wild Wonders of the Central America Coasts via the Panama Canal
 
14 DAYS
Wind Star
Puerto Caldera to Colón
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Puerto Caldera to Colón
Have your binoculars and camera ready looking for wildlife while exploring the pristine rainforests and remote beaches during this 14-day voyage to Panama, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. Skim the waves off Playa Flamingo aboard a catamaran bound for a remote reef teeming with colorful tropical fish schools. Try ripe plantains topped with melted shredded cheese and sample sweet Tres Leches, a decadent dessert made from a trio of distinct milks, at a sidewalk cafe near San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua. Test your stamina as you fish the deep blue waters off Quepos, Costa Rica for tuna, marlin, sailfish, and mahi mahi. Seek out multihued birds, slumbering sloths, and scampering monkeys in Manuel Antonio National Park, the jewel of all Costa Rican natural refuges. Tour Panama’s remote and uninhabited islands throughout the Pearl Archipelago while swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing prior to a daylight transit of the Panama Canal.
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Day 1: Puerto Caldera
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.
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Day 2: Playa Flamingo
Playa Flamingo is considered one of Central America’s most beautiful beaches with it pristine blue water, exotic marine life, and some of the best deep sea fishing to be found. Located in Punta Salinas on the country’s Gold Coast, Playa Flamingo is the only full-service marina between Acapulco and Panama. Other water activities include year-round SCUBA diving, swimming, and snorkeling. The stunning and unspoiled white-sand beaches will remain in your memory for years to come. This port is accessed with a wet landing.
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Day 3: Corinto
This busy commercial port is a gateway city to the Nicaragua San Cristobal Volcano Summit, the highest volcano in Nicaragua that offers challenging treks that are rewarded with panoramic views of the countryside and the Pacific Ocean. Or hike to the crater rim of Volcan Telica to look down into the sea of lava and listen to the ongoing roar. Find the UNESCO-designated Old City of Colonial Leon, filled with deteriorating churches and streetscapes and a blend of Baroque, Neoclassical and Gothic styles.
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Day 4: San Juan del Sur
San Juan del Sur is a tranquil fishing village nestled at the head of a horseshoe-shaped bay on the Pacific coast of southern Nicaragua. The lovely bay is peppered with small, private yachts, and commercial fishing boats. Sign up for a shore excursion and see it all. Visit one of Nicaragua's national parks to observe the active Masaya Volcano, and shop for treasures at the Indian Market.
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Day 5: Playas del Coco
Playas del Coco, with its unspoiled cocoa-colored beaches, is a jumping off point for rainforest canopy tours, nature walks, and other inspiring eco-adventures. It is one of the more popular beach towns in the country for both locals and tourists and is well-known for being a family friendly town. This port is accessed with a wet landing.
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Day 6: Bahia Herradura
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. This port is accessed with a wet landing.
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Day 7: Quepos
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. 
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Day 8: Puerto Caldera
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.
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Day 9: Quepos
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. 
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Day 10: Golfo Dulce
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.
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Day 11: Isla Parida
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.
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Day 13: Balboa / Fuerte Amador
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.
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Day 14: Panama Canal
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.
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Day 15: Colón
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.
Popular Highlights
Cortino
In Corinto, walk by the blend of Baroque, Neoclassical and Gothic styles of UNESCO-designated Old City of Colonial Leon
Diego Vasquez
Learn insights from presentations given by Karla Taylor or Diego Vasquez, our Costa Rican Naturalists who will be on board the entire cruise. 
Isla Parida
Don't miss an opportunity to view the plentiful marine life surrounding Isla Parida.
Manuel Antonio National Park
Explore the beaches and wildlife of Manuel Antonio National Park.
Panama Canal
Appreciate this engineering feat with daylight transit of the Panama Canal.
Wet Landing
This cruise utilizes wet landings to get you up-close to natural wonders. Zodiacs, rugged inflatable boats, deliver you directly from the yacht to the beach, where you will disembark directly in the water. 
Zipline in Playas del Coco
Zipline in Playas del Coco, one of the oldest beach communities in Costa Rica.
Complimentary laundry
Pack light with complimentary daily laundry service
 
 
The Windstar Life
The Windstar staff-to-guest ratio is 1:1.5, and it shows.The moment you board you’ll feel it: an ever-attentive crew at your service, providing you with what you want and need, when you want and need it.
Cooking Demonstrations
Open Bridge
Friendly and Relaxed Atmosphere
Local and Live Performances
Signature Sail Away
Crew Talent Show
Enjoy regionally inspired treatments at World Spa by Windstar
Take In The Sun
Complimentary 24 Hour Room Service
Relax at the Pool or Hot Tub
Relax With A Morning Yoga Session
Genuine and Thoughtful Crew
Signature Onboard Barbecue
Shopping With The Chef
Watersports Platform
Accommodations & Pricing
Boutique cruising with fewer than 350 guests. Our expertly designed itineraries and unexpected shore excursions bring you closer to each destination.
