An industrial port complex for both cruise ships and cargo vessels, Puerto Caldera belongs to the Esparza Puntarenas Province.
It began functioning as a port in 1577 and foreign maritime commerce was transferred there from Puntarenas City in 1834.
The opening of the new port in 1972 brought new industries, more tourists and other development for the nation. It also serves as the primary access point from the Pacific Coast to the historic capital San Jose.
Nowadays base of the incredible cruises Windstar and Starflyer leaving every weekend for a week or two exploring all the wonderful beaches and islands of Costa Rica`s Pacific coast.
There are no passenger amenities in Puerto Caldera except for a small, air-conditioned terminal with restrooms, information desk, public phones and a small selection of craft vendors. There is also an International Calling Center which accepts major calling cards. The unspoiled natural beauty of the region is one of Puerto Caldera’s main attractions. Its rain forest, which start just inside the coastline and continue up into the mountain ranges, contain rivers, waterfalls, parks and wildlife preserves.
About 20 miles south of Puerto Caldera are two forest reserves, known for their large and diverse populations of forest and aquatic birds: the Biological Reserve of Carara, and a preserve that encompasses the islands of Guayabo, Negritos and Los Pajaros.
We would like to be your chauffeur in Costa Rica regarless if it will be for just the 1 hour trip from San Jose (SJO) airpot to Caldera through highway 27 or in another hand for few days exploring the inland of our amazing country if you decide to come earlier and take the most of your trip to Paradise Costa Rica. Our flexibility is always at your order in our goal to be your best choice and have the honor of being your host in the happiest country in the world.
We are locals and our home town is Esparza, just 15 minutes to port of Caldera but after our 18 years working on tourism we can be demoninated Costa Rica experts since we know every location from road conditions to activities to do based on your needs and special requests, some of the most popular choices are Arenal volcano, Poas volcano, La Paz waterfalls gardens, doka state coffee tour, Carara Biological Reserve, Tarcoles river and Llanos de Cortes waterfalls if coming from Liberia airport or Guanacaste area, and why not even from/to our other beautiful coast in the Atlantic (Tortuguero, Puerto Viejo and more) remember we will go everywhere in Costa Rica to pick you up or drop you off and the GPS is only as a backup since we know all the roads.
As a matter of fact in our ports and based on our constitution some extra permits and special insurance is mandatory for any tourism vehicle to be allow to go beyond the port gates and pick up or drop off their clients satisfactorily, the distance between the gates to the cruise terminal is for about a mile which doesn´t mean a terrible situation in case your driver ask you to walk in, just to be clear this is nothing you need to worry about if you go with us, but the real thing is all that big machines working in the shipping area of the port which is in between the gates and the cruise, so our goal to be your best choice made us get all that permits and insurance so you can have peace on your mind when you hire our transportation service to/from Caldera. In another hand special doesn´t mean expensive neither than it comes from your pocket, feel free to quote the same service with the cruise agents, another drivers or even the same hotel where you are going to staying if it is your case, we actually beat their prices by far.
Check our fleet clicking on the picture bellow, we count with different sized vans and minibuses and we also can have an SUV or Sedan upon request if you like that choice better, our vans are diesel and with small engines (2.1 and 2:5 L) We are environmentally conscious!
Why are we your best choice?
|Our tours are well designed to provide you with the most efficent timing and of course oriented to give you the most of our country in the lapse of time you decide to tour, even that we are flexible and happy to modify that tour you found interesting accordingly to your needs or preferences so you truly would be going on the best tour.|
Our priority as a tour operator is to keep our fleet in the best shape not only to ensure the comfort but most important to make that tour with no delays, for this same reason we carefully chose our routes to go on each tour and set the best itinerary than should have us back at port 90 minutes before the cruise departure time.
Perfect atmosphere on the tour. The minimum of participants requested for our tours is 8 adults to provide the lower rate for the best quality tour including a lot more sights, personalized attention to the client and a better use of your valuable time; the idea of this size of group is based on the capacity of our XL vans , they are made to hold 15 pax so you can have one and half seat, these vehicles are very comfortable, fully licenced, insured and air conditioned. Likewise groups with less people and even a single couple can hire our services for tours, in this case private, with a slighty difference on the price, on the other hand we also can operate large groups in our minibuses and buses, please contact us at agents.odysseytourscr.com for agents group tours.
Attention to details. While some cruise fans contacting us to set up a tour are also good on computers and do their homework looking for others to join their tour visiting forums online and more, others only read about us while doing their search and decide to give us a try so in our desire to be as helpful as possible we have incorporated in our website a page to promote tours available to join by others arriving to our port on same cruise, OPEN TOURS, once new people have emailed us asking to be part of that tour, we pass the contact info to each other so everybody can have a touch before going on the tour, at the end the idea is to make friends and memories of a lifetime!.
Our reputation online is our best cover letter. You can read nothing but good reviews about our services on all the very important websites such as tripadvisor, fodor’s, cruise critic, frommers, localyte and others, now we are rated number 1 for Costa Rica between another 500+ operators listed on trip advisor but we keep our feet on the ground and want to be the best one as long as we can working hardly .