Coastal Adventures: Costa Rica & Panama

8 Days
San Jose to Panama City
From (CAD)
$ 5,776
Dates & Pricing

2024 San Jose > Panama City

A wonderful itinerary for naturalists, we’ll trace Costa Rica’s west coast, stopping to witness the rich biodiversity of Curú National Wildlife Refuge, where cattle graze and mangos grow plentifully. Relax on the white sandy beaches of Isla Tortuga, with the opportunity to snorkel amongst the marine life, before reaching Quepos, a thriving harbour town on the Pacific coast, known for its sport fishing and ecotourism. Surf, sail and swim in Golfito Bay, before cruising onwards to Panama to visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed Darién National Park, one of Central America’s most important heritage sites. Spot the diverse wildlife of Isla San José, from exotic birds to wild pigs, and discover one of its 50 paradise-like beaches.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
8 days
Departure City:
San Jose
Return City:
Panama City

8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Puntarenas, Costa Rica

    Your luxurious yacht cruise begins in Puntarenas, where you’ll be transferred to your Emerald Cruises luxury yacht and embark on your discovery of Panama and Costa Rica’s West Coast.

    Please book your flight to arrive into San Jose prior to 01:00 PM.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Curú & Isla Tortuga, Costa Rica

    The Curú National Wildlife Refuge and farm are situated in Nicoya Peninsula in north-west Costa Rica. Some of the country’s most beautiful beaches and protected bays can be found here. Costa Rica’s first private national wildlife refuge is an example of a successful sustainable development program. One can still see the cattle grazing as well as tropical fruits growing such as mangos.

    You also will get to see Isla Tortuga, which is one of the top destinations in Costa Rica, just about an hour away from the shores of Nicoya Peninsula. Isla Tortuga boasts a perfect sandy beach with palm trees and clear waters. You can relax at the beach, enjoy a hike, or go snorkelling in the crystal waters.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Quepos, Costa Rica

    Quepos is a small, booming harbour town famous for being one of the best places for sport fishing as well as the gateway to the well-known national park Manuel Antonio. As a tropical inlet backed by rainforest, it offers a variety of outdoor adventures. After the fall of the banana plantation that laid the foundations for the port, Quepos replaced its former industry with ecotourism – meaning that there are many other draws, including kayaking and canopy tours. Quepos is also frequented by many scientists and naturalists, who come to study this region's fantastic biodiversity.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Golfito, Costa Rica

    Golfito Bay is a ‘gulf within a gulf’, known for its unspoiled landscape framed by lush mangroves of Corcovado and Piedras Blancas national parks. It is home to some of the richest biodiversity in the world and is located in one of the most vibrant destinations in Costa Rica, where eco-adventurers, boaters, surfers, and outdoor lovers come to explore and connect with nature through an array of fun and exciting activities. A hidden gem where the Costa Rican jungle meets the sea, Marina Golfito allows you to experience Costa Rica from a stunning new perspective.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Isla Cebaco, Panama

    Cebaco Island is in the province of Veraguas and is part of the buffer zone of Coiba Island National Park. This is Panama’s third-largest island after Coiba Island and Isla del Rey. There are around 500 people living on the island nowadays, mainly distributed in communities in the north. Isla Cebaco is also known for its beaches.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Playa del Muerto - Darién National Park, Panama

    The Darién National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site covering around 5,750 square kilometres. The park is among the largest and most precious protected areas in all of Central America. It covers up almost the entire Panama-Colombia border as well as a stretch to the Pacific. This park offers an exceptional variety of habitats – sandy beaches, rocky coasts, swamps, mangroves, and tropical forests – which makes it the perfect home for diverse wildlife. There are two indigenous tribes, for both Panama and Costa Rica, which live today on the park’s riverbanks.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - San José Island, Pearl Islands, Panama

    Today we venture into Isla San José, one of the privately owned Pearl Islands. It is also the second-largest island in the Las Perlas archipelago. Isla San José is home to a variety of wild animals such as exotic birds, deer, reptiles as well as wild pigs. There are over 50 beaches on Isla San José and this Pearl Island boasts a spectacular rocky shoreline on its north side.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Fuerte Amador (Panama City), Panama

    Your time aboard your Emerald Cruises luxury yacht comes to an end in Panama City. After bidding farewell to the crew and your fellow guests, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home.

    Please book your flight to depart out of Panama City after 12:00 PM.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Emerald Cruises cannot guarantee the cruise will operated unaltered from the itinerary states above.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Cruises luxury yacht
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Cruises Tour Manager
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

  • 20 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board

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