Category B
Category B
Every inch of your stateroom is designed for comfort. Luxurious Egyptian cotton linens wrap you in pleasant sleepiness as you stretch out in your queen bed (can be separated into twins if you prefer). Your spacious bath features granite counter tops, ample storage, and a roomy shower with massage shower head. L’Occitane® bath products invite you to indulge, while comfy waffle-weave robe and slippers entice you to relax. You’ll find fresh fruit and flowers always waiting for you after a day of sun or sightseeing. And, of course, everything else you need and expect — flat-screen television and DVD, private safe. And always at your fingertips, anything you wish from room service.
? Cruise only from $4,499 per guest
? All-inclusive price from $5,605 per guest
Category BX Deluxe
Category BX Deluxe
Every inch of your stateroom is designed for comfort. Luxurious Egyptian cotton linens wrap you in pleasant sleepiness as you stretch out in your queen bed (can be separated into twins if you prefer). Your spacious bath features granite counter tops, ample storage, and a roomy shower with massage shower head. L’Occitane® bath products invite you to indulge, while comfy waffle-weave robe and slippers entice you to relax. You’ll find fresh fruit and flowers always waiting for you after a day of sun or sightseeing. And, of course, everything else you need and expect — flat-screen television and DVD, private safe. And always at your fingertips, anything you wish from room service.
? Cruise only from $4,799 per guest
? All-inclusive price from $5,905 per guest
Category A
Category A
Every inch of your stateroom is designed for comfort. Luxurious Egyptian cotton linens wrap you in pleasant sleepiness as you stretch out in your queen bed (can be separated into twins if you prefer). Your spacious bath features granite counter tops, ample storage, and a roomy shower with massage shower head. L’Occitane® bath products invite you to indulge, while comfy waffle-weave robe and slippers entice you to relax. You’ll find fresh fruit and flowers always waiting for you after a day of sun or sightseeing. And, of course, everything else you need and expect — flat-screen television and DVD, private safe. And always at your fingertips, anything you wish from room service.
? Cruise only from $5,199 per guest
? All-inclusive price from $6,305 per guest
Category AX Deluxe
Category AX Deluxe
Every inch of your stateroom is designed for comfort. Luxurious Egyptian cotton linens wrap you in pleasant sleepiness as you stretch out in your queen bed (can be separated into twins if you prefer). Your spacious bath features granite counter tops, ample storage, and a roomy shower with massage shower head. L’Occitane® bath products invite you to indulge, while comfy waffle-weave robe and slippers entice you to relax. You’ll find fresh fruit and flowers always waiting for you after a day of sun or sightseeing. And, of course, everything else you need and expect — flat-screen television and DVD, private safe. And always at your fingertips, anything you wish from room service.
? Cruise only from $5,599 per guest
? All-inclusive price from $6,705 per guest
Owner's Suite
Owner's Suite
With an expansive 220 square feet, the Owner’s Suite gives you everything offered in a stateroom, plus lots more, including a beautiful sitting area and separate in-room dining space.
? Cruise only from $9,999 per guest
? All-inclusive price from $11,105 per guest
Guaranteed Cabin** (chosen by Windstar)
Guaranteed Cabin** (chosen by Windstar)
Every inch of your stateroom is designed for comfort. Luxurious Egyptian cotton linens wrap you in pleasant sleepiness as you stretch out in your queen bed (can be separated into twins if you prefer). Your spacious bath features granite counter tops, ample storage, and a roomy shower with massage shower head. L’Occitane® bath products invite you to indulge, while comfy waffle-weave robe and slippers entice you to relax. You’ll find fresh fruit and flowers always waiting for you after a day of sun or sightseeing. And, of course, everything else you need and expect — flat-screen television and DVD, private safe. And always at your fingertips, anything you wish from room service.
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Wind Star
Wind Star is a sleek, 4-masted sailing ship accommodating 148 guests. With four decks and a gross tonnage of 5,307, Wind Star feels like your own private yacht.
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! ITINERARY CHANGE Puerto Caldera TO Colón 14 days on Wind Star X
Please note that this itinerary has been updated
Date
Port
Arrive
Depart
Sat Jan 6
Puerto Caldera
Arrive:
Depart:6:00 PM
Sun Jan 7
Playa Flamingo
Arrive:9:00 AM
Depart:2:00 PM
Mon Jan 8
Corinto
Arrive:8:00 AM
Depart:5:00 PM
Tue Jan 9
San Juan del Sur
Arrive:8:00 AM
Depart:11:00 PM
Wed Jan 10
Playas del Coco
Arrive:8:00 AM
Depart:3:00 PM
Thu Jan 11
Bahia Herradura
Arrive:8:00 AM
Depart:9:00 PM
Fri Jan 12
Quepos
Arrive:7:00 AM
Depart:6:00 PM
Sat Jan 13
Puerto Caldera
Arrive:6:00 AM
Depart:6:00 PM
Sun Jan 14
Quepos
Arrive:7:00 AM
Depart:6:00 PM
Mon Jan 15
Golfo Dulce
Arrive:8:00 AM
Depart:5:00 PM
Tue Jan 16
Isla Parida
Arrive:8:00 AM
Depart:6:00 PM
Wed Jan 17
AT SEA
Arrive:
Depart:
Thu Jan 18
Balboa / Fuerte Amador
Arrive:8:00 AM
Depart:5:00 PM
Fri Jan 19
Panama Canal
Arrive:4:00 AM
Depart:6:00 PM
Sat Jan 20
Colón
Arrive:7:00 AM
Depart: