S. Caribbean Serenity

28 Day • Windstar Cruises
 
 
 
 

S. Caribbean Serenity

28 Day Cruise Holiday - Windstar Cruises

28-Day Windstar Cruise

28-Day Central America Cruise

Lush rainforests, centuries-old colonial fortifications and bright-sand beaches await throughout this extensive 28-day Caribbean exploration that visits ports in Costa Rica, Colombia and both the Windward and Leeward islands. Ride horseback beneath a verdant rainforest canopy or test your fishing skills in a deep sea fishing region known for tuna, sailfish and mahi-mahi off the coast of Costa Rica. Hike among thousand-year-old teak and mahogany trees on Isla Parida in Panama. Experience the energy of the thriving Panama Canal during a complete daylight transit. Explore the reinforced chambers and shadowy stone corridors of the Fort of San Felipe de Barajas near Cartagena in Columbia. See the Aruban countryside and visit prominent landmarks like the Alta Vista Chapel during a guided mountain bike tour. Watch from the railing aboard an authentic Siamese junk as you sail to a remote, uninhabited island and snorkel amid friendly reef fish along Ebo’s Reef outer edge near Kralendijk. And embrace the spirit of small ship ports like Isla Parida, Puerto Jimenez, Quepos, Mayreau, and Deshaies.

Sailing date: 29 January 2022 | Departs: Puerto Caldera

Oceanview
$6299USD
per person based on double occupancy
  • Departure dates:
  • 29 January 2022
  • Package Inclusions:
  • Cruise from Colón to Puerto Caldera to Bridgetown
  • All transfers to and from sites and ship
  • All taxes & fees
  • Prices do NOT include airfare.  Prices above are per person, based on double occupancy. 
  • Rates are subject to availability at time of booking.  Many other stateroom costs are available too, please ask your friendly Downunder Travel Destination Specialist for other options available.

Trip Details

Included in your trip

Cultural Experience
Airport Transfers
Luxury Experience
Taxes & Fees
Accommodations

EXCLUDED IN YOUR TRIP

Spa Services
Motor Sports
Flights/Airfare
Guided
Tips/Gratuities

WHERE WILL YOU VISIT?

  • Puerto Caldera
  • Quepos
  • Golfo Dulce
  • Isla Parida
  • Balboa / Fuerte Amador
  • Panama Canal
  • Colón
  • Cartegena
  • Santa Marta
  • Oranjestad
  • Willemstad
  • Kralendijk
  • St. George’s
  • Mayreau
  • Bridgetown
  • Anse Mitan
  • Deshaies
  • Gustavia
  • St. Maarten
  • Basseterre
  • Falmouth Harbour
  • Pigeon Island
  • Soufriere

TRIP ITINERARY

28 Days: Puerto Caldera to Bridgetown

28 Day Adventure

DAY 1 PUERTO CALDERA, COSTA RICA

Located on the Gulf of Nicoya, the small town of Puerto Caldera is one of Costa Rica’s top attractions, perfect for travelers who like more off the beaten path destinations where the native Tico lifestyle can be experienced. It is the gateway to San Jose, Jaco and the big city of Puntarenas, plus Los Suenos and Tortuga Island. Carara National Park is nearby, the rainforest home to crocodiles, over 400 species of birds and is considered the most likely place to see scarlet macaws.

DAY 2 QUEPOS, COSTA RICA

The former banana-exporting town of Quepos is your basecamp for a day of rainforest adventure. Take a walk along trails that weave up to waterfalls, or ride horseback to a beautiful jungle pool. A float trip through a mangrove swamp populated by monkeys, crocodiles, egrets, and herons is also available. Or you may choose a nature walk through Manuel Antonio National Park, with its lovely beaches, easy trails, and abundant animal life.

