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Cruises You Should Only Take in Winter

Reader's Digest Logo By Jill Schildhouse of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 13: The best time to visit Costa Rica is from mid-December to April. Why? Because it's the dry season, making it the perfect time to explore rainforests or lounge on the beach without weather interrupting your fun. 'You can hike through Manuel Antonio National Park in search of its lovely beaches and abundant animal life, soar high above the Quepos jungle floor as you zipline past monkeys and sloths, and then explore Golfo Dulce's rainforest landscape,' says Jess Peterson, director of itinerary planning at Windstar Cruises. Because this small ship cruise line carries about 300 passengers, it's able to access smaller ports and islands away from the typical high-season tourist crowds. Plus, you'll take a daylight transit through the massive Panama Canal, one of the world's most stunning feats of engineering. Check out these cruise ships with crazy cool amenities.

Costa Rica and the Panama Canal

The best time to visit Costa Rica is from mid-December to April. Why? Because it's the dry season, making it the perfect time to explore rainforests or lounge on the beach without weather interrupting your fun. 'You can hike through Manuel Antonio National Park in search of its lovely beaches and abundant animal life, soar high above the Quepos jungle floor as you zipline past monkeys and sloths, and then explore Golfo Dulce's rainforest landscape,' says Jess Peterson, director of itinerary planning at Windstar Cruises. Because this small ship cruise line carries about 300 passengers, it's able to access smaller ports and islands away from the typical high-season tourist crowds. Plus, you'll take a daylight transit through the massive Panama Canal, one of the world's most stunning feats of engineering. 
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