Our Friday started with the pick-up of the company Calypso Cruises at a Hotel in San José. The bus was very comfortably and the guide explained a lot, but did not talk all the time, what was perfect. The bus ride took 1 ½ hours to Puntarenas, where we had a typical breakfast with Gallo Pinto, eggs, tortillas, coffee and juice. As soon as the catamaran was ready, we had some little instructions in case of an emergency on the boat and finally we could enjoy the 1 ½ hours ride. They served us fruits and non alcoholic drinks had been included, so we had to pay for alcoholic drinks. Our cocktails were big and delicious and 6 Dollar each was not too expensive. Furthermore the catamaran not only had the two nets to lie on, but also two little pools, where you could either sit in or just put your feet in to cool down a bit. There had been approximately 20 people on the whole catamaran, and this number of passengers was perfect as it was not crowed and enough space for everyone. Soon we reached Tortuga Island and the whole place just looked like pictures taken out of a magazine. The blue and clear water, the white sand and the green palms everywhere. Incredibly beautiful! In total, we had 5 hours on the island. First we could do snorkeling for 45 minutes for free and then they prepared lunch for us. Was a buffet with three different salads as a starter, then main dish was chicken with rice, vegetables and a papaya sauce, and for dessert they served coffee and cake. And a glass of white wine and non alcoholic drinks were included. The last sportive gratis activity was sitting on a banana boat, which took half an hour. You also could just have a little walk on the island, there were little bars and a souvenir shop, but you also could just go swim in the sea and relax on the beach. Finally at 3.30 PM we had to say goodbye to Tortuga Island. But we still had again 1 ½ hours on the catamaran, thinking of the nice day and enjoying the sunset as we reached Puntarenas. And during the time on the catamaran and during lunch, a little band played typical music which perfectly fitted to the surroundings and to the whole atmosphere. In the end the bus ride again and then about 7 PM we arrived in San José.
This one day trip was well organized, so you just had time to relax and to recover from the daily stress in life.