DAY 3 PUERTO JIMENEZ (GOLFO DULCE), COSTA RICA

Picture Jurassic foliage growing down steep hillsides all the way to the waterline, the hoots  of monkeys echoing through trees choked by orchids. Golfo Dulce is one of Costa Rica’s most biodiverse areas, where both the jungle and the sea brim with life. Explore the canals by kayak in search of javelinas, butterflies, and more bird species than in all of North America. This port is accessed with a wet landing.

DAY 4 ISLA PARIDA, PANAMA

Located within a Nature Preserve of 50 islands, and part of Chiriqui Marine National Park lovely Isla Parida boasts magnificent beaches, one of which is over 1,300 feet long.  The crystal clear waters stay at 82 degrees year round and are filled with marine life. There are numerous hardwood trees like teak, mahogany, and eucalyptus, and fruit trees like mango, banana and coconut trees. Here you will be treated to Windstar’s Signature Beach Party on a secluded beach that faces the Pacific Ocean.

DAY 6 BALBOA / FUERTE AMADOR, PANAMA

One of the entrances to the Panama Canal on the Pacific side, Balboa/Fuerte Amador was founded in 1519 and is a short distance from Panama City.  In 2012 Balboa was ranked #1 in Latin America in the category of world’s busiest container ports. Sightseeing highlights include the colonial homes, the Administration Building, the Goethals Memorial, the Prado, and the local handicraft markets of traditional Panamanian crafts.

DAY 7 PANAMA CANAL, PANAMA

At nearly 48 miles long, on your transit through the Panama Canal you will enter three sets of locks that raise and lower the vessel 85 feet between the calm Pacific Ocean and the shimmering waters of the Atlantic. Your voyage features a daylight hours transit with numerous observation vantage points for outside viewing and comfortable indoor air-conditioned lounges. Expert onboard commentary enhances your journey as you watch the day to day workings of this bucket list experience.

DAY 8 COLÓN, PANAMA

Explore the inner workings of the Panama Canal, head into the jungle to meet with Embera Indians, or take an aerial tram ride through the rainforest canopy.

DAY 10 CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA

Welcome to the sparkling city of Cartagena, where the gold and jewels of the Spanish Main awaited shipment across the Atlantic. No pirate could resist, nor will you be able to when you visit this historic city. The Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is surrounded by 400-year-old walls and contains a plethora of churches, fortresses, and restored colonial mansions. Outside the walls are more treasures: Climb the massive Castillo de San Felipe to investigate its maze of hidden tunnels, or shop for the perfect emerald.

DAY 11 SANTA MARTA, COLOMBIA

Romantic Santa Marta has it all: history (Colombia’s oldest city), natural beauty (from gentle bays and beaches to the highest coastal mountain range in the world), and its very own celebrity. Simon Bolivar  (“The Liberator”) is known as the George Washington of South America, and this was his Mount Vernon. Visit his beautiful estate or head to one of  the two UNESCO Biosphere Reserves nearby.

DAY 13 ORANJESTAD, ARUBA

Known for having some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, this Dutch port makes it easy to just … take it easy. Walk through town to choose your favorite carved wooden door, or spend the day like the Arubans do playing dominos at a beachside table.

DAY 14 WILLEMSTAD, CURACAO

Savor the pastel colors of the historic UNESCO site Old Town and the way the elaborate Dutch gables cut baroque curlicues from the sky. It’s the perfect appetizer for a day of watersports or an adventure below ground at the magical Hato Caves—filled with eerie limestone formations and ancient petroglyphs.

DAY 15 KRALENDIJK, BONAIRE

The ice cream colors of the stucco houses will draw your lens, as will the pink flamingos on the salt pans. But you’ll need a waterproof camera to complete the portrait since more than 400 fish species and 50 types of coral wait beneath the surface.

DAY 17 ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA

Inhale the intoxicating aroma of the “Isle of Spice” as your eyes feast on what is widely claimed to be the most beautiful city in the Caribbean. Spend the day on 2-mile-long Grand Anse beach, and before you go, a taste of nutmeg ice cream is a must.

