Through Cruise Critics we found a group looking for others to join them on a tour. They arranged everything through www.discoverycostarica.com - e-mail discovcr.@racsa.co.cr.
We had 2 tour guides - Jorge & Adrian. Adrian had lived in NJ so language was not a barrier. Jorge was a wealth of information about the area we toured. The van we traveled in was brand new and spacious unlike many of the vehicles we saw waiting around the pier.
The highlight of the tour included a stop at Aviarios de Caribe, a B&B that was also a rehab center for tree sloths and toucans. The rest of the day took us south stopping at small villages to shop, a national park , and scenic beaches.
Last November, DH and I went white water rafting! It was the highlight of my trip! It was raining but still very warm and it was just so much fun (you get wet anyway!) We booked it through the ship. The only downfall was that it was a long busride to and from but the bus had ac and was fairly new and very comfortable.
Once you get off of the ship, turn in land and look for the red canopy tent. Tour vendor with the Sign which outlines all of the tours and their price. Thus no haggling. We took the number one rated tour that included; @ $45 per couple, a boat trip on the Tortugero Canal, a stop at Playa Bonita, a tour at the Dole Banana Plantation and other photo stops for pictures with a 3 toed sloth and native flora & fauna. Our driver also brought us to a local supermarket at my request. He helped with currency conversion and the purchase of Costa Rican coffee. We bought about 10 lbs. of coffee, a bottle of vanilla and a Qt. of fresh fruit juice for $11 US.
The souvenir bazaar area at the port has beautiful Mahogony Bowls and wooden wear. We bought a large Salad bowl set for $25, heavy to carry home, but worth it. Don't miss the necklaces and bracelets. I just saw the same thing in Mexico for much more and it was made in Costa Rica.
We did the zip-line Crazy Monkey Canopy tour. It was the best! Arranged it with Mambo Tours, inside the pier terminal. Posted price was $80pp which included the $40 ticket for the zipline at Almonds and Corals lodge, 1.5 hours south of Limon in the rainforest. It was a 15 platform zip-line with the last one landing you on the beach. We had an hour of beach time and a fruit lunch included. The lodge was beautiful. It was a 7-hr. trip.