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Puntarenas is set on a sandy peninsula in Costa Rica, overlooking the glorious Gulf of Nicoya. This MSC World Cruise destination is a charismatic hotspot celebrated for its beach, theatre, art gallery, and colourful Central American culture. Enveloped by lush nature, the city is the perfect starting point for an array of tours and excursions, including San José, a coffee plantation, and the Natuwa Sanctuary.
• San José: Capital of Costa Rica
• Costa Rica Countryside and Coffee Experience
• Scarlet Macaws and Jaguars Sanctuary
San José, the capital of Costa Rica, is rich in culture and heritage. On an MSC Cruises excursion, you’ll soak up the city’s cosmopolitan atmosphere while admiring its tranquil parks and elegant buildings. Lean about pre-Columbian culture by stopping at the Gold Museum, home to 1,586 ancient golden artefacts! Then, relax in Metropolitan Park at La Sabana, which is surrounded by towering green trees and colourful flowers. The National Theatre, renowned for its exquisite interiors, brings the day to a close. Discover an incredible ceiling painted with murals, often touted as one of the most beautiful in the world.
Immerse yourself in Costa Rican coffee culture with a visit to the Naranjo region. On an MSC Cruises excursion, you’ll visit the Hacienda Espiritu Santo, a 258-hectare plantation. Learn about harvesting, roasting, and brewing methods while exploring the farm and processing plant. Afterwards, stop by the charming town of Sarchí to see the National Labour Symbol — a colourful Costa Rican oxcart!
Natuwa Sanctuary is a renowned wildlife conservation charity which protects endangered species such as ocelots, tapirs, monkeys, jaguars, and scarlet and green macaws. Visit this extraordinary centre on an MSC Cruises excursion, where you’ll learn about the vital role that animals play in the Costa Rican ecosystem. Natuwa provides a refuge and rehabilitation for wildlife that’s been negatively affected by hunting and deforestation. This educational day out is idea for the whole family including eco-conscious travellers and budding conservationists!