Crocodile River Boat Tour


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Activity Level



Shore Excursion, Shopping, Nature and Wildlife, Day Trip / Out of Town


Kid Friendly: Yes. Children always love this tour, but it's important you consider they need to be sitting quietly for an hour on the boat. No bathrooms till the boat ride is over.

Friendly: No.
You have to e able to get in and out a car and a boat. Walking is very limited.

Maximum travelers: 3



Spanish (fluent), Portuguese (basic), English (fluent)

Tarcoles boat tour

Enjoy a true adventure exploring one of the largest river we have in Costa Rica and with one of the biggest crocodile population. Tarcoles river is very famous worldwide already with YouTube videos, documentaries in Animal Planet and National Geographic. Even the late crocodile hunter from Australia, Steve Irwin was in this river.
The boats are very comfortable and safe, cover with a roof top for sun or rain protection. The idea is to sit, keep you cameras ready as the boat man explores the river looking for as many crocodiles as possible.
Besides crocodiles you can see different species of birds that are always around, as Tarcoles River is consider an important birdwatching spot. Iguanas, and the famous Basilisk or Jesus Christ Lizards are around.
The boat ride last 1. 5 hours, afterwards we drive same way back to the ship with a stop for shopping at a famous souvenir shop called El Jardin, which belongs to a cooperative of local artisans known for their paintings and wood carvings.


After meeting outside the Pier's main gate, we will drive 40 minutes to Tarcoles River. During the drive I will show you some of the main attractions of Puntarenas, like a short city tour. Once at Tarcoles we will get on the boat for 1. 5 hours (it's not a private tour, unless you customized it), the journey begins exploring diffrent sections of the river looking for crocodiles, birds, lizards and any other wild creature. This river is very famous not only for having one of the biggest population of crocodiles in Costa Rica, but it's also an important bird watching spot. After the boat tour, there's a place to use the facilities and it's time to drive back to the ship. On the way we cannot stop at a famous souvenir shop, El Jardin. Which is part of a cooperative of local artisans known for their paintings and wood carving.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Outside the Puntarenas Port main gate, as if you were walking on own to town.

End location: Out side the Puntarenas Port main gate

Duration: 4 hours 30 min.

From Puntarenas Port we'll drive to Tarcoles River where the boat ride takes place, that's 40 minutes drive more less (depends on traffic). The boat tour itself last 1.5 hours, then there's the option to go shopping before driving back to the ship. Getting back is the 40 minutes, it's the same road heading back.


Private car, 4x4 Daihatsu Bego 2012.
The boat is cover, has a roof and with comfortable sits, enough space to walk, you don't get wet getting on board and it has life jackets and all safety regulations.

What’s Included

Other: Transportation by private car, the boat (it's not private unless you ask for it and are willing to pay extra). It includes one bottle of water per person and a tropical fruit snack.
In case of larger groups, please contact me. It's possible to rent a van or bus for an additional cost.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

50 US dollars - Basically for any drink or meal, as well remember there's shopping opportunities on the way.

What’s Extra

Other: Meals or drinks, souvenirs.


I cannot wait for the guest right outside the cruise ship, you'll meet me outside the main gate of the Terminal.

A Recent Review of this tour

Priscilla was an excellent guide. She allowed me to view part of Costa Rica in a way that was easiest for me and my limitations. I appreciate her ability to spot birds in the forest and show them to me with a telescope. The boat ride on the river to look for birds and crocodiles also went well. She told me some stories about her country which were very interesting.
Ruth Gilbert

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