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Customer Comments

Our company thrives on repeat and referral customers because we focus on one-on-one service. We have included a sampling of comments from our past customers. We have many happy clients who were so pleased with our services that they have agreed to serve as references for our company. We can provide these upon request.

I've never been on a vacation before that had an itinerary prepared for me and it made it easy as all the research had been tried and tested and we knew that we were going on the best tours of what Costa Rica had to offer. If we ever decide to return to Costa Rica, we'll definitely be using your services again. Yes we had the most wonderful time, thank you! Everything went very smoothly. It was an experience of a life time and one we'll never forget :-) Thank you once again.
J. Gardiner, August 2013
It seems like a beautiful dream now that our trip is two weeks over. We had the time of our lives. From ziplining to the jungle hikes and riverboat tour. It was all fantastic. Our hotels could not have been nicer or more accommodating. The directions, for the most part, were concise and easy to follow. We found all the warnings about leaving things in your car and not asking for help from strangers to be a little over the top. At no time were we uncomfortable or worried about belongings. Of course, we spent no time in San Jose or any other large city and just used common sense as we do in the States. The Ticos were warm, friendly and drive like crazed maniacs but, you get used to it pretty quickly. Your company did a fantastic job in arranging our trip and activities. We will always use Costa Rica Vacations when we go back, as we are already planning. Thank you.
J. Zoble, August 2013
My husband and I returned this past Monday from Costa Rica. The trip was absolutely amazing. It was an active and adventurous trip which was exactly what we wanted. The initernary that was completed for us was perfect. Thank you for all the work in preparing such a fabulous 10 day trip. We had no problems with the vouchers, hotel check in and out, car rentals. The one issue we did have was with the directions. In some occassions it was a good thing we had the GPS. We both took turns driving and found no difficulty with the roads and/traffic. Thank you again,
T. & J. Giffen, August 2013
We had a wonderful time in Costa Rica. Everything was perfect. Thank you for all the reservations and information. Can't wait to go back.
H. Shah, August 2013
We had the PERFECT honeymoon! All of your suggestions were excellent, and everything was so simple. Renting a car and driving was definitely the way to go, we had a blast and got everywhere easily. It was nice to have so much free time as well as a variety of planned activities. The only thing that didn't go excellently was our trip to the eco termales hot springs. We got there and it was SO beautiful and romantic and quiet and relaxing - but ten minutes later an entire group of about 50 middle schoolers got there and were doing cannonballs into the springs. I know that had nothing to do with you all, but if there is someway to check on large groups prior?? I'm not sure if there was any way to prevent that, but the food was delicious and it would have been amazing otherwise. All of the hotels were beautiful and perfect, and we loved the guided hike. Our absolute most favorite day was the calypso cruise day. It was a great intro to diving activity, and the boat/food/beach was excellent. Even if people aren't into SCUBA, you should recommend the cruise. It was so relaxing. Thank you for giving us a beautiful and memorable honeymoon. I'll definitely be recommending you all to everyone!!
K. Shoaf, July 2013
We are beyond pleased with our trip and all of Pat Hoymans help and reservations. We had a wonderful time and are looking forward to our next trip and most definitly referring others to Costa Rica Vacation Planning. My husband did want me to mention that we highly recommend others getting a GPS when driving independantly. We did get lost on 2 occasions but fortunately most Tico's were beyond helpful in redirecting us. We look forward to our next trip.

J. & A. Rudolph, July 2013
It was wonderful, and Juan was a superb driver and guide. Thank you for recommending that we have a driver. We could not have managed without one. The guides we had for particular events were all excellent. And thank you very much for helping to arrange such a great trip.
J. Deutch, July 2013
No suggestions - it was an amazing time and you were a big help! Thanks for everything. I'll be sure to recommend you to my family/friends.
W. Hackett, July 2013
Thank you for your excellent planning for our trip to Costa Rica. On a trip like that where so many things could go wrong, everything went just right –with the exception of the weather, which I wouldn’t expect anyone to be able to control. As I wrote in my notes: Aside from the rain, drizzle, downpours, and humidity, we had a great time! We went white water rafting, swimming at the hot springs, waterfall rappelling (the girls), hiking at the Arenal Volcano, zip-lining over the rainforest canopy, and hiking in the Caranas rainforest. We took a jungle river cruise and saw crocodiles, we went sea kayaking and snorkeling, and we enjoyed time at the beach. We went to La Paz gardens near San Jose, braved the city traffic (not to mention the narrow country highways) and got lost just once. We enjoyed several tasty meals and gained an appreciation for rice and beans and fried plantains. It was an adventure that we really enjoyed! All of the guides we great! They were each very friendly, knowledgeable, and fun to be with. The meals were delicious, the scenery was wonderful, and we did end up with a little bit of sunshine and blue skies. Although I know it’s the moisture that keeps everything so green. So, many thanks to you for your planning, we appreciate all your help.
C. Brimhall, June 2013
We recently returned from our wonderful trip of our lifetime to Costa Rica. There was something for everyone, and all four of us had a great time. You did a wonderful job customizing our schedule, talking me into a 4 wheel drive vehicle, and enjoying Jaco and Punta Leona rather than dashing off to Manuel Antonio in the amount of time that we had there. Your detailed directions worked great except for about 2 miles from Hotel Bougainvilla. We never found a stop sign at an intesection of the road we were on with the road to San Jose. Backtracked and road in circles for a bit, until we spotted a little blue sign with an arrow to the hotel. The last stop sign we saw was on our road and a railroad track. It ended up ok though. My husband said that he would go back and repeat the whole trip as is again. Thanks again!
D. Masters, May 2013
My wife and I had a fantastic time in Costa Rica for our honeymoon. Thank you to both you and Pat for doing such a great job on information, activities and accommodations. We both very much enjoyed the Hotel Royal Corin in Arenal. They had great service and the room was very nice. My one recommendation would be to include more landmarks when navigating the last 5 minutes of the written directions. Probably note the big church once you hit La Fortuna and recommend an immediate left to heads towards the volcano. The zip lining there was one of our favorite activities during the trip. Great views and the howler monkeys were right on the platforms! We also very much enjoyed Jaco area. The Marriott was very nice, but they seemed to always be trying to evoke more money the entire stay. The surfing was great at Jaco and our instructors were very helpful. The La Paz Waterfall garden was great as well. They had a large array of animals which was fun to see. Once again thank you to you and Pat for putting together such a great trip.
R. Sondergaard, May 2013
We are beyond pleased with our trip and all of Pat Hoymans help and reservations. We had a wonderful time and are looking forward to our next trip and most definitly referring others to Costa Rica Vacation Planning. My husband did want me to mention that we highly recommend others getting a GPS when driving independantly. We did get lost on 2 occasions but fortunately most Tico's were beyond helpful in redirecting us. We look forward to our next trip.
J. Rudolph, May 2013
We recently returned from our wonderful trip of our lifetime to Costa Rica. There was something for everyone, and all four of us had a great time. You did a wonderful job customizing our schedule, talking me into a 4 wheel drive vehicle, and enjoying Jaco and Punta Leona rather than dashing off to Manuel Antonio in the amount of time that we had there. Your detailed directions worked great except for about 2 miles from Hotel Bougainvilla. We never found a stop sign at an intesection of the road we were on with the road to San Jose. Backtracked and road in circles for a bit, until we spotted a little blue sign with an arrow to the hotel. The last stop sign we saw was on our road and a railroad track. It ended up ok though. My husband said that he would go back and repeat the whole trip as is again. Thanks again!
D. Masters, May 2013
We had the PERFECT honeymoon! All of your suggestions were excellent, and everything was so simple. Renting a car and driving was definitely the way to go, we had a blast and got everywhere easily. It was nice to have so much free time as well as a variety of planned activities. The only thing that didn't go excellently was our trip to the eco termales hot springs. We got there and it was SO beautiful and romantic and quiet and relaxing - but ten minutes later an entire group of about 50 middle schoolers got there and were doing cannonballs into the springs. I know that had nothing to do with you all, but if there is someway to check on large groups prior?? I'm not sure if there was any way to prevent that, but the food was delicious and it would have been amazing otherwise. All of the hotels were beautiful and perfect, and we loved the guided hike. Our absolute most favorite day was the calypso cruise day. It was a great intro to diving activity, and the boat/food/beach was excellent. Even if people aren't into SCUBA, you should recommend the cruise. It was so relaxing. Thank you for giving us a beautiful and memorable honeymoon. I'll definitely be recommending you all to everyone!!
K. Shoaf, May 2013
We had a great vacation, everything went well. We were very happy with the hotels, the activities and generally the food. Both, the Arenal area and Punta Leona area were great. In addition to the program, we visited Manuel Antonio National Park, and had dinner at the Villa Caletas hotel about 10 km from Punta Leona. Great food, great view, amazing hotel to visit. Thank you for your very well thought out travel plan, and the perfect organization of the trip,
H. Schlieker, April 2013
We have returned from Costa Rica and we had an absolutely amazing time....what a great place. I felt like the itinery that we put together was pretty perfect. On paper my family thought I put together a crazy plan and too busy but in actuality it was great. I think since the activities were so enjoyable it was fine to have a packed schedule especially given the short amount of time we had. In conclusion...My family give you kudos for your itinery and our schedule. We were a little disappointed with the weather because we were anticipating beautiful weather...not sure how rare the rain was but who can control the weather. The drivers worked well. I think given our plan and time frame it was the right choice. It allowed us to relax and enjoy and the roads and other drivers were certainly hairy. I know it cost more(forget how much more), but worth it in our case. Thanks again for all your help and patience with all my questions.

B. Fahey, March 2013
Our Costa Rica vacation was awesome. 1.  Point to point transportation guides were awesome.  They were prompt. Very professional. They drove very clean vehicles. We were able to stop at various places along the way, which was a tour in itself. 2.  ALL our tour guides were awesome.  They really love their jobs.  They took their time to explain and went out of their ways to teach my children. 3.  Rooms at Tabacon were old and especially room #102, was dirty.  We did not enjoy Bahia condo in Jaco much.  I stayed in room K-2 and it was dirty upon check in. Hotel Buena Vista was very nice.  The villas that you booked us in were awesome.  Very modern and newer.  Very clean.  We really enjoyed this accomodation. Overall, our family of 8 had a great time.  Thank you for a great itinerary!
D. Park, March 2013
In short – great trip.  Worked out well to go first to Arnenal and do inland stuff and then to go to Jaco area for the water stuff.  The plan you all put together to have us busy on activities in the morning and then free in afternoons was great.  Also nice because we had a day in the middle of the trip with nothing planned (so we could sleep in a little and there was still plenty to do at/around resort). Rental car worked out great. Resorts / hotels were fine. We enjoyed all of the areas/activities, although I wasn’t a huge fan of La Paz Waterfalls – but this might just be because it was at the end of the trip and we had already seen similar stuff on the trip. Thanks for all of your help. We would certainly recommend you to others.
M. Arenchild, March 2013

We "loved" you guys all through our Costa Rican travels.  The places you sent us, the accommodations, the food suggestions, all the travel tips, the incredible directions, the wonderful activities--everything was absolutely perfect. We couldn't have been more pleased with your help and your itinerary.  We will be recommending you to any friends interested in a trip to Costa Rica--in fact, we already have. So....thank you, thank you!

G. Cook, March 2013

Sorry it has taken so long to tell you how spectacular our holiday was in Costa Rica. We had a wonderful time. None of us knew you could successfully squeeze so much into one vacation. Everything went off without a hitch. Amazing considering all we did. Several people have asked about your service. I know when we go back we will contact you. Thanks! It was GREAT!

