September 24th, 2013, 10:17 PM from @susiesan,
We did this same Windstar trip a few years ago (and loved it!!!).
Had the same dilemma: how to get from SJO to Caldera. I booked a private transfer to take us to the port, then pick us up a week later. The driver (Roiner) took us on a countryside tour on the way back to SJ, stopping at some interesting small towns (Sarchi is one I remember). Also a stop at an amazing aviary/zoo just outside SJ where we saw all the tropical birds we didn't see in on the Windstar rainforest excursion! Roiner dropped us at our hotel in SJ (Hotel Grano de Oro) where we stayed a couple nights. Next morning, he picked us up at the hotel and took us on a tour of SJ, saw the market, the Gold museum and various other sights. Next morning, he picked us up at hotel and took us to SJO.
I don't remember what we paid, but it was well worth it. We saw some of the Costa Rica countryside and the city of SJ that complemented the cruise experience. Roiner was a great driver/guide.
Contact Patricia at www.trekscostarica.com. She made all the arrangements for us.
On the cruise, we took the Windstar excursion to Nicaragua (town of Granada) and the Masaya volcano. We really enjoyed it.
September 28th, 2013, 04:52 PM from SailorJM
We used Roiner also, Patricia also was the one we made arrangements through.
Anyway: LOVED him, and Patricia! He took us around the countryside and to a coffee plantation, butterfly farm, and for an authentic Costa Rican lunch (buffet), which was excellent...he's very pleasant, fun and knowledgeable. Patricia had a free day, so she joined us. After touring, they drove us to the ship. I highly recommend Treks Costa Rica, Roiner and Patricia. The price was reasonable, but I can't recall what....
At the time, they said their company was the only one that had permission to actually drive into the docks area and take you right to the ship. We watched other drivers offload passengers outside the docks area, and those folks had to lug baggage in a long way.
"Wanted to let you know how pleased we all were with the trip. The events were well planned and evenly paced, so that we did lots of interesting things but still had a relaxing vacation. The food was excellent and all of the arrangements were thoughtfully worked out. We enjoyed meeting the other participants on the trip, and in fact their company added a lot to our experience. When an event comes off in a way that seems so effortless, one can be sure that there was plenty of effort involved in setting it up! You and your team did a great job. Thanks. We will be considering more of your trips in future years, and will be glad to recommend you to others who have not yet gone on one of your trips."
Samuel & Family - Sharon, MA