DAY 18 MAYREAU, ST. VINCENT GRENADINES

With fewer than 300 inhabitants and miles of secluded beaches, it’s easy to feel as if you’re on your own private island. Saline Bay is a delightful anchorage that separates the Caribbean from the Atlantic – and a perfect place to play with some of the toys from the Watersports Platform.

DAY 19 BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS

Jolly old England comes to life in the city and its garrison, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Further afield, you’ll find historic sugar plantations and the fairyland magic of Harrison’s Cave.

DAY 20 ANSE MITAN, MARTINIQUE

Martinique offers a delightful and distinctive blend of French and Caribbean influences, with a bounty of historical sites, museums and a wide array of excellent shopping. Be sure to take a tour of the beautiful Jardin de Balata Botanical Gardens with exotic plants from around the world and a treetop walkway affording mountain views.

DAY 21 DESHAIES, GUADELOUPE

Situated near the Grand Anse beach, Deshaies has the deepest bay of all the Caribbean coasts with the best natural protection which made it a shelter for pirates of days gone by and is said to still be housing treasures on the Island. Grand Anse beach is one of the most beautiful of the islands with its over half a mile of fine golden sand and coconut palms.

DAY 22 GUSTAVIA, ST. BARTHÉLEMY

Affectionately known as St. Barts, the Caribbean’s most chic island adds a French flair to Riviera-like beaches and duty-free boutiques. Walk past gingerbread cottages in search of celebrities, shop for designer fashions, or sip the island’s signature ti punch as kite surfers fly by.

DAY 23 PHILIPSBURG, ST. MAARTEN

Pastel-colored buildings and shops filled with tempting souvenirs herald your arrival to bustling Philipsburg. Situated near the harbor on the Dutch side of St. Maarten, Philipsburg owes its discovery to Christopher Columbus in 1493. Today, celebrated Front Street is home to a number of local Creole restaurants as well as jewelry stores, stylish boutiques, and lively casinos for visitors seeking an upbeat island experience.

DAY 24 BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS

With Georgian architecture situated against an irresistible backdrop of emerald green hills, Basseterre is one of the loveliest of the Caribbean’s small capitals. Beyond town, more than a quarter of St. Kitts has been set aside as Brimstone Hill Fortress national Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

DAY 25 FALMOUTH HARBOUR, ANTIGUA

It’s said that Antigua has 365 beaches – one for every day of the year. See how many you can discover as our stay in port stretches into the evening to accommodate them all. Watch the stars come out as darkness falls and imagine how residents of Andromeda must envy you.

DAY 27 PIGEON ISLAND, ST. LUCIA

The UNESCO site Pitons’ with their two majestic volcanic peaks and 24 miles of vibrant coral reef welcome you to St. Lucia. Nearby Pigeon Island National Park features impressive ruins of English forts, archaeological relics of Arawak Indians, and splendid beaches.

DAY 27 SOUFRIERE, ST. LUCIA

Nestled in the shadows of the UNESCO Pitons, Soufriere represents the heart and soul of St. Lucia. The tiny town center is full of street vendors and stores and some of the best resorts on the island can be found here. Nearby are secluded waterfalls and the waters here boast some of the best diving around. Sights to see include the Edmund Rainforest Trail, fond Doux Holiday plantation, Robot Estate and the Gros Piton Nature Trail.

DAY 28 SOUFRIERE, ST. LUCIA

Nestled in the shadows of the UNESCO Pitons, Soufriere represents the heart and soul of St. Lucia. The tiny town center is full of street vendors and stores and some of the best resorts on the island can be found here. Nearby are secluded waterfalls and the waters here boast some of the best diving around. Sights to see include the Edmund Rainforest Trail, fond Doux Holiday plantation, Robot Estate and the Gros Piton Nature Trail.

DAY 29 BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS

Jolly old England comes to life in the city and its garrison, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Further afield, you’ll find historic sugar plantations and the fairyland magic of Harrison’s Cave

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