M. LaCoste, March 2013

I wanted to send a follow up e-mail regarding our trip to Costa Rica.  Just wanted to let you know that this was our second visit with the first being about 11 years ago. We were hesitant at first doing everything over the internet and hoped it would all work out and we would have as good as time as we did the first.   You planned a wonderful trip that couldn’t have worked out any smoother.  We never had to wait for anything (the arrival of the car, checking into our rooms, all the side excursions). Our favorite hotels were Hotel Buena Vista and Hotel Bougainvillea, they were absolutely wonderful.  The meals included were great and plentiful.  The canopy tour and whitewater rafting trip were our highlights as we had never done either of those before.  We are in our early 60’s and enjoy variety, adventure, and relaxation; this trip satisfied all.   All in all, we can’t wait to do it again.  We have traveled quite a bit in the past (Europe, Mexico, Jamaica) but Costa Rica is the only place I had wanted a repeat vacation.  Thanks again for making it such a memorable trip.

S. Froula, Jan. 2013

{CRVP} planned our honeymoon to Costa Rica last May. We were very nervous about using a company that we had never heard of before, but our first conversation with Stefan wiped out all apprehensiveness and doubt. Stefan is an American living in Costa Rica and has overwhelming knowledge about the country and what it has to offer. We wanted the "perfect" honeymoon (of course), filled with both romance and adventure, but at the right price. Stefan is big on value, which is what sets him apart from other travel agents. He hand-picked excellent hotels for us based on his extensive knowledge of what they had to offer. We spent two days in Arenal, two days in Manuel Antonio, two days in Jaco and our final two days near La Paz Waterfall Gardens. I would say about six of our eight days in Costa Rica were filled with planned activities. We would not have changed a thing. Stefan was there to answer any question we had, payment was simple and straight-forward, and the itinerary we received about a month prior to our trip was created with extreme attention to detail. We had NO issues on our trip and owe this all to Stefan. We can't wait to return to Costa Rica for one of our upcoming anniversaries. Thank you, Stefan, for introducing us to this beautiful country and for planning an unforgettable honeymoon.

Sarah D., Jan. 2013

Just go back from a GREAT vacation!!!!! ....everything went like clockwork....The Springs Resort is fabulous (can you get any "deals" at this property?)...the zip line was fun, the catamaran was great, white water rafting great, the La Paz waterfalls great....crocodile tour was great...You guys put together a great package....the Buena Vista was lovely, Punta Leona was a little off, room wise but not bad, the Arenal Paraisal was lovely, the Bougainvilla was lovely...All in all a GREAT TRIP!!!

S. Kelly, Jan. 2013

Thank you so much. Our Costa Rica vacations were great, entertaining and definitely unforgettable. All parts of the trip were meticulously well-organized and clearly explained in the directions and recommendations you had provided.

The only discouraging news we got upon arriving at Bougainvillea hotel was that our Pacuare river rafting had been cancelled because of the recent rainfalls and unsafe high water conditions.

A. & O. Gavrilov, Dec. 2012

Our trip was amazing!  The transfers were definitely the way to go and were all extremely professional and friendly.  El Establo in Monteverde was a beautiful hotel and the service was outstanding.  Everywhere we went everyone was so friendly!  The Extremo ziplining was our favorite part of the trip!  Such an amazing experience.  The execution of everything was flawless, everyone was on time and there wasn't a single problem.  I can't thank you enough for such a great honeymoon.  Thank you for all of your help!

Shannon, Nov. 2012

We had a great time. The hotels were all great. Everything was an easy no brainer thanks to your plans and itinerary. Great job.

M. Winterman, Nov. 2012

Our trip was Amazing!  Fun, beautiful and full of adventure. I can't say enough good things about the entire trip. Danny and I were so pleased with your keen attention to detail it helped us out tremendously and on numerous occasions. We especially loved the Hotel Bueno Vista. The feel of the place was like a 5 star bed and breakfast, with a cozy cottage feel, with a remarkable staff. Our friends and family keep asking us about our trip and we can't seems to put it into words.  Our only regret is that we couldn't stay longer.

K. & D. Perry, Nov. 2012

Sorry for the delay but I have been extremely busy.  We had a great time and could not of asked for a better trip.  We really enjoyed the culture, food, and beautiful views of Costa Rica.  However, my wife and I think you should suggest some “mom and pop” restaurants to eat at around Arenal.  We thoroughly enjoyed eating at couple places there that were not bigger establishments.   Thank you for all your hard work and happy holidays to you and your family.

D. Bryan, Nov. 2012

Just wanted to say thank you.  I know we were pretty difficult with the planning but we all had a great time and appreciate all your hard work.

I'll definitely be recommending you to anyone planning a trip to Costa Rica.

Thanks again.

J. Biderman, Sept. 2012

We want to thank you both for your help with planning our 50th Anniversary vacation. We had a wonderful time and we were very happy with with all the places we stayed and all the things we did. Costa Rica is truly a beautiful country and we are glad we saw so many places and did so many things. You prepared us well for each and every experience.

Hotel Buena Vista was very quaint and lovely. The people were very, very nice and helpful and the food in their restaurant was delicious. One of my favorite places! The Hotel Royal Corin was beautiful. They served a very nice breakfast each morning. We really enjoyed our stay there alot! We were really happy with "The Palms Condominiums". Beautiful view, very nice & clean and I would like to comment on "Eric" who was at the entrance. Please let him know what a nice, accomodating person he is and a wonderful person full of information and help. We enjoyed talking to him! I am sorry about the Bahia Encantada Condos. To us, they were dark, unappealing, with a less than desireable view. But mainly, they did not appear clean to us at all. Very dusty inside & outside.

We appreciate your moving us to a much better place. All the things we did, places we went, food we ate, everything was just perfect. You did an outstanding job for us.

M. Fisher, July 2012

We had a another great time. Our friends were annoyed to not have a king bed at Tabacon, but we had a volcano view from the rooms that was great. As you already know, driving is an adventure. Somehow we missed a turn off on the way to Jaco and took a 30 k side trip, but made it to Jaco. Found a good place to eat on the side trip.I don't think the driving directions could be better, it was more navigator error. Thanks for all your assistance.

D. Klein, May 2012

Firstly I would like to thank you for planning a wonderful first trip to Costa Rica for the 8 of us in our family!. The country is so lush and exquisitely beautiful, we loved the drives to the various locations.

Some comments about the trip: Car rental okay - so expensive compared to Florida in season. Not your fault I know. Your directions for driving were fine.

Hotel Baldi - Perfect Hotel for us! Hot springs and grounds impeccably kept, good breakfasts. Glad we did not stay at the Arenal Pariso - nice lunch but the spas were not nearly as nice. All rainforest tours and zip line tours were great.

Springs Hot Springs Hotel - nice hotel and mineral spas almost as nice as Baldi. However we strongly recommend you NOT use their buffet dinner! was terrible! At any cost!!!!

Beautiful drive to Jaco. Nice stop part way at an Israeli restaurant, very nice people. Jaco - We did not like this town at all, tho' we understood the proximity to attractions. Would have much preferred to stay at Quepos and/or Antonio area - much prettier and just as much to do. Cat trip to the island was very nice! Still would have preferred to stay at the above place and defer the island trip. The beaches in Antonio are far prettier, with rainforests and monkeys at the beach, and interesting guided walks.

Last day - wonderful scenic drive to Le Paz Waterfall - fabulous, a must !!!!! Thanks again for a great trip!

E. Aimis, Jan 2012

We had a great trip to Costa Rica! Everything went very smoothly.

Loved Hotel Buena Vista. The villas in the back were awesome and looked like they had been recently renovated.

All driving directions were great, except for getting to the Hotel Bougainvillea. I left the driving directions in Costa Rica, so I can’t tell you exactly where we went wrong, but I think we turned too early once we got past the road with all the industrial offices. Directions said 2nd left, but there were a lot of little streets and it was hard to tell what you were supposed to do. However, that being said we asked for directions and made it without too much trouble.

The Springs in La Fortuna was spectacular. The recommended wood-fire pizzeria in La Fortuna (Vagabondo?) was very good!

The whitewater rafting was awesome! Amazing river! We really appreciated your expertise in hotel selection (last on/first off!).

Thank you for your assistance in making our trip wonderful. I will certainly recommend you to any of my friends!

K. Sibley, Jan 2012

We had a wonderful visit. Thank you for all the time and efforts you put into organizing it for us.

S. Whitmer, Dec 2011

We had a great trip to Costa Rica and thanks for making the arrangements. One thing we found we couldn't live without was the GPS in the car. Well worth the $50 or so that it cost. The hotels were nice and no complaints there. The food in Jaco was excellent but too much of it! One appetizer was enough for three or four and we ordered one each. Had to work just to finish half of our dinners. Excellent meals, though.

G. Nicholson, Dec 2011

The trip was completely amazing! Very well planned. There were a few minor issues that came up along the way. It would have been great to know in advance that there was a navigation system avavilable for the rental car, and to provide prices. I think that this device woulddefinately rank as a necessity for any first time viritors. The direcctions were good, but with the scaricty of road sigs (especially to those of us used to road tripping in the USA). To the same end, the time estimates on the drving directions would definately be considered conservative, it took us generally a half hour to 45 longer to reach all destinations (not counting traffic jams caused by road construction and land slides). No worries though, we had the Garmin and it was excellant reassuance and even led to some road trip jokes about the dangerous bridge *ding*. :-) Definately could have stressed more that mounain driving experiance would be needed. That was an experiance to write home about, and to take videos of the windier parts.

The Arenal resort was very nice, we could have all stayed there longer. The cabins were definately spacious enough for a long stay. I could see where people who were squeemish about bugs and lizards would not be thrilled with those cabins though. We had a few little critters visit us, but being from South Florida and having lived in the Bahamas we were not at all bothered. Hike from the Arenal Observatory Lodge was great and not too strenuous for my 65 year old mother.

THe Springs resort day pass was super great too. Their water slide was a very tnertaining surprise. The meal there was excellant, we loved the outdoor dining area with the fireplace. The zipline tour from Arenal Paraiso was by far my favorite part of the trip. I would have done the same course again the next day! Spectacular views and reassuring and entertaining guides.The spa on the property is great too, and so were the on property springs.

The condo at Bahia Encantada was very nice. However it should be included in the directions that you do not check in at the condo building. There is a main office (that is not very well marked) in a big white building on the right hand side of the main drag, just a little ways down. Once we found that office we were good. The condo was fantastic! So glad that we were on the side of the building away from Clarita's. I wouldnt book anybody on the side near the bar unless they were real partiers who would be out late and not notice the noise. FYI the bar that is in the pool at the condo is either closed permanently or closed when it's not the busy season because it was definately not open when we were there. Overall I would probably not stay in Jaco again, but it was a good place for a first visit.

The catamaran tour to Tortuga was a great choice. That tour company was great. Their area on the island gets set up very nicely and the food was so good. One of our best meals of the trip. It was also great that the ocmpany takes picutres that you can download from their website for free.

The drive to LaPaz waterfall gardens was one of the more interesting treks of the trip. It was well worth it though. I'd love to know how much it cost to stay up at that resort, probably super expensive. We loved the waterfall trail and the hummingbirds were awesome!

If we would have known how absolutely beautiful the accom[o]dations at the Hotel Buena Vista were, we would have stayed another night. The reservation said a single and a double room, but both were lovely cabanas that looked out over the valley. The resturant in that hotel was also the best by far. The prices were exceedingly reasonable for the portions and the quality of the food. We all agreed that the dinner the last night was our favorite dinner of the trip.

Overall it was a great trip, only a few little issues that we delt with easily. We're saving for our next trip already. Would love to see more of ther Pacific coast, and more of the mountains too. Thank you for the fantastic planning, and the good deal too. I will happily and confidently recomend you to anybody of any age group or level of partying who would want to see Costa Rica. It was a trip that I, my husband, and my mother will remember forever.

Pat was great and the trip was more than I expected. Too bad you only do Costa Rica, I would book through you guys again for our next trip.

V. Gray, Dec 2011

The trip was excellent! It was so nice to have everything arranged and all we had to do was wait in the hotel lobby for someone to pick us up and take us to our next adventure. Everything went very smoothly and the hotel staff and tour company staff was very friendly and knowledgeable.

My one disappointment was the condition of the horses on our horseback ride to La Fortuna waterfall. I hope there are other horseback rides in that area that keep their horses in better condition. Specifically, the tack and equipment on the horses was improperly fitted to the horse or the tack itself was in such bad condition that many of the horses were bloodied in various spots on their bodies. I've owned, ridden and been around horses for over 25 years and have rarely seen tack that fit so poorly or was in such bad condition that it bloodied the horse. This is disturbing to see for any animal lover, and much less for someone who loves horses. You may want to do further research on horseback riding companies in the Arenal area that take better care of their horses and recommend them instead.

Also, for people new to Costa Rica, it would be helpful to know which excursions provide a place to store a backpack full of stuff you need for the excursion and some recommended items you may want to take for the excursion. For example, when we were leaving the hotel for the waterfall rappel, we didn't know the company had a place to store a backpack with dry clothes and we were getting on the bus and the tour guide was kind enough to let us know we should bring dry clothes to change into after the waterfall rappel and that they did have a place to store our backpacks. He gave us time to run up to our room and gather that together. I would also recommend a closed toed sandal type shoe for the waterfall rappel. Open toed sandals or Tevas were okay, but a closed toe would have been better as there is some hiking on slippery rocks and your toes can get banged up a little. It is also good to know that you don't necessarily need to take as camera as there are professionals taking pics of you during the waterfall and whitewater rafting excursions and you can buy a cd rather than trying to keep up with a waterproof camera. The waterfall rappel was by far my favorite activity and something I would definitely do again!!

The two day whitewater rafting trip with Rios Tropicales was exceptional! The rafting was fun, but most of all, staying at the lodge there on the river was my favorite place to stay. We were the only two people there that day/night with our guide as all the students had returned home and our guide cooked our meals and was an excellent cook. He also took us on a few hikes and we did the zip lines there at the lodge. I would love to go back and do the 3 or 4 day tip at Rios Tropicales with a group of friends. The lodge was such a great place to stay and "camp" but with some modern luxuries. I always felt safe with the guides, particularly with the waterfall rappel and the whitewater rafting. It was clear to me these people were experienced, knowledgeable and safety oriented.

The directions were pretty good - I would add some more land marks to help people out when telling someone to turn left or right. For example, when entering La Fortuna and taking the "left turn to head to Hotel Royal Corin", it would have been helpful if it had said "there is a church on the right hand corner when you come up to make the left turn" as there were a couple of opportunities for left turns. Thanks for arranging a great trip!

J. Denney, Aug 2011

Thanks for the follow-up; I have been meaning to email you since we returned. We had a great vacation to Costa Rica. We both enjoyed the country and found the people there very friendly and eager to help.

As far as hotels, all three we visited were clean and nice! Our favourite was the Arenal Paraiso. It was nice to be in a cabin-style room, everything was close by (restaurant, pool, front desk, etc.) Hotel Punta Leona was difficult to find, even though your directions stated it was easy, unfortunately the signs have been overgrown by vegetation. It was a very large resort, unfortunately amenities not close, but not the end of the world. The Hotel Bougainvillea was definitely a top notch hotel, the grounds were beautiful. Didn’t like the idea of not having a balcony, felt like we were away from everything, but there again, not the end of the world. We had an extremely late flight and the hotel was extremely accommodating in extending our check out time to 6 pm at not additional cost, we were very grateful. The staff at all three hotels were very good with any questions and concerns we had. Activities were good, we felt that our vacation was nicely planned. The only thing we found to be a little “hoaky” was the wild cat exhibit at The Springs Hotel, but spending the day in the hot springs was a very pleasurable experience.

The directions were good however, would recommend that you not only state the number of minutes the trip may take but put in total kilometres as well. I would also recommend to other travellers to not bother converting cash to Costa Rica Colon, USD was widely accepted and preferred by most merchants.

I would highly recommend to anyone to visit Costa Rica and use your service. Your staff was quick to answer questions, returning phone calls and emails, and did a great job planning our vacation, thank you!

D. Baron, June 2011

We had a wonderful trip!  You made great recommendations for us, and when we decided to change them you were very accommodating in helping us make those changes.

J. Perich-Anderson, Mar 2011

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