Golfito is Costa Rica’s most southern port town, located on the Golfo Dulce. Golfito offers some of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica with a stunning backdrop of verdant hills and lush rainforest. Relax on a secluded strip of pristine sand, or venture out on the water to take advantage of the excellent sport fishing opportunities. Follow a trail through the densely forested Golfito National Wildlife Refuge to observe rare flora and fauna, and emerge at a scenic outlook with views of the ocean.

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  • Coastal Sightseeing Drive

    Golfito is located on Costa Rica's South Pacific coast, 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.

    For the next hour follow a professional guide through a basic sightseeing drive in the coastal area of Golfito, the city has a variety of small hotels and some restaurants that serve local food, banks and shops.

    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.

    After the sightseeing drive an optional drop off in the town of Golfito is also available, where you will find several restaurants and shops.

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  • Sunset Cruise and Enchanted Beach

    Look for playful dolphin and a variety of other marine creatures while sailing along the beautiful coast of Osa Peninsula, where you will eventually stop for a beach outing.

    After departing from the pier in a covered boat, you will soon enter the crystalline waters of the Pacific Ocean off Osa Peninsula. With dense rainforest and secluded beaches, as a backdrop, you will sail into one of the world’s most biologically diverse marine habitats. These waters are teeming with numerous species of dolphins, sea turtles and manta rays, all of which you may spot from the comfort of the boat.

    A naturalist will be on board to point out the marine animals and elaborate on their characteristics. As their name implies, spinner dolphins are amazingly acrobatic. Bottlenose dolphins are incredibly playful as well, although their coloring is noticeably different from the coloring of the spinner dolphins. Rough tooth dolphins are easy to distinguish by their long, gently sloping beaks and stout bodies.

    Sea turtles and manta rays are equally abundant, and you may catch sight of them gracefully swimming past your boat near the surface of the water. Other highlights may include seeing schools of tuna feeding on smaller fish, and perhaps even larger billfish feeding on the tuna.

    In time, you will stop at Enchanted Beach, a lovely stretch of sand where the waters are typically clear and calm. You will have time to relax and enjoy a refreshing swim here before sailing back to the pier.

    Please note: Walking on this tour is primarily at the guests’ discretion while at the beach. It is a wet landing and there will be uneven, sandy surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Participants must be able to enter and exit the boat with limited assistance. Those who suffer from motion sickness are cautioned to take the appropriate precautions prior to commencement of the tour. Light-weight clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellant; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Those who wish to swim at the beach should wear a swimsuit under their clothes and bring a towel from the ship. Guests who participate in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

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  • Botanical Gardens and Beach Escape

    Cruise the beautiful bay that Golfito overlooks to a private botanical garden of fragrant, colorful and rare plants that flourish in a veritable Eden-like setting.

    After departing from the pier in a covered boat, you will cruise along the coast of Golfo Dulce or Sweet Gulf, taking in the gorgeous scenery and perhaps even spotting dolphins frolicking in the clear waters. Rainforest blankets the landscape right down to the beach, presenting you with an up-close look at the area’s natural diversity.

    Upon arriving at the remote Casa Orquideas botanical gardens, you will disembark for a leisurely walk through this natural paradise, which botany enthusiasts Ron and Trudy McAllister started three decades ago. Depending on where you wander, you may spot brilliantly colored torch gingers, clusters of blooming heliconias, exotic fruit trees and rare orchids in nearly every imaginable hue. If the breeze is just right, the air may be scented with the alluring aroma of vanilla beans, which also grow here.

    Following your enlightening nature walk, you will head for the beach (weather permitting) to relax while enjoying fresh fruits and other tropical snacks. Feel free to stroll down the shore, stretch out on the sand and take a refreshing dip in the gulf. There shouldn’t be much of a crowd, as this area in the shadow of Casa Orquideas has limited access by land.

    Following your beach break, you will cruise back to the pier in Golfito.

    Please note: This tour includes just over 1 hour of moderate walking, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion while at the beach. There will be uneven, natural, gravel and sandy surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition. Light-weight clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellant; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking or athletic shoes with a closed-toe are recommended. Those who wish to swim at the beach should wear a swimsuit under their clothes and bring a towel from the ship. Guests who participate in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.

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  • Golfito National Wildlife Refuge

    Hike through a shaded forest in an unspoiled wildlife refuge, following a guide that will point out the most noteworthy plants and animals, many of them icons of Costa Rica.

    After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a brief yet picturesque drive along the coast to the National Wildlife Refuge of Golfito, which surrounds the town of Golfito. Originally created to protect the area’s water supply, the undeveloped refuge provides a spectacular setting for indigenous plants and animals to flourish.

    Upon arriving at the trailhead, you will follow your guide through the lush tropical environment while admiring the magnificent biodiversity. The refuge is covered with forests of towering trees such as silk cotton, butternut and copal that offer a pristine habitat for countless creatures, especially birds.

    It’s quite common to see colorful tanagers and toucans, one of Latin America’s most iconic birds. Their large multi-colored bills may seem unwieldy, yet they’re surprising light and enable the toucans to eat fleshy fruits and even probe tree holes in search of insects. You may also spot monkeys playfully swinging among the trees.

    Then after pausing for a snack, you will continue along another trail, where you can expect to find different species of flora and fauna. Favorites include scarlet macaws, golden-naped woodpeckers, papayas, heliconias and a staggering variety of orchids. The refuge is truly a wonderland of species undisturbed by human intervention.

    Following your hike, you will enjoy a short panoramic tour of Golfito before returning to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes 2 hours of moderate to strenuous hiking. There will be uneven, natural and gravel surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition. Light-weight clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellant; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking or athletic shoes with a closed-toe are recommended. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

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  • Yoga Class and Paddle Board

    Cruise to a serene resort in a national park for a rejuvenating yoga session, followed by a paddleboard adventure across the protected waters of the surrounding gulf.

    After departing from the pier in a boat, you will enjoy a scenic cruise through the Golfo Dulce or Sweet Gulf, where you may spot playful dolphin zipping through the clear waters and leaping acrobatically into the air. Bottlenose, spinner and rough tooth dolphin are just a few of the species that inhabit the gulf year-round.

    Before long, you will arrive at Playa Cativo, a secluded resort nestled in the heart of the unspoiled Piedras Blancas National Park. The beachfront resort offers an ideal setting to practice yoga, and during the session you can relax and renew your spirit.

    Following this rejuvenating experience, you will be served a savory breakfast of dishes prepared with farm-to-table, organic ingredients. At this point, you can expect to be in just the right frame of mind to focus on your paddleboard adventure.

    To help you prepare, an instructor will show you how to stand on the paddleboard and maneuver through the typically calm waters of the gulf. Paddleboarding has grown in popularity recently and it’s no wonder. Paddleboards are remarkably stable and it’s surprisingly easy to stand atop one and glide across the water under your own power.

    Following your time paddleboarding on the gulf, you will re-board the boat and cruise back to the pier in Golfito.

    Please note: This tour includes limited walking over grassy and dirt paths. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Participants must be able to enter and exit the boat with limited assistance and be in good physical condition. Those who suffer from motion sickness are cautioned to take the appropriate precautions prior to commencement of the tour. Light-weight clothing; swimwear; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellant; a bottle of water and towel from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Guests who participate in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

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