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Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion

  • Full-day combo shore excursion from Puntarenas
  • Get to know Pacific Costa Rica's cuisine, wildlife, and culture
  • Visit plantations to taste fresh tropical fruit
Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion
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Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion
Encounter the best of Costa Rica's wildlife, cuisine, and famous natural beauty on a combo shore excursion from Puntarenas. Watch adorable white-faced monkeys playing in the trees, and spot crocs and birdlife on a pontoon cruise down the Tarcoles River. Learn the history of the bustling Puntarenas port, and indulge your taste buds with locally grown fruit fresh from the farm, a typical lunch at a local restaurant, and a chance to buy authentic Costa Rican coffee.
What to Expect
The tour starts by going to a private area where the cute and well known white faced monkeys come to play every day. It is a great chance to see wildlife at its purest state. After being enchanted by these amazing creatures, you will be taken to the “fruit towns”, an area where the sweetest and best tropical fruits are produced.  Try them from the hands of smiling farmers proud to share their crops with the visitors.

Once you try the soft and fresh tastes of the tropics you will be taken to the wild side. Getting on a safe and comfortable pontoon you will be gliding on the Tarcoles River. This well known waterway holds the largest population of American Crocodiles in Central America. But it is not only about these fantastic dinosaur like creatures! It is a great tour for pure naturalists, birdwatchers and photographers. You will enjoy, among several other species of birds, herons, egrets, roseate spoonbills and other wonders like iguanas and basilisks (Named also Jesus Christ lizards for their ability to walk on water).

After all this excitement, it is time for lunch! You will try one of the best local restaurants in the coastal region. With fresh meats, vegetables and fruits your lunch will not only be nourishing but also totally delicious! After lunch, you will get to do some shopping. The products are excellent and the prices are great.  Clean and well distributed, this store is diverse and the prices are affordable.

You will end the shopping experience by going to a real Costa Rican supermarket where you will be able to buy local coffee. To end this great day you will be taken through the city of Puntarenas, the first port Costa Rica ever had in history, you will be taught about its traditions and its particular culture  and this as well is the place where your cruise will be waiting for you.At the end of this fantastic day, you will feel like your visit to Costa Rica was much longer and deeper than one day only… for all you will see and live!
Reviews (30)
1 - 5 of 18 reviews
Reviewed 11 June 2018
Possibly the Best Excursion Ever!

We had a wonderful experience! The highlights were the monkey reserve and the river/crocodile watching cruise. Our guide, Jesus, was knowledgeable, affable and personable. His enthusiasm for his country was delightful. Lunch was good. The bus was clean and comfortable. We've been on eight cruises...More

1  Thank RICHARD M
Gian Carlo G, Owner at Gio Tours - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2018

Dear RICHARD M, Thank you very much for taking your time to write us a review! We are truly happy to know that the experience you had with GioTours was so outstanding! We work very hard to set everything and have things perfect for our...More

Reviewed 11 May 2018
Excellent day and fantastic guide

We did the highlights shore excursion tour. Pablo was our guide and he was excellent. This tour is much better than the "ship tours" because it is more personalized and you are in a smaller group. We boarded a brand new bus that was about...More

Thank OpusTheCat
Gian Carlo G, Propietario at Gio Tours - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2018

Dear OpusTheCat, Thank you very much for taking your time to write us a review! We are happy to hear that the tour was enjoayable and that the work performed by Pablo, our repressentative was excellent! If you ever come back to Costa Rica again...More

Reviewed 24 April 2018
Somewhat disappointed on our Costa Rican excursion

The excursion was exactly as promised but we were unpleasantly surprised with the area that we toured - barbwire fences protected most of the homes & businesses - we assumed that Costa Rica was a 1st class tour destination and found out that we were...More

1  Thank Dave M
Gian Carlo G, Propietario at Gio Tours - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2018

Dear Dave M, We are deeply sorry you didn't like our country as we and millions of people think that is a most magnificent place. But we have a saying in Costa Rica "For taste, colors". Meaning that one person likes red and another one...More

Reviewed 24 April 2018
Was ok, but did not live up to the hype

We booked a private tour for our group of 6 several months before we travelled. All was confirmed and well. 1 week before we left I received an email that there were 4 cruise ships coming into Port that day and would I be willing...More

1  Thank Mary N
Gian Carlo G, Propietario at Gio Tours - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2018

Dear Mary N, We are deeply sorry about this experience. They day of your cruise, there were four other ships in the same area, and the whole region was very crazy. Transports and guides were hard to find, and some of them even canceled at...More

Reviewed 3 April 2018
Beyond Wonderful

Jesus was our tour guide and exceeded our expectations. He is very excited about his country and that excitement makes the tour refreshing. He is also very concerned about the enviourment in that when we visited the white faced monkeys(my very favorite) we only fed...More

Thank pattiderenzo
Gian Carlo G, Propietario at Gio Tours - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2018

Dear pattiderenzo, Thank you very much for taking your time to write us a review! We very happy to know that Jesus was able to provide such a great job and deliver to feeling we all have of and proudness we all share her in...More

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Dear _ruths92007, We can definitely set a private tour just for your party! Please access the Viator System or our website and we'll gladly take care of setting it for you!
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