Arriving Puntarenas, Costa Rica


Puntarenas Lighthouse

Puntarenas Lighthouse

The Golden Princess left Callao, the seaport serving Lima, on Friday, March 20, 2015, and sailed northward.  We were leaving South America behind us and heading toward Central America.  Our next destination was along the isthmus that links the North and South American continents.  After three full days at sea the Golden Princess docked at the port city of Puntarenas in Costa Rica on Tuesday, March 24.

Puntarenas

Puntarenas

Stepping off the ship we saw two sand sculptors plying their trade for tips on the beach alongside where the Golden Princess docked.  Their subject this day was the scaryAmerican crocodile.  I’ll be showing you living examples over the upcoming series on this destination.

Sand sculptors alongside the dock

Sand sculptors alongside the dock

Here’s a look back across the Gulf of Nicoya:

Gulf of Nicoya

Gulf of Nicoya

And a view of the beach:

Puntarenas beach

Puntarenas beach

One last look at that lighthouse before we head inland:

Puntarenas Lighthouse

Puntarenas Lighthouse

Ursula and I had an appointment inland, so our stay in Puntarenas was necessarily short.  Our first stop on this tour was the beautiful Hotel Villa Caletas (one of Central America’s Top Five hotels) for some outstanding views:

The view from Villa Caletas

The view from Villa Caletas

The hotel itself is quite photogenic as well:

Villa Caletas

Villa Caletas

Villa Caletas

Villa Caletas

After Villa Caletas we stopped at the outer edges of the Costa Rican jungle for some quick pictures of wild parrots:

Wild parrots

Wild parrots

Colorful Parrot

Colorful Parrot

Costa Rica jungle

Costa Rica jungle

On Wednesday I’ll present to you our first stop deep in the jungle, complete with a visit with white-headed capuchin monkeys, a white-nosed coatimundi, and cashews in the wild.

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