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.
Quepos, Costa Rica
This seaside town is the epitome of “jungle chic”. Fresh seafood is the order of the day - your taste buds will thank you for being such a savvy traveler. Quepos is best known as the gateway to Manuel Antonio National Park - Costa Rica’s crown jewel. White face monkeys squeal with delight as you trek jungle trails to a waterfall falling directly into the ocean as exotic birds fly overhead.
Bahia Drake, Costa Rica
The main attraction is Corcovado National Park, it occupies about a third of the peninsula, and this is known for being one of the largest and without human intervention park of the country, there are a lot of endemic species, also the efforts made by the Costarican government through the MINAE for the preservation of this area are really admirable, the private enterprise has been really helpful in these times.
Gulfito, Costa Rica
Golfito is located on Costa Rica's South Pacific coast, about 340 highway kilometers from San José.
This small port city is a narrow strip along Golfito Bay backed against steep green hills covered with pristine rainforest, with the Golfo Dulce lying seaward outside Golfito Bay.
Golfito was the main port on the South Pacific Coast of Costa Rica in the days when there was little except huge banana plantations. Diseases which infected the bananas and massive strikes by the workers contributed largely to the United Fruit Company's decision to leave the area.
To help remedy the resulting impoverishment of the region, the government established a duty-free zone.
In addition to the duty-free shopping, there are a variety of activities one can find around Golfito which are more off the beaten path compared to typical tourist activities in other areas.
Beautiful beaches such as Playa Zancudo, and the surfing paradise Pavones are within easy reach from Golfito by car, boat or bus.
Isla De Coiba, Panama
Isla de Coiba is a massive island at the center of the Coiba National Park in Panama. Located approximately 30 miles off the Panamanian cost, Isla de Coiba is remote and relatively undeveloped with over 80% of its natural habitat intact. It has the second-largest coral reef in the eastern Pacific Ocean and the waters are filled with some big fish as well, as in orcas, dolphins, humpback whales, whale sharks, manta rays, barracudas, tiger sharks, and more. The jungles of Coiba are home to howler monkeys, scarlet macaws, and crested eagles.
The North end of Coiba is the most visited shore and home to beautiful white sand beaches with clear water. Isla de Coiba is a popular playground for divers and day visitors due to its close proximity to other islands such as Rancheria and Las Canales. The South end of the Isla de Coiba is more remote and offers large waves and pristine beaches. The South shore offers untarnished nature and no crowds, which tends to draw surfers staying in Santa Catalina who are looking for a memorable ride.
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.
Colon is the Caribbean Ocean terminus of the Panama Canal. A veritable crossroads of the world, you will see all manner of vessels here, awaiting their turn to transit the canal. Only the largest war ships, tankers and cruise ships are too large for the canal.
The city is the capital of Panama's Colón Province. The city was founded in 1850 as one end of the Panama Railroad then under construction. For a number of years early in its history, the sizable United States emigré community called the town Aspinwall while the Hispanic community called it "Colón". The name "Colón" is in honor of Christopher Columbus.
Much of the city was burned during a Colombian civil war in 1885, and again in an accidental fire in 1915. In 1900 the population was some 3,000 people. It grew ten-fold with the building of the Panama Canal. In 1953 Colón was made a Free Trade Zone.