Puerto Caldera has tropical colors in some areas and in others it is a fertile central plateau surrounded by mountains, volcanoes and coffee plantations. San Juan del Sur is a beautiful colonial city of Grenada- at the foot of the Mombacho volcano and on the western bank of Lake Nicaragua. The "old City" has been restored with Spanish facades. Coiba National Park covers the entire island and has a unique range of flora and fauna and deserted beaches. On the east side of the Panama Canal you will see breathtaking towering buildings above Panama City whose glitzy town contrasts with Casco Viejo's colonial era town. Bocas del Toro is a paradise for marine turtles and dolphins. The unspoiled coral reefs have their own underwater world with shoals of fish, sponges and starfish. Coffee is cultivated in Puerto Limon.
Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
Puerto Caldera is, as the name implies, a port complex for both cruise ships and cargo vessels, its beginnings dating back to 1577. It serves as the primary access point from the Pacific Coast to the capital of San Jose.
The unspoiled natural beauty of the region is one of Puerto Caldera's main attractions. Its rain forests, starting just inside the coastline, continue up into the mountains, contain rivers, waterfalls, national parks and wildlife preserves. South of Puerto Caldera are two forest reserves, known for large and diverse populations of forest and aquatic birds. These are the Biological Reserve of Carara, and a preserve that encompasses Guayabo, Negritos and Los Pajaros islands.
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
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. The inhabitants of San Juan del Sur make their living fishing, diving, and catering to the visitors drawn to the bay's beautiful white-sand beaches, smooth waters, and ecological richness. In and around San Juan, you are sure to find plenty to see and do. Numerous beaches await exploration, the scenery is superb, good surfing can be found nearby, and the sportfishing and sailing are world class. Or you might prefer doing nothing at all-pure and utter relaxation-in one of Nicaragua's most beautiful areas. Come, explore, enjoy!
Playas del Coco, Costa Rico
Playas del Coco is among the most well known beaches in the country. Located near the Golfo de Papagayo, this beautiful beach is easily accessible by all.
A very popular area for sport fishing, Playas del Coco is the largest village in Guanacaste province. Known primarily as the gateway for surfers to reach places like Ollie’s Point and Witches Rock, where the waves are superb, this busy beach is a prime scuba diving spot.
Very popular among the locals, Playas del Coco has a well developed infrastructure, with good roads and plenty of shops, restaurants, bars, discos, casinos, hotels, resorts and markets. The nightlife here is also quite good, so if you happen to visit the area during Christmas or Easter week expect to find a lot of people here partying ‘beach style.’
The beach of Playas del Coco itself is a grayish brown and the tide here often remains quite low. Surrounded by steep cliffs and hills, this horseshoe shaped bay area is the ideal place to have some fun. However, if you are looking for a quiet spot to relax, try staying away from the center of town, where most of the fun happens.
Anchorage Casa Orgideas, Costa Rica
Casa de Orquideas is located in the South Pacific region of Costa Rica. The Orchid House is approximately 15 minutes boat ride from Golfito, many worlds away and a sanctuary for botanists and nature lovers. The gardens are well maintained with orchids and other unusual plant life attracting over 100 bird species to the grounds.
Golfito, Costa Rica
The port city of Golfito is located in Puntarenas Province on the southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, near the border of Panama. Golfito Bay is within the larger Golfo Dulce, and separated from the open Pacific Coast by the famous Osa Peninsula. Frequent ferry boats cross the Golfo Dulce from Golfito to Puerto Jimenez, which is the primary access point for the Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park region. The beaches in the region are some of the most beautiful in the country. Calm water provides for many peaceful tourist activities, even during the tide fluctuation, which averages about 9 feet. The city offers marinas, a duty-free port, yachting and boating services, sport fishing, and a destination for cruise ships. Much of the tourism in the Golfito area focuses on the sport fishing industry. Many of the lodges and hotels have their own sport fishing fleets, and experienced boat captains. Yachting, boating, water sports and beach activities are also popular pastimes. The beaches south of Golfito offer excellent surfing - Zancudo, Pilon and Pavones.
This coastal town was born in 1938, when the United Fruit Company established its banana plantations here. Built from scratch in a unique plantation style, Golfito soon became the main banana shipping port in Costa Rica. In 1985 “the Big Fruit” company pulled out and today Golfito is a sleepy little town, but it has much to offer in terms of sheer beauty. You can hire a water taxi to explore the nearby beaches, take advantage of the world-class deep-sea fishing or visit the beautiful Casa Orquísdeas (Orchid House).
Isla Coiba, Coiba National Park, Panama
Balboa, Panama City, Panama
Balboa, Panama City, Panama
Transit Panama Canal
The Panama Canal is a major ship canal that traverses the Isthmus of Panama in Central America, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The construction of the canal was one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken. It has had an enormous impact on shipping, as ships no longer have to travel the long and treacherous route via the Drake Passage and Cape Horn at the southernmost tip of South America. A ship sailing from New York to San Francisco via the canal travels 6,000 miles, well under half the distance of the previous 14,000 mile route around Cape Horn.
Bocas del Toro, Panama
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica