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We're local experts that can help take the stress out of planning a trip abroad - so that you can get the most out of your time here. Since we began operations in since 2004, we have helped thousands of people plan their vacations here. We'd love the opportunity to help you with your Costa Rica Vacations as well!

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    Our offices are located in San José, Costa Rica and we live here full time. We’ll meet you at the airport when you arrive and are on call 24 hours a day during your stay should you need us for any reason. We’re your in-country travel concierge here to help ensure that your vacation to Costa Rica goes as smoothly as possible.

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    Planning your vacation is simplified with the help of our expert travel coordinators. We help you Save Time, Money and Get The Most out of your time here with our custom Costa Rica Vacation Packages. Our travel agency My Costa Rica specializes in Custom Vacations to Costa Rica based on Your Interests, Needs & Budget.

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    Booking your Vacation to Costa Rica with our agency My Costa Rica costs NO MORE than doing it yourself, as we charge no fee for ours travel planning services. In fact, often times we can help you get a better price on your Costa Rica vacation as we know about seasonal specials that are available.

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    We include only the best hotels, tours and transportation in our Costa Rica Vacation Packages – having experienced them first hand through regular onsite inspections. We attend trade shows and strive to keep up to date with the latest that Costa Rica has to offer. We guarantee the services that we recommend to our clients as we want you to be 100% satisfied with your trip.

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    We are committed to conservation and social responsibility and strive to promote sustainable Vacations to Costa Rica. We give back to Costa Rica and support a number of local charities to protect this beautiful country we call home so that future generations may enjoy all that this country has to offer.

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We at My Costa Rica are proud of the customer service and personalized attention that we offer our guests.
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Melvin Vacation – December 2005

"Costa Rica is awesome and beautiful with lots of amazing adventures."
Arrival: 12-23-2005 Departure: 01-03-2006
You did an excellent job in coordinating our vacation. Costa Rica is awesome and beautiful with lots of amazing adventures. I’m missing the warm weather, especially in San Jose. You provided me with exactly what I wanted as to clean and safe. Maureen and her husband are very special and we enjoyed David at the Babaloo immensely with his continual great stories. Harry liked both areas and will probably be moving to the San Jose area this year. Karen Melvin

Holman Vacation – December 2006

"Thank you soooo much for the most awesome vacation our family has ever had!"
Arrival: 12-23-2006 Departure: 12-30-2006
We just wanted to send an email to thank you soooo much for the most awesome vacation our family has ever had! Everything was so smooth and well planned. I can not express our gratitude for all that you did to make our vacation so easy. I have forwarded your info to dozens of my clients so I hope you get some residual business from it. Take care and we hope to work with you again when we go to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. Adios! Jennifer & John Holman

Villasenor Family Vacation – December 2006

"The beauty of Arenal & Monteverde was awesome!!!!!"
Arrival: 12-20-2006 Departure: 12-30-2006
Just wanted to drop a line and tell you what an outstanding trip we had. Thank you for all the work you did to make this a great trip and a exciting adventure!!!! You were right some of the roads are not that good and we did get lost a few times!!! This made it an adventure!!! All the activities you planned we enjoyed!!! The canopy tour the horseback riding was fantastic!! The beauty of Arenal & Monteverde was awesome!!!!! By the time we got to Nosara we truly enjoyed the beach and the friendly Costa Rican people. The last day we tried to do as much possible in one day!!! we covered a lot of territory. we drove to Samara to NICOYA to GRECIA to SARCHI & Naranjo . the last day we got lost 5 times well worth it.!!!!the food was great every where we went. I will tell every one who is planning a trip to Costa Rica about my costa rica link Thanks again Pura Vida The Villasenor Family Dan & Linda, Richard, Joe, Daniel

Rubidoux Vacation – December 2006

"Thanks so much for a great trip to Costa Rica!"
Arrival: 12-08-2006 Departure: 01-05-2007
Thanks so much for a great trip to Costa Rica! You certainly have a beautiful country, and the people are warm and friendly.Everything on the trip went smoothly, i.e. all the transportation arrangements getting us from one place to the other, people meeting us when they were supposed to, etc. I enjoyed ALL the tours, especially the horse back riding at the Playa Tambor and the Canopy Tour by the Arenal Volcano. The Barcelo Playa Tambor was beautiful, and there were lots of (free!) activities to do there. And Jason, I really appreciate your thoroughness in keeping us updated by emails before the trip–assisting us in deciding what tours we should take, what we should expect once we got to Costa Rica, step-by-step itinerary of what we were doing every day, phone numbers of local people we could contact if there were any problems once we got to Costa Rica. My only regret was that we did not have a few more days to experience your fabulous country! And yes, I will recommend you and your travel agency to anyone who mentions they would like to visit Costa Rica. Thanks again! Marlene Rubidoux – Madison, Alabama

Flores Vacation – November 2006

"Thanks again for a great vacation!"
Arrival: 11-24-2006 Departure: 12-04-2006
From the hotel accommodations to the tours you planned for me (including the transportation) everything was first rate. You were very helpful in coordinating the things I wanted to do and I relied on your suggestions being that this was my first trip there. I contacted various travel agencies but found My Costa Rica to be the most helpful (your efforts) and the least expensive. I also wanted to mention that the other agencies had tours or packages that were pre-planned whereas you helped me to customize my own itinerary. I will recommend your agency to my family and friends as well as my business associates. Thanks again for a great vacation! Rudy Flores

McLean Vacation – November 2006

"We had a lovely time in Costa Rica."
Arrival: 11-18-2006 Departure: 11-25-2006
Just wanted to let you know that we had a lovely time in Costa Rica, thank you. Otherwise the itinerary was great and it all worked out well, the hotels were very convenient and nice, we thoroughly enjoyed Sapo Dorado and are planning on visiting Arenal again sometime in the future. Thanks again for organising a wonderful trip. Pura Vida! Khatidja McLean

Dharia Family Vacation – October 2006

"We had such a wonderful time when we took family vacation to Costa Rica."
Arrival: 10-28-2006 Departure: 11-05-2006
I wanted to write this note to express our gratitude to My Costa Rica. We had such a wonderful time when we took family vacation to Costa Rica. The whole experience was extremely friendly and professional. Like any one else, I was also apprehensive booking our vacation through an unknown internet web site but it turned out to be the best decision that I have ever made. We are extremely pleased with the arrangements made by My Costa Rica for our vacation. We had a great trip from the moment we landed in at San Jose till we departed for the USA. You were there whenever I had any questions or needed any help. All the pick ups at the hotel were in time and service very courteous. We’ll sure recommend your company’s name to any of our friends who may plan to visit Costa Rica. Rajiv Dharia & Family

McLaughlin Honeymoon – October 2006

"The trip as a whole was amazing and all the places we stayed at were awesome!"
Arrival: 10-21-2006 Departure: 10-28-2006
Hey Jason, we got back from our honeymoon on Saturday and I wanted to thank you for everything. The trip as a whole was amazing and all the places we stayed at were awesome! The country was great and the people were sooooo friendly. I know Jenn wanted to write you a thank you also but we’re trying to catch up with everything since our return. Again, thanks and I’ll recommend you to anyone who’s looking to come down there. Brett & Jennifer McLaughlin

Fabian Vacation – August 2006

"This vacations was more than I could have ever asked for. "
Arrival: 08-01-2006 Departure: 08-07-2006
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Paul Garrett Vacation – March 2006

"Visit Costa Rica soon you won’t be disappointed in the country or in My Costa Rica."
Arrival: 03-21-2006 Departure: 04-05-2006
At the same time a dear friend had moved to San Jose so we decided we needed to make a visit. We happened upon a business card for My Costa Rica tucked in a guidebook and contacted them. You should know my wife and I really do not like vacation packages or staying at resorts. From the start to the finish My Costa Rica helped us decide what we would most like to see in a 10 day trip and arranged booking a 4WD rental and nights at various small, locally owned hotels. Every place we visited and each nights lodging exceeded our fairly high expectations. The highlights of our trip were our visit with our friend in San Jose. San Jose is a remarkable city for Central America. Not over crowded or over run with car traffic. The Opera house and the National Museum are must-sees. The Mercado Central was a kaleidoscope of all things Costa Rican. Visiting Monteverde and the Cloud Forest arrangements had been made for us to stay at the Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge. This was a fantastic base for touring the area. Clean, spacious and friendly! We hiked in the forest and I even persuaded my wife to do the zip line! The lodge made arrangements for us to go on a guided night hike and nature tour…an excellent thing to do. We finished our trip in Manuel Antonio, one the great National Parks of Costa Rica. I strongly advise hiring a licensed guide. They can point out wildlife you would never spot on your own and are well worth the money. The one glitch in our trip was in Manuel Antonio. Due to a strike by local workers we couldn’t drive out of town to catch our plane! Long story short…My Costa Rica made arrangements with the car rental agency to allow us to leave the car at the hotel and sent a driver with another car to meet us on the edge of town. We hated to cross the picket lines but all went smoothly and we were in San Jose well ahead of our plane’s departure. Visit Costa Rica soon you won’t be disappointed in the country or in My Costa Rica.

MacDougall Family Vacation – March 2006

"Our trip and experience was nothing but professional, honest and fantastic."
Arrival: 03-09-2006 Departure: 03-17-2006
I understand how important it is when your travelling and forwarding money and time to a company you don’t know anything about and I take pleasure to reassure you that our trip and experience was nothing but professional, honest and fantastic. I’m a pretty tough vacation rater and I gave our trip a 9 1/2 out of 10. Most of this was due to My Costa Rica, Jason Bateman, working with me and listening to what our families needs and interests were. Everything was tickity boo from start to finish. Sandra MacDougall

MacDougall Family Vacation – March 2006

"Memories have been created for a lifetime."
Arrival: 03-09-2006 Departure: 03-17-2006
I just wanted to express my thanks to you for your wonderful effort and all the hard work you did to book our vacation and for making it a well treasured memory. Everything went very smoothly and everyone we met with was excellent in courtesy and service. It was very nice to have someone meet us at the airport and it was a very nice touch to be presented with the bag of coffee candies. Thank you. Our flights were smooth and extremely helpful in arriving at dinnertime and quite relaxed. Tulemar was wonderful and very relaxing. The only thing I would suggest is to advise people to bring their own snorkelling equipment, they only had one set for the entire resort. That was a little disappointing, since directly across from the bay was a great little spot to snorkel and many tour boats arrived there to enjoy the coral. We were very fortunate to be able to kayak their free of charge. The breakfasts that were included in every hotel were fantastic and very helpful. We went sailfishing in Quepos and had success in landing 2 wonderful sailfish. Great day. The transfer to Monteverde was fantastic we had a great driver and he stopped at a river where we saw many large crocidiles, the kids loved it! We choose to do zip lines and a canopy tour with a company named Selvatura Park. They were sensational. Both kids zipped lined and they loved it. They were very scared at first, but this well run organization encouraged both of them to try and were extremely safety minded. Once they tried the first one, they didn’t want to stop. We also were able to see the hummingbird garden and a wonderful insect museum. With only having the one night here it was excellent to have all of this available to us in one place. I would highly recommend it in the future. The Hotel in Monteverde was good, but we did not spend much time there with our tight agenda. The room itself was beautiful. The jeep, boat, jeep transfer was fantastic and very stress free. The Lost Iguana was a wonderful hotel as well, and we saw the volcano clear. It was great! When we hiked the toucan trail at this hotel we were at the Hanging Bridges Arenal Volcano. Great place to view the volcano and we rented some dune buggies and went touring around that was real fun. The volcano hike was great, the kids loved the Tabacon Hot Springs. =The transfer to La Mansion was good and the hotel itself was great. It felt like we travelled a 100 miles away, but it was only a 30 minute drive. The hospitality was exceptional along with food. The owners have a very European influence and high standards which makes it feel like your own home, we really enjoyed ourselves. Highly recommend it for someone who enjoys this style. Our transfer to the airport was very good and the driver was very keen in showing us animals and stopping to explain things, he was great. The personal charter was fantastic back to San Jose. Great flight and stress free. To sum up this vacation, we are calling it our MacDougall Adventure not just another vacation. Memories have been created for a lifetime and none of this could have been possilbe with you. We rate this adventure at a 9 1/2 out of 10. Everyone loved it and we all feel it has been our best trip ever. Thanks again for everything, your company will always be promoted by me. You have much to be proud of and all your suggestions, patience and work is greatly appreciated. Thanks for the memories. John, Sandra, Jack and Carly MacDougall

Bhardwaj Family Vacations – December 2007

"One of the best vacations we have had as a family in a long time."
Arrival: 12-24-2007 Departure: 12-28-2007
About the vacation at Costa Rica…… One of the best vacations we have had as a family in a long time. You planned our time real good and gave us tours which were very good. The sevices of all the staff …..just excellent. The transportation provided each time was always very clean and comfortable. lots of space to keep bags and we were only 3 with the Diver so it was very spacious. The best thing that I would like to comment about is the punctuality of tour operators. They were always there before time rather than us waiting for them We were very happy with the Hotels in Costa Rica as well as Arenal The tour to la Paz waterfall was something I would always remember. The Tour Guide there was so passionate about the place that he knew each and every detail about it. The food was excellent. the Arenal volcano and the oozing of lava is something one has to see to believe and since we saw it one time I am sure soon we would be back to experience it again it was just spell bounding so beautiful to look at night and so majestic. my daughter did the Zip line to come back from the tram tour and she enjoyed it to her hearts content. She really had a good time. Thanks again for the great job you did and soon I hope I am able to bring a group of people from here for a short holiday as I have been so Ga Ga about the whole trip. Thanks Jason once again and if I could be of any assistance ever please do not hesitate to call me. Best regards Poonam Bhardwaj

Matteucci Vacation – December 2007

"We had a FANTASTIC vacation."
Arrival: 12-22-2007 Departure: 01-06-2008
Hola Jason We had a FANTASTIC vacation thanks to you and your entire staff. From touchdown to takeoff it was a model of organization efficiency, and professionalism with a huge dose of friendliness thrown in. the accomodations were a perfect match to what we were looking for. the excursions were great we even added a fishing trip 1 marlin [cameron] 1 Dorado [me]. We could not have had a more flawless 2 weeks. I will reccomed you to anyone anytime. P.S. Cameron loved it so much he’s staying 2 more weeks. John Matteucci

Crossland Family Vacation – November 2007

"Now having visited Costa Rica we can understand you relocating there."
Arrival: 11-01-2007 Departure: 11-07-2007
We just wanted to thank you again for planning such an incredible trip for us in Costa Rica. You were right on the target with arranging our adventures and accommodations. I have to admit that we were a little apprehensive when we first started planning the trip because of My Costa Rica being an internet based company. Ours fears were quickly alleviated after speaking with you and hearing your enthusiasm and knowledge of Costa Rica. We truly appreciate the countless hours and patience you had with us in customizing the itinerary of our trip which very few travel agencies offer. We loved the fact that we could plan to travel at our own pace rather than in a large tourist group with a predetermined packaged itinerary. Every aspect of our trip from the transfers to the activities to the accommodations went smoothly. Now having visited Costa Rica we can understand you relocating there. The “Ticos” are such warm and friendly people. The scenery was lush and beautiful. We were mesmerized by the spewing lava from Arenal volcano and would love to have those Tabacon Hot Springs in the backyard. We were really impressed with the enthusiasm of our various guides as well as the thought and creativity that has gone into the various destinations we visited such as La Paz , Sky Trek and the Hot Springs. The Trip to Monteverde, with it’s rugged beauty and charm was so worth it. We have had the fortunate opportunity to travel quite a bit but none of our travels have offered the adventure and beauty that you helped provide for us in Costa Rica. Missy Crossland & Family

Dang Vacation – August 2007

"We did have a great time in Costa Rica."
Arrival: 08-12-2007 Departure: 08-21-2007
I want to express my appreciation to you and your staff that we did have a wonderful services and great time in Costa Rica. I’ll definitely suggest your service to all of my friends when they want to travel to Costa Rica. Nancy Dang

McMahon Vacation – August 2007

"Tabacon was AMAZING!!!!!"
Arrival: 08-12-2007 Departure: 08-18-2007
All of the transportation trips (via interbus) were great. The drivers were nice and reliable. In addition, the rides were very comfortable since there were no more than maybe 6 people in each bus at one time. I think the bus was just as good as a private driver! Arenal Springswas a great resort, much more than I expected. Tabacon was AMAZING!!!!! They were beautiful, relaxing, just more than you can hope for! I just cannot say enough good things about the hotsprings. The canopy tour was very cool. I felt extremely safe with the course and tour guides (instructors). I heard, from other people, that this particular company was much more into safety than other canopy tour companies! Once again, thank you for planning the trip. You did a great job, I could not believe how smoothly everything went from the minute we landed in San Jose to the minute we boarded to go home in Liberia! Pam McMahon

Taylor Vacation – August 2007

"Our trip was unforgettable."
Arrival: 08-11-2007 Departure: 08-18-2007
Our trip was unforgettable. Everything went very smooth. We could not of expected a better vacation. Our guides on all of our tours were top notch, the hotels we stayed in were beautiful with unsurpassed service, the country and landscape is phenomenal. It is not a matter of if we come back is just when. We will definitely use your company again. Thank you for all of the effort and preparation, this trip was a long time coming and you stayed with me the whole time revising our itinerary until you produced the perfect vacation. Sam Taylor (August 11-18, 2007)

Nishi Vacation – August 2007

"We want to thank you for making our vacation a great one!"
Arrival: 08-04-2007 Departure: 08-09-2007
We want to thank you for making our vacation a great one! We were very lucky with our weather in Costa Rica! Frank is very pleasant and was right there for us when we arrived at the airport. The “Lost Iguana Resort” was exactly what we needed. We love the space; air conditioned room and best of all great view of the volcano and lava at night. The food at restaurant was great too. I loved their Ceviche and their Peruvian Soup. They make awesome Guaro Sour drink, which I became addicted to after my trip to Tortuguero. The Sunset Tours, Canoa Aventura, and Arenal Mundo Aventura all had great personel and we had lots of fun every where we went. Thank you again for making our trip just perfect! Pura Vida! Steve & Naomi Nishi

Delzendeh Vacation – July 2007

"I would like to thank you for your efforts."
Arrival: 07-26-2007 Departure: 07-15-2007
I would like to thank you for your efforts and for your professional attention that you have given me in this trip. I will recommend you to my friends and family. it was a pleasure to meet you, and look forward to calling you again. Ali Delzendeh

Beattie Vacation – July 2007

"Thank you, all the best and Pura Vida!"
Arrival: 07-23-2007 Departure: 07-30-2007
Our trip was great, loved Costa Rica, the water, the people. Here my comments. The organization for all the tours and the pick ups and drop offs were excellent. Completely organized, right on time and no confusion. It worked like clockwork. From river rafting to the Catamaran sailingexcursion. Really well done. So, I just want to commend you on the choices and the planning as it was really well executed and we enjoyed the country a lot and I will be back, not next year but soon and will want to explore other areas as well and re-visit some others. I certainly would work with you again and will recommend your agency to others. Thank you, all the best and Pura Vida! Suanne Beattie (July 23-30, 2007)

Rademacher Vacation – July 2007

"Our trip was a wonderful experience and we hope to visit again."
Arrival: 07-07-2007 Departure: 07-19-2007
Should anyone want a reference for you and your agency, I would be most delighted to tell them what you did for us. It was all done at the last moment, and still all of the transfers, tours, and hotels were set up and ready for us. Our trip was a wonderful experience and we hope to visit again to see the beauty of Costa Rica. As far as the tours, the canopy zip line in Monteverdewas a thrill, and the raft trip down the Pacuare was the best rafting we have had. We got to see just one turtle at Tortuguero, but all of the other species there save the manatee we were able to see. It seemed that your choice of guides was well thought out as they all seemed to really care about their job and environment. The drivers we had were very friendly and went out of their way to show us local sights. We felt well pampered the whole trip. Thanks so much for everything. Ron Rademacher

Matias Vacation – June 2007

"My vacation was the best ever."
Arrival: 06-22-2007 Departure: 06-30-2007
I have not enough adjectives to use for Costa Rica. No wonder you decided to stay. My vacation was the best ever. The people, the landscapes, variety of fruits & vegetables, fauna, flora, service, security, and I can go on, and on, and on. Your suggestion for Arenal Springs Resortwas outstanding. Incredible attention, cleanliness, and beauty. Judith Matias

Callan Vacation – June 2007

"Our trip to Costa Rica was incredible and to thank you for helping us put it all together."
Arrival: 06-16-2007 Departure: 06-23-2007
We wanted to let you know that our trip to Costa Rica was incredible and to thank you for helping us put it all together. Costa Rica is a beautiful country. It was more than we expected it to be. Everything you had on our itinerary worked out perfectly and your detailed lists of what to bring to each venture was very helpful. On our trip to the Arenal observation point there was family waiting for the same ride as us that didn’t know they were actually going to be doing some hiking so they had to go back to their rooms to change into appropriate clothes. On the canyoning trip to go rappelling down the waterfalls we met a couple on the minibus that didn’t realize we were rappelling. They thought we were going canoeing down a river in a canyon and were wearing jeans. The woman was wearing flip flops so the guide had to tape them together on her feet. We both noted how well you did to let us know every detail about our ventures. We were never unprepared. I would also like to tell you that Frank Chicas who drove us from San Jose Airport to Arenal was a perfect host and was such a good person to introduce us to the country. He was very informative about the country and we could not have asked for a more perfect first impression of the country. When he found out I was a coffee fan he stopped at a very nice cafe for some coffee and bread-which he paid for. Heri who took us from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio was equally as nice. We stopped with him for coffee as well and to see the crocodiles over a river he knew about. Both of those rides were very long but they both made them very pleasant and fun for us. Also throughout the week, for every venture we had planned, every guide we had was great: the guys who took us to the Arenal observation point, the waterfall rappeling guides and our guide at Manual Antonio. On every trip we took we felt like we were on the best tour with the best guides. We cannot thank you enough for making our honeymoon as perfect as it was. You did an excellent job. If you would like to use me as a reference for future clients please feel free to use this email. John & Stefani Callan

Adams Vacation – June 2007

"Thanks for everything."
Arrival: 06-11-2007 Departure: 07-06-2007
It was a wonderful trip and both hotels were very nice and the service in both was very good. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Frank and Oscar, the drivers, they were so good and informative and the vehicles were very comfortable. Thanks for everything. Alice Adams

Moore Vacation – May 2007

"Our sincere thanks to you for your part in making our Costa Rica experience a great one."
Arrival: 05-23-2007 Departure: 06-01-2007
Our sincere thanks to you for your part in making our Costa Rica experience a great one. I know if you had power over the weather, you wouldn’t be doing what you are doing! Trip to Arenal was fantastic and The Lost Iguanawas every thing we expected and more. The tour was great the guide was terrific. Overall the staff in all properties were excellent and the people were very friendly. It was reassuring to know that all the arrangements had been made for the travel to other regions either by car or plane. Great job! Terry & Donna Moore

Wiborg Vacation – May 2007

"Thanks again so much for everything."
Arrival: 05-21-2007 Departure: 05-31-2007
I just wanted to let you know that we just got back yesterday and we had an amazing time. We loved all three hotels, thought the tours were perfect, and really enjoyed everything about Costa Rica in general. All of the tour companies you set us up with were friendly, professional, and actually very punctual (something I thought was impossible in latin american countries). We will have to visit again to see more of the great things we heard about but didn’t have time to do and I will be sure to book with you again when the time comes. Thank you for the gift you sent with our airport transfer, it was very thoughtful and we loved it. Thanks again so much for everything you helped us with hopefully it wont be too long until we can return. Erika and Mike Wiborg

Imeson Vacation – February 2007

"We had a wonderful time in your country."
Arrival: 02-17-2007 Departure: 02-26-2007
Yes, we had a wonderful time in your country. The volcano, beaches, zipline all were great! Although the Karahe was expensive, we wouldn’t trade for a moment to have the beach right there and monkeys, iguanas, birds right outside our balcony! Ditto the one in Arenal that let us sit in chairs on the front porch and watch the show! In Manuel Antonio park, I think we had the best guide going. Leo was spotting things for the other guides all the time! Thanks for all your help. Pura Vida! Barb & Randy Imeson

Brown Vacation – February 2007

"This trip proved to be the perfect way to relax and enjoy."
Arrival: 02-09-2007 Departure: 02-18-2007
Costa Rica – exciting, relaxing, enjoyable and refreshing. Thanks My Costa Rica for pre-planning everything! I would like to note that I have been against this type of traveling for the most part, mainly due to my desire to be free and explore at my own will. However, this trip proved to be the perfect way to relax and enjoy. There was no stress over finding tour companies, rides, comparing prices, haggling in Spanish (even though I pre-mastered “Americana Pobrecita” and jutting out my lower lip), deciding over what to do and when. Everything planned was perfect. In addition, I’ve found that since my job is planning and timing everything, I do actually need a break from it. Costa Rica ’s famous tag line is “Pura Vida” (Pure Life). I surrendered completely. The absence of phones, TV, computer and even a watch allowed for complete relaxation. At first, I was a little uneasy about swinging in a hamock unaware of the time and stressed about what to do next, but it only took a few cervezas to ease into the real way of living. It sparked some wonderful conversations and a new found special power to tell time by the sun. I strapped on my superhero shoes and took advantage of all the adventures offered including surfing, swimming, hiking: day & night, rafting, canopying, horseback riding, bat dodging and spider hunting (this was forced upon me). We also took trips to the hot springs and volcano. Surprisingly, there were a lot of organic restaurants and yoga studios. We didn’t have time to participate in the latter, but did enjoy the delicious organic food and local cuisine. There were a few moments we had on our own, which we enjoyed just hanging out in the pool. Coincidentally, this is one of my favorite activities and was a chance to study up on my life long dream for a career in chillin’ by the pool. We encountered many colorful people during our trips to the hardcore surf spot, hippie beach, quaker land, palm springs by a volcano, and rafting our way back to San Jose. Stories were told of competetive sailing, kidnapping in Peru, camping for months on a beach, traveling with 60-80 yrs olds, and many others in Spanish that I did not understand. I have to say this was money, time and energy well spent. Courtney Brown (Feb 9 – 18 2007)

Kanstrup Vacation – January 2007

"Thank you for your assistance in this trip."
Arrival: 01-10-2007 Departure: 01-15-2007
We are back in the snowy Colorado and already missing been in warm Costa Rica. I just want to say thank you for your assistance in this trip.I enjoyed the trip very much and hope to visit there again soon. Masayo Kanstrup

Jabusch Vacation – January 2007

"We had a truly wonderful vacation in Costa Rica."
Arrival: 01-04-2007 Departure: 01-19-2007
We had a truly wonderful vacation in Costa Rica. The views, the animals, the birds, but, I think, most of all, the friendly people, will long be remembered. There were new and interesting experiences every day.(They do need some work on the roads!) Thank you for all of your help in planning this enjoyable trip. W. F. Jabusch

Marcus Vacation – December 2008

"WOW. Great Job"
Arrival: 12-31-2008 Departure: 01-01-2009
Hi Lynn, we were very pleased with the Hotel Alta you choose for us. The driver who picked us up at the airport was prompt and very courteous. The hotel and staff (especially Nancy) were very knowledgeable and accommodating. The facility was great and the view of fireworks from the top floor hotel deck on new years eve was an unexpected treat. Fireworks …city wide. WOW. Great Job..and thanks for everything,

Wong Vacation – December 2008

"The vacation was a blast!"
Arrival: 12-30-2008 Departure: 01-08-2009
Overall, the arrangements made by “My Costa Rica” were great! My Costa Rica reps were just a phone call away when we wanted to confirm or change any of our plans. All the activities were fulfilled as described, (e.g. white water rafting, zip lining, snorkeling, etc.), and we had very memorable experiences. Our drivers met us on time for pick-up to our destinations. Despite their limited English, they were very friendly and tried to point out special sites, vegetation, and animals as we drove along. The vans were roomy and fairly comfortable. A/C was available. One of our stays was in a more “rustic” hotel called El Sapo Dorado. It required a 5 minute hike uphill to our room. The views were breathtaking; however, coming in late at night was difficult due to lack of lighting on the trail to our room. The hotel staff was very friendly though. Overall, our stay at the more out of the way hotels were more pleasant because the staff was more helpful and accommodating. Compare this to our stay at the glitzy Costa Verde where they wouldn’t even allow us a late-check out (1 hour later) on our last day as we had our ATV excursion planned for the morning. They argued for 5 minutes about giving us an extra towel, even though they had only given us 2 sets for a room with 3 people. Plus they charged for everything including phone calls, internet access, etc. Arenal Lodge was also a very nice hotel, with friendly, helpful staff. However, the hotel is too far away from everything. Even from the front gate at the bottom of the hill, it was another 10 minute drive to the lobby and rooms. And the hotel as a whole was 20-30 minutes away from the main downtown area. It probably would have saved a lot more time to stay in a hotel closer to downtown. Rafting at the Pacuare River was an awesome experience, but it was pretty far away from Arenal. I didn’t realize it was about a 3 hour drive. It was well worth it, but I don’t know if it might have been closer if we had stayed in a different city. All in all, the vacation was a blast! We just wanted to point out a couple of things to keep in mind for future visitors. Costa Rica is a beautiful destination and its native people are warm and friendly! Thanks to Jason and the rest of the team for everything!

Pike Family Vacation – December 2008

"We are definitely planning to return to Costa Rica."
Arrival: 12-25-2008 Departure: 01-09-2009
We’re back from our journey and raving about Costa Rica and how much fun we had. It’s been rather difficult to get my head back into things here! The pura vida lifestyle down there certainly has much to be desired. In any event, I just want to say that all went well. We really enjoyed all of our destinations. I think Arenal was our least favorite – Tom has made a new rule for our family’s travels that if it’s not down a dirt road, we don’t want to stay there! However the Paraiso was beautiful and we really enjoyed the hot springs there. We also went horseback riding and that was a highlight of our trip. The Sky Adventure zip lines were exhilarating and a wonderful way to take in the sights. The volcano even put on a little show for us that morning, rumbling and spewing smoke! Monteverde was my favorite. The Mirador Lodge was rustic and laid back with trails right out our front door down to a series of waterfalls! The views from up there of the lake and volcano were amazing. The weather was a wee bit chilly, but no worries there as we were prepared for the chill of the cloud forest and the little fireplaces in our room made it cozy when the generator turned off around 10 p.m. They even gave us little oil lamps and candles, and we played cards late into the evening by candlelight . . .a fun family memory we can always cherish! Sugar Beach was my daughter’s favorite, beach bum that she is. We did a lot of swimming there, plus walked into Flamingo one afternoon (whew, that was an adventure!) We loved the resident howler monkeys and iguanas! Also the tide pools were fun to explore at low tide. We befriended our waiter, Francisco, who took us to Potrero and introduced us to his whole family. He proudly showed us the house he is in the process of building on his family lot. We spent one of our best New Years Eves there – dinner, dancing, champagne and fireworks made it romantic and special . Tortuguero was certainly the most exotic destination. The transportation arrangement there was also the most confusing for us as we joined up with a group in Guapiles – we didn’t realize that we were joining a group to travel out there. Given the isolation and distance of the lodge, however, it was understandable (we just didn’t know it at the time). Luckily, they were a really fun group of Canadians who were fun to hang out with. When they left 2 days later we had the entire Turtle Lodge to ourselves! No kidding, my family of 4 and a couple from Spain. That was it! Needless to say it was very hard to leave Turtle Lodge. I was very impressed with their operation and all the nice touches – hammocks, cozy spaces to linger in, mud boots to tromp around in, umbrellas – it poured the whole time we were there with slight breaks in between, ponchos, and canoes (my personal favorite)! Also they had guitars and percussion instruments in the lobby which my son and my husband enjoyed playing one evening on the beach by a roaring bonfire! We are definitely planning to return to Costa Rica to take in some of the sites we missed to the south – Quepos and the coast south to Osa are high on my list. We were really pleased with the transportation arrangements – the shuttles were always on time and the drivers were informative. The only part of the trip that was “sketchy” was the drive back to San Jose from Guapiles on Thurs. Jan 8. We were curving around on the roads through Braulio Carrillo NP when the earthquake occurred – our driver didn’t miss a beat as he dodged the rocks that had fallen in the road and bumped along at top speed in the fog, no less!!! We had no idea that there had been an earthquake until we arrived an hour later at the Hampton Inn near the airport and were informed by the staff. Thanks again for all of your help with these arrangements. We really appreciate your taking so much time to make it right for us. Pura vida!

Unger Vacation – December 2008

"We were very pleased with it all."
Arrival: 12-23-2008 Departure: 01-01-2009
Thank you again for all the services you arranged and provided. We were very pleased with it all. It was nice to just make one phone call when our plans became disrupted because of weather and know that everything was taken care of. Hotel Alta was a nice finish to our trip, as well. And the road from Quepos Airport to Dominical was in good shape. It took us 45 minutes.

Laura de Boer Vacation – December 2008

"I am looking forward to the next time."
Arrival: 12-20-2008 Departure: 12-30-2008
A couple of years ago, I contacted Jason to help me plan a vacation for our 25th anniversary. We were a family of 7, all adults, looking for adventure, beaches and nature. Jason drew up an itinerary filled with caving, spelunking, ziplines and sightseeing along with a week of beaching. It is an awesome country with so much to see and do! Jason took care of all the details....transportation, adventures , and lodging (we stayed in hotels as well as a condo, which were all superb). I am looking forward to the next time when I can visit the many areas of Costa Rica that I didn't get to on the first trip.

Glaser Vacation – December 2008

"It was WONDERFUL!!!"
Arrival: 12-19-2008 Departure: 12-27-2008
Thank you SO much for planning wonderful adventures for us through MyCostaRica.com!!! We were so impressed with our excursions and delighted that we were picked up every day right on time! We loved the Crocodile Safari, Kayaking, Horseback Riding, Catamaran/Snorkeling, ATVs, Ziplining, and White Water Rafting. The guides were so professional and friendly. Everyone is so proud of your beautiful country!! Our heartfelt thanks to you for planning such a fun week for us and using such great companies. We all appreciate all of your hard work – it was WONDERFUL!!!

Wunsch Vacation – December 2008

"The hikes through the national parks and the volcano were extremely interesting."
Arrival: 12-06-2008 Departure: 12-17-2008
Let me start off by saying what a beautiful country it is you live in. My parents had recommended Costa Rica to me as a great vacation spot so I had high expectations going into the trip. From the volcanoes and cloud forest at Arenal to the beaches and rain forests of Manuel Antonio, I can’t count the number of time we just had to stop and try and take it all in. In addition to the breathtaking scenery, the people of Costa Rica were some of the most courteous and helpful I’ve ever met. I must say I was a little worried going in because I just found your website while searching online, but you surpassed all expectations we had. Every hotel was perfectly situated and exactly what we were looking for. The staff went out of their way to ensure our stay was everything was perfect. We were picked up on time for every day trip/transfer and the drivers actually took the time to point out landmarks and wildlife, something we’re not accustomed to here in the States. What we enjoyed most about our trip was the huge variety of activities and scenery. The rafting was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life, followed closely by the Canopy Tour. The hikes through the national parks and the volcano were extremely interesting, thanks largely to our tour guides. Thank you so much for everything. I will most definitely be recommending you to friends and can almost guarantee I’ll be back down soon.

Juedes Vacation – December 2008

"Thank you for a truly wonderful vacation."
Arrival: 12-02-2008 Departure: 12-12-2008
Thank you for a truly wonderful vacation. We had a great time. We wish the weather could have been better but it was still fun and beautiful. Just wanted to let you know that we had a great experience. Everything went smoothly and on schedule, everyone showed up on time, and everybody was very nice and helpful, we had no problems whatsoever. We were happy with all of the accommodations as well. Our favorite place I believe was Manuel Antonio. We wish that we could have stayed longer to enjoy it. We really only had 1 day and 1/2 at each location but it was a great way to see most of the country. We would really like to go back to Manuel Antonio for our anniversary in May and just stay there for 5 days or so. We will see how this upcoming year goes. Thank you again for such a memorable and incredible trip. I will definitely refer everybody to you!! It was a pleasure to work with you and your company. Only wish we could have met in Costa Rica - always nice to put a face with a name. Anyway, have a wonder holiday season and I hope to book with you again!! Monique :)

Kempf Vacation – October 2008

"We look forward to staying there again."
Arrival: 10-06-2008 Departure: 10-18-2008
The Hampton Inn is perfect and reliable. The people are nice and the place is clean. A+ all the way around for that place. The next day we were picked up by Frank Chicas. That guy is good!! He also drove us from Puerto Viejo to San Jose and from the Hotel Hampton Inn to the airport the last day. He gets you wherever you’re going in the least amount of time without ever scaring the hell out of you. I’m sure it’s hard to do both! He pays attention to his driving but he is also attentive and friendly to the passengers. That guy could drive us anywhere!! I’m not sure how or how much he gets paid but we tipped him well. He really seemed to appreciate it. The Nature Air flight was perfect. I would fly them again. It was a no hassle check in, the Twin Otter is an awesome bird and the flight was quite enjoyable. We could have done without the long and obligatory stop in Sierpe on the way to Drake Bay. It might just have been because the Drake boat was broken down and they had to get someone else. Drake Bay Resort is nice. We were about the only ones there. Herbert is a cool old dude and his wife and the rest of the staff is very nice too. The rooms were clean, the food was good and the tours offered were very reasonable, if not included. It’s a bit treacherous getting up their “dock”, but I guess there is nothing they can do about that. Victor, the boat driver, is a top notch boatman and very good fisherman as well. If you have anyone who wants to fish there, send them to Victor. (he is on staff at the resort) We fished in some seas that I never dreamt possible. Since we were wet all the time, the FREE laundry and boot drying service was very nice. We look forward to staying there again. The Pacuare River Rafting trip was fun and the crew from Exploradores is fantastic. They wear so many hats and do it quite well. They have fun joking with each other and the customers and really make it an enjoyable experience. The beach lunch they made for us atop one of the rafts was excellent. I would do that again with that group for sure. They were also very safety conscious and we never felt in danger. Their transportation/drivers were very good too. Also while in Puerto Viejo, we went fishing on the Geronimo with a French guy who owns the boat. He isn’t much of a fisherman but we did see some Dolphins and his boat is nice. I’m not sure that I’d go back to PV other than to visit “my” sloth but Mike and Rich seemed to have a good time on rented bicycles, stopping at the chocolate places, then swimming off the calories (yeah, right). They said the National Park in Cahuita was somewhat underwhelming and that the trails were closed.

Kempf Vacation – October 2008

"A great experience!"
Arrival: 10-06-2008 Departure: 10-18-2008
A lady at Azania was familiar with Aviarios del Caribe. That is the sloth rescue place. (Their address says it’s in Cahuita but it’s really in Penshurt.) We took a taxi there after we dropped our friends off at the Cahuita National Park. The tour is $25 and includes a canoe ride around the grounds where we saw some wild sloths plus lots of other birds and reptiles. Once inside you see a video then go on a tour of adults and babies with a guide. At the Sloth Rescue The guides are very informative, and while I thought I knew a lot about sloths, I found out a lot of what I know isn’t so. Even the guides at Corcovado National Park gave us misinformation about them. One told us that over 200 species of insects live in their hair. Not true, only the Sloth Moth lives in their hair. They eat the moss that grows in their hair. None of the sloths at the rescue center had moss or bugs in their hair. I’m not sure what I expected but I was pleasantly surprised by the facility. It is BIG and very clean. You’d expect a stinky place, at least, but there was absolutely no odors anywhere. All the cages and enclosures are spotless and the sloths seem very content to be there. We were able to meet the owners, Luis and Judy Arroyo. They are incredibly pleasant and dedicated folks. They were very appreciative when we adopted a sloth. You’d think we gave them a million dollars. Three of their grandsons work there and it’s really neat to see a family work together like that. There are quite a few volunteers but they employee 14 people full time. If you ever have a chance, you should visit the place. I know you would enjoy it and learn a lot too. It’s SO cute when they take the babies out to poop.From what I understand, they have rooms available on the premises too. A great experience! Sue Kemp

Jamal Family Vacation – July 2008

"Costa Rica is beautiful and so are the people!"
Arrival: 07-31-2008 Departure: 08-11-2008
Costa Rica is beautiful and so are the people! your company’s arrangements were excellent and we were timely picked up and all the hotel reservations were made; no complications or hassles; The Arenal Nayara is a gorgeous place, straight out of architectural digest! a state of the art hotel with all the modern amenities; La Mariposa is lovely and the view is breathtaking; really, no complaints about anything and we would definitely use your company again!

Evans Family Vacation – July 2008

"WOW!!"
Arrival: 07-08-2008 Departure: 07-15-2008
WOW!! Despite the delay of our plane (which can never be predicted) and sleeping through our rafting, the trip was amazing. Thank you so much for putting everything together the way I wanted it. The lodging was exceptional as was the scenery. The transfers and drivers were wonderful, it was a great time to unwind and enjoy the view and I had a good time chatting with the drivers and asking questions. They were all very friendly. I loved using my tiny bit of spanish to help me communicate in the small towns. We all enjoyed walking around the towns and taking it all in. The activities were fun, fun, fun. All the boys jumped head first into the pool at the Bungee place and agreed that it was the most scary, ie.. the most fun. I and my husband liked the rocket launcher. You should try it, it’s really not that scary and a whole lot of fun. The repelling and zip lines were awesome too. The food was delicious, we usually went for the typical foods in the small Soda’s. We got to see many animals in Manuel Antonio, including a sloth that had taken up residence it a small tree right next to the restauraunt at Tulemar Bungalows, so we had close up views and pictures of her. The beach was warm, the waves were good enough for body surfing and bogie boarding, and we ended up staying in the water for hours. The topography is truly beautiful and exercise is automatically built into the vacation because of all the steep hills while walking. We all agree that this trip is at the top of our lists of trips we’ve taken. I will recommend you to anyone interested in going and your supporting staff is excellent too. I can’t wait to print out all of our pictures and put them in an album for this year’s family vacation. Thanks again, and if we do go back to catch that rafting trip sometime, I will definately go through you. Sincerely, Dorothy Evans P.S. My husband had been looking forward to the Sansa flight all through the trip and was very excited. He loves small planes. Dorothy, David, Austin, Jared, Ryan Evans

Ankenbrand Vacation – July 2008

"Thanks so much for your help planning everything."
Arrival: 07-05-2008 Departure: 07-12-2008
Josh and I had a really great trip!! Thanks so much for your help planning everything. We were really impressed by how well organized all of the transportation was – we quickly found our drivers at the airports and were always picked up on time at our hotels for our excursions. All the drivers were helpful and accommodating. We were happy with all of your hotel recommendations – each was ideally located and offered spacious, nice accommodations. Also, having breakfast included at each hotel was a nice bonus. It saved us the hassle of having to find a place to eat each morning…especially considering how remote some of the locations are. La Mariposa in Manuel Antonio was our absolute favorite! The view was amazing and we really loved the style of the hotel/room. We had such a blast on all of our excursions and even added a horseback ride that wasn’t planned at the start of the trip. I’d highly recommend the horseback riding, waterfall rappelling, ATV tour and Zip Lining to any other adventurous and/or thrill seeking visitors. Our time in Arenal was great!. thanks again for your assistance, we had a fabulous time in Costa Rica!! Monica Ankenbrand

Barrentine Vacation – July 2008

"Everything went off without a hitch and we had the time of our life."
Arrival: 07-05-2008 Departure: 07-10-2008
I wanted to drop you a email to let you and everyone at My Costa Rica know what a great job you did in putting together our trip to Costa Rica. Everything went off without a hitch and we had the time of our life. We will definitely use your services again. The Arenal Paraiso Resort was a wonder place to stay. The service and hospitality was wonderful and our rooms were great. The view of the volcano was amazing from our patio and from the restaurant while we enjoyed the wonderful food served there. The tours you arranged, were great and my wife and children thoroughly enjoyed all of them. My kid’s favorite was the Canyoning arranged through Pure Trek. The rapelling part of this adventure was amazing through the water falls. The Canopy tour was a wonderful experience that we won’t soon forget. The 980 foot cable number 7, that was 400 feet above the Arenal River and beside the Arenal Falls, was a breathtaking ride through the tree top canopy. The Arenal Rafting In Balsa River was made both exciting and fun due to the experience and fun loving guides we had and the Costa Rican locally made lunch was amazing. I can’t say enough about the service from all the people we dealt with. Costa Rica is truly a very tourist friendly country. My family and I had a wonder time we will more then likely plan another trip in the future and use the services of My Costa Rica again. Sincerely Rick & Renee Barrentine

Sybblis Vacation – June 2008

"Nayara was wonderful!"
Arrival: 06-27-2008 Departure: 07-01-2008
The transportation was excellent! The drivers were courteous and punctual! This made the trip run very smoothly. The tours were all great. Nayara was wonderful! Hotel Arenal Nayara is beautiful and relaxing. The staff there is very helpful. I am not sure I would recommend the Barcelo to couples. The atmosphere is better suited for families or college students on break. Overall we had a lovely vacation! S. Sybblis

Endicter Vacation – June 2008

"Thanks for your help planning our honeymoon."
Arrival: 06-24-2008 Departure: 07-01-2008
Thanks for your help planning our honeymoon, overall, I’d say it was quite a success – I think we even got lucky with the weather for the most part. My impressions of various aspects of the trip: Hotel Bougainvilea: Absolutely gorgeous! If I would have realized how cool those gardens were, I’d of cut the San Jose tour in half and spent more time at the hotel believe it or not. Doka Coffee Plantation: Pretty neat! A worthwhile trip, and I definitely walked out of that place with a caffeine buzz!. Poas: Absolutely stunning, a must see for the first time visitor. La Paz: Once again absolutely phenomenal, and a must see for the first time visitor, probably Thia’s favorite part of the trip. Arenal Springs Resort" href="http://www.mycostaricalink.com/hotels/arenal/arenal-springs.htm">Arenal Springs Hotel: Just a tremendous hotel. Thia and agree that this was our favorite hotel during the trip. Highly recommended by the both of us. Arenal Volcano: Way cool, we both wish we spent an extra day at Arenal just taking in the views and doing more activities in the area. Tenorio/Rio Celeste: By far my favorite part of the trip, though I don’t think my wife agrees. Hiking through the rain over rough terrain in a primary rain forest, with an absolutely unique river to boot… now THAT is my idea of a great time! I think I could have kept going longer then the tour guide. It was rough going, and it takes at least some level of physical fitness. The wife was exhausted by the end. Not recommended for those not willing to rough it, or in poor physical condition. Hotel Costa Verde" href="http://www.mycostaricalink.com/hotels/manuel-antonio/hotel-costa-verde.htm">Costa Verde: Absolutely incomparable stunning views and huge rooms. No air conditioning though. That was not a big issue as far as temperature is concerned, but the room was constantly moist. Didn’t bug me, but the wife was uncomfortable by the end of the three days. My suggestion for the future would be to verify if the room has A/C, and if not just make sure that is cool (pun intended) with your clients. Manuel Antonio" href="http://www.mycostaricalink.com/manuel-antonio/">Manuel Antonio/ MA NP: I think the NP was the best place to see wildlife during the entire trip. I think this is also a must see for a first time visitor. The beach at Manuel Antonio was fantastic and we had a great time. Sunset Sailing cruise: Well, it poured like a monsoon, Thia got completely see sick, and the college kids on board partied like mad, using the snorkels as a beer bongs…oh well, can’t win them all. Turu-bari: Thumbs up! Really liked the zip lines. In retrospect, I wish I didn’t wuss out and did the 1 km superman zip line as well. Ama Tierra Retreat" href="http://www.mycostaricalink.com/hotels/san-jose/ama-tierra.htm">Ama Tierra: This is a tough call for us. The owners were as nice as humanly possible, the views from the hotel were phenomenal, and the food was great. The hotel was very buggy though. I was afraid that a couple of the critters in the room were big enough to drag off my wife. OK, slight exaggeration of course. Once again, as long as you make sure that your future clients don’t mind roughing it a bit, it’s a great place. Over all, I don’t think Thia would consider going back, I’d be a bit more amenable to it. I know I have friends who are more outdoorsy then Thia and I that would absolutely LOVE this place, so I think it just is a matter of getting the right people for the hotel. Once again, Bob and Jill were very nice people, and I wish them nothing but the best. Overall, we loved the trip. Costa Rica is a wonderful country, and the Tico’s were very nice fun loving and interesting people. Loved that Lizano salsa as well – I gotta see if I can find it in the states. I think we will both be back at some time in the future, but we have a few other places in the world we need to see first before we make a return trip, but don’t be surprised if you hear from us in the future. I’ll be recommended your agency to friends that plan on going to Costa Rica as well. Take care, and very nice working with you. Jess & Cynthia Endicter

Subramanyam Vacation – May 2008

Arrival: 05-22-2008 Departure: 05-26-2008

The itenary was perfect and your arrangements were excellent without any flaws and we had a good time.

All the tour guides, hotel staff and van drivers were very helpful and made the trip very enjoyable. I look forward to coming later and spending more time.

Thanks again

Kalyanam Subramanyam

Hutcherson Vacation – May 2008

"Thank you for your hard work."
Arrival: 05-14-2008 Departure: 05-21-2008
Thank you for your hard work. The accommodations were great!! Everything went smoothly. From the time we arrived at the airport in Liberia until the time that we left. The taxi drivers were very friendly and informative. They did everything to ensure our comfort. The hotels were wonderful!! Beautiful rooms friendly staff and excellent food!! The Arenal volcano was spectacular!!! Just like you said!!! I hated to leave!! I will be back! Hopefully next year and I will be sure to call and book through you!! Thank you also for helping my friend to get intouch with me by phone. Gracias!

Brendlinger Vacation – April 2008

"Couldn't ask for better service. Thank you for a terrific vacation."
Arrival: 04-24-2008 Departure: 04-25-2008
Jason, Thanks for all the work you did to make our vacation a great experience. All the tours went off without any problems and your tour guide Jose from Guancaste Travel was wonderful. He and his crews were prompt, courteous, helpful and very knowledgeable. I have already passed your card along to some of my friends who will be calling you to set up their vacations. Thanks again from me and my friends Bert Brendlinger

Duff Vacation – April 2008

"Everything worked out perfectly."
Arrival: 04-21-2008 Departure: 04-27-2008
Hola, Jason, Just a note to say thank you for all the arrangements you made for our travel after the Caravan tour ended last Monday. Everything worked out perfectly. We were as you said able to store our heavy suitcases with Nature Air, the flights to and from Playa Tambor were great, and our time at the Barcelo there was very enjoyable. We enjoyed Rancho Rio Perlas on the day following the Caravan bus tour — gave us time to relax and unwind from a fairly structure time on the tour. We are very impressed with your beautiful country and your intelligent, forward-looking, and hospitable people. John Duff

Britt Vacation – April 2008

"Thanks again for everything; we couldn’t have been more pleased."
Arrival: 04-04-2008 Departure: 04-12-2008
I would be very happy to serve as a reference for your company. I told my husband that you had requested our feedback, and couldn’t express enough how pleased he was with the way you handled all of the arrangements. We never encountered any problems, despite the numerous reservations with all of the hotels, transfers, tours, shuttles, etc. Everything was perfect. My husband was also very impressed that you took the initiative to call us at Sapo Dorado to us to let us know there would be a slight delay with our transportation from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio. My husband also told me that he sent an email to Sunset Tours to let them know how wonderful our guide (Zender) and driver (Robert) were (in La Fortuna). They escorted the two of us for the entire day, and kept us entertained and laughing the whole time. Zender is very intelligent and his enthusiasm was infectious. Actually, all of the tours and guides were amazing. The rafting trip was exceptional. All of the guides were fun (David was the guide on our raft), and the food was really good! They prepared quite a spread for us out on the river. The Sky Trek guides (Antonio and Jairo) were so wonderful, which made the entire experience even more enjoyable. The guides on the catamaran were also very helpful and very friendly, and we enjoyed hanging out with them. If I can be of any assistance, please feel free to have potential clients contact me. Email would be best, since personal calls at work are discouraged. If they want to speak with me personally, I’ll be happy to provide them with my home phone number. I understand exactly how it feels to put your trust in a travel agency in a foreign country. We had family and friends trying to tell us that we would be left stranded in Costa Rica. I was never worried. From the first time we spoke on the phone, you were so professional and extremely helpful and reassuring, answering every question I had. I never had a doubt about having you handle all of our arrangements. From the time we landed in Costa Rica until the last shuttle dropped us off at the airport, every detail was taken care of. Thanks again for everything; we couldn’t have been more pleased. Felices Britt

Jansen Vacation – March 2008

"Everything went great and we enjoyed Costa Rica very much."
Arrival: 03-31-2008 Departure: 04-11-2008
Everything went great and we enjoyed Costa Rica very much. The pickups were there every time they were suppose to be and the representative were wonderful. The tours and excursions were top notch. We probably would not recommend the San Jose tour again on the same day as traveling…to much…Danny made it interesting though. I will have others we know that are coming to Costa Rica go through your company… My Best Always Marcus Antonius Jansen

Emory Vacation – March 2008

"Thanks again for your work on our behalf."
Arrival: 03-27-2008 Departure: 04-01-2008
I want to personally thank you for an outstanding trip. I had never been to Costa Rica, and now I know why so many of my friends who had been there were envious that I was going. You really did a great job of preparing our itinerary.pe people were great, and the food was outstanding. We even went to Mass on Sunday evening in Quepos. Thanks again for your work on our behalf. Lee Emory

Obrien Family Vacation – March 2008

"It was a wonderful trip."
Arrival: 03-25-2008 Departure: 04-02-2008
It was a wonderful trip. My husband usually handles all trips and was quite pleased with everything (that is saying a lot)! We hope to take another trip, per the kids’ request, and will definitely use your services again. the people were kind and the food was very good. Thank you

Desai Vacation – March 2008

"All our activities scheduled were exciting and fun."
Arrival: 03-13-2008 Departure: 03-21-2008
Everything was taken care for us. All our activities scheduled were exciting and fun.It was a real vacation where everything was taken care for us. Right from the start we were greeted by MY CR representative at the airport and from then on we were treated very well. Throughout our stay all itineraries were well followed and the transfers were on time. My CR representatives were courteous and helped out whenever we had any difficulties or needed to make minor changes. I will not hesitate to recommend My CR to my friends and family and I would gladly approach My CR for my next Costa Rica Vacation. Pura Vida Nikhil Desai

Crimm Vacation – March 2008

"The four of us had a wonderful time on our recent trip to Costa Rica."
Arrival: 03-11-2008 Departure: 03-20-2008
I wanted to let you know that the four of us had a wonderful time on our recent trip to Costa Rica. The part that your team planned for us was well done and I know they did a lot of work to assure that things were done well. Sunset Tours showed up on time every time and were ready for us. The tour guides were personable, friendly, and knowledgeable. The drivers were courteous and accommodating. You and your guys did a great job and I will recommend you to others. Take care. Dr. Harlon Crimm

Vlock Family Vacation – March 2008

"Dedicated and energetic group of people who love what they do."
Arrival: 03-08-2008 Departure: 03-20-2008
Organizing our family vacation with My Costa Rica was like having a personal concierge. Every detail of our trip was developed with such care and patience—we are talking about 2 families, 9 people total, 5 kids ranging in age from 2, 6, 8,10 and 14 years— all with special interests, budget requirements, and ever changing ideas of how to have the perfect Costa Rica vacation. The commitment to personal service was apparent from my first contact with Jason in September through March when the day finally arrived. We were thankful for the many emails and phone calls (prompt updates and schedules of which there were many!). But the unprecedented bonus of My Costa Rica was the experience we had on the ground. From the instant we arrived we were greeted with such warmth and attentiveness. Our My Costa Rica drivers (we traveled for 2 weeks with 4 transfers of considerable duration) were wonderful, interesting people who exposed us and, in particular, our children to the culture and people that make a visit to this country so special. Excursion selections were well worth it and our guides were wonderful.To top it off, Jason came through rearranging a final hotel booking and redeploying drivers at the very last minute (despite the fact that it was Easter vacation for all of Costa Rica)! This is a dedicated and energetic group of people who love what they do and take pride in this remarkable place. Lucky us, and you, if you have the opportunity to work with them. Sandra Vlock

Haber Vacation – February 2008

"We really enjoyed all of the tours you chose for us."
Arrival: 02-24-2008 Departure: 03-02-2008
Shawn and I returned from our trip last night and while I’m trying to catch up at work, I wanted to send you a quick note of thanks. Our vacation was wonderful! It was full of excitement and adventure with a dose of relaxation. We really enjoyed all of the tours you chose for us. I don’t know if you chose tour guides specifically, but we really had a great time with David at the Santa Elena Cloud Forest. “Our favorite place of the whole trip was Arenal. After the unexpected frigid temperatures in the gorgeous Monteverde, we were very pleased with the warmth and resort-like atmosphere of the Arenal Paraiso. We loved the hot springs, the staff, and the TV. :) The trip to the Tabacon was, of course, a highlight but we were glad we didn’t spend too long there, because it was quite nuts. The Canopy/Horseback tour the next day was another highlight. We had a blast” … …”Just like you said, the family that runs Rancho Corocovado are wonderful people we felt very welcome.”… …”Overall, though, Jason, Shawn and I would like to sincerely thank you for the time and effort you took in planning our Costa Rican getaway. We had a blast and we’ve already promised ourselves to return to see more of Costa Rican. Don’t be surprised if you hear from us again. Mucho gracias. Shawn and Elad Haber

Edison Vacation – February 2008

"We really appreciate you going the extra mile."
Arrival: 02-23-2008 Departure: 03-08-2008
This is terribly late, but I just wanted to pass along our thanks for planning such a wonderful trip. Michael and I both had the BEST adventure in Costa Rica this year thanks to you and your team. Our accomodations were fantastic, our guides tri-lingual and so knowledgable, our drivers friendly and safe, and we had the perfect mix of adventure and relax time. The instructions were perfect – especially hints on what to bring and what to wear. We really appreciate you going the extra mile to ensure that Michael’s luggage arrived at the Peace Lodge – exactly at the same time as we arrived. You were able to do what Air Canada just couldn’t figure out. Our hilights – definately the Peace Lodge and feeding the hummingbirds, and the glass of red wine I had at dinner at Sapo Dorado – a Chilean Malbec I think – still trying to figure out which one! Shannon & Michael Edison OUR MISSION "To promote responsible and sustainable tourism to this beautiful country we call home."

Hall Vacation – February 2008

"Our trip was truly amazing."
Arrival: 02-16-2008 Departure: 02-23-2008
Would highly reccommend Jason Bateman to anyone who is planning a trip to Costa Rica. Jason was extremely helpful, and did everything he could to accomodate our wishes for our trip. Jason ensured that he incorporated our travel plans, Costa Rica adventure tours, and stayed within our price range as well. Upon arriving to Costa Rica, we were greeted by a wonderful My Costa Rica representative. He gave us a thoughtful gift of an orchid from Costa Rica. Our drivers were always on time and were very pleasant. There were never any misunderstandings, or problems, and everything went as planned by Jason! Our trip was truly amazing and it wouldn’t have been so relaxed and carefree without your careful planning Jason! Thank you! Lindsay Hall

Immel Vacation – February 2008

"We had a great time in Costa Rica, and will definitely come back some time!"
Arrival: 02-16-2008 Departure: 02-23-2008
We had a great time in Costa Rica, and will definitely come back some time! Booking through you took a lot of stress off the trip – not having to worry about the details when we were there. Everything was planned and organized perfectly. Our drivers were great, and always on time. The Volcano lodge was a beautiful resort. The canyoning and canopy tours were awesome! Our time at the beach was also great. The Bahia del Sol resort was beautiful. The beach was quiet, which was a bonus. Most of the people who stayed there were older (lots of gray hairs), so it was very quiet. If I went back to the same area, I would choose to stay at Playa Grande. We all liked the beach better – for the sand and bigger waves. It seemed like more of a younger, backpackers crowd (more our style), but still not crazy busy, like Tamarindo (would never want to stay in Tamarindo). We liked the looks of hotel la Tortugas – and would try and stay there next time. All in all, the trip was great! You did a great job booking us into great hotels and activities – so Thank You :) I will contact you again, when we decide to come back. Nola Immel

Lawson Vacation – February 2008

"We really enjoyed Costa Rica."
Arrival: 02-16-2008 Departure: 02-26-2008
Hola Jason Sorry it has taken me so long to reply, but it does not take long after the return to get back into the busy life.As to the trip and your services, we can not say enough. We really enjoyed Costa Rica; the people were friendly and helpful(especially the drivers you arranged-Oscar and Tony, who were wonderful people and with whom we felt safe and comfortable). The country was beautiful and the activities you organized were great. All of us enjoyed them. We can’t say enough about casa alegria! It is a fabulous house, with a magnificent view and very well located close to the beach. The property is extremely well maintained and the person coming in to look after the place, clean etc each day made it even more enjoyable. The managers had left us some starter supplies and that was very helpful. It was a great trip, due in no small part to your work. While initially concerned about dealing with someone I only met on the internet and soke to on the phone, you proved to provide a product which was only exceeded by the high quality of your personal service. Thank you. (hard to beat that for a recommendation!) Thanks again, Enjoy and appreciate the warm weather. Regards Gary Lawson

Villamena Vacation – December 2009

"The excursions were great."
Arrival: 12-27-2009 Departure: 01-02-2010
Things worked out perfectly. everything went smoothly and the excursions were great. the transportation provided was great, especially vidal from arenol star who drove us to tamarindo and roy who took us on the volcano and hot springs tour. I will give you my honest feedback below, but overall the trip was a success. - rapids at pacuare – awesome and would definately recommend - canyoning – ditto, also awesome and would def recommend it - Arenal Volcano and hot springs – not terrible but not amazing either. driver was great but i guess we were a lil disappointed in not seeing lava, which i know is kinda the luck of the draw, so i guess my expectations were higher. The Springs Resort Arenal – where the hot springs were, was a nice place but the hot springs were a bit weak (as in not as hot, compared to buena vista) but the food was really good at the hotel buena vista – i liked this excursion because it does give you a complete package and was convenient en route to tamarindo. thanks for your help, will recommend clients in future. have a great 2010!

James Vacation – December 2009

"Thank you again and if I make it to Costa Rica again, I will look you up."
Arrival: 12-11-2009 Departure: 12-20-2009
I am home safe and sound and tired! Just wanted to let you know that the tour group, Exploradores Naturales, was wonderful. The staff and guides were top notch. The tour was beautiful and exciting. I would recommend it to anyone. Our River Rafting Costa Rica guide knew a lot about the birds we saw on the river and was able to point out a lot of different birds and butterflies. He also gave us a lot of info on the indigenous people and some history of the area. It was a nice perk to the rafting trip. Thank you again and if I make it to Costa Rica again, I will look you up. Tori James – December 11th, 2009

Van Heuven Vacation – December 2009

"I’ll definitely be coming back soon."
Arrival: 12-03-2009 Departure: 12-08-2009
Hola Lynn-I’ll definitely be coming back soon. Your company really made the trip seem effortless with regards to logistics and making sure I experienced as much as possible during my stay. The guides and taxi transfers were always on-time and very professional. I was very impressed. Thanks for helping make my trip so perfect. I’ll definitely use you in the future, and recommend your company to all my friends.

Cruz Honeymoon – November 2009

"It was just an overall wonderful experience."
Arrival: 11-23-2009 Departure: 11-29-2009
I can’t begin to tell you how unbelievably special the honeymoon was, and how you made it all possible. The Hotels In Costa Rica were great, the food was outstanding and it was just an overall wonderful experience. I also want to make special note of the dinner and flowers you sent – they were both amazing. I know I asked a lot a questions, but you answered them all and truly made the whole week unforgetable. My wife and I were more than happy with the honeymoon and the week in Costa Rica. Thank you so much for everything.

Holcomb Vacation – November 2009

"We found Costa Rica everything we had anticipated & more."
Arrival: 11-03-2009 Departure: 11-10-2009
We are greatful that we used My Costa Rica Tours as all was totally planned out to perfection. There were a few mishaps on the way but nothing that deterred our pleasure. We found Costa Rica everything we had anticipated & more. People went out of their way to help us, no problems with money or language. Only ran into a couple of the Grayline bus drivers that did not speak English. The weather was great, and the food was good also. We feel we picked the perfect time as we didn’t have to deal with the tour season crowd, leaving more time for the one on one attention we desired. We loved the white water rafting which left nothing to be desired. The Canopy was exhilarating-I highly recommend it, though we did not enjoy the ending with the tribe history meeting on the way back. They should probably focus more on safety also-platforms with no railing and they do not hook you on until you are ready to go. One could easily fall off while waiting on the others, if not careful. Canyoning was an adventure. The volcano tour was a clear night, but we didn’t get to see the lava. Palo Verde National Park" href="http://www.mycostaricalink.com/tours/guana-tama/palo-verde.htm">Palo Verde was enjoyable. The sunset sailboat tour was unbelievable-this is a must for all. All motels were excellent. The Intercontinental is a very lavish hotel. The Royal Corin was every bit as wonderful as you said it is. The view of the volcano is unforgettable. The room was superb, seeing the volcano & garden/pool views all across the front, along with the room Jacuzzi of course. We adored the bed characters they did for us, along with the afternoon surprise treats they left for us. We did not go wrong staying at this one. The Paradisus Playa Conchal Resort was also an excellent choice. Room was again superb with a beautiful view of the pond on the golf course. We really liked having all inclusive. Our first trip turned out to be perfect with our desire to have some time in Arenal & then the beach. We got a good feel for most of Costa Rica. Your recommendations & package was exactly what we anticipated. Our first trip could easily have turned out a disaster had we attempted putting it all together ourselves. Thank you Lynn again for all you did for us. We will definitely contact you when we come back. I have my eye on the Hotel Riu Guanacaste. Checked airfare for May & it runs around $300 ea for round trip ticket on Continental. I will be eagerly awaiting any input you have on it when it gets up & going good. And/or any better suggestions

Wilson and Santiago Group Vacation – November 2009

"We truly had an amazing time!"
Arrival: 11-02-2009 Departure: 11-08-2009
Thank you so much for putting this trip together for us! We truly had an amazing time! Costa Rica is beautiful, and the people there are very friendly. The drivers, tour guides could not have been more accommodating. We felt very taken care of! The hotels were well equipped, clean and very pretty. The last hotel we stayed at (Hotel Real Intercontinental Costa Rica) was absolutely stunning! I do have a ton of great pictures of the activities we did. Thank you again for putting this together! I have never used a company like yours be for for traveling, and after this experience, I will do it again in a second! You took the stress out of a vacation, and I cannot thank you enough! Stephanie Wilson- Santiago Group November 2-8th, 2009

Santiago Group Vacation – November 2009

"WOW top notch service."
Arrival: 11-02-2009 Departure: 11-08-2009
I would like to first say a big THANK YOU as we were all extremely impressed by the service, the tour guides, accommodations, transportation and the activities. We will definitely use your agency again without reservations. This vacation was one of the most memorable vacations we have all had and would like to thank you for your service and recommending such a spectacular adventure. I would like to give a special recognition to Jose the tour guide that took us to Canopy Adventure Tour, horseback riding etc. and the staff at Desafios white water rafting. WOW top notch service. Thanks again and will be sending you some pictures very soon!!

Bhalla Vacation – November 2009

"Thank you for making sure our trip went smoothly."
Arrival: 11-02-2009 Departure: 11-07-2009
It was very helpful having a travel agent in Costa Rica. You were able to help us out very quickly when we were unhappy with our hotel situation and resolved it for us equally as quickly. The pre-arranged Costa Rica Vacation transportation was a huge asset. Thank you for making sure our trip went smoothly. We will definitely recommend your agency to anyone who is travelling to Costa Rica!

Seelman Vacation – October 2009

"It was really relaxing!"
Arrival: 10-29-2009 Departure: 11-02-2009
The transfer problem was made up for when we were greeted at the international airport (instead of pavas – where we were supposed to go but couldnt due to rain)back! by a driver to take us back to San Francisco – when we landed – we were thinking about all the possibilities – and Franklin (i assume) took care of of that for us – which was a lifesaver – so we didnt have to worry about getting We got to the resort – flying was a much better option this time – we didnt spend our day in the car – we just got to head to the pool and beach so much sooner! We had a great time at the beach and the resort was, as before, amazing – the staff was really nice and the food was good - we loved the mexican restaurant, the Italian place was good, Spices – was good for sushi only – the other stuff on the menu was small – i would tell people to either plan for a sushi dinner – or go for appetizers and then head to another place – on the weekends there was a dinner buffet (we didnt go – but i guess it was good) — room service is great – but pretty limited on the menu – wouldnt plan to have more than a couple meals with room service. The spa is great – we had a massage and a facial – it was really relaxing! Junior Garden suite is the way to go – its a great room! the only down fall was on sunday a large group of people for a conference came – there was nothing that could be done – but they really took over the place – we still had a ton of fun! – it was a good reminder that many times conferences will be headed to resorts on off season! thanks so much for your help!

Lambert Vacation – October 2009

"Thank you so much for putting together a wonderful experience."
Arrival: 10-29-2009 Departure: 11-02-2009
Hi Lynn!! I just want tell you how beautiful your country is and the amazing service we had on our trip. All our tour guides were friendly, informative and hospitable. Thank you so much for putting together a wonderful experience.

Beal Wedding – October 2009

"Thank you so much for planning such a great trip!"
Arrival: 10-15-2009 Departure: 10-25-2009
Thank you so much for planning such a great trip! I’m sure that organizing a party of 16 with lots of last minute changes was no small task to complete! The private transfers were incredibly convenient to have pre-arranged. The drivers were always on time and extremely courteous. I felt very bad on this past Friday morning on our trip from Arenal to San Jose when someone in the car who doesn’t speak Spanish said “How many hour trip?” and I hope the driver wasn’t offended. Based on your note to me about tipping before we left, we didn’t tip the drivers from the airport in Liberia to Hotel Bahia del Sol Bahia del Sol…have they been tipped? If not, please let me know how I can reach the company to send an appropriate tip. The amount of time the drivers spent to come pick us up, take us to our destination and then go somewhere else before returning home was really incredible to me. I don’t think you can find that in America. We did tip the drivers on our way to Arenal and to the airport because the trips were so long and we wanted to show additional appreciation. The excursions we went on were fantastic. If you can easily send me on the name of our zip line tour, the guides we had were great! We had a lot of fun with them, and, the primary guide’s personality was perfectly matched to Chuck’s. We weren’t expecting the tour of the indigenous village or the habitats with butterflies and frogs, or the gardens on this excursion. Everyone was definitely impressed by the variety of the tour and had a great time. Based on brief conversations with other guests at Hotel Arenal Nayara, the zip line tour we went on was definitely the best! The booze cruise was also really great – I am not a snorkeler, but, I had fun swimming by the beach and enjoying the boat ride. The captain and his crew were very attentive, courteous and professional. The food they provided was also really good! Diego was able to hold an octopus and see a puffer fish under the water. We saw flying fish on our way to the snorkeling spot, and, we also found hermit crabs on the beach. We had a ton of fun hanging our legs off the front of the boat and letting them dip into the warm waves when we sailed over them. That night there was an amazing sunset that reflected to the north – truly breathtaking. Diego and I had a great time on the rappelling tour. The guides weren’t quite as exciting as on the zip line, but, I think it’s also because our tour was so small. Quite frankly, I wish the tour had 7 or 8 walls to rappel, not only 5. I would have loved for that to be longer. We considered going a second time, but, the hike at the end was tiring enough that I knew I couldn’t do it twice in one day. Our primary guide on that tour, Mario, was really nice to talk with and he spoke with us a lot about Costa Rican culture and his own family. We gave them a pretty big tip because they sent 4 employees for a two-person tour. The lunch they provided was awesome! I didn’t expect to get so hungry rappelling, but, the meal hit the spot – it was like having home-cooked Tico lunch, which I really appreciated. Each of the bathrooms on the tour were better-maintained than I expected for their locations. The bathroom at the main office with the showers was really nice since they provided towels, bags for wet clothes, and personal items for ladies who may have forgotten them. I didn’t realize we could take a shower after the tour so we didn’t bring an extra set of clothes, but, had we known why the recommendation for an extra set of clothes was so we could shower, we probably would have. Our last tour, the volcano excursion with hot springs and dinner, was really neat. The land rovers the guides drove were a ton of fun, and, we loved driving through creeks! It was sort of a bummer that our second lookout spot was too cloudy to see more, but, you can’t control the weather. The guides on this tour were a lot of fun, and, I was surprised that they stayed with us all night – that they waited for us during the hot springs, and, then took us to dinner. I might have enjoyed for them to sit with us at dinner because I like to mingle with locals as much as I can. By that time, though, I was very tired and my ability to speak Spanish was waning. The dinner we had was really good. I don’t think any of us expected to go to such a nice hotel to eat, and, they clearly kept the restaurant open for us. The hot springs were also nice. I wasn’t sure what to expect. Without knowing how to compare these springs, they were very nice and I loved how each pool fed the one below it – it was always fun to sit in the waterfall - the only thing I noticed in several pools was that the floor was sort of slippery so it got hard to walk across some of the pools. It seemed to be a theme that the hospitality around the country went above and beyond. There were a couple unexpected things that came up with the hotel rooms we were booked, but, none of it was an issue. At Hotel Bahia del Sol I thought we were upgraded to a Jacuzzi room, but, they were out of them when we arrived- since we only paid for the double deluxe, this wasn’t an issue. In Arenal, I thought we were getting a room with a king bed and wound up with two queens, but, I was afraid that if we tried to switch to a king room we’d lose our incredible view which more than made up for it. Other than that slight confusion, the hotels were great. I thought Bahia del Sol’s rooms were spacious. I can get picky about the beds we sleep on, and, their beds were ok but in our room (205, I believe), they were maybe a little more firm than I am used to. The common areas at Bahia del Sol were beautiful. The gardens were so fun to walk through to get to our room, and, the front desk attendants were always very helpful and friendly. The breakfast each morning was delicious, and, we loved the pool! The seating outdoors around the pool was really nice – easy to lounge around for hours! The beach was also really great, there. Thanks for organizing the fire dancers at Bahia! They were really awesome to watch. Chuck got some really cool pictures of them by slowing down his shutter speed on the camera. The photographer they had was also really good – I haven’t seen all his final photos, but, he was crawling on things to get different angles for his shots and definitely worked hard to do a good job. The food at Bahia in general was wonderful! We split the appetizer platter one day for lunch with the chicken fingers, fish sticks and fajitas – it was tons of food for a snack-style lunch! The rehearsal dinner food and wedding food were really good, and, we ate one more night at the hotel restaurant and had excellent seafood. If we weren’t staying at that hotel, I hope that someone would have sent us there for a meal because the service and quality of the food were outstanding. Hotel Arenal Nayara was probably one of the two or three nicest hotels I’ve ever stayed in. The grounds were stunning and the service was again outstanding. The outdoor showers were really neat, and, the back porches with the volcano views made this place truly special. The beds were sooo comfortable, and, the LCD tvs and nice air conditioners were a nice touch. We tried to sleep with our patio doors open and have the fan on here, partly for the conservation and partly because the noises were surprisingly nice to sleep with. The attention to detail at Nayara was incredible, both in the rooms and out – in particular, the time they spend manicuring the gardens on the grounds and taking care of the parrots (which were hugely entertaining) were so impressive. The meals we had there were all very good, and, their breakfast was awesome. The pool was great to hang out in! We loved how warm the water was and that they had the little tables to sit with drinks and food. We do not have a laptop, so, the free computer access they provided was definitely nice for us to check in on our dog back home, and, one day the hotel van took us into town to get some groceries which was a really fun trip. One other thing is that when we arrived, the scented cool towels were a big hit with everyone – in addition to the welcome punch, which I’m a huge fan of! If you’d like, I can try to send you pictures, or, I think we’ll be posting them somewhere online if you’d like me to send you a link. In the end, we’ll probably have a lot of picture overlap with Chuck and robin and total about 450 photos. The only other feedback I have is that in the general info you send out about visiting the country, I think it would have been helpful to share the tipping information with all the guests in our party. At a couple points there was some confusion over whether tips were included or not, and, what is appropriate to give, etc. Overall I hope this feedback conveys how impressed we were with the trip and everything you booked for us. I’m sure our group was difficult at times and I appreciate everything you did to make the trip so seamless. I hope to come back to Costa Rica again and maybe try something a little more off the beaten path! Please let me know if you have any questions about our feedback or want to know more about anything. Thank you again for all you did, Lynn. This truly was a wonderful experience. I learned and appreciate the meaning of Pura Vida :) Take care

Beal Wedding – October 2009

"So many great memories…I’ll never forget."
Arrival: 10-15-2009 Departure: 10-25-2009
It was a great trip. I can’t think of anything major off the top of my head that I didn’t like. I loved having the vouchers—- that gave me confidence that I was in the right place. I especially loved our last driver, Fernando. He was great!! He stopped to buy us some of those little hairy fruits because I said I hadn’t tried them. I’m mad because I think I left them in the van and want to take some home for my husband to try. Oh, well, I get them next time. The Hotels In Costa Rica were great, the food was great. The wedding hotel was especially accomodating–we were the “family.” So many great memories…I’ll never forget. If I think of anything I’ll let you know. Thanks for all the help.

Tancinco and Kuehnel Vacation – August 2009

"We had a great trip."
Arrival: 08-18-2009 Departure: 08-25-2009
Hi Lynn, thank you so much for arranging everything on our trip to your beautiful country Costa Rica. Everything went smoothly, from the beginning to the end. When we arrived at the airport, our ride was already waiting for us and they were courteous and friendly. About the hotels that we stayed at: Costa Rica Hotel Alta - very nice and clean; it has an old feel to it. The employees were very friendly and our waiter at the restaurant was very professional. Hotel Royal Corin Arenal - very luxurious, we loved it a lot. We specially like the complimentary pastries we had every afternoon. We looked forward to it everyday. The buffet breakfast was delicious and bountiful. We had rice and beans, yogurt, fruits, cereal, fried plantains, eggs, sausage, bacon, etc. everyday. All the employees were very friendly, from the front desk to the waiters. We also loved the hot spring water in the pools and the view of the volcano from our room. Tulemar Bungalows - we loved the fact that we had our own bungalow with a nice view of the ocean, but it needed some renovations. The roof was leaking in the bedroom one day and then in the bathroom the next day. The complimentary breakfast was tasty and one of the waiters was very accommodating. In regards to the tours, we got picked up on-time everyday and all the tour guides were knowledgeable and some were funny, which made the tour more enjoyable. The Arenal Rafting Tour was great-our tour guide, Ricky was funny and the only complaint we have about it is that the lunch could have been better. For lunch, we basically had ham and cheese sandwiches (either with flour tortillas or bread) with chips and fruits. The canopy tour was fantastic. We also liked the visit to the Maleku village, which was very informational. Arenal Volcano Hike - we were able to learn about the different plants in the forest. We did not care so much about the Baldi Spring and dinner part of the tour because it was very touristy. We thought that we were going to hike to the source of the spring and swim there. Manuel Antonio National Park - our guide was very good. He was able to spy animals that we did not know existed. We saw so many varities of animals-3 different kinds of monkeys, crocodile, bats, sloths, crabs, ducks, herons, iguanas, etc. Catamaran-very relaxing, both the boat part and the snorkeling. Too bad we only saw a whale. As a whole, we had a great trip. Thank you again and pura vida.

Mead and Miller Honeymoon – August 2009

"We cannot wait to return!"
Arrival: 08-17-2009 Departure: 08-23-2009
I am so sorry for the delayed response to your email! I want you to know that we had a fabulous time in Costa Rica! Our accomodations were just as we expected and more! The Hotel Alta Costa Rica was fabulous! We loved the view and the restaurant was amazing! We loved all of our tours in the rainforest, especially the zip line and bridges hike. It is a must when in Costa Rica! The Paradisus Playa Conchal Resort was so great! The rooms were amazing and I cannot tell you how surprised I was at their special attention to us, being we were newlyweds! We felt like their only guests! We were able to have Royal Services access which we loved. One dat we did nothing but lay in a little bungalow and swim and relax! It was perfect! Thank you!! We got an individual bird watch guide. It turned out great, it was just a little hiccup in our plans. We ended up seeing toucans, Queztels, and even a baby porcupine!! We tried to see a sloth, but no luck! Maybe, next time! You did a great job planning our vacation and we cannot wait to return! Thank you!!

Killough Vacation – August 2009

"Our trip was fantastic!"
Arrival: 08-10-2009 Departure: 08-18-2009
Our trip was fantastic! Costa Rica is an incredible country with some incredible people! When we got off the plane we were greeted almost immediately by representative who told us everything we needed to do. Everything was well- planned and taken care of before we arrived. Each place we stayed at seemed like home, because the people there tried their best to make us feel that way. Each day when we walked in to Hotel Arenal Nayara while we were staying there they always wanted to know how the day had been, and showed a sincere interest in our trip. The hotel grounds were well manicured and the view of the volcano was beautiful. Hotel Tulemar Bungalows had an incredible view and the private beach was phenomenal. It’s location was good too–We found it easy to walk around town to find shops and places to eat. Most of all, the tours we did, and the time we spent touring the country was what we enjoyed more than anything. I’ll attach some photos of views we had. Thanks again for a great trip!

Gozal Vacation – August 2009

"Thanks so much for a wonderful and memorable vacation."
Arrival: 08-07-2009 Departure: 08-22-2009
Thanks so much for a wonderful and memorable vacation. All the services, tours and hotels were really good. The Arenal Springs Hotel was made extra special because of the excellent staff and their personal touch, especially Carlos on the Pool Bar and Diego the restaurant manager who both made us feel special. The Hotel gardens are quite beautiful. Josh loved fishing Talapia in their pond….great place. The Canyoning was great fun and very professionally coordinated. I’m glad we did it with these folks as their tour felt natural without too much man-made adaptations to detract from the natural beauty of the surroundings. The Canopy Tour was just as good and very exciting for Josh who made 3 new friends that we later bumped into at the Badi Springs. This tour was extra fun as we hooked up with these other folks to ride horses, visit the the Indian village and the Butterflys and Poisonous frogs. What a day for kids! The Baldi Springs was great and would have liked to have had longer there as Volcano observation turns out to be a fizz for kids! Still, it was kinda funny. Barcelo Playa Langosta turned out to be the ideal hotel for the 2nd week with it’s Kids club and never ending array of activities. Excellent Buffets and nightly shows and all of this in the setting of a National Park. Enjoyed very much. I wasn’t looking forward to the ATV tour but to my surprise it was just the 3 of us instead of 25 noisy, dusty machines in a row. What a relief! We enjoyed this tour as much as the others and took in the local sights and hidden jems of beaches. Palo Verde fullfilled all my needs for enjoying my new camera and accessories! The crocs and wildlife are abundant and I got some cool pics. Also the local family who operate the tour were very nice and once again offered that personnal touch. Being met halfway down a dusty road with someone holding up a card with our name on it tickled me pink! The Costa Rica Hotel Alta we were only at a few hours. It felt more like a business persons hotel. The restaurant, room and staff were all very nice though. They don’t have a kids menu but will make whatever you would like. And the best part of the trip was certainly My Costa Rica’s personnal service. Lynn, thank you and your team for a great vacation. I have photos but am not sure about how to mail those to you. Will try later.

Seelman Vacation – August 2008

"It was awesome!"
Arrival: 08-01-2009 Departure: 08-05-2009
Thank you for helping us with our vacation after our Mission Trip to Costa Rica!! we had a great time – it was just what we needed after a hard 2 weeks of working with HS youth! we loved the paradisus – here is what we loved: -the rooms (jr garden suites were WAY better than the royal service suits – royal service was just a regular hotel room - the food – the options were great – menus with room service were limited – but the food was good - the pools were great – tons of fun! - the beach was beautiful - the people were really great – many people to meet! - the private bus to and from the airport was best – it was on our own time - the location – the hotel was awesome!! Here is what we would have liked to know before the trip: - get reservations to the restaurants early – do not wait until the day of – they will be booked - get reservations for excursions early – they book fast - the beach is a public beach – you actually leave the resort to get on the beach – the vendors are really aggressive – but nice – they just want you to buy stuff - don’t leave your stuff unattended on the beach (we didn’t get get anything stolen – we were warned) -after about 6pm the resort starts to die down – there were a few people hanging around – but it would get pretty quiet Thanks – we will probably be calling you again for next summer!! it was awesome!

Lederer Honeymoon – July 2009

"Loved this place."
Arrival: 07-29-2009 Departure: 08-13-2009
Sorry for the delay in my response, but I have been swamped with work since we got back. Everything went great for the most part. Here’s a quick summary: Hotel Grano de Oro – Definitely a decent hotel and the food was really good at the restaurant. I think the restaurant was what really stood out about the hotel. I would recommend this place to anyone looking to crash for one night, but it isn’t near any of the tourist attractions, bars, restaurants, etc., so I wouldn’t go there if I was planning on exploring San Jose. La Mansion Inn Arenal - Loved this place. Would highly recommend it for couples. Don’t really think it would be an ideal spot for families or non-couples. We got a free upgrade to the penthouse since it was our honeymoon (thanks for your help with that), and the room was amazing. Breakfast was included and that was amazing as well. The only thing that was really disappointing was the dinner. The restaurant was very nice, but both my wife and I thought the food was very bland. Also, drinks are expensive! Hotel Arenal Nayara – Loved this place as well. The place is beautiful, the service was fantastic and the rooms were great. Would only recommend this place for couples as well. Not much of a family place. The food was just okay… not bad, but nothing specials. Prices were more reasonable here. Paradisus Playa Conchal Resort – Great all-inclusive place, but after staying at La Mansion Inn and Arenal Nayara, I would have preferred to have stayed at more of a small boutique hotel. This place is HUGE and I think I would have loved it under any other circumstances. Definitely a good time though. Hope this helps!

Stroud Vacation – July 2009

Arrival: 07-14-2009 Departure: 07-21-2009

The trip was awesome and you did an amazing job getting it all scheduled. Our drivers were all friendly and helpful and did a nice job.

We enjoyed the Vacation Hotel Alta" href="http://www.mycostaricalink.com/hotels/san-jose/hotel-alta.htm">Hotel Alta and saw two unforgettable sunsets. We watched one from the restaraunt and one from the balcony of our room. In fact, we ordered room service the last night just so we would not have to leave the balcony. The Manual Antonio trip was great fun and we enjoyed the monkeys, the park tour and the catamaran. The Issimo Suites Hotel" href="http://www.mycostaricalink.com/hotels/manuel-antonio/issimo-suites.htm">Issimo Suites hotel lacked privacy in the bathroom but otherwise it was a great place to stay with great views, a good restaurant, friendly and helpful staff. The Hotel Royal Corin in Arenal" href="http://www.mycostaricalink.com/hotels/arenal/royal-corin.htm">Royal Corin in Arenal is a fantastic hotel! We loved the service, the amenities and the heated pools! We are already planning our next trip. We will definitely recommend “My Costa Rica” to our friends.

Tully Vacation – June 2009

"We got to see some wildlife and lava at Arenal."
Arrival: 06-22-2009 Departure: 06-30-2009
Hotel Alta was nice and clean. We went to Machu Piccu on your recommendation and it was great and inexpensive. All the shuttle buses showed up on time or early. We never waited more than 5 minutes for our transportation. River rafting on the Pacurue was great and the guides were a lot of fun. The Hotel Royal Corin Arenal was as a nice of a place as I had ever been. The complimentary breakfast buffet was awsome as were the rooms, pools and bars. The ATV tour was a lot of fun, we ended up at a swimming hole with a rope swing, which was great. The kayaking was supposed to be on a river with a little white water, instead we ended up on lake Arenal. The guide was extremely good and pulled the bus over to see monkeys, sloths and coati. The actual tour though was a lot of work and was a little boring for our taste. We could have paddled around a flat lake at home, but and least we saw wildlife on the way to the lake. The canyoning was a ton of fun. The night hike was cool we got to see some wildlife and lava at Arenal. Baldi hot springs afterward was not needed. We had been at the Hotel Royal Corin Arenal with hot spring pools all week so we didn’t care to spend twice as much on beer. We just ate and then walked across the street to our hotel and swam and drank at the pools there. Horseback riding was fun and the guides were really good. The next stop, the Hotel El Establo Lodge was perfect. The Zip lines were amazing. We really like La Fortuna and Monteverde. Cool little places to eat and shop. Every waiter, bellman, tour guide, driver and front desk person that we came in contact with was nice and very helpful. We had the best honeymoon that we could have imagined. It was pretty much perfect. I will send you some pictures next week once we download them on our computer.

Hutson Vacation – May 2009

"I only wish I was coming back again, soon!"
Arrival: 05-19-2009 Departure: 05-22-2009
We had a terrific time. The driver, Juan, provided us transportation to and from San Jose. He was awesome! I only wish that when I came back I could have the same guy. He did a great job. The Hotel Royal Corin Arenal was exquisite. Very nicely decorated, comfortable and met my expectations in every possible way. The Sky-Tram was great fun. I ended up taking the cables, but Tammy “chicken’d” out at the last minute. I realize that I was not signed up for the cables, so I just paid the difference afterward…turned out to only be $6 bucks. It was a blast! I really enjoyed the cables. The tour, then Tabacon Arenal Hot Springs dinner was also very nice. We had a guide named Pablo, who did a fine job. I only wish I was coming back again, soon! I love the country. The people are much friendlier than other similar places that I have traveled. For example, we had lunch at Soda Serrano in downtown La Fortuna. The food was great, but the owner was so accommodating. Your probably wondering how we ended up here, but we met a couple on the Sky-Tram and ended up going with them…they were great fun, a dentist and real estate agent from Pensacola, Florida. Thanks again for everything! Maybe next time we can book the Volcano with the kids, then head to the beach for a few days, too. Do you think that if I had 7 days it would be possible to accomplish Arenal and the beach?

Broderick Vacations – May 2009

"I can’t wait to go back."
Arrival: 05-15-2009 Departure: 05-23-2009
I just got back to reality (and my email connection). I will send pictures and more comments, but wanted you to know briefly what an absolutely fantastic trip it was. The ferry was a surprise but worked out well – Santa Teresa was beautiful. I can’t wait to go back and have already given your name & travel group to friends, with the highest recommendations. I sincerely hope to work with you on another trip in the future.

Currier Vacation – May 2009

"But we loved every part of our vacation!"
Arrival: 05-02-2009 Departure: 05-10-2009
Sorry I took forever to get back to this email!!! But we loved every part of our vacation! Thanks so much for everything. Hotel Escencia, the zip lines, Costa Rica Transportation Services, atv and lesson/rentals at Blue Sanctuary were all great!Actually we made friends with people that live there (seasonally) who are good friends with Pia from Blue Sanctuary, so we hung out with her a few time… she is so nice. We had an awesome time and definitely would go back. Thanks so much for everything. I know that it was tough putting our itinerary together. We definitely appreciated it.

Redhead and Keogh Vacation – May 2009

"Had the trip of a lifetime!"
Arrival: 05-02-2009 Departure: 05-10-2009
I just want to let you know that Gary and I had the trip of a lifetime! Costa Rica is like a summer garden. Impatiences that I plant every year in my garden here grow wild in the ditches there…it is amazing! The tours we went on were thrilling and the tour guides could not have been more friendly and knowledgeable. The zip lining was my favourite; it was like flying over the top of the rain forest and zipping by the most beautiful waterfall. I’ve never done anything so fun! The Hotels in Costa Rica" href="http://www.mycostaricalink.com/hotels/">hotels we stayed at knocked our socks off. They were clean, beautifully appointed, the food was always top-notch. The coffee was so delicious! The service at each hotel was absolutely outstanding, far better than what you get in Canada. We felt like royalty! The view of the volcano from our bed at the Arenal Springs Resort" href="http://www.mycostaricalink.com/hotels/arenal/arenal-springs.htm">Arenal Springs took my breath away when I first saw it in the early morning our first day there. It was the same experience when we saw the view of Manuel Antonio park and beach from our room’s balcony when we arrived at the Gran Hotel Costa Rica" href="http://www.mycostaricalink.com/hotels/san-jose/gran-hotel-costarica.htm">Gran Hotel, sipping the champagne we were offered as we arrived…absolutely delightful! We loved that we were able to travel around the country. The geography is so diverse. I would think it would be a shame to go to Costa Rica to just sit at one resort and not do the kind of tour we got to do. The roads were a bit harrowing so I was very glad for the skilled drivers we always had. Thank you so much for arranging this tour. We spoke with other vacationers and it was clear that we had #1 experiences in comparison to some of the tours they were doing. We cannot wait to return and the kids are already saving their money for the next trip! Thanks again, Lynn, and please tell your tour and hotel operators that they are absolutely the best!

Bernas Family Vacation – April 2009

"Thank you so much for arranging such a perfect trip!"
Arrival: 04-04-2009 Departure: 04-11-2009
I can’t thank you enough for the fantastic vacation we had in Costa Rica. From the white water rafting through the most picturesque setting, the thrill if repelling down waterfalls, flying through a cloud forest hanging from a wire, relaxing on a black sand beach to diving off of beautiful Manuel Antonio. We couldn’t of asked for a more wonderful time. We especially liked the Hotel In Monteverde with the cabins in the trees and the iguanas and monkeys outside our hotel in Manuel Antonio. Thank you so much for arranging such a perfect trip!

Trakis Vacation – March 2009

"Thank you for organizing this memorable trip."
Arrival: 03-19-2009 Departure: 03-29-2009
I want to thank-you for a wonderful trip we returned back home last night about 10:30pm after a few delays on flights and luggage that was not able to be taken off the plane which we came on from Costa Rica. The luggage compartment door was stuck, so we waited and waited for luggage and finally were told and allowed to proceed through customs without luggage. We also have snow on the ground, what a disappointment to see the snow instead of green plants, lots of birds and warm weather. Thank-you for the hotel selection they were are fabulous, especially Tulemar Bungalows. We had a tremendous time canyoning, rapelling, zip-lining, nature walks, snorkeling etc, Costa Rica is a beautiful country and we have many memories and pictures to help us remember the trip. We truly enjoyed everything. The tours were all good and the drivers were on time and helpful. We enjoyed the drives since we were able to see part of the countryside and towns that we drove through. The only thing we didn’t get to see was Arenal erupting during the night due to cloud cover. Oh well, will have to come back… Just to let you know on the itinerary it was stated that breakfast not included at Sapo Dorado, it was included that was a nice surprise. Our last night we had dinner at Tiquicia, what a view and there was a wedding going on with a carnival atmosphere. So much fun! Again thank-you for organizing this memorable trip.

Valentine Vacation – March 2009

"The resort was lovely."
Arrival: 03-19-2009 Departure: 03-24-2009
Hi Lynn. Just a little note to express our satisfaction with your travel arrangements, everything worked out fine for us, pick up/ drop off, especially the Sunset Cruise, that was a favorite for us. The resort was lovely and the staff were extremely helpful and very friendly. Even though we did not see more of Costa Rica this time, we are sure to be back, and of course will use you again to arrange all our travel plans. Once again, thanks for the wonderful service that you provided to us. Clem and Hetty Valentine

Pai Vacation – March 2009

"The best part of Costa Rica was of course its people."
Arrival: 03-14-2009 Departure: 03-22-2009
My son and I returned from Costa Rica last night. I want to tell you that we had a fantastic time and enjoyed every moment. I want to tell you my experiences so that you may be able to pass some to your clients. As you know, I had changed my direct Houston to San Jose flight on Continental airlines to a cheaper option which took me from Houston to Honduras via Continental and after couple of hours wait there via Copa Airlines to San Jose. Because the flights to and from Honduras have few first class seats booked, my son and I were upgraded to first class on all flights !!! I had not heard of Copa Airlines before, but I must tell you that it is second to none and I will recommend it very highly to anyone. Mauren who met us in San Jose was very helpful inspite of her limited English. Sleep Inn was good place and certainly recommend it. Arenal Springs Resort was excellent. My son loved it. Fantastic view of the volcano while lying on the bed !! The grounds were immaculate and I took a lot of pictures of the plants and flowers. Free internet and international phone calls without a service fee !! Their attached restaurant was excellent. The nature treck and volcano tours were excellent. We did get to see the top of the volcano when the clouds lifted and at night did get a brief few glimpses of the red lava. I very highly recommend this resort and would love to some day stay here again. Sapa Dorado in Monteverde was OK but needed some improvements. The wooden floor in some places had rotted out (in the open verandah) and there was some risk of our foot going thru the floor. Also, the place was quite drafty. Also, the grounds needed maintenence — a lot of dead plants and unpaved , muddy areas. By the way, the night walk tour of the forest was great. Also I would advice people to be prepared for the cold weather here in Montverde, which is much colder than the other places. A light jacket would have been OK. The ATV tour was excellent. Finally Hotel California in Manual Antonio. The ocean view was not much of a view — a small glimpse of the water. Maybe the view was better from the higher floor. But it is not worth paying extra for this “ocean view”. I had asked for a wake up call which was not done. The hotel had frequent brief power failures which of course disabled the alarm that I had set on the small alarm radio in the room. Thank God I had the good fortune to set up a “back up” alarm on my cell phone. If not, I would have missed our morning outing. The road up to this place is unpaved, narrow and steep. Two cars cannot pass at the same time and it is so steep that our tour bus could not go up and we were dropped off on the main road. I would not want to stay at this palce again. The park tour was excellent and our guide was tops. The horse riding tour was excellent and very highly recommend it. Lastly, I want to send a special thanks to the taxi driver who took us from Manual Antonio to the San Jose airport. A very, very nice person who went out of his way to point out interesting things to us and even stopped for us to see the crocodiles at a bridge. I wonder if you could send me his name and address so I can write to him. The best part of Costa Rica was ofcourse its people. We did not meet a single person who was not nice. I felt I was among good, friendly and honest people. Nobody tried to take advantage of “tourists” and I felt very safe everywhere. Thanks again and PURA VIDA !!!!!!

Vogel Vacation – March 2009

"All we had to do was enjoy the beautiful country"
Arrival: 03-12-2009 Departure: 03-16-2009

Shelby Vacation – March 2009

"Your agency was terrific!"
Arrival: 03-10-2009 Departure: 03-21-2009
Lynn, Your agency was terrific! As you may remember, I was a little hesitant about wiring our payment for just those reasons. Being a Police Detective working side by side with Guys who investigate frauds and scams, I was familiar with how some people are separated from their money by predators on the internet. You guys checked out 100% before during and after our vacation. Sam and I would be happy to be references. I could mention you to local travel reps if you like, as I went to my local travel agent and she couldn’t come close to the quality for value as your agency did. I will attach a couple pictures from our trip. I took hundreds! Thanks again!

Hill Vacation – March 2009

“Pura vida quickly became our new favorite catch phrase."
Arrival: 03-10-2009 Departure: 03-17-2009
Thank you so much for organizing our trip to Costa Rica! The lodging was incredible, the tours amazing, and the transportation seamless. Around every corner our expectations were exceeded. “Pura vida” quickly became our new favorite catch phrase and was used often to describe the incredible atmosphere and people of Costa Rica. Thanks again for all your help!

Thorsen Vacation – March 2009

"It truly was an adventure."
Arrival: 03-07-2009 Departure: 03-14-2009
Thank you so much for all your help planning our first trip to Costa Rica. It truly was an “adventure” and left us feeling humbled and grateful for all that we have. Although the rafting and zip lines were exciting, the tours we had in the rainforest and at El Trapiche were our favorite moments. The guides were all so passionate about their heritage and their country. It was inspiring.

Schumacher Vacation – March 2009

"Everything turned out great."
Arrival: 03-06-2009 Departure: 03-12-2009
Everything turned out great. All three hotels offered something a little different. In Monteverde’s the weather was windy and rainy but not cold. The zip line tour with the bridges gave you a great view of the cloud forest. The town was small but very friendly we ate at the tree house too expensive for bad pizza. We found another restaurant down the block for lunch very good food half the price. We learned it pays to look around a bit before you stop. The drivers were all very friendly. The taxi drivers they all had a different price for the same trip. My daughter said to pay what was on the meters only. In Arenal we did the horse back ride that took you to La Fortuna water falls breath taking views. We did the Baldi springs and wished we could have spent a lot more time there it was part of the volcano tour it was to rushed so that would have been something to do separately. The last night we went to Cafe Mundo with Jessica’s friends party of six the food was delicious and the prices were to good to be true i picked up the check so thank you for your suggestion there. We both had a great trip and we thank you for all your help.Pude Vida!

Cook Vacation – February 2009

"The accommodations set up for us from My Costa Rica were wonderful."
Arrival: 02-24-2009 Departure: 03-08-2009
Hi Lynn, The accommodations set up for us from My Costa Rica were wonderful. We stayed at the El Sapo Dorado in Monteverde. The location was great with an balcony that we could hang our hammocks on. The room was large and very clean. It also contained a refrigerator and a large bathroom. There is computer access at the reception area (room upstairs), but its very very slow and not worth the bother. Of course most people do the zip lines there. We also get a tour of Frog World (fun) and a night walk. That was also fun. We drove to Monte Verde from Liberia, but got lost on a dirt road. A four wheel drive really was necessary. The roads we took there was bad, but the way we left was much better. We also stayed at Hotel Esencia in Playa Santa Teresa. We really loved this place and it was great having a swimming pool. The cabina was large, clean, and had a small kitchen area and a nice porch. There was a hammock also, but when it was cool out the ants took it over. If your not a couple you may have to flip a coin to see who gets the big bed (its really big). The only transportation we utilzed was the Grayline from Quepos to San Jose. I would include there phone number in case you want to change the schedule, but the driver was friendly and stopped a couple of times along the way. My friend left earlier and they stopped and had a beer. I’m not sure if they stop at all the hotels people are going to, but they do stop at the airport and at the hotel we stayed at. One guy had to take a taxi from the airport to his hotel. Having the transportation arranged was nice because I didn’t have to worry about getting to my destination on time…always worry about missing my flight. We also stayed at The Adventure Inn. The room was large and clean. There’s not much in the location, but it’s a quick hop to the airport and the hotel pays for the taxi ride there (on-way). The staff were quite friendly, there’s a gym, and computer access. There’s also a nice hot tub to relax in after completing a trip. The only thing I would have liked there is a comfortable courtyard to hang out in outside. In Santa Teresa, which is a surfer hangout, may not be the greatest spot for older people, but we rented ATV’s and had great fun on them. You do need a four wheel drive to get around and driving there is an adventure. Well, that’s about it. Thanks for the help. We did love the places we stayed.

Masterson Vacation – January 2009

"The Costa Rica trip was AMAZING."
Arrival: 01-17-2009 Departure: 01-24-2009
Thank you for everything, the Costa Rica trip was AMAZING and everything you did for us worked out splendid. I have a few friends going to CR this year and will be certain to recommend them to you. Thanks again, couldn’t have done it without you!

Davidson Vacation – January 2009

"In a word — wonderful!"
Arrival: 01-01-2009 Departure: 01-12-2009
In a word — wonderful! From the well planned out itineraries, to the gracious guides conducting the tours, and the tours themselves, everything was absolutely wonderful. This was our first organized tour as a family and it simply could not have been done any better. The zip lines, the rafting, canyoning and night walks, we had a great time. The hotels were great; we couldn’t have found these absolutely beautiful accommodations on our own. Thanks, My Costa Rica for making this a most memorable trip — “Pura Vida” indeed.

Geesaman & Helwig Vacation – December 2010

"It was perfectly planned!"
Arrival: 12-28-2010 Departure: 01-02-2011
We had a truly wonderful trip, thank you so much for your help planning! We were very glad to have set up the private transfers. We thought it made the long trips much more enjoyable. The roads in Costa Rica were crazy! The drivers were always on time and drivers were happy to stop when we needed and take pictures or use a rest room. The one driver pointed out monkeys along side the road that we never would have seen! All the activites were wonderful. The volcano hike was the only one that we felt slightly unfulfilling because there was so much fog and rain when we were in Arenal, it was impossible to ever see the volcano. The Arenal Hot Springs w/ dinner was amazing though! With the canopy zip tour, we loved the company you chose for us, felt like it was one of the better zip lines. Seeing the Pino Blanco waterfall was beautiful! However, we ran out of time at the end and had to skip the horseback riding because we had to get back to the hotel for the next activity and if we had horseback rode we would have had no time to change/eat lunch. So that was a little tighter than we anticipated. Arenal ATV tour was awesome too! We loved it. It was so much fun. Overall, we thought the activities we selected were exactly what we had hoped for! Flamingo Beach Resort was a perfect choice for us. The beach was beautiful and the pool was nice also. They had bands at night and across there street was twoother bars as well that we checked out. We felt totally safe here. The food at Flamingo Beach was pretty good for an all inclusive resort. We also chose to rent Wave Runners one afternoon and then watched the sunset at night. Oh yea, and the New Years Eve fireworks were a blast! Anyway – I’ll be recommending My Costa Rica.com to anyone I hear is going to Costa Rica for sure! Thank you also for the canvas bag and souvenirs!! I loved being organized with the folder as well, it was perfectly planned! Much appreciation! Best to you! Tara

Logan Vacation – December 2010

"Costa Rica was amazing and we had a fantastic trip seeing much of the beautiful land."
Arrival: 12-26-2010 Departure: 12-31-2010
Costa Rica was amazing and we had a fantastic trip seeing much of the beautiful land. Hotel Costa Verde at Manuel Antonio was a great hotel; spacious, clean rooms, wonderful views of the park and ocean, excellent restaurants, friendly staff and an easy accessible location. The Sol Levante in Montezuma was a beautiful property with cute clean casitas with sweeping views. The pool and gardens were a true delight. The only thing was the road into the property is unpaved and rough, so a proper vehicle was a good recommendation. The shower in our casitas was interesting to say the least. The electric heated water component is attached to the shower head and we thought it was extremely dangerous to use. Nothing like a little shock to get you moving in the morning! We will definitely visit Costa Rica again and tell all our friends about this wonderful paradise. Thank-you for the great recommendations and helping make our vacation awesome!! Pura Vida  

Shieh Vacation – December 2010

"The highlights of the tour were the Ziplining Canopy Tour."
Arrival: 12-25-2010 Departure: 01-01-2011
Wanted to thank you again. Just returned to NY and the tour was very smooth and we had lots of fun. Unfortunately there was a lot of rain at Tortuguero and Arenal. For us the highlights of the tour were the Ziplining Canopy Tour, horseback riding, springs and catamaran tour. Our only comment was that we thought it would be helpful for your future clients to advise them to keep money in dollars rather than exchanging to colones since the dollar is widely used and the exchange rate variable depending on the vendor. Happy New Year, Sherr

Cunningham Family Vacation – December 2010

"Our vacation was wonderful."
Arrival: 12-25-2010 Departure: 12-31-2010
I was so glad to hear from you as I wanted to contact you also. The kids have gone home and I finally have a chance to get in touch. It seems that we just missed a large snowstorm here so we got out just in time. We had an absolutely incredible vacation. Many thanks to you and your staff for wonderful planning for us. It was so helpful to be met at the airport and taken to our next flight. Our driver, Marco, was the very best! We all loved him, even though he spoke very little English, we were able to communicate and now our son, Ben, has learned some Spanish as he was the communicator for us. He was always prompt for our pickups and in such a cheerful and helpful mood. Our accommodations at Oxygen Jungle Villas surpassed our expectations and we loved Ed and Flora, they were always so helpful. Their web page is most accurate—delicious food, very friendly staff—all was great. It is a beautiful spot and was such a wonderful experience to be there. I do so appreciate your suggesting it. We all enjoyed the tours. There was not much to see at Corcovado while we were there but it was an enjoyable day and all the guides were very knowledgeable and helpful. The day we went on the zip line tour Marco dropped us at the info center but did not leave us and went inside. It appears there was a small problem as the next driver was waiting for us at some bank down the road, but Marco had the lady call and all was worked out. The driver was very kind and most apologetic and we made it in plenty of time for our tour—enjoyed by all of us. The snorkeling was great and went very smoothly. Our vacation was wonderful. We would love to return next year and would love to use My Cost Rica and you, we already have relatives and friends interested in booking a trip like ours due to all our wonderful pictures! Thanks again for all your help! Sincerely, Cathy

Mignone Family Vacation – December 2010

"We had a truly wonderful time on our vacation."
Arrival: 12-21-2010 Departure: 12-31-2010
We had a truly wonderful time on our vacation. Costa Rica was more beautiful, accessible and diverse than we had ever hoped. The weather was refreshing, the roads were not nearly as bad as advertised, even the mosquitoes were far less of a problem than we had anticipated. We explored far down the Costa Rica South Pacific coastline(down to Osa) and found some really stunning and sparsely populated beaches along the way. We saw lots of wildlife and took over 500 photos of plants, animals, beaches, volcanoes etc. The hotel at Arenal and the Villas near Quepos were comfortable and well located for day trips to the surrounding regions. The staff at both facilities was friendly, qualified and helpful. It was very easy to set up additional activities. Most of all, the Costa Rican people were friendly, industrious and attractive. They take obvious pride in their country and enjoy showing it off to visitors. They made our stay comfortable and convenient. Thank you for arranging this vacation for us! We certainly will return over the next few years. R Mignone

Satghare Vacation – December 2010

"We had loads of fun."
Arrival: 12-21-2010 Departure: 12-28-2010
Thank you for planning a wonderful trip. We had loads of fun, wish the weather had co-operated. The hotels were comfortable and perfect for our stay. (Laguna Lodge, Trapp Family Lodge) All the picks were on time and everyone was very nice and friendly. We will be visiting again soon... Yogita

Stephen Family Vacation – December 2010

"We had a wonderful time in your beautiful adopted home."
Arrival: 12-20-2010 Departure: 12-30-2010
Thank you very much for everything, we had a wonderful time in your beautiful adopted home. The people are delightful, even my kids ranked that as one of the things they particularly enjoyed on the trip. All of the accomodations were great, the food and the facilities at the Parador, Establo were great. Mountain Paradise was a nice facility as well. All of the transportation other than the bus ride to Monteverde was very effecient and well organized. We drew the short straw on the ride from the boat to the town, It was an old bus that took a very long time, a van would have been fine and much faster. We really enjoyed the river rafting (Pacuare) , it was exciting and the river was stunning. The only thing we would do differently would have been to go to the hot spings for a couple of hours. We arrrived at 10:00 and left at 6:30 after dinner, it was a little long with kids as there was not enough to do. Unless someone likes to relax all day I would recommend going there at 3:00pm and doing the falls or something else before hand. By the time we realized it we didn't have time to go the falls and get back for dinner. Saying that the meal was delicious. The waterfall repelling was great, thank you for organizing that last minute for us. The ride up to the site was an event in itself. We enjoyed it but it was a wild ride. The repelling was great and the food was a wonderful authentic experience. I would recommend it as long as people were aware the ride into and out is wild! We have recommended you to friends of ours who are considering visiting costa rica and will certainly contact you if we return to CR, Panama or the region. Cheers, Charlene

Baker Vacation – December 2010

"Thank you so much for assisting me with our travel plans to Costa Rica."
Arrival: 12-15-2010 Departure: 12-23-2010
Thank you so much for assisting me with our travel plans to Costa Rica. It was calming to know you were there and readily attainable and could speak our language as we needed you. I will definitely use your services in the future when Bill and I go back for a more romantic getaway with just ourselves. Happiest of 2011 and please stay in touch. Christy Baker and Bill Agans from St Pete Beach Florida

Malik Vacation – November 2010

"I will definitely recommend your agency to my friends and family."
Arrival: 11-30-2010 Departure: 12-07-2010
Happy Holidays! Sorry for the delay! Ok I feel that your agency was super diligent, organized, thorough and friendly. Everyone taxi driver was on time, all of your explanations were on point, the hotel Tamarindo Diriawas beautiful, the excursions One Day Costa Rica Adventure Pass were AMAZING and priced at an amazing rate. You were always there to answer our questions and went over and beyond helping us. I really appreciated you setting everything up at last minutes notice! That was super appreciated! I will definitely recommend your agency to my friends and family. I would also call you again when I return to Costa Rica and would like to see other areas of the country. Attached are some pictures of our trip and I hope this is what you needed. Thank you and happy holidays! Kishema "Pendu" Malik

Jones Vacation – August 2010

"Our vacation was wonderful."
Arrival: 08-28-2010 Departure: 09-04-2010
Our vacation was wonderful. All the drivers were exceptional. The Hotel Alta was fun. We ate dinner the night we got it and it had such a romantic view. We got to meet and talk to the owner of the hotel. Very nice gentleman. We loved the hotel and our stay at Tortuguero. We got special attention because there were so few guests. The menu never changed however and so it got to be a little boring. Only a few choices for lunch and dinner. We also loved our stay at Arenal. The Hotel Arenal Nayara was fabulous. Wonderful, personal, service. The hotel was exactly what Scott was looking for. We really enjoyed the white water rafting and would do that again. Even though it was raining – you are working so hard at paddling that it heats you up. I didn’t think that I would enjoy it as much as I did. We then traveled to Los Suenos Marriott Resort. It was a beautiful resort. It was nice to stay put for a few days. Our service project was fabulous and very rewarding. The driver that you set up for us was so gracious and helpful. Scott got a little frustrated the Swiss travel service – they just don’t have it all together. They jacked up the prices on everything. $77.00 for breakfast -?? come on that’s a little bit pricey. So you felt like you were getting nickled and dimed to death. But . . . I don’t think I would have wanted to stayed anywhere else in the area. Glad we got to see Jaco Beach. Had no problems. Went into Orintina for service. It was so nice not to have to worry about driving!!!!!!!!!!!!! Loved the pick-ups!!!! Oh we went to the Italian restaurant at the Marina at the Marriott. I don’t even know the name of the dish I had but it was fabulous! The best food I have ever put in my mouth. It was very unique- but oh so good. Yum! Thank you so much for your help. I’m sure we will go back some day but next year it is off to Italy. Do you know if there is a service like yours in Italy? I think it helped so much that you were right in the country had first had knowledge of where we were staying and the activities we were going to do. Thanks again. Lisa Jones

Kulp Vacation – August 2010

"we HAVE to visit again soon!"
Arrival: 08-19-2010 Departure: 08-27-2010
We are back home and settling in to normal life. What a fabulous vacation we had! First, I will tell you about the terrific trips we took and the wonderful meals, hotels, etc. Our transportation was spot on time with signs and easy to read instructions (except for our arrival on 26Aug at Sansa Air). Hotel Alta and Oxygen Jungle Villas were – literally – out of this world! Rafting, zip line, diving were all, first class expeditions and we could not have asked for nicer guides! Our first night at hotel Alta, Michael told us there would be a concert. Festival Credomatic consisted of world class musicians Katharina Hanstedt – harp, Klaus Schopp – flute, and Irene Monterroso – violin. Talk about talent! What a pleasant surprise! We dressed in the best we had. On to Quepos and Oxygen Jungle. It was Utopia, no doubt. We were treated like royalty by Ed and Flora for our entire visit. The four course menu was delicious, but sparce. Dana would have liked a bit more food. The infinity pool was tranquil and uber-clean, it is a freshwater pool with NO CHLORINE – sweet!!! Beds, pillows, amenities – just perfect. The service was phenomenal in every way. They have a waterfall and hiking trail behind the hotel. Marco (our driver most of the time) tried to communicate with us, but we have limited Spanish skills and he speaks no english (that was difficult) Day three- Great White Water Rafting! We are told we are not going to Coto Brus but to Savegre. Tasty breakfast AND lunch included. More fun than I have had in ages. Our raft flipped but we loved it! My best day, by far. Day four – Diving in Manuel Antonio, everything went according to plan and our dive was a 7 (BOTH DIVES) white tip reef sharks, moray eels, needlefish, clown fish – the list goes on and on. Day five we relax and go to Whales Tale. Time to leave Oxygen. Domestic Flight back to San Jose. Our driver was late picking us up, we called Jason and just when I was asking where he was, he pulled up. Fly home the next day. All in all, our Costa Rica vacation was everything we expected it to be. Thank you for all of your hard work in planning our trip. We will definitely come back to Costa Rica! The people are friendly, the country is clean, so much to do and see – we HAVE to visit again soon! Sincerely, Lori Beth Kulp

Evans Birthday Vacation – August 2010

"I was amazed every moment!"
Arrival: 08-14-2010 Departure: 08-22-2010
Oh Lynn, you said that I would love Costa Rica, but you never said that I would fall in love with Costa Rica!!!! That place is so magical and wonderful! The people, the culture, the hospitality, the beauty, the adventure…I was amazed every moment! I am attaching a couple of pics of us girls and some that I took along the way. Between us we had over 800 pics and videos. We saw the volcano erupt 4 times one night and during the day a couple of times as well. Our rafting was spectacular, the zipline/rappelling excursion was incredible and exhilarating, the surfing was awesome, and the entire county was breathtaking! Seeing my name on a card the moment we stepped off the plane was such a nice addition and having the vouchers explaining pickup times were simply perfect! All we needed to do was show up and know that we were going to be taken care of. We made friends with all of our guides and and the staff at the hotels were so nice and helpful. Arenal Springs Resort" href="http://www.mycostaricalink.com/hotels/arenal/arenal-springs.htm">Arenal Springs was the PERFECT place for us in La Fortuna! The views, the staff, the location, and all the amenities were top notch! The Spring Resort springs pools were such a great way to end our time in La Fortuna. What a beautiful resort! Although the resort is spectacular, we preferred our room at Arenal Springs as is was much more like home :) Our ride from La Fortuna to Portrero was filled with serenading drivers, beautiful scenery, and sightings of howler monkeys and a sloth with her baby. We didn’t really want to leave La Fortuna, but once we arrived at the Hotel Bahia del Sol, we knew we were home! The staff immediately welcomed us with open arms and complete hospitality. Although the room, view, beaches, and lounging facilities were all perfect, it really was the staff that took the second half of our trip from really awesome to the best ever! The sunset cruise on the last night was such a fabulous way to end the trip as we had a blast! We saw a whale dancing for us, we snorkeled, we danced, and we just enjoyed out boat ride. I cannot say enough how fantastic this trip was! We conquered fears, met lifelong friends, had a tremendous amount of adventure, and saw so much beauty that our hearts were overflowing! Costa Rica really is an incredible place and I would go back in a heartbeat! I’m even thinking about doing a language immersion course down there once I finish all my traveling in Africa, New Zealand, and Australia. I think I know a couple of good people who would take care of us. There might have even been a little bit of love found along the way :) Life does tend the throw things at you when you least expect them doesn’t it! Life is beautiful! I will definitely post comments on your TripAdvisor website as well, but I just wanted to rave over the trip to you personally! Thank you so much for all of your work to make this trip so special for all of us! We loved our moroccas!!! They were perfect!!! Everything was perfect!!! Pura Vida! Ansley Evas

Diaz Family Vacation – July 2010

"Costa Rica is a beautiful country with very welcoming and friendly people!"
Arrival: 07-29-2010 Departure: 08-07-2010
We were very happy with the entire trip and more so finding out that our friends were able to accompany us, thank you for your help in that aspect! The Costa Rica Tours we scheduled were great, the tour operators were wonderful, helpful, friendly and willing to do anything for us. The transfers were also great, the drivers were very willing to point out points of interest and stopping in various places for us to see and take pictures. Hotel Royal Corin Arenal was a great choice for us because of its location near the town of La Fortuna (just a 5 minute, $5.00 cab ride away) which enabled us to go to dinner in authentic Costa Rican restaurants…which were great. We visited The Springs resort which was beautiful but too far away from town and we probably would have been there every night and not be able to experience the town. Paradisus Playa Conchal Resort was good. However, the food was good and the staff also. The accommodations were good and rooms were able to accommodate 6 people..which makes it kind of silly for them to give a hard time about staying a family of 4 in one room. But I have to say we enjoyed our stay! We loved the nature preserve the resort is in and all the great wild life there. Costa Rica is a beautiful country with very welcoming and friendly people! Thanks to your help we feel we were able to experience a lot it. Many people have asked me and believe me that your name and the agency were highly recommended. Once again, thank you for all your help and availability to us! Pura Vida, Ana Diaz

Benchuans Vacation – July 2010

"Everything was flawless."
Arrival: 07-28-2010 Departure: 08-02-2010
I first wanted to send you a note to say thank you for the wonderful trip. Everything was flawless —- from the airport pick (I have never been through a foreign airport so quickly), to the transportation (every shuttle was on time) to the beautiful lodgings. You and your staff made our trip most enjoyable. Thanks again for everything!

Emi Benchuans Vacation – June 2010

"Costa Rica is amazing."
Arrival: 07-28-2010 Departure: 08-02-2010
Costa Rica is amazing from beaches to volcanos, adorable monkeys to exotic plant life, zip lining to white water rafting, friendly Costa Ricans and entertaining fellow tourists - we felt we experienced so much of Costa Rica and all it has to offer thanks to Lynn and her team of travel experts. They truly listen to what you want to experience and offer suggestions to enhance your vacation. They are mindful of your budget while making great use of your dollars due to the strong relationships they have built with hotels, transportation, and entertainment vendors. If you have any concerns or questions about Costa Rica from weather to exchange rates, personal safety to public transportation, or travel insurance to food; Lynn and her team have the answers. You cannot ask for a more personalized, hands-on travel service! Pura vida!

Tancino Vacation – July 2010

"Thank you again for arranging everything for us."
Arrival: 07-25-2010 Departure: 07-27-2010
Hi Lynn, our last weekend in Costa Rica was nice. Our driver, Erik came to pick us up in Turrialba way before 9:00, which was okay because we were ready anyway. He was very nice and even gave us a tour of his hometown. He took care of us the whole weekend; picking us up on time, making sure that our tours were good, and talked to us about Costa Rica -it’s culture. We felt safe with his driving. The hotel, Poas Volcano Lodge was simple, in a nice way. We liked our room, which was beautifully decorated and plush. We especially like the complimentary coffee and the different flavors of tea in our room. The next morning, we had breakfast with the owner and his friend, which was nice because it gave us a chance to know more about the hotel, the earthquake that damaged the main building and the area, and other things. It’s too bad that the main building was still being renovated because there was nothing to do there at night except for reading and the hotel is far from the restaurants and stores. Overall, it was a nice and clean hotel. Thank you again for arranging everything for us. Mary Jane

Mabrey Vacation – July 2010

"We had an awesome time and everything went off without a hitch."
Arrival: 07-23-2010 Departure: 07-30-2010
Thanks again for putting together our trip, we had an awesome time and everything went off without a hitch. I will definitely recommend using you for anyone who is thinking about going to Costa Rica. Here are my general thoughts The canopy tour on the first day was awesome and definitely more exciting than the canopy tour on the last day, I would recommend the Arenal Canopy Adventure Tour over the Manuel Antonio one. The Hot springs and Arenal Springs Hotel in general were also really cool, I would definitely recommend that package as well. The hotel was great in Arenal, the only general comment we had was while we didn’t mind sharing beds at all, some people might want to make an explicit decision to share beds (goes for Hotel Costa Verde too). Ditto on great hotel in Manuel Antonio, although they moved our rooms from the studio plus to the studio without the ocean view for the last two nights. That wasn’t a big deal at all, just thought you should know in case that wasn’t explicit in your reservation. Jet Ski Tour Manuel Antonio was fantastic and we actually thought about trying to do it again during one of our free afternoons. The rafting was insane in a good way, the three of us had our own boat and a guide who flipped our boat a couple times and launched me into the river a few more, but only after asking us if we wanted to have fun and didn’t mine “swimming.” Fishing was the low light of the trip, due in large part to the awful weather, but also in part to the fact that the guide and captain didn’t speak English and made no effort to engage with us. Fishing is always hit or miss so somebody else might have a wildly different experience with them. I hope this helps, and once again, it was a fantastic trip and we had an awesome time. Thank you very much for everything. Ted

Bernie Munn Vacation – July 2010

"Our accommodations where perfect!"
Arrival: 07-11-2010 Departure: 07-20-2010
Lynn was super fabulous in arranging 10 fantastic days. Our accommodations where perfect! Our picture window in Arenal provided us with the most amazing view of the Volcano erupting! We had 2 80 year olds with us-who knew the old guys from Nebraska would get so into Spa Robes and slippers to head down to the jacuzzi! We all had the best time in each of the locations. Our drivers/guides where knowledgeable and fun! Loved Loved Loved the zip line through the jungle, beaches, volcano, food and the great time with family. Thanks again Lynn!

Tarver Vacation – July 2010

"BEST TIME EVER AND LOOK FORWARD TO COMING BACK SOON."
Arrival: 07-10-2010 Departure: 07-17-2010
Everything that you booked for my and Christine’s trip was exactly how I would have done it. From our 1st conversation you listened to all of my requests and made my trip to Costa Rica probably the best trip I have every been on. All of the accommodations were A+ from the time we were greeted at the airport in San Jose until the time we were dropped off in Liberia. The two different types of hotels was a great touch, the first Hotel Arenal Nayara being very personal on a smaller scale, to the second which was a very nice all inclusive resort, the Paradisus Playa Conchal Resort, with great amenities. Spices restaurant was great and I told the manager as much our last dinner in CR. Fernando, our driver the first day, and then for our trip from San Jose to Liberia was absolutely great, he found us so many cool things to look at and photograph during this time and was very informative when it comes to Costa Rica. Please let him know that we were both extremely pleased with his service. The last driver was very courtesy and helpful as well but we did not spend a lot of time with him. All of the tours you scheduled were out of this world. The Canopy Tour, ATV, and Marlin Del Ray tour were excellent. Please let all three companies know that they did an outstanding job. I feel that Christine as well as myself are very personal people and we have become friends with each one of our guides from every tour. Eulisses, and the other 3 guys, on the Canopy, probably spelt wrong, Brian on the ATV Adventure Tour" href="http://www.mycostaricalink.com/tours/manuel-antonio/atv.htm">ATV tour, and the whole crew on the Marlin Del Ray, Felipe, AJ, Helen, and the Captain. Please be sure to let all of these folks know that they did a great job. I would like a FourTrax tee shirt in Large if you come across one. I bought a Marlin Del Ray shirt. Tried to buy one from Brian bet they were out, you should really encourage all of the tour companies to have shirts and things for sell as I feel they would do well with it, everyone wants souvenirs from their experiences. BEST TIME EVER AND LOOK FORWARD TO COMING BACK SOON. THANKS AGAIN FOR EVERYTHING YOU DID FOR US. Scott Tarver

Seman Vacation – July 2010

"We had such a good time."
Arrival: 07-08-2010 Departure: 07-17-2010
We had such a good time. The resort, Paradisus Playa Conchal Resort, was absolutely great. I have to thank you for organizing everything it was perfect. We could not have asked for a better vacation. I am hoping to come again with my boys as I think they would find it as great as we did. You did a great job with everything. Thank you so much for making our vacation wonderful. I appreciate all the personal service and care you gave to us. I wanted you to know that would probably be on your Local TV as when we went out on the sailing cruise the local channel 6 was filming a special travel segment which is to air on your that channel on Tuesday. So look for some french ladies on a sail boat that will be us. I will send you pictures later they said we will be able to view on You Tube, I hope that is true. The reporter was with Repretel. We had such a good time we will enjoy these memories for a long time and hope we get to come back next year if possible. Thanks again for everything you are great. Pura Vida…. Mimi

Barbosa Family Vacation – June 2010

"It was great vacation for me and my family."
Arrival: 06-25-2010 Departure: 07-04-2010
It was wonderful trip and we really like the Barcelo Playa Langosta where we stayed. It was great vacation for me and my family. They really enjoyed it and we will be going there again in the near future. But next time, I will book the flight close to the resort. Thank you again for everything you did for us. Ema

Grimes Vacation – June 2010

"We loved it and you were a great help."
Arrival: 06-24-2010 Departure: 07-11-2010
First of all we loved it and you were a great help. The service was great and I loved the country. We plan to return. The first hotel we stayed in was great. The only thing I would have done different was I would have stayed longer at the hotels at the beginning of our trip. I felt we didn’t have the time to enjoy our amenities. For example, we had a 2 bedroom suite at the Hotel Mountain Paradise with our own swimming pool and jacuzzi and we never got to use either one. Maybe if we had only booked one activity a day. The last hotel, Hotel Bahia del Sol we stayed in was too isolated for an 18 year old son. We should have stayed in the Tamarindo Beach area. There was more to do there. But we rented a car with your help and it all worked out. The shuttles were all great and on time. We were really impressed. Also, thank you again for getting Steve’s eyeglasses to him. Hope to visit again soon !! Pura Vida, Carly & Steve Grimes

Hook Vacation – June 2010

"Once again thanks to My Costa Rica."
Arrival: 06-23-2010 Departure: 07-07-2010
Have just gotten back from another several weeks at the beach. Have a minute to reply. First of all it was a very secure feeling to know you had someone to meet us initially in San Jose. Next time we will be familiar with the surroundings, but for a first trip this was very nice. All the hotels were beyond expectations except for the Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin. It was a little more rustic than we are used to, but we realize that in order to experience this area this was necessary. By the way, if you can figure out a way to export the volcanic ash from the hot springs at the Hacienda count me in as a partner. I normally have very dry scaly skin. After two long sessions in the pools my skin was moist and soft. This lasted for 4-5 days after we got back. The ash was the only explanation for this. The other plus was the transportation you arranged. All the drivers were friendly and informed. The driver from the Lost Iguana Resort to the Peace Resort was especially nice. He took my grandson and I on several short transfers so we requested him for the long ride. His name was Fernando Pablo and when we return, we will request him for the entire trip. I tipped him generously for his “above the call of duty service”. If you can, pass this on to his employer. I would appreciate it. The rappelling was something my grandson and I will remember forever. The company that you arranged to guide us as very attentive and made us feel secure in what could have been a very scary experience. It goes without saying that the Peace Lodge was one of the most spectacular places we have ever stayed. What a nice finishing touch. Once again thanks to My Costa Rica for your part in making our trip to to your country something we will remember forever. Sincerely, George Hook

Hall Vacation – June 2010

"It was a great vacation."
Arrival: 06-21-2010 Departure: 06-26-2010
It was a great vacation. Both Hotels were great, La Mansion Inn Manuel Antonio was by far the best. I would recommend everything exactly the way it was for us- I liked the Canopy cable ride the best and Jesse liked the Tabacon Hot Springs with dinner the best. I hope this helps in planning Don

Gonzalez’ Anniversary Vacation – June 2010

"My wife and I loved every minute."
Arrival: 06-20-2010 Departure: 06-26-2010
I just wanted to thank you for setting up a dream come true vacation. My wife and I loved every minute. The people at the resort were great, the transportation was always on time and the people were incredible. The food at the resort was wonderful and Chef David came out every night to see what we thought of the food. My wife and I are already planning on coming back next summer. The only bad thing that I would say is man its a hike from San Jose to Flamingo Beach Flamingo Beach. Next year were flying into Liberia. Hotel Alta Boutique was also very nice. The gave us an upgrade the first night and we ate dinner over looking the countryside. Thank you so much for everything and I have already gave your name out to all my friends that want to get away. The weather was exactly like you said. Nice during the day and raining at night. By the time it rained I had already passed out from drinking every drink know to man. I will be in touch with you around December to make arraignments for next summer. Thanks again for making this the best vacation my wife and I have ever been on.

Perry Family Adventure Vacation – June 2010

"We had a wonderful time visiting Costa Rica."
Arrival: 06-19-2010 Departure: 06-27-2010
We had a wonderful time visiting Costa Rica. I am planning on returning within the next 5 years. I will use “My Costa Rica” to help plan my trip! Our trip was busy, fun and we were very well taken care of. Our drivers for all of our activities and transports were on time, considerate and friendly. Frank Chicas was our favorite. He has a wonderful sense of humor and a very good driver! Thanks Frank! My personal favorite was Arenal. I really enjoyed the Zip lines and the visit to the Hot Springs. The Peace Lodge was incredible. I liked the guided tour through the park. The room with the living space, fireplace and small kitchenette were perfect for our happy hour. We enjoyed relaxing in our room for Happy Hour and seeing the glorious view which included the clouds, sun and an occasional light mist. Manuel Antonio was very busy and more touristy than the other places. Hotel Tulemar Bungalows was very comfortable. Food was not easily available at the resort. The beach was also to far to walk to, although it was gorgeous after our short shuttle ride, provided by the resort. The only bummer was that we did not get to go scuba diving. The weather did not cooperate! Thank you so much Lynn for all your patience with our group! I have attached a few pictures. I think you have the wrong email for me? Chelsey has been forwarding your emails to me. (Say Hi to Frank for us :)

Bernabe Vacation – May 2010

"Everything was so well organized and on time."
Arrival: 05-29-2010 Departure: 06-02-2010
Your planning was definitely was the key to the success of our vacation. I greatly appreciate everything you did for us in this last minute trip. Everything was so well organized and on time. Once again, thank you so much, Keyra Bernabe

DeVille Vacation – April 2010

"The Villas and resort was beautiful, tranquil and not buggy."
Arrival: 04-25-2010 Departure: 04-30-2010
Let me first say that the trip to Costa Rica was wonderful. This especially includes our stay at Costa Rica Oxygen Jungle Villas. The owners and staff at Oxygen Jungle are very special people and the food was absolutely fantastic. So happy to be above the mosquito line – the Villas and resort was beautiful, tranquil and not buggy. Regarding the tours, the Rafting Adventure Tour Manuel Antonio was fantastic (Coto Brus) and the guides were fun, knowledgeable and great company. We even rafted with an 85 year old woman (mother of other tour participants). We really enjoyed that tour and they prepared a lovely lunch. It was a wonderful day. The Osa Canopy Tour Zip lining was a very special experience and it turned into a private tour for me and Ann. The owner, Chris and his brother Jacob have to be two of the nicest young men we met while in Costa Rica. We felt extremely fortunate to be in their company and to experience the beauty of this private rain forest. This was an experience that I will remember the rest of my life.

Vinsick Birthday Vacation – April 2010

"This was the best vacation ever."
Arrival: 04-17-2010 Departure: 04-24-2010
I just wanted to let you know I had a fabulous time on my vacation!!! thank you very much! The resorts were beautiful inside and out, they were also very clean and spacious. The tours were wonderful, the ziplining sure gets the adrenaline pumping, the guides did a great job making us feel comfortable and safe. This was my favorite. The transportation you set up was great, always early and very friendly and talkative. My favorite was Fernando, he is the best, he taught us more than the guide we hired in Manuel Antonio national park!! Please contact his employer and let them know he’s a real asset to their company, we just loved him! This was the best vacation ever. Pura Vida,

Hunter Family Vacation – April 2010

"Our trip was AMAZING!!!"
Arrival: 04-16-2010 Departure: 04-23-2010
I will certainly follow-up with a paragraph but is just quickly- our trip was AMAZING!!! Thank you for all your planning, it worked out great. I will follow-up with more details this week BUT, the trip was a “trip of a lifetime!!” Pura VidaHunter Family Vacation - April 2010

Powell Family Vacation – April 2010

"We had a wonderful time and LOVED Costa Rica."
Arrival: 04-15-2010 Departure: 04-24-2010
I should have contacted you last week. First of all, thank you. We had a wonderful time and LOVED Costa Rica. We definitely will return! We were really impressed with how smoothly went each transfer and each arrangement. The people were incredibly friendly and helpful and just so nice. All of the accomodations were clean and very nice for what we were looking for. We loved Tortuguero and Mawamba Lodge In Tortuguero. In Arenal, we loved everything. Hotel Arenal Springs Costa Rica was fantastic. What views. White water rafting was great…. We should have planned at least one or two more days there! Monteverde was our least favorite only because there was not as much to do in the town center itself. We loved Selvatura however and we enjoyed a horseback ride thru an outfit called “Rodeo”. Rustic Lodge was lovely, clean and very helpful. It is also located right near town, 8 minute walk. Finally, everything about Manuel Antonio Costa Rica" href="http://www.mycostaricalink.com/manuel-antonio/">Manuel Antonio worked out great. We needed evey bit of the 7-3 day to do all of the park hikes. The place we stayed was perfect too! I hope this is helpful. We really appreciate your work, and I will recommend you to our friends!

Dancy Vacation – May 2010

"I loved my trip and I loved My Costa Rica for making a fabulous vacation for me"
Arrival: 03-17-2010 Departure: 03-22-2010

Lo Group Vacation – March 2010

"We loved rafting down the Pacuare."
Arrival: 03-12-2010 Departure: 03-20-2010
I’m so sorry this e-mail is coming to you so late. Things got really hectic over here with school once spring break ended, so we never got a chance to write a proper review of our trip to Costa Rica. First off, I just wanted to say thank you so so much for everything that you helped us with in terms of our trip to Costa Rica — e.g.: letting us know our hotel and activity options in Costa Rica, booking our trip, having a representative meet us at the airport, and even changing one of our activity dates when my friend got sick. You guys were incredibly helpful both before and during our trip, and I’m not sure what we would’ve done without you! A couple of my friends have asked about our trip to Costa Rica, and I have given them your contact info — will definitely continue to refer any friends who are looking for a good travel agent in Costa Rica. :) Here are some of our thoughts on the trip: We loved rafting down the Pacuare. It was the first time rafting for all three of us, but we felt incredibly safe and well taken care of by our instructor(s). It was definitely the perfect way to start our trip, and I would highly recommend this rafting company and adventure to anyone coming through Costa Rica. Our Catamaran Island Adventure was amazing, as well. For the price we paid, we really felt like we got our money’s worth — beautiful sunset, great snorkeling, good company, dinner grilled on the boat, and plenty of iced beverages! Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see any dolphins, but the sunset really did make up for that. It was a great way to end our last day in Costa Rica. Finally, our propeller plane trip / Sansa flight from Manuel Antonio to San Jose was an adventure in itself! I was a little nervous for the flight as I had never been on such a small plane before, but like you said, only the take off and landing were a little scary. I felt very safe with Sansa as they were incredibly professional, and the plane was new, clean, and even kind of spacious! I’m super glad we took the domestic flight, because it definitely cut down a large portion of our traveling time in Costa Rica, so thank you so much for that recommendation! Here are our reviews of the hotels we stayed in: If you are in La Fortuna to see the volcano, Arenal Observatory Lodge is the best place to stay. Although the drive is considerably further from the town itself than other hotels, no other hotel has a better view. Many tourists staying at surrounding hotels actually drove up closer to the Lodge to get a proper view of the lava. On the first night, we were placed in a garden view room which had beds facing a spacious balcony window which opened up to a gorgeous green landscape with the mountains in the distance. The accommodations were comfortable, clean, and roomy. It was a little difficult finding our room in the dark, as the garden view rooms are located further away from the main lobby area. However, the rooms were closer to the beautiful pool area, with a large jacuzzi and a well-appointed waterfall pool. For the following nights, we had Volcano view rooms which was conveniently located next to the restaurant. We were very excited to be able to see lava from our room. It was also fairly simple to book tours through the front desk, and we would highly recommend the Nature walking tour. Because the hotel was fairly secluded, we often ate dinners at the hotel which was somewhat expensive for the quality of food. However, the free breakfast buffet was delicious with a good variety of foods. We stayed at Hotel La Mariposa" href="http://www.mycostaricalink.com/hotels/manuel-antonio/la-mariposa.htm">Hotel La Mariposa for five nights and had a very enjoyable experience. The view is breathtaking, and the pool area is amazing. We spent several afternoons relaxing on the lounge chairs, swimming in the infinity pool, or getting a drink at the swim up bar. The staff is friendly and greets you with familiarity and was able to accommodate anything we requested. The food, especially breakfast, was very good and they offered a wide variety. The rooms were large and clean, and the grounds were well maintained. The hotel offers a shuttle to the beach several times during the day as well as different tours and excursions, and it is located near several restaurants within walking distance. I would absolutely recommend the hotel to future travelers, as the service and the view were excellent. Anyway, thank you so much again for your help. Have a good one :)

Rowland Vacation – March 2010

"Our trip to Costa Rica was wonderful."
Arrival: 03-09-2010 Departure: 03-17-2010
Our trip to Costa Rica was wonderful. Thank you so much for recommending the hotels that you did (the Hotel Arenal Nayara and Oxygen in Uvita), they were truly fabulous. It seemed like we had the best rooms in both places and both places were just perfect! We ate at Oxygen in Uvita every night of our stay in Uvita as the food was incredible and the price for the dinners was exceptional considering the gourmet quality: we could never get meals like that in Los Angeles for that price. Flora and Edwin from Oxygen Jungle Villas were great hosts and we really enjoyed meeting them. Again, our trip was fabulous. Thank you so much and we would certainly use your agency again. Take care, Damion and Dana

Groenke Vacation – February 2010

"I cannot thank you enough for arranging such an amazing vacation!"
Arrival: 02-20-2010 Departure: 02-28-2010
I cannot thank you enough for arranging such an amazing vacation! It was my first time to Costa Rica and I am sure to return! From the moment we got off the plane in San Jose, we were greeted warmly and taken to our first of four wonderful places to relax. From the scenic views to the wildlife galore, it was even better than I could have imagined! Best of all, I didn’t have to worry about anything. Our transfers and pickups were punctual, our guides were top-notch, and the excursions were adventurous…just what we signed up for! We even toasted a Guero Sour to you, Lynn, for making our trip so fantastic. I have not downloaded pictures yet, and will probably need a month to recover from so much fun, but I have already recommended you and your agency to others. Until next time… Pura Vida, Lori

Abel and Young Group Vacation – February 2010

"Many thanks for all of your help."
Arrival: 02-13-2010 Departure: 02-17-2010
Your recommendations of the Hotel Tango Mar Resort Tango Mar Resort and Hotel Alta were right on. Tango Mar, was both up-scale and yet informal. The grounds are lovely, and guests should be told to take the time to walk all round them, and not remain confined to the beautiful beach. Although the Robinson Crusoe Villa, which we had booked, was un-occupied, we were offered, and accepted, lodging in the Mongo-Congo villa which was right next door, but significantly larger, and with a whirlpool (it was actually the villa you had tried to get for us, but was taken). Both of these villas are right on the beautiful beach, very comfortable, with lovely porches, but not what I would call luxurious. Someone who might expect an American 4 or 5 star type room would be sorely disappointed. We were not. It worked just fine for us. Similarly, the Hotel Alta Boutique Alta Hotelwas a very pleasant hotel with a beautifully sited restaurant looking out over the San Jose valley. While it would have been nice to have rooms that were on an upper (3d to 5th) floor, in order to also be able to enjoy the view from our rooms, the ground level rooms we had opened out onto a lovely garden area just adjacent to the swimming pool area, and were perfectly acceptable for our one night there. All of the transportation arrangements worked out without a hitch. The drivers were very pleasant, and clearly had a challenge negotiating the Costa Rican roads/pot holes. I was very glad that they were doing the driving. One suggestion is that when a van is picking passengers up from a cruise ship, as was the case with us, to have the driver call to the ship to have them tell us that he is outside the gate or, even better, have the company make the necessary arrangements the day before to permit the driver to drive through the gate and to the ship to pick up the passengers so that they do not have to wheel/carry their bags to and through the gate. When we disembarked, the van was not at the ship, and we did not know if it had arrived and was waiting outside the gate to the port (which one cannot enter without a pass). John and I just walked the 1/4 of a mile to the gate to find out if the driver was there, and indeed he was – just standing there waiting. But, once we found him all went well from then on. Finally, our apologies again to you for calling you so late on Monday evening to change the pick up time the following morning. It was our fault for not checking the schedule sooner, but I’m afraid none of us wanted to think about leaving. It turned out to be a good thing we left earlier because we all had a most pleasant time shopping in Sarchi. Again, many thanks for all of your help. We certainly will be happy to suggest to anyone we know who is considering a visit to Costa Rica that they contact you to help plan their visit. Pura Vida. Steve

Jones Family Vacation – February 2010

"There was so much to do in Costa Rica."
Arrival: 02-09-2010 Departure: 02-17-2010
We finally got back home…..and already miss Costa Rica. There was so much to do in Costa Rica….we just kept going to take in as much as possible. Thanks to you our time in Costa Rica was made more enjoyable… You did an excellent job of setting up the tours we were interested in….and making all the important connections for us to and from the airport. It provided us with more relaxation time and peace of mind knowing things would just fall in place for us thanks to your arrangements. Once again, THANK YOU…VERY MUCH. P. Jones Michigan City, Indiana

McGartland Family Vacation – February 2010

"Overall, everything was great."
Arrival: 02-04-2010 Departure: 02-21-2010
Overall, everything was great. The transportation was on-time and all the drivers were friendly. The only exception was the shuttle for the sunset cruise came 15 minutes early and said we were late. Our papers said 1:00 and he insisted it was 12:45. Other than that very minor instance, everything went smooth. Our driver, Ignacio, was especially good. Hotel Bahia del Sol is a great hotel for us. We loved the privacy and the setup. They should have more lounge chairs for sitting around the pool since some of the guests claim these for the entire day. The food and service were great. Our favorite waitress, Yabriela, was extremely personable and made us feel very special. Hotel El Establo Lodge was very nice too although a little big for our taste. I would have preferred a smaller hotel where you didn’t need to take shuttles back and forth to your room. Still, it was very good. The people were great. Everyone was friendly and willing to suffer through our limited Spanish. Our favorite Costa Rica activities were the zip lines and the ATVs. All activities were good with good staff. Thanks again! Marty McGartland President & CEO

Mike and Pam Samac – RainBird Incentive Group Vacation – January 2010

"My overall experience was wonderful."
Arrival: 01-24-2010 Departure: 01-31-2010
Good to hear from you, and I’m happy to provide feedback. First of all many thanks to you, Jason, and Augusto, the team is totally professional and topnotch. Finding my swimming trunks on the bus was just one example of how much you guys did to make our trip great. I could not have been happier with the trip and the planning. Unfortunately Pam was sick a good portion of the week, which prevented both of us from doing everything we wanted to, but that’s life. The hotel was wonderful and as advertised. The service was great; I would rate the hotel a solid 3.5 to 4 star. The staff was excellent. The transportation was very well done. Instructions were done well, and I felt well cared for and the drivers were safe. My overall experience was wonderful, and I would come back if time and money permits. I will recommend this experience to my friends and family. I “cc’d” Pam as I cannot speak for her, and it was really her trip. Again she was ill, but I hope she had some fun on the better day. Regards, and thank you!

Ebstein RainBird Group Vacation – January 2010

"Thank you for organizing a really enjoyable trip for us."
Arrival: 01-24-2010 Departure: 01-31-2010
Thank you for organizing a really enjoyable trip for us. We loved everything including our room. Thank you for assigning us to it. Our list of likes greatly outweighs our list of dislikes Likes: · Jason & Augusto did a great job. They were always available and attentive. · The hotel was awesome. We really enjoyed the accommodations, food and staff. · We enjoyed the ATV & zip line tour the best. · The evening sailing and snorkeling was also enjoyable. Not so much likes: · The Buena Vista Villas was a little long and the order of the activities seemed a little disorganized. Exa. The first activity was horseback riding to the spa and mud bath after which we did more horseback riding, water slide and zip lining. It would have been nice to have the relaxing part last. That’s pretty much all I can think of. I hope it is helpful. Thanks Again,

Hufford and Winston Vacation – January 2010

"It was everything we had hoped for and more."
Arrival: 01-22-2010 Departure: 01-25-2010
Neil & I absolutely loved Hotel La Mansion. The staff was extremely friendly, the place was very clean, and it was so relaxing. What was really surprising is that they offered free internet and free international calling. The restaurant prepared us some outstanding meals – items which were not even on the menu. the daily breakfast was very good and held us over until dinner. There were times when we felt like we were the only ones there. The drivers for our transfers were very friendly and everything went so smoothly. It was everything we had hoped for and more.

RainBird Incentive Group Vacation – January 2010

"This was possibly one of the best vacations of my life."
Arrival: 01-21-2010 Departure: 01-28-2010
My company hosted over 40 customers on a trip to Costa Rica in the Spring of 2010. The team at My Costa Rica made the trip memorable for every guest. They had every detail in control including airport transfers and specific customer needs/requests. They were helpful in booking very exciting and memorable outings. We all feel that we all experienced Costa Rica, from the tropical dry forest to the tropical rain forest. Their team was available nearly 24/7 to assist in any matter, answer questions or to recommend other outings. This was possibly one of the best vacations of my life with most of the credit going to My Costa Rica. I would HIGHLY recommend them to anyone thinking of visiting Costa Rica.

Kollar Vacation – January 2010

"We had a marvelous time."
Arrival: 01-10-2010 Departure: 01-17-2010
We had a marvelous time. Your planning and assistance was wonderful to me and the rest of the travelers. There is not a thing that I could say about the Villa Mango Costa Rica Vacation Rental" href="http://www.mycostaricalink.com/rental-villas/manuel-antonio/villa-mango.htm">Villa Mango that would express our pleasure with being there. The site, decoration, services, etc. were exceptional. The rain forest ambiance and the groomed landscaping around us were beyond our expectations. The Villa itself was so perfectly appointed that even our own houses could not compare. The house and grounds staff were pleasant, efficient, discrete and thorough. Vickie, was a God send especially since a problem arose with one of our companions and we needed more that the usual help. She told us every thing we needed to know and then some-especially since we left early and need ground transport to the airport sooner than the other four in our party. She will always be in Catherine’s and my debt. Let her know that every thing went like clockwork and we caught our plane without any difficulties. Lynn, for us, Ed and Catherine , this was a wonderful experience with all of the pleasure of a magical locale and enough of the excitement of living in an exotic land that needs some input from us to really enjoy it. We cant thank you enough. Pura Vida, Ed and Catherine Kollar this wonderful paradise. Thank-you for the great recommendations and helping make our Costa Rica Vacation Packages" href="http://www.mycostaricalink.com/vacation-packages/">vacation awesome!! Pura Vida

Verklin Vacation – December 2011

"We enjoyed everything the sites and views, the food and people."
Arrival: 12-29-2011 Departure: 01-07-2012
All the hotels (Trogon Lodge, Tilajari Resort and the Aurola Holiday Inn) that you suggested and booked for us were very nice. We enjoyed everything the sites and views, the food and people. Thank you for greeting us at the airport and giving us information and directions. I will recommend your agency to all my friends and family. Thank you again, Alla

Kohner Vacation – December 2011

"Thanks for everything you did to make our trip so enjoyable."
Arrival: 12-28-2011 Departure: 01-09-2012
The Hotel Tamarindo Diria was wonderful and the buffet breakfasts really something! We were up every morning by 7 am to have coffee and breakfast at the table with an absolutely gorgeous view of the ocean. So relaxing... The shuttle bus service was very prompt and the driver was informative and friendly. There was one small glitch when he picked us up to take us to the Hilton in Liberia. His information said he needed to take us to the airport (not to the hotel). This was quickly corrected with a call to his office and no other problems occurred. We were impressed by the Hilton Garden Inn near the Liberia airport. Very modern and new. Staff there went overboard to make sure we got everything we needed. Even though our "to go" breakfast, ordered the night before our flight, wasn't there when we arrived at the checkout desk in the morning of our flight, the desk person gave us the pilot's sack breakfasts and then ordered other ones for the pilots since they were leaving later than we did. So all went well. Just a note on something you didn't arrange for us. We went to Buena Vista to do the zip line, aerial bridges and the hotsprings. I would not recommend this to anyone. The zip line was okay (I didn't go on it but the couple with us did). The hotsprings were very disappointing, and not clean and not hot! Thanks for everything you did to make our trip so enjoyable.

Dupont Adventure Vacation – December 2011

"We really liked the La Mansion Hotel."
Arrival: 12-28-2011 Departure: 01-06-2012

DuPont Vacation December 28th - January 6th, 2012

We really liked the La Mansion Hotel in Manuel Antonio which we loved as well (the area in general). Much nicer than Tamarindo area. Have a great year. Best, Buzz duPont

Finkelstein and Sherman Honeymoon – December 2011

"It was AMAZING!!!"
Arrival: 12-26-2011 Departure: 01-03-2012
Our room at the Hotel Presidente was great, though we didn't have much time to enjoy it since we had a transfer to Uvita early in the morning. Marcos was a little late picking us up, but that seems to be common in Costa Rica. Pura Vida! Marcos was great and really made an effort to give us some information about the area, and we tried our best to use our Spanish to communicate with him. It was great practice. When we got to Oxygen Jungle Villas, I was floored. It is such an amazing resort, I still can't get over it. The service there was great and our room was so romantic. It was a perfect way to start off our honeymoon. This hotel is a real gem. We enjoyed the whale and dolphin watching tour with snorkeling. We got to see some dolphins and some nice fish. The transportation from the Oxygen to the tour was confusing though. We didn't realize that the taxi that came to pick us up was for us, and the driver only spoke Spanish and it was difficult for us to communicate. Then, we waited a long time for the shuttle that was taking us to the dolphin and whale watching tour. We got anxious that we weren't going to make it. It worked out though! I would suggest making it clear on the itinerary that a taxi would be taking us down the hill to the town of Uvita in the future. Manuel Antonio was very nice and we enjoyed the Suu Hotel. Marcos had a hard time finding it though because there is no sign on the hotel. It was very nice and our room was modern. We didn't like it as much as Oxygen, but then again, Oxygen is hard to beat. The service at the Suu Hotel varied, but the people in charge were very helpful. We enjoyed a delicious New Years Eve dinner there and the staff invited us out afterwards, which was nice but we didn't go. The jet skiing tour was really fun and everything went smoothly and it was easy because they spoke English. Matthew had some difficulty on the jet ski, however, because he didn't know he needed to bring sun glasses to shield his eyes from the water splashing (he'd never been jet skiing before.) We suggest recommending that people bring sun glasses on this excursion. Finally, our stay at the Royal Corin was nice, but too short! The transfer to get there took 7 hours, and then we got there and only had an hour and a half to enjoy the gorgeous pool before we had to leave again. Although, we really enjoyed The Springs once we got there! That place is amazing and we want to go back to Costa Rica and stay there. When we got back to the Royal Corin we enjoyed the heated pools and the swim-up bar. Our room here was FABULOUS!! That was definitely a highlight. I really liked this hotel, I just wish we had more time to enjoy it. It felt very rushed to only be there for 1 night. The last hotel we stayed at in San Jose, Hotel Grano de Oro was very quaint and cozy and the restaurant there is very nice. We enjoyed our last night and were sad to leave CR!! I know you asked for 1 paragraph, but i couldn't help but share more. I hope our feedback helps! Thanks again. I forgot to mention zip-lining! It was AMAZING!!! This was our favorite excursion. The company was great and I felt very safe. 5 stars for this one!! Pura Vida, Andrea

Wilson Vacation – December 2011

"Enjoyable and memorable visit to the beautiful country and people of Costa Rica."
Arrival: 12-26-2011 Departure: 01-02-2012
Lynn, thank you and My Costa Rica for a outstanding effort in making our trip a enjoyable and memorable visit to the beautiful country and people of Costa Rica. Gary Wilson

Flanders Vacation – December 2011

"Thank you, so very much, for everything that you did to make our vacation Special."
Arrival: 12-24-2011 Departure: 12-28-2011
Happy New Year! Thank you, so very much, for everything that you did to make our vacation Special. Robert asked me, last night, to call you and extend our Gratitude for all that you did for us. We were very impressed with all of the arrangements. It appears that you must have ESP, because you couldn't have done any better with you selections of Transportation, hotels (Villa Blanca Cloud Forest, Hotel Mountain Paradise and Aurola Holiday Inn ), and tours (Canopy Adventure Combination). The springs and food were nice. Thank you,again, for all that you did for us. You will be hearing from us about future travel. Pura Vida, P.J. and Robert

Strait Family Vacation – December 2011

"We thank you for your help coordinating the travel."
Arrival: 12-23-2011 Departure: 12-30-2011
Here are our thoughts on the hotels etc: Costa Verde Hotel was a good central location with several restaurants accessible in the immediate area, though it was a 20 minute walk down the bluff to the beach and main village area. Not a place to stay if you have a stroller or have difficulty walking, as the buildings, pools, and public areas are all separated by narrow, steep trails or steps. I found that we did not use the kitchenette in our studio rooms, since there were no paper towels, sponges, soaps, or coffee filters provided (there were basic dishes and utensils.) There were ants in both of our rooms, but the resident lizard did keep some of the bugs at bay! Phone service was finally arranged by opening an account with the local service provider for our time at Costa Verde; this should have been a little more organized. The staff needed a while to figure many things out. Our lodging in La Fortuna, The Mountain Paradise Hotel, was beautiful. The first "suite" we were assigned, however, had no interior doors -- no doors to the bathrooms, no doors for the bedroom -- very odd -- and very little furniture. We asked to change, and the second night switched to another casita style suite that was finished and had its doors and furniture -- much better! Each casita had its own soaking pool in front, and lots of bird activity all day long. Food at the restaurant on site was fine; the staff was also very accommodating in helping us with local restaurant recommendations. We ate at Los Nenes in town which was terrific! On the tours: Manuel Antonio National Park tour with guide was great, and guide was very enjoyable. The Catamaran tour was OK; really a power boat sail with 40 of our closest friends, to find that snorkeling in the bay was pretty poor -- the water was very cloudy and you couldn't see any fish or wildlife. We did like the sunset view and did see some dolphins, so it was a nice relaxing afternoon! In the Arenal area, we were surprised that our tour up north to the "Real Cano Negro" was not a hike at all -- it was a two-hour pontoon boat ride up the river. We did get to see a lot of wildlife -- monkeys, sloths, caimans, birds --- that part was great; the lunch was a pretty good casado with chicken. A disappointment was the two-and a half- hour drive to get to the Cano Negro which included a side trip to pick up canoes for another trip, and an extra hour added on the return to further deal with the canoers. We were tired of sitting for that whole day! Would there be another "on the ground" trip to explore the Cano Negro? Or, be sure to let trippers know that this is a "sit in the van and the boat" all day tour, not really the "tour of the refuge" as promised. Hanging Bridges and Zip Lining (Arenal Mundo Aventura) were terrific tours for us, got lots of great pictures and we enjoyed the hiking! And we did enjoy the visit to the Springs Resort (One Day Hot Springs Pass) -- highly recommend this hot springs location. We heard reviews of other resorts in the area that were not as nice and not as well presented; we felt very pampered! Lots of pools, and an activity area for younger kids down below. Food was also pretty good for a buffet offering. For families with teens and older -- getting up for 7 am pickups for the tours got old by the end of the week. We would have been happier with more 9 or10 am or 1 pm tour pickups, even if they went later into the day! Transportation: the van drivers/guides were great. We learned a lot from both Frank and our return driver -- thanks! But, NEVER send your novice Costa Rican travelers between the south and the north in a car with no GPS and without very detailed maps and directions! Took us close to 8 hours to do the trip, beginning with bad directions from the staff at Costa Verde, and then compounded by bad directions from several Ticos we asked along the way. (I'm sure the rental agency let you know that we kept them waiting for hours>) That lack of a GPS and decent directions made for an awful day in the middle of our vacation getaway. This is the one thing that you should attend to on future bookings -- and possibly encourage a hired driver for this leg as well. Thank goodness the destination in the Arenal area was worth the drive! Again, Lynn, we thank you for your help coordinating the travel, the hotels, the trips, and the transportation for us --it was great to have a friend in the neighborhood! Your guidance helped us get to the areas we wanted to see most, and enjoy the natural wonders that Costa Rica offers. Sue and Rick Strait

Mittman Family Vacation – December 2011

"It was the most wonderful vacation!"
Arrival: 12-23-2011 Departure: 12-30-2011
It was the most wonderful vacation! Everything you planned was perfect, from the zip lining (Arenal Mundo Aventura- Canopy Combination Adventure) through the rain forest to white water Rafting (Desafio- Rio Tenorio) and the sunset catamaran cruise (Marlin del Rey). We even got to see 4 humpback whales, jumping out of the water and flipping their tails. How cool. There was a wonderful mixture of activity and relaxation. The Mountain Paradise Hotel in La Fortuna was so beautiful. The restaurant in the hotel was delicious. We even had the opportunity through several transports from San Jose to La Fortuna and from La Fortuna to Guanacaste to eat in some local restaurants the guides suggested. The guides were always on time to pick us up. They were so friendly and could not do enough for us. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for making this a special family vacation we will remember and cherish always. Thanks for everything, Barbara Mittman

Richert Vacation – December 2011

"We had a blast on our trip!"
Arrival: 12-23-2011 Departure: 12-30-2011
Hi Lynn, we had a blast on our trip! Thank you so much for all your arrangements. The transportation was right on time and got us everyplace smoothly. We really enjoyed the Royal Corin hotel. It was lovely, very clean and the service was terrific. The mineral pools were great. The location was perfect for the adventures we went on. We felt very comfortable and safe on the zip line tour (Canopy Combination Arenal Mundo Aventura) and canyoning (Pure Trek). Very well run organizations. The Papagayo Hilton was perfect for our family situation. The hotel could use a face lift, some areas were older looking. However, the food was good, activities were just what we were looking for and it was a great fit for us. Very friendly staff and everything very well run. We did arrange a snorkeling trip right from the hotel beach and it was just great. It was just the 7 of us and was perfect. We were glad we did the adventures first and relaxed by the beach second. (Although the kids and my husband played lots of volley ball) Thanks so much! Happy New Year! Brenda Richert

Perera Honeymoon – December 2011

"Thank you so much for helping make our honeymoon so memorable!"
Arrival: 12-22-2011 Departure: 01-02-2012
I wanted to start off by thanking you and Jason for the incredible trip you planned for us and for all your help while we were in Costa Rica! Sanj and I both had a wonderful time and we are already considering a family vacation next year to CR. (Likely this time renting a big home to accommodate all of us) I do have a few thoughts on the trip that I'd like to share with you: 1. I would say all the hotels were fabulous - the only one I didn't truly enjoy was Poco a Poco in Monteverde. While the hotel wasnt necessarily outdated, it wasnt up to par with the others we visited. I found the staff there to be the most nonchalant. Its not that they were rude but they didnt go above and beyond, which we did experience at Arenal Springs and The Pacific Suu in Manual Antonio. The Oxygen Jungle Villas was also a wonderful boutique hotel, but I think 2 days there was plenty for Sanj and I - we didnt need that much peace and quiet. However, looking back, if I had done more research about Uvital and adjacent towns, we could have made better use of our time around Oxygen. What I would recommend to you is that when booking oxygen, try to get Villa 6. That was the first one we stayed in and had views of the ocean. After we returned, we were in Villa 10 and it was a bit more "used". Not a huge issue, but having that great view of Villa 6 was pleasant to wake up and go to bed with. 2. Generally the tours/tour operators were awesome. The zip lining tour in Arenal (Arenal Mundo Aventura Canopy Combination Adventure) was amazing and from all the people we met I think we were lucky to be with the best tour operator in the region. I would highly recommend sending people there again! The zip line tour in Monteverde was a little different - its a much bigger company and there was less interaction and more efficiency I found. Its not that I wouldnt recommed Selvatura park but if I had to choose I would pick the Arenal experience over Monteverde. Infact, we heard from 3 other young couples that they enjoyed Arenal Ziplining over Monteverde. The cavern tour in Arenal (Venado Caves) was also a ton of fun - and the tour guide Edgar was probably the nicest person we met in Costa Rica - kudos to the tour company! We did enjoy the Tour of Doka Coffee estate. It was quick, informative, and was a good break from driving from San Jose to Arenal. 3. I would add a few restaurant recommendations to the trip if you are booking for others. For example, we ate at a very nice "Soda" in La Fortuna town across from the main church in their downtown (forget the name, but will try find it). We also had a fantastic seafood meal at Mari Luna in Manuel Antonio. Niromi found a great coffee shop in Manual Antonio as well (i'll forward you the name). When we got back to the Intercontinental hotel, we went for Purusian cuisine at the large mall located across the street. Its called INKA. definitely recommend it. I wouldnt recommend the bat cave/bar at La Mansion (there are better places in Manual Antonio)! Lynn/Jason, we really appreciated that you were available to us even after we landed in CR to answer any questions. The way you dealt with the New Years Eve hotel situation was exceptional and we truly thank you for that. Overall like I said we had a great time and we've recommended your services to our friends. Thank you so much for helping make our honeymoon so memorable! Best regards, Sanj and Niromi

Ursaner All Inclusive Vacation – December 2011

"It was a very nice vacation in a beautiful country with warm people."
Arrival: 12-22-2011 Departure: 12-29-2011
We actually found the Guanacaste RIU very nice. The beach was fine, at low tide, the rocks down towards the end were a small issue. We were very impressed by the service and cleanliness, given it was an all inclusive. My picky eaters were also all happy. All in, it was a very nice vacation in a beautiful country with warm people. My guess is over the next few years, we will come back and when we do, I’ll start the whole process with you. Happy and Healthy new year, and pura vida. Arnie Ursaner

Tsabasis and Hazel Vacation – December 2011

"The trip was amazing."
Arrival: 12-21-2011 Departure: 01-02-2012
The trip was amazing and it would not have been as good without your help. Arenal Springs was our favorite hotel. It was gorgeous. I probably would not stay at Villas El Parque again because there were a few too many bugs for me. Otherwise it was a clean place and had a nice view. El Presidente was also really nice. The ziplining/repelling (Arenal Mundo Aventura) place was incredible. I will definitely be visiting them again. It also helped that it was just the two of us that day. Had it not been, it might not have been AS fun. The whitewater rafting (Desafio Rio Toro) group was also awesome. I would not do the park tour in Manuel Antonio again or recommend it. I think walking through alone is a lot more fun. There are so many guides there that you can hear what they're saying along the way anyway. The park itself and its beaches were amazing though. I also will not be traveling as much in cars next time. The trips are way too long and a waste of time. Regarding the ATV's, it was nice, but that as adventurous as I'd hoped it would be since we were in a line with people the whole time going at a slower pace. We did run into a problem when arriving though. They thought we were only using one ATV when we'd ordered 2. Not sure if they'll be contacting you about this, but we did end up using two ATV's without paying the difference. Thank you for all of your help and we'll be in touch when booking another trip there. Nikole

Faris Vacation – December 2011

"Great company!"
Arrival: 12-21-2011 Departure: 01-03-2012

Dahl Vacation – December 2011

"You exceeded all my expectations."
Arrival: 12-19-2011 Departure: 12-27-2011

Hotels:

Airport Hampton Inn: We stayed at the Hampton Inn two nights: upon arrival and right before our departure. It’s a nice hotel that has a 24 hour airport shuttle. They are close to a nice gambling casino and an El Poyo Loco restaurant. They can arrange your departure tax right at the hotel saving you from having to stand in a line at the airport. I costs you a few more dollars to do it at the hotel, but we found it worth it. Arenal Observatory Lodge: We stayed at the Smithsonian Observatory Lodge the 2nd and 3rd nights up by the Arenal volcano. This place was very, very nice. Our room had a large window looking right out at the volcano. From right outside our door, we had a direct view of Lake Arenal. A great breakfast buffet was included in our room rate. They have walking trails on the property that are fun for all ages and “capabilities”. Their on-site bar and restaurant were great and the views from their deck include the volcano, lake as well as bird feeders. I got a lot of nice pictures of birds there. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The lodge, because of its elevation, is often enshrouded in rain clouds. Don’t be surprised if you don’t actually see the top of the volcano more than a few minutes at a time. When we were there, we got two glimpses of it. (When we were at the volcano 5 years ago, we never did see it as it was enshrouded in clouds the entire time we were there). We went to the Tabacon Hot Springs one day. The “volcano-warmed” springs are great and the facility includes a restaurant, dressing rooms with showers along with a pool with a water slide and a swim up bar. Although very pricey (I believe it was about $85 per person for the day which included our lunch), we’d do it again. The only down side of staying at the Lodge is the rough dirt road that you have to drive to get there; I believe it was 8 miles. But since I grew up in the country in Eastern Montana, dirt and gravel roads don’t bother me; we just drove slowly and enjoyed the scenery. El Encanto Inn, Cahuita – This is a really nice bed and breakfast in the small town (village?) of Cahuita on the Caribbean coast South of Limon. The inn is relatively secluded and they have an area that you can park your car off the street. They have several cabinas, a small pool and a “sanctuary” area that they can use for massages if you want one. The breakfast included fruit juice, coffee/tea, a variety of fruit, toast and eggs. The B&B is located within easy walking to distance to Playa Negra (maybe 100 steps from the front gate of the B&B) and “down town” where there are many, many bars and restaurants. Our favorite restaurants were Miss Eddies and the Cha Cha Cha. At the end of the dirt main street is the entrance to the Cahuita National Park where they have a trail about 1 to 1.5 km long, that runs parallel to the beach. The park is free, although they ask for a donation for entrance. We contributed 4,000 Colones.

TRANSPORTATION, Airline: Lessons Learned

This is where this narrative turns negative. We were scheduled to travel to Costa Rica on Friday, December 16th and return on Sunday, December 25th. Our Continental Airlines flight from Denver to Houston was delayed by 2 hours causing us to miss our connecting flight to Costa Rica. The next available flight for which we were able to get confirmed seating to Costa Rica was two days later, on Sunday, December 18. We chose to fly to Houston and stay over two nights to catch the Sunday flight. Because the delay was due to mechanical problems with the aircraft, Continental provided vouchers for our hotel and meals in Houston for Friday and Saturday nights. Continental’s (and I assume all airlines) policy on providing vouchers is that you show up to the airport daily to be placed on standby and if you don’t get a seat, they provide another night’s worth of vouchers. The problem with that these days is that you waste all your time sitting in the airport waiting for the next flight that is already overbooked. A few years ago, when the airlines weren’t booking themselves to 100% capacity, that was not a bad option. These days, you will waste a huge amount of vacation time waiting for open seats. Due to the compassion and understanding of one of the Continental employees, they allowed us to not have go standby on Saturday, although we were still required to go to the airport to pick up another set of vouchers. Also, Continental allowed us to change our return flight from the 25th to the 27th at no additional charge. Long story short, we got to Costa Rica on Sunday and got the added bonus of seeing Galveston Texas on Saturday, our layover day. As an added bonus, our returning Continental flight was also delayed by two hours causing us to miss our connection to Denver resulting in us getting to Denver at 9:30 PM instead of at noon as planned. The delay was caused by the fact that the crew got into San Jose late the night before and they are required by the FAA to “rest” a minimum amount of time before they can fly again. We found this out when the Captain made an announcement when we were on the tarmac waiting to push off…..and we were just sitting an sitting… Lesson Learned: Frontier Airlines has a direct flight from Denver to Costa Rica. It may cost a little more than Continental or American, but you don’t have to deal with the ripple effect of missing connections.

TRANSPORTATION, Alamo Rental Car – NOT! Another Lesson Learned

I had reserved an Alamo car through their website because they were the cheapest provider at around $450 (first clue). When we incurred the delay in Houston, I called Alamo’s international phone number and easily changed the pick-up date from the 16th to the 18th. When we arrived in San Jose on Sunday, not only did Alamo not have any cars, but they had NO RECORD of our reservation. There is a row of rental car desks at the San Jose airport so I went to the to the one to right of Alamo (I don’t recall the name). Their cheapest fair was on the order of $1,500. After the clerk picked me up off the floor, he made a phone call to an off airport location (to his cousin?) and said that he could get me a car for around $600. So I slowly backed away from that fellow and went to Dollar Rental Car to the left of Alamo. I explained my predicament to the Dollar clerk and showed him my Alamo rental agreement…. Long story short, I got a Dollar car for a little over $500. The car was brand new and worked great. Lesson Learned: First, don’t assume the websites of international rental car agencies are “fool proof”. The next time I reserve a rental car I’m going to call the rental car facility directly to verify that they at least have my reservation. Also, the probability is much higher that the company with the cheapest rental car will also be out of cars when you get there.

My Costa Rica Agency:

Lynn, thank you again for the help. Although you were only responsible for the Smithsonian Observatory Lodge reservation, you jumped in and helped me with my Caribean reservation as well and offering to check on my rental car (which I now regret….!). You were able to negotiate with both hotels and neither enforced their cancellation policy’s, so I incurred not extra costs for the rooms. You exceeded all my expectations. I’ve scanned your business card into my OUTLOOK and will recommend you in the future to anyone who is looking for a vacation to Costa Rica, Panama or Nicaragua. Mark Dahl

Meghani Family Vacation – December 2011

"We'll plan 2nd trip back to Costa Rica with you."
Arrival: 12-19-2011 Departure: 12-27-2011
From the Meghani Family, the Costa Rica Experience was a BLAST!! It was an Awesome experience!! Sapna, Niki, Krish and I enjoyed it very much. You took lots of efforts to ensure everything was planned very well. Thank you for excellent planning and ensuring any modifications or changes were incorporated quickly with adjustments made. A pre-warning about not being able to see turtles lay eggs in Tortuguero would have been nice. And of course, inability to clearly see the volcano top was beyond your control. But all in all, we're very satisfied. We'll plan 2nd trip back to Costa Rica with you possibly cheaper next time around. Regards, Raj, Sapna, Niki and Krish Meghani

Ni Family Vacation – December 2011

"We had a great vacation in Costa Rica."
Arrival: 12-19-2011 Departure: 12-28-2011
We had a great vacation in Costa Rica. What a beautiful country you have! Thank you for an itinerary that was almost perfect with the mix of fun activities and relaxation. Below are some of our comments and observations: Drivers: All the drivers were on time, pleasant, and friendly.

Hotels

Vista del Valle (Mango Manor) has unique rooms with beautiful tropical Surroundings. Staff were very nice and we had a wonderful Night stay there. La Mariposa: Love the architecture of the hotel and the unbelievable view from our balcony. The sunset view was stunning. The room was very spacious with large windows. Hotel restaurant has very good food. Staff were very friendly. Although our room air conditioner was out of order 1st night and the following day, staff tried their best to makes us comfortable. A great experience in La Mariposa hotel. As a side note, there is a restaurant near by via taxi ($5 taxi) "Mar Luna" which has great sea food dishes. Arenal Springs: Another nice hotel, with nice hot spring pools on site. it should have great views to the volcano if the weather cooperated. The Christmas buffet dinner was Ok, though seemed a bit over-priced for $60. No firework. Tamarindo Diria: this is the hotel we had some issues at the beginning. 1st, the room key had to be re-programmed 3 times in order to get into the room. We supposed to have a pool view room, but no sight of pool from our 1st floor room. Our room, along with the next door room are completely separated from the two main buildings. The lighting in the room is terrible, hardly can see anything in the night, e.g. reading or getting things organized in the closet. One of the bed had no sheet on it, bath room towels were not ready, and front porch lights were out, several holes on the wall and no deco in the room. This room seemed to me as it has not been used as a guest room for quite a while. We were switched to a diferent room based on my request (requested for a pool view room, not ocean view), but again, it is not a true pool view room, with only a sneak peek or an almost full blocked view of pool water. The noise from the nearby bar/ restaurant was so loud even after the midnight. The description of the room on the hotel website is over stated. In addition, the beach towels were short of demand in the morning for about an hour. Comparing to the service from other hotels, this one had the lowest based on our experience. The hotel does have nice beach access and restaurant food was good.

Tours

Calypso catamaran cruise was amazing and relaxing. We had a wonderful time there. Manuel Antonio national park tour and Arenal canopy adventure combination tour were two of the highlights and we really enjoyed the nature. Hanging Bridge tour was also fun and a good out door exercise. We had mixed feeling about the Spring resort tour/pass. The unique setting of the hot spring pools were quite enjoyable. However, the buffet Dinner has the worst food and it definitely not worth the money. It has very little choice of the dishes and taste terrible. Further more, it has no fruits (in Costa Rica?) on the table. Palo verde Park tour was ok. The 1 and half hour river boat ride was nice and got to see a variety of the animals and birds. However, other parts of the activities were extremely slow and we don't think were that interesting and not worth the time. So just the boat trip would be good. Overall, we were very pleased with the trip and already considering going back to see the volcano and cloud forest (yes, we did not see the volcano due to the weather) in the future. Thank you for helping putting together a wonderful itinerary for us and we will contact you when we plan for our next trip. Wish you have a happy New Year! Pura Vida LAN

Keller Family Vacation – December 2011

"You were very helpful in planning and organizing our trip."
Arrival: 12-18-2011 Departure: 12-31-2011
You were very helpful in planning and organizing our trip to Dominical, Costa Rica. I wanted to thank you again for your guidance and assistance in answering all of our many questions. We so enjoyed our stay at the Costa Paraiso hotel. I also liked that both of our drivers (Quepos transportation and Puerto Jimenez) showed up on time to pick us up. They were professional and made for a safe ride to our destinations. Thank you for arranging all of this. I will definitely use your services again next year and will pass along your information to my friends and family. All the best and Happy New Year. Heather Keller

Glowski Family Vacation – December 2011

"The 1-Day Costa Rica Adventure pass was awesome!"
Arrival: 12-17-2011 Departure: 12-26-2011
Here is my evaluation of My Costa Rica's itinerary for our family. Sorry it's more than 1 paragraph. The Shuttle Transfer pickup from Liberia airport to Tamarindo & return was great! The driver & guides were very helpful - Pedro spoke English quite well & was very helpful. Papaya (the driver) spoke a few words & was very pleasant. Marco, the driver from Tamarindo to Liberia airport was also very informative. We asked tons of general questions & all were answered. They made 1 or 2 quick stops to buy watermellon when asked. Drivers were prompt & courteous. The 1-Day Costa Rica Adventure pass was awesome! My adult kids loved it. Son said it was "bad ass". Food at lunch was amazing. Driver there was Diego. He spoke a little English - enough to communicate. But what he may have lacked in English skills he made up for in other ways. He was very friendly, polite, kept us informed on what was happening next - which helped alleviate some anxiety. The young men & women who worked the ropes etc., were very careful, made us feel safe, but had fun with us. Bernadette Glowski

Meyerhardt Vacation – December 2011

"We cannot WAIT to return!!!"
Arrival: 12-17-2011 Departure: 12-24-2011
We started the trip by flying from Newark directly to San jose-an easy jaunt. We stayed the first night at the Vista De Valle which is a great place 20 minutes from the airport that's on a former coffee plantation-with incredible views over the valley (hence the name) The hotel has several individual jungle huts that have nice beds, a great balcony w a hammock, a kitchenette, and an extra bed and space for our boys in the one we chose, the Tea House. They also have a great pool and Jacuzzi, a pool-side bar, and two amazing hikes right on the premises--one goes down the hill to a gorgeous waterfall and the other is the Creek Walk which was perfect for our 6,8 year old boys. We ate at the open air restaurant-and enjoyed typical food (and pasta for the kids!) and left the following morning. We then went to Manuel Antonio which I set up on my own as you know I HIGHLY recommend Tulemar/Buena Vista Bungalows and Villas. It was the best location, great concierge for each room, private beach, boogie boarding and kayaking right there, monkeys out your door-really memorable. I also had 3 amazing meals in Quepos Then-we flew courtesy of you on Nature Air to La Fortuna. We had a driver meet our plane and take us to the Mountain Paradise Hotel-which we LOVED. We had a large-huge actually-room which was #402 and came with a room w king size bed, large flat screen tv, amazing stone shower built into the walls of the cottage, and a separate kitchenette, with a second bedroom with two queen sized beds and a second huge TV We also enjoyed our own hot tub which is the size of a regular swimming pool. The staff at the hotel was wonderful-we especially looked forward to the main pool and swim up bar which was the meeting spot for all of the hotel guests after the daily excursions. WE ate poolside and had delicious tropical drinks and hung out there for hours every afternoon. Our tours could not have been better, or easier. We were always greeted by kind bilingual drivers and guides and had the greatest time. Our first tour was the afternoon we arrived=when we had the pleasure of spending 4 hours at The Springs resort and hot Springs. We loved the 20 + pools with medicinal volcanic elements (bicarbonate, chloride, etc) and natural heat from run-off. We also loved the Monkey Slide which the kids were on literally until 9 pm!! The following am, We were supposed to go WW Rafting but the river swells from the rain precluded this. No problem for Lynn Bateman who had us on an INCREDIBLE horsebackriding tour in about 20 minutes! We enjoyed this maybe the most-as it was led by Marvin who was phenomenal, included a ton of beautiful views, animal spottings, and had the bonus of accompaniment by 3 local children who joined us on the ride The boys LOVED this-and cant'wait to ride again!! WE also had a phenomenal experience Zip Lining(Arenal Mundo Aventura) definitely the best Zip line operation in La Fortuna from what we heard. We enjoyed 11 varying lines including one that was 980 meters long, over the gorgeous canopies of the treetops surrounding Arenal. We had wonderful guides, felt totally secure, and can't wait to do this again!! Our last experience was the Hanging Bridges. This was again a fun morning-with an easy 2 hour walk on several bridges over waterfalls and in the midst of the real rain forest. Our guide, Alberto, was very knowledgeable and showed us the Howler Monkeys and many types of plants and insects in the forest. Sadly, that was our last excursion and we were then heading home via a 2 hour car trip )also very educational and enjoyable) through the mountains and a flight home from San Jose We cannot WAIT to return!!!

Chung Vacation – December 2011

"Thank you for arranging one of the best vacations I've ever had."
Arrival: 12-14-2011 Departure: 12-20-2011

Chung Vacation December 14th-20th, 2011

Sorry for my delayed reply. Thank you for arranging one of the best vacations I've ever had. Traveling solo, I did not have any concerns about transportation or safety since everything was scheduled in advance. The J.W. Marriott was beautiful and the only complaint was that food was very expensive on the resort with no other options close by. I have sometimes been bored by beach resort vacations but did not have this problem with the activities you arranged and enjoyed, surfing, kayaking and an adventure day (One Day Adventure Pass) that included ziplining, horseback riding, tubing and visit to the hot springs. I would have liked to choose the specific activities as I do not like horseback riding but needed to do this in order to get to the river. Next time, I will be more specific in my requests! I would definitely visit Costa Rica again and recommend your services. Thanks again, Karin

Douglas Family Vacation – December 2011

"We had a wonderful time in Costa Rica."
Arrival: 12-14-2011 Departure: 12-25-2011
We had a wonderful time in Costa Rica. Thank you for organizing our trip. A few comments: Shuttle Transfers: Very impressed with the minivan transfers; new, clean vehicles, good drivers, always arrived within +/- 5 minutes of scheduled time. Flamingo Beach Resort: very comfortable rooms, lovely beach. buffet lunches and dinners very much the same, and fairly basic. We didn't realize until the last day that the all inclusive deal included meals ordered a la carte, which were much better. Monteverde Country Lodge: Very helpful staff, access to office computer for email clean but basic; rooms quite small The jacuzzi mentioned in the description is at their sister hotel (a $5 cab ride away) Hanging bridges: transportation was included, but no guide (which was fine with us) Arenal Springs: fanciest place I've stayed at; wonderful rooms, great hot springs, good food (though a bit pricy) Morning hike in the Arenal Volcano National Park: supposed to be 2.5 hours; was only a mile each way through a flat path of volcanic sand; 20 minutes of standing around at the beginning of the lava field, the guide was informative, but stretching out the talk to make up for the short walk, not worth the money Tamarindo Diria Hotel: lovely beach, good food rooms were small ; intermittent hot water Haron

Brown and Maust Vacation – December 2011

"THANK YOU for setting up our visit to Costa Rica."
Arrival: 12-11-2011 Departure: 12-22-2011
Hi Lynn; I just wanted to pass along my THANK YOU for setting up our visit to Costa Rica in December 2011. We had a very nice trip. With the raw information which we gave to you. The short time you had to work with us. And as little communications we had ...all went very well. Looking back at the trip now, I may have changed the length of our stay near Dominical to allow us more time closer to the "action" in town. Yet the 1.5 click walk was not a big deal. I will admit the night hours are DARK for walking. Costa Pariso was very nice resort. The people and grounds are super. The ocean along that area is impressive. I managed to shoot some great photos. Next time I may even try some surfing. Our timing was off for the kitchen at that location. Hopefully by now the Canadian manager has the pizza oven built. My,,and "our" favorite area was near Drake Bay. That tent resort (Corcovado Adventures Tent Camp) was awesome.( For allowing us to mix with lots of different nationalities was a plus.) Our son especially hit it off with the manager, and some people from the Netherlands. For me, near the ocean and jungle was a great mix. Seeing pseudo orcas, Humpback whales and watching the turtles dig out of the sand, well , hey what can I say. And the guided tours from there. Very nice. We hit it very lucky for timing at Drake Bay area. Again, all the people we met there were great. The tropical wild life, plants and insects..WOW. Boating around there...WOW. (I liked it) We did see quetzals in Trogon Lodge. The area there was impressive. Who could imagine such a change in pace from the tropical area near Drake Bay. My son saw a male and female quetzal (on tour). I saw a female hiking alone. Nice birds. It was a bit cooler too. More like home. All in all you did a very nice job. Our luck in having such nice drivers was super also. We spent alot of time with them. Jose Mora (Frank Chicas Tours) really helped us get a sense of what CR is all about. (Our first and last long distance driver.) Our other long distance driver from costapraiso to Sierpe, and out to Trogon Lodge was nice too. Both were looking out for us, ..thanks, they were the best. Costa Rica made an impression on me. I will say, it would be nice to visit again. Next time, if you agree, we will spend a little more time in planning...from our side. I would like to visit the NW area. And then head down again to Drake Bay area. Next time, Martha will have a better idea on how to match up with yours and our ideas. She likes to have a say in locations, etc. And between the three of us, we can work that part out ok. Thanks again for your help. Thanks again! Larry A. Brown

Knellinger and Griffin Honeymoon – December 2011

"It truly was an amazing vacation."
Arrival: 12-10-2011 Departure: 12-17-2011
Sorry we are just getting back to you. Coming home from our honeymoon and jumping right into Christmas & New Year’s made for a pretty chaotic couple of weeks. We had an amazing trip and can’t thank you enough for everything you did. I plan to add a few reviews to Trip Advisor soon and will definitely make sure to mention My Costa Rica. See below for our review. Thanks again! We visited Costa Rica from 12/10/11-12/17/11 and spent time in Escazu, Arenal, and Guanacaste. This was the first trip we have ever taken a trip using a boutique travel agency like My Costa Rica and couldn’t be more pleased. From the moment we landed in San Jose all of the details I would typically worry about on a vacation were taken care of for me. The hotels recommended to us in Arenal and Guanacaste surpassed even our highest expectations. I enjoyed the smaller Nayara hotel and its view of the volcano in Arenal while my wife loved the private beach, gorgeous infinity pool, and sunshine at the JW Marriott in Guanacaste. Each of our daily excursions was hassle free and incredibly entertaining. We rafted down the Pacuare River with a friendly bunch of guides and had a great adventure. We went ziplining in Arenal (Arenal Mundo Aventura) and spent nearly 3 hours flying way above the rainforest. After 2 days of intense activities it was a great change of pace to visit the hot springs (Springs Resort Day Pass) and spend a few hours relaxing at a nearby hotel. Once we arrived in Guanacaste we spent as much time as possible sitting by the pool and enjoying the great view of the Pacific Ocean. We took a sail & snorkel trip with a nice group of fellow travelers and while we didn’t have much luck with the snorkeling we enjoyed the time out on the ocean and saw a great sunset. Overall both the accommodations and excursions were worthy of an A+. Lastly, I would just like to say that the people that helped us throughout our trip (guides, drivers, etc.) were all very professional and always willing to help. We speak very little Spanish and never had a problem. While we were in Costa Rica everything went smoothly, it truly was an amazing vacation. Sincerely, Mike & Jill Griffith

Ulsher Vacation – December 2011

"Our impression of Costa Rica is excellent."
Arrival: 12-09-2011 Departure: 12-16-2011
Selvatura Zipline and Hanging Bridges adventure was by far the best experience we had. This is a very well run operation. Everything we experienced was incredible and made special by outstanding staff. The crew on the zip-line was very accommodating and even took the time to take photos for the group on and off the lines. I can't believe anyone would choose another Company or go zip-lining in another area. We talked with our people throughout our stay and most reported that they didn't like the Caribbean side, San Jose or the zip-lining they did elsewhere. The lunch was a very complete meal from soup, entree, drink and dessert. We left very full. You can't go wrong choosing any of their tours. Can't say enough about them! I'm glad we did the extended activities but we were exhausted in the end. The Poco a Poco was a nice hotel. They had a great looking restaurant. Prices are hotel prices- a bit higher than you would want to pay. I had the best stuffed chicken ever. Breakfast had a good variety of decent food- buffet style. Our room was small, uncomfortable, old and loud. We were right near the stairwell and the walls were paper thin. There's no a/c or heating. They are very accommodating and the availability of the Internet at $3.00 for 30 minutes was worth it. They also rent DVD's for $3.00 but have such a large collection we didn't choose any. The outside areas showed a lot of attention to detail and improved the overall quality of the hotel. They maximized the space on the cliff side by terracing the gardens, fountains, seating areas and even installing the hot tub with a view towards the sunset. Everything was very clean and neat. We were a five minute walk to downtown Monteverde where we ate at a Peruvian Restaurant affiliated with The Tree House- a popular restaurant in the area. It was great food and our cheapest meal the whole trip. It was an okay experience at this hotel, but I wouldn't stay there again. The Poco a Poco agreed that the Don Juan Coffee Tour we picked was the best in the area. There were at least 3 that we saw advertised and this wasn't even one that was advertised at the hotel. I booked on line and saved 20%. $20 for a 2 hour tour was worth it. The education we got on coffee making was extensive. We learned a lot and enjoyed participating in the coffee picking process from the beginning stages all the way to the drying. I don't even drink coffee but was amazed by the process. Our guide spoke excellent English and was very funny. Coffee here was reasonable to purchase, but we actually made our purchase at the Marriott. They were on sale and ended up the better deal even underscoring the local places. The Tamarindo ATV tour was a super value for the money. The trails were challenging in some areas but the tour guide an expert. We didn't know that we would have to leave a $500 hold on a credit card in case of damage to the ATV's. We also didn't bring any money for a tip so I had the driver from the JW Marriott deliver an envelope to our guide Eli with a tip. I don't know if he was expecting it but he took about 100 pictures of us on our camera. He earned it. The snorkeling was at a private "locals" beach. The beach was nice and empty. The snorkeling didn't amount to much though. The water wasn't real clear and there was little to be seen. We have snorkeled in better places like Hawaii. I know there are great places to snorkel in Costa Rica not far from Tamarindo, but this was not the place. They should specify which beach you are going to so you can see if there is a review on line. It was a good idea to have our own masks and snorkel. Theirs get a lot of use. Their building was undergoing renovations, but the company itself looked the most credible and professional out of others we saw. Also, would have been a good plan to bring a change of clothes and hang around Tamarindo for lunch or shopping and then go back to the hotel later. We made a separate trip back on the Marriott shuttle to walk the town. All the transportation was on time. The vehicles were clean and the drivers were very courteous. It was a treacherous drive to Monteverde and we passed several trucks jack knifed on the road. It looked like we'd never get through but the drivers always pulled it off. Gray Line was also very well organized. All the bus companies pretty much made the same exchange points. Stopping at a half-way point and then shuffling passengers to get you on the right bus for your destination. When we initially got picked up everyone had a different destination, but the company was efficient. We also went horseback riding with the stables that were on the property of Hacienda Pinella where the Marriott is. $50 for 2 hours. Went through the ranch, forest and beach. Saw and heard dozens and dozens of Howler Monkeys. This stable is independent of the Marriott and provides an excellent tour to get out and see the wild life. Tamarindo was a fun town, run down but an interesting experience. I would recommend that tourists check it out. The people were nice and not pushy. After browsing we were able to get good prices on wood cutting boards. In fact out of everywhere we looked across our travels, they turned out to be the cheapest. The bar on the beach, $2 drafts was relaxing. I think it was affiliated with the "Witch's Brew" restaurant. Not sure of the name. There were so many ex-pats working in Tamarindo. They all looked like college dropout hippies from California! LOL We never exchanged money for colonies. Everyone everywhere took dollars. We do not know a single word of Spanish, but everyone we ran into spoke pretty decent English. It was an easy country to navigate. Mexico is far worse. You were right about not renting a vehicle, especially going to Monteverde. We talked to several people who didn't have good experiences with their rentals. There were many paved roads that were even being re-surfaced by road crews along our travels. We didn't expect to see that. Laundry did not become an issue for us as we were well prepared, but we found that only the Hilton in Liberia had coin washers. The Marriott charges were by the item and I don't think Poco a Poco had any. We saw a lot of tourists traveling light. The rain and a day of zip-lining really eats away at your clothes. Luckily we had enough changes. If we return (hopefully with some of our extended family) I think we would choose to fly into Liberia again and do things on the Pacific Coast then travel East or South East again. The only things I wanted to do but didn't get too were to see the turtles (reports said they were spotty & not coming in masses at the time) and see the Arenal area and volcano. I'd probably want to visit a wood making shop too. We really wanted to find a large chunk of tree trunk sliced into a table top and have it shipped back. Losing a day of travel to airplane mechanics didn't allow us to squeeze it in. Strongly recommend the Hilton Garden Inn for an overnight when people are flying out the next morning. No hidden costs. Free Internet, coin laundry, excellent rooms, free shuttle. There was also a Best Western not too far and closer to Liberia that looked newer too. It may be cheaper than the Hilton. Your representative that met us at the airport, Jon, I think was very professional. It was nice to see him in a company shirt to easily identify him. Our driver from the airport, Minor, was the best driver we had. It was just something about his personality. He wanted to converse and share sites with us. I have to thank you personally for assisting me in making our final arrangements. Your pre-travel advice and contact was exceptional. I had initially contacted other companies at the same time but most never responded. You were the difference. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. And our impression of Costa Rica is excellent. By the way, there was a day or two of rain, but never when we were on our tours. Always worked out great! Thanks again and Merry Christmas. I will be sure to recommend your company again. I will get some comments about your company on the Internet in the next couple days. Wanted to get you some initial feedback while it was fresh in my head. regards, Joan

Char & Larry’s Vacation – December 2011

"You nailed it, the trip couldn't have been better."
Arrival: 12-05-2011 Departure: 12-16-2011
Merry Christmas in lovely Costa Rica or wherever you are! You nailed it, the trip couldn't have been better. The amazing thing about it was all the transportation actually showed up and on time. I don't know how you arrange all that with the locals and others to get everyone on the same page. A lot of our drivers did not speak english, it was ok it allowed me to practice my limited spanish and they always knew where to take us and when to pick us up, that's the important part. We will rent a car next time we come, it was great having someone else do the driving, there were a few times it would have been nice to have a car, especially at Oxygen. Yes the tour for Whale & Dolphin watching around Cano Island was cancelled. We were very disappointed sounded like that one would have been great. All of our accommodations were great (Corteza Amarillo, Manatus Lodge, Oxygen Jungle Villas and Vista del Valle) except Mt Paradise. They put us in a "premier suite" and it was awful, it smelled weird, you could hear the people talking and their TV next door and the bathroom flooded when Larry took a shower, and the transportation cart kept going back and forth by our room and it was very loud, he said electric did not work there so it had to be a regular engine. I talked to the manager and told him I wouldn't mind if it was for one night but to live with all that for three nights was not acceptable. He moved us to a private casita with a kitchen, second bedroom and two bathrooms. Much better. He was not nice about it but he did it. I was not nasty when I talked to him just stated the facts and asked if there was something different that could be done. I know it was our fault that we lost Nayara, we did go visit as it is right next door to Mt Paradise, what a difference. Just beautiful. Also the restaurant was a lot less expensive, better service and better food than Mt Paradise. The grounds were amazing and I guess it is all private casitas. Lynn you have been amazing through this whole experience, including helping me get my luggage back. We have already given your name to several people. We hope it creates referrals for you. If there is anything else I can write or post please let me know, I will be happy to do so. Char

Svete Vacation – November 2011

"Thanks for the help with the trip."
Arrival: 11-25-2011 Departure: 12-03-2011
Let me give you a brief synopsis. Overall liked all the places that we stayed and the country as a whole.

El Remanso Lodge

El Remanso is a great lodge. The owners make you feel very comfortable, the facility is beautiful. They are very invested in the ecology of the area. The pot holed drive is a problem and there's not a lot of activities... but overalll thought it was great.

Oxygen Lodge

Oxygen was a beautiful resort. A bit more contemporary and somewhat tailored to the honeymoon crowd. We left remanso before noon and didn't arrive there until almost 6pm.We stopped for gas and snacks. We did have trouble finding it . I drove thru Uvita to dominical and then had trouble spotting things in the dark . It rained almost every moment we were physically present there so it's tough to give oxygen a fair grade...in terms of activities. We did the nauyaca waterfall tour . That was awesome. The only improvement would be less time on the horses and mor at the falls. That was probably the best part of the trip. The dinner was great at oxygen.

Trogon Lodge

We left O2 around 915am.Stopped for brunch in san isidro. arrived in trogon around 2pm. Unfortunately it was raining and rained almost entirely while we were there. Didnt get the chance to zip line bc of weather. The facility is beautiful. .. especiallly the setting. Don't know how much there is to do there. The food was very good. Pricing was very reasonable. I'm not sure if I would go back bc of weather , difficulty getting there and the question of activities.

Vista de Valle

We left around 9am. Arrived before 1pm. The sun came out... which made the setting beautiful. Really liked the facility. Food was good . went to sarchi for dinner. directions from staff were minimalistic. and with not bringing my gps we got lost on return. felt like there was chance we would never arrive alive. there are no signs etc. enjoyed the butterfly tent, the bird watching. Thanks for the help with the trip Tom

Brady Vacation – November 2011

"We had a wonderful time in Costa Rica."
Arrival: 11-19-2011 Departure: 11-25-2011
We had a wonderful time in Costa Rica. Thank You Very Much for the great trip. We were met at the airport-just as you said. The greeting was so welcome after a long day of traveling. The Hotel Presidente in San Jose was fantastic. Great room and the service was friendly and very professional. Now the transportation to Manuel Antonio was kind of scary, but I guess that's the charm of traveling the roads through the mountains. We had a relaxing and exciting time seeing the monkey's, birds, reptiles and beautiful scenery on the Mangrove tour. Excellent guide named Jerry. We thank you again for all the work that went into making our trip to your country so enjoyable. Sincerely, Leon & Donna Brady

Heidner and Hendrickson Vacation – November 2011

"I just wanted to say what an amazing time we had in Costa Rica."
Arrival: 11-18-2011 Departure: 11-27-2011
I just wanted to say what an amazing time we had in Costa Rica, thank you! It was perfect having transfers to all our various destinations and all drivers were punctual and friendly. It certainly took away any stress we may have had with navigating our way around Costa Rica! All of our accommodations were fantastic. Poco a Poco was also a very good choice for us, the kids loved the heated pool and jacuzzi plus being so close to town meant we were able to walk around, shop and try some local cuisine. Our zip-lining was just about the coolest thing we have done! The outfit you picked for us was very professional and the "guides" were very helpful especially since we had 4 kids with us. Even though we had rain it did not spoil our enjoyment in the least. Our guide Roy in Manuel Antonio National Parkwas also really great. He showed us some really cool things with his telescope, the kids were in awe! All in all it was a perfect trip, we were just commenting on how smooth everything went, the transfers went off without a hitch, the hotels were all outstanding and with food excellent. No one got sick but we did end up with a broken toe and heat rash, all survivable ailments! Thank you again for all your recommendations, the flight from M.A to San Jose in itself was an adventure, what a great little airport and plane! We are thinking about maybe Panama next so if we decide to do that you will certainly be the first person I contact. I won't hesitate to recommend you or Costa Rica to anyone, thank you again for everything. Heidner and Henrickson Families

Kinsley and Elliser Honeymoon – November 2011

"It was the best time we have ever had!"
Arrival: 11-13-2011 Departure: 11-20-2011
We can't even begin to thank you enough for planning our honeymoon! It was the best time we have ever had! Arenal Nayara was beautiful and we were so pleased with the view, the staff, and our surroundings. We loved everything about the hotel- everyone was very accommodating and concerned with our well being. We were greeted every morning by our name. The tours were wonderful- we had a blast on all of them! The only thing I would say that didn't go according to plan was on Wednesday we didn't get picked up from Nayara until 8:30 and we had the river rafting tour that we had to be at no later than 9:30 and it was a two hour drive. We ended up going but it was a little stressful. We got to Liberia airport before it was open! But these were minor things that in no way put a dent in our good time! We had the time of our lives and have been recommending y'all to everyone! The JW Marriott was gorgeous and we definitely had some fun in Tamarindo! Hope to talk with you again in the future! Thanks, Brittany Elliser

Atkinson Vacation – November 2011

"We had an AMAZING trip!!"
Arrival: 11-12-2011 Departure: 11-20-2011
We had an AMAZING trip!! Thank you so much for everything!! We really appreciate all your help with setting everything up! To start things off we were greeted by a My Costa Rica representative once we got to the airport, he was very friendly and informative, and thanks for the goodie bags! :) We absolutely loved Arenal! The Arenal Springs hotel was awesome and the view of the volcano was beautiful! I think as a group our favorite part was the activities in Arenal. The zip lining/water fall rapelling/horseback riding tour (Arenal Mundo Aventura) was so much fun and just the type of adventure we were looking for! Our tour guide was great and we all had a blast! The river rafting (Rio Toro - Desafio Tours) was also very exciting!! It was such an adrenaline rush paddling through the rapids! Especially when Nicole fell out!! But we managed to grab her back into the boat safely :) Manuel Antonio was awesome as well! The driver was great! He let us stop when we wanted food or needed a bathroom and he let us stop to look out a bridge to see the crocodiles. The drive was really long from Arenal to Manuel Antonio but we were grateful to have a driver instead of a rent a car because if we drove on our own we most likely would have gotten lost! :) The La Posada Jungle Villas hotel was in a cool spot and had a great view of the ocean. The catamaran trip was fun but we were a little bummed because the water wasn't that clear. We thought the boat might take us to a private cove that was clear and full of fish but it was hard to snorkel and see anything underwater. It was still a good time though! The drive to dominical was short and easy. The Costa Paraiso hotel was great! We loved the little bungalows and the amazing view! The staff was very friendly as well! The Horseback tour to Nauyaca falls was really cool! We were able to see some gorgeous birds and and eat some great food. We also were fortunate enough to jump from the waterfall which was really fun! The tour guides were really friendly and made us feel safe while swimming in the raging waterfall. The only downside to Dominical is that its such a small town its hard to find a taxi. But we were able to manage. :) Overall it was an amazing trip and we definitely would recommend My Costa Rica to other people! You set us up with amazing tours, great places to stay, and safe transportation and we all had a blast!! We loved Costa Rica! Thank you so much Lynn!! Pura Vida!! Sincerely, The group :)

Slane Vacation – November 2011

"We are SO GRATEFUL."
Arrival: 11-11-2011 Departure: 11-18-2011
We had such an exceptional adventure in Costa Rica last November, and we appreciated all of your efforts on our behalf. We are already looking forward to a return trip, planning to bring our daughter. We would like to share a few comments about the specifics of our trip that you arranged (yes, I kept a daily journal of notes). We have just completed the photo video of our trip, and our delight is fresh all over again! We are SO GRATEFUL we listened to you and did not rent a car! The transportation you arranged at each place was excellent; we would have missed a lot of enjoyment navigating the roads on our own, and the traveling portion of our trip would have been very stressful Thank you! 11/11-13/11: Your rep Mauren met us as promised, even though our flight had been delayed. Our driver Jose, from airport to La Fortuna, was exceptional! He was an enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guide, and when he realized we were in no hurry to get to our destination he went out of his way to show us many points of interest and give us a special introduction to Costa Rica. He patiently waited while I lit candles in a church, introduced us to "Palmetto cheese", bought us the best cappuccino we've ever had, and made plenty of stops so I could take pictures. Gracias, Jose! The Royal Corin was extraordinary, worth every colon! Lovely setting, awesome views; our 4th floor room was a corner suite, luxurious in every aspect, and we felt quite spoiled. We ate at the resort "Emperador", and recommend it for the excellent food, wine & service. The hot springs are a real treat, and though we went to "Springs Resort and Spa" a few days later, we enjoyed Royal Corin pools equally. Staff is friendly & went to great lengths to ensure quality attention. Highly recommend this resort. Our guide on the Lava Hike was Mareala, and she was outstanding: a very knowledgeable & energetic naturalist, interesting & much fun. We wholeheartedly recommend her to you for special attention. We had hoped to see actual lava flowing, but Arenal was quietly active, steam only. Still, the hike was worthwhile, thanks in large part to Mare. Springs Resort and Spa was nice, food at buffet was just "ok"; we were happier with Royal C hot springs; heard a lot about Tabacon, will try that next time. The "Cat Tour" was actually rather sad, though we appreciated that the animals were all "rescued". 11/14-16/11 Travel from LaFortuna to MonteVerde made us think of scenes from Romancing the Stone", and Bob still calls me "Joan Wilder"! Quite an adventure on the unpaved roads, and we blessed you for recommending hired drivers instead of rental car! Poco a Poco Hotel was simple & delightful, quite a change from the luxury of the Royal Corin yet perfect for our vision of Monte Verde, and quite comfortable. The staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful, particularly Lillian. She gave us good recommendations, booked reservations, and followed up on all details. Bob left his favorite hat behind in a taxi one night, and we mentioned it to Lillian. A few weeks after our return home a package arrived in the mail: Lillian had located & mailed his cap to us! Lillian arranged a tour of the "La Bella Tica" coffee plantation in San Luis, with "Rosie" as our driver/guide. We definitely recommend her and this tour to you, as this was an unexpected highlight of our trip. Rosie was (as all of our guides were) extremely informative & professional, yet personable and great fun. Our adventure at Selvatura Park was everything we'd imagined and more! The early time of our tour was perfectly chosen: no crowds, and we had awesome canopy tour guides, Miguel & Oscar, for our group of 4. We totally enjoyed the zip-lining and felt perfectly safe even though the adrenaline rush was "over the top". Exciting and worth waiting for, this was the birthday gift I'd dreamed of for years! Our self-guided tour through the rain forest on the hanging bridges was simply peaceful & beautiful by comparison. A perfect morning! The weather was mild all morning, and the down-pour waited until we returned to Poco where we grabbed umbrellas and spent the afternoon exploring the area. Octocuma Restaurant at Poco was very good, though a bit over-priced. 11/16-18/11 The shuttle to Manuel Antonio was quite an experience in the pouring rain, and again we were so glad to leave the driving to the local experts! "Tulemar Bungalows" was yet again a perfect choice for us! It is an amazing oasis: simple luxury in natural surroundings, every small thing has been considered for comfort, safety and enjoyment. Our bungalow was so wonderful that we didn't want to leave it, though we sure took advantage of all that the resort has to offer. The brochures and descriptions of the resort don't do it justice. The only misgiving of our entire trip was that we had to leave so soon, and we will definitely return to Manuel Antonio & Tulemar Bungalows in the future for a longer stay! So much to do & see in the area! We ate at several excellent local restaurants, "Mare Luna" (great seafood & atmosphere) and "Kapi Kapi" (best meal of the whole trip!). Andres, our concierge, and Guiermo, our taxi/shuttle driver, took exceptionally good care of us, making us feel like they were our own personal attendants! We were quite spoiled! The tour of Manuel Antonio National Park was outstanding, and Roy was (as we now expected) a superb guide. His ability to share his in-depth knowledge of the wildlife and environment was exceptional, and he was extremely patient and helpful as a very professional photographer - what a bonus! We were able to take some amazing photos of wildlife thanks to his help. We will go out of our way to make certain we have Roy as a guide when we return, and certainly recommend him if you are able to request specific guides when you book these tours! Our uneventful and smooth transfers to Quepos Airport, and Int'l Airport in San Jose were appreciated. We did not want to leave Costa Rica, and on the flight home started planning for our return with our daughter. We cannot thank you enough for all of your efforts on our behalf. We will enthusiastically refer any of our friends and family to you and "My Costa Rica" in the future, and look forward to working with you again. Pura Vida! Diana and Bob Slane

Potter Vacation – November 2011

"Advise and description of what to expect was spot on!"
Arrival: 11-08-2011 Departure: 11-17-2011
I made my first ever visit to Costa Rica in November 2011. Thankfully I was contacted by Lynn Bateman at My Costa Rica. There were some pluses and minuses on the trip, but the mistakes were mine ( unlock or get PUK code for cell phone) and Lynn jumped all over it and made me very happy. She was truly a vacation saver! I insisted on flying into and spending time in San Jose. Not a great decision unless on business. Lynn arranged the hotel and tours. I even changed my mind at the last minute regarding one tour and she immediately booked me on a great slow river tour (Palo Verde National Park). Her advise and description of what to expect was spot on! I did not like my first night at El Presidente Hotel in San Jose (no window !!) so Lynn moved me to a fabulous 5 star (Aurola Holiday Inn) in downtown. She took care of every detail and ME. She is a must for first visitors and a great convenience for the repeat visitor. Trust her , relax and have a great vacation to Costa Rica. Thank You Lynn! I won't hesitate to contact you for my next trip or refer my friends and family. Pura Vida. Bill P Cleveland Ohio P.S. Lynn was ALWAYS available if needed.

Robins Vacation – November 2011

"We had a wonderful vacation."
Arrival: 11-05-2011 Departure: 11-12-2011
We had a wonderful vacation, thank you so much for all of your help! We loved the hotel - Casa Conde del Mar, it was much less crowded feeling than the Hilton and the beach was nicer. We had done canopy tours last time we came, but the One Day Adventure Tours you set us up with was by far better! That was our favorite part of the trip. The car rental worked out great too. Scott

Hopkins Vacation – October 2011

"If we make it back to Costa Rica we will definitely stay here again."
Arrival: 10-12-2011 Departure: 10-25-2011
We loved the Lost Iguana and the days fishing with Capt. Ron (Arenal Fishing) on Lake Arenal. We were upgraded to a beautiful suite with a private outdoor jacuzzi and double outdoor shower, as well as the incredible view of the volcano from our patio. The staff was friendly and helpful, and the chef cooked out 5 lb. Rainbow Bass (Guapote) to perfection. We were there five nights and wished we had a few days more. If we make it back to Costa Rica we will definitely stay here again. The JW Marriott was fine also. Just a little too much like a stateside hotel following the experience at Arenal. We were upgraded as you know to a fifth floor ocean view room and had a fabulous view. My only complaint was the in room bar prices etc. They charged about 5 times more than either of the other equally nice hotels we stayed in, and it was offensive. The food in their restaurants was very good. Rio Celeste Hideaway what a fabulous place, after we found it!! I would not go again until they get the bridge completed. There is only one way in and out, and at this point you cross a very narrow one lane wood plank bridge with no sides etc. Scary. We had extremely heavy rain all night the night before we left to drive to San Jose and I could not sleep because I was stressed about driving out the 20 km of gravel roads downhill and the wood bridge. On the plus side, the hotel and staff were truly amazing. The chef here should be on the US Food Network!! Definitely the best food we had in Costa Rica (and it was all good) Wow!! The hotel arranged a guide and transportation for us to the Cana Negro and it was well worth our time. The guide grew up near the hotel and was very knowledgeable about Wildlife and agriculture etc. Thanks for your help and if we make it back, we will for sure be in touch. Lana

Mitchell Vacation – October 2011

"The activities that were arranged were spot on."
Arrival: 10-12-2011 Departure: 10-21-2011
My husband and I just returned from our Costa Rican vacation, and I wanted to let you know what a wonderful time we had. The itinerary you suggested fit our expectations perfectly. The transportation you arranged between the airport, hotels and back to the airport arrived on time. All the drivers were courteous and were willing to stop along the way when we asked. The guides that accompanied the drivers all spoke English very well and did a good job of explaining what we were seeing along the way. Thank you for all your follow ups and calls along the way to make sure we were alright and happy. I appreciate your attention to every detail. Our first and favorite hotel was the Arenal Nayara near La Fortuna. The bungalow rooms were beautiful and had a great view of the volcano. The tropical gardens and parrots are the pool bar added a tremendous amount of charm to the place. The restaurant has wonderful food and the breakfast was one of the best I have experienced. Thanks to you Lynn, we got a great deal for all our dinners which was at least half of the prices on the menu! The entire staff there could not have been nicer or more helpful. We just loved this hotel and would come back any time. The activities that were arranged were spot on. I was pretty nervous on doing the 11 zip line canopy tour (Arenal Mundo Aventura) but after the first two, it was the highlight of the vacation. A real adrenaline rush! The white water rafting was great fun and just the right balance of safety and excitement. After these two tours, the Hanging Bridges tour appeared tame, but the nature hike was interesting and seeing the waterfall was especially nice. Our next stop was at the Rio Celeste hotel. Unfortunately it rained the entire time so our touring options were limited. My husband opted to stay in the hotel, but I ventured out to do the nature trail to the Waterfall. It was a strenuous hike, but worth the view. Next stop was the JW Marriott at Tamarindo. This is truly a must see resort. Great location on the Pacific ocean with plenty of amenities to keep you busy. I went on the Mangrove boat tour and saw all types of exotic birds, crocodiles, and a large family of Howler monkeys. Great fun! The trip back to San Jose turned out to be a long day because of all the rain. Once we got into the Holiday Inn, all was well. We took a stroll around downtown San Jose and picked up some coffee and rum at the local supermarket to give to friends and family. Everything was half price at the local supermarket as compared to the airport and souvenir shops. Our transfer to the airport arrive right on time. It was a great trip and I have already recommended it to some of our friends. However, next time, we will try to schedule in the May, June timeframe when it is a bit drier. Mary Ellen Mitchell

Sparaco Honeymoon – September 2011

"Costa Rica was a fantastic time."
Arrival: 09-25-2011 Departure: 10-04-2011
Costa Rica was a fantastic time. Our honeymoon consisted of staying at 2 resorts and going on multiple excursions. Arenal Nayara was great. We had our own little hut with an outdoor jacuzzi tub and an outdoor shower. Complementary breakfast was served every morning with a great dinner menu every night. The pool and the swim-up bar was great to relax at during the day. And getting some sun and having a view of a volcano, surrounded by the rain forest could not have been better. Our favorite excursion was the Zip Lining adventure (Arenal Mundo Aventura) allowing us to go on 11 different zip lines with views that you could not imagine. Everyone at the resort and the company offering the excersions were very nice and very accommodating. We also had a day pass at another resort called the Hot Springs Resort and Spa. This place has the best pool with it's never ending pool edge which allows for the coolest pictures. Our second resort was the Westin Playa Conchal. Even though this resort was not as exclusive as the first one, it was still an amazing visit. Again the entire staff was very nice. Unlimited food and drinks is not bad way to live for 4 days. 2 different breakfast options including room service and buffets and 6 different dinner restaurants to choose from (the Mediterranean was our favorite). Our days consisted of hanging out by one their many pools with swim up bar as well or relaxing and reading on the beach. I can't tell you how relaxing it is to pull up a lounge chair by the ocean, listen to the waves crash and read until the sun goes down. I would recommend both of these resorts to anyone looking for a relaxing, yet eventful trip to go on. Thanks again My Costa Rica!

Snell Vacation – September 2011

"We had a great time in Costa Rica."
Arrival: 09-09-2011 Departure: 09-16-2011
Lynn, we had a great time in Costa Rica, our first visit there. Tamarindo was nice and we loved the intimacy of the Tamarindo Diria Resort. Being close to the beach and able to walk out of our room directly on to the short lawn separating us from the beach was really nice. The restaurant was nice, and the food choices were OK. Definitely reasonable prices for entrees. The road trip to Monteverde was long and the condition of the roads was terrible in most places. Very rocky, rutted roads, but then there would be stretches of paved roads. Even worse were the roads from Monteverde to Arenal- that took 3 hrs and by the time we reached Lake Arenal for the boat ride to La Fortuna area, our necks and backs were very sore and tight from teh bouncing around in the van. Fortunately, the roads from La Fortuna to Liberia were all paved, except for a few short distances where the pavement had washed away. The Mountain Paradise resort was fabulous. We enjoyed it the most. Lush vegetation everywhere, with spectacular views of the Arenal volcano. We spent a half day in the town of LaFortuna on Independence Day, Sept 15th, and watched the parades and marching bands, horses. It was fun and good taste of their culture. We then went on a 2 hour hike in the jungle on the Tabacon property and ended up at their resort to soak in the hot springs and rushing river waters. Very relaxing there. If we go back some day, we will want to stay there probably. Also, we greatly enjoyed the zip lining in the canopy at Monteverde. We were only there one day, so didn't get to explore that area much. So we felt it was one of our most fun and relaxing vacations. I just hope if and when we return, the roads are in better condition. Alan Snell

Rachelle Teper Vacation – August 2011

"Ensured that my vacation was amazing and stress free."
Arrival: 08-22-2011 Departure: 09-02-2011
As with any vacation it is difficult to figure out which activities are going to be worthwhile and the logistics of getting to them. Lynn, the travel agent I worked with was accessible during the duration of my trip and helped narrow down which activities would be the best for those I was traveling with. For example there are many zip lining adventures, she booked us on one that was just right for my traveling companions. The transportation she arranged was reliable and reasonable. In short she ensured that my vacation was amazing and stress free.

Burkholder Vacation – August 2011

"Our experience was wonderful."
Arrival: 08-21-2011 Departure: 08-27-2011
It has been awhile since our Costa Rica trip, but I did want to respond. Our experience was wonderful, and I want to give you full credit for handling it on such a rapid basis. I gave you less than 24 hours notice, and everything went off without a hitch. Everyone was very welcoming and accommodating. Highlights--Our guide for the Tortuguera (Laguna Lodge) portion of the trip was outstanding. He was with us from pick-up thru drop-off (Monday-Wednesday). I apologize that I don't remember his name, but he was great. We really enjoyed seeing the sea turtles. The hotel in Arenal (Arenal Springs) was beautiful and very accommodating. I would definitely recommend it. Our driver from to and from Arenal was also outstanding. Again, I apologize that I don't know his name. On the way there, he took us the most direct route but stopped a couple of times to show us wildlife that he noticed. On the way back to the airport, we had some extra time, and he took a scenic route that was beautiful. He stopped at one park and church along the way for pictures, and it was very pretty. The only part I wouldn't recommend was the initial hotel in San Jose. It was OK, but nothing special. The rest of the trip was outstanding. Once again, thank you for your assistance. I appreciate your patience and can-do attitude with the short notice to set-up the trip as well as the changes we asked for. I have recommended a trip to Costa Rica to a number of friends, and I will definitely pass on your information when they are ready. I would also like to come back and bring the rest of my family and would look forward to your assistance again. Pura vida! Tricia Burkholder

Kokemor Vacation – August 2011

"Thank you for helping us organize our vacation."
Arrival: 08-20-2011 Departure: 08-25-2011
Lynn, we had such a great time in Costa Rica. The transportation and the tour of the National Park at Manuel Antonio that you set up for us was perfect. We saw so many animals at the park. The monkeys were our favorite. Thank you for helping us organize our vacation. It was very nice not to have to worry about how we were getting around the country. Thanks again, Lauren

Paulin Honeymoon – August 2011

"Had a fabulous time on our honeymoon!!!"
Arrival: 08-18-2011 Departure: 08-20-2011
Jeremy and I had a fabulous time on our honeymoon!!! Thanks so much for helping us set up the trip! We enjoyed the relaxing time at the Hot Springs as well as the exhilarating ride on the ATV's. I also got to swing on a rope swing like Tarzan and jump into a river!!

Bettman Family Vacation – August 2011

"Our vacation turned out fabulous."
Arrival: 08-12-2011 Departure: 08-17-2011
Our vacation turned out fabulous. The hotel (Westin Playa Conchal) was good and the tours Palo Verde National Park Tour and Sunset Sailing with Snorkeling were great. Everyone was on time, courteous and knew their business. Maybe we'll talk to you again next year.

Paul Vacation – August 2011

"My friends and I had a wonderful time in Costa Rica."
Arrival: 08-07-2011 Departure: 08-09-2011
My friends and I had a wonderful time in Costa Rica. The transportation you had set up was great. The drivers were always on time and very friendly. We really liked the location of the Gran hotel. We also loved going to the Springs resort to visit the hotsprings, it was beautiful. Thanks for everything Ashlee Paul

Hill Family Vacation – July 2011

"WOW! We truly had the most wonderful trip of a lifetime to Costa Rica!"
Arrival: 07-28-2011 Departure: 08-08-2011
WOW! We truly had the most wonderful trip of a lifetime to Costa Rica! We would like to send our warmest thank you to you and your staff for helping our family make such amazing memories. It was so easy from the moment we left the airport, greeted by your welcoming staff and taken to our first hotel. Our children were so touched by your sweet maraca gifts, thank you. The hotels/accommodations you recommended to me were each so different and great. We especially loved the kindness of the man at the front desk of Hampton Inn, the absolute beauty of the surroundings and cozy feeling of Fonda Vela and the upscale feeling of Mountain Paradise. Our driver from San Jose to Monteverde was one of the most genuine, kind and informative people we were blessed enough to encounter. This was our first experience booking a complete itinerary for a trip, and I must say, we will definitely be taking this approach in the future, due to this great experience with you. Each scheduled adventure and tour was perfectly orchestrated by you and gave us the time and relaxation to just enjoy our Costa Rica days. Your suggestion about transportation truly let us sit back and enjoy, a huge thank you for that, and the boat ride from Monteverde to Arenal was a fantastic suggestion, the family loved it! The guides at zip lining were so helpful and reassuring and had even our 5 year old smiling the entire time. Also, the river float experience and our guide were just outstanding and we really connected with him. We have friends traveling to Costa Rica in December, and I will highly recommend your services to them and any others who even mention a trip to your beautiful country. Honestly, you have a land rich with such kind hearts and warm people. Besides the beauty of your land, our greatest memories are of the lovely people of Costa Rica. Muchas Gracias and take good care, Lisa Hill and Family

Rhein Vacation – July 2011

"We LOVED Costa Rica and our trip."
Arrival: 07-19-2011 Departure: 07-27-2011
I was planning to contact you to tell you how much we LOVED Costa Rica and our trip. The trip really exceeded our expectations! So here is a synopsis: The Hotel Tamarindo Diria is charming, the beach is beautiful and we loved our rooms facing the beach. We were so pleased to be on the ground floor and we used the patios alot. The shuttle was easy to find at the airport and very comfortable. We were lucky to have 2 sunny days as there had been rain the previous week. The only drawback was the no seeums and mosquitoes but we had been warned about them and had lots of bug spray with us. The transfer to Monteverde was very good. However the driver could not stop at random to show us extra sites as the drivers are on fairly tight schedules. But we did stop to check out a coffee plantation, to see if we could check in to the hotel, and then return for the next tour. This was not possible as there are only 2 tours a day and the times did not coordinate with our schedule. This was not a problem for me but my daughter was a bit disappointed. We also loved our rooms at the El Establo. In the evening we enjoyed walking to the restaurant surrounding the big tree. The next day was an incredible experience at the ziplines and Canopy bridges (Selvatura)! We arrived back at the hotel and our transfer was waiting. We had to race to our rooms to get our stuff but the driver was able to wait. His shuttle van was full which was not a problem, but we were surprised because we thought we were to have a private transfer. The boat ride across Lake Arenal was fine. My daughter and son especially enjoyed it. Our favorite resort was the Arenal Springs Lodge. We could not believe how beautiful and lush the grounds are. The photos on the net do not do this resort justice! The hot springs on the resort are wonderful as well as the rooms. They are so cute and spacious and I particularly liked the loft roof and lava bathroom. Steven said he could have stayed a week at this resort. Our Liquid Lava walk was not as described but we all felt the guide was outstanding and the walk was the highlight of our trip, because our primary goal was to explore the rainforest. We saw a toucan, a large turkey like bird, lizards and iguanas, howler monkeys and some interesting bugs and butterflies. We also saw many interesting plants, trees etc. and the guide was very knowledgeable about them. We were so excited to see a sloth feeding and probably spent one half hour watching her. Then as we were walking uphill to the end of the hike we had the incredible good fortune to have a coati mundi cross our path. Even our guide was excited as he had not seen one in many months and this one came very close! Next we had lunch in our hotel and were so fortunate to see the volcano unadorned with clouds. The staff said some people are not so lucky and may stay a week without a sighting. Then we went to the Springs Resort and Spa (Day Pass) to to soak in the hot springs. It was unbelievably beautiful! We spent our time in the lower pools deep in the lush greenery. It seemed almost unreal - like a Disneyland experience. Our raft ride took place the following day. The young people were thrilled with this exhilerating experience. We had to travel on the Sarapiqui river as the Toro was too low. I had fun too but it might have been a bit too thrilling for me! The terrain is certainly pretty. The lunch was tasty as well. Then we were transferred to Liberia by private driver. The Hilton hotel is very nice, with amazing beds. Eileen and Steven left the next morning and Sheldon and I took the Palo Verde National Park tour. Our guide drove through Filidelfia and other small villages as he said tourists need to see the other side of Costa Rica. I was saddened by some of the poverty I saw and glad that I had brought some children and adult clothing to leave behind. I told the guide that I would remind tourists here in Canada to do the same thing when they visit Costa Rica. Most travel agents suggest small kindnesses like this when visiting Cuba but I don't think they make the same recommendation for Costa Rica. We are still discussing our wonderful holiday and want to do whatever we can to help Costa Rica continue to save the rainforest. I am a high school teacher and I am going to ask my administration for permission to organise a student trip to Costa Rica. I don't know if they will agree as my school does trips to Europe every year. But I am going to ask. I will do this in September. Of course I would want to use My Costa Rica as our tour agent. Thanks Lynn! You did a great job in organizing our trip. Marcella

Steffan Vacation – July 2011

"We had a wonderful visit to Costa Rica!"
Arrival: 07-18-2011 Departure: 07-28-2011
Thank you for your email. We had a wonderful visit to Costa Rica! The activities you planned for us were outstanding. Your agency clearly knows the service providers well, and can pick out "the best" among many good providers of activities in Costa Rica. We enjoyed everything in Costa Rica -- the friendly people, the great food, the abundant wildlife, the many recreation and learning opportunities. Thanks again, Kim

Roach Family Vacation – July 2011

T"he horseback riding was BEAUTIFUL"
Arrival: 07-04-2011 Departure: 07-12-2011
It was almost a year ago that I contacted you and said, "I want to bring my kids to Costa Rica, but I don't know where to go." I'm so glad that the options seemed so vast because there is no possible way that I could have put a trip together more perfectly than the trip we just took. From the moment we landed, everything (except when Mother Nature had different ideas) went like clockwork. Every driver was on time, every guide was pleasant, and every activity seemed to outdo the previous one! Mountain Paradise lived up to its name, and it was a perfect place for kids. The snacks at the swim-up bar were delicious and extremely affordable. After our amazing breakfasts every morning, it was the perfect way to hold the kids over for dinner. They felt so grown up charging their virgin daiquiris to the rooms! Then it was off to the rooms to see what sort of animal the housekeeper had made out of towels to leave on our beds. Then they had to compare to see whose animal was done best! Buena Vista Villas was completely different and equally as perfect...complete with a visit from the monkeys to sample our food on our balconies the last day! It was so relaxing to wake up to the birds and frogs and even the howler monkeys! The beach was beautiful, and the kids didn't mind waiting for shuttles because it was a time to see what other animals they might discover. Only a couple of notes for your own knowledge: First, the horseback riding (Arenal Mundo Aventura) was BEAUTIFUL but I would recommend that you have some horse knowledge. Unlike the horses we rode down after ziplining, these horses had some spunk, and you had to be able to control them! My horse bit and kicked another horse, and Vic's started bucking. We've ridden, so we were okay, but I wouldn't recommend it for much smaller kids. On the way back, we ran and galloped almost the entire way. Also, on that day, they provided both breakfast and lunch, and they were both to die for, so you don't want to eat before you go. Also, you really need a change of clothes for that day if you plan on swimming at the spring. We rode back wet and have the rashes to prove it. Also, the day of ATVing (La Selvita), I would put in the itinerary to plan and get muddy. We would have all worn something darker that day to hide just how filthy we were! Also, the ziplines at the ATV place were shorter, but for whatever reason, we all loved them more than we did in Arenal. I don't know if it was because it was just our group or what, but we LOVED it there. The other place was great, but at the ATV place, smaller kids could ride every zipline by themselves. At the first place, the could only ride 4 by themselves. I cannot thank you enough for all of your patience in answering all my questions. When you get time, I'd be interested in seeing your itinerary for Panama and Nicaragua. This will definitely not be our last trip to Costa Rica, and I'll be calling you to put together my next itinerary! I don't know if you ever saw with pictures from "that" night. I've attached one of the river. The ones the photographer took are amazing, but I haven't put those on my computer yet. Let me know, and I'll send them to you. Thank you for EVERYHTING!! The Roach family

Broyles Vacation – July 2011

"We had such a wonderful trip."
Arrival: 07-02-2011 Departure: 07-09-2011
We had such a wonderful trip. The transportation (Shuttle transfers) and ATV tour (Four Trax) you arranged for us were fantastic. We loved that the ATV tour was a private tour with just us and the guide. The guide, Brian was great. We got a true feel of Tamarindo and saw beautiful beaches and wildlife. The transportation was smooth, easy and trustworthy. We hope to return to Costa Rica and work with you again! Thanks so much. Jen Broyles

Lawver Family Vacation – July 2011

"Our trip dominates our conversations and we loved every moment."
Arrival: 07-02-2011 Departure: 07-10-2011
Our Lawver Family vacation was an adventure into the beauty and culture of Costa Rica. Our trip dominates our conversations and we loved every moment. We were most impressed with the friendly, gracious and accommodating nature of the local Ticos. The diversity of our experiences were incredible. Your country has everything--beautiful beaches, magnificent mountains, lush foliage and gorgeous flowers everywhere. We all felt this was truly educational, not from a textbook, but actually experiencing the numerous plantations, a live volcano, forest animals, stunning butterflies, innumerable hummingbirds and general sightseeing. Our vote for favorite adventure goes to La Paz Waterfall Gardens followed very closely by the Arenal Canopy Tour. (Arenal Mundo Averntura) Mountain Paradise was our favorite hotel. Who could ask for anything more? Having the convenience of our own 10 passenger van including a driver/guide was fantastic. We also appreciated the hotels that included breakfast. We were grateful for your ability to make last minute travel adjustments/improvements to our schedule due to time factors, road conditions, etc. Thank you, thank you for planning this unbelievable experience. You prepared a stellar itinerary that we will remember for a lifetime. We include an attachment of a photograph of our family taken in Manuel Antonio National Park. Barbara Lawver

Wong Vacation – June 2011

"Our vacations were great."
Arrival: 06-30-2011 Departure: 07-09-2011
River rafting (Exploradores Outdoors): very good, very entertaining though the guide on our boat i think could be better, other guides in other boats were pretty good, very fun experience anyway. Arenal Spring Hotel: Beautiful place, very romantic, clean, great rooms, great breakfast (dinner at night wasn't that good) The Springs Resort and Spa day pass: we enjoyed our day pass, lots of pools with different temperatures and a great dinner. Fonda Vela hotel: it was good considering it's on the middle of nowhere, very clean, old furniture (that some people consider cool, we didn't fancy it much) the breakfast was slow (and we were waking up early everyday) Ziplining and hanging bridges (Selvatura) : great experience, we had a lot of fun. JW Marriot Guanacaste: beautiful hotel, beautiful room, great service, everything was great here Transportation: all were always in time and trips are not so fast (though we learned that costa rica "highways" aren't that good and takes time to get everywhere) the plane flight back to San José was good too. Hope this information helps you, usually we're not very picky when we travel and i don't complain much when everything works, they are in time and everything is clean, but our vacations were great and i'm happy you helped me plan them, my girlfriend loved Costa Rica, so maybe we'll go back sometime soon, thank you again Javier

Alexander Vacation – June 2011

"We both were very happy with your services, the tour companies were all fantastic!"
Arrival: 06-21-2011 Departure: 07-05-2011
Thank you for the note. The trip was great, nice to take some time and relax with JJ and also get away from the office! We both were very happy with your services, the tour companies were all fantastic! The Royal Corin was great, beautiful room, great service through the whole hotel. The Oxygen was fantastic as well, a very unique hotel that is a great place to go and relax, as long as people are prepared to drive a bit. The last hotel in Monte Azul was JJ's favourite and wish we could’ve stayed longer, it was private, and relaxing and Carlos and Randy the owners are fantastic people who take every step they can to ensure you are completely satisfied. We took a soap making class there and Randy led the class and was great! As for the activities and tours: -The transfer from the airport to the hotel was great Herman was helpful and knowledgeable providing us with information about Costa Rica and some tips to getting by! -Gray Line transfers to Arenal was also great, on time and safe. -The Zip lining (Arenal Mundo Aventura) spot was unbelievable a top three highlight of the trip for sure. The transportation and the whole experience was great. -The white water rafting (Pacuare River) was the top highlight for JJ, and was a blast the guides that work for that company were funny and really enjoyed their job, which showed in the amount of fun they wanted to have. -At the Oxygen we went on the horseback tour to the water fall (Naucuya Waterfalls) which was a great trip, the water falls were great, the tour guides were great, and the food was amazing. As for you guys, please don’t hesitate to use me as a reference, I was extremely impressed and happy with your service. Everything was done as it said it was and was a huge relief not having to worry about everything along the way. Thanks again, Kris Alexander, BBA Long Life Windows & Doors Ltd.

Wilson College Vacation – June 2011

"Costa Rica is certainly a beautiful and rich country; I can't wait to come back!"
Arrival: 06-09-2011 Departure: 06-26-2011
As for feedback on our visits, I have finished reviewing my students work and grading papers and can offer the following comments as feedback. Ark Herb Farm - Excellent! This was a great first farm for my class to visit! It blew all their expectations of a “farm” out of the water! Tommy and Marie were wonderful, even opening up their home to us. This is an amazing place. Unfortunately, I was not able to visit Villa Vanilla Plantation, which was a huge disappointment to me. I had studied the website extensively and was really looking forward to seeing the farm, especially since it brought the biodynamic methods into practice. My students were very impressed with this farm and several listed it as one of their favorite visits of the trip, so I feel that it was a very good choice! Hotel Casa Conde, with its on-site gardens was a good teaching tool, and a great introduction to the trip. Arenal Springs Hotel was also a great choice from a sustainability perspective. I especially liked the behind the scenes tour of the sugar cane press, seeing all the food plants that grew on site and the biodigester. The students really appreciated the opportunity to “cook” lunch. That was a great activity, and I really appreciated that the kids had a role in the meal prep too. This could have possibly been improved if we could have enjoyed our lunch with the folks who usually use that kitchen for lunch (the workers at the resort), allowing for a bit more of a cultural/language exchange. Traveling and class work with the children in tow presented several challenges and I have learned a great deal through this experience. I hope that Wilson College will allow me to do this again. I’d certainly like to return to Costa Rica. Thanks again, Lynn for all your help. On behalf of Wilson College, I'd like to say thank you for your services for our Costa Rica Study Abroad. Although everything did not go according to plan (especially on my end) the service that your company provided was excellent. Daniel, our guide, and Warner, our driver were absolutely awesome! It was comforting to know that my students were in their capable hands. Costa Rica is certainly a beautiful and rich country; I can't wait to come back! Best, Chris Mayer

Anthony Vacation – June 2011

"It was adventurous, yet still very romantic."
Arrival: 06-06-2011 Departure: 06-10-2011
Lynn and her team at My Costa Rica planned my wife and I an amazing adventure in Costa Rica. It was adventurous, yet still very romantic. My wife and I stayed at the Peace Lodge and the. The Peace Lodge had the most AMAZING ROOM we had ever seen. Yes! I mean it when i say better than The Ritz-Carlton, Gaylord Palms (all three of them), and yes even the Atlantis in the Bahamas. We have been around and this room with a Princess style King bed, fireplace, two fantastic showers (one in a cave/jungle area, and one more standard, but nice),Anthony Vacation - June 2011 a WATERFALL BEHIND THE JACUZZI TUB centered in the back of each bathroom. Oh, and then you have a volcano view on the patio overlooking beautiful views, your own hammock on the patio and yes, another JACUZZI TUB ON THE BALCONY !! AMAZING PLACE!! Only stayed one night, but would recommend at least two there. Arenal Nayara is a beautiful hotel, really nice room, but after coming from the Peace Lodge, the room was just missing that bathroom that the Peace Lodge had. The pool there was nice, but after spending time at Tabacon and the Springs Resort, I enjoyed their pools better. I get bored easily and cant sit still much, so the Arenal was a little too quiet for me. They could have used a live band at the pool, or something else to do there other than the wine bar which I'm not big on anyway. We did enjoy our stay there, its just a little too quite for me. We only saw the Tabacon one night and didn't see it in the day time, but from what we saw at the Springs resort, i would recommend it for a couple that's lively and likes lots of choices for pools, slides, food, etc. Since Nayara only had one pool, it didn't give us much choices where to go or what to do if we stayed on site. On a positive note, we were so busy with adventures, the lack of things to do at Nayara, didn't matter anyway. From the ATV tour, which was SO MUCH FUN !!! to the Rafting (Rio Toro) which was an AMAZING EXPERIENCE ! to the ziplining (Arenal Mundo Aventura) which was EXHILARATING! Im really glad we added the rappelling to the adventure, as it was fun experience going down, and CRAZY HARD, but fun trying to climb that ladder back up. Basicly it was like you see in the movies where they throw a ladder rope out of a helicopter and you have to climb up it. only difference is that you dont have to worry about the rope spinning in circles, but you do have the rocks its bouncing off of to get by. We would both do it again, but if your not in real good shape, good luck! lol - Donkeys to finish it off were great ! As for the Dietary concerns, most if not all people at both hotels didnt really seem to know about Celiac disease, or my wheat/gluten concerns, but sticking with chicken, rice and beans worked out well so it wasnt a big deal. Thank you again! John Anthony

Stephenson Vacation – June 2011

"White water rafting was amazing."
Arrival: 06-05-2011 Departure: 06-11-2011
White water rafting (Exploradores Outdoors) was amazing. The tour guides were fun and safety minded. The zip lining group was the best ever. The last time we went we signed up at the hotel for zip lining (Arenal Mundo Aventura) but they were in no way as professional or was the actual canopy lines as long, as many and as high. We enjoyed the Springs Resort and Spa. They did not have the buffet that night but the dinner was very good. Oh and all of the drivers were very friendly and helpful. Both of the hotels in Arenal (Arenal Springs and Mountain Paradise) were lovely. Not sure I would change anything there. Oxygen was great but it was a long drive there and the driver spoke very little English. I asked him a couple of times if he was sure he was taking us to the right place. The service and the food at the Oxygen was great. The hike we took Friday afternoon turned out really well too. Saturday was a long day with the trip back to San Jose. Might have been worth it to fly back to San Jose, depending on cost. All in all it was a really great vacation. I really appreciate you taking care of everything like you did.

Zolotoff Family Vacation – June 2011

"We had a great time."
Arrival: 06-02-2011 Departure: 06-08-2011
Hi Lynn, we had a great time, and the rooms were perfect at both hotels (Mountain Paradise and La Posado Jungle Villas). Thank you so much for booking such a memorable trip :)

Shaw and Luu Honeymoon – May 2011

"The hero of our honeymoon."
Arrival: 05-30-2011 Departure: 06-03-2011
Lynn at My Costa Rica Link was the hero of our honeymoon. After being delayed in the Miami airport almost 12 hours, with one call My Costa Rica Link rescheduled our first two days of tours and drivers which involved 3 vendors. They were fully confirmed and pre-paid, so we were very worried we would lose a lot of money. Lynn told the hotels that we would be arriving much later than first expected, and verified that our scheduled driver for the second leg of the trip could leave later. Upon arrival, My Costa Rica Link watched our flight delay. The My Costa Rica Link driver was there waiting for us when we finally got in at 11pm, 12 hours later than expected. He gave us a welcome bag (a nice touch), pointed out interesting parts of San Jose and stopped at a convenience store for us when requested. Thanks Lynn & My Costa Rica Link!

Adams and Howard Wedding – May 2011

"Everything was awesome."
Arrival: 05-25-2011 Departure: 06-01-2011
Everything was awesome. Gran Hotel Costa Rica was a very nice hotel, and we all enjoyed it thoroughly. Having transportation arranged was also very nice. It made it easy to move all of those people. The hotel in Jaco - Club del Mar was amazing. The rooms were ultra nice, and the beach was great! Thanks for working with us too: everything worked out better than I could have hoped for. We will be using MyCostaRica again. Thanks for everything. Chris Howard

Peterson Vacation – May 2011

"It was perfect."
Arrival: 05-18-2011 Departure: 05-19-2011
We are back from Costa Rica. We had a great time at the Blue River Resort... It was perfect. We loved the Blue River Resort! Steve

Beck Vacation – May 2011

"We can't wait to go through MyCostaRica for more adventures next time."
Arrival: 05-08-2011 Departure: 06-04-2011
I highly recommend MyCostaRica - Lynn is very knowledgeable about the area and always available for questions and/or to contact re: last minute travel changes (which was very reassuring)! All of our tour guides and transportation operators were very friendly and timely. They were very flexible to our needs - Orlando from Gray Line even stopped for an impromptu photo opp on the way back from the tour! Tubing down the river was a highlight of the trip (One Day Costa Rica Adventure Tour) , and we can't wait to go through MyCostaRica for more adventures next time we come back to Costa Rica (which hopefully will be sooner than later)!

Cotter and Quinn Wedding – May 2011

"All in all the trip went well and our wedding was a big success."
Arrival: 04-30-2011 Departure: 05-06-2011
The wedding went off really well. Thanks for all your efforts to coordinating things. Like we spoke briefly about, the guide at the beginning of the trip (Manuel) was great. He helped us get breakfast and coordinate things for the rest of the day. Our driver, I can't remember his name, was wonderful as well. He took us for a great lunch and added the crocodile bridge as a quick stop. The whole group loved the trip to Naucuya Waterfalls. It was done with great professionalism and even those with out horse experience loved it. It was long enough for us to get comfortable with the horses but not get bored. We had great breaks in the ride with two meals and the waterfalls. At the falls, the guides helped us dive off of it after climbing up with their assistance. They were great and this will likely be the highlight of many of the guests trips. If it's not already on your list of recommended tours, it should be. All of the other trips (Zipline, Rainmaker, Catamaran) went great. The operators arrived promptly and the events were a big hit with the group. The zipline group was great, as was the Catamaran. The Rainmaker event was fun too but not as impressive as the others. This tour would be a bigger hit for nature lovers as opposed to thrill seekers. Some of our group loved Rainmaker, some only enjoyed it. The driver on the way back to San Jose was nice too. We had spoken with our driver coming on Monday about changing times for pickup to 1 pm since it turned out we had to check out earlier then anticipated. All in all the trip went well and our wedding was a big success. Thank you again for your help in making things happen. Kim and I are still here in Costa Rica, returning on Sunday. If you have any questions I'll be available next week. Thanks again, Brian

Simpson Vacation – April 2011

"Thanks again for all of your help during our stay in Costa Rica."
Arrival: 04-06-2011 Departure: 04-12-2011
Thanks again for all of your help during our stay in Costa Rica. I really appreciated your prompt assistance in arranging our travel between locations in beautiful Costa Rica. The travel companies were reliable and punctual. The vans were clean and comfortable and the drivers were very professional and accommodating. It really made our visit much smoother and I will recommend My Costa Rica to friends if they have the good fortune of visiting Costa Rica. Best, Ewurabena

Hogan Family Vacation – April 2011

"It was absolutely fantastic."
Arrival: 04-05-2011 Departure: 04-10-2011
Thank you so much for all your work on our vacation to Costa Rica. It was absolutely fantastic. Our favorite place was the Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens. That was is absolutely awesome. The casitas were fantastic. We all absolutely loved that place. I have been telling everyone how much we wished we had stayed there longer. The individual casitas were so comfortable and relaxing. Immediately off the back balcony is the rain forest (with no bugs, I might add!!) The volcano is in the background making the view breathtaking. The weather was even perfect. Our favorite adventure was the zip line and canopy tour. We all loved it. The guides were so helpful and enjoyable to be with. It was nice that only our family was there except for the photographer that took pictutes for us. We wouldn't have had any photos if he hadn't gone along. We were very grateful for that. Our three year old grandson loved the zip lines. The guides took very good care of him. He was required to ride with one of them and he loved it. I think he was a little nervous at first but not for long. The scenery is unlike anything we've ever seen before! We've been to rainforests in Hawaii and Australia and this was the most beautiful, by far. The catamaran adventure was very relaxing and enjoyable. It rained most of the time so we didn't see much but the crew was wonderful and we enjoyed the fact that there were probably only about twenty people on the huge catamaran! That made it so nice. I think we would all agree that the wildlife preserve tour was our least favorite thing we did. It just a bit disappointing and a small reserve of animals. When we arrived at the La Mansion in Manuel Antonio our rooms had a strong paint smell. We thought it would pass once we opened our patio doors but after a while it didn't so I called and requested different rooms. The staff called back after a few minutes and graciously moved us to the Penthouse Suites!! It was awesome!! Thanks again for everything! Diane Hogan and family

Vetter Family Vacation – March 2011

"We found Costa Rica to be a lush and stunningly beautiful tropical paradise."
Arrival: 03-27-2011 Departure: 04-03-2011
Sorry it's taken me awhile to get back with you. It was a little challenging coming back to reality this week! So here goes, our trip in a nutshell: We found Costa Rica to be a lush and stunningly beautiful tropical paradise. We were truly able to relax and enjoy our trip, thanks to the careful and precise planning by our "My Costa Rica" representatives. From the exciting white water rafting trip, to the thrilling canopy tour in Arenal, to watching monkeys frolic in the trees in Manuel Antonio, it was a wonderful experience that we will never forget. We hope to return to this gorgeous land again very soon! The Vetter Family, Sarah & Matt, Katy & Ian St. Charles, Illinois

Lloyd Vacation – March 2011

"WOW...what an incredible vacation you put together for us!"
Arrival: 03-27-2011 Departure: 04-02-2011
WOW...what an incredible vacation you put together for us! We loved it...thanks so very much. Our tour guides, drivers, hotel personnel, etc. were exceptional and we felt very comfortable at all times. Use us for references anytime. :-) I do have a little input for you...per your request... The Arenal Parisio was a little "rugged" (erratic air, no fans whatsoever, not real clean, etc.,) for us, but nothing that hampered our time there. Loved the Costa Verde! Again, thanks for all your hard work...good memories forever. Take care, Merry and Ron Lloyd

Abner Panama Vacation – March 2011

"Definitely planning to return."
Arrival: 03-26-2011 Departure: 04-02-2011
In general we preferred Panama to Costa Rica primarily because it is not overly tourist-ridden. The country is more simplistic now (although we saw that much development is going on). I also think for the money that you get more in Panama. All the transportation arrangements were perfect. All drivers on-time and nice. Theo and Christopher were wonderful. In terms of accommodations, the only thing I might do differently is select a hotel in Panama City that is more at the Pacific Ocean. Finisterre was excellent in terms of the room (very large for the price) and clean with good service, but the location was right in the midst of heavy traffic. The pool area was nice enough--I don't believe that the spa was open so that might be an issue for some. I would suggest that you send people to the Hotel Gamboa for a least one night if they plan to see the Canal. We spent the day in that area and the resort there seems good if one wants to see some animals, do a few boat trips and of course the canal tour--which is a must!! We wish that we had stayed at Gamboa the one night instead of Finisterre. The travel to Chiriqui was well worth it. We fully enjoyed out stay at Cala Mia. We wanted quiet and peace and that is what we had. The food was splendid and the staff attentive. The only disappoint was that there was no proper yoga instructor or wellness facilities as noted on the website. The massage service was decent--but not special. The accommodations were lovely--no issues. You should let people know that at night the jungle animals and insects are very loud. We chose to sleep with our balcony door open (with the screen) and it was wild at night. We also did a spectacular horseback riding trip for 2 hours. Please warn please to wear boots if possible and use heavy dose of repellent. The sand flies or some insect devoured our ankles and calves--though we were wearing long pants. The hotel Buenadventura is beautiful and a great way to end the trip for us. It was very quiet--not many guests and just seemed heavenly. Again for the price, I think it's a great option. You should note that there is much construction going on in that part of the country so I envision many other beach resorts and residential facilities will be there soon. The hotel property is large and wonderful--we especially liked the beach resort. One draw back--for a hotel of two years, the pools were a bit worn and many tiles missing. I found that odd. Definitely planning to return and would want to spend at least a day/night in the city to visit the causeway and some of the other goings on in town. Thanks again. Pam

Wiegele Family Vacation – March 2011

"We had a great time."
Arrival: 03-18-2011 Departure: 03-25-2011
We had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed our activities and accommodations. Everyone was very helpful and friendly. Abel, our driver from San Jose to Costa Verde was so gracious and stopped many times to break up the trip and offer mini highlights. Casa Conde was a lovely quiet hotel with great outdoor plantings offering our group a chance to see bananas, coffee, and other interesting native plants. Our breakfasts were great, especially for our always hungry 14 year old boy, Jack. Our accommodations at Coste Verde were everything we expected in terms of environment and general comfort. We got a packet of coffee every day, which was nice, but there wasn't so much as salt and pepper to allow us to prepare a home cooked meal. I never paid less than $70 for lunch for us five. We loved our swimming pool and the monkeys who joined us there. It was clean and secluded and so close to our cottage! We got some great pictures, even underwater movies! It was good that we started with the tour of Manuel Antonio Park. We learned a lot and it provided a good base for the rest of our adventures: (1) The white water rafting was totally awesome. Our guides were both excellent guides and knew how to make it fun for all of us from the oldest (me at 76) to the youngest (Elise at 8). Their use of English directions was helpful and polite and they had great senses of humor. We particularly liked that we were not part of a humungous group. Rather, it almost seemed like we had the river to ourselves, even though there were other rafters and kayakers. (2) When the guide hooked me into my harness for zip lining I said "Remember-- I am old, deaf, and left-handed!" and they were very watchful for me without making me feel feeble. I'm glad I didn't back out at the last minute (which was definitely on my mind!). We felt both safe and adventurous. I can hardly wait to tell my book group all about it! (3) The catamaran/dolphin spotting/snorkeling adventure was not up to what we expected. The group was larger than I expected (over 50 people, and the captain said the boat accommodated 100+ so we were lucky not to be so crowded!). We did get to see dolphins, which our group enjoyed. When we anchored for snorkeling we were bunched up with other boats so there were at least 100 snorkelers competing for water space and underwater sights. If I were a fish, I would have gotten out of there fast, it was so busy and crowded. I never saw a single fish through the murky water. The lunch they served was very tasty and abundant. Oddly, there was free hard liquor but you had to pay for beer and pop. I guess in my final analysis I would say we had a great adventure overall. We even got to see wonderful flora and fauna, even an anteater (tamandua?) our last night! (Also a 6-inch brown shiny scorpion in our cottage--that freaked us out but will make a great story!) Overall, we loved the country and its friendly people, we feel great that we got to do such adventurous things, and it truly was an experience of a lifetime! Thanks again for your help in setting this up. Mary

Bradbury Family Vacation – March 2011

"We could not have asked for a better first experience in the country."
Arrival: 03-14-2011 Departure: 03-23-2011
It was quite nice to exit the airport and see a sign with our name on it. Your representative was very brief but I did get all the information I needed before we were whisked away in a van. The van was amazing and the first driver was incredible. He not only took his time getting us to Manuel Antonio he also made sure we saw everything that he finds amazing about the country including his favorite birds in the sky, favorite places to eat, views etc. We could not have asked for a better first experience in the country. His English skills were incredible and he took his time to teach us key Costa Rican phrases and words. Costa Verde was incredible, especially the first room we had the first 2 nights. The second room was adequate but a not as amazing after our first few nights. The walk to Manuel and the beach was a bit more than we expected but after the first day it was easier as we knew where we were going and how easy the busses were to take. When we left Manuel Antonio we had a driver who spoke not a single word of English so I just prayed that we were actually going the right place as he could not ever communicate that to us. The driver from the Nauyaca waterfall horse back tour was amazing. He locked our luggage in his vehicle in his garage when we went on the tour and he went out of his way to ensure we were happy and comfortable. The ride and tour for the day was amazing. I felt like writing home and saying I found heaven. The food, the guides and the breathtaking scenery made the day a trip to remember. When the tour operator drove us to our next hotel he made us feel like family and hoped we would return soon. We even have his contact information to stay in touch. To top it off the last night in Dominical was a room located at Costa Paraiso. We could of spent our entire trip at this property and in this room, it was so beautiful. I appreciated how equipped the kitchens were and If we were there longer I would of brought food for all the meals. The owner/chef of the property made amazing meals and the view was priceless. I was so grateful you found this place for us. We really did not wish to leave the next morning for Arenal. We had a driver who was very punctual. He spoke a little bit of English so I was thankful that I knew where we were going. We were told the drive to Arenal would take about 7 hours without stops...well we did it in 5 hours complete with stops along the way. We just closed our eyes and hoped for the best. He definitely was a confident Indy driver. He did take time to stop at 2 places along the way that he felt we would like. He even told us not to buy at the souvenir store he stopped at for a bathroom break as it was overpriced. Arenal Lodge was alright. It was a bit of a let down after the coast but that is because we went from extreme heat to cool cloud forest. Also, transportation off of our lodge property to anywhere was expensive as we were quite a ways off the beaten path so we felt a little isolated there. I was not aware the volcano was no longer active and I was really hoping to see it. I know we had one of the best hotels for viewing but it has not been active for at least 5 months the locals say. We did take in the nature walk and the guided horse ride on the property and enjoyed those. It took 10 minutes or so to get to the lobby from our room though. We did take time to go the hanging bridges and we really enjoyed that. We also went to skytrek/skytram and the family had a great time zip lining. We had the same driver back to our bed and breakfast we had booked near the airport. The driver was great in waiting for us at the Zoo avenue. I would recommend this as a great start or end to the trip as it is a teaching zoo and it teaches about the wildlife of Costa Rica. We were able to learn about endangerment and rehabilitation. For us, it was a great way to end a trip. Our driver waited 2 hours for us while we went to the zoo so we did tip him well at the end of the day. By the way, we were not sure if we were to tip or not so we did tip all our drivers and bell hops( luggage handlers) well. On flight day we were picked up by the owner of the company who you arranged but he was not aware we were a family of 5 complete with luggage to go along with it so we were a little delayed getting to the airport as he had to call a cab to come assist with us. We made it to the plane 10 minutes before boarding even though we were up at 3:30 am. I did send a video last week about our trip highlights, I hope you received that. Take care and I look forward to hearing about the Dominical hotel Regards Monica Bradbury

Little’s Honeymoon – March 2011

"Our trip was exceptional and exceeded our expectations."
Arrival: 03-13-2011 Departure: 03-20-2011
Our trip was exceptional and exceeded our expectations. Here's a quick synopsis: Day 1: Gran Hotel: When we landed, we had to take a back route (due to highway construction) to the hotel with our driver. For us, this was a little spooky as we passed by some depressing scenes, but I've always said to my wife "the adventure begins when things don't go as planned." This gave us a glimpse of poverty in the city. Gran Hotel is really cool. Awesome architecture and history, good food, and great customer service. Day 2: Exceptional rafting trip (Pacuare Class III-IV). Leaders were safety conscious and full of humor. See attached photo, we are in front. Day 3: Mountain Paradise. Excellent service, facilities, and views. Day 4: Springs Resort Hot Springs with Cat tour. All excellent. Day 5: Manuel Antonio Shuttle: Very long shuttle. We spent afternoon on beach and really enjoyed the weather, scenery, and swimming. Day 6: Horseback Ride: Our guide "Willy" was wonderful. He described animals, plants, history, as we rode. Although we didn't ride to a waterfall (due to low water levels), we helped round up some cattle which was even better! See attached photo, Pam is in foreground. This was a great trip because there were only 7 riders (2 leaders and 5 tourists). Small numbers make a big difference for customer focus. Day 7: Manuel Antonio National Park Tour was fascinating. Sunset Catamaran: Spectacular afternoon and evening. We snorkeled and viewed hundreds of colorful fish. The tour didn't include lunch, but an outstanding dinner at around 5:00 pm. Day 8: Short Domestic flight on Nature Air back to San Jose provided IMAX theatre views of country. We spent the afternoon taking in the Mercado and local architecture. Summary: All shuttle drivers, hotels, and services provided great customer service. Mycostarica did a great job mapping out our route, hotels, shuttles, etc. By providing this travel service, our time and stress associated with planning was significantly reduced. All providers were customer focused and followed through. This was a great introductory trip to an area my wife and I have no experience. We plan on returning for another trip. Thanks, Jason and Pamela Little

Somervill Vacation – March 2011

"I can't begin to tell you what a wonderful time we had!"
Arrival: 03-12-2011 Departure: 03-18-2011
I can't begin to tell you what a wonderful time we had! It's unbelievable how everything went like clockwork starting with being greeted immediately after retrieving our luggage. Our driver was very friendly and accompanied me through check in at our hotel (because it was very late and the desk attendant was a little limited in speaking English). That was very helpful. Our pool side room was very nice. We had the "All inclusive" plan which we really enjoyed. I would definitely recommend The Flamingo Beach Resort to anyone. The beach is beautiful &the pool is very nice. It has a swim up bar that makes all sorts of tropical drinks. (We were particularly partial to their margaritas.) The meals were good. They always had a changing buffet for breakfast,lunch & dinner. I usually opted to order from the menu. The menu included many varieties of seafood,which I usually ordered for dinner. Remember, I'm from Iowa where fresh seafood is always a treat. Sorry, you just asked for a brief paragraph. O.K. The first tour you arranged was probably my favorite. That was an all Palo Verde day boat tour on the river into the rain forest. The guide was great. We saw a variety of beautiful birds, crocodiles, iguanas, white faced monkeys, howler monkeys,to name a few. It happened to be a fun group,too. The sunset snorkel & cruise was a whole lot of fun. What really made it fun was the lively group of college kids on Spring Break.The tour guides (sailing crew, bartenders &staff) prepared a very good lunch. Again,My Costa Rica, should recommend this one as well. Our last day, with the "Safari" was, O.K. but not quite what we anticipated. It was low key, and more like a spread out zoo. It did have some unusual animals, but not that many. I WOULD recommend it to families with kids, or grandchildren. The Hilton Garden Inn at the Liberia Airport is a nice hotel. Our flight attendants told us that they stay there all the time. It sure is convenient being 5 minutes to the airport. My Costa Rica, meaning You,Lynn, could not have done a better job assembling a perfect vacation for us. John & I both appreciated the meticulous planning and time you put in for us. I am absolutely referring "My Costa Rica" to family and friends. Thank you again for everything! Sincerely, Darcy Somervill

Patel Group Vacation – March 2011

"It was a great trip."
Arrival: 03-12-2011 Departure: 03-21-2011
It was a great trip. We enjoyed everyday. The planning was very well done. Mallo was a very good guide and great human being. Very loving and caring person. I enjoyed my Birthday cake and birthday very much. They sang a bithday song in spanish in Panama for me. It willl be a memorable trip. I will send you picutres and write up letter on. Thanks. Raksha Patel

Kinkhabwala Vacation – March 2012

"We highly recommend them"
Arrival: 03-12-2011 Departure: 03-20-2011

Smith Family Vacation – March 2011

"I felt My Costa Rica was a wonderful company to work for."
Arrival: 03-11-2011 Departure: 03-19-2011
Thank you for the follow up. I felt My Costa Rica was a wonderful company to work for. You guys were so knowledgeable and friendly. Also, you were on top of everything and found out about the hot springs being closed before they got down there. I called and each time the drivers were waiting and on time. Lynn, you are so professional and on top of everything. I will highly recommend to any other agents that have clients going to Costa Ricato use your company to help with tours, transfers and hotels. I thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication to my clients, the Smith family. Cheers, Ginnie Mathews Echelon Experiences

Smith Family Vacation – March 2011

"It was a wonderful family trip!"
Arrival: 03-11-2011 Departure: 03-19-2011
A BIG thanks to both of you for doing such a fantastic job organizing our family trip to Costa Rica. From the beginning you both were so supportive and informative of things to do and see in Costa Rica. We were greeted by our friendly driver, Carlos, at the San Jose Airport. He and Leila were our guides; Leila can speak Spanish quite well and Carlos was eager to teach her! He took us on our first trek to our hotel in the Arenal Volcano region. He stopped anytime we needed to take a break to stretch our legs, use a restroom, or enjoy the beautiful scenery. One stop was a beautiful park below an old church in a quaint town. The bushes there are expertly trimmed into animals and other shapes. I've no idea where we where! Lost Iguana Resort is in a beautiful location; each room having a view of the volcano. The landscape is very lush and green; probably due to the light rain we had daily. We enjoyed watching the variety of birds flying around off our balcony. The restaurant is open air; also with a view of the volcano. We enjoyed our meals there and the staff were very friendly. We especially liked Jhonny; he was quite young and a bit shy. We think he took a liking to our daughter, Megan! Our first adventure was white water rafting! Lynn had called us in the morning letting us know that the trip we had signed up for had been cancelled but offered us another tour. She had indicated it would be Class II and III's. I had never been rafting before and our daughter, Megan, had a bum shoulder so this worked out just fine for us! We all had so much fun! Leila fell out of the raft and our guide, Esteban, was right there to grab here! The following day was our Canopy Combination Adventure. The driver was waiting for us in the lobby after a quick breakfast and off we go! We were instructed on how to go down the cables and given our equipment. From there, we took a tractor ride up the hill. Then it was time for the climb UP hill! It was a long and steep hill and I had a hard time going up (I'm not in the best shape!). The guides stayed behind with me to encourage me up the hill. One of them ran up to get me a "cerveza"; and came back with fresh water!! Anyways, I finally made it and thoroughly enjoyed the cable rides downhill. What a thrill; I felt like I could fly! After zip lining, we were greeted by native Costa Ricans to learn about their culture. They say "hello" by saying "COPI, COPI", and knocking your shoulders with a fist! It's hard to believe people still live so primitive in this day and age. Then we jumped on our horses for a leisure walk down the hill back to the beginning. I think this tour was MY favorite. We all entrusted our lives to our great guides Ricky (the photographer), Marcos and Robin Hood! That evening we enjoyed the Tabacon Hot Springs. The water is heated by the Volcano and the higher you go up, the hotter the water gets! The picture I'm sending is a bit blurry; I think because it's misty and humid at night. We loved the hot springs warming our sore bones and bodies after two days of rigorous adventures! The dinner was a buffet and very appetizing. We all slept good that night! It was hard for us to leave Lost Iguana; such a beautiful place to stay. But off we went; and who was there to greet us for our travel, Carlos! This time he stopped at a waterfall he frequents with his girlfriend. It was a small hike down and what a sight to see! We didn't take a swim but other vacationers were there enjoying the refreshing water. The girls bought coconuts to drink the coconut milk and enjoy the fresh coconut. Paradisus Playa Conchal was awaiting us! What a beautiful resort on the coastline. We saw a family of coatis run by us and iguanas of all shapes and sizes. Our rooms were adjoining so we could all be together. All the restaurants were delicious; it was best to make reservations in the morning or you'd be stuck eating at the Buffet for dinner. The staff and service there was excellent too! Our deep sea fishing adventure was the next day. Unfortunately, no fish were caught, not even a bite! We did enjoy seeing a couple humpback whales, tortoises sunning on the surface, and many dolphins swimming in our surf! Leila got seasick; Megan got bored; the boys smoked cigars while I enjoyed just being out on the ocean! The Captain did say it was the wrong time of year for fishing; so maybe next time we'll have better luck. We spent the last few days enjoying the all-inclusive resort. The boys enjoyed a half day of golf while the ladies got pampered at the Spa. We also went on the little hobie in the ocean, took walks on the beach, and spent lots of time around the pool, sunbathing, drinking tasty cocktails and enjoying time together. I think our only downfall was the trek home. The charter flight wasn't there in Tamarindo and, at first, we thought we'd have a huge layover in San Salvador. We were able to change our flight with TACA once we checked in at San Jose. They even gave us a voucher for lunch at a nearby Denny's. After lunch, there was a casino next door so we used up the rest of our "colones." All in all, it was a wonderful family trip! Lynn, you were ALWAYS there when we needed you so, a BIG THANK YOU! And Ginnie, thanks for checking in daily on our travels. I appreciate all you both did to make this family trip possible! PURA VIDA! Hope, Randy, Daniel, Leila and Megan Smith

Galligan Vacation – March 2011

"You made it a great trip for us!"
Arrival: 03-11-2011 Departure: 03-18-2011
We had a lovely trip to Costa Rica and really enjoyed working with your agency. I think that the biggest help for us was the transportation to and from the hotels and activities Everyone was timely and having a driver really helped us. I will forward you some pictures of us shortly. We particularly liked the Tamarindo Diria Hotel and loved being right on the water! The hotel was very clean and the food was great! The girls also really loved the zip line tour. I also really enjoyed the sunset cruise. Thanks again for planning the trip for us. I have already recommended your services to many of my friends and family. You made it a great trip for us! All the best, Kelly

Fuchs Vacation – March 2011

"Our trip was absolutely wonderful!"
Arrival: 03-04-2011 Departure: 03-12-2011
Our trip to Costa Rica was absolutely amazing, thanks to you! The itinerary that you formulated was extremely organized and provided us the opportunity to explore many of the wonders Costa Rica has to offer. Your plan of "every other day adventure" allowed us to not only stay active but also gave us time to relax by our hotel beach/pool. The private drivers were all extremely prompt, energetic, and enthusiastic in showing us the indigenous sights of the region along with the best local food in town. The Tortuga Island cruise, the private Manuel Antonio National Park tour, amazing white water rafting (Rio Savegre) , horseback riding to the beautiful waterfalls of Arenal, and canopying (Canopy Combination Adventure) over Arenal with views of the Volcano were all without a doubt must-do's when visiting Costa Rica. Thanks to your services, we were able to see and do much more then we ever imagined. Thank you again Lynn for your help, our trip was absolutely wonderful! All the best, Alexis and Matt

International Marketing Systems Vacation – March 2011

"We look forward to returning to Costa Rica."
Arrival: 03-03-2011 Departure: 03-12-2011
First of all, I want to say thank you for your patience with my group. They are very demanding but their demands were handled in the best way possible. What I valued the most with My Costa Rica was no communication barrier. The hotels (Real Intercontinental and Holiday Inn) that were chosen for the group were very nice and secure and in the area where I needed them to be. I know that we had some issues with transportation but those issues were never a deal breaker – it was due to time changes on our part. I appreciate everything that you have done for us and when we return (probably in May) I will definitely give My Costa Rica our business. Having to work with you took a big burden off of my shoulders in trying to secure hotels and transportation from the U.S. – I don’t think I could have handled that on my own – due to language barriers. Thank you once again for your patience and we look forward to returning to Costa Rica – maybe I’ll even make the trip one time.

Wilkins Vacation – February 2011

"Thank you for all your work on the arrangements."
Arrival: 02-24-2011 Departure: 03-03-2011
Thank you for all your work on the arrangements. Howard was happy with the two rounds of golf that he played but was disappointed that he was unable to play more. He enjoyed the Hacienda Pinella Golf Course and the Reserva Conchal, as well as the Cariari Country Club. Bahia Del Sol was a great place for good food and the beach as well as the attractions of nature but somewhat isolated. The staff was very accommodating. We enjoyed the Sunset Catamaran Cruise. The Arenal volcano was mostly visible when we arrived and very impressive, but somehow I did not understand that the trip consisted mostly of the baths (four hours) so sat around the pool most of the time. The food at the Tabacon Resort there was delicious. The return bus trip from Potrero was six hours and a long trip (the closure of the main highway probably made the trip longer). I know that you offered air travel both ways. Best, Marcia Wilkins

Gordon Family Vacation – February 2011

"The trip was fabulous and the logistics/organization were flawless."
Arrival: 02-17-2011 Departure: 02-28-2011
Thanks for everything! The trip was fabulous and the logistics/organization were flawless. Special thanks to Lizzie for following up on my lost sombrero and to Mauren and the office for making sure the bag we left with her at the airport got to me at departure. Here are our comments: Monte Azul was by far our favorite hotel. The owners and staff were lovely and all meals were delicious. The casita was perfect. We loved reading or going to sleep to the hum of the river outside. One comment I forgot to mention to Carlos and Randy: since there are no matte curtains, you can see into the rooms from outside which is not good for privacy! Although there are not loads of people wandering around on the property, for example my parents´ casita was at the mouth of the river trail. Both the cheese tour and organic coffee tour were totally worth it. Wilberth the cheese guy and Carlos the coffee guy (and their families) were incredibly charming. It was fascinating to learn about their personal histories and how they have managed to work using sustainable practices. Lost Iguana also stood out. The view of the volcano from the room was stunning and the restaurant had a nice menu with Costa Rican and Peruvian-inspired dishes. Roberto remembers the casado there as being his favorite of the trip. The arroz con pollo/arroz con calamares were also a hit. We LOVEDziplining and river rafting. The guides on the canopy tour were making jokes the whole time which made it more fun. Germán and Jose Pablo of the rafting tour company were great. Because the water levels were low on the Río Toro, we ended up at Sarapiquí, farther out but worth it. The guide at our Mundo Aventura walk (where we saw parrots and toucans!!) was also great. The hot springs in Arenal (at the hotel and springs with Springs in the name - ?) were a little artificial/Disneylandish for our tastes. If we had gone during the day it would have been more noticeable, though. The "jungle cruises" in small boats at Tortuguero were another highlight of the trip. Rey the guide never tired of helping us spot the wildlife. He made our Tortuguero experience. Manatus Hotel was pleasant and the service was excellent. Our least favorite hotel was actually Oxygen Jungle Villas. Although the infinity pool is beautiful and there are birds all around, with its mostly "gringo" staff, Oxygen jungle was a sharp contrast with the rest of the hotels. Coincidentally, most of the clientele were young (late 20s early 30s) American couples. We did like the dinners. Breakfast was nothing special. The rooms afforded a lovely view of the ocean. One comment about the rooms: there was no separate sheet so you are forced to crank up the A/C to avoid sweating under the duvet. The Dutch owners are "buena onda" and they even gave us a ride down to the beach when our taxi didn´t show. The half-day snorkeling tour turned out to just be dolphin and whale watching. We think there was bad visibility preventing snorkeling but that wasn´t well communicated to us. We had been excited to snorkel and not as into dolphin and whale watching. It was hot on the boat and watching the same whale come up every 10-15 minutes got a little monotonous. Roberto and I only went to the Uvita beach at the Marina Ballena National Park so I can´t comment on other beaches there. Walking out on the whale´s tale at low tide was relaxing. Feel free to ask us any questions! Best, court and roberto

Acholonu Honeymoon – February 2011

"We had an AMAZING time!!"
Arrival: 02-15-2011 Departure: 02-26-2011
We had an AMAZING time!! Thank you so much for everything that you did to make our honeymoon absolutely perfect! We have not stopped talking about what a great time we had and a ton of that satisfaction has to do with how well organized you made everything. Costa Rica is a fantastic country because there are so many things to do and there really is something for everyone! From the time that we were greeted at the airport by Maureen to the time that Marco dropped us off at the airport on our way back home, we kept saying how great everything was. We are definitely planning our return trip and plan on bringing back lots of friends with us! Hotel Alta San Jose Our flight into San Jose was fine. We were greeted by lots of smiles and signs bearing our names which was nice! We were quickly taken to our hotel and Maureen pointed out sights on the way there. The Hotel Alta was nice...very authentic. The views were amazing. Maureen recommended that we go to a local restaurant as opposed to the hotel restaurant and that suggestion was perfect! We tried the local beers and had a great typical Tico meal of rice and beans, plantains and chicharrones. Whitewater Rafting Pacuare River Whitewater rafting down the Pacuare river was our favorite experience! The guides were fantastic! Even though we had a near death experience because our side of the boat fell out, it was stil absolutely amazing! We were so impressed at the huge spread the guides did for lunch. We even saw wild pigs at the lunch site which was quite cool! The Mountain Paradise Arenal Volcano The Mountain Paradise was nice. Again, the people were great and the room was beautiful. I think if (I mean when) we come back, we would like to stay at Tabacon or something like that. I know it's more expensive but our day at The Springs Resort was amazing! We had so much fun sitting in the pool looking at the volcano and that hotel was gorgeous! People kept telling us that we have to go to Tabacon so that's definitely on the agenda for the next trip. Arenal to Manuel Antonio The transportation from Arenal Volcano to Manuel Antonio took about 7 hours. Although the drivers were great, I think we would rather fly if we were going to make that trip again. I think it was longer because they had to stop in Jaco and seeing the countryside was nice but it just made us feel like we missed out on a day but that wasn't too big of a deal. Hotel Mariposa Manuel Antonio The Mariposa Hotel was perfect! It had the best view from the pool which we spent a lot of time in...LOL!! The hotel room was nice and very clean and again, the people were so welcoming. We had great meals but we also ventured out to other local restaurants like Kapi Kapi (that food was amazing!!). The tour of the National Park was great and again, the guides were amazing! We kept saying - how did you see that?! The Catamaran trip was also great! It seemed a little disorganized when we got to the dock but then we realized that they were just waiting to leave at the perfect time so that we could see the sunset on the way back. We saw humpback whales, dolphins and sea turtles! It was fantastic! Oxygen Jungle Villa Uvita Marco (our driver to Uvita and back to the airport) was great! Super nice guy who really tried to show us as much as he could on the ride. The Oxygen Jungle Villas was gorgeous! It was the perfect place to end our honeymoon. It was so relaxing and the owners were so nice and warm. All the hotel staff made us feel so welcome and really tried to get to know us. Also, because there's not a lot of people that stay there at any one time, we got a great chance to talk to and meet people and are even going to visit another couple who live in Cape Cod this summer (we met them by the pool!). The only thing that was a little unnerving were the bugs at the villa. We had seen lots of bugs throughout the trip in our rooms and that didn't bother us but in the villa, we saw a scorpion and that kind of freaked us out! But other than the bugs, that place was again, the perfect place to end! Finally, Marco made our return trip to the airport as enjoyable as he could even though we were sad to go. Even though the main road to San Jose was closed, he made the trip in less than 4 hours. And he even stopped at the Crocodile Beach so we could stop and take pictures. So, Lynn, thank you again for everything! I can't tell you how happy we were with everything! I have already told my friends about your company and like I said, we will be coming back and I will be sure to contact you. I've attached a few pictures and videos. Please let me know if you need any information from me. Thanks again, Rhonda

Isaac Vacation – February 2011

"We are so thankful to have located your company."
Arrival: 02-12-2011 Departure: 02-19-2011
Wonderful to hear from you. We are so thankful to have located your company. Your expertise and professionalism is second to none. We were delighted with all aspects of the portion of our vacation which we left in your hands, you did a wonderful job organizing everything on our behalf. We will most definitely book again with you the next time we visit CR to visit the Caribbean side. This winter we are heading to Cuba (we're Canadian so are able to go, the people are incredible!!!) and our 2nd trip in April is to West Bay Beach Roatan, we are avid snorkelers. I have already, and will continue to refer friends to "My Costa Rica", I don't believe they will get better service and results than with your company. In the meantime, all the best to you. Hasta luego Val

Carlberg Vacation – February 2011

"We had a WONDERFUL time!"
Arrival: 02-12-2011 Departure: 02-20-2011
We had a WONDERFUL time! Both El Remanso and Oxygen Jungle Villas were great places to stay and different in many ways which made the vacation more "robust." I would recommend either resort, although it would depend on what someone wanted to do when they are in Costa Rica as these 2 places are so very different. I will also recommend My Costa Rica to many friends and family that now have an interest in going there after us explaining to them the great time we had. There was only one small mixup with the Classic Cabin being changed in the last few days (from a Deluxe Cabin) at El Remanso, but other than that everything you had planned for us was right on schedule and exactly how you had described it. Unforunately we did not catch a single fish when we went fishing, but the crew tried very hard to get us something and we had fun even still. I am convinced Marcos is the greatest Taxi driver in the entire world. We were 2 and a half hours late back from fishing all day and HE WAITED FOR US! I tried to give him a larger tip when he got us back to our hotel (after appologizing for our extreme tardiness) and he refused and was very nice about it. Thanks again for planning our getaway and I hope to send you more business.

Isaac Vacation – February 2011

"Everything was absolutely wonderful."
Arrival: 02-12-2011 Departure: 02-19-2011
We just returned home late yesterday from our AMAZING trip to Costa Rica. We can’t thank you enough, everything was absolutely wonderful. From the time we arrived at the airport in San Jose things we’re in place just as you mentioned they would be. A representative from CanaTours was there to greet us and gave us our stickers. Mauren and the driver met us outside and drove us to The Hotel Alta where Mauren went over the vouchers and gave us our My Costa Rica bag… by the way thanks for the maraca. The Pacuare River Raftingwas my ultimate favourite adventure. Danny, our guide, and the two other couples in our raft made this adventure tops. It rained on and off which made it even more fun… we had a blast! Much to everyone’s surprise, after rafting in front of the change room area, something in a tree above me caught my eye and as I looked up I was amazed to see a Sloth in the tree. Everyone gathered around to take pictures. This was the only Sloth we had seen during our two week visit in Costa Rica so I was very pleased I had taken pictures of him/her. Upon arrival in La Fortuna the taxi was waiting and within 15- 20 minutes we had arrived at the Lost Iguana Hotel which was wonderful. The staff was very friendly and quickly offered us refreshments after our long trip from Siquirres. Our stay there was wonderful. The Zip lining (Canopy Combination Adventure) the next morning was absolutely Funtastic!!! Jonathan, Harrison, Marco and the crew were entertaining to say the least. What a hilariously fun, not to mention exhilarating way to spend the day. We could have stayed all day! We had a great time with them. If we were to do anything different while staying at the Lost Iguana, we would have to say we would have dropped the Arenal Volcano Observation Hike. The reason for this is we only arrived back at the Lost Iguana at 3:25pm after zip lining which only gave us 5 minutes to run up that very steep hill to our room to wipe the grease from our faces and quickly change clothes prior to the driver arriving for us at 3:30pm to take us to the Arenal Volcano Observatory. We informed the person at reception to tell our driver we would likely be several minutes late for which he graciously waited for us. Although the hike was nice and the guide very funny and informative, with the sun setting and the weather in the area not being particularly co-operative (rain and heavy overcast) it was hard to see the volcano. After a day of hiking up 10 zip lining platforms, dinner and the Tabacon Hot Springs would have been perfect. OMG Lynn…the drivers in Costa Rica are totally INSANE!!!! The drive from La Fortuna to Manuel Antonio was long but oh so worth it in the end. La Mansion Inn was perfect. Our room was on the second story of the hotel with the most amazing view of the beach and Manuel Antonio National Park. We had only been there all of 5 minutes when a troop of White faced Capuchin monkeys decided to pay us a visit. From across the street this family of monkeys started their way over tree branches, roof tops and electrical lines to get to our balcony to introduce themselves. The male head of the family who was badly cut up, seemed to think Craig was a threat and proceeded to grab two branches from the tree which was no less than 4 feet away from us and began shaking them all the while baring his teeth. It was quite a site and I’ll tell you I’ve never opened a balcony door quicker in my life!!! it was hilarious. After settling into our hotel room we made our way up to the strip and the Aqua Azul restaurant for several Imperial cerveza’s and tapas, the view was simply spectacular. We walked the strip, found our way to the local grocery store and on our way back made reservations for later that night at an amazing restaurant called Victoria’s Gourmet Italian Restaurant. What a wonderful way to end an amazing day. The next morning we had breakfast on the terrace overlooking the beach, met an Iguana who enjoyed boiled potatoes and papaya and who from then on greeted us daily at our breakfast table. The next morning we didn’t want to leave. Octavio, Pamela and the rest of the staff at La Mansion Inn were so great. Bernie, one of the hotel shuttle drivers stopped along side of the road when he noticed the strap on my husband’s sandal had broke. Bernie drove us to a shoe store in Quepos so Craig could by himself a new pair of sandals. We decided to stay in Quepos to do some souvenir shopping and Bernie came back for us an hour later and drove us back to the hotel. While driving in Quepos he noticed his wife and daughter walking and asked if we would mind if he stopped for a second to say hello. He was so proud to introduce his family to us. Manuel Antonio and the people captured our hearts. As always, in the morning our driver was there on time to bring us to Quepos Airport for our Nature Air flight to the Osa Peninsula for the second stretch of our Costa Rican experience. Lynn, we will be sure to give out your contact information to everyone we know going to Costa Rica, and to those of our friends who may be undecided as to where they should go on vacation. Again thank you so very much for making our first experience in Costa Rica and amazing one. There are so many places in Costa Rica we still want to visit like Montezuma and other areas of the Nicoya Peninsula, as well as Puerto Viejo and the Caribbean coast. We will be certain to get in contact with you again when the time comes to planning those trips. Pura Vida, Val & Craig Isaac

Valery & Craig Isaac Vacation – February 2011

"Thanks for the best vacation memories ever."
Arrival: 02-12-2011 Departure: 02-19-2011
Ha ha... trust me, my husband Craig and I talk about it all the time. We would love to go back and visit Puerto Viejo and this time and the Caribbean side. Lynn arranged our first vacation there in Feb. 2010 or was it 2011. From the pick up at the airport to our arrival at the Alto Hotel, the white water rafting the next morning at the Pacuare River, the guides were hysterical, OMG did we ever laugh, then off to La Fortuna and the lost Iguana Hotel with the most intricately carved room doors I have ever seen in my life. The place was simply magical but those hills were killer steep. Next day we went zip lining over the waterfall where Jurassic Park was filmed (hubby watches too many movies too 😉) how much fun was that??? And later that night a hike and the Arenal park. Next day to ourselves to see the sites of La Fortuna and dinner at Tabacon Springs and of course some refreshing thermal water lounging and swimming. Next day we were off to Manuel Antonio and La Mansion Inn for 4 days. Wow, just wow... my husband was in love. ATV'ing, jet skiing, horse back riding and catamaran were all wonderful excursions we enjoyed. Then we had made arrangement to fly out to visit the beautiful Osa Peninsula, Carate for a full week to simply chill out and kick back boy did we ever. I've never seen a beach with no other people on it. We love Costa Rica, had the time of our lives there, even contemplated moving there. We'll definitely be back and definitely be contacting My Costa Rica. Thanks for the best vacation memories ever. We can't say enough good things about Lynn, the company, the places she booked and how seamlessly smooth everything was. We have given your name out to hundreds and our pics on fb are still asked about 6 years later. Cheers, we'll definitely be in touch again. Val and Craig Isaac

Francis-Ferguson Family Vacation – February 2011

"Had such an amazing vacation."
Arrival: 02-07-2011 Departure: 02-21-2011
Had such an amazing vacation and now back to cold, hard reality. Thanks again for arranging such a fantastic vacation. We thoroughly enjoyed each destination (Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde and Manuel Antonio) on the itinerary. All transfers and reservations were flawless! Kids really enjoyed themselves and we feel it was well worth it to pull them from school for the two weeks. Judith.

Martin and Billstein Vacation – February 2011

"What a uniquely beautiful, almost spiritual, place."
Arrival: 02-06-2011 Departure: 02-17-2011
First of all, thanks for your patience and help in planning our trip. It was nothing short of a fabulous adventure and left us both wanting more...... especially of Monte Azul. What a uniquely beautiful, almost spiritual, place. I actually cried when it was time to leave. Had it not been for friends & family back home, we could have stayed there forever. We made lasting friends due to the intimate, personal atmosphere. Thanks especially for adding that to our itinerary. Our drivers were all wonderful, communicating as well as they could with us. We had one hiccup when the driver taking us back to San Jose at the end of the trip showed up an hour early. I felt badly for him as he waited for us to eat lunch, which had already been prepared for us, then finish getting ready. He was pleasant about the mix up however. For the most part, it was magical and we again thank you for all your efforts. I will send pictures as we sort through them. Sharon & Mick

Kneedler Vacation – February 2011

"You did a great job and I would highly recommend My Costa Rica to my friends."
Arrival: 02-05-2011 Departure: 02-11-2011
Excellent, professional tour guides. Punctual (longest we had to wait was 10 minutes) Very knowledgeable, accomodating, and friendly La Mansion & Arenal Nayara were wonderful locations. Clean, well maintained facilities and friendly/helpful staffs. First class facilities. La Mansion - good fruit and tasty drinks. Arenal Nayara had excellent food. Extremely well planned, adventure packed vacation. There is no way we could have planned so much by ourselves. Springs Resort was very nice, but we would have preferred natural hot springs. I think I was more scared with the aggressiveness of the drivers vs. zip lining. I think that is just a fact of Costa Rica. I wish we had another day at Arenal. I probably should have stayed with your original itinerary, but live and learn. Nothing impressive with downtown San Jose, but I am sure, like most cities, that once you get away from downtown, there are all sorts of sights to see. Unfortunately, we found out when we got home that our camera did not save any of the 200 pictures that we shot. Obviously, this was a little bit of a bummer. You did a great job and I would highly recommend My Costa Rica to my friends. Thanks for all your help, Joe and Olga

Burris Vacation – February 2011

"Words cannot express how much we adore Costa Rica."
Arrival: 02-03-2011 Departure: 02-11-2011
Words cannot express how much we adore Costa Rica. The trip was absolutely amazing and we feel so blessed to have experienced all that you planned. Thank you for your expertise and guidance. We are looking forward to scheduling our next adventure with you. The Hotels: The Hotel Alta had amazing views over San Jose and wonderful character. It was a great place to begin our journey. The staff were so warm and the breakfast was delicious. Arenal Nayara was our favorite by far! It was like heaven on earth. The hotel was so warm and inviting and thought of every little detail. We loved the outdoor tub and shower and the food was fantastic! We had a hard time leaving and will be sure to spend more days in that area next time. Oxygen Jungle Villas was a very unique experience. I am very glad we stayed there once, but I think we would like to explore Manuel Antonio perhaps next time due to more wildlife and more activities close by. Oxygen was very relaxing, had an amazing pool and outstanding food! It is a very special place. *** We stopped by Tulemar Bungalows and met the NICEST staff. They gave us a tour and we think we may enjoy that place next time. We'll have to get your thoughts on that. The Tours: The tours you set up were great! The evening volcano hike was nice and we even saw monkeys and toucans. The volcano was only 1/4 out, but we were able to see the entire peak the next day (we felt lucky because we heard February was a hard time to see the whole thing). Tabacon Hot Springs were magnificent and we had a lovely dinner there. Our skin never felt better ;) The ziplining was fun! It rained the entire time, but we thought that put a unique spin on things. We hope to do it in the sunshine next time. We liked the horseback riding and meeting the indigenous people as well. Whitewater rafting was challenging but not scary. The Rio Balsa was gorgeous...it felt like a warm fall day. The guides were so fun and very professional. The pictures they took and sold at the end were amazing and well worth $25! The Whale and Dolphin tour was one of my favorites. The whales and dolphins came so close to the boat and put on quite a show! The snorkeling and swimming at Cano Island was amazing. The water was so warm and clear and we saw all types of fish. Transportation: Always on time and felt safe throughout. The drive from La Fortuna to Uvita was very long, but we saw beautiful countryside. The shuttle was well worth taking the first time visiting Costa Rica. The drivers were so friendly and educational. Marco in Uvita even stopped when he saw wildlife so we could get photos. In General: The food was amazing everywhere. The people were all so warm and friendly. I can understand why so many move down to this country...I would in a heartbeat. We are looking forward to the next visit and are working on a plan on how to be down there for good (or at least 1/2 of the year!). Costa Rica would be special no matter what, but you have made it perfection with your knowledge of "the best of everything". Thank you a million times over for making our dream vacation a reality. We will be recommending your agency to anyone interested in Costa Rica or Panama. As for me, I will be working on coming out of my post vacation depression and looking at our pictures until we can return! Pura Vida, Sara and Austin Burris

Zitko Vacation – January 2011

"We found both the people and the country beautiful."
Arrival: 01-18-2011 Departure: 01-25-2011
Overall, we found both the people and the country beautiful. In most cases, all purveyors of services did everything possible to accommodate our needs and, in some cases exceeded what we expected. Rafiki Safari Lodge Rafiki Lodge was exactly what we were looking for on this trip, (informal, homey, friendly). The owners and staff seemed genuinely concerned that we have a "good" experience. While some might describe the accommodations a bit "rustic", we were delighted with them. The bathroom connected to the safari tent was large and beautiful! The meal choices were not extensive, however the quality and taste were excellent. The rafting trip- Savegre River was a blast! ( I even managed to get dumped once in the rapids). The raft guides were dedicated to giving an exciting but safe experience. Our horse- back trip up the mountain was challenging because the recent rains made the narrow mountain trail muddy, slippery, and a little scary at times. However the horses seemed to know what they were doing and the ultimate view from the top of the mountain was fabulous and worth the ride. The only downside was a sore butt for a few days, but that was to be expected. Oxygen Jungle Villas We found Oxygen Jungle Villas a bit "upscale" for our taste. The property was beautiful, and the owners and staff were pleasant. For a client that is looking for "upscale", Oxygen would probably be perfect. The food was excellent and well prepared. Having said all of that, we did have some issues. The couch ( rattan with thin pad ) in the "setting" area in our quarters was very uncomfortable for sitting and reading. It would have been nice to have at least one cushioned, arm chair for that purpose. Tours Both our Whale Watch/ Snorkeling and Nature Reserve tours were great. Our tour guide on both of them was named "Cesar". He was very competent. Perhaps this was a little more than you asked for. In any event we were pleased with your services and would not hesitate to recommend you and your company. Pura Vida.......Don and Dottie Zitko

Shams Vacation – January 2011

"We had a fantastic time."
Arrival: 01-15-2011 Departure: 01-22-2011
First, I would like to thank you for helping us plan our visit to Costa Rica. We had a fantastic time - what a stunning and spectacularly green & lush country. Costa Ricans are a lucky people indeed, and their pride in their country and knowledge of the abundant wildlife that surrounds them never ceased to amaze us. The transportation and logistics of getting from place to place was seamlessly coordinated. We marveled at how organized and timely all of our transfers were; the taxi drivers were consistently professional, helpful and friendly. Upon our arrival we were met by Mauren, who gave us a warm welcome and provided us with our itinerary; the packet was very useful and functioned as our daily planner. Arenal: The first leg of our trip was Arenal. We enjoyed our stay at the Mountain Paradise hotel. The staff were incredibly helpful and friendly and the grounds were lovely. The canopy adventure was great fun. Our zip lining guides were excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Sadly, we never actually saw the volcano as it was shrouded in clouds during our entire visit and we had quite a bit of rain. It may be worth mentioning to future visitors that they may never actually see the volcano, even during the dry season, and that they should attempt to enjoy the other activities/attractions of the area should this be the case. Rain gear is a must! The highlights of Arenal were zip lining and the hot springs. The Springs Resort was pure luxury. My advise to couples without children is to go later in the day around 5 - 6pm-ish. We arrived at 4:30pm, and there were a lot of screaming children in the pools, but by 6pm they had cleared out and the experience was much more tranquil. Manuel Antonio: Onto Manuel Antonio. We were upgraded to a full ocean view room at La Mariposa upon our arrival. This hotel was my favorite just because of the view from our room and the phenomenal panoramic vistas on the patio where breakfast is served. We really enjoyed our visit to Manuel Antonio National Park. Our guide, Brian was very knowledgeable and we got to see a variety of creatures and critters. The catamaran adventure was a bit disappointing. The trip consisted of very little snorkeling, and the reef wasn't really a reef at all but a large rock with a few variety of fish - not very interesting. The entire trip was punctuated by cheesy 80s music (Ghost Buster's movie theme included) blaring from the speakers. I think I was expecting a smaller boat and more snorkeling in a less touristy setting. We did see dolphins nonetheless, which was exciting. Uvita: The final leg of our journey was to lovely Uvita. The Oxygen Jungle Villas is a truly unique and beautifully designed hotel. The owners were incredibly helpful and accommodating. By the time we arrived in Uvita we had settled into the Costa Rican pace and we spent our days lounging and frolicking on the fantastic beaches along the coast between Dominical and Ojochal. We thoroughly enjoyed our down time. Our vacation to Costa Rica was magical. We thank you for all of your expertise and recommendations and for putting together such a wonderful itinerary for us. We felt very pampered and looked after, which is exactly what we needed. We will definitely be returning to Costa Rica and will certainly recommend your agency to our family and friends. I will be happy to share some of our photos with you. I will send them to you in a separate email once I have downloaded them onto my computer. With heartfelt thanks, Shaadi & Fabio

Loewenstein Family Vacation – January 2011

"We want you thank you for the trip which you set up for us."
Arrival: 01-15-2011 Departure: 01-22-2011
We want you thank you for the trip which you set up for us. The hotels (Hotel Alta, Mountain Paradise and La Mansion) which you selected were beautiful. The activities/tours which you arranged were great. All of the drivers for our various pick-ups were punctual, polite and very cooperative. From the ziplines in Arenal to snorkeling off the catamaran in the Pacific at Manuel Antonio and everything in between, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We wish you and your son continued success with MyCostaRica. Thank you, Regards, Michael

Bernico and Nixon Sportfishing Vacation – January 2011

"We all had a great time."
Arrival: 01-14-2011 Departure: 01-18-2011
We all had a great time and caught lots of fish. as soon as I down load the pictures I will email you back thanks again Georg

Sue Kempf Vacation – January 2011

"Looking forward to booking trip #9 with My Costa Rica!"
Arrival: 01-03-2011 Departure: 01-12-2011

Burnham Vacation – December 2012

"Good food and a place with no stress and few decisions to make."
Arrival: 12-30-2012 Departure: 01-05-2013

Kleinke Vacation – December 2012

"Thanks for a FANTASTIC trip."
Arrival: 12-29-2012 Departure: 01-07-2013
Hey Lynn thanks for a FANTASTIC trip. We absolutely had a great time and NOTHING to complain about. Tours in Arenal and Tamarindo were great, every driver was on time and courteous, Tryp Sabana, Arenal Springs, and Tamarindo Diriá we stayed awesome. As soon as we get caught back up here, James will definitely do a fan review on facebook. Just wanted to says thanks again. Mary p.s. FYI, the driver that picked us up in San Jose to take us to Arenal the first day and the transfer from airports in San Jose our last day was the same driver, Abel. We especially liked him☺

Wang Family Vacation – December 2012

"Our overall experience has been a positive one."
Arrival: 12-27-2012 Departure: 01-03-2013
Our overall experience has been a positive one. Here below please find our detail comments on the trip. 12/27/12 1. Excellent - Airport reception with Mauren 2. Excellent - Transfer from Airport to Hotel, driver assisted me in purchasing SIM card from local store along the way 3. Excellent –Xandari Plantation Inn. Will feel more comfortable if the shower area was not surrounded by clear glass instead. 12/28/12 1. Good – Hanging Bridges Tour due to the weather, it would have been excellent otherwise. 12/29/12 1. Good – The Real Cano Negro Wildlife Refugio Tour. It would be excellent if the Lunch was decent instead of poor quality. 2. Excellent – Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa. Great service, scenery and food. In room Hot tub temperature control will not reach desired level above 84 degree F. Able to see 4/5 of the Volcano view before departure. 12/30/12 1. Fair - Waterfall and Volcano by Horseback. You definitely need water shoes to cross the rocky rapid river, climb the rough & rocky stairs to reach the waterfall. Our feet were in great pain after that portion of the tour. It should be explained to us or mentioned in the tour detail prior to the journey. Horseback ride was good. Do not understand why the word Volcano was mentioned in the tour. 12/31/12 1. Good – Transfer to Rincon de la Vieja. It’s a long ride on the mini-bus with very limited legroom. 2. Fair – Hotel Borinquen Mountain Resort. The approx. 10 km winding and rocky road leading to the hotel is not comfortable at all. Very poor service from the Receptionist who miscommunicated to us about our dinner option that night forced us to confront the manager in order to receive room service instead of the buffet. Great weather – Sunny & clear. 01/01/13 1. Excellent – One Day Costa Rica Adventure Pass. Ziplines, rappelling, rock climbing, Tarzan swings & tubing are all full of fun & adrenalines. Great lunch buffet afterward. Although the $40 picture & CD package is a bit steep only because you need to decide beforehand and not after evaluate the end package. 2. Excellent – Hotel Boringuen Mountain Resort’s Sauna, Mud Bath & Hot Springs amenities. 01/02/13 1. Fair – Mystery Waterfall Tour by ATV. Our guide must wake up on the wrong side the bed that morning but came around after a good heart to heart talk. There were only one Mystery Waterfall on the entire 45 minute trip. We were expecting to see two instead. 01/03/13 1. Excellent – Transfer to Liberia Airport. On time & courteous driver. Lynn, I hope these are helpful in your next bookings for fellow travelers.

Gayle VanGessel Vacation – December 2012

"I really appreciated the documented steps in our itinerary."
Arrival: 12-27-2012 Departure: 01-03-2013

Michael Carno Vacation – December 2012

"Great way to visit a new destination like Costa Rica."
Arrival: 12-25-2012 Departure: 12-31-2012

Hicks Vacation – December 2012

"You guys know what you are doing."
Arrival: 12-24-2012 Departure: 01-01-2013
My family and I vacation routinely. However, this is the first time I've used a travel agent to plan our vacation, and the results could not have been better! Our itinerary fulfilled our every need- from the adventure tours, pick-up times, to dinner reservations, absolutely everything was well-organized and superb. Lynn Bateman did an excellent job answering all of my questions, provided clear instructions about what to expect, and just appeased my worries about traveling in Costa Rica.

Gamble Family Vacation – December 2012

"Costa Rica is a gem of a country."
Arrival: 12-22-2012 Departure: 01-03-2013
Over Christmas and New Year my husband, two teenaged daughters and I visited Costa Rica. Lynn Bateman with My Costa Rica helped us to organize our trip. I have never used a travel agency to arrange a trip, but I am very glad that I did this time. Lynn is a very pleasant and helpful lady who evidently understood through our phone call and several emails what type of people we are and what we were hoping to experience. She asked which areas we anticipated visiting and what type of experience we were seeking and made recommendations from there. The lodges she helped us book were beautiful and allowed us to experience Costa Rica in a way that we felt comfortable with. Costa Rica is a gem of a country. We saw animals up close thanks to the outstanding guides. I read about the chances of seeing caimans in the canals around Tortuguerro, or sloths, or four foot long iguanas, but hardly dared think that we might be so lucky. Indded, a guide who spoke profoundly good english showed them to us from a boat on Christmas Eve. In the Corcovado National Park, we witnessed primary rain forest, which is an experience so special that it is unforgettable for the rest of my life. My teenaged daughters were so smitten by our experience on Christmas morning when we witnessed baby green turtles emerging from their nest and scuttling to the ocean that they forgot about iphones and friends for a long moment. We would not have been able to experience in such an enriched way if we hadn't had the help from Lynn with My Costa Rica. I would do it again the same way without a moment's hesitation. I greatly appreciate their expertise and insight and highly recommend them to travelers.

Family Vacation – December 2012

"We had a fabulous time!"
Arrival: 12-22-2012 Departure: 12-30-2012
We had a fabulous time! Few comments: -All transportation was right on time and very nice. I was really impressed with how punctual they were! All good things to say. (I gave the school supplies to the people who picked us up) -Tamarindo Diria Hotel was wonderful!! we LOVED the hotel! The view was beautiful. Loved the whole town-very Bohemian. Really glad we were there over Manuel Antonio. Ended up doing a little tour in the estuary right there and it was great. Saw lots of monkeys. Did the blue dolphin catamaran. The weather was great the whole time! Kids loved the surfing lessons! -It rained constantly in Arenal. After three days, I had more than enough. Would have left early if I could have. It was cold at night and nothing to do. The hotel was very nice but no de-humidifier so the rooms were damp. Our clothes got soaked the first day and never dried. Was wonderful to get to Tamarindo. Rest of the family didn't mind the weather as much as I did. -The white water rafting was serious class 3. My son was really scared for the first half until it calmed down. (I was nervous too) but the guide was good. I would not recommend that trip for nine year olds unless they are very adventurous. My daughter loved it. -Kids really enjoyed Baldi Hot Springs. I had been to Tabacon in the past and think that one is nicer and more natural. Not sure if the kids would have liked it as much. -The zip lining was also more than we thought but they sent a guide with each child and although my son was scared at first, they both really liked it. -Really glad we did not rent a car. We would not have used it other than for transport between towns. You did a fabulous job with our plans-not a glitch anywhere. Beautiful country and the kids had a ball!

Biggs Vacation – December 2012

"THANK YOU!!"
Arrival: 12-22-2012 Departure: 01-05-2013

Farr and Evans Romantic Vacation – December 2012

"Thanks again for organizing our trip."
Arrival: 12-21-2012 Departure: 01-01-2013
We had a really great time in Costa Rica thanks to you. Starting with Capitan Suizo, we were really impressed with the beach-side bungalow, especially as it was the only one of 2 that actually was directly facing the beach. I don’t know if you got that one specifically for us, but it was the best one as far as we were concerned. The rest of the resort was quite nice too. The people especially were great. We enjoyed the restaurant and even had dinner on the sand a couple of nights. On a side note- later in the trip I realized I had left an extra pair of sunglasses at the resort. They responded by email that they had found them and they have mailed them to me at no cost. The Marlin del Rey Catamaran Cruise was also great. It’s not something we’d usually do if traveling on our own, but we’re glad we did. They ran a fun (but safe) boat trip which was not too crowded and had good food and drink. Thanks for that too. Next was the trip south to Golfito. A nice (early!) ride in a small plane then a boat trip to Playa Nicuesa Lodge. We really enjoyed the lodge! We liked having everything open to nature and we had a very nice cottage. I would heartily recommend Nicuesa to any of my friends looking for jungle adventure including good food and interesting people. The Tabacon Grand Resort itself was fine and we enjoyed the restaurant for dinner as well as breakfasts. We had a nice day trip to the Arenal Observatory Lodge for hiking and lunch. At our insistence, you booked us into the Holiday Inn Aurola. It was a nice place, especially the corner room on the executive floor they put us in (thanks for the upgrade). We had room service and watched the fireworks from our room. It was a good ending to a fine trip. Thanks again for organizing our trip. Overall we had a great time. Tom Farr and Diane Evans

Zermeno Family Vacation – December 2012

"We all had a wonderful time and all went well."
Arrival: 12-11-2012 Departure: 12-17-2012
Hi Lynn, thank you for helping plan our vacation. We all had a wonderful time and all went well. The Westin Playa Conchal Resort was great and the snorkeling and the Marlin Del Rey Catamaran Cruise turned out to be the highlight. Both Carmen and Jessie agreed it was a great to end our visit. We plan to return soon as there is a lot we still want to see . We'll keep you in mind when return. Thanks, Dave.

Steward Adventure Vacation – November 2012

"We had a great time in Costa Rica!"
Arrival: 11-27-2012 Departure: 12-04-2012
We had a great time in Costa Rica! Keith and Staff were great at the camp. Keith even let me borrow his personal dry bag after my daypack was stolen. The food was good. Gotta love fresh fish. Even Larry was able to mostly stay away from the peanut butter. :-) We left the camp a couple of days early, but that had nothing to do with the staff/service. A couple of hammocks out of the rain with good lighting would have helped. The one "not as advertised" activity was the following. The itinerary you sent us stated the following in regard to Isle de Cano. "The island's main trail is well maintained, leading uphill into a pristine rainforest. 50-meter tall trees and Pre-Columbian tombs are scattered along the trail, Costa Rica's mysterious spherical stones of varying sizes have been found on the island." This led me to believe we would hike on the island. We did not. Our guide that day seemed to be newer at that job and just said nobody is allowed on the island. When I asked about the trail and the 20 people at the ranger station - I even tried my best Spanish, he said they were the only people allowed on the island. We let it go, but I was confused because I was sure I had read about the trail. All that said - I had a great trip!!!! The animal life was awesome. We saw 3 types of monkeys, anteaters, tapir!, hawks, scarlet macaws, toucan, blue morpho and others, an eyelash viper and even think we past some wild pigs (I saw a black butt with a curly tail) on one of our hikes. Sansa found us, thanks to Keith, when they wanted us to take a different flight due to low bookings. We met some neat people along the way too. I guess that happens when you go past the end of the road. Christine

Weber Vacation – November 2012

"We plan on using them again on our return!"
Arrival: 11-20-2012 Departure: 11-27-2012

Rai Vacation – November 2012

"Courteous. friendly, easily available"
Arrival: 11-17-2012 Departure: 11-24-2012

Schelbie and Levinsohn Adventure Vacation – November 2012

"The property at El Silencio Lodge is beautiful."
Arrival: 11-14-2012 Departure: 11-21-2012
Thanks again for all your help in making our trip one that won't soon be forgotten. We loved Hotel El Parador as it was a huge property with a great view, amazing staff, and very good food at its restaurant, including a delicious complimentary breakfast buffet each morning. The property at El Silencio Lodge is beautiful though, the food delicious, and the service excellent. The domestic flights were very easy and definitely the way to go. Finally, the tours you booked for us were both great. Jess and I agreed that we would advise friends to take the Rainforest Canyoning tour! Pura Vida.

Vess Honeymoon – November 2012

"Our recent honeymoon trip to Costa Rica was an amazing experience."
Arrival: 11-10-2012 Departure: 11-17-2012
Our recent honeymoon trip to Costa Rica was an amazing experience. From the two amazing hotels , especially Oxygen Jungle Villas, to the curb-to curb transportation, to the awesome tours. My goal in finding a honeymoon vacation was to find a vacation that allowed for great experiences and very little coordinating of daily itinerary and transportation on my part. Lynn, you did a great job in making this happen. Everything was simple, the hotels and tours were as advertised and the consistent and concise communication was extremely helpful. My only complaint that I may have had was the small and insignificant issue with one of the tours. Originally, it was discussed that we would go on the Cano island trip instead of whale and dolphin watching trip. The final itinerary showed this, thank fully after a phone call with you the problem was resolved and I am glad it did as it was our favorite part of the trip. In conclusion I have already recommended several of my friends and family that are seriously interested in going to Costa Rica to you. We thank you for your help in making our honeymoon a great experience and look forward to possibly booking with you again when we go to Panama. Thank you, Jamin & Valerie Vess

Ruszkowski Adventure Vacation – November 2012

"Thank you and your team for all the wonderful memories!"
Arrival: 11-09-2012 Departure: 11-17-2012
Great to hear from you Kelli...We miss you and everyone in your beautiful adopted country of Costa Rica! I am delighted to say we had a great trip and know Melissa will want to provide feedback as well when she gets a chance. She just started her new job on Monday so it may be a few more days before she weighs in. Here's a few thoughts to start: • Your advice on moving to the north to Tamarindo Beach instead of Santa Teresa/Mal Pais really was important and worked out great with keeping our dates. The weather...only a few cloudy days and the sunshine was awesome during this transition period in Guanacaste; crowds were still low as well which was important and you could sense the vacationers were moving in by the end of the week which we were glad to avoid • So much to see in such little time in such a contrasting country; I really wanted to stay put but it came with a trade off with not seeing the interior of the country more; in hind sight we probably would have gone directly to a mountain/Arenal Volcano area property to do the zip-lining and white water rafting when we arrived for a few days then gone to the beach for the rest of the stay….BUT I am so glad to have seen you and Oscar for dinner! You seem to be very happy which I am very glad to see! • All your transportation contractors were great; friendly/helpful/willing to chat about the culture; flexible when asked to stop at a market, etc. • The Congo Trail Canopy Tour was well run; great property and runs; willing to take pics for us; very fun-natured facilitators • The Rafting on the Colorado River was also very well run; we both dumped on a couple of different water falls and they were right there to pull us out; great facilitators and service focused; great property/facilities there: pool/climbing wall; although the zips weren't part of our package they looked much better than the Congo Canopy Trail...very long zips across the river and higher up; their lunch was an incredible buffet! • The Sunset Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise was awesome! Saving this for the last day was memorable and we hit this on a clear day; Great service; I caught a small tuna, which was a surprise extra for the trip! The snorkeling was about as good as could be expected in the area; stung by a few jellyfish but not too bad after getting back on the boat; they had vinegar spray which helped very quickly; Unfortunately their mast was under repair so it wasn't a sailing trip/disappointing; not sure if this was something they'd tell you guys but it I think I recall them saying it was going to be at least a month before this was to be repaired. • The only real excursion diappointment was the Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling day; We never left Tamarindo for the Islands of Punta Indio/Chira in Samara as described. The excursion was only a half day instead of a full day as well nor was there a reef system to explore. The outfitter (Arenas in Tamarindo) took us out to the island El Capitan right off the beaches of Tamarindo ( lava rock not reef system with very limited marine life/only fish) for a few hours which we didn't realize until we took off. Now with that said let me say they still provided good service on one important thing. When we had this scheduled (Sunday 11/11) and when they showed up to pick us up they were straight with us that the day would not be good for snorkeling because of the red tide. They offered an ATV option instead which we weren't interested in or to reschedule later in the week when it would be clearer. We went on Thursday on one of our off days. Again this wasn't the option to see a different part of the area as described/offered. • Hotel Cala Luna was incredible; beautiful boutique property with incredible service! 2 minute walk to Playa Langosta to see all the sunsets or enjoy the beach; you could also walk the beach to Tamarindo (20-30 minutes) which was great to avoid the dusty road to town; just have to be aware of the high tide as it got a little tricky around the point at high tide. BEAUTIFUL Beaches!! The food and drink was incredible and reasonable given the quality. Howler monkeys, tropical birds abounded on the property! Great pool; Management and staff very attentive. The room/bed was very comfortable, clean, modern, soft lighting, very cool tropical veranda, and huge bath/shower! They had an emergency during the week when a man slipped and broke his hip on the tile right outside his room. This was around 11:30pm when the sprinklers came on and got it wet. We had made friends with the group and in discussions afterwards with two that remained, it seemed they were satisfied with the emergency response; we saw them constantly in discussions with the front desk and concierge throughout the next day; they had a local doctor come in that night and set up morphine drip for the overnight ambulance inland for emergency surgery the next day...couldn't imagine this given the roads to San Jose. • Tamarindo itself was all of the beach/surfing tourist town that was expected. We found several great restaurants for fresh seafood and have great souvenirs that we brought home! Again glad we were there when we were there; would not wanted to have been there any later as the crowds would really have ruined being there. Well that's about it for now.... I'm thinking Melissa may want to weigh in when she gets a chance. Kelli: You should be very proud to work for My Costa Rica. You all were super in setting everything up for us and have provided for many, many, wonderful memories. We're already talking about coming back someday and would love to work with you all the next time around as well! Be sure and let us know how we can promote My Costa Rica! Thank you and your team for all the wonderful memories! I will be sure to work hard to stay in touch but please feel free to email me with questions and to stay in touch. Wishing you the best with your Pura Vida and bright future! Dave Ruszkowski

Loosli Family Vacation – November 2012

"All was great!"
Arrival: 11-07-2012 Departure: 11-09-2012
Thanks for booking our stay at Corcovado. "Sunny" would not be totally correct since it rained every day, but that didn't really bother us. All was great! The Corcovado Adventures Tent Camp has come a long way since we were last there about 5 years ago or our original visit about 10 years. Electricity would have been a big enough surprise, but to find the internet had reached Drakes Bay was a shock! Enjoyed!!

Yanira Family Vacation – November 2012

"Our vacation to the Arenal Volcano and Conchal Beach was absolutely wonderful!"
Arrival: 11-06-2012 Departure: 01-14-2012
Our vacation to the Arenal Volcano and Conchal Beach was absolutely wonderful! The tours were fantastic and liked these more than last time I went! Especially the Canopy Adventure Combination in Arenal... Fantastic! The Aurola Holiday Inn, Hotel Mountain Paradise and the Westin Playa Conchal Resort were wonderful! Wasn't too impressed with the Westin reception staff but you can't have it all! Thanks again for setting up this great trip!!

Burris Vacation – November 2012

"You could not use a better planner in Central America."
Arrival: 11-04-2012 Departure: 11-11-2012

Serrato Family Vacation – October 2012

"Words can't express how grateful we are."
Arrival: 10-27-2012 Departure: 11-04-2012
Words can't express how grateful we are for all of your help in planning our trip. Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful places either of us have visited - we wouldn't have had as wonderful as an experience had it not been for your guidance. See below for specific points of feedback on a few of the activities. Kept it somewhat short and sweet for now, but happy to elaborate if you would like. Transportation to Arenal - Abel was amazing. He really set the tone for the rest of our trip by sharing with us his passion for nature. He didn't just take us from one point to another - he showed us so much of Costa Rica along the way. We were blown away by his knowledge of birds, plants, etc. We were very fortunate to have him as our driver. Arenal Springs Resort - the hotel was perfect for us. The staff was great, the room was the perfect size, and the views of Arenal Volcano were breathtaking. They definitely don't have "springs" so we are glad we got to go to The Springs Resort & Spa separately. Horseback riding and the Fortuna Waterfall - one of the favorite points of our trip. We had the waterfall pretty much to ourselves. Gorgeous. Our guide (Didi) was good in terms of giving us facts / insights into what we were seeing in the rainforest etc. We enjoyed his company. ATVing with Fourtrax ATV Tour - Very fun and great way to get amazing views of the volcano. We spent time in the river and had this all to ourselves as well. Hugo was a wonderful guide. The Springs Resort & Spa - enjoyed this so much. Definitely a good call to go in the evening. Food was OK. Attaching a photo! Water rafting on the Rio Tenorio - this activity was a little confusing to us in terms of the description and the actual plan. We thought this was a way to get TO Tamarindo, but in reality we just stopped at a place to raft along the way. So we still had to drive 4-5 hours plus the rafting excursion was a stop along the way. Had we known this, we probably would have just water rafted as one of the daily activities and gotten to Tamarindo on a standalone trip. BUT the rafting was fun and JUST dangerous enough for us :) attaching a few fun photos!!

Meyer Honeymoon – October 2012

"We loved the visit, and the flow of everything was perfect."
Arrival: 10-09-2012 Departure: 10-16-2012
We were blown away by The Springs resort. What we pictured in our minds was going to be a smaller area with a few springs - the view was amazing, and the springs were so relaxing and fun. We wish we had more time there, but it was definitely more family oriented and kids, so we were happy with the Nayara being secluded for our honeymoon. Also, the Westin really surprised us, it was a lot of fun to just kick back and have some drinks. All the excursions were amazing, there really wasn't anything to complain about. The only issue we ran into was getting out of the country - when we were dropped off at the Tamarindo airport, no one was there for 45 minutes, so we sat there unsure of what was going on. Someone showed up eventually to open the place up and our plane arrived shortly after to take us to San Jose. Once we arrived at the airport there, our driver wasn't there. Another driver knew Francisco, our driver, and called him. He asked for the voucher and took us instead. We were a little uneasy about this because we didn't know the driver. He did have a Turismo van though, and we arrived safely. We loved the visit though, and the flow of everything was perfect. We were talking about next time possibly staying at The Springs a bit longer and maybe exploring the Caribbean. Arenal Volcano was by far the most fun at the Nayara though. We've never seen anything like that in Illinois. Thanks again for an amazing honeymoon!

Bonilla Vacation – October 2012

"Fue una experiencia bellisima."

Patz Romantic Vacation – September 2012

"I never had to give a second thought to our travel itinerary or accommodations."
Arrival: 09-02-2012 Departure: 09-08-2012
My wife and I recently booked our Costa Rica vacation through My Costa Rica travel agency. Lynn was our point of contact and she was very helpful from beginning to end. Because they operate out of Costa Rica we were able to get the most affordable pricing available (Westin Playa Conchal-All Inclusive). From the time we landed in Costa Rica to the time we left, I never had to give a second thought to our travel itinerary or accommodations. We did a lot of research upfront and My Costa Rica was able to meet our every request. Thanks again.

Morley Family Vacation – August 2012

"Costa Rica was amazing!"
Arrival: 08-20-2012 Departure: 08-29-2012
From Scott and Caitlyn Morley. Costa Rica was amazing! The turtle nesting tour was great. Tortuguero (Laguna Lodge) and the Jungle Boat Tour was cool! Lafortuna and Arenal Springs Resort was very nice.We had a great view of the Arenl Volcano everyday. Everyday my daughter would say im so happy. Our favorite was Manuel Antonio (La Posada Jungle Villas) ,because we love the beach. We had a great time and our transportation was on time. We love you Lynn! My Daughters Graduation Present was the best! Thank You Lynn, Until we book again take care. Scott and Caitlyn.

Staff Vacation – August 2012

"We had a blast in Costa Rica."
Arrival: 08-11-2012 Departure: 08-18-2012
We had a blast in Costa Rica and believe our trip was positively enhanced with the transportation and booking services (Doubletree Puntarenas and Real Intercontinental) you offered us.

Garrison Romantic Vacation – August 2012

"We loved it so much that we are already planning to bring our whole family back."
Arrival: 08-11-2012 Departure: 08-17-2012
My husband and I wanted to take a trip for our anniversary; it was last minute spur of the moment. I was looking on line for places to go Bahamas, Cabo all the typical places most people go where they sit around for 7 days by the pool and that’s about it hoping you get good service.  I somehow found myself on “My Costa Ricas” website and was looking around on there a little. Not really knowing what I was looking for when all the sudden a lady by the name of “Lynn” popped up and ask if she could help me. I was very leary of accepting the conversation but thought what do I have to lose so I accepted.  And let me tell you that was the best thing that I ever did; she took over from there and planned our entire trip!! Once we arrived in Costa Rica we both were very scared that we were not going to be picked up, because everything just seemed too good to be true. Right after we landed and got our luggage we were greeted by our representative and our private driver who then took us to our first stop where we stayed in San Jose at the “Hotel Indigo” for one night which was a very clean and nice hotel. The next morning we started our journey to the Arenal to stay at “Royal Corin” for 3 nights the drive was around 4 hours and was the most beautiful drive we have been on, our private driver stopped along the way to show us different things and try different types of fruit which were amazing. Once we arrived at “Royal Corin” everyone was friendly and we loved the room “Master Suite” While we were here in Arenal we did the “Rafting Tour (Desafio-Rio Balsa)  and the Zip Lining Tour (Canopy Adventure  Combination)” something we have never done and was the most exciting thing we have ever done! We then headed to our next destination of Tamarindo where we stayed at the “Westin Playa Conchal” for 4 nights. This was an amazing hotel which we saw all kinds of wildlife as you walked around the resort. Great food and drinks nothing was half done at all. We just relaxed here and enjoyed the amazing pool and room.  On our last day here at check out my husband and I had a HUGE issue with something that happened, we called Lynn to let her know what happened and were surprised that she stepped in and fixed our problem and did not have to. Because she did this our last night was relaxing and no stress, if we did not have her if would have been a very stressful last night. On our way back home we rode on a domestic plane to Liberia and then a private driver took us back to the “Indigo” where we stayed our last night before leaving.  I have to say this is the best vacation we have ever been on, I can tell you if it were not for “Lynn” we wouldn’t of went on any tours, I would of never thought of that we had a relaxing vacation enjoying the sun, volcano area, adventures , great food and drinks. We loved it so much that we are already planning with “Lynn” to bring our whole family back in March for spring break. I can tell you we will only use “Lynn” for our Costa Rica vacations no questions asked hands down she is the best!!! I highly recommend using her company to book everything for you upfront, you have nothing to worry about when you arrive because everything is already taken care of. And I know we will be coming back for a while there is so many different things to do in Costa Rica that it can’t be seen in just a few visits. Thank you The Garrisons (August 2012)

Davalos Romantic Vacation – August 2012

"I would certainly use My Costa Rica Tours again."
Arrival: 08-11-2012 Departure: 08-18-2012
Gail and I were extremely pleased with you handling our travel to Costa Rica. The hotel accommodations at Hilton Doubletree in Puntarenas were adequate. The problem was corrected after one night. The Real Intercontinental was superb in every way. Transportation to games, to Volcan Poas and the airport was always on time and the drivers were always cordial and helpful. I would certainly use My Costa Rica Tours again. Rudy

Tadduni Honeymoon – August 2012

"We had a fabulous Honeymoon in Costa Rica."
Arrival: 08-06-2012 Departure: 08-16-2012
We had a fabulous Honeymoon in Costa Rica. Oxygen Jungle Villas was a perfect place to begin and 3 days there was just enough. The staff was great, the food, service and accommodations were just what we needed after the frantic pace of the previous week. The set up is simply magical, romantic and soooooo relaxing. The waterfall was so refreshing. We felt we had the place to ourselves most of the time. I think they had 8 people there at the most our whole time there. Arenal Springs Hotel was very nice as well. A bit less romantic, more family orientated, but that was my fault, you had recommended another hotel. But after our initial cool welcome, Miguel was tremendously apologetic and we settled in nicely. The springs we not very warm, but I think that was do to all of the rain. We actually felt like we had the place to ourselves the last full day there. I think most people were on excersions and we hung out at the springs in a semi-private, outdoor patio, where we pulled the curtains closed enjoyed some drinks and practically had the hot springs to ourselves. The food was great, as well as the waitstaff. I think Hotel Cala Luna was our favorite of them all. What a beautiful place. And the food ... the best, by far of all the hotels. The staff was warm and gracious as well as the owner. We were able to visit her property, ride horses and check out her amazing cactus labarynth. With its proximity to the beach and Tamarindo we really enjoyed the options there. Hotel Indigo was another great hotel. We ate at a fabulous Italian restaurant, 3 Scalini, around the corner. The chef and owner was the former chef at one of my favorite Italian restaurants in NYC, Ponte Vecchio. Small World. All out excursions were great. From the whale and dolphin watching in Uvita, to the river rafting down the San Carlos where we saw crocodiles, spider monkeys, sloths, lizards and bats. At Tamarindo we went on a fabulous catamaran (Marlin del Rey)  that took us to some great snorkeling and finished with cocktails at sunset. We also went zip lining and horse back riding there. People should know that traveling around Costa Rica can take some time. The trip from the airport to Oxygen was way too long after a full day of travel. I am glad we flew to Arenal and to San Jose. We gained valuable time by flying and were able to maximizae our time. I want to thank you for setting up a great honeymoon and helping with the changes we made while we where there. We have wonderful memories and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. Be Well, Pura Vida!

Traversa Vacation – August 2012

"It really was amazing."
Arrival: 08-03-2012 Departure: 08-10-2012

Transfers

The transfers were very efficient.  Everyone arrived on time and all the drivers were super courteous and very cautious on the road.  One thing that surprised us was the first leg of the ARenal - Monteverde transfer.  I have no problem schlepping my own stuff, but that day, I was wearing cute Ann Taylor sandals ( I'm high maintenance, what can I say :)  ) because I figured it was a travel day and I woulnd't need "rugged" shoes, but I had to drag my stuff down an unpaved hill to the boat and then back up on the other side of the lake.  The boat captain (who spent the entire crossing texting, by the way) felt sorry for me on the way up and took my big bag from me, which was a Godsend.  Had I known,  I'd have been prepared, but the voucher didn't mention it.  It may be something to notify clients about in advance.  It made for a hilarious picture, though:)

Tours

The excursions were terrific!  All of the guides seemed experienced and knowledgeable and placed an emphasis on safety  (they weren't as concerned with safety at Bornequin as they were at Selvatura (Zip Line/Hanging Bridges Combination) or the rafting company (Desafio-Rio Balsa)...I can't recall the name right now, but it was still a LOT of fun!).

Hotels

El Establo was beautiful.  Amazing views, beautifully landscaped.  Their shuttle service was awesome!  We used it a lot becuase it POURED both nights we were there.  We loved the pool, too.  The food was very good, especially at Laggus.  The service was terrific, also.  We were really shocked that the rooms didn't have AC.  It was in the mountains, true, but it was still sticky and those screens did little to keep the bugs out, so the windows had to stay closed.  The design of the hotel was odd...the hallways were kind of cave-like and dark and there was a window in the bathroom that opened into the hallway, so it was very noisy. Hotel Bornequin was  fantastic.  We loved our little hacienda and our hammock on the porch.  Too cute.  The staff was extremely friendly and accommodating.  The food was  great - tremendous variety.  The mud bath was a novel addition.  Again, the views were amazing...such a tranquil place. So, there you have it.  It really was amazing.  I'd recommend you to anyone interested in visiting Costa Rica - as long as they can handle the roads and the bugs.  I'm even thinking of doing a unit on Costa Rica with my third graders this year.  If I do, can I contact you for more info? Thanks for everything...Pura Vida!

Kamin Romantic Vacation – July 2012

"Overall, a fabulous vacation."
Arrival: 07-30-2012 Departure: 08-07-2012
My husband and I enjoyed our vacation immensely. We loved both hotels (Royal Corin and Westin Playa Conchal) and felt we got a "taste" of the beauty of the country and the people. I like that we had activity in the first part of the vacation and just relaxed on the 2nd half. I would offer a suggestion and that is advise people to make sure they fly into the best airport. In retrospect, it would have made more sense for us to fly out of Liberia rather than take a shuttle for San Jose to fly home. Additionally, I could have skipped the hot springs hotel/dinner. It was nice but we didn't love and would have preferred something else. We loved the Westin and when we arrived we had been upgraded. Yes - the rooms weren't as big but my husband enjoyed the premium liquor. Our only complaint is some of the transportation did not arrive on time. When we went to the Springs no car arrived. Our hotel called and we waited 20 minutes and we were picked up (not a big deal). In contrast, when we were leaving the Westin our car didn't arrive. I am always concerned with getting to airports on time and this created stress. They arrived 20 minutes late and we met our flight without an issue but he got me anxious (not the way I like to leave a vacation). Overall, a fabulous vacation.

Yafai Vacation – July 2012

"We had a great time!"
Arrival: 07-29-2012 Departure: 08-02-2012
We had a great time! The air transportation worked out perfectly. It was such a neat experience (I had never been on a small plane like that). The Sansa staff was very professional and courteous. I will definately recommend them and you to my friends. Thanks, Andrea Yafai

Gomez Family Vacation – July 2012

"We enjoyed the vacation very much."
Arrival: 07-28-2012 Departure: 08-04-2012
We enjoyed the vacation very much. The hotel was lovely and the food good. I would recommend it to friends with one caveat which is to be sure to use the restaurants for food at night as much as possible. The buffet is good for breakfast, but only a time or two for dinner. The walk in restaurants were perfect for lunch. We had a spectacular time. Costa Rica has so much to do and all within a fairly short distance from the hotel. Thanks for helping us to have a great trip. Jenny Gomez

Dever Vacation – July 2012

"Thank you, thank you for a fantastic vacation."
Arrival: 07-28-2012 Departure: 08-03-2012
Thank you for your email. I'm sorry for the delayed response. Things have been very hectic since we returned home. I am already telling all of my friends about MyCostaRica. I loved how we were able to pick and choose our activities on our schedule and MyCostaRica took care of everything else. Every driver and tour guide your agency booked for us was friendly and knowledgeable. Transfer vehicles were always punctual and comfortable. Even the hotels were great. Our favorite hotel was Arenal Springs. The rooms were nice and the breakfast buffet with a view of the volcano was magnificent. It was hard to pick our favorite part of the trip but we did love ziplining and spending the rest of the day at the hotsprings. Mango Moon was a nice option near Manuel Antonio, although the beach below the hotel was rather small and rocky. Fortunately, the sandy beaches of Manuel Antonio were a short bus ride away. We loved the staff at Mango Moon. They always greeted us with warm, friendly smiles and local banter. I was mostly impressed with how flexible you were in accommodating our needs when our flight to Costa Rica was delayed. Although we got in much later than anticipated, you had staff and a driver ready to meet us and drive us the 3 hours to our destination... in the dark and in rain! I don't know if we could have accomplished that if we had planned this trip on our own. Thank you, thank you for a fantastic vacation. Lynn, you're the best and I wish you well! ~Truc

Balandis Romantic Vacation – July 2012

"Our son's wedding was beautiful."
Arrival: 07-25-2012 Departure: 08-01-2012
Hi Lynn, my husband and I have been home for 1 week from Costa Rica. Our son's wedding was beautiful and we had so much fun touring Costa Rica. We appreciate the services you provided for us to see Costa Rica and get the most from each tour.  Both tours we booked had prompt, friendly, and VERY knowledgeable guides. Each guide showed a lot of pride in their country and enjoyed telling us about the land, animals, and fun facts about the areas we toured. We saw so many animals during the Palo Verde tour. It was so much fun to get close up views of animals we wanted to see.  Also, we really enjoyed the restaurant that was somewhere in the forest. The homemade Costa Rican food was delicious and I appreciated vegetarian choices. We really had fun on the One Day Costa Rica Tour too. We didn't think  we could do all of the activities that were listed, but we did! Beginning with a fun inner tube ride down the river and ending at the hot springs was an amazing day.   Our guide was extra hospitable to me because I had a prior injury. When I stayed behind and waited for my husband, Carlos spent his time telling me about the animals and trees in the area. I loved it! We really enjoyed the lunch provided during this tour too. Again, we had a lot of fun and we appreciated the services and tours you provided. Sincerely, Teresa Balandis

Krug Family Vacation – July 2012

"Hotel Arenal Springs was fantastic!"
Arrival: 07-20-2012 Departure: 07-28-2012
Thanks for reaching out to us so soon! We actually just got back late last night and had a wonderful trip. First I want to thank you for all of your assistance and helping us "fill in the gaps" that we were unsure of. Comments below-and I copied Karen on so she can add her perspective as well. The staff at the airport and transfers for our trip were fantastic. They were always  a few minutes early, were personable, good driver's (as much as can be expected in CR) and the vehicles were in good working order (safe tires, wipers work, ac was good!). Hotel Arenal Springs was fantastic! The hot spring pools were great and the villa set up that we enjoyed exceeded my expectations (outside of erratic hot water and hard mattress). Their food was also first rate. Day trips Zip lining (Arenal Mundo Aventura) was a blast! Wow what incredible views and their guides were first rate! We should of done the white water rafting which you suggested! Our fault because we heard that was the most enjoyable excursion in the area. The day pass at The Springs at Arenal to me was "ok". Not on your part but just of what I was expecting. The facility and staff was excellent, along with the food. The pools were a let down only because of our hotel pool was just perfect for me (my wife will probably differ!) We did not do the last excursion of the hurricane hike. It was raining miserably and we did not want to get soaked then having already checked out of our hotel head back to San Jose. Like I said, thank you so much for all your help! We had a great family vacation that none of us will ever forget. I would be glad to recommend you and your company any time!!! Thanks again, Kyle

Ayoubi Family Vacation – July 2012

"Our trip to Costa Rica was awesome."
Arrival: 07-15-2012 Departure: 07-23-2012
We just came back yesterday from our vacation. We visited Panama for a few days after Costa Rica. Our trip to Costa Rica was awesome. Everything has been arranged perfectly and this gave us the opportunity to enjoy our vacation without having to worry with anything. The hotels (Mountain Paradise and La Mariposa) were great. The adventures were memorable (Kayaking on Lake Arenal, White Water Rafting on the Rio Balsa, Day Pass to the Springs Resort Hot Springs). The bus drivers were ok. There was one of them, Pablo, who took us from Hotel Mountain Paradise to Manuel Antonio, who was exceptional. He entertained us during the ride and showed us several things, like butterflies, crocodiles and is an interesting source of information about everything that refers to Costa Rica. He did more that just drive us. We enjoyed this long trip. The activities were also awesome and the companies that you chose for us were the best. We will most gladly recommend Costa Rica and Mycostarica to everyone who intends to visit Costa Rica. You are the best. Thanks for a wonderfull experience. Best regards, Martha Hotels: Mountain Paradise Hotel La Mariposa TRYP Hotel Sabana Tours: Sky Trek & Sky Walk Adventure Kayaking on Lake Arenal Day Pass to Hot Springs – The Springs Resort Whitewater Rafting on Rio Balsa Transportation: Private transfer Destinations: Arenal Manuel Antonio San josé

Mansfield Vacation – July 2012

"The food was good."
Arrival: 07-09-2012 Departure: 07-13-2012
The trip to Drake's Bay and the Corcovado Adventures Tent Camp was great. The transportation was prompt and reliable, the excursions to Cano Island and Corcovado were great. The tent camp was as expected, rustic, peaceful, nice beaches, nice hiking in the area. The food was good. The people who worked at the tent camp were friendly and helpful. Thank you, Bob

Carlton and Carter Family Vacation – July 2012

"We all enjoyed it very much."
Arrival: 07-07-2012 Departure: 07-14-2012
Our family thought it was a great trip. In fact, we thought it was one of the best tours we have ever taken. The drivers and guides were capable and friendly, and always on time. The information they shared with us was most interesting. The hotels and lodges (Aurola Holiday Inn, Pachira Lodge and Arenal Springs) were very good. We appreciated the variety of activities e.g. walks in the rain forest, floating down the river in the inflatable raft, the sunset cruise, walking on the hanging bridges and the beautiful scenery, including birds and small animals. The younger family members also loved the challenges of the zip lines also. Thanks, Lynn, for organizing this wonderful tour. You thought of everything. We all enjoyed it very much. I have also forwarded some additional comments from our son, Glen. Sincerely, Carlton Carter Hola Dad: Please pass on to Lynn how impressed I was with all aspects of the trip. When we arrived at Pachira Lodge in Tortuguero amidst a torrential downpour, it was just like stepping into a National Geographic magazine! It's hard to choose my favourite activity as there were so many highlights. All the drivers and guides were extremely courteous and knowledgeable. Kudos to My Costa Rica for selecting and organizing such a memorable visit to your country! Sincerely, Glen Carter

Henry Vacation – July 2014

"A great experience"
Arrival: 07-05-2012 Departure: 07-12-2012

Bailey Vacation – July 2012

"Overall, this was the best trip I have ever taken and we all 3 had the time of our lives."
Arrival: 07-02-2012 Departure: 07-10-2012
Thanks! So this is more than a paragraph, but how could I possibly sum up the experience in a paragraph? Ha. Simply amazing!!!! Ok...breakdown of the vacation. I have never used a travel agent, due to the fact that I like to feel in control and make the decisions. Yep, I'm stubborn and controlling and opinionated. Ha. But, I will have to say that it was a great decision and wonderful to have all of the arrangements made, the hotels booked, the transportation scheduled. It was practically worry free, with a few exceptions and questions. I loved that when I had a question or concern that I could just give you a call and you would help me out. You came to our rescue and helped resolve some changes in plans. The extra domestic flight was definitely worth doing, as we talked to several vacationers on the trip and they pined over the laborious driving from La Fortuna to Manuel Antonio. AND, there were others that still had to get up very early to drive the distance to San Jose airport in order to catch the flight. Needless to say, I'm thankful that we chose to use your services. I will definitely recommend you to everyone I talk to. San Jose: The pickup at the airport was perfect, especially with your directions. Getting off the plane was a little confusing and no one directed us which way to go, so we wandered around and basically just followed the crown. As soon as we got through customs, there was a guy standing there with a sign with my name on it, and he gave us our name badges and stickers for identification. Then we made it outside, and thank goodness for your directions because we were practically assaulted with drivers wanting to take us places. Luckily, your staff found us quickly and got us to the van. They offered water, which was refreshing, since we didn't really have time to think about getting something to drink. They drove us to the hotel and were extremely nice and helpful in answering questions about the area, and how to get a cab, and what to do and not to do for safety. The Hotel Indigo was very nice and the people were exceptional. We left the hotel to get some food, and a drink, actually at Applebees....Ha. The next day, our transportation was there on time, and we took the trip to the Pacuare River. It was quite long...approx 3 hours, so it was a bit tiring. The guide did explain rafting and what to expect, etc. So that helped with the long ride. Some of the time was picking up other people, so I think we drove all over the place to pick up people and wait on people. Once at the river, we were fed breakfast, and finally left for the rafting. It was raining and I was a bit nervous, but the rafting was the most amazing thing I have ever done. The beauty of the valley and the river was breathtaking and the excitement of the rapids was so much fun. Our guide (Ricky) was the best. He was intent on showing us a good time, and while other rafters were taking it easy, he showed up some good rapids and made it more exciting. Of course, I know that everyone can't paddle and handle strong rapids, so I'm sure the other guides were pacing things based on the people in their rafts. We stop and had a great lunch. It was interesting watching the lunch being prepared. Then, back to the river. We loved it. We were drenched, and laughing, and gosh..so tired.....simply amazing. The hard part was the 3 hour drive from the river to La Fortuna. The bus seats were uncomfortable, and the long trip was practically miserable. (Hence, the reason we called you and begged for a plane ride on our next long journey...ha.) BUT, all in all...the river made it all worth the effort. I just know to take the planes in the future. :) Hotel Corin was a very nice hotel. We downgraded to a double room, but they were very accommodating. Great, great service there. The grounds and pools were beautiful, everything was clean and lush. The breakfast was very good. The beds were comfortable. We loved the hotel..with the exception that it was not even half full, which meant that practically no one was around much. We went to town and walked a bit, but we found ourselves a little bored at times because it was only the 3 guys and we had already talked as much as we could. So, we kind of sat there at times. We did go on the zipline tour....was supposed to be a combo thing, but the only combo was the chance to ride down the mountain on smelly horses. So, if the cost was extra for the combo, it really wasn't worth it.....just FYI for future reference. The zipline (Arenal Mundo Aventura) was scary and fun. There were a total of 7 people in our group and the guides rushed us. Everyone was complaining a bit because at times, they would literally push you off before you felt ready. They would clip you in and then push. It was a little unnerving because you wanted to double check that your hooks were fastened. There was once when one of my hooks didn't latch and the guy was pushing me and telling me "Vamos" and I yelled back and told him the hook was not latched. He fixed it, but it made me really nervous from then forward. The others with us on that tour was a family with two early teenage kids and the parents were upset that they guides were really rushing. Don't get me wrong. We had a blast there too, but I have done zip before and was never rushed in my previous times to do it. Soooo....another mental note. We left smiling and did have fun and I'm so glad we got to do it. But, maybe you could pass that along for them to slow down a bit. We only gave the guides a $10 tip total between the 3 of us because we repeatedly told them to slow down and they ignored us. We bought the CD with the pictures and videos after the trip. They did a great job with those. The ATV tour was so much fun too. The guide that day yelled at me a couple times. Ha. I couldn't hear what gears he wanted us to be in, so he yelled when I wasn't in the right gear. I was nice the first couple of times, but then I yelled back at him and so he stopped yelling. Ha. But, we had a great time and had lunch at a fruit and coffee plantation and the food was amazing. I never knew I could have so much fun on a 4-wheeler, but it was a blast. We asked about the butterfly garden that you had listed, but the guide said he didn't know anything about it and didn't even know if there was a butterfly garden in La Fortuna. Of course, we knew he was lying because we saw several signs in town. But, we were OK. We did get rained on a bit, but it seemed that none of us minded the rain while we were in Costa Rica. It's kind of like you forget that you are a fussy American and you just enjoy the adventure. At the end, they called us a cab, and the cab driver didn't seem to remember that transportation was included. (Was it included?) Anyway, luckily Michael knows El Salvador Spanish and was able to speak well enough to make him understand. We always tipped our cab drivers and transportation, btw. I know that isn't customary, but it just didn't feel right to not leave a tip of at least $2-$5. And the larger transportations we always left them with 10%. Our tour guides, with the exception of the zipline received $30-40. I hope that was enough. The Nature Air domestic flight from La Fortuna to Quepos was well worth the money. They had comfortable seats and large windows to allow for great views of the landscape. Such a pretty country! Si Como No...well, you know we wanted TV and that was the biggest issue. They did upgrade us and the room was wonderful. Great, great views and very close to the beach. We managed to find some good food around, but honestly, the best food and our favorite was right there at the Rico Tico onsite. The breakfast was even better than the Hotel Corin and we filled up every morning. The staff were wonderful and accommodating. We loved it there and finally got over not having TV. Luckily, I had some TV shows and movies saved on my IPad and we watched those. Usually, we were in bed by 9pm anyway because we were exhausted from the day. The Internet was really bad there. I practically had to stand at the front desk to get access, but I managed to make it through the trip. Ha. One note, the mattresses. even in the upgraded room, were not really the best. We didn't sleep well, and all 3 of us woke up with back aches and were popping Ibuprofen every morning. But, again, we lived. :) We scheduled a trip through the National Forest separately. We didn't know when we would want to go, and I didn't contact you because I had harassed you enough. So, we went next door to the Hotel Villa Rocca (gay hotel) to see if we could get a gay guide. They scheduled us with Estelle, which we thought could have been a fun drag queen. We thought it would be funny and entertaining, BUT..Estelle is not a drag queen, nor does she do the actual tour. Ha. She pays a guide to do it. He was pretty good and we say 3 sloth, some monkeys, and a Toucan. It was a long hike and really hot that day. It was interesting to see, but I think we expected a little different tour than just a walk down a gravel road. The beaches were awesome there though. We didn't stay because we were hot and tired by the time we got to the beaches, but we did take some pictures. Oh my gosh, I loved the monkeys. We finally saw a group at the beach. We were worried we were going to miss them and I was getting disappointed because that the one thing I wanted to see in Costa Rica. The Catamaran was a little bit of a dud. I guess it was ok, but it was uneventful. I didn't eat the lunch because I'm so picky, but the other two said the lunch of fish kabobs and fruit and pasta were very good. They were late picking us up, but I think I explained that they didn't even have us on the reservation schedule for that day and when we called, they had to reroute the driver. They did scuba, but the water wasn't clear. We saw the small islands, but basically we had already seen those from the beach. It was just a bit plain and boring. But, I'm sure others had fun.....it was just maybe not for us. The staff were all super nice and accommodating though. We did manage to see a butterfly garden the morning we left. Si Como No gave free passes to the garden across the street. It was cool to see. You don't really go to Costa Rica for the food. All the restaurants were pretty much the same and the meals were mostly all seafood or pasta. Finding places we wanted eat was always a hassle there, but we managed. None of the hotels we stayed in had workout facilities, but maybe that isn't common in Costa Rica. Overall, this was the best trip I have ever taken and we all 3 had the time of our lives. I would definitely recommend MyCostaRica and I appreciate all of your hard work at making this trip an amazing success. Just think, we were thinking about cancelling and just going to California or Florida. There's no way we would have had this much fun!!! Thanks so much, Mark Bailey

Melvin Vacation – June 2012

"Thank you so much for a beautiful trip."
Arrival: 06-29-2012 Departure: 07-03-2012
Thank you so much for a beautiful trip.  I really cannot wait to return to your country - it is better than I could have imagined.  Most of our trip ran smoothly - only one little glitch when we returned to San Jose. We waited for about an hour for our transportation to the Corteza Amarillo Art Lodge and eventually had to take a cab to the hotel. Other than that, there were no problems. Our rooms at Escape Caribeno were so quaint and comfortable. The Corteza Amarillo Art Lodge was just fascinating - I hated we were only there for one night.  Overall, this was, by far, one of the most memorable experiences of my life and I am so anxious to repeat it. Please list me as a very satisified customer who will definitely be coming to visit you again. Muchas gracias!! Pura Vida (I love that!), Julie

Krich and Scholar Vacation – June 2012

"We had a great time."
Arrival: 06-15-2012 Departure: 06-24-2012
We had a great time.  Overall everything was spot on. A few things to note: Tulemar Bungalows was a great place to stay, however, we had some issues with breakfast.  The tour to the Park started so early we could not eat breakfast at the hotel b/c they start at 7 and we left at 7:10.  We did not starve and ate some of our provisions, but it would be nice to know this in advance so we could prepare a little better.  Also, on June 20 it says all meals included so we did not have breakfast, thinking we would stop on the way to Sierpe. We did not. Again no starving but that paragraph could be more succinct to make sure it is the meals at the Tent Camp which are all included. (this could be how we read it too) The pickup in Sierpe was one hour late, but it appeared he had other pickups he was dropping off, and we had only to San Jose so no big deal, just FYI. Highlights for me were the water rafting (Pacuare – Exploradores Outdoors), zip lining (Canopy Combination Adventure Arenal Mundo Aventura) and staying in the Corcovado Adventures Tent Camp (once the shock of it wore off after staying in such nice places).  Senso was a great host as was his family.  There should be a system to make sure food requests are followed since we asked for no fish and the last night it was fish.  There was still plenty to eat, so again no one starved. All of the hotels were nice and comfortable, and it was a nice surprise to have breakfast included at the Aurola Holiday Inn in San Jose both mornings. If I am ever in the area I will call on you. How do you want to handle other referrals since I may have some people interested in visiting the area? Pure Vida! Brent

Michael Cihal Vacation – June 2012

"We were blown away once we got there."
Arrival: 06-15-2012 Departure: 06-23-2012
From the beginning we did a lot of research and asked lots of questions. Lynn was great she guided us answered all of our question even the silly ones. We were blown away once we got there, from the transfers to the accommodations, everything was perfect. We highly recommend using there service for you travel planning….

Dowdell Vacation – June 2012

"Our trip was fantastic, we loved every single minute of it!"
Arrival: 06-13-2012 Departure: 06-20-2012
Our trip was fantastic, we loved every single minute of it! The room at Mountain Paradise was just what we were looking for with its handmade furniture and unique layout. The waterfall shower was adorable. Our rafting excursion (Rio Toro) was a blast and a must any time we're in Costa Rica. The villa in Buena Vista was in a great location. We were shocked at first at the amount of up and down climbing throughout the hills of the resort. However we got used to it and the private beach was worth the trek down the hill. We saw all kinds of wildlife throughout the grounds including squirrel and white-faced monkeys as well as a sloth who was travelling across the balcony above ours, etc. All of the guides and people throughout were very friendly and courteous. Thank you for handling the details, it made everything relaxing and less worrisome for us. We fell in the love with the country almost immediately. Pura Vida! Scott

Birchall and Senita Family Vacation – June 2012

"Thanks again for all of your help before and during our trip!"
Arrival: 06-09-2012 Departure: 06-17-2012
Thanks again for all of your help before and during our trip!   The last minute change from driving to flying from Tamarindo to San Jose saved us! I'll give you the bullet point review of our trip with a Grade (A+ is the best).  With this email, I am asking the others to add their input as well. MyCostaRicaLink - Lynn (A+) * You came through before and during our trip and we are VERY GLAD that we used MyCostaRicaLink!  If we ever decide to go back to Costa Rica, we would automatically contact you first!

Costa Rica (A+)

* Great weather, great people...you can't ask for anything more Ground transportation from airport to hotel, to activities, etc. (A+) * All of the drivers were always on time, friendly, good drivers, knowledgeable * Special recognition - Fernando (Arenal to Tamarindo with stop at whitewater rafting); very friendly, helped my daughter with her Spanish; sang a couple of songs (great singer); he made a very long drive enjoyable Any changes or ways to improve - NONE  

Hotel Arenal Springs (A)

* Great employees - all very friendly, helpful, answered every request almost immediately * Rooms - perfect for us; ability to keep door open between our rooms created a bigger space * Pools - awesome! * Restaurant, wet bar, sushi, etc. - Excellent! Wet bar/bartenders were funny/entertaining; sushi - excellent with enthusiastic sushi chefs (taking photos of the food & chefs were taking photos of us...fun) Any changes or ways to improve - being able to flush toilet paper down the toilet!  :) This was something new to us...we were not sure if this is what they really wanted us to do; it would be nice to have a kitchen or more food options to purchase stuff to take back to the room (i.e. fruit, snacks, etc.) Would we want to go back or recommend - YES  

Canopy Combination Adventure (Arenal Mundo Aventura) (A)

*Great employees, great experience, etc. Any changes or ways to improve - some of the horses looked a little rough (may have kept some of the harnesses, etc. on too long and created open sores) Would we want to go back or recommend - YES  

Day Pass to The Springs Resort with Dinner  (B)

* Unbelievable hotel & facilities - hot springs, water slide, etc. made a memorable experience Any changes or ways to improve - guide for Cat Tour was not knowledgeable and it made it feel more like a side road, animal exhibit rather than a sanctuary; dinner was ok (food was better at Arenal Springs & other restaurants) Would we want to go back or recommend - NO & YES (If we went back to Costa Rica, I think we would be ok skipping this, but I would recommend a first time visitor at seeing this amazing resort)  

Hanging Bridges Tour (A+)

* We had a great tour guide, Indira, who was very friendly and knowledgeable (her enthusiasm was contagious);  while the weather turned bad & started to rain a lot, she did not speed up or try to rush the tour and continued to look for animals or other points of interest Any changes or ways to improve - NONE Would we want to go back or recommend - YES  

Rio Tenorio River Rafting (A+)

* Great experience, fun people, good food at the end Any changes or ways to improve - NONE Would we want to go back or recommend - YES  

Tamarindo Diria Hotel (B-)

* Beach & location close to downtown/restaurants keep this from being a C- * Any changes or ways to improve - Facilities are looking "tired" and in need of some minor repairs (shower by beach not working properly, broken sink in one room - took over a day to repair, broken ice machine - never fixed?, etc.); no information packet in room - we did not know of the huge pool across the street for the 1st 2 days - in fact, we saw only 2 other people over there once we "discovered" it, so maybe a lot of people did not know about it (wet bar was closed & Jacuzzi was turned off); unfortunately, I did not see any other hotel options that made me wish that we were staying somewhere else...Diria may be the best choice.For Tamarindo, they need to do something about their sidewalks (dangerous drop offs, ditches, uneven pavement...even a sober person will break a leg if they are not paying attention), as well control the # of street and beach vendors (we were being approached every 2 minutes on the beach, so we stopped laying on the beach after the 1st day;  it seemed like all of them were selling the SAME things! It might be better if one sold drinks, food, t-shirts, etc., but the SAME thing over & over gets annoying - a bird calling whistle); Would we want to go back or recommend - NO (but it's such a beautiful beach...If Diria improved, then I might say YES, but something has to be done about the street/beach vendors...the restaurants were also very good too...NoGui was the best one for lunch & dinner - great prices, location, etc.!  If you want to know the names of the other restaurants, please let me know)  

Sunset Sail and Snorkeling  (Marlin del Rey) (A)

* Offered the best drinks & food ever for a sunset snorkeling cruise; same with the boat & people (the snorkeling was OK, but it's something that they can't control) Any changes or ways to improve - NONE Would we want to go back or recommend - YES

Svete Vacation – June 2012

"My family loved that."
Arrival: 06-07-2012 Departure: 06-16-2012
I think everyone liked the hotels that you chose for us. The Mountain Paradise was a very nice setting with a good breakfast. The only problem was their wifi was down for over 24 hours. We did go to the Tabacon and my family loved that. The Hampton Inn was very convenient, very comfortable beds. We did pay our departure tax there..which was nice. Unfortunately, we missed the breakfast. Toyota car rental worked out well. I was extremely impressed with Pablo at the Quepos office ..as was my family. He was very professional and efficient. Thanks Tom

Bauman Family Vacation – June 2012

"Enjoyed ourselves immensely the rest of the trip on the beautiful beaches of Tamarindo."
Arrival: 06-06-2012 Departure: 06-15-2012
My Costa Rica arranged a trip for my family. First day was San Jose. The Aurola Holiday Inn was very nice. Clean, comfortable and the breakfast buffet was great. Close to the pedestrian mall and museums. We then went to La Fortuna and stayed at the Arenal Springs Resort.  Beautiful grounds, great buffet and nice clean room. Even had a waterfall in the shower to water the plants! The zipline (Arenal Mundo Aventura-Canopy Combination), canyoneering (Pure Trek) and Hanging Bridges tour were great. Guides were friendly informative and spoke very good English which is great because we dont speak Spanish! The white water river rafting (Rio Tenorio) was very exciting and again the guides were great. Especially since they had to rescue all of us after we completely captsized going over the 10 ft waterfall and got caught in the whirlpool! We then went to the JW Marriot in Tamarindo. The hotel was gorgeous but we weren't happy because it was so far from town. I contacted Lynn from MyCostaRica and she had us moved to a hotel right on the beach in Tamarindo by 11am the next morning. We were sooo Happy!!!! Enjoyed ourselves immensely the rest of the trip on the beautiful beaches of Tamarindo. Thanks Lynn for helping to plan such an amazing trip! Terri Bauman

Monja and Neil Romantic Vacation – June 2012

"We had an excellent vacation in Costa Rica."
Arrival: 06-05-2012 Departure: 06-14-2012
We finally reached back home and I would like to thank you for everything you have done. We had an excellent vacation in Costa Rica, every single driver was on time, hotels were perfect (especially Mountain Paradise) and the tours were so much fun (Pacuare River Rafting and Canyoning Adventure) with very friendly & professional guides. Again we can't thank you enough for all your help in planning our vacation in Costa Rica. We already recommended your service to a couple of our friends and had some who contacted & booked (Liz) their Costa Rica trip with you. Many greetings from Grenada Monja & Neil

Cohen Vacation – May 2012

"We had an absolutely wonderful experience in CR."
Arrival: 05-26-2012 Departure: 06-02-2012
We had an absolutely wonderful experience in CR. All plans, transport , excursions and lodging were incredible. I am so glad we took your advice and resisted the car rental! We especially loved our time in Arenal Springs Resort. The resort was gorgeous and private. Loved the detached buildings. I will always travel *off* season in the future. Like having the garden of eden to our selves! We especially loved the hot springs and the views were breathtaking. We were met by our MCR rep at the airport right as planned and quickly shuttled to Arenal. Were provided with our itinerary and vouchers. Everything was perfectly arranged and very organized. Would be interested in returning with so much to see. Lynn, we were thinking of checking out Nicaragua next spring. We'll be sure to consult with you again. Thanks so much. sincerely, Fred an Wendy

Goode Vacation – May 2012

"We had a wonderful time in Costa Rica."
Arrival: 05-26-2012 Departure: 06-02-2012
We had a wonderful time in Costa Rica. It is such a beautiful country. The tours were the highlight of couse (Buena Vista Mega Combo Adventure, Palo Verde National Park and Guaitil Pottery, Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs) ! The tour guides were very informative and personable (Alonso & Julio). Our drivers (Private Airport Transfers) were always punctual and quick to give us information related to Costa Rica along the way (Papaya & Nano). Knowing that I did not have to worry about transportation was a big relief as I easily get lost in my own country LOL. Thank you for arranging our vacation. Pura Vida, Carol Goode

Scott Vacation – May 2012

"One of the our most memorable vacations"
Arrival: 05-22-2012 Departure: 05-31-2012

Shayri Vacation – May 2012

"THE SUNSET SNORKELING CRUISE WAS AMAZING!"
Arrival: 05-19-2012 Departure: 05-25-2012
Transfers-all the transfers were flawless and painless, everyone was always on time and very friendly. We had a hold up at the airport upon arrival because the airline lost my bag, we must have been at least an hour late and the representative and the driver were still there waiting, we were expecting to have to figure out another form of transport because we figured they wouldnt have waited but they did and that was a great surprise! Arenal Springs Resort-awesome resort, great staff. Recommend it to everyone! El Establo-best place we stayed at as far as quality, was extremely nice, staff was excellent, the food here was the best! Although all the food at all hotels were great. Tamarindo Diria-this place was especially good for the younger crowd as it was really close to the nightlife. I would recommend this to people who are on the younger side. The resort itself was great and again, staff was excellent. Arenal excursion (Waterfall by Horseback) a lot of fun, definitely suggest hiking boots to people who make this excursions and tell them to bring flipflops and extra clothes in a separate bag if they want to go into the water. It was a really great place to go! we enjoyed this excursion a lot. White water rafting- this was a lot of fun and our guide-Wider, was amazing. The only mix up was that the white water rafting was supposed to be partly our transfer to Tamarindo and it wasnt, instead we rafted for two hours and were taken back to the base for lunch and then we were driven to Tamarindo from ther. We asked about it to our guides and it seemed like they skirted around our question and just kept saying they would drive us to Tamarindo afterwards. We probably would have opted out of rafting had we known this, but we had a good time regardless. I would specify with the company that it is not part of a transfer but just an activity. Monteverde- The ziplining (Zip Line and Hanging Bridges Combination) was amazing, if people ever have to choose between ziplining at arenal and monteverde, I would suggest monteverde. The canopy walking bridges were essentially the same as the ziplining as far as views, we only did half of them and we were too tired from ziplining to do the rest. The train ride (Monteverde Cloud Forest Train) in the afternoon was interesting, but definitely only for people who really enjoy plants. For others I would suggest doing the plantation tours. All these activities were very neat, we had a great day here. Tamarindo-THE SUNSET SNORKELING CRUISE WAS AMAZING! (Marlin del Rey- Sunset Catamaran Sail with Snorkeling) Suggest it to EVERYONE as this is an ABSOLUTE MUST DO. we had such an amazing time on here, they served us lunch and drinks and we had a great time just relaxing on the boat. It was raining almost the entire time but it was still SO much fun. The views of the land from the water were beautiful. It was like sailing around jurassic park. Do let us know if pictures of anything are needed for your website, we took over 1500! I will be suggesting your company to everyone who ever tells me they want to travel to central america, thank you so much for everything! Shayri

Laird Family Vacation – May 2012

"We had a wonderful time!"
Arrival: 05-05-2012 Departure: 05-09-2012
We are back home longing for the sun and beaches of Costa Rica. We had a wonderful time! Our One Day Costa Rica Adventure tour was great! We all enjoy the zip lining, river rafting , horseback riding and the mud and hot springs. Our day was made even better by our outstanding shuttle driver Jeffrey! He is a wonderful man and shared alot of history and information about Costa Rica with us on our way to and from the adventure. Our daughter Kelsey is fluent in spanish, so she and Jeffrey had a great time speaking spanish and english. Please let his employer know what a gem them have with him in their employment! He is a benefit to their company and to Costa Rica. So you will know and can provide this information to other tourists booking through you, the tour we went on provides towels after both the river trip and the mud/hot springs. I think this is important to know, as many of us do not want to bring along our big beach towels from home! We hope to return to Costa Rica again. There is so much to do and so much to see! Thanks again for your help! Sincerely, Teresa Laird

D’Agostino Vacation – May 2012

"It was FANTASTIC!"
Arrival: 05-04-2012 Departure: 05-12-2012
We enjoyed The Flamingo Beach Resort and the staff were fantastic and did all they could to keep us happy. Very kind and accommodating! We liked the area as we could walk to other places for food. Went on an ATV ride which was great fun. Used the kiosk across from Flamingo and had my own private guide. 3 1/2 hours long! I think the end of the trip ended up better. The transports were always punctual and very nice. We didn't realize that we had 3 buses to get to Arenal Volcano so that came as a surprise, plus it took 5 hours to get there due to the stops. BUT, it was so worth it. This I wanted to share with you in the event you have any other clients that are intent to see scarlet macaws. On the way, all the buses stop at a restaurant called La Finca. There's about 7+ macaws that live in the mango tree there. I got GREAT pictures and they were playing on the ground a foot from my feet. It was FANTASTIC! We loved Hotel Arenal Springs. The only regret was that we didn't have enough time to really enjoy all it had to offer. Beautiful and lush. The Springs Resort (Day Pass to the Hot Springs with Dinner) was gorgeous, dinner good and enjoyed the springs. Long way home but we made it. Definitely going back! Thanks for your help with the arrangements! I'm copying Debbie in the event she wants to add something. Thanks! Barbara

Gentry Vacation – April 2012

"I want to thank you for your invaluable help."
Arrival: 04-24-2012 Departure: 05-02-2012
Hola Lynn, I want to thank you for your invaluable help during my extended stay in beautiful Costa Rica. I especially appreciate the driver for Larry and I (Frank Chicas Transportation) and his sincere patience and provision of our transportation to and from La Fortuna (Arenal)! The timing and communications with you worked out perfectly even though on my end they're were some problems with cell-phone communications etc. and thanks for you're an invaluable service and "mycostarica" for all you do for the wayward travelers of the world....Gregory Gentry.

Ward and Griffin Romantic Vacation – April 2012

"Everything was absolutely perfect."
Arrival: 04-23-2012 Departure: 05-02-2012
I must first apologize for not sending you an email before now--once we returned from our vacation, I got really busy at work. Ted and I had the most wonderful vacation Lynn--you put together a very exciting, yet restful vacation package--everything was absolutely perfect--the accommodations (Buena Vista Villas and El Remanso) , the excursions (Manuel Antonio National Park Tour and Catamaran Island Adventure) and all the transportation/transfers between the airports, hotels and tours.  We enjoyed ourselves so much that I recently told a friend of mine, who hopes to go to Costa Rica next year, about your company and how it was a stress-free and seamless holiday. I wouldn't have changed a thing! Thanks again for making our trip a memorable one. Catherine

Ward and Griffin Vacation – April-May 2012

"Ted and I had the most wonderful vacation."
Arrival: 04-23-2012 Departure: 05-02-2012
Ted and I had the most wonderful vacation Lynn--you put together a very exciting, yet restful vacation package--everything was absolutely perfect--the accommodations (Buena Vista Villas and El Remanso) , the excursions (Manuel Antonio National Park Tour and Catamaran Island Adventure) and all the transportation/transfers between the airports, hotels and tours. We enjoyed ourselves so much that I recently told a friend of mine, who hopes to go to Costa Rica next year, about your company and how it was a stress-free and seamless holiday. I wouldn't have changed a thing! Thanks again for making our trip a memorable one. Catherine

Furphy Vacation – April 2012

"Thanks for your top-class service, it made it all the difference."
Arrival: 04-21-2012 Departure: 04-28-2012
Thanks for all your help in organizing the trip, all the ground and air transport in Costa Rica went smoothly and was very enjoyable. The first hotel we stayed at Arenal Springs Resort was great value for money in beautiful locations, although the beds were not that comfortable. The canopy tour (Arenal Mundo Aventura) was amazing and the Springs Resort day pass was very romantic and the view was to die for. One problem was that they forgot to pick us up, so had the concierge phone and arrange for them to come by and pick us up but we missed the tour of the wildlife sanctuary, which i was looking forward too. But other than that it was still lots of fun. The second hotel La Mansion Inn had beautiful rooms and views - wonderful service and staff. Overall our trip was well organized, although was shocked at the touristy prices for cab rides, food and activities. Having said that i would definitely want to return to Costa Rica but probably travel to less touristy areas. Again, thanks for your top-class service, it made it all the difference. Kind Regards, Dale Furphy and Chase Dekko

Baxter Vacation – April 2012

"It was wonderful and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves."
Arrival: 04-20-2012 Departure: 04-28-2012
Lynn - Thanks so much for your help in planning, and re-arranging :), our trip. It was wonderful and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Having your team available to make changes or handle any issues should they come up during the trip was extremely helpful and reassuring. I've already got a couple people that are thinking of looking into a trip to CR and you can be sure that I'll send them your info. Personally, I loved Tamarindo. I'm recommending it to everyone I know. It's the perfect combination of local surf town, Costa Rican culture, and tourist friendly. Interbus as a shuttle service was fantastic. They're clean, safe, friendly, and fast. I'd definitely use that again. Arenal was stunning. The Mountain Paradise Hotel was one of the best I've ever stayed in, and I'm a Westin fanatic. Ziplining (Arenal Mundo Aventura-Canopy Combination Adventure) was a blast and we loved the hot springs day pass. Hotel Indigo in San Jose was a great boutique hotel. Overall, I wouldn't have changed anything. One tip I'd give for future travellers is to make shuttle services / travelling early in the day as everything is so close you can enjoy your destination in the afternoon. Take care, Jeremy

Roberts and Booth Vacation – April 2012

"We had a spectacular time."
Arrival: 04-18-2012 Departure: 04-25-2012
We had a spectacular time. From the time that Jose and Mauren met us and stopped to look at the crocs to our crazy little flight (Nature Air) over the on the way home. All of our pick-ups and flights were perfectly on time. The bungalows at Tulemar were outrageously cool and the beach and snorkeling where right there. The staff there were very accomodating and even saved us a cab ride to restaurants on a few occasions. We did Manuel Antonio National Park and finally broke down and got a guide. We would not have seen anything without him. Finally, we thank you for the great advice and recommendations. Your the best! Pura Vida, DR

Amber Gentry Upston Vacation – April 2012

"We will only use My Costa Rica to travel in Costa Rica."
Arrival: 04-15-2012 Departure: 04-18-2012
While on our trip, I contacted My Costa Rica and our consultant was able to get us into the Five Star rated Hilton Papagayo And arranged our transportation from the old resort. In one email all of our stress melted away. We will only use My Costa Rica to travel in Costa Rica.

Ford Family Vacation – April 2012

"We had the most wonderful time in Costa Rica."
Arrival: 04-14-2012 Departure: 04-21-2012
We had the most wonderful time in Costa Rica. All of the Hotels were excellent. The Vista del Valle had beautifully landscaped grounds and the views were awesome. The Arenal Springs Resort could not have been located any closer to the volcano and its surroundings were stunning. The Costa Verde was an excellent choice as well with its multiple restaurants and postcard views of the Manuel Antonio beach below. All of the transfers were right on time and the service providers were top-notch - very friendly people. The Class 2-3 white water rafting on the Rio Balsa was perfect for us newbies (just enough to get the adrenaline pumping). The guided tour of the Manual Antonio rainforest was very informative and the animals we saw were amazing. MyCostaRica really made our first trip to Costa Rica a blast! Thanks for all of your hard work in making our family's vacation a definite success. I have already referred you to a friend of ours. Pura Vida, Rick , Marilyn & Nicholas Ford

Guidara Family Vacation – April 2012

"All of our guides and hosts were awesome!!"
Arrival: 04-09-2012 Departure: 04-12-2012
My two sons and I We stayed in tent #7 (Corcovado Adventures Tent Camp) for 3 nights and had a blast. The food was fresh, the service was great and we slept very well. We took the water taxi from Sierpe and it took about an hour to get to the camp. Yes, it's a very beautiful setting-the camp is rustic, but it's supposed to be, it's tent camping. The bathrooms were clean and the showers had hot water. After we ate and put our gear away , we hiked South along the beach-beautiful scenery ! then the boys came back and boogie boarded in front of our tent. The next morning, (5:30) we were awoke to breakfast and then a 1 hour boat ride to a quiet beach entrance at Corcovado National Park. After that it was like being put inside a zoo ! You couldn't walk 50 feet without seeing another monkey, bird, snake or spider. In 4 hours on this tour , we saw more than I did on my last trip to the Amazon. Then as we were about to leave, we came across a Tapier on the beach. The snorkeling at Cano Island was good and we saw 2 sharks, lobster, sting ray and barracuda. Unfortunately, the jelly fish were also there when we were and they like to sting. We also hiked north 35 minutes to Drake bay - another incredible trail. All of our guides and hosts were awesome!! Mike Guidara

Jones Family Vacation – April 2012

"Overall it was one of the best vacations I've ever been on."
Arrival: 04-06-2012 Departure: 04-13-2012
Thanks again for planning an amazing vacation for us. Overall it was one of the best vacations I've ever been on. I can't say enough about the rafting (Rio Balsa), zip lining (Arenal Mundo Aventyura) , and waterfall excursions (Horseback Riding Tour to Nauyaca Waterfalls). They were all top of the line trips and I would recommend them to anyone. The adventures and the staff were way off the scale and superb. The boat ride out to Cano Reserve (Snorkel Trip to Cano Island) was amazing but REALLY bumpy and extra long. The snorkeling was just ok and I probably wouldn't necessarily do that trip again although we have lots of laughs and memories from it. Having said that, the island picnic on the way back was fabulous and maybe made the whole trip. I know that Costa Rica isn't the best place for snorkeling so I would recommend you maybe call that out to your new clients if they ever ask. Couple other suggestions would be to put int he itinerary a little bit more about drive time. Travel took much longer than we thought so when thinking about meals we didn't always have the best plan in place. Overall, I would still rank the vacation a 10 out of 10. Just loved it. Thanks so much Lynn. Tina

Bohlen Family Vacation – April 2012

"Thank you again, for putting together such a wonderful vacation for our families!"
Arrival: 04-06-2012 Departure: 04-13-2012
I am sorry to be just getting to this, but it has been busy getting back to reality. I can truly say that we enjoyed everything so much: Mountain Paradise Hotel was wonderful! The view was spectacular! The room was very nice, especially the fun showers. We LOVED the heated pool outside our room. The staff was very gracious and the little extras like warm moist towels and juice upon arrival, great service and helpful advice were all appreciated. My daughter was quite sick the first day we arrived and she and I had to stay back for her to rest (and miss rafting, sadly). I went to the restaurant mid-morning to see if they could prepare some white rice and fruit for her to eat, as they were closed. They happily did it and did not allow me to pay for it - so much appreciated. As I mentioned, the hotel has just opened a new restaurant on the way to the hotel. The food was delicious, the service was great and the restaurant and view were magnificent. You should start sending guests there. The Hot Springs (Day Pass at the Springs Resort) were very enjoyable. We all had a nice time in the warm water that evening. We were sorry to have missed the Cat Tour, but we simply arrived too late. The dinner there was quite good. My husband and oldest daughter, as well as the Joneses, all were pleasantly surprised at how much more exciting the rafting (Whitewater and Wildlife on the Rio Balsa) was than they had expected. They had a wonderful time. Zip-lining (Canopy Combination Adventure) was the highlight for many of us. We had been nervous beforehand, but the guides were so confident and helpful, and fun, that we all relaxed and had an amazing time! The photographer took great pictures and we have the disc of them, which made it easy to just enjoy the ride. We obviously don't have anything to compare it to, but this zip-lining adventure was awesome, given the number of runs, the length, height, going over a waterfall, etc. So wonderful!! Seeing Arenal volcano and Poas were both so great. We spent about 2 hours at Poas on our way to Arenal, and it was very interesting. It also helped break up the long van ride. Our driver, Orlando, stopped a few times to show us coffee plantation, a waterfall, a great restaurant, etc. He could not have been more helpful! As we have said, our first impression, when we were tired and crabby, of Costa Paraiso was not good, but we really loved it in the end. We preferred to be there rather than Quepos, as it was quiet, the beach was lovely and the waves on the rocks were awesome. The restaurant was fantastic at Costa Paraiso, and we ate several meals there. It is worth telling guests ahead about the conservation focus, for things like water pressure, etc., just so they are not surprised. The boat trip to Cano Island was very fun. We were surprised about how small the boat was (and grateful we made it back safely), but that made it more of an adventure. The snorkeling was just OK, as the reef is small, and the jellyfish were biting; however, our guide made it interesting and really worked to find the best spots to see the most and avoid the jellyfish. We saw many dolphins on the way, which was really fun. The lunch on the beach and time for play were very relaxing. The slower ride back through the mangroves allowed us to see crocodiles, birds, a snake, etc., which made it really interesting. The guides were terrific. Our day at Manuel Antonio (Manuel Antonio National Park) was nice. I was a bit surprised that the park had a gravel drive through it, but it was fine. Our guide was good. Our goal for that day was to see animals and we did. We thought there would be more of them, but we heard later that the park has seen some decline that way. Swimming in the beach inside the park was fantastic!! The Marlin restaurant was good, but not our favorite. The Don Lulo (Horseback tour to Nauyaca Waterfalls) experience was truly amazing!!! The family could not have been nicer. The horseback riding was REAL horseback riding. We all really enjoyed it. The swimming in the falls was unbelievable. The kids all jumped off from about 15 feet. The guides amazed us with their dives from 50 or 75 feet. The breakfast and dinner there were delicious. The scarlet macaws they keep and the toucan and snake that happened by while we were eating were fun to see. This was also a true highlight! The drivers we had were all very pleasant and worked to accommodate us. We were very happy to not be driving ourselves. The Ramada Inn in San Jose was clean and the rooms were nice. Thank you again, for putting together such a wonderful vacation for our families! Cindy

Goodwin Vacation – March 2012

"What a truly amazing country and vacation."
Arrival: 03-27-2012 Departure: 04-07-2012
What a truly amazing country and vacation, as a family we had our best vacation ever. Pura Vida for sure. To start, all flights were either on time or ahead of schedule. I don't know if this is common these days but it was very nice to see. Houston is a fairly easy airport to connect through. All private transfers while in CR were on time, were very clean and had excellent drivers. A special thanks to Victor from Arenal Star transportation for going the extra step and stopping for animal sightings, giving descriptions of what we were seeing and the general conversations as we drove. We were very lucky to get Victor for both the Playa Conchal to Arenal transfer and the Arenal to Manuel Antonio route. All the hotels were excellent, the Westin Playa Conchal was unmatched but both Los Altos resort and Mountain Paradise were top notch as well. The excursions that were planned was pretty much exactly what we were looking for. Palo Verde National Park was excellent for wildlife viewing and was highlighted by observing two male crocodiles having a fight for the territory. This may sound gruesome but it was part of the nature we were hoping to see. Manuel Antonio National Park was also excellent as we viewed sloths, Toucans, monkeys and numerous other animals. Zip lining (Arenal Mundo Aventura) 120 meters above waterfalls, relaxing in hot springs (Day Pass to the Springs Resort) were also part of the amazing experience. When we were in Costa Rica there was a fairly significant Red Tide. This made the snorkelling fairly limited. Restaurants at the hotels and those we found on our own were all excellent. Kapi Kapi and Victoria's (best pizza ever according to my son) in Manuel Antonio were some of the best places we have ever eaten. Undoubtedly the best part of the trip however was the people that we had contact with. Whether it was the tour guides or the people at the fruit stands we stopped at it was an amazingly friendly country everywhere we went. Thanks for the offer below, I do believe we will be taking advantage of that some day. Pura Vida, Gord

Schaefer Vacation – March 2012

"We had a marvelous time."
Arrival: 03-27-2012 Departure: 03-30-2012
We had a marvelous time both on our cruise and the time we spent in Costa Rica. Our stay at the Cariblue Bungalows was magical and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to feel like they are staying in a tree house in the middle of a rain forest. The staff was most accommodating and made us feel like we had known them forever. The food and service in the hotel's restaurant was very good and superior to the fare that we obtained in town the one night that we ventured out. Laundry service was wonderful and assistance with using WiFi was great as were the cautions about going into town wearing jewelery and not venturing off the beaten path. Just a couple of observations based on our experiences: The transfer off the ship in Limon was a bit anxiety provoking. It appears that our assigned driver did not have clearance to enter the port/dock area and we had no knowledge of this. If the lovely gentleman taxi driver who did have clearance had not been there to help us with the trip off of the dock and communicate with you, I am not sure what we would have done. With 5 large pieces of luggage and no communication from our contracted driver, we could still be standing on the dock waiting for him. As it was, we made the transfer from the red cab to the contracted driver's van in the middle of street when we found our driver in a cafe. AC is provided in the bungalows, but there is no ability to close off the room to the outside. Luckily, I had plastic dry cleaning bags that I could place over the screening in the beautiful carved doors and not waste the energy for the AC (trying to be green). We did enjoy learning about the Bri Bri Indians and their culture on the tour to their home. The drive from Cariblue to San Jose was very long, but the driver was great and made stops at the appropriate times. The transfer at the Ramada (very accommodating despite our not staying there) was easy and our driver to La Condesa was very enjoyable. I hope the above is helpful. We are hoping to return to CR again and will look to you for assistance with our next visit. I think we will try the Pacific side next time as we are not too adventurous. Thanks again for your assistance with our trip! All was much appreciated. Carolyn and Harry Schaefer

Gargulinski Vacation – March 2012

"I would definitely want to return to Costa Rica."
Arrival: 03-27-2012 Departure: 03-28-2012
Thanks for all your help in organizing the trip, all the ground and air transport in Costa Rica went smoothly and was very enjoyable. The first hotel we stayed at Arenal Springs Resort was great value for money in beautiful locations, although the beds were not that comfortable. The canopy tour (Arenal Mundo Aventura) was amazing and the Springs Resort day pass was very romantic and the view was to die for. One problem was that they forgot to pick us up, so had the concierge phone and arrange for them to come by and pick us up but we missed the tour of the wildlife sanctuary, which i was looking forward too. But other than that it was still lots of fun. The second hotel La Mansion Inn had beautiful rooms and views - wonderful service and staff. Overall our trip was well organized, although was shocked at the touristy prices for cab rides, food and activities. Having said that i would definitely want to return to Costa Rica but probably travel to less touristy areas. Again, thanks for your top-class service, it made it all the difference. Kind Regards, Dale Furphy and Chase Dekko

Hecht Family Vacation – March 2012

"Now I know what Pura Vida means."
Arrival: 03-26-2012 Departure: 04-01-2012
It was great. Thanks so much. Two nit-picks – you should suggest that visitors to Manual Antonio National Park bring a swim suit – there is a gorgeous beach at the end of the trail. Also, the catamaran/snorkel tour Planet Dolphin) included dinner, not lunch. Now for the testimonial – I suspect you’ll get some biz from my pals. It was with some trepidation that I turned over all the planning for our week in Costa Rica to Lynn and her crew, but I’m delighted with the vacation she planned for us. We were picked up and transported precisely on schedule; the activities (Pacuare River Rafting, Canopy Combination Adventure-Arenal Mundo Aventura, Springs Resort Day Pass, Manuel Antonio National Park Tour, Catamaran Island Adventure) were a blast; the accommodations very nice (Aurola Holiday Inn, Mountain Paradise, Los Altos Beach resort and Spa); and I would have never thought to do the things in the places she selected. I’m too busy to plan this sort of trip (at least I think so), and My Costa Rica was exactly what I was hoping to find to organize our get away. And, now I know what Pura Vida means. Kevin H

Brandt Vacation – March 2012

"Couldn't ask for better service. Thank you for a terrific vacation."
Arrival: 03-23-2012 Departure: 03-31-2012
We are just back from our amazing vacation in Costa Rica and we can't thank you enough for all your suggestions and assistance. We loved our stay in Arenal and especially our time at the Arenal Nayara hotel. We had magnificent views of the volcano from the deck of our fabulous suite - we didn't want to leave! Then on to beautiful Manuel Antonio, again with magnificent views, this time of the gorgeous Pacific ocean. The tours you arranged were all interesting and fun (Kayaking Lake Arenal, Day Pass to the Hot Springs and Manuelo Antonio National Park Tour), we especially loved the hanging bridges rain forest tour in Arenal. All the transfers and drivers that you booked were on time and professional and made for a stress free trip. It was also good to know that you were 'on call' if needed. The one time a problem came up at the hotel in Manuelo Antonio, you took care of everything while we were out touring. Couldn't ask for better service. Thank you for a terrific vacation. We look forward to using your services when we plan a vacation to Panama. Aline and Harris

Fox and Weissburg Vacation- March 2012

"Thank you so much for all your help."
Arrival: 03-18-2012 Departure: 03-27-2012
Roberta and i returned to Pittsburgh late last night.exhausted from the very long series of flights that brought us from Tamarindo to Pittsburgh. The trip you planned for us was excellent. everything and i mean everything was on time, well planned and just right for people like us. we added, on our own, zip lining out of our Flamingo Beach Resort. and dropped the visit to guaitil. we were simply too worn out from the heat the day that the visit to that village was scheduled. everything else; the hotels (Arenal Springs, Poco a Poco and Flamingo Beach Resort), day trips (Whitewater and Wildlife on the Rio Balsa, Day Pass with Dinner at the Springs Resort, Sunset Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise), meals, transfers(especially) could not have been better arranged and executed. Thank you so much for all your help. and thoughtful planning. next year maybe panama? do you also handle that? all the best to you and all the folks who made our trip so special. Richard Fox

Copland Vacation – March 2012

"You made our vacation memorable !!!!"
Arrival: 03-10-2012 Departure: 03-16-2012
Thank you and My Costa Rica for selecting the Flamingo Beach Resort and Spa for our annual Spring Break family vacation. The resort met all our expectations. Although 16 years old, it has been recently renovated, has very large ,clean, well furnished rooms. The pool and grounds are equally well maintained and fun to use. The restaurant ,food and bar facilities were also excellent, with prompt ,efficient service and a varied menu/ buffet selection . The one shortcoming is there is only one eating facility/ restaurant, with no alternative dining available. This got a little boring but was over shadowed by the food and excellent,friendly service. The beach is excellent for swimming and boogie board surfing ( my 10 year old grandson had a ball ). The pickup and return service to and from the Liberia Airport was prompt ,with nice clean vehicles. We would certainly consider going back in the future and have no reservations about recommending the Flamingo Resort or the general Guanacostie tourist area to other of your clients considering the western region of Costa Rica for travel vacation. Thanks again for all your efforts on our behalf. You made our vacation memorable !!!! Regards

Kaliyur Vacation – March 2012

"The highlight of Arenal is the zip lining."
Arrival: 03-10-2012 Departure: 03-17-2012
The hotel at Arenal, "Mountain Paradise" was truly set in a paradise. The scenic views and the service was very good though a tad on the expensive side. While at the hotel, I called Lynn several times to make changes to my plans and she was really patient and accommodating. I was surprised that she took care of us like a family member. The drivers who transported us arrived on time and were very friendly with us. The vans could have been more comfortable since sometimes we had to travel 5 to 6 hours between cities. The highlight of Arenal is the zip lining (Canopy Combination Adventure- Arenal Mundo Aventura) that blows your mind. But above all we enjoyed an unforgettable dinner at the hot springs resort (Romantic Dinner at Tabacon Resort and Spa) , that was arranged just for us to celebrate a milestone in our lives and this was indeed magical.We stayed in Tamarindo for a few days and the hotel "Tamarindo Diria" was decent. We enjoyed surfing, horseback riding and adventure boat trips to see exotic wildlife of CostaRica. Overall, my trip was so pleasant and memorable that I would definitely plan another visit to CostaRica soon. And I would choose none other than Lynn Bateman to plan it. I am not exaggerating when I say that she truly is a fantastic and unbelievable travel agent.

Underwood Vacation – March 2012

"You did an excellent job in very short notice."
Arrival: 03-09-2012 Departure: 03-16-2012
Overall, I do not think the trip could have gone any more smoothly. The airport was intimidating, but the people there to greet me were efficient and ready. The hotel in San Jose (Hotel Don Carlos) was clean and friendly. The first transfer was about 30 min late but I later found out it was the fault of the earlier pickup being in bed when he arrived. Haha. All drivers were friendly and most spoke enough English to converse with me. All gladly answered cultural questions I had. In Dominical,  the staff at Hotel Diu Wak was wonderful and even fixed a problem I had with the water within an hour. The hotel's land was beautiful. I did not like waiting at Sierpe for so long waiting to go to Corcovado. I couldn't explore much with my luggage and wasn't hungry enough to eat.  The boat rides were all fine. Loved the tent camp (Corcovado Adventures Tent Camp) . Keith was super knowledgeable and gladly answered my numerous questions.  The night hike was the best and I would definitely recommend the camp as well as the hike.  They fed me so much, despite not knowing I was a vegetarian when I first arrived. You will never go hungry there and the food was great!  Everyone who worked there was happy to talk, deal with my horrible attempts at Spanish, and answer questions.   The Corcovado National Park tour was also wonderful. The Trogon lodge was like luxury after the tent camp.  The employees were friendly and knowledgeable.  The only part I didn't like was that meals were $15 for lunch and $15 for dinner with no other options without a car. I paid 15 for a salad and a plate of pasta for lunch both days.  I would rather have more control over my finances and be able to limit and choose my foods more.  I liked that the lodge was the most eco-friendly out of all of them and provided info and tips on how to conserve resources. Frank was a great driver in the city- I was only terrified for the first 5 minutes or so until I realized he was good! You did an excellent job in very short notice, so thank you very much for all of your time and effort!!! I am thinking about Nicaragua next  ;-) Alyssa

Newcum Family Vacation – March 2012

"We had a wonderful vacation thanks to you."
Arrival: 03-07-2012 Departure: 03-15-2012
We had a wonderful vacation thanks to you. Arrived in San Jose on Weds. 3/07/12, transferred to hotel Aurola Holiday Inn. Next day took Grayline to Montiverde, well,,,,,I left the folder with the vouchers in seat pocket on bus. Grayline recovered it and sent to us next day overnite express plus your office faxed set of vouchers. Thanks for all you did. Hotels (Aurola Holiday Inn, Poco a Poco and Tamarindo Diria) you selected were excellent, as many fellow travelers agreed with us. Hotel Tamarindo Diria Resort outstanding. Tours were excellent, we even saw 6 turtles on the night excursion to Playa Grande (Playa Grande Turtle Viewing). Weather was super every day except we weren't ready for the Montiverde area's cold mist from the CloudForest. The only thing that has a downside would be the long, longer and longest rides on GrayLine, maybe because of the crowded and narrow highways. Thanks, Buck,Debbie, Darla

Kulawick Vacation – March 2012

"AMAZING!!!!!!"
Arrival: 03-05-2012 Departure: 03-19-2012
AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !! !! Thank you so much for organizing this trip for us. Every place we stayed was perfect. All excursions were fantastic. All the people that we met were so kind, friendly and informative. We were looking for an adventure, and we received it. We learned how to surf, we went horseback riding in the mountains, we zip-lined on 11 cables (Canopy Combination Adventure-Arenal Mundo Aventura) one being 980 meters long, while going by La Fortuna waterfall. we went on a catamaran (Catamaran Island Adventure Planet Dolphin) and snorkeled and saw the most amazing colorful fish. we saw the most amazing beaches in Manuel Antonio. We saw monkeys and sloths, long nosed bats, the gladiator frog, all, at our hotel "La Posada" in Manuel Antonio, also at this La Posada the manager would call on us whenever he would spot an animal, he showed us the sloth sleeping in the tree right above our bedroom too, I took a million pictures :). Then we saw the Quetzal in Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge, this is one of the main reasons I wanted to go to Costa Rica to see the Quetzal. I saw the Quetzal and much more = I saw the male Quetzal guarding his babies while the mother Quetzal searched for food, then I saw the mother go to the nest feed her babies and the male Quetzal then was guarding the area while she feed the baby Quetzals. That's when I wish that someone from National Geographic was there to take pictures or film it. I was not prepared to see something so amazing, I left my extra lenses for the camera back at Dantica, but I did get one picture of the male quetzal. Oh yes, thank you for getting us drivers, especially to go to Dantica, the views were amazing. I took pictures for 2 hours straight. I love roads that remind me of Europe going up the mountains where it is obvious not to many people travel through. Also, because there is always an amazing thing to see once you reach your destination, especially if its Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge. And then when you drive down the mountain you can go see the Pacific Ocean or the Atlantic Ocean within a couple of hours. You knew exactly what we wanted and you helped all four of us (ranging from age 11 to 48 years old) to have an adventurous trip, my children loved every second of it. They never wanted to leave any destination that we went to, I had to say let's see what happens next they pouted but once they got to the next destination they were thrilled and then did not want to leave that destination. So basically, everything we did was unforgettable. Thank you so much. So many people want to go now and when they are ready they will be calling you. We will be back too, and I will be calling you. You are truly the best trip organizer. THANK YOU AGAIN. Pura Vida, Brooke Kulawick Geoff Kulawick Karina Kulawick Matthew Kulawick

Denomy Vacation – March 2012

"Thank you for making our visit to Costa Rica extremely enjoyable and hassle-free."
Arrival: 03-03-2012 Departure: 03-24-2012
Thank you for making our visit to Costa Rica extremely enjoyable and hassle-free. The transportation to our various destinations picked us up on time at our hotel and the drivers were pleasant... we covered a lot of ground and saw so much. Our stay at the Mango Moon Hotel was one of our highlights! We were surrounded by a lot of wildlife: 3 different species of monkeys; iguanas; sloths; a variety of birds; etc. Staff were friendly and the food was phenomenal! The location was great as well; close to the public beaches, transportation and local stores. Our stay at the Hilton Garden Inn was also enjoyable; had some sun and pool time before our flight back to Canada. All in all our trip was fabulous and we'll definitely return to your fine country to explore it some more. We'll get in touch with you at that time. Pura Vida!

Wiatrek Romantic Vacation – March 2012

"Puerto Viejo has a very laid back island feel to it."
Arrival: 03-02-2012 Departure: 03-04-2012
I have been to Costa Rica many times.  I have seen many things that Costa Rica has to offer, but this was my first trip the Caribbean-side.  Even better, this was my wife’s first trip ever to Costa Rica.  Given I have never been to that side of Costa Rica and had received mixed reviews from others, I decided this would be the perfect opportunity to judge for myself before the rainy season started in May.  Lynn did not disappoint.  After our first choice I had been researching on the internet turned out to be booked for the weekend, Lynn went to work and presented me with a couple of options for hotels on the water.  The one we chose was Villas del Caribe.  The only bad thing about this hotel was that we only there for two nights.  The room and balcony were mere yards from the surf which lulled us to sleep each a night and then greeted us each morning.  The beaches were quiet except for a few people and the occasional friendly dog that felt it need to protect us from the sea birds.  ☺  A definite plus for the hotel was a small market which was directly across the street.  We visited this little store several times during our stay for the requisite water, Imperials, Pringles, and these creamy coconut popsicles which we quickly became addicted to over the weekend. Puerto Viejo has a very laid back island feel to it.  Everyone rents bikes to get from place to place.  We walked most places and took a cab to others.  If we would have stayed longer, bikes would have been the definite choice of transportation. The best restaurant of the whole trip, as well as one of the best steak place I have eaten in ALL of Costa Rica was a small place 100 mts. from road (just down from our hotel).  It is an Argentinean place named Malbec.  Steaks were out of this world, but the one thing that blew us away was the Scalloped potatoes (WOW).  The atmosphere was great.  The owner personally cooked our steaks and his wife explained the menu and served us.  They were so great.  At the end of the evening, they even offered to give us a ride back to our hotel.  It was truly, a memorable evening. Thank you Lynn for a weekend of great memories.  I will definitely suggest you services to any co-workers planning future weekend or vacation stays

Lee and Gilbertson Vacation – February 2012

"Wonderful vacation."
Arrival: 02-28-2012 Departure: 03-09-2012
Just wanted to let you know Mary & I had a wonderful vacation. We both agreed that we would not have done anything different. That right amount of activities and down time. Could not believe how many people try to see the whole country in one trip. Some people thought it was kind of strange we only moved a couple hundred yards from one resort to the other but for us it was perfect. Our moving day took twenty minutes not the entire day! All of your drivers were right on time and very professional. We always felt safe and never once had to worry about where we were going. The Aurola Holiday Inn was in a good location because on our last day we were able to walk to the wonderful Gold Museum. One thing we did find out is that we had a 40lbs per checked bag weight limit with that Nature Air. They have three different fares that can be purchased, 15lbs, 27lbs, & 40lbs. We were told we had the Flexfare, with the 40lbs limit. Also, luggage size was much less restricted. We're not at all upset about this because it really forced us to take just what we needed but thought you should know for future planning. Couple last thoughts; My birthday celebration at Jinentes de Osa were perfect! Mary tells me you helped put it together, thank you very much. Also, at Aguila de Osa I think we got an upgraded room. We were put in a stand-alone cabin with a king sized bed. It was #12, at the very top of the hill. To us it was the best unit on the property! On our last night, with the full moon shining on the bay, we had a special visitor. Cocos, the resort's wonderful dog, showed up on our deck and shared a magical time with us. Best Regards & warm wishes, Scott & Mary

Michael and Beth Romantic Vacation – February 2012

"Overall the trip was fantastic."
Arrival: 02-27-2012 Departure: 03-07-2012
Overall the trip was fantastic.  We suggest that you not put people downtown San Jose at the Best Western especially if they are travelling the next day.  Recommend that you discontinue using this hotel and find one in a more secure part of the city for anyone who might want to say downtown.  Use the Hampton Inn by the airport, it is pretty good, great location and has places to go within walking distance. The drivers were always on time, friendly and we enjoyed the interaction.  Suggest that you provide the option to fly to places as opposed to using road transportation.  Six hours on a bus on bad roads is hard on the back.  I understand that you can only get to Monteverde by road and that is worth the trip All the hotels (Costa Verde, Fonda Vela and Arenal Springs)  sans that mentioned were great, food was excellent.   We felt safe walking around, people were friendly, weather was good and we had the right clothing for the three climates we encountered on our trip.  Suggest ziplining in Monteverde rather than Arenal as the staff seemed more efficient and better trained.  The catamaran trip (Planet Dolphin)  and the hanging bridges (Sky Walk) were fantastic.  Recommend to visitors to bring binoculars and a bird book if they are interested in birds and wildlife. Thanks again for your flexibility, help and assistance to make this a very memorable trip. Michael and Beth.

Hoffmann Vacation – February 2012

"Best trip ever."
Arrival: 02-27-2012 Departure: 03-06-2012
La Paloma Lodge was a naturalists paradise but if you're into luxury,air conditioning, streaming hot water,this place would not be for you. On the other hand the area was full of wild life and beautiful foliage and flowers. The food was plentiful and pretty good. The hospitality, service and tours (Corcovado National Park and Cano Island) from there were wonderful! One other draw back is that I have poor vision and the rooms were very dark, especially the bathrooms, but I would certainly go back there. We called it luxury camping, the lodge was very nice and the views were breathtaking. Oxygen Jungle was voted by the Detroit Free Press as one of the most beautiful resorts in the world and I agree. Up in the mountains a bit difficult to find but definitely worth the trip. We loved the beautiful glass enclosed units The bathrooms and showers first class. The views were beautiful. Howlers were our neighbors and our morning wake up calls. We saw toucons and parrots. The restaurant served gourmet dinners that were amazing but there was no menu, they served what they purchase fresh from the Italian market daily. It was a bit expensive. Also one last detail. Using your service, there were no problems and all the people were so so pleasant but the most important thing was that you were personally always available to be reached which was very reassuring Again, best trip ever. Thank You.. You can use me as a reference any time. Cant wait to go back. Bruce and Shelly

Tuenge Family Vacation – February 2012

"The food was very good."
Arrival: 02-26-2012 Departure: 03-10-2012
Hacienda Baru was beautiful and there were lots of birds, butterflies, monkeys and sloths.. very hot and very little ablility to escape the heat, the managers were very unfriendly. We loved the Corcovado Adventures Tent Camp and would love to go back!!!! Our tent location was ideal! The food was very good. Our car was locked up in a fenced car lot in Sierpe while we were there. WE really liked the San Gerardo de Dota Valley and we did see a quetzal!!!!!!!!!!! No danticas however.  We really liked the Trogan Lodge better and we went there to eat supper 2 nights. The biggest problem however was navigating the roads in and near San Jose-VERY CONFUSING and the Car Rental was totally unhelpful in this area. I figured that would be our biggest challenge and it was..even though I had purchased a good map.. Kristin Tuenge Environmental Advocate

Johanna & Woody Romantic Vacation – February 2012

"We had an amazing time and loved the new havens."
Arrival: 02-25-2012 Departure: 03-01-2012
Woody and I just got back from our amazing trip to Costa Rica. This  is our fifth time to costa rica but we expored new places this time with your help . We had an amazing time and loved the new havens (Sueno Azul and El Encanto Bed and Breakfast) you recommend for us. The group of six what to thank you for just hooking it up. We were in paradise .we will definitely recommend you to everyone .look forward to our next trip. Johanna and woody

Fried Vacation – February 2012

"Thanks for putting together a fun-filled package for us that we will never forget!"
Arrival: 02-24-2012 Departure: 03-06-2012
On the first trip: La Posada in San Ramon was a cozy place with beautifully carved furniture and jacuzzi tubs. All the rooms faced inwards which was a plus for noise control but the rooms smelled of smoke and it took a long time to cool them off with the air conditioner. We enjoyed the breakfast there - one of the nicest of our trip! The rooms were of course reasonable. Arenal Springs Resort hot springs- we enjoyed this hotel tremendously from the food to the springs to the spa services. The service left something to be desired. The line for breakfast was the biggest drawback (guests started waiting in line from 6:15 am for the 6:30 opening) and because the line moved so slowly, we couldn't take our breakfast by 7 (even though we were in line at 6:30) and make Vince's flight in time, so we took it at a spot along the road back (near Villa Bianca at the Israeli restaurant). The food there was excellent, though. On the second trip: La Posada Jungle Villas in Manual Antonio was comfortable enough and the staff was very nice! Villa Vanilla Rainforest Spices Tour was wonderful. So glad we went! Loved the tour guide, she was so informative. Really enjoyed the walk through the farm as well as the break at the platform with the various treats. Shopping was fun, too, albeit a bit expensive. The transfer from Villa Vanilla to Monte Azul went well and was fast. Transfer from Monte Azul to El Remanso - wow, it said 3 hours in our itinerary, but took 5+ and then another 1 hour to El Remanso by their vehicle. This was the only glitch in our trip, as we didn't have lunch until 2 pm, but we managed! El Remanso was quite a treat. It had ocean, jungle, and a nice central area for pool and dining. I did end up upgrading to a cabin, as I found the garden view room too dark and not enough air during the first night, since we shut our windows (there were no screens). The cabin had a great view and great air flow and the bathroom was nice. It was like Oxygen, but with better airflow and not as hot and humid. We really enjoyed our wildlife adventure package, and the guide was so knowledgeable and fluent in English, Spanish and Dutch. We took several walks, including a night walk. The staff service was exceptional - true concierge service (like Monte Azul). We took a dolphin tour and saw a group of around 200 dolphins hunting in the Golfo Dulce which was amazing. I saw three trogons on the road during our bird watch up close. The rooms could have been cleaner and the 7 pm strict start time of dinner was a problem for those nights when Maya was tired (such as a day when we had a 5:30 am bird tour). I think they could have offered a turn down service like Monte Azul does - this might have made things a bit better - that's all I can think of. Thanks very much for putting together a fun-filled package for us that we will never forget! Laura

Randeria Vacation – February 2012

"We liked Hotel Aurola - Holiday Inn."
Arrival: 02-22-2012 Departure: 03-02-2012
Both Khorshed and I wanted to give you feedback and were going to let Kerry La and Lynn Bateman know what we thought of our experience and travel in Costa Rica. First of all, let me compliment Kerry for her continuous willingness to work with us and for her patience when we made changes to our itinerary even after arriving in Costa Rica.  She and Lynn were very helpful in not only getting us back into the Hotel Aurola Holiday Inn in the middle of the trip as we requested, but when we called Lynn on a Sunday, she cheerfully arranged for our early morning pick up on Monday - the next day - and  coordinated so we would not miss our trip to Monteverde.  We appreciated Lynn promptly dispatching this task for us on the weekend, as we are sure trying to get attention from anyone on a Sunday afternoon is not an easy task ina any country.  So, a big Thank you and Kudos to both Lynn and Kerry for a job well done. San Jose:  We liked Hotel Aurola - Holiday Inn, and that's where requested to stay there again upon our return.  A request from me is that when visitors come, you may warn them it's not comfortable in San Jose a bit after dark and especially after 8:00 PM. We picked that up instinctively, but than were told that by various folks in Costa rica who do not live in San Jose. Also there is truly not much to do in SJ, so don't prolong folks' visit there when there is so much more to see in other places..........  We were glad to have an extra day in the beginning, but other folks may not - just a suggestion........... Now to the details about the rest of our trip.  We thoroughly enjoyed our visits to: 1.   Tortuguero (Evergree Lodge)- The guides  - We believe their names were Celito and Rafael - were excellent and very willing to translate everything into English.  We found Celito, especially to be very knowledgeable about the fauna, and the animals, birds and their breeding habits and habitats, which added to our enjoyment.  You may want to pass this on to your colleagues who you partner with in Tortueguero.  The only disappointment overall was that we did not see as  many exotic birds as we had read about, but that was not the fault of the Guides, as they mentioned that the poachers had demolished a large population of exotic birds and shipped them to the gluttons in Europe and America. Very unfortunate and hopefully that eco balance in Costa Rica can be restored. 2.  Montverde (Poco a Poco) - Because of the long journey from San Jose, we did not arrive to Monteverde till much later than we anticipated and had to get our driver to call ahead to the Sky Walk company that our arrival would be delayed by over an hour - so we were a bit tired, but enjoyed the Sky Walk, and even did a practice run on Zip Line. A suggestion here is that you try and get the tourists from Tortuguero to Arenal Combo Tour (like a lot of our fellow travellers were doing), and then get them on a tour to Monteverde. The wear and tear on folks coming back to San Jose and then undertaking a trip to Monteverde is way too long.  If the trip was a bit shorter, it would help them to do a bit more in Monteverde.  The heat at the Crossroads where we transferred to our shuttle for Monteverde was exhausting, and then there were delays while swapping from one van to another - not under your control, but the shuttle group needs to get the feedback. Overall we were very impressed with the logistics of transporting tons of crabby tourists from all over the world through a crossroads shuttle meeting area - it was like a drill, but once you understood the system, it was a lot of fun and we enjoyed re-meeting our " fellow travel friends" from Tortueguero, each time we arrived at the Crossroads. (I am not sure I know the name of the place, so I am calling it the Crossroads. :-)) 3.  We enjoyed our Arenal Combo tour of Hanging Bridges, Waterfall, National Park Hike to see the Volcano up close and personal, but trying to do all that in one day is a bit much.  May I suggest that you tell that group to break it up to two days, so we can truly enjoy the Hot Springs and Dinner at the end?  The guide here was good and had brought a telescope so we could actually see the animals and birds more clearly and helped us to take pics. through his telescope - excellent addistional enjoyment for us. I believe his name is Victor. Hope this helps you, and you will make the necessary changes for future visitors.  We appreciate your offer of 5% discount on all future trips to CR through your offices. Pura Vida, Zarin

Ownsbey Adventure Vacation – February 2012

"As a whole the trip could not have been better."
Arrival: 02-21-2012 Departure: 03-01-2012
It will be a little difficult expressing how awesome our trip was in just a paragraph, but ill give it a try. First off transportation services were great.....haha especially the driving "techniques" they follow. They were always on time and due to the speedy delivery we were always early. The hotel in San Jose (Aurola Holiday Inn) was nice with good service, however it was nice to leave the city, bound for Mal Pais. "Surf The Place" was extremely nice, great people, good atmosphere, well located, and the food they prepared for us was above and beyond 5 star. As a matter of fact the food in general everywhere was amazing and worth the trip alone. The tours were great especially having them set up prior. The "Canopy Tour" (Canopy Tour de la Pacifico) was a blast...we all enjoyed that one. Also the trip to "Tortuga Island" was one of my favorites, snorkling, white sand, Cerveza...etc. One of the days we got an early start on the ATV's and drove over Star Mountain to Cabo Blanco and hiked the reserve. Also drove to Montezuma for lunch, visit to the waterfall, and walked around the town. Lastly the surfing. The waves were great, I went every morning at about 6-6:30 and every evening for the sunset. As a whole the trip could not have been better. The planning and itinerary you prepared for us was perfect. There was one bump in the road with our pick up from Holiday inn to the airport. The private shuttle did not make it but they called a taxi for us and the original driver from the private company waited there at the airport to ensure that we made it (Not a complaint). It was truly amazing and we thank you so much for everything you did. It was a great trip and can not wait till the next one. Kyle, Jaclyn & Tyler

Arthur Vacation – February 2012

"We had so much fun, time went too fast!"
Arrival: 02-18-2012 Departure: 02-26-2012
I can't believe we are already home! We had so much fun, time went too fast! Arenal Lodge was ok, I thought we were staying at a place with hot springs. The front desk staff seemed a bit unfriendly, but upgraded us to a beautiful room with an amazing view.The swimming pool was cold, and nobody could use it. Also, it was about 20/30 mins outside of town, so we spent alot of time in the car driving around. I would rather stay close to town @ a hot spring hotel. BUT... The view was amazing, breakfast really good, horseback ride was great, the area surrounding was beautiful. My husband really liked it. The River Safari Float (Desafio) was great... Staff really friendly and fun. Great lunch too! Jeep/Boat Jeep Transfer to MonteVerde was fine, I would do it again. My kids get car sick, so this was fast & easy! Monteverde Country Lodge was new & clean. Not any character, rooms very small, construction still going on. But wonderful front desk staff, good breakfast, close to town. Much better location! Selvatura (Zipline/Hanging Bridges Combination)was great, we all ended up doing the zipline, and returning the next day to do all of the attractions together. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Train was good as well, better than I thought! I love the hike at the halfway point and the coffee/ cake included. The Place in Mal Pais was better than I thought, the staff very friendly and helpful, the food amazing, location perfect! Great pool area! La Posada Jungle Villas was very cute, room small, but great location and wonderful staff. We left early for the park before breakfast, but they gave us food to take with us. We returned after the park and used the pool. They gave us towels and made us feel comfortable even though it was 3:00. Wish we had more time there. Lots of monkeys all around the pool! Costa Verde was very nice, beautiful big room w/ ocean view. The only downside was it was a big property, I walked up the big hill to breakfast and then to the pool.I had to carry my 4 yr old. My husband drove the car! I would prefer a small place like La posada where everything is right there. But.. Our last day was spent at the pool, surrounded by monkeys, and a mother & baby sloth in the tree right next to us! Beautiful ocean view as well. It also felt a bit too American, not much local flavor, not as much character. The Domestic Flight (Nature Air) back to San Jose was a perfect idea! We were very tired of driving in the car, and it was great to spend our last day by the pool and not stressing about time! Thank you again, I hope we can come back again soon. It was nice to have everything taken care of, usually we just wing it, but all & all , it was great, and there was nothing that I would complain about. Bridget

Pinal Vacation – February 2012

"You know we had a fantastic time."
Arrival: 02-17-2012 Departure: 02-21-2012
You know we had a fantastic time.  In large part that was because of your good listening about our wishes, great availability, communication and flexibility – thank you! Los Altos Spa and Resort was perfect – it’s quite beautiful, spacious – a lot of room for a family….and the staff was lovely – not so much to do if people are looking for activities, but if you’re like and doing activities off site, the beach and pool offered great quiet and a glimpse of paradise.  It was important for us that we could stop at the grocery store and that we could grab a cab to many restaurants nearby.  We were sorry not to get to explore the little town of Manuel Antonio (just a time issue) – thought it would be a good feeling to get a little taste of a ‘center’ as much close by was just not really set up like a little town but instead things alongside the rode. In the case of every activity –Horseback  Riding  to Nauyaca Waterfalls, zip lining (Canopy Safari), Mangrove Kayaking (Rancho Los Tucanes, walk in Manuel Antonio (Manuel Antonio National Park Tour) – the hospitality was warm, food tasty and nice that it was native style and the guides were really informative and spirited. At Don Lulo’s they were so accommodating, and it was pretty cool to get a taste of and welcomed to partake in the guides’ leisure life of jumping off of waterfalls… the horses were great, so well organized and the little things – like the pick up truck ride and animals living at the farm added to the adventure. The zip line (Canopy Safari) guys were equally well-organized and so fun!  Having the butterfly garden again added charm… The Manuel Antonio guide was especially informative – do you have documented who he was – can’t recall his name, but told us the story of inheriting land form his grandfather and beginning to create a tourist landmark filled with the natural passions of his family members – like olive tree raising, butterflies, etc…someday that could be one of your offerings.  The walk was engaging not only in seeing the animals early morning, and swimming at the beach (you could tell people to bring bathing suits – we just jumped in in clothes), but also in hearing the guide’s wisdom about the plants, trees and their uses – for example in natural remedies… The kayaking that you arranged last minute would have been better early am (but there were only so many mornings) – just hot – and a little less pretty and kind of strange launching place – were people who owned the houses with restrooms trying to sell things – think we just weren’t prepared….and Annie and I came back a tiny bit early with a bathroom emergency so they weren’t expecting us…once paddling in the mangroves it was fantastic…. All of our transportation was so easy and reliable, with our favorite being the little plane (Charter Flight with Paradise Air) from Quepos. The only thing I’d ask you about for next time, especially if it were adults only, but maybe all of us, would be about – of course seeing more of the country, but also about traveling more independently while the pick-ups and transport to activities made it mindless for us (perfect for just few days), I think it’s more like us to move about on our own… do you still have to connect with groups in order to ride, kayak, etc?  Bill might also do more biking if he planned better routes – but that would have to be on our end.  Even so, the guy form the bike shop offered to go with him – so welcoming and warm….   Can see why one would stay there……

Mackinga Romantic Vacation – February 2012

"We absolutely loved our vacation and had no problems!"
Arrival: 02-15-2012 Departure: 02-22-2012
We absolutely loved our vacation and had no problems! Our favorite hotel was definitely the Arenal Nayara...wow is all we could say. That was exactly what we needed to make it feel like a romantic getaway!! It was the perfect amount of time at each hotel in arenal and tamarindo (Tamarindo Diria) and the short night we spent in san Jose (Hotel Indigo) was great as well. All the transportation drivers were excellent and very friendly. The breakfasts were awesome and all the activities (Pacuare River Rafting- Exploradores Outdoors abd Canopy Combination Adventure- Arenal Mundo Aventura) were so much fun! Thanks for helping us make it so amazing!! Kelly mackinga

Townsend Adventure Vacation – February 2012

"The hotels were exceptional."
Arrival: 02-15-2012 Departure: 02-28-2012
The trip was fabulous and the arrangements you made were all excellent. The transfers were on time, the adventure tours (Pacuare River Rafting- Exploradores Outdoors, Hanging Bridges) were very organized and a lot of fun.  The hotels (Gran Hotel, Costa Verde) were exceptional.....especially Arenal Paraiso- WOW. Thank you so much.   We will recommend your company and services to fellow travelers! Pura Vida Dee, Natalie, & Danny

Houser Vacation – February 2012

"I thought the tours were phenomenal."
Arrival: 02-14-2012 Departure: 02-15-2012
I thought the tours were phenomenal (One Day Costa Rica Adventure Pass and One Day Arenal Volcano Tour with Hot Springs). The tour guide/driver was awesome and very knowledgeable. The zip lining was the number one thing I was told I had to do in Costa Rica and the one we visited was a great choice. The tubing that we did was also some of the best tubing I have done. Then you get to finish with the mud bathes and hot springs! Totally the right way to finish an enjoyable day. Then the next tour we did was the hot springs near the Arenal volcano and they were unlike anything else I have ever done on a vacation. Everything was beautiful and so glad I booked through your site. Will definitely recommend to anyone else heading to Costa Rica and if I ever make it to central America again will try and book as much as possible though the site.

Burris Vacation – February 2012

"Thanks again for all of your help!"
Arrival: 02-08-2012 Departure: 02-18-2012
Thank you for planning another perfect vacation for Austin and I. We still love Costa Rica as much (if not more) the second time around. Our stay at Tulemar Bungalows was wonderful. The grounds were so beautiful and housed so much wildlife (we saw more here than in the National Park). The private beach was fabulous and we enjoyed walking near the hotel to eat at the local restaurants. The Manuel Antonio National Park hike was great and our guide was able to point out so much that we would have never seen on our own. The catamaran tour was nice, but a bit larger than expected and felt commercialized. The snorkeling was right by our hotel and we were not able to see many fish, but the sunset was beautiful from the boat. Our transfers everywhere were perfect and the drivers were amazingly friendly. They were all wonderful about helping us with our Spanish. Arenal Nayara was just as amazing the second time around. What a spectacular place! I don't believe we will ever be able to visit Costa Rica without stopping there. It is perfect in every way!!! The zip lining (Canopy Combination Adventure-(Arenal Mundo Aventura) was very fun and it was sunny this year so we had amazing views. Our guides were so fun and professional. Proyecto Asis was incredible and definitely a must do for all animal lovers. I cant wait to go back. The Springs Resort (One Day Hot Springs Pass with Dinner) did disappoint a little. We had been spoiled at Tabacon Hot Springs with hotter and more natural springs. This resort felt more commercialized and the staff not very friendly. We could have been there on an off day, but that was our take. The weather was perfect the entire time and it was so hard to leave. We can't wait to come back and will certainly use your agency every time for our planning. Thanks again for all of your help! Sara and Austin Burris

Christine Chiu Vacation – February 2012

"Even to this day, we happily chant "Pura Vida"."
Arrival: 02-05-2012 Departure: 02-11-2012
My husband and I have 4 children. Even then, we weren't quite alone with a little one tucked in my belly. So in 2012, we decided to celebrate our 16th anniversary without the kids in Costa Rica. It was the BEST and I have to give a big thanks to Lynn Bateman & MyCostaRica. I was a bit nervous since I've never had a vacation planner before and especially someone I've not met before in person. From the start Lynn put me at ease and responded to me promptly on my many, many communications. She did not hestitate in updating my internary twice when my circumstances changed. Thoroughly professional and sensitive to my changing situations (picky husband too). From the start, my itenary was faultless and everything planned to the exact time. Our itenary was custom plan to just for my husband and I which made it even more special. We didn't feel like cattle amongst a tour group with a tour group's timing. Every place we stayed at was comfortable with perfect service and with so much of the local culture and character present. All activities designed us had professionals that looked after us. Even the drivers that took us between places displayed their incredible love and knowledge of Costa Rica. My intenary began with a stay in Arenal in the beautiful Arenal Manoa resort. It was like a dream sitting on our little house veranda looking at the volcano. Our first activity was a canopy adventure. It was breathtaking zipping over the rainforest, looking over waterfalls and seeing vistas of the city and ocean beyond. This trip included a horse back ride back to the starting station where we met the local natives who had kind eyes amongst sweet mild nature. After the energetic morning day of activity, Lynn planned a romantic evening for my husband and I at the Hot Springs at the amazing Springs Resort. We got to see the local zoo, had an awesome dinner and swam in the hot springs. The day after we started our exhilirating white water rafting trip on the "River Rafting Adventure PACUARE: CLASS III - IV". It was unbelievable to experience Costa Rica from the river. After the day's exhausting activity, we moved to a new location of the Carribean coast and stayed at the "El Encanto Inn". This part of the trip was more for resting, being a beach bum and experiencing the Carribean side of Costa Rica. What a difference it is travelling to another side of Costa Rica. Here we did hikes in the conservation, eating local foods and listening to the howling monkeys. Sadly, our vacation had to end sometime. Our last stay was at Hampton Inn near the airport to help us ease back to reality. Our transition to the airport was stress free. The 7 day trip left us a lot of sweet memories of the place, the people and a wish to return to retire there. Let see if this DREAM will come true in the future. Lynn, I've never met you in person but we can't thank you enough. Experiencing Costa Rica in the air, in water and on land has made us has made us fall in love of the place. Even to this day, we happily chant "Pura Vida".

Dunlap Vacation – January 2012

"Thanks for putting together a great trip for us."
Arrival: 01-31-2012 Departure: 02-12-2012
Corcovado Adventure Tent Camp: very remote, gorgeous setting, we enjoyed it. Great way to start our “adventure.” But we are the adventurous kind. Many people would not like walking to group bathrooms and showers or living in tents with little air circulation. (The fan was essential to my sleeping at night – Sandy even appreciated). On the other hand, in three days we never shut our tent doors and loved waking up to the view of waves rolling in just a few yards away. The staff was very friendly and one Keith, the apparent manager, took about six of us on a two-hour night hike in the jungle after dinner that gave us a whole different view of insect life – fascinating. Because of the remoteness and uncertainties of connections, one pretty much has to take the 7:30 AM boat back to Sierpe on the last day if one is renting a car and planning to drive somewhere else. Had we taken the 2:00 PM boat, we would have been trying to find Oxygen Villas in the dark and that would have been no fun. Corcovado National Park Jungle Tour: terrific. Our guide, Javier, clearly loves what he does, showed us lots of animals, birds, etc. that we would have walked right past. Highly recommend. We would recommend that travelers go to Sirena for the jungle tour with enough stuff to stay overnight at the Sirena Ranger Station, then return on the next day’s 3 PM boat to CATC (or wherever they are staying in Drake Bay). Being in the Corcovado Park in the late afternoon-evening and early morning when animals are more active would likely make a great experience even better. Cano Island Tour, snorkel, etc Tour: just okay, nice boat ride, another beautiful day, but the guide was so-so, which makes all the difference. We would recommend using the day for another hike somewhere along the coast and into the jungle. By the way, a good hiking GPS and compass (and knowledge of how to use them) would be good to have at CATC and would allow one to be a bit more adventurous safely. Oxygen Jungle Resort: Wow, pretty cool place. Horrendous 10 minute drive to get there – and we have driven on many bad roads. Our little 4x4 was great though (highly recommend the car – Daihatsu – and Solid car rental company). Loved the glass walls, outside living room, A/C, nice bed, privacy and unique Bali decorations. Other end of the scale from the tent camp – but we loved both. Nice job Lynn. It also made a huge difference that we were the only guests at the hotel for most of our stay! When some did arrive as we were leaving, we did not find them particularly friendly, so may attract a different sort of clientele than we like. Breakfast was delicious, dinner was only okay but lovely setting. Restaurants in town: Excellent lunch at La Creperie (owned by a Quebecois woman in her 60s) sitting in the garden behind the place. Okay dinner at La Fogata. Catarata Nauyaca Horseback Ride. Not to be missed! The waterfalls and day horse ride was one of the best experiences of the trip (and Sandy is not a big fan of horses). Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge: Totally different from the other two places and we loved it. Again, you really put together a great trip for us. We have recommended you to many of our friends. The room was spacious – loved the windows looking out at the trees, the Jacuzzi tub that I used every afternoon – also with a view outside, the hanging fireplaces in each room, nicely done. The 70s bedspread was funky but that’s okay. Long walk (about ten minutes and we move fast) back and forth to our room. We were okay with that unless we were in a hurry, then it’s a hassle. But I guess that’s how we all got the privacy and remoteness. Food was okay and it a lovely setting. Definitely recommend at least one night’s dinner 500 meters up the road at the Comidas Tipico run by a local woman. We were the only guests (as usual, I think), fabulous home-cooked fresh trout – way better than at Dantica and a wonderful experience. Overall, nice decorating taste at Dantica and Oxygen. We met some nice fellow travelers here and found folks friendly Six hour hike (12 km) from top of Cerro de la Muerte to bottom – interesting to go through so many different types of plants, ground cover, trees as we descended. Saw relatively few birds (but made up for that at Borinquen). We never saw the Quetzal despite three days of attempts. That was a disappointment. Great hike to waterfalls at the bottom of the road (about 4 km downhill from Dantica). Excellent lunch at Kahawa: delicious food, good service, beautiful setting. Its openness would have made it too cold for a pleasant dinner. Hotel Borinquen Mountain Resort: Another beautiful, remote place – very different from the others. The approach road was a little better than getting up to Oxygen but still pretty rough. Guests need a 4x4. We saw lots of birds and animals on the property. If we had known about the size of the property and the trails we would have hiked here. Rather we went to Rincon de la Vieja National Park – terrible drive, took a long time back and forth, and neither one of us thought it was worth the effort – maybe compared to the wonderful things we had already seen in CR (e.g. waterfalls, jungle hikes, plants, trees, etc). This park was not that pretty or interesting. We took a horseback ride on the Borinquen property. The guide was kind of a dud at the start, but our relentless questions about what we were seeing eventually livened him up. It turned out to be a great experience. Hotel – liked the rooms, the privacy and the views from the lovely, large terrace attached to our room. Only mild negative is I sort of felt like we were in Sarasota, FL, with the golf carts and the little-too-perfectly manicured lawns. But we enjoyed it. I thought the food – which you must eat here (nowhere else to go) was just okay, nothing special. I would not want to stay here more than three nights – so our stay was again, perfect. We also met some nice fellow travelers here and found folks generally friendly. Other – Driving – we averaged less than 35 mph on main roads (while moving, according to GPS – would be slower factoring in stops) and it would be very difficult to do much better. If we had had an extra day, might have been nice to stay in Grecia or somewhere similar between Cerro de la Muerte and Borinquen rather than doing the whole drive in one long day. I think we left Dantica at 8:15 a.m. and arrived at Borinquen just before 5:00 including a detour to Grecia and Sarchi – just a little too much driving. Thanks for putting together a great trip for us, Lynn. Hope this information helps. Gale and Sandy

Beeferman Vacation – January 2012

"We had a wonderful vacation."
Arrival: 01-28-2012 Departure: 02-04-2012
We had a wonderful vacation and want to thank you for your guidance and planning. First, let me say how important it was to arrange ground transportation. Had we rented a car, as per our original plan, the trip could have been a nightmare. All the drivers appeared on time and were knowledgeable, careful and friendly. If we were to do the trip over, however, we would use local airlines to minimize ground transportation. The Tamarindo airport and flight to San Jose was memorable. Second, the 3 tours were fantastic. White water rafting was a wonderful experience. The guides were skillful and friendly. The zip line tour was a tremendous adventure. The hike up the mountain was exceptionally strenuous and you should caution seniors about that. The catamaran trip was amazing. We saw many whales and the snorkeling was fun. The Hotel Mountain Paradise was in a beautiful setting and the rooms were good. Their lighting system was not an asset and the room was kind of dark. The restaurant was outstanding. The Westin Playa Conchal was magnificent. The staff was exceptionally helpful and friendly. The only hitch was the reservation called for twin beds, probably our fault for not checking. The first night we had 2 doubles and then were moved to a king size bedded room on the second night. It was a bit of a hassle. We were offered $50/person/night upgrades to the Royal Beach club at check-in, and we took that offer. Pura Vida, Harvey and Eileen

Dornan Vacation – January 2012

"Would recommend both places."
Arrival: 01-27-2012 Departure: 02-03-2012
Hotel Costa Verde was a in a beautiful location and we loved being in the adult only area. The pool there was spectacular! Villas el Parque was nice for location, had an incredible view, pool area not as nice. Conveniently located for restaurants, bars, shopping, etc. Could walk to everything we needed. Would recommend both places. Bus was extremely reliable and comfortable. In my opinion, better than renting a car. Thanks again, I'm thinking Panama may be next, or maybe combination of all 3 countries. Good to know that you offer services for all 3. I'll keep that in mind. Cheryl Dornan

Edwards Vacation – January 2012

"Thanks again, and we would recommend your services to anyone going to Costa Rica."
Arrival: 01-25-2012 Departure: 01-29-2012
Well, Bahia del Sol was great, and they gave us a free upgrade to a very nice 2 bedroom suite, which we really enjoyed. Great beach, good restaurant, good service, beautiful garden, altogether nice. The hotel you booked for us: Poco a Poco, was very nice. Good reception, neat layout, nice workout room, very good restaurant, although the service seemed "detached" or "aloof" there, as if they didn't really care too much one way or the other. Very nice room, clean, modern. ONE problem though- we couldn't sleep! Next door to our room is a farm type property, with 2 little dogs, who furiously attacked or chased or pursued some perceived terror every 15 minutes from about 1 am to 4 am. The barking was ridiculous. The owner of Poco a Poco, IF he ever wants any repeat business, MUST buy out that property next to him so as to control that noise, or pay off the dog owners, or at least close out the 3 rooms that are on the lower level. Anyway, I am sure that the owner will say, "nothing I can do about that" but I disagree. And, I wouldn't stay there again because of it. The top priority,after all, is a good, safe, affordable SLEEP! It was a shame though, because we enjoyed everything else about it. Thanks again, and we would recommend your services to anyone going to Costa Rica. (We also, on our own, had booked Tabacon Resort, which was great.(fantastic restaurant, although they had booked a very large, loud party on one of our evenings there, and our romantic dinner was a joke). And Lost Iguana, which also was great, especially for birdwatchers.(restaurant at Lost Iguana is average only.). Also, we would highly recommend Lagarta Lodge at Playa Pelada, the nicest beach we saw on the Nicoya. Very good restaurant. Pura Vida. Mark and Cheryl

Jackson Vacation – January 2012

"We recommend you highly."
Arrival: 01-23-2012 Departure: 01-26-2012
Our trip began with Victor ( our driver ) what a great guy, very pleasant a wealth of information and knows the best places to eat. Upon our arrival at Arenal Springs Resort we were greeted with a refreshing drink while checking in then taken to our fabulous rooms that had a awesome view of the volcano. The staff, springs,grounds and food were fantastic ,we recommend this resort highly. I also like to give a special thanks to the guide I had for my amazing horse back ride at Arenal Springs Resort it was breath taking. The zip line company you suggested was fantastic after a short demo we were off to the first of eleven lines, very exhilarating . The guides were great and views unbelievable thank god they take photos for you it is worth it. The river float and safari again perfect and a great way to relax and see Costa Rica, Hanzel our guide a great young man with incredible vision showed us the wonders of Costa Rica wild life along the river with plenty of stops to take photos. He provided us with water, juice, fresh pineapple and watermelon. Afterward was a huge private lunch ( More food then we could eat ) at Restaurant by The River. We were grateful to have Victor take us to the airport in San Jose he is the best, made sure we had plenty of time for our flight. After going inside Victor came in to give us a camera we left behind. Thank You Victor. Again Thank You Lynn and to all you work with. We recommend you highly. Jackson /Long

Hebner Vacation – January 2012

"Thank you so much again for arranging our vacation for us."
Arrival: 01-18-2012 Departure: 01-25-2012
The water (Sunset Catamaran Tour with Snorkeling) was so nice and warm and we had a blast playing in the waves. Even though there is the language barrier we had fun talking to the people , they are really nice and treated us like we belonged there. Thank you so much again for arranging our vacation for us, I will let you know where we might like to go next year.

Wilson Vacation – January 2012

"Your trip was by far the best."
Arrival: 01-12-2012 Departure: 01-22-2012
Your trip was by far the best as you did the difficult part in planning our different and exciting tours, marvelous accommodations (Casa Conde del Mar, Monteverde Country Lodge, Arenal Springs, Laguna Lodge and Aurola Holiday Inn) and the best part was the transportation that miraculously showed up at the correct time and with the best tour guides or drivers. It was the idea that this could all happen and we never had a hitch. I gave your name and the name of your company to the many wonderful people we met on our excursions. We loved all the hotels and for many different reasons. You did a great job of finding them. The tour we had with Julio in Playa Panama was great as he gave us the perspective of a younger person in CR. Our river tour (Palo Verde National Park) was fantastic. David in Monteverde Selvatura- Hummingbirds and Hanging Bridges Combination) was wonderful as he was so knowledgeable in the plants and birds that we saw. Please tell him that we thought his tours were wonderful. He gave us his perspective of CR from a father with a young family. Mario in Tortuguero (Laguna Lodge) was absolutely fantastic and I am sure is one of the best in the business. He is older and has such a positive attitude to all of CR and to the tourists he interacts with. The best part was never having to worry about transportation to anywhere as the pick ups and drops offs were so well done. I have travelled a lot and transportation can be such a pain. We met the nicest and most interesting people on these shuttles. The drivers were very careful drivers, and often acted like tour guides. The vehicles were very well cared for and comfortable. I had no idea that vouchers could work so well. I can not think of anything that could have been better for us so I can not give you any suggestions. We really enjoyed our trip to the San Jose airport with the driver (Frank Chicas) who is working for mycostaricalink.com. He truly acted as a tour guide as we travelled from our hotel to the airport. It was nice to meet someone who works for your company. When we were in the different places we watched the big tour buses come and go and we so happy that we were not on one but travelling through your company that had tailor made a trip just for us. Thank you again for the incredible trip. Marilyn and Lyle Wilson, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Thompson Honeymoon – January 2012

"My Costa Rica was very helpful for setting up our honeymoon."
Arrival: 01-12-2012 Departure: 01-20-2012
Sorry for the delay, we were still trying getting settled into snowy Chicago :) Here is our review of our experience (which was wonderful!:) My Costa Rica was very helpful for setting up our honeymoon - it would not have gone so smoothly if it wasn't for Lynn's tips, guidance and help making all our travel arrangements. Having a driver from San Jose to our resort, Oxygen Jungle Lodge, was a great recommendation. I'm not sure we would've found our way out of the city and to our resort if we had driven ourselves. Plus, the driver and My Costa Rica representative, stopped by a few places that we would've have seen otherwise. Also, the recommendation to make the domestic flight from Quepos to San Jose was great! It not only saved us time, but it was also a fun way to see Costa Rica from the sky. All of the other accommodations that were arranged for us worked out really well - the drivers, rental car and excursions. The excursions that Lynn recommended turned out to be perfect! We loved the horseback riding (Nauyaca Waterfalls by Horseback), ziplining (Flight of the Toucan) and snorkeling/boat ride (Snorkel Trip to Cano Island). We also appreciated the FAQ and travel tips document that was provided. One thing we would ask for, or recommend with future clients, is that My Costa Rica provide more detailed and tailored travel information. For example, it would've been nice to have been given a list of recommended restaurants and activities to do in and around Uvita. Also, driving directions to our hotel and planned excursions would've been very helpful. Thanks so much for helping us plan our amazing honeymoon! Rachel & Chris

Hopkins Vacation – January 2012

"My wife and I enjoyed our stay in Costa Rica very much."
Arrival: 01-08-2012 Departure: 01-14-2012
My wife and I enjoyed our stay in Costa Rica very much and your selection of the accommodations was excellent. The Hotel Fonda Vela in Monteverde was very nice and the view was exceptional. I would differently recommend this Hotel. The Hotel Royal Corin was a very nice upgrade, with the Jr. suite being wonderful and spacious. Sally enjoyed staying there while I visited banana fields on business during the week. Service was very good!! Hotel Casa Rio Blanco was quite a change from the spender of the Royal Corin Hotel, but had a charm of its own, the location was very calming and the walk to the river through the jungle was amazing. Thanks Rick & Sally

Short Family Vacation – January 2012

"We would definitely use their services again and we highly recommend My Costa Rica."
Arrival: 01-03-2012 Departure: 01-10-2012
We used My Costa Rica for our very first trip to Costa Rica and they were excellent! The representatives were very knowledgeable and able to customize a fabulous trip for our family which included all activities and transportation which was very helpful. It was key for us that My Costa Rica is based in Costa Rica and were available at any time during our trip. They were easy to contact during the trip as we had questions or added activities to our itinerary. They went above and beyond for us as we inadvertently left a bag on the shuttle bus on our return and had to catch our plane. I called My Costa Rica at 6:00 A.M and the phone was answered right away. They were able to quickly locate and retrieve my bag and arranged for it to be taken back to the US within two days of our departure. This saved us a lot of hassle and potentially never getting the bag back!! We would definitely use their services again and we highly recommend My Costa Rica. Sincerely, Alison Short and family

Schmidt Vacation – January 2012

"Thank YOU."
Arrival: 01-02-2012 Departure: 01-12-2012
Hola! And Thank YOU...all transfers were so easy, on time and perfect! I've already told two friends that they should NOT rent a car and can easily use great shuttles that they can prearrange. We were so happy in Costa Rica and amazed at how efficient and effective all tourist services were. I hope I get to go back soon!

Katzke Romantic Vacation – January 2012

"Overall a very dreamy, bonding experience for us!"
Arrival: 01-01-2012 Departure: 01-19-2012
Hello Lynn- overall a very dreamy, bonding experience for us! I just love the lighter fare of food, and of course the freshness of all the fruit- divine! The Aurola Holiday Inn is fine- the first night there we got a room with a non-working AC and had to get very assertive to get that fixed- ideally windows that open for us! We loved the river trip (Pacuare River Lodge) and our guide especially- Luis- he cooked so well for us too. The second day on the river we got a hot shot guide who tried to bump into other rafts- I wound up int he water twice- he thought that was hilarious-- but Luis was golden and we tipped him generously. I think you might tell 3 day trippers to bring at LEAST 3 changes of dry clothing- we were practically moldy by the time we finished that trip- we never got dry! We loved the atmosphere of the Arenal (Arenal Springs) place- so top notch! We never did see much of the mountain but that was fine- and the springs are not as hot as we'd like so we didn't spend much time in them- but dearly love the green lush atmosphere up there. The road trips were tough on Corin who gets car sick- again it comes down to the drivers- some take the corners more roughly than others. However it would be VERY helpful to know going in how LONG each trip will be- some times it was not mentioned- we could have gotten some medication for the 3-4 hour trips had we known what to expect. We liked the horse trip (Nacuya Waterfalls) VERY much- great people and great treatment of their animals- this really matters to us. We liked the beauty of the last place in Dominical (Costa Paraiso)- but not having an open restaurant was a bummer- and not really being able to swim there was not idea- also a bit hot for ME, I would like to sleep higher up next time- it's so pleasant up high with a view! I looked at property in two areas- and met a nice man on the plane coming home who has several acreages so we exchanged contacts- it is far less expensive than what is listed with realtors- I'm open to exploring that and hope we can return next year. Thanks so much for your help on all aspects- if we can write a review for your agency- let us know. Mary

Daniel Soto Mayorga Vacation – December 2013

"We are looking for what My Costa Rica will find for us."
Arrival: 12-31-2013 Departure: 01-01-2014
For our group was to go to a very nice and relax place to enjoyed our New Years Eve party. Jason help us and we found a beautiful small hotel near Santa Ana, was so relax with an excelent restaurant. Though I born in Costa Rica I do not think I could fined a more subtly place if is wasn't for My Costa Rica help. We are going back to costa Rica in July and again in December and we are looking for what My Costa Rica will find for us.

Sexton Vacation – December 2014

"We really had a great time!!"
Arrival: 12-29-2013 Departure: 01-06-2014
Lynn, I don’t have an account on Facebook but these are my comments that I would add if I could. Thanks for the great planning. We really had a great time!! “We had a great time in Costa Rica. The tours, hotels (Mountain Paradise, Trapp Family Lodge and Tamarindo Diria) and transportation all went as planned. I was initially skeptical about all the transfers but all the picks up were right on time for the tours and the transfers between four locations. David who transferred us from San Jose to Arenal was much more than a driver. He provided a lot of information as we drove through the beautiful countryside. I would recommend MyCostaRicaLink.com for all planning. They worked within our budget to make this a great experience. We plan to return to Costa Rica in the future and will use MyCostaRica for our planning.” Thanks Shirley

Perkins Vacation – December 2013

"We had a blast on this trip and will always treasure it."
Arrival: 12-27-2013 Departure: 01-04-2014
Hi Lynn, For the most part we had a perfect trip in Costa Rica. On a trip where many things could certainly go wrong, nothing was abandoned or lost on the entire adventure. The staff, drivers and guides were kind, helpful and courteous everywhere we traveled in the country. The drivers were punctual and flexible on the trip. We found the adventures to be both safe and exciting. Each person in our group had a different favorite activity. I could never rank what was the best for all. I personally enjoyed the Corcovado Tour (thanks to our guide Adriane), Nauyaca Falls and the Zip Line. A couple of things I wanted to mention only because I am sure many before us have contributed to make our trip the great success. •Some of the seatbelts in the vans around Sierpe are rusted and would not fasten. •Although our boat rides to Cano and Corvocado were wonderful, one of the accompanying boats motor stopped and the prior day another group said their motor stalled on their return from Cano Island for an hour. •The Beach Tent Camp, Marriott Hotel and Mountain Paradise were great! Again, nothing problematic to report but rather some notes for your future clients. We had a blast on this trip and will always treasure it. Thank you for your professional guidance to compile a splendid vacation! Happy New Year! Rick

Simpson Vacation – December 2013

"Costa Rica is truly a beautiful country."
Arrival: 12-27-2013 Departure: 01-04-2014
Hey Lynn, The trip that you arranged for Pascale and I was absolutely perfect! We had such an incredible time there! Costa Rica is truly a beautiful country, and all of the people we met along the way were so nice. Congratulations are in order, we are now engaged :) Thanks again, I will try and take some time to fill out a review. All the best, Christopher Simpson

Perkins Family Vacation – December 2013

"We found the adventures to be both safe and exciting."
Arrival: 12-27-2013 Departure: 01-05-2014
For the most part we had a perfect trip in Costa Rica. On a trip where many things could certainly go wrong, nothing was abandoned or lost on the entire adventure. Real travel testimonials We found the adventures to be both safe and exciting. Each person in our group had a different favorite activity. Real travel testimonials I could never rank what was the best for all. I personally enjoyed the Corcovado Tour (thanks to our guide Adriane), Nauyaca Falls and the Zip Line. Real travel testimonials The staff, drivers and guides were kind, helpful and courteous everywhere we traveled in the country. The drivers were punctual and flexible on the trip.

Perl Vacation – December 2013

"Thanks for a wonderful trip."
Arrival: 12-26-2013 Departure: 01-03-2014
Lynn, I write to you from the flight to JFK from SJO. Thanks for a wonderful trip. Truly, everything went well and your references were superb. Hotels - Harbor Reef and Arenal Springs were both perfect! Your guidance on everything was fantastic, and we're very grateful. I'm be sure to refer anyone going to Costa Rica to you, and I'm happy to serve as a reference. With best wishes for a great 2014, Richard

Darlene Abt Vacation – December 2013

"I will be going back."
Arrival: 12-26-2013 Departure: 01-02-2014
My husband and I had the best time ever. It was our first vacation from Canada so we were a little nervous not knowing what to expect. Well we were so happy that every thing went so well. When we were to be picked up they were there. I hotels were beautiful. All excursions were fun and the tour guides were so helpful. One guide took us thru the local market and another stopped so we could have refreshments and food for the ride. My husband was so amazed how everything was planned and precise. I will be going back and will be giving you a call. Thank u from Canada.

Simpson Vacation – December 2013

"We had an amazing time exploring Costa Rica."
Arrival: 12-25-2013 Departure: 01-04-2013

Dubrowsky Vacation – December 2013

"Courteous and pleasant at all times."
Arrival: 12-24-2013 Departure: 12-24-2013

Ron Vandermeulen Vacation – December 2013

"Should have stayed in Costa Rica!"
Arrival: 12-22-2013 Departure: 01-04-2014
I have been lax in posting this review – life got busy once we got back (should have stayed in Costa Rica!). We had a 14 day family vacation in Costa Rica over the Christmas break.  Their recommendation was well founded. Despite booking fairly late (we had to wait for kids' exam schedules to be posted), Lynn put together a truly memorable trip. We got to sample both coasts as well as the mountains. The locations and activities she chose were spot-on for the type of things we told her we enjoy. The contractors that Lynn used for transfers and activities were wonderful. The drivers were so punctual you could set your watch by them. They were, without exception, courteous and safe, the latter being no small consideration in locations where the roads were no more than a twisty dirt track scraped out of the side of a cliff. The tour guides were well informed about all aspects of the flora and fauna in their respective areas and most were fluently bilingual – the ones who weren’t were more than happy to help us practice our Spanish. On one hike where my wife and daughter had to drop out early due to an injury, the guide arranged for them to be picked up at an alternate location. They were met by a driver who greeted them by name, ascertained whether any medical attention was required (it wasn’t) and were taken back to the hotel. The driver notified the guide by cell phone that they were safely back at the hotel so my son and I did not have to worry about their location or safety. The hotels were first-rate – I’ve never before seen my kids’ mouths drop open in amazement when walking into a hotel room (Hotel El Establo in Monte Verde and Mountain Paradise Lodge near Arenal both got that reaction). We had one minor hiccup with the accommodations at our last location – we arrived late and the rooms we were given were not what we were expecting. I sent Lynn an email explaining the problem at 8 PM on a Sunday. I had a response within 30 minutes that same evening. The next morning she made some phone calls and got us moved to a great 2-bedroom suite. Given that it was two days before New Year in a fully booked hotel, that’s truly commendable customer service. The hotel manager and condo owner both went out of their way to make sure we were happy.

Scime Vacation – December 2013

"I have had an exceptional experience."
Arrival: 12-22-2013 Departure: 01-02-2014

Mark Aston Vacation – December 2013

"One of the best trips that we've taken as a family."
Arrival: 12-20-2013 Departure: 12-31-2013
Hi Matt Thx for your help and here are my comments. Overall we had a great time - one of the best trips that we've taken as a family. While most of that is due to Costa Rica being a wonderful place and the people in particular being really great - you/myCostarica did a great job as well. All of the tours were really good and most were great. All of drivers turned up on time or early and were all really good as well. When we had a problem or needed some help Lynn was there immediately to help us out. I would definitely highly recommend MYCostaRica to anyone I know (or don't know come to that too). In terms of specific comments about a few things: - Mountain Paradise was really good. It was nice to start the vacation there and then go to the beach resort afterwards rather than the other way around. The food at the Mountain Paradise resort was really good. The accomodations were good except for the issue we had with the room. They were fully booked they couldn't offer us another room until our last night. -Diria was a good place as well and it was nice that as a family were stayed across the street in the quieter area. The hotel overall was good, especially for a large resort. -Tours - the tours we took were largely very good indeed. All of the tour people did a good to great job. Our most memorable ones (can't recall the company names) were the ziplining and the river boat cruise. Hope that helps and we're definitely going back to Costa Rica again ! Cheers Mark

Stephanie Kornbleuth Vacation – December 2013

"My family took an amazing trip to Costa Rica."
Arrival: 12-20-2013 Departure: 12-30-2013
My family took an amazing trip to Costa Rica in December.  The drivers and guides that transported us from airport, to hotels, to adventures, were all terrific and made for a very stress-free and relaxing trip. Can't wait to return!! - Stephanie Kornbleuth

Cornetet Vacation – November 2013

"What an awesome girl's weekend in Arenal."
Arrival: 11-29-2013 Departure: 12-01-2013

Trevisán Vacation – November 2013

"I had an excellent experience."
Arrival: 11-26-2013 Departure: 12-18-2013

Birdsall Vacation – November 2013

"The activities were all great."
Arrival: 11-07-2013 Departure: 11-13-2013

Easley Vacation – November 2013

"I would like to thank you for a well organized and beautiful trip."
Arrival: 11-06-2013 Departure: 11-15-2013
Lynn, I would like to thank you for a well organized and beautiful trip. We were treated well and met some very nice people. The transportation was excellent and timely. We especially enjoyed the special treatment we received for dinner at Hotel Copa de Arbol. There were so many people that made are trip special. Wish we could name them all, however we are grateful for their caring attitude. Again thank you for a job well done. We will certainly recommend your services in the future. Jerry and Dee Easley

"We had so much fun in Costa Rica. I highly recommend My Costa Rica"
Arrival: 10-16-2013 Departure: 11-01-2013

Pollard Vacation – October 2013

"What a wonderful find!"
Arrival: 10-01-2013 Departure: 10-09-2013

Ulicny Vacation – August 2013

Arrival: 08-10-2013 Departure: 08-14-2013

Lynn

I am very pleased with my vacation booked through MyCostaRica.com. My vacation was more unusual; it began when I was already in the country, after finishing a voluntourism expedition from Earthwatch. I was to be picked up in a more remote location and then taken further north up the Pacific coast. MyCostaRica.com did not recommend the more expensive plane ride, but instead arranged for a private taxi transfer with a native Costa Rican who could speak English. It was like I got my own personal tour of the countryside while I was supporting a local man and his family. The staff at the tent camp where I stayed were very accomodating, ensuring that I was where I needed to be, and making all the arrangements to get there. I also had an issue with connecting flights that were extremely close together in time. MyCostaRica.com made sure that my boarding pass was ready to go and notified the local airline staff, who expedited my plane transfer.

Most importantly, I got a clear message that MyCostaRica.com truly cares for its countrymen. After sharing information with me about how to make a positive impact to those in their country, I settled on packing a bag of wish list items for a local orphanage with the information from Pack for a Purpose. My bag of donations was ready to be dropped off at the airport, and MyCostaRica.com made arrangements to ensure that the bag would get to its destination.

This is the first travel agency that I have worked with that truly shows that they sincerely care for the tourists, for local people, and for those in need. It was an honor to enjoy their services.

Elieli Vacation – August 2013

"Uvita was beautiful and the Cristal Ballena hotel was perfect."
Arrival: 08-08-2013 Departure: 08-25-2013
As you know this is the first time I plan a trip thru an agency although we travel every year. I "met" you coincidently on the web and decided to give it a try. Although we had some misunderstandings, all in all you helped us a lot and we are thankful for everything. Here is the review of the places you send us to: Tryp sabana - very good. Tortugero - Mawamba lodge was great- should be stated that the night turtle tour is not included and the cost of it. (like all the others - it would have helped to plan the extra cash we brought). Arenal and Kioro hotel were excellent. We also did canyoning which was very good and ATV with "power-wheels adventure" which was great cause they took us threw muddy farms and beautiful landscape not just the regular trail to the waterfall. La Carolina lodge was perfect. (I got that one from friends recommendation). Monte Verde was beautiful, the Trapp Family Lodge was ok but I wouldn’t go back. Alma del Pacifico was excellent! We brought friends as well for one night. Corcovado was one of the best reserves and we saw more animals then anywhere else. lousy. We had a full big lunch (at 9 am!!) when we reached Las Vegas restaurant (VERY RECOMMENDED) where we left the car. Uvita was beautiful and the Cristal Ballena hotel was perfect. That’s it Thanks again for everything! Galia Elieli

Elefant/Graber Vacation – July 2013

"Thank you again and we hope to use you again in the future!!!"
Arrival: 07-31-2013 Departure: 08-07-2013
Hola Lynn! I wanted to thank you for an amazing experience!!! Our trip was an incredible journey that I will never forget! I will be sure to write a review as well, but I wanted to thank you directly for coordinating all of our activities, accommodations, and transportation. I know there was a lot of back and forth about the itinerary and we appreciate that it all worked out perfectly! Just one thing so you know for the future- the ATV adventure didn't include a butterfly farm and we asked the guide and he said they don't have that as part of it anymore. Otherwise every other adventure description was accurate and all so much fun! One more thing- the staff at Mountain Paradise were exceptional and we loved every minute there!! Thank you again and we hope to use you again in the future!!! Pura Vida! Aliza

Speleman Vacation – July 2013

"Such a customer service is priceless."
Arrival: 07-30-2013 Departure: 08-02-2013

Caryn and Ian Jay Weinblatt Vacation – July 2013

"Thanks again for everything!!!!!"
Arrival: 07-21-2013 Departure: 07-28-2013
Hi Lynn, Just wanted to thank you and let you know what an amazing time we had. I would have written yesterday except our flight had been diverted, then cancelled and we first arrived home yesterday afternoon. Even that didn't damper our trip. We had such a great time and truly appreciate all your time and effort to make it so special. The country (and we only saw a small bit of it) is beautiful and the people are so friendly. The tours and transportation worked out great. Gil, our tour guide on Friday was really amazing. We look forward to coming back in the future and having you plan another amazing trip. Thanks again for everything!!!!! So glad Lauren Elefant recommended you.  

Julissa, Luisa and Julio Vacation – July 2013

"They were knowledgeable, professional and very helpful."
Arrival: 07-16-2013 Departure: 07-21-2013
This was our first time in Costa Rica and Lynn from My Costa Rica was super helpful. She helped make all our arrangements and was so patient in asnwering all my questions. Tulemar Bungalows were a great recomemndation and we loved our accommodations. The suggested tours were also great. The one comment, and more so of the tour company than My Costa Rica, is that our driver for the Manuel Antonio tour was 30 minutes late to pick us up, and it seemed very disorganized. Luckily, our actual tour guide was amazing and we saw a great array of animals. Overall, I highly recommend My Costa Rica. They were knowledgeable, professional and very helpful. Julissa Thanks again for everything!

Johnston Vacation – July 2013

"It was one of the smoothest trips we've had in a while."
Arrival: 07-11-2013 Departure: 07-20-2013
We just got back from our Costa Rica vacation and it was one of the smoothest trips we've had in a while. Lynn helped us get a great mix of very nice hotels and a very rustic tent stay. She responded quickly to all of our questions and requests for changes. The shuttle connections were flawless with everyone there on time or early. The tours, zip line, rafting were all very high quality. If you're looking for an out of the way trip without too many crowds or extra touristy places, MyCostaRica can help. (probably another type of trip too, that's just what we were looking for) The whole thing was excellent and I would happily use them again.

Nadiya and Mathew Wilson Vacation – July 2013

"Rancho Margot was great."
Arrival: 07-06-2013 Departure: 07-14-2013
Hi, Overall, everything went well. All the transport was on time and drivers were polite and well trained. We had no problems with any hotel reservations, etc. Rancho Margot was great: their gardens and some of their own trails were beautiful. A few things to know: in the summer, the place turns into a big teens camp. It was quite busy and loud the first night. However, we found a way to avoid them the next day, so they did not bother us. But something to keep in mind. Also, their place is really remote: the dirt road taking you up there is about 30-40 minute slow drive. Given that we were there only for 2 nights, I would have probably preferred to just stay on site and enjoy the Ranch as opposed to having an excursion the next day that we spent quite a bit of time in the car. Mango Moon was gorgeous. Friendly staff, very cozy. I recommend this hotel for the future: the restaurant was great, the views amazing, the comfort of the room, and the private patio (with monkeys!) was a really nice treat. The Night Jungle Walk excursion was one of the best we had: the guide was really professional and the excursion was informative and fun. The Scuba diving center was good and no complaints for the crew. However, as an activity in the rainy season is probably not the best: there was almost no visibility. Dantika hotel and the San Gerardo de Dota (just like you said) were amazing. The cloud forest was very unique place to be. The staff, the rooms, the restaurant, all were top notch. We wish we stayed there longer. The bird-watching tour was good and professional (we did see a family of Quetzals). The horseback riding tour to the waterfalls, however, I would not recommend: we were led by two 12-year old boys who didn't speak to us at all during the entire trip (even in Spanish). The route, as well, was for the most part along the road with cars, so we kept needing to pull our horses to the side to let the cars go. The cake was delicious! Thanks a lot! The staff of the hotel enjoyed it as well :) The staff sang a happy birthday to Mat and they were all excited, while Mat was taken completely by surprise. This was very thoughtful. Overall, thanks again Lynn for the great organization of the trip. I will recommend your agency to people who I meet that are planning a trip to Costa Rica. Hope to connect again some time! Best regards, Nadiya

Cox Vacation – June 2013

"The trip was fantastic."
Arrival: 06-30-2013 Departure: 07-06-2013
I returned home safe and sound Saturday. I wanted to let you know that the trip was fantastic and all of the plans that you engineered went seamless. Thank you for help making this trip a lifetime memory.

Lipsitt Vacation – June 2013

"From the moment we arrived, our schedule flowed perfectly."
Arrival: 06-30-2013 Departure: 07-07-2013

Patel Family Vacation – June 2013

"Overall our Trip was Great and we had wonderful Experience."
Arrival: 06-26-2013 Departure: 07-06-2013
Arenal - La Fortuna We had the BEST time and really enjoyed Arenal Spring Resort and their hospitality. Great breakfast and wonderful staff. Very good Hot Springs and their pools and clean/comfortable area with awesome view of Arenal Volcano, which we were able to see clearly on last day. I highly recommend this resort and suggest you book it for any of your clients in future. 1) Pick-up at airport was awesome and Driver was very nice. We were all tired with delayed flight and long journey, driver was very courtesy and helpful with our needs. The best part was that they had Wi-Fi in Bus, which was very very helpul. I strongly suggest and recommend this DeSafio company. 2) Horseback ride to LaFortuna Waterfall was wonderful and Shuttle service was prompt. Guides to fall were nice and we enjoyed our experience. We liked horseback riding but felt very bad for the horses as it seems they are getting torture and not enough horses for the amount of tours they have. We felt that horses are getting tired and not being well taken care of. We wish we would have been allowed to stay longer at waterfall as 5 other member's walked from other side and we were not able to spend any time with them but just one minute to take picture, where my wife Jayshri had walked from other side. 3) Volcano Tour - Shuttle was prompt on time and guide was very knowledgeable but it was not much clear day so didn't get to enjoy the view of Volcano at all. At the end of the tour, Pineapple offered by tour guide was awesome and best ever. Driver and guide both were so nice and dropped us off in town instead of Hotel. Desafio people were so nice and when I went to their office and requested them to see if they would drop 12 of us to the Hotel then immediately they were able to get the shuttle ready and dropped us off at no extra charge. Overall we were very happy with service at Desafio. 4) Canyoning - Shuttle was very prompt and waited for us as few of us were little behind. It was so great experience and we all really enjoyed it very much. Guides were very helpful and such a wonderful experience. We really enjoyed our trip Canyoning. 5) Taxi-Boat-Taxi - Shuttle was little late and we were disappointed to learn that we have to take all our luggage and walked down to the Boat area. There was no other person but just the shuttle driver and boat driver, who came up to get couple of luggage but luggage for 12 of us plus other's in Bus is way too much to luggage by only 2 people. We managed to walk down with our luggage. View was wonderful and ride was awesome. Even after reaching other side of Lake, Shuttles were not too far and ready. We enjoyed the ride thru mountains and nice view. It was not bad at all as we were thinking that driving thru rough and unpaved roads would be difficult but it was great experience and we really enjoyed it. Monte Verde Coffee & Pastry shop across the street from El Establo was wonderful, very reasonable and nice friendly staff there. I strongly recommend this little coffee shop. 1) Coffee Tour was the best experience and meet way beyond our expectations. Shuttle was running late due to mis-communication some how from you and wrong timings but once we got there, our tour guide was very friendly and had wonderful time. We really enjoyed our tor and great experience. Lot's of memory returned from back home as we had seen similar stuff and Sugarcane farms when we were young. I strongly recommend to large family group like our's and this was one of the Best. 2) Selvatura Zipline and Hanging Bridges - Again shuttle didn't come on time due to mis-communication at your end and we had waited around longer. Anyway, once we got there the experience was Awesome. Plenty of guides with us and they all did a wonderful Job. Our group and younger kids had a great time. We all enjoyed Trazan swing and had so much fun. Too much to walk between zip lines and too far from one to another. We really enjoyed The Zipline experience here and we all wanted to do it again and again. Hanging bridges were just ok as it was late and they just asked us to go and walk on our own. All bridges looks same and not much difference. It was just too much to walk and not much to see as well we were tired after Zipline and it was getting late. This Zip line is better for the view then 100% Adventura. 3) Canopy Tour at 100% Adevntura - Although some of us got hurt, this was again the best experience. This is the best buy for our bucks. It is well worth the money and I highly recommend to anyone as it cover's most of the item in Monteverde. Guides should be more trained and fluent in English as there was lack of language and mis-communication occurred during zip-line, which is very risky and bad experience to us. Overall we had so much fun and enjoyed this Canopy Tour. Although it was delayed due to rain and thunderstorm/striking, we very well enjoyed it specially the largest Zip Line and Tarzan Swing. This canopy tour is overall much better and easy as not much to walk between the zip lines. They also have actual and real hanging bridges, which is better experience then the one's at Salvatura. Overall this place is the Best. What a great customer service and I would strongly recommend that you give all your business to this 100% Adventura company. Their Canopy Tour is the best overall anyway. I will write a very good review and give my recommendation on Trip Advisor. San Jose - LaPaz - Poas Volcano Park Inn Hotel was the best and wonderful friendly staff. Since this was brand new and modern hotel, it was very well designed and well built. We all enjoyed it here and liked the breakfast as well. We wish we could have spend both nights here and left next day instead of late night. I strongly suggest and recommend this hotel. Shuttle came on time for pick-up and our driver was helpful and courtesy. We stopped for ice-cream and souvenir on the way from Manuel Antonio to San Jose. Since we were running late and next bus for our trip to Ram Luna was already behind us, we rushed unloading the stuff where I forgot to pick-up my Sunglasses and Hat and left it in the bus. Immediately I called you left message as well called your company and called the Bus Company, where David promised that next day he has another tour bus coming to San Jose and he will send it with that bus by afternoon/evening, which he did and it was so nice of the tour bus company. I can't thank them enough as both of these item has very sentimental value to me since it was Father's day gift to me from my kids. Thank you so much for taking care of this and getting it returned promptly. 1) RamLuna - View was great and wonderful. Overall just OK experience and we enjoyed the local cultural show and program but Host was speaking too loud in microphones and mostly all in Spanish and little in English translation. I was not too impress with the host and felt that he was little rude to our group when he came down to our table and asked where are we from, we mentioned North Carolina and he said no Where were we born and told us that don't forget our roots my friend. Our kids are not born in India and they all are born in USA. In this case he should have asked, where were we born and not where are we from? We know our roots and we will never ever forget our roots. He should have been more friendly to his guest and not rude the way he talked to our group. 2) Poas Volcano and LaPaz waterfall garden - Shuttle arrived on time and Our tour guide was the BEST ever. He is one of the best in entire trip and we really enjoyed having him. He was very knowledgeable and very good sense of humor. Although we all were very tired after our 10 days trip to Costa Rica and way too much excursion; we really enjoyed this last day tour and had the best experience. All of us enjoyed the visit to La Poas Volcano since we were able to see it very clear and live Volcano. We wish we could have done this on the first day and able to spend more time while we are not tired and fresh. It was an amazing experience and Thank you so much for recommending and suggesting this as part of our itinerary. Everyone in our group enjoyed it and it was so much fun. After La Poas, we went to LaPaz Garden and we were worried and concerned about food. Food was very good and in fact they were able to make Vegetarian Pizza for our group. There was plenty of choices and nice coffee as well. We all had great time and we enjoyed the food very well. I wish RamLuna would offer similar food and expand their Buffett. LaPaz Waterfall garden was so amazing and best experience for all of us. We all had great time and really enjoyed it so much. Our guide was very well knowledgeable and give us the bets tour of the LaPaz. Waterfalls were wonderful and so much fun, much better and very less walking then LaFortuna. I really wish we could have done this on 1st day and spend more time OR even not go to Manuel Antonio and spend 2 days around here. Driver and Guide both were very helpful and took us to San Jose for small shopping, dinner and stayed with us until they dropped us off to the airport. Out of all besides Canopy and Canyoning, this was the BEST ever and we really enjoyed it so much. We would love to go there again and do this tour. I highly recommend and suggest to any one visiting Costa Rica that they must do Poas and LaPaz. This is a MUST besides Canopy and canyoning. Overall our Trip was Great and we had wonderful Experience touring Costa Rica. We enjoyed the Zip Line, Tarzan Jump, Canyoning, Poas Volcano and LaPaz Gardens and waterfall the most. We didn't enjoy so much of Manuel Antonio national park tour and SkyTram. My wife said, the best thing she liked about all over and all the guides is that they are taking care of their country well enough and preserving by instructing tourist not to smoke in certain areas and what not to do and making sure that all tourist follows the instructions. Thank you so much for all your help and all you had done for our group. I already have few friends asking about our trip to Costa Rica and some are planning in near future and I will recommend them to work with you directly to plan their vacation. Of course everything can't be perfect and we had few glitches and some very minor dis-appointments but overall it was the best and amazing vacation ever. Once again, thanks for everything and I greatly appreciate your patience to work with our group for our needs. I would strongly recommend and suggest that if One doesn't care about the beach experience then Do Only Arenal, Monte Verde and LaPaz to have the best experience overall. Six Days should be enough to cover and do all activities at LaPaz,Arenal and Monteverde. Top 5 BEST Things to do suggested and recommended by our family.... 1) Rapelling/Canyonning - Wondeful experience for 1st timers 2) ZipLine-Tarzan Fall (Canopy Tour at 100% Adventura) - Salvatura Zip line is good as well for the View. 3) La Paz Waterfall Garden (ALL Activities here - It is the BEST) 4) Coffee Tour - Very Good experience and A Must 5) Poas Volcano - Amazing to see in the morning when it's clear Talk to you later. Take Care. I hope you will enjoy your Pickles.

Richman Vacation – June 2013

"Extremely helpful"
Arrival: 06-22-2013 Departure: 07-01-2013

Scott Wiggins Vacation – June 2013

"I would highly recommend using My Costa Rica."
Arrival: 06-18-2013 Departure: 06-29-2013
I would highly recommend using My Costa Rica and in particular Lynn Bateman as a travel consultant. All the details of our trip she arranged for us came off with out a hitch. These included several transfers by private coach from hard to get to places or at ungodly hours of the morning. In every case our van and the driver were on time or early, and ready to go. At each of the places we stayed, I felt as if we had the best location or room. As if we had been there before and picked it out. Maybe this was luck, or maybe it was Lynn. Transfer from airport to Aurola Holiday Inn (SJ one night). Pacuare River Rafting w/ transfer to Arenal Observatory Lodge (2 nights) Transfer to Trogan Lodge in the Savegre Cloud Forest (2 nights). Transfer to the Corcovado Adventure Tent Camp (near Drake Bay, 3 nights). Transfer to La Posada Inn in Manuel Antonio (2 nights). Late transfer back to Aurola Holiday Inn (SJ, one very short night). 3:30 AM transfer to back to the airport for a 6:00 departure. Basically every place was great. One thing we booked our self was El Santuario Canopy Adventure Tour out of Manuel Antonio. We had an open day, and had already done the beach/park the day before. However on this last day it was pouring rain (this cannot be overstated). Even though the rain stung our faces while we did this, It was amazing, just do it. Long rides, new equipment, huge trees and valleys, totally safe. The only criticism I would levy was our transfer from Arenal to Trogan was really long (~7 hours), we went right through San Jose during Friday Night rush hour. I would try to avoid this, but we should have expected it. I am glad I was not driving. We have 3 older kids along (16,19 & 22), and if I was driving there would have been a lot more stops and demands for food which I was glad to not have to deal with. Also despite what we read, the roads were very good, curvy but smooth on the routes we took. So book with MyCostaRica.com they will take care of you!

Trevelino Vacation – June 2013

"My Costa Rica coordinated logistics beautifully."
Arrival: 06-17-2013 Departure: 06-08-2013

Keating Vacation – June 2013

"All in all great trip!"
Arrival: 06-15-2013 Departure: 06-22-2013

Winsborrow Vacation – June 2013

"We are very pleased with how everything has turned out again."
Arrival: 06-04-2013 Departure: 06-13-2013

Chin Family Vacaction – June 2013

"Thank you all so much for such a wonderful vacation!!"
Arrival: 06-03-2013 Departure: 07-09-2013
Dear MyCostaRica: My name is Kristen Chin and I recently worked with Lynn Bateman to plan my five week stay in the Osa. Thank you all so much for such a wonderful vacation!! Everything was well organized and it made my trip very enjoyable. One thing I would suggest is to offer the option of only using electronic copies of the itinerary and vouchers. My folder and printed itinerary got moldy and I also wouldn't have minded saving some paper by accessing it only through email/on my phone. Over time, you could even consider using QR codes to take the place of the voucher. I hope this helps and thank you again for helping me plan my stay in the Osa. Sincerely, Kristen Chin

Hoffman Family Vacation – May 2013

"We had an incredible time."
Arrival: 05-18-2013 Departure: 05-26-2013
We had an incredible time and could not have without your patience, thoughtfulness and consideration in planning this trip! We loved every minute of it…even when it rained… Mauren and Dave** met us promptly at the airport. Mauren was very thorough and we checked everything to make sure we had the same itinerary. Rancho Margot was amazing! …we liked that it was wayyyyy off the beaten path! Next time I think we would like to do more of the activities provided there, maybe stay for 3 nights, but who knew. La Casona was great and we learned a lot about the culture and we got to meet the kids at the local school who danced for us! They were adorable and since we forgot to give our "Packing for a Purpose" stuff to My Costa Rica we just gave the markers and colored pencils to their school. Makaela's mom and I are going to also send them a small donation via Milton at La Casona who's email I have. Milton took us to a local "Tico" farm too which we also enjoyed very much as well. and learned a lot about what they grow in Costa Rica. We had fresh pineapple right from the ground :) Milton also showed us how he makes cane sugar from start to finish the old fashioned way. Also there is a "spa" in La Fortuna there that the locals go to…not really a tourist spot but anyone is welcome (according to the best driver ever, **Dave!! We loved Dave! He was great! They should give him a raise!). Trogon Lodge was absolutely beautiful and definitely off the beaten path! It was the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! The waterfall hike was very nice… My guide was a local man who had a farm and we even road past his house. We galloped during the horseback ride practically the entire time and I loved every minute of it. I haven't road a horse like that since I was a kid! Although I have to admit that it was nice that it was cold there and that there was a hot, plentiful shower at the lodge. At Corcovado Adventures Tent Camp, the people and the environment were spectacular and we would go there again. Adrian and Jason (our guide and boat driver)…and everyone else who's names I cannot remember… were knowledgeable, friendly and competent. Adrian is a wealth of knowledge and he really knows the rainforest and the animals like the back of his hand. Jason was able to navigate and surf the HUGE Pacific waves with the boat as if he was born on a surf board! Cano Island was beautiful and Adrian tried very hard to find things for us to see under water and we loved snorkeling, the water and the island were beautiful and we had a lot of fun…Adrian even knocked some coconuts out of a tree for us and hacked them open so we could drink the water…so good! We also went horseback riding with Gustavo which was another great horseback riding trip. We went through the forest and road on the beach. He took us to a place where the river flows into the ocean. The water was crystal clear and cold coming from the river and churned where it met the warm ocean waves and we all played in both! He had us out for over 3 hours :) The departure from the Osa Peninsula was not easy…what a beautiful and magical place…the girls have already asked me several times when we can go back! Oh I almost forgot the plane ride from Drake to San Jose…wow! What a view. It was so cool to see where we had been below from a mile and a half up! We even saw the Whale Fin Peninsula…unbelievable!! And then when we got to the airport to find that our driver was Dave again was terrific! The girls had kept saying during the trip that although all of our drivers were good they liked Dave the best! He was knowledgeable a good driver and friendly:) He really seemed to enjoy being with us! The food everywhere was pretty good and we enjoyed eating local, traditional Costa Rican food but the food at Ranco Margot was spectacular…doesn't get much fresher than that! We have never tasted pork that good…melt in your mouth! Finally the San Jose Marriott…loved it!! It was so nice to be able to look forward to a hot shower and a cool hotel room with ZERO humidity! We draped our damp clothes all over the room as soon as we got there and when we came in from the most crystal clear and clean swimming pool I truly have EVER been in, our clothes were bone dry…an experience we hadn't had since we left home. Nothing like a trip to the jungle to make you appreciate the creature comforts. Also reminds us how fortunate we really are to know the difference. Well for now that's about it. If I think of anything else I will email you. If you have any questions let me know and I will do my best to answer them. Final comment: we would do it again!! Thank you!

Hands Vacation – April 2013

"We had a wonderful week in Costa Rica."
Arrival: 04-19-2013 Departure: 05-01-2013
We had a wonderful week in Costa Rica and very much enjoyed our time in beautiful Guanacaste. The hotels (Flamingo Beach Resort, Tamarindo Diria and Bahia del Sol) each had their own character. However, if I were to pick the one we enjoyed the most I'd have to say it was the Tamarindo Diria. The food was exceptional, the swimming area across the road amazing, and the beach with the big waves very enjoyable. Another plus was access to shopping just outside the complex. The tour to Park National Palo Verde was worth doing and we saw two types of monkey, crocodiles, and several kinds of birds. What made this trip extra special was the young guide, Pedro. He had great personality and was very knowledgeable. The scope he brought along greatly added to our ability to see wildlife up close and even photograph them! The transportation you arranged along with the vouchers worked well and we were very glad we asked you to arrange this for us. I will surely recommend your services if I hear of someone wanting to go to Costa Rica. I appreciate very much all you did for us. Pura Vida. Enid

Burris Vacation – April 2013

"I cannot recommend MyCostaRica enough."
Arrival: 04-12-2013 Departure: 04-19-2013
Lynn planned the perfect trip which consisted of magical La Fortuna/Arenal volcano and the exotic beaches/seclusion of Uvita. From there we were addicted and have seen other parts of the country since. I cannot recommend MyCostaRica enough and I have sent many referrals there was as well. It's not hard to sell Costa Rica, but this company makes the trip effortless and magical. Thank you Lynn and MyCostaRica for introducing us to our favorite place in the world!

Haims Family Vacation – April 2013

"We had a wonderful time in Costa Rica!"
Arrival: 04-11-2013 Departure: 04-19-2013
Hi, I just wanted to thank you. We had a wonderful time in Costa Rica! We especially enjoyed the canopy tour (Canopy Safari) , the tour of Manuel Antonio park with Ricardo Rodriguez and the nighttime amphibian tours with Johnny. If you have a Facebook page where I can "like" you or Travelocity page where I can leave favorable comments, please let me know. We would like to come back again! When you have a chance, can you please send me a sample itinerary of a different area(s). On the next trip, we would like to travel around a bit. Thank you again!! Pura vida, Rachel

Rambow Vacation – April 2013

"The absolute best vacation of our lives last week."
Arrival: 04-06-2013 Departure: 04-13-2013
Hi Just wanted to tell you thank you for what was the absolute best vacation of our lives last week. The itinerary you put together was incredible. We never had one minute that our drivers were not on time, the hotels were not expecting us. The country was beautiful! We especially enjoyed the Arenal Nayara, the best hotel experience we have had. I will recap more details later, but wanted to say thanks while I had a minute! Robert Rambow PS... we will recommend Costa Rica and your agency to all our family and friends!

Skinner Vacation – April 2013

"We had a wonderful experience."
Arrival: 04-06-2013 Departure: 04-11-2013

Zeller Vacation – April 2013

"Booking with My Costa Rica was the best choice we could have made."
Arrival: 04-02-2013 Departure: 04-11-2013

Picher Family Vacation – March 2013

"We all loved Costa Rica."
Arrival: 03-29-2013 Departure: 04-06-2013
Hola, You did a magnificent job with our vacation. We all loved Costa Rica. The Corcavado Tent Camp was wonderful and The Lookout Inn in Carate was amazing. We met so many helpful, happy and friendly people. We had a few remote pickups and had absolutely no problems because at every stop someone was there to greet us and take us to the next stop on our vacation. When our friends ask how we could plan such a trip I have been telling them about you! We were truly impressed. All the best! Arlene and Greg Picher

Kamerer Vacation – March 2013

"Thank you for arranging a wonderful trip to Costa Rica for us."
Arrival: 03-29-2013 Departure: 04-06-2013
Hi Lynn. Thank you for arranging a wonderful trip to Costa Rica for us. We were amazed at the ease and efficiency of our connections and reservations. I know I couldn't have done this myself! The people at Corcovado Adventures Tent Camp enjoyed coordinating our stay with you and Terry at the Lookout Inn in Carate would love you to go there for a visit. Both places were wonderful! Be well...Pura Vida! Robin Kamerer

Flores Vacation – March 2013

"We loved Jaco beach."
Arrival: 03-24-2013 Departure: 04-01-2013

David Barber Vacation – March 2013

"I think she would have a great time for our honeymoon."
Arrival: 03-22-2013 Departure: 04-01-2013
I have been traveling Costa Rica every year since 2003. I am getting married in September and looking to bringing my fiance to be wife to see Costa Rica. I think she would have a great time for our honeymoon.

Severens Vacation – March 2013

"Great service!"
Arrival: 03-16-2013 Departure: 03-23-2013

Mowatt Vacation – March 2013

"I couldn't have planned this."
Arrival: 03-15-2013 Departure: 03-21-2013

Mowatt Vacation – March 2013

"It was the right thing to do to book with my Costa Rica."
Arrival: 03-14-2013 Departure: 03-21-2013
They say the days of travel agents are past ..I'm here to say they are lying. Nothing they arranged went wrong and when outside forces tried to derail us (like a traffic jam on the airport road) they and the people they arranged moved earth and a little part of heaven. We also heard so many stores of bad bookings,bad shuttle transfers , bad hotels and bad adventures that more and more it was the right thing to do to book with my Costa Rica. I'm a do it yourselfer and im glad I didn't. Little details like a phone card, airport exit fees, make a difference.Id book with them again.

Parsons Vacation – March 2013

"One of the most amazing vacations we have ever had."
Arrival: 03-09-2013 Departure: 03-17-2013

Rogerson Vacation – February 2013

"I didn't have to worry about anything."
Arrival: 02-28-2013 Departure: 03-09-2013

Heather Jones Vacation – February 2013

"Everything was A+++."
Arrival: 02-26-2013 Departure: 03-05-2013
My Brother-in-Laws suggested we call Lynn at My Costa Rica and do our own travel arrangements. The rooms, the people, the view, everything was A+++ We loved Costa Rica so much we are now looking into possibly purchasing some property. Thank you MYCOSTARICA HJ.

Brongo Vacation – February 2013

"We will come back to Costa Rica."
Arrival: 02-26-2013 Departure: 03-06-2013

Harvey Vacation – February 2013

"We would definitely go back."
Arrival: 02-23-2013 Departure: 03-04-2013

Torontow Vacation – February 2013

"We found the Costa Rican people to be wonderful wherever we went."
Arrival: 02-23-2013 Departure: 03-09-2013

Winston Vacation – February 2013

"I was really impressed and grateful."
Arrival: 02-19-2013 Departure: 02-26-2013

Greenstreet Vacation – February 2013

Arrival: 02-16-2013 Departure: 02-23-2013

Hi My Costa Rica,

Greg and I are almost done with our trip to AMAZING Costa Rica and we wanted to thank you for helping us with the accommodations and the tours. They have all been terrific.

The transportation services have all been on time, courteous and friendly. Our driver David who picked us up from the San Jose, was especially wonderful! The Arenal Observatory wAs very good...we didn't want to leave;). The rafting trip (Rio Toro- Desafio) was exciting and so well managed for safety. Our raft guide, Alejandro was an expert with adults and children and his passion for rafting was contagious. Monteverde- Selvatura (Zipline and Hanging Bridges Combination) was a blast! Safety was definitely a priority for our zip line guides, they were awesome.

We've absolutely loved the Mango Moon hotel. It's been a very cool "home away from home" for us. Our first two nights at the top of the hotel, we had 3 kinds of monkeys at eye level only a few feet away! It was a thrill! The service, food and help from the employees here has been exceptional. We would over to come back here again. The fishing trip that James arranged for Greg at Blue Fin was a favorite for Greg. They had a knowledgeable crew, good food and he caught sailfish :). They also had a great boat.

We appreciate you help in guiding us in these decisions. We know that a big part of our successful experience was due to your expert help.

Pura Vida

Duncan Vacation – February 2013

"Thanks and regards for another fabulous trip to Costa Rica."
Arrival: 02-11-2013 Departure: 02-22-2013
It was a wonderful trip. The transportation was pretty punctual and we had very pleasant drivers. Monteverde zipline (Selvatura) was outstanding and the train trip a plus since besides our excellent guide, a Quaker botanist who has been there since 1966 (and is on the Board of Directors of The Children's Preserve) was along and enriched the experience. Even enjoyed the howling wind and horizontal rain on our departure day! Enjoyed the Poco a Poco and it's proximity to the little town. Can also highly recommend Morpho's restaurant there. We made use of the mercado there as well. Loved La Posada Jungle Villas where we felt like family and enjoyed delicious meals and a movie for very little money. The trip through the preserve and the river rafting (though a little tame) was a blast. Our guides were knowledgeable and fun and went out of their way to make it all enjoyable as well as enlightening. The day on the beach was really nice though our bogie boarding skills were lacking.. Flying back from Quepos is the only way to go! We still had a long day, but it was greatly shortened by the flight. Oh, yes. The hotel in San Jose (Aurola Holiday Inn) was beautiful and we thoroughly enjoyed the band across the street in the park. Had a lovely meal at La Criollita All in all a wonderful trip after a rocky start! I have a lot of friends who are interested so I have given them your name and website along with our itinerary. Thanks and regards for another fabulous trip to Costa Rica.

Riley Honeymoon – February 2013

"Thank you again for all of your help in creating a fantastic honeymoon!"
Arrival: 02-10-2013 Departure: 02-19-2013
Hola! Thank you again for all of your help in creating a fantastic honeymoon! We adored Costa Rica and the hotels you selected. The Arenal Nayara was absolutely gorgeous, the service there was probably the best we've ever had and the food was excellent. The volcano hike was not our favorite activity (not much of a "hike"), but Josh adored the hot springs and I absolutely loved the ziplining (Arenal Mundo Aventura). As you know, we had some stomach issues (I think it was a combo of the water and fruit?) so we missed the rafting. Tulemar was such an outstanding property and the town itself was fabulous for a couple like us, who like to wander around, try different foods, drink with the locals, etc. Again the service was truly outstanding. The transportation was great--super punctual, very nice and helpful with local history, Spanish lessons, restaurant recommendations, etc. My only quibble would be that we arrived at both places well before check in and our ride from Tulemar to the airport was well after check out. I think later arrivals and earlier departures to coincide with check in/out times would have been nice, if those flight times were available. I understand that's not always an option, however. All in all, it was a heavenly 10 days and we thank you and the rest of your team and partners for making our honeymoon so lovely. We will definitely be back! Josh and Katie Riley

Schneider Vacation – February 2013

"Everything went very smoothly and I had a wonderful time in Costa Rica!"
Arrival: 02-07-2013 Departure: 02-17-2013

Jordan Vacation – February 2013

"My Costa Rica is awesome!"
Arrival: 02-04-2013 Departure: 02-14-2013

Westby Vacation – February 2013

"This proved to be one of the best vacation experiences."
Arrival: 02-03-2013 Departure: 02-19-2013

Cato Adventure Vacation – January 2013

"Thanks for helping me with organizing my recent visit to Costa Rica."
Arrival: 01-28-2013 Departure: 02-11-2013
Hello! Thanks for helping me with organizing my recent visit to Costa Rica. All of the Hotels & Transportation that you provided worked very well. It truly made for a more relaxing time, not having to worry about arranging transportation and trusting your taste in Hotel choices, which were good. Hotel AranJuez in San Jose & Cabinas Jimenez in Puerto Jimenez were quite nice. The Corcovado Adventures Tent Camp was exactly that. Thanks Again, Pura Vida, Marc Cato

Julie Burtinshaw Vacation – January 2013

"I explored much of the country seamlessly and without stress."
Arrival: 01-28-2013 Departure: 02-16-2013
She is curious, interested and patient and stays in contact throughout the whole visit. Her first hand knowledge of Costa Rica is indispensable and I explored much of the country seamlessly and without stress. She negotiates great rates for hotels, cars and drivers and knows the hard to find out of the way places at beaches and in the mountains. I know I saved time and money by following her advice as well as visiting some spectacular locations. She will make sure that travellers to her country leave with a full understanding of Pura Vida!

Van Dorne Vacation – January 2013

"Accommodations were great as well as the activities."
Arrival: 01-26-2013 Departure: 02-08-2013

Kasznica Honeymoon – January 2013

"AMAZING."
Arrival: 01-24-2013 Departure: 02-01-2013

Robertson Vacation – January 2013

"I can not say enough about my Costa Rica."
Arrival: 01-23-2013 Departure: 01-31-2013

Mitchell Vacation – January 2013

"It was absolutely perfect!"
Arrival: 01-21-2013 Departure: 01-29-2013

Deneane and Jeff Family Vacation – January 2013

"Thank you so much for helping make our great trip to Costa Rica go smoothly."
Arrival: 01-16-2013 Departure: 01-23-2013
Thank you so much for helping make our great trip to Costa Rica go smoothly. Our transportations went very well. They were right there at the airport when we arrived and they were prompt picking us up. Mountain Paradise Hotel was beautiful. We were very happy with the service there. The River Rafting on Rio Toro was awesome. We had a lot of fun with that. Thank you also for the tote bag. It came in handy on a couple of our outings. We did a lot of activities there. We hiked Aremal & another volcano, went zip lining, hanging bridges, Tabacon Grand Resort and hot springs, Los Lagos Spa & Resort and much much more. There was a lot to do. Thank you again for all your help. PURA VIDA! Deneane & Jeff

Kane Vacation – January 2013

"I was particularly impressed with their professionalism."
Arrival: 01-09-2013 Departure: 01-22-2013

Dobson Vacation – December 2014

"We had a wonderful time on our Costa Rican vacation."
Arrival: 12-29-2014 Departure: 01-05-2015

Looze Vacation – December 2014

"All went off without a hitch."
Arrival: 12-16-2014 Departure: 01-04-2015

Kempf Vacation – November 2014

"The My Costa Rica packages always end up cheaper somehow."
Arrival: 11-20-2014 Departure: 12-02-2014
As it turned out, my planning left us in an area where we didn't want to spend a whole week. Luckily I found Jason and My Costa Rica while doing an internet search from our hotel. Jason not only helped us get out of where we were (nice, but not for 8 days) but he also helped us to travel to and see other parts of the country. My friends and I feel very fortunate to have found My Costa Rica and have booked 6 more adventures with Jason and Lynn since then. We have also recommended My Costa Rica to friends and family on several occasions. Everyone has been completely satisfied with the quality of their vacation, AND, no one has been able to beat their price. I say that because some friends have said, "I'm not paying some travel agent a commission, I'll book it myself". The My Costa Rica packages always end up cheaper somehow. You won't find a better vacation for any money and their experience and customer service is unequaled. 5 STARS for Jason, Lynn and all the Travel Professionals at My Costa Rica!!

Austen Matranga Vacation – October 2014

"My experience has been nothing less than spectacular with My CostaRica."
Arrival: 10-06-2014 Departure: 10-13-2014
My experience has been nothing less than spectacular with My CostaRica. My fiancé and I began searching for our honeymoon destination about 3 months ago. We had come across Costa Rica while looking in a magazine and thought "hey, that looks awesome". Being that we wanted an adventurous AND relaxing combination while on our honeymoon, we choose Costa Rica. Now the hard part was figuring out how, what and where to go in this foreign country we had no clue was all about. I randomly stumble upon a website called My Costa Rica, and called the 1-800 number. I was greeted by Jay (Jason) and immediately felt as if we had known each other for years. Since speaking with him I have spoke with other representatives there and it seems you get that same feeling with all of the employees who work there. My Costa Rica was the friendliest and most helpful organization I have ever worked with. They were able to customize our perfect trip (after numerous itinerary changes by myself, due to me being so indecisive lol). The whole process was welcomed with patients by Jason. Since he is a resident, he was able to also give valuable information about different tours, which were honest opinions, not just random facts like many other travel agencies.

Buck Newcum Vacation – September 2014

" It is so easy just to say we would like to do this, and that, and that, and so on."
Arrival: 09-19-2014 Departure: 09-30-2014
This is our second trip to Costa Rica and asked Lynn to book our trip. It is so easy just to say we would like to do this, and that, and that, and so on. She makes a suggested trip and we say ok with a few changes, wahla we have our trip. She makes it easy.  See YOU ALL soon. Buck/Debbie Newcum and Darla Howar.

Karen Grossman Vacation – August 2014

"We had the most wonderful time in Arenal and Guanacaste."
Arrival: 08-22-2014 Departure: 08-31-2014
We had the most wonderful time in Arenal and Guanacaste thanks to My Costa Rica and their terrific team! They found two magnificent resorts at a much better price than we were expecting. When we got lost while driving, we called them for help--they not only got us back on track but there was a (much needed) bottle of wine waiting for us in the room.

Brad Crohurst Vacation – August 2014

"Thank you for the wonderful experience I will book with you again."
Arrival: 08-13-2014 Departure: 08-20-2014
I contacted Lynn while checking out destination vacations. After chatting it up by instant messaging, I began getting the warm and fuzzes about Lynn. I will have to say that after my vacation my feeling were spot on. Once we receiving our itinerary, we compared the pricing and found that we were getting a great deal on our honeymoon vacation. Lynn took great care in booking our events to our liking as well. We would have paid more going thru the resorts. Some of the excursions were a little out of my comfort zone being that I do not usually seek out adventure but Lynn explained my experience to the T and I’m glad I we let her have total control. Excursions we decided on: Zip-lines, horseback riding, white water rafting, ATV tour, snorkeling, hot springs and a tour of a Wildlife Reserve. I gave Lynn the highest rating possible because every excursion was top notch and I felt we were in great hands in regards to safety. Every day the transport arrived on time, hotel accommodations were top notch, food was excellent, and service was impeccable. Thank you for the wonderful experience I will book with you again. Next time we will bring the kids to enjoy beautiful Costa Rica.

Donna Mendes Vacation – July 2014

"A real pro."
Arrival: 07-28-2014 Departure: 08-07-2014
A real pro. She listened to our needs and wants and planned a beautiful vacation for our family. Easy to work with, accessible during the planning process and even when we were in country with a few questions on extra excursions. She helped create a trip that was only ten days long, but lives FOREVER in our hearts. Thank you, Lynn!

Patrick Lilienthal Vacation – July 2014

"We had one of the most amazing vacations."
Arrival: 07-19-2014 Departure: 07-23-2014
We had one of the most amazing vacations thanks to incredible advice and support from Lynn at My Costa Rica. Our vacation comprised of two parts, an adventure filled front end with a party of six for 4 days, followed by a fantastic wedding on the backend. Every aspect of our trip was setup to perfection. We expected minor delays here or there and we never waited a minute! We purposely avoided driving around Costa Rica due to time constraints and the challenges of reaching some of the more remote areas. We took multiple domestic turbo-prop flights around the country and had several transportation connection points, it was flawless. Lynn chose hotel Alta for our one night stay just outside San Jose and it was perfect, nestled in the mountains with great balcony views of the city and wonderful accommodations. We had incredible adventure at the Aguila De Osa Eco-Lodge in Drake Bay with amazing excursions to Canoe Island and Corcavado National Park. I would highly recommend My Costa Rica to anyone wanting to get the most out of your vacation!

Michael Lubrecht Vacation – July 2014

"We can't wait, and look forward to enjoying this grand tour.'
Arrival: 07-12-2014 Departure: 07-24-2014
When my wife, Linda, and I decided to take our first-ever vacation to Costa Rica, the number of choices and options for travel were mind-boggling! So many things to do and places to go, with so many vendors and services competing for our attention, and our dollars! Within a few e-mails and a couple of phone calls, Lynn had a great sense of what we wanted to do and how we wanted to spend our time - then came up with a great set of options to choose from. Guiding us all the way with insider info that only a resident travel agent could glean, she gave us excellent advice on accommodations, car rental and driving conditions, regional flights, and guide services. We had many questions and a lot of tweaks to our itinerary, and Lynn took them all in stride. Even when her schedule is hectic, Lynn seems to take it all in stride - giving a sort of laid-back tropical vibe to the process. We're now booked for 12 days of adventure, touring eco-lodges in and around the Osa Peninsula. We can't wait, and look forward to enjoying this grand tour that Lynn meticulously prepared for us!

Choate Vacation – June 2014

"Thank for all your great help and the ease of it all"
Arrival: 06-27-2014 Departure: 07-06-2014

Shan Anderson Vacation – June 2014

"We are getting first class treatment."
Arrival: 06-19-2014 Departure: 06-23-2014
My girlfriends and I booked a trip with My Costa Rica and so far it has been effortless for us. We are getting first class treatment on a budget. We have been allowed to ask questions or what to expect, what we might need etc and My Costa Rica has been there every step of the way.

Lavigne Honeymoon – June 2014

"Everything was amazing for my honeymoon."
Arrival: 06-18-2014 Departure: 06-26-2014

Linda Noel Vacation – May 2014

"Everything was perfect."
Arrival: 05-24-2014 Departure: 05-31-2014
Where do I start? everything from the initial request for information to fine tuning the itinerary was perfect. We got meet at the airport by Maureen, who was super at getting us started with the first leg of our trip. Our driver Abel was beyond knowledgeable. He stopped so many times to show us wildlife, to give a taste of Costa Rican food. And it went on from there. Every single guide we had made every excursion the best it could be. I will never eat pineapple out of a can again-- we had fresh pineapple for snacks every day. And the people who were on the excursions were so much fun. Our white rafting adventure had us laughing the entire time with Carlos. I could go on and on. I do want to say that both places we stayed, Arena Springs and Mango Moon are places to add to your itinerary. Service at the springs was excellent as well as the room, food, and resort itself. Mango Moon, owned by Donna who sat and had coffee with us our first morning is this 10 room boutique hotel that when you walk in feels like you are visiting a friends home, Pura Vida.

Greta Hensler Vacation – May 2014

"She booked a really fantastic trip for us."
Arrival: 05-09-2014 Departure: 05-18-2014
We worked with Lynn Bateman from My Costa Rica to plan our getaway. She booked a really fantastic trip for us. From travel arrangements, to hotels, adventures, and site-seeing, she tailored an unforgettable trip to a beautiful country. She worked with our budget to find the absolute best deals around. All of our transportation, guides, and hotels were great. We had a very low stress, yet action packed vacation! I would highly recommend My Costa Rica, especially Lynn Bateman as a travel coordinator.

Sue Dyer Vacation – May 2014

"My Costa Rica was awesome to work with."
Arrival: 05-01-2014 Departure: 05-11-2014
My Costa Rica was awesome to work with. Thank you Lynn. We had places we wanted to see and stay and My Costa Rica made it work. the entire trip was smooth and stress free. From the representatives meeting us at the airport to the guys in Sierpe at the boat taxi and the lodgings in Manueal Antonio. Everything just flowed. All our guides were great and very informative. Seamless transfers to each location and everyone very helpful along the way. Lodgings were perfect. Just what we wanted. Our next trip will definitely be planned with My Costa Rica.

Dyer Vacation – May 2014

"Just what we wanted"
Arrival: 05-01-2014 Departure: 05-11-2014

Aida Mejia-Bergbauer Vacation – April 2014

"I absolutely loved Costa Rica!"
Arrival: 04-19-2014 Departure: 04-25-2014
I absolutely loved Costa Rica! Having everything planned out beforehand made such a huge difference. The people, the culture, the land, the food... what isn't there to love about Costa Rica. Everything was coordinated so nicely. All of the excursions went as planned and ran timely which was a huge deal for my husband and I.

Melissa Scarcelli Vacation – April 2014

"We LOVED our vacation to Costa Rica."
Arrival: 04-12-2014 Departure: 04-19-2014
We LOVED our vacation to Costa Rica, in part due to the great planning and execution of terrific adventures for our family by My Costa Rica. Each of the drivers arrived exactly on time, was courteous, and made us feel safe and welcome. Lynn listened to our needs and delivered exactly what we wanted. The tour companies provided fun activities that all my children enjoyed.

Pollack Vacation – April 2014

"Wonderful trip."
Arrival: 04-12-2014 Departure: 04-20-2014

Rebecca Brandt Vacation – April 2014

"Our Costa Rica trip was amazing."
Arrival: 04-05-2014 Departure: 04-12-2014
Our Costa Rica trip was amazing thanks to Lynn and MyCostaRinkLink. The entire vacation went as smoothly as possible, from all of the transports and shuttles, to checking into our rooms, to arriving at various excursions and traveling from town to town. Absolutely everything was set and waiting for us and not a single moment of the trip was out of order or disorganized, I am actually quite amazed. Lynn planned fabulous excursions including the most intense/beautiful ziplining I've ever been on, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, hot springs visit, exotic animal rescue, and a day trip to a secluded beach. Our room in Arenal had a volcano in the backyard and plantains growing in the front of the house, can't get much better than that.

Tim Anderson Vacation – April 2014

"Such a beautiful country, people and experiences of a lifetime!"
Arrival: 04-01-2014 Departure: 04-23-2014
Just returned from our three week vacation to CR having rented a car and traveled a 1,000 miles from Liberia to Lake Arenal then over to Nosara, Samara and down the Pacific coast with various stays to Drake Bay and finally to the cloud forest 11,500 feet elevation at Cerro de la Muerta area. Such a beautiful country, people and experiences of a lifetime! Lynn your insights and guidance were invaluable! Tim & Sandie Anderson

Spencer Vacation – March 2014

"We hope to return"
Arrival: 03-29-2014 Departure: 04-11-2014

Janis Beaudette Vacation – March 2014

"We had chosen the right agency for our trip to Costa Rica."
Arrival: 03-12-2014 Departure: 03-25-2014
From the moment we arrived in Costa Rica, it was obvious to my husband and I that we had chosen the right agency for our trip to Costa Rica. Lynn is great at planning the perfect trip, based on your desires. We stayed at four different places, and each one was a new delight with beauty all around, great food, and wonderful accommodations. It was like Lynn knew exactly what we wanted and made it happen for us. Thank you to Lynn and the staff of My Costa Rica!

Kirsten Aikman Vacation – November 2014

"Thanks a million for all of your help! :)"
Arrival: 03-11-2014 Departure: 03-13-2014
I was in Costa Rica this past March with some friends. We actually met Jason in the airplane on our way to San Jose, and he gave us his contact info and said that we could get in touch any time if we had any questions/wanted suggestions of things to do on our trip. We ended up booking a rafting tour and a hotel in Arenal through My Costa Rica, and it was absolutely wonderful! They also gave us great suggestions of activities to do in some of the other cities, and restaurants to go to in San Jose. I honestly couldn't recommend them enough, and I would definitely book my entire trip through them next time! Thanks a million for all of your help! :)

Brenda Cartwright Vacation – March 2014

"A great experience doing business with Jason."
Arrival: 03-10-2014 Departure: 03-22-2014
A great experience doing business with Jason. Besides providing good deal for my travel arrangements, he was simply great with his courtesy, response and professionalism. All through he was prompt getting back and answering questions. Even offering any changes to my satisfaction and he was remarkably patient. Professionalism and courtesy unquestionable.

Hughes Vacation – March 2014

"The people from Costa Rica are by far the friendliest of any other country I visited"
Arrival: 03-03-2014 Departure: 03-07-2014

Vindas-Eschner Vacation – March 2014

"My Costa Rica was a dream come true"
Arrival: 03-03-2014 Departure: 03-26-2014

Pat Pinto – March 2014

"The Shawanda Lodge in Puerto Viejo was a little piece of heaven."
Arrival: 03-02-2014 Departure: 03-05-2014
Every detail was covered by My Costa Rica vacations. All transportation between venues was on time - drivers were outstanding in service and hospitality. The Shawanda Lodge in Puerto Viejo was a little piece of heaven with the most generous spirit seeing to every little detai especially the front desk team. I had booked a half day snorkeling/hiking trip in Cahuita National Park which is not to missed and was lead by an Explorades (Rodriguo was the leader). Again every detail covered with an amazing about of history, detail and information of the sealife, wildlife and fauna. All of this was made possible by the amazing Matt Adams at My Costa Rica Vacations.....Matt, I can't thank you enough and will send any family/friends your way! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Pat Pinto

Robert Leduc Vacation – February 2014

"Hope to be able to repeat next year."
Arrival: 02-26-2014 Departure: 03-11-2014
I usually do my own bookings, but I was quite pleased with the arrangements and services provided. All 6 drivers were on schedule (they all asked for vouchers that I did not have, but no big deal). The transportation aspect made the trip so much more worry-free. The 2 lodging facilities provided were excellent. The weather was great and the food was delicious (after surviving Cuban food, this was great). Tico(a)s were very friendly and helpful as well. Thanks for your precious advice and travel recommendations; you made my trip so much more enjoyable. Hope to be able to repeat next year. Robert Leduc

Amy Sewell Vacation – February 2014

"Everything was perfect."
Arrival: 02-16-2014 Departure: 02-23-2014
What a pleasure working with Lynn! Every question answered. Every request heard. Every detail covered. Not only that, but even without meeting Lynn face-to-face, the element of trust that she was there to make sure all went well was always there. A 5-star customer service effort! From the flights and transfers (all super friendly, genuinely nice and amazingly authentic) to the hotel in Mal Pais (Surf The Place -- LOVED IT -- laid back, special "commune" for the easy and spirited) to the yoga classes and surf lessons -- everything was perfect. Add to that every thing about Costa Rica -- the environment, the landscape, the people -- it's like entering another dimension to a land fair, gentle and metaphysically "right."

Sewell Vacation – February 2014

"A 5 star customer service effort!"
Arrival: 02-16-2014 Departure: 02-23-2014

John Avedisian Vacation – February 2014

"Simply put, extraordinary!!!"
Arrival: 02-15-2014 Departure: 02-23-2014
John & Susan Avedisian Simply put, extraordinary!!! We stayed at the Tabacon in Arenal; and then at the Parador in Manual Antonio. Both places were breathtaking with great staff and service. Their websites do not do them justice. The country is beautiful and the people are the kindest. Jason and Lynn are very professional and accommodated all our needs and expectations. I highly recommend using them as your booking agent for they are worth every penny. We'll be back...

Sarah O’Brien Vacation – February 2014

"We had a blast on our recent Costa Rica escape."
Arrival: 02-14-2014 Departure: 02-22-2014
We had a blast on our recent Costa Rica escape. I hadn't been to CR in 20 years, so it was lovely to go back. I'd forgotten how hot and dusty Guanacaste is this time of the year, but the beaches were beautiful, the surf was great (especially at Playa Guiones) and the accommodations my Costa Rica booked for us were lovely. We loved both Tamarindo and Nosara for very different reasons- as they are very different places. The Tamarindo Diria was great as a place to land when we first arrived. It was a dusty, very bumpy ride from the airport, but short enough to be tolerable. The pool was very inviting and the beach was lovely there. We had amazing service at the Diria- Marcella, the concierge was especially helpful with navigating food allergy issues (we are gluten free). The breakfasts were vast with so many gorgeous choices, it satisfied all our different preferences easily. She also helped us meet other staff in the restaurant to help us with poolside lunches (specially made corn tortillas instead of the usual wheat, etc). The sunsets were gorgeous there. Our best evening was when we climbed the hill to Seasons by Schlomy, a quiet restaurant where we had quite literally the best meal we have had in years- whether you are gluten free or not, his ingredients were so fresh, the sauces really special, and even the desserts were amazing. We tried to go back a second night, but sadly, he was closed on Sunday night. My only comment would be that we were a family of 4 and the rooms at the Diria are very very small. We had two beds and didn't have room to unpack, lined up our suitcases in the very narrow walkway and didn't have room to turn around. Tiny, but nice bathroom as well. That said, all we did in the room was sleep, so it wasn't a problem for us. The view from the ocean view rooms was gorgeous and we enjoyed our balcony a lot. Even saw a wedding on the lawn one night. We then drove to Nosara along the coast- this was a very very bumpy, dusty ride with little view of the coast, even though we were right along it. It was interesting to see the tiny towns and real life there, but it was exhausting. Luckily, Nosara was definitely worth it. We stayed at the Harbor Reef, in a full apartment that was huge. 2 bathrooms, full kitchen and a loft with two beds we never used. A/c in the bedrooms was cool. The front desk is manned by Rolando in the afternoon/evening. He was so helpful and became our surf instructor as well. My 14 year old daughter truly learned to surf this trip. She had done some basic lessons before, but this time Rolo took her from the whitewater the first two days to the outside break the last two. She worked really hard and was successful. Rolo also helped us set up other activities like horseback riding with Playa Ponies (a great trip lead by the owner- Eder) and Miss Sky ziplines which were amazing for the whole family.

Whalen Vacation – February 2014

"I would highly recommend MyCostaRica.com"
Arrival: 02-14-2014 Departure: 02-21-2014

Pam Cusentino Vacation – February 2014

"I had excellent service from My Costa Rica."
Arrival: 02-12-2014 Departure: 02-21-2014
I had excellent service from My Costa Rica from the first contact with our trip planner, James Mucci, who listened to all our needs, and our budget and planned an awesome vacation. Finally, I am grateful for the ongoing professional and personal attention from Lynn Bateman helping with details and problems arising from an accident my husband incurred while on the trip.

Laura Plummer-Coronado Vacation – February 2014

"We loved Costa Rica and would be blessed to come back."
Arrival: 02-08-2014 Departure: 02-16-2014
We contacted Lynn @ My Costa Rica and she listened to what we were interested in and even made some suggestions allowing us to enjoy all we wanted to do without running around wasting time! We loved Costa Rica and would be blessed to come back.

Joy Hotchkiss Vacation – February 2014

"It turned out to be the best thing we did for our trip."
Arrival: 02-08-2014 Departure: 02-20-2014
We found MyCostaRica.com when we started the process of planning our 2nd vacation to Costa Rica. We had three couples traveling together. We were very hesitant of sending lots of money to a foreign country found on-line. It turned out to be the best thing we did for our trip. Lynn Bateman didn't let us down in any way. She scheduled everything from our rental car, hotels and several tours for our 12 day stay in Costa Rica.

Hagon Vacation – February 2014

"I will definitely get in touch again for our next trip to Costa Rica."
Arrival: 02-08-2014 Departure: 02-16-2014

Weber Vacation – February 2014

"It was a magical trip."
Arrival: 02-07-2014 Departure: 02-14-2014
Lynn has made the organizing and planning of our trip to Costa Rica such an easy and pleasant experience. She is such a great asset when planning a trip and we have now worked with her two years in a row. We felt very taken care of in regards to the transfers, accommodations and planning. It was a magical trip and thanks so much for your help MyCostaricaLink.com and Lynn!, Thanks, Kristin

Steinhilber – February 2014

"The best holiday in Costa Rica!"
Arrival: 02-06-2014 Departure: 02-15-2014
Hi Lynn, I was just going to put in my comments but realized I don’t have facebook – here’s the comment’s I would have put in: My husband and I just returned from the best holiday in Costa Rica! Being first-timers we had no idea where to go or how to get around and that's where Lynn Bateman's expertise was invaluable. She helped us plan the best holiday - from hiking Cerro Chato, zip lining over the La Fortuna falls, seeing the coolest animals with the most knoweable guides in Manual Antonio and hiking, scuba diving, snorkeling in and around Corcovado National Park. Even the tent camp at Corcovado Tent Camp was a lot of fun!! Her recommended hotels were all unbelievable, the shuttles from one place to another were fantastic - all the drivers were right on time and so friendly. We will definitely be back and checking in with Lynn to find us another extremely cool adventure! I've already recommended Lynn and MyCostaRica to friends and family. Thanks so much Lynn!! For your information, I will add – Mike at La Posada Jungle Bungalows was so nice and his staff were really friendly. We had an early morning pick up on our way to Sierpe and he told us where to grab some breakfast from the cupboards. He ended up being up before we left so we were able to have a quick bite! Arenal Springs was beautiful, dinner and hotsprings at The Springs was amazing – we were the only ones there!! I think I sent you a pic of us from there. Manual Antonio Park was amazing and I really recommend taking a guide – I’m sure we wouldn’t have seen a thing without! Corcovado Tent Camps was different – we had an ocean front tent – but unfortunately no fan. There was no breeze at night so sleeping was a bit of a challenge. We met some of the nicest people there – from the States, Isreal and France! The hike in Corcovado park was amazing and we had a great guide. Mark really enjoyed the scuba diving, I snorkeled but unfortunately got a bit of a burn on the back of my legs. The only thing I’d recommend there is wear long shorts and a shirt when snorkeling – the boat leaves the area so you couldn’t even get out of the sun and sun screen only stays on so long. It was amazing though – saw many cool fish. Mark said they saw White tipped Reef sharks and rays among many fish, while diving. On the boat ride back from Cano Island we saw Spotted Dolphins and Humpback whales – very cool! Anyway Lynn, can only say how much we enjoyed ourselves – thanks again. Colleen.

Jane Coventry Vacation – February 2014

"My Costa Rica made arranging the details so much easier."
Arrival: 02-02-2014 Departure: 02-12-2014
We knew where we wanted to go and what we wanted to see but My Costa Rica made arranging the details so much easier. They booked our internal flights and lodgings even found us a guide for our walk out of La Serena ranger station. I would definitely recommend My Costa Rica for a similar trip.

Judy Stowell Vacation – January 2014

"Convenient not to have to deal with any of this ourselves."
Arrival: 01-31-2014 Departure: 02-08-2014
We were referred to MyCostaRica.com through a friend. Lynn Bateman did a fantastic job in arranging lodging at 3 different locations (Arenal area - The Tabacon; Uvita at Oxygen Jungle Resort, and near Drake Bay at the Copa de Arbol Resort), as well as setting us up with awesome day trips (canopy zip-line tour, horseback riding, hiking to and swimming in waterfalls, snorkeling, kayaking, and a river float trip). We didn't rent a car - Lynn set up all transfers (and with this many activities, there were a LOT of transfers) - so convenient not to have to deal with any of this ourselves. She knows where the properties are, what services are available at each place, and asked the right questions of us to put together a wonderful vacation for us. Pura Vida. Thank you Lynn.

Emily Westcott Vacation – January 2014

"If we were to return to CR, would not hesitate to ask her to help plan the trip."
Arrival: 01-27-2014 Departure: 02-05-2014
We found MyCostaRica because of an online search for information about Costa Rica. We'd planned to make our own itinerary and reservations until hearing about this company. After reading a number of online reviews and getting an initial itinerary based on our interests and available time, the decision to go with MyCostaRica was a no brainer. Bill and I agree we would never have otherwise found the incredible and wide-ranging accommodations and activities we enjoyed during our 10-day vacation. Highlights included the Dantica Lodge Cloud Forest Lodge where we spent an afternoon enjoying the birds of the area with their very knowledgeable guide Carlos. The accommodations and food are incredible and we appreciate their concern for the environment. The owner did everything possible to see to it our visit was perfect. Our stay at Hotel Jinentes de Osa in the Drake Bay area was delightful beginning with an hour-long boat ride down the Sierpe River to reach the waterfront hotel. We loved the tour of Corcovado National Park which concluded with a swim in a waterfall basin. Life at Jinentes is very relaxed and invites making acquaintance with other guests. The accommodations are a bit funky which makes it fun and the food and staff are great. We enjoyed the accommodations, staff and food at Costa Paraiso in the Dominical area very much. A day of horseback riding with swimming at the destination waterfall was lovely. Our final stay in Tambor at the Tambor Tropical was the ideal ending to a great trip. Thanks to Lynn and her careful and detailed planning, we didn't have a worry in the world. I would recommend Lynn and MyCostaRica to anyone. If we were to return to CR, would not hesitate to ask her to help plan the trip. Emily

Levin – January 2014

"Your itinerary was terrific and we loved the lodges and areas you picked."
Arrival: 01-23-2014 Departure: 02-08-2014
Dear Lynn, I wanted to give you feedback on our wonderful trip to Costa Rica these past couple weeks. Your itinerary was terrific and we loved the lodges and areas you picked. I think it gave us a really good feel for the jungle, rainforest, cloud forest and mountains of Costa Rica with all of its varied animals and birds. I want to share with you also what we feel could be improved, not in the itinerary, but in the instructions and information. First, when we got to San Jose from rafting the Pacuare River at 6:30 at night, it was dark and we still had to pick up are car rental. We had no idea how far the Peace Lodge was or how to get there and were very nervous. Fortunately the rental agent suggested the GPS which we hadn't thought of and without which we never would have made it to our destination. I would make sure it is ordered with any of your clients who rent cars. As it was, we didn't get the car until 7:15 and didn't pull into the Peace Lodge until 8:30 when the kitchen was nearly closed for dinner. OUr suggestion is that for other clients, you explain a sentence about the drive in the itinerary: i.e., Please be sure to pick up the car with a GPS; No roads or very few are marked so listen to the GPS, the trip to the Peace LOdge is no more than an hour if you follow with directions (we missed one turn and ended up going up a back road which added at least an hour to our trip!). With the GPS we never would have found the Dantica either as we got mixed up on instructions driving through San Jose to Cartago to Rt 2 and then the turn off for the Dantica isn't well marked by the Lodge. Any written explanation you could add, no matter how brief, could help people driving. On the itinerary, it points out that Arenal is "spewing lava rocks before our eyes", which of course now is completely untrue as it has been rather inactive except a cloud of gases since 2010 ( a minor point but probably should be corrected.) The Mountain Paradise was wonderful and we inadvertently got upgraded to a two bedroom unit! Not to mention Arenal was fully exposing herself! The Dantica was also a great experience but we nearly froze to death. When i asked you about taking a jacket., you mentioned that it was a good idea because humid places become cool in the eve. That is true but doesn't nearly describe the evening weather at the Dantica! We were probably in the high 30's-low 40's in the mornings and didn't have the fleece we needed. I would warn clients to prepare for much colder weather at that elevation. We told Nico that the cane sugar heater in the room is completely inadequate for this kind of weather and they should offer space heaters for colder weather. Our room was #7 and quite a schlepp (700 steps to our room!). I guess everyone who comes there is agile, otherwise i can't imagine old or slightly handicapped people making that kind of trip to their rooms a few times a day! The Quetzal Tour was successful but it was as simple as driving us down the road to where they come to eat every morning. We did a little extra walking up the road but it was quit as it was billed. We definitely could have done that ourselves had we known. But of course we loved seeing Quetzals and liked our guide who also led us down the Cerro De Los Muertos hike. I think that is about it for "complaints", if you want to call it that! I have already recommended you to one of my husband's patients and will try to send you business from this area. Thanks for holding my hand though this and setting up a great trip. I haven't mentioned all the other things and places we really liked but know it was great overall! Hasta La Vista, Judy

Vic Scalia Vacation – January 2014

"This is a top notch travel consulting company that we would highly recommend."
Arrival: 01-22-2014 Departure: 01-31-2014
Lynn and MyCostaRica did an excellent job of planning our 9 day trip to various locations within Costa Rica. Several last minute changes were required due to inclement weather on the U.S. east coast but Lynn handled those revisions seamlessly; including a credit for a lost night in San Jose. All of our transfers, domestic flights and hotel reservations were arranged by Lynn. She met and exceeded all of our expectations. Our many questions before we departed on our adventure were promptly and clearly addressed by Lynn, which gave us an elevated sense of trust during this entirely on-line transaction. This is a top notch travel consulting company that we would highly recommend.

Saffitz Vacation – January 2014

"Everyone that we did went smooth as could be."
Arrival: 01-21-2014 Departure: 01-26-2014

Paula Scatamacchia Vacation – January 2014

"Pura Vida is a great Spanish word that describes it all."
Arrival: 01-18-2014 Departure: 01-25-2014
Our recent trip that was planned by Lynn Bateman was one we shall never forget. She suggested we stay at the Diri in Tamarindo, we were so glad we took her advice. This property was just what we were looking for, it being so close to the town could not have been better. Having choices for dinner every night was a plus, and the food was exceptional as well as the prices. Pura Vida is a great Spanish word that describes it all. Bob and Paula Scatamacchia, Haverhill MA. 1/28/14

Paula Scatamacchia 18-25 January 2014

"One trip we shall never forget"
Arrival: 01-18-2014 Departure: 01-25-2014

Thomas Johnson Vacation – January 2014

"My Costa Rica was very worthy of our trust."
Arrival: 01-15-2014 Departure: 01-20-2014
We found My Costa Rica when doing research for travel at the end of a cruise which ended in Caldera Costa Rica. We are cautious about doing business online, but we found that My Costa Rica was very worthy of our trust. They helped us plan a very good itinerary in Costa Rica and made it happen up to and beyond our expectations. They were easy to contact and made any adjustments we needed during our stay. We met people who had plans that needed changes which they were not able to make that got help from My Costa Rica.

Johnson Vacation – January 2014

"Our time in Costa Rica was very enjoyable thanks to My Costa Rica."
Arrival: 01-15-2014 Departure: 01-14-2014

DeMayo Vacation – January 2014

"All trips were excellent and the choice of restaurants were superb."
Arrival: 01-13-2014 Departure: 01-16-2014

JoAnn Burgess Vacation – January 2014

"Our trip was everything we had hoped for and more."
Arrival: 01-11-2014 Departure: 01-11-2014
We (my husband, daughter, son-in-law, and I) just returned from our two week amazing trip in Costa Rica. All arrangements were made through Lynn Bateman from costarica.com. Our trip was everything we had hoped for and more. Lynn made extra efforts to understand and works with our needs and expectations. She helped us arrange a very feasible schedule that took us to five different locations in the country. It was a wonderful flavor of the varying locations and people. Our adventure trips on the Pacquare River, Zip Line in the Cloud Forest, and horse back riding adventure to two waterfalls far exceeded any expectations we had of them. Sincerely, JoAnn Burgess.

Ward Vacation – December 2015

"Jason has been fabulous."
Arrival: 12-25-2015 Departure: 01-03-2016

Pelkey Vacation – December 2015

"We had the most magical, amazing, relaxing time."
Arrival: 12-23-2015 Departure: 01-01-2016
I've been meaning to call you. I will leave a testimonial on the Facebook page. We had the most magical, amazing, relaxing time. It was like you knew us personally and our trip was planned out exactly for us! All of our guides were amazing. The amount of time in each place was perfect! I have given your name to 3 people who want to plan a trip after seeing and hearing about our experience. We will be back for sure in 2 years and I will use your services again. Thanks for making it seamless! You are fabulous at your job!! Phoebe Pelkey

Dennis Walker Vacation – December 2015

"I have every intention of returning."
Arrival: 12-23-2015 Departure: 12-31-2015
Jason,
I finally found a few minutes to write. Please keep my information on file, I have every intention of returning. I want to acknowledge the outstanding service I received from  the owner and staff at Club Del Mar. Also, the wonderful instructors and staff at Vista Los Suenos Zip Lines. But most of all, I most appreciated spending a day fishing with Captain Danny, and his deck hand Wilbur, on the Allin.Walker with his Marlin

Pelkey Vacation – December 2015

"A 10 day trip that was amazing, adventurous and relaxing!"
Arrival: 12-23-2015 Departure: 01-01-2016

Diane Liebe Vacation – December 2015

"Thanks Jason for your help with a fabulous trip."
Arrival: 12-21-2015 Departure: 12-29-2015
Jason, I don't do Facebook, but would be happy if you uploaded my following review of your services: "Our family of 4 just returned from a 10 day Christmas trip to Costa Rica, largely put together with the assistance of My Costa Rica travel agency. I hadn't wanted to do all of the research myself on where to stay and having their expertise in the planning was very helpful.  They were able to manage our interest in going to "out of the way" spots, and were even able to assist with setting up some specialized bird tours in San Gerardo de Dota at our request.  We were met at the airport, and shuttled between all of the incredible lodges at which we stayed.  All of the shuttles were very professionally operated and on time.  I would be happy to recommend them to anyone interested in not having to do all of the internet browsing that trip planning often entails." Thanks Jason for your help with a fabulous trip.

Ambrose Family Vacation – December 2015

"We would like to thank you for an unforgettable trip."
Arrival: 12-21-2015 Departure: 12-30-2015
Dear Jason, we would like to thank you for an unforgettable trip. Everything you arranged worked out so well, starting with the pick-ups, the drivers were friendly and informative .The  hotels were perfect and the tours were exactly what we were hoping for.  We knew that there is a lot of wildlife in Costa Rica, but really didn't expect to see it all!!  We were able to see sloths, toucans, snakes, wild hogs ,crocodiles, monkeys,  etc, etc.  It was really unbelievable!!  Our guides were absolutely amazing!!  We would recommend your company to anyone who is thinking of going to Costa Rica!!! I'm including a couple of photos. Petra and Gordon Ambrose, and Ruth and Jim Purdy  (from Canada)

Delmatoff Family Vacation – December 2015

"We love Costa Rica. No one wanted to come home."
Arrival: 12-20-2015 Departure: 12-28-2015
Hello!
Since I know you like feedback, I thought I would go through our trip and let you know how things were. You may use whatever on your site or testimonials.
Pick up - Oscar was great. Very friendly and professional. Our daughter was very airsick - the flight in from Guatemala City was rough. We had to stop the van a number of times. :-( Bumpy van ride on top of airsick was a bummer. No fault of Oscar's. We took the red-eye, so we arrived in the morning. I suggest that red-eye flyers not do La Paz Waterfall gardens right away. 95' heat, bright sun, tons of stairs and no sleep are a bit harsh when combined!
Arenal - The flowers and animals were wonderful! So beautiful! The thermal pools were nice. The 'Cat Tour' was one of my favorite parts of the whole trip. The guide, Victor, was great, and the facility was really nice. Very informative and interesting. The dinner at The Springs was lovely. We stayed at Arenal Springs Resort. The staff was very friendly and the resort was very pretty. A few drawbacks - only two restaurants, and both exceptionally expensive and only open for dinner. La Fortuna is not that close, and there is nothing around other than other resorts. Unless you are on a scheduled adventure, you are kind of trapped. People were great; good service, pretty grounds. Zipline was fun, but since it was so cloudy and rainy, there were no real views. The sun broke for a few minutes at a time and it was stunning.
Monteverde was worth it - gorgeous. We loved it! Adorable little town, great 'tico taco' places, coffee shopsDelmatoff Family in Monteverde, supermarket, friendly people, cute little bars, not too many tourists. There was an impromptu disco party in town and it was great fun. Food was amazing - best on the trip. We went to Restaurant Lucia and it was so very, very good. Reasonable prices, great selections. The taco shops were excellent, the breakfast at the lodge was very good. The lodge was rustic. No complaints - that's what we wanted. For future reference, there is no a/c or even a fan. It's hot! They have a 'sister hotel' that will share their pool, but it was closed for repairs. The horseback ride and Monteverde Express guides were the best on the trip. Helpful, funny, friendly, on time, everything good :-) They took pics during our horseback ride - hopefully we will get copies soon. The ride was wonderful. Well trained horses, beautiful trails, excellent lunch after at Choco Cafe. Wonderful ceviche, pumpkin soup, coffee, chocolate and fruit. Please know that the 'Wisdom waterfall view' is not a horse ride, it's a hike and it's KILLER. Not long, but straight up and down, slippery and muddy. It isn't for people who are not in good shape, in fact it could be dangerous.
 Across the board, Monteverde was my favorite. So rural and friendly and beautiful. Did I mention the food was incredible? ;-) I love food.
The drive to Tamarindo was good. The Barcelo was super comfy. It is not the fancy, elegant resort it appears to be online. They have had some financial struggles, and have closed their casino, one of their restaurants, and there is some upkeep that needs to happen. Things like the welcome cocktail and hot towels have gone by theDelmatoff Family wayside, as has the free wifi, in an attempt to cut costs. However, no complaints. People were really nice, the rooms were large and had great a/c and balconies, there were lots of monkeys and iguanas, beautiful flowers and a gorgeous beach. The beach right in front of the hotel is not a great swimming/surfing beach, as there are riptides. The estuary enters there, so it can be a bit dangerous. However, it is a beautiful and the sunsets are gorgeous. If you walk just a few 100 meters there is a public beach with lots of locals and it's got great swimming. There is only one pool at the hotel. It is described as three, but they are all attached (pool, kid's pool, cold pool) so it's really only one. Lots of activities for schoolaged kids, great for families. The food options are sort of limited, which is odd for an all inclusive. Most are open 24 for food and drink, but this isn't. Most have multiple cuisines (Asian, Italian, typical, etc.) and this one doesn't. It has a 3 hour breakfast, 2 hour lunch, 3 hour dinner buffet. BetweenDelmatoff Family on the beach breakfast and lunch and between lunch and dinner there is a snack bar near the pool with cocktails, chips, fruit and vegies, sometimes hot dogs. There is an ala carte restaurant for dinner, but it is reservation only and very expensive. We did eat there once, and it was good, and very pretty. After the dinner buffet closes there is a small cocktail bar in the lobby from 10pm-midnight. The buffet is ok. Lots of selections, but not great food. That is to be expected of a buffet. It's hard to make great food for for 300 people. We didn't expect anything different. It's only a $5 taxi ride into Tamarindo, so we did that a lot, but it did add expense. The Daria has a casino, so we went there for our casino fix. The Barcelo did have shows, but because of Christmas they were for kids (Santa, Disney, etc.). Our daughters went in to Tamarindo to go dancing, and that was fun and the town discos stayed open much later than activities at the resort. (The resort disco closes at 9, due to noise concerns). You know the snorkeling drama, and that really isn't a big deal. Mistakes happen. We rented some jet skis instead. We love snorkeling, so were a little disappointed, but the snorkeling area was so crowded it wouldn't have been great anyway. The kids had a blast on the jet skis! One of the highlights of the whole trip was the surfing lesson. They picked us up on ATVs - so fun - and took us to a beach about 10 minutes away. Friendly, organized, good patient instructors, and it was a blast! If we had stayed longer we would have done it again! We don't have pics, because they don't take them and it's tough to take pics while surfing. Even without pics, we won't ever forget it!
High points of the trip: Arenas Tamarindo surf lessons, Monteverde Express tour guide and horseback ridingDelmatoff Family Dad and Daughter guides, Diana at the front desk of Barcelo, Victor the Cat Tour guide, Restaurant Lucia in Monteverde. Pass along compliments!
Low points: Missed pick up Arenal-Monteverde, missed pick up for snorkeling cruise, no visibility for ziplining, no ocean front rooms at Barcelo. None of these ruined our trip. The asshat 'Daniel' at the rafting adventure really made me angry, but no one else did. Mistakes were made, everyone was apologetic (except Daniel) and we all recovered quickly and had a great time.
Additionally, you and your office staff are exceptional. The plans were great and the ideas were creative and fun. You made yourself available, even on weekends and the Christmas holiday. Thank you for both your expertise and your availability.
We love Costa Rica. No one wanted to come home. Please check out my FB, and you will see all the great pics and all the smiles. Looking forward to a trip to the Caribbean side in 2 years!
Liz

John McCarthy (and family) Vacation – December 2015

"Thank you for the fantastic trip."
Arrival: 12-19-2015 Departure: 01-02-2016
Hi, Jason. Happy New Year. All of the planning and effort you put into our itinerary really made the trip great. Thank you for all of your work. It really paid off for us. Each of us had a different highlight but we all had fun. When we return to Costa Rica, we will contact you and make sure to utilize your services again. Again, Thank you for the fantastic trip. John McCarthy (and family)

Joseph Frett Vacation – December 2015

"Thanks for a great vacation!!"
Arrival: 12-17-2015 Departure: 12-30-2015
Hola Jason, All of the travel connections were on time, if not a bit early. Arriving, my stay in San Jose was fine. The tour was great. I toured both the volcano and the waterfall gardens. I didn't see the volcano on my itinerary but was happy to get to go. It was a clear day. The hotel in San Jose was fine, neighborhood was a little unsafe for night time walks. It worked out fine. Tortuguero at Laguna Lodge was wonderful. Marcos and the bus were 10 minutes early, clean and on time ride. Marcos was the guide for the stay at Laguna as well.  Top notch guide in all aspects. I was late arriving at Arenal. Hotel was nice. And Zip line was awesome. Again everyone was on time or better. I had time in the afternoon so I shared a cab to town. I enjoy getting time to meet and drink with some local people.  The hotel restaurant was a bit expensive but high quality. Manuel Antonio , wonderful stay here. A short beach walk to town, nice bar at hotel, wonderful gardens and lizards.. Sat on my patio and watched iguana etc roam around the lawn.  Quite entertaining. I could see and hear the ocean from my balcony. The tour was great.  Again a top notch guide. Knowledgeable and on time. I did not particularly care for the catamaran tour.  The snorkeling was quite silly, they fed the fish to get them close.   But the inexpensive booze was a bonus.  Catamaran meal was great.  Just the snorkeling was for children or old old tourists from a cruise ship. 😀. I survived. Drake Bay, my favorite location. The boat ride arrival and the plane departure were highlights to the trip. I was able to visit the small town and chat with the local restaurant owner. Meals at the hotel were fine and organized well with early itinerary times. The hotel, food, room with AC, and manager were all top notch.  Canos island. Now that was real snorkeling. Rays, turtles, fish galore. The downside of this hotel would be the guides. I did not feel they were as professional in their knowledge and abilities as previous guides. They were not bad. It could be I was spoiled by previous guides. 😀. Prior to return flight in San Jose. Wonderful hotel. And again the ride service was waiting even after a delayed flight. (I think there may have been 2 services waiting for me? Or 2 people with name Frett?). The hotel was wonderful. The staff was top notch. I took a short walk to a restaurant. Again a bit expensive but wonderful food and drinks. My departure was quite early and the hotel staff prepared a small breakfast to go. That was quite thoughtful. Evening dinner at hotel and many drinks celebrating a wonderful vacation.  Restaurant staff was top notch as well Just information for your reference. I was pleasantly impressed with the organization and timely manor of the tour. It was well organized and after I got in the groove, I was comfortable knowing everything would work out. Thanks for a great vacation!! PS. I could not get the link to rate my vacation to work. Joe Frett Pura Vida Sail Fast Live Slow

Stafford Vacation – December 2015

"Best 40th birthday EVER."
Arrival: 12-15-2015 Departure: 12-26-2015

Patti Gilimour and Don Sylvester Vacation – November 2015

"Costa Rica is truly a beautiful country."
Arrival: 11-30-2015 Departure: 12-15-2015
Dear Jason, We are now back in Greensboro, NC from our trip to Costa Rica.  We want to thank you and your staff for organizing such a wonderful trip.  Don, Emin, Mirjam, and I had a wonderful time.  We feel that we saw a great deal of the country from east to west (although we know that there is much more to see another time).  Costa Rica is truly a beautiful country, the flora and fauna are wonderful, the food is great, and the Ticos and Ticas are friendly, kind, and welcoming which made a huge impact on our having a great vacation. First, we want to thank your mother who initially helped us put together the trip itinerary.  We had many questions and we felt a lot of responsibility to provide good suggestions to Mirjam and Emin.  Your mother was patient and always very helpful. Then Nicole took over and then you.  All of you helped us work out a good plan and thus we had an excellent experience in the country. The hotels were all excellent. Your mother said you were not so familiar with Villas Nicolas and I am sure that each of the units can vary in decoration but we found the hotel, the personnel, the grounds, and the location to be perfect for all of us.  The staff there including Sheryl, Alexandra, and Julio were professional and so nice to deal with.  The style of the hotel was what we wanted. Their restaurant was very good. We also want to comment on the various drivers/guides that we had.  All were very good, professional, helpful, safe drivers, and always on time.  A couple of them really stood out.  Pablo, who took us from Tortuguero to Arenal and then from Arenal to Rio Celeste, was excellent:  a good driver, an attentive and knowledgable guide (telling us many things about the country in general and the areas that we were passing through more specifically, and finding places to stop that were interesting to us), a very friendly personality.  He seems to really like his job and takes it seriously.  Another driver we thought was very good was Laura who took us from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio.  She is an excellent driver and also likes to interact with her guests. In Tortuguero, our guide for the entire visit was Karla Taylor and she, too, was excellent.  Her enthusiasm for that part of the country comes through constantly. She is an educator, a conservationist, and a true ambassador for her country.  We saw lots of wildlife including baby turtles hatching and racing to the sea - a wonderful experience. Jason, it was very kind of you to provide the birthday cake for Mirjam. Don and I were prepared to pay for it.  Mirjam was very touched by your thoughtfulness and our first night together in Costa Rica at the Hotel Alta was memorable, celebrating her birthday.  We also thank you for your attentiveness throughout the trip.  When we had questions or a couple of small problems, you solved them quickly and we so appreciate that.   We will certainly tell others about My Costa Rica and recommend that they work with you to organize a trip.  We would certainly work with you and your staff again.  (I just gave your name and the company’s name to Canadian friends who are planning a trip to Costa Rica in April). Although this pretty well covers our basic comments on the trip, if there is a survey that needs to be completed or if you need other comments from us, please let us know. Pura Vida, Patti Gilimour and Don Sylvester

Don Sylvester Vacation – November 2015

"We enjoyed the wonderful nature throughout the country."
Arrival: 11-30-2015 Departure: 12-15-2015
We are not on FaceBook so I am sending you our review so that you can add it to your various pages of reviews. We were two couples, one couple from Holland and the other couple from the US, long-time friends who visited Costa Rica for 16 days in December, 2015. We all agreed that the trip was wonderful thanks to Jason Bateman and the rest of his team at MY COSTA RICA. With their excellent knowledge of the country, their suggestions, and their willingness to listen to what each of us wanted, our trip turned out to be adventurous, relaxing, informative, and fun. The team provided us with excellent lodging, drivers, and a terrific itinerary. We traveled from San Jose to Tortuguero, Arenal, Rio Celeste, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio and then back to San Jose. We enjoyed the wonderful nature throughout the country, in particular, the various national parks, as well as hikes, experiences such as zip-lining, great food, and very friendly people. We highly recommend Jason’s team. They will ensure that they create a trip of your dreams for you. Patti & Don Sylvester

McDonald Vacation – November 2015

"The BEST thing I could have happened upon!"
Arrival: 11-19-2015 Departure: 11-27-2015

Barnes Vacation – November 2015

"Our trip was perfect."
Arrival: 11-17-2015 Departure: 11-29-2015

Sue Norris Vacation – November 2015

"I saw more than I imagined I would and can't wait for this next trip."
Arrival: 11-12-2015 Departure: 12-11-2015
Both were booked through My Costa Rica and if I take any more trips to Costa Rica they will be through My Costa Rica too. I had tried a different travel agency but when they finally got back to me 6 weeks later, I had already booked the entire trip with My Costa Rica. They are responsive, friendly, thorough, get you exactly what you want and do not cost one cent more than if I had booked it myself, with far fewer headaches. I had one minor error during my first trip and it was taken care of immediately. I saw more than I imagined I would and can't wait for this next trip. Sue Norris

Rebecca and Raul Wong Vacation – November 2015

"Costa Rica is so beautiful."
Arrival: 11-09-2015 Departure: 11-22-2015
Hola Jason: From the moment we arrived and were met by your people it was great!  The hotels were comfortable, clean, and good locations, the people were amazing every where we went, friendly, always with a smile and ready to be of service.  The drivers were knowledgeable of their surroundings and very friendly. Other than that the cancellation to Nicaragua the trip met our expectations, and our stay at The Borinquen Lodge was very, very nice.  The hotel employees again, went out of their way to please and serve everyone.
Costa Rica is so beautiful, it reminded us a lot of our native Cuba, which we haven't seen since 1961 when we left.  The towns are lovely and the country side is green and clean!  Will highly recommend it as a great destination.
I could go on and on, but just wanted to take the time to thank you for an unforgettable time in Costa Rica!
Thanks again for your service and your recommendations and wonderful itinerary, we enjoyed every minute of it even in the rain!
Sincerely,
Rebecca and Raul Wong

Yessenia Beltran Vacation – November 2015

"Our trip to CR went very well."
Arrival: 11-01-2015 Departure: 11-08-2015
Hi Jason, Our trip to CR went very well.  We only had one issue in Taracoles when we checked in at Hotel Carara (not one you recommended) that caused us to grab our things and high tail it out of there.  Luckily your friends at Hotel Karahé found room for us when we arrived one day early. Hotel Posada - * We highly recommend this place Beltran La Posada             The Toyota rental was fabulous.  We drove 700 miles and it was great on gas. We made one complaint to them when we returned it because of a tire. When we picked up the car we pointed out a back tire that had low pressure. They put more air and we took off. As it turned out the tire had a slow leak so part of our daily morning routine was stopping at a gas station to put air. Toyota Rent a car             Castillo de Arenal – Very nice place and the views are amazing El Castillo Arenal          Hotel Carara *** Bad neighborhood and our room was unlocked when we came back from dinner! ***  Carara Hotel             Hotel Karahé  * Great recommendation!  Karahe Hotel             Lost Canyon Canyoning Adventure with Desafio was a blast. Catamaran Island Adventure was tons of fun and we even saw two whales! Catamaran Adventure            Thanks again for all your help. PURA VIDA! Lino & Yesenia Beltrán

John Vacation – November 2015

"We returned to Costa Rica 4 more times.”
Arrival: 11-01-2015 Departure: 11-01-2015

Patrick & Margie Higgins Vacation – October 2015

"We had a fabulous time!"
Arrival: 10-18-2015 Departure: 10-24-2015
Jason – here is an email reply responding to your request for a review of our recent trip to Costa Rica.  We had a fabulous time!  Beautiful scenery everywhere!  Our guides and drivers and other professionals were so knowledgeable.  Everyone was on time and quick to respond to any of our needs.  My husband’s favorite part of the trip was the accommodations!  We loved the room at Peace Lodge and then our room at Tabacon was upgraded to a fabulous suite.  It was a wonderful trip and your organization was great to work with!  Thank you again.   Margie Higgins

Nelson Vacation – October 2015

"They take care of everything so you can relax and have Fun."
Arrival: 10-17-2015 Departure: 10-24-2015

Naim Vacation – September 2015

"There are not enough stars to give this group for their excellent service."
Arrival: 09-25-2015 Departure: 10-05-2015

Lori Shingledecker Vacation – September 2015

"It was far beyond what I could have imagined and planned for myself."
Arrival: 09-06-2015 Departure: 09-13-2015
My Costa Rica planned a "Best of Costa Rica" vacation for me, and it was far beyond what I could have imagined and planned for myself. They prepared me for every minute detail and answered ever silly call I made, no matter what time it was. Not only did they incorporate all of the activities I requested, but they suggested some that may also interest me (which I did). My itinerary included white water rafting, horseback riding, kayaking, the national park tour, zip line, AtV, and catamaran boat tour. Everything was top notch, from the hotels to the tour companies and let me not forget the shuttle drivers! I work in the customer service industry and tend to be highly critical of others in a similar field so finding everyone I encountered to be so polite and professional in the most sincere way was refreshing. When I was on vacation I began to truly understand how many companies offer similar tours and adventures and was grateful that I had guidance from a knowledgeable resource that set me up with local, reputable companies that made safety as important as the thrill. I would undoubtedly recommend their services to anyone and would most certainly use them again. Thank you My Costa Rica for giving me the trip of a lifetime! Pura Vida!

Szypula group Vacation – August 2015

"Your country is beautiful."
Arrival: 08-20-2015 Departure: 08-27-2015
I am one of the 6 people who was in the Szypula group. August 20-27th. I just wanted to thank you so much for organizing our amazing trip in Costa Rica. Your country is beautiful. Everything was exactly what we had hoped it would be, from the places we stayed to the sights we saw. The zip lining was incredible and Pacuare reserve was a special treat. We were able to see the leatherback hatchlings swim in the ocean. That was the highlight for me personally. The sloth rescue, the waterfalls, the Cocoa tour, really everything fell into place for us! We all have wonderful memories of Costa Rica and plan to visit again in the not too far future. Thank you for switching drivers around so we could have Christian drive us to the airport, he was very knowledgeable and gave us lots of information on Costa Rica, which we really appreciated.. Our other drivers were great too but Christian spoke English which was helpful to us.

Shipley Vacation – August 2015

"Wonderful start to finish!"
Arrival: 08-16-2015 Departure: 08-24-2015

Huckabay Family Vacation – August 2015

"It was a wonderful adventure."
Arrival: 08-01-2015 Departure: 08-09-2015
Mr. Jason Bateman
MYCOSTARICA
Dear Jason,
I want to personally thank you for working together with my son Brit to plan,  develop, and carry out a wonderful vacation trip to Costa Rica this past August 1-9, 2015. It must have been quite a challenge, because our entire family is an active  group, consisting of sixteen people ranging in age from 81 to 10 years in age widely with many different interests. Given this, you did a superb job of offering an itinerary which challenged and interested us all, and contained something for every member of the family.
From a birthday party complete with pinyata for the 10 year old, to a zip line adventure for those who were interested, to a guided visit to Poas Volcano and La Paz waterfall Gardens, to the relaxing and refreshing hot springs of Arenal Paraiso, to the Manuel Antonio National Park walk and its wonderful beach, to the Catamaran Island Adventure, we all were entertained and delighted. The arrangements were set up so that those who chose to take part in the day's activities could do so, and those who chose to take the day off felt comfortable. Every guide at each of the excursions was knowledgeable and helpful, and personally warm. We appreciate all that you did to meet our needs, and will be happy to recommend you,  your company, and your services to anyone.
This would not be complete without mentioning the three resorts at which we stayed and enjoyed. They were different in many ways, but very similar in their genuine desire to give good service and the excellent quality of their accommodations.  My personal favorite was the Xandari Resort, which was so beautiful and luxurious and got our entire trip off to a spectacular start. The staff there were particularly amiable and helpful. We had some grand family dinners, both food and service wise, at each location.
My only criticism is that the estimated times of travel between locations which we were given were not very accurate. We had a couple of long driving days where the time estimates given did not prepare us for the true length of the trip.
Other than that, it was a wonderful adventure. Moving 16 people around the country and recommending activities to challenge and entertain them is in itself a challenge, but you did it well. We thank you for all you did and will happy to recommend your services. Please feel free to use this letter in any way you choose.
Hunter Huckabay (the 81 year old)

Seva Trips Vacation – August 2015

“Yoga retreats with My Costa Rica”
Arrival: 08-01-2015 Departure: 08-08-2015

Saylor Vacation – July 2015

"Thank you My Costa Rica!!!!!!"
Arrival: 07-31-2015 Departure: 08-15-2015

Paul Phelps Vacation – July 2015

"It really was a great overall experience."
Arrival: 07-02-2015 Departure: 07-09-2015
Julie will be providing rave reviews to Trip Advisor and the like (she's already been asked on Facebook about how I booked everything), but I wanted to send along my sincere thanks to you and Lynn and everyone at My Costa Rica for what amounted to a PERFECT anniversary trip. The variety and pacing of the destinations and excursions was spot on, we never felt bored but also never felt like we were overwhelmed either. The choice of hotels was excellent, we never felt like we were staying at a budget location...and what can I say about La Mariposa but wow?!? We honeymooned at an all-inclusive in the Bahamas with a "partial ocean view," which translated to "you can see a sliver of the ocean from your balcony if you stick your head over the side really far!" Compare that to the "partial ocean view" of our room at La Mariposa which was almost completely ocean-filled. Simply breathtaking! And to top it off, a 5:45am stroll out onto our patio on Wednesday was rewarded with at least a dozen monkeys about 200' in front of us, "commuting" from the beach up into the mountains. Wow! The transportation between all of the hotels, cities and excursions was excellent, it was so much more relaxing to have all of that covered ahead of time. A special thanks to our Tortuguero to Arenal driver, Pablo. He was extremely affable and made sure to surprise us with a few unexpected wildlife detours, the highlight of which was the iguana-filled trees near one roadside store! He was also extremely patient with us, and pulled over at one point so my wife could complete a call to resolve an issue with our bank. It really was a great overall experience, from figuring out the travel dates, to the package suggestions to the actual execution of what we'd purchased. Thanks again for everything and you can be sure we'll pass along your information to family and friends. Pura Vida!

Leslie Baker Vacation – June 2015

"The vacation of ALL vacations!!"
Arrival: 06-29-2015 Departure: 07-05-2015
Well, that was the vacation of ALL vacations!! I can't even begin to say enough about how wonderful Pranamar is/was! The people, the accomodations, the beach, the food, the yoga classes - everything was completely ideal! Thank you SO very much for being so thoughtful and helpful in finding the absolute perfect place for our getaway. As you already know, our feedback from The Alta in San Jose is the very same. I loved it so much I didn't want to leave! I also wanted to say thank you for all of the connecting travel arrangements that you guys made. That made our trip completely worry free and each of the providers were so kind and reliable. I truly can't say enough about the trip that you made happen for us. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!! I will look forward to connecting with you again very soon :). Pura Vida! Leslie Baker June 29th-July 5th, 2015

Cole Vacation – June 2015

"Our Costa Rica vacation was Amazing."
Arrival: 06-11-2015 Departure: 06-19-2015

Honeymoon 2015

"Best Costa Rican travel agent."
Arrival: 06-01-2015 Departure: 06-01-2015

Jennifer Martin Vacation – May 2015

"It was honestly the vacation of a lifetime."
Arrival: 05-25-2015 Departure: 05-30-2015
I just want to tell everyone even remotely interested in traveling to Costa Rica to use My Costa Rica. We traveled there late last month with both of my daughters and a family friend. The trip was flawless thanks to My Costa Rica. Lynn was absolutely invaluable in planning the trip and both Jason and Nicole were incredibly helpful when we were traveling and actually in the country. The resort was beautiful, the transportation to and from the airport and to the excursion was so easy, and the excursion was so much fun. Jason made sure we were prepared before the trip and Nicole called right after we checked in to make sure everything had gone as planned. In addition, Nicole was available by email (we couldn't use our cell phones at the resort) to answer any questions I had. It was honestly the vacation of a lifetime and I would recommend My Costa Rica to all my family and friends. Thanks so much for all you did to make it such a beautiful vacation!”

Atkinson Vacation – May 2015

"They made the whole process so easy."
Arrival: 05-23-2015 Departure: 05-31-2015

Beth & Steve McGonnell Vacation – May 2015

"We never thought it could be so easy to plan an amazing vacation/honeymoon!"
Arrival: 05-16-2015 Departure: 05-24-2015
We never thought it could be so easy to plan an amazing vacation/honeymoon! We LOVED the Arenal Nayara Resort, and if we have a chance to come back would love to dedicate an entire trip to this region. We were a little nervous that we had so many plans packed into our 8 day trip that something would fall through, but nothing did! The only issue we had was a motion sickness from all of the windy roads (particularly around Arenal Lake). The Westin on Playa Conchal Beach has a snorkeling area that we enjoyed every day (we saw eels, puffer fish, starfish, urchins, and lots of other fun things). There was more to see there than we thought there would be, and the snorkeling gear is free to use! We found that we were really spoiled by the luxury and privacy of the Arenal Nayara. The Westin had lot of resort transport shuttles and other delivery vehicles constantly on the walkways around the resort. Our favorite flight of the entire trip (five in total) was the domestic 10-seater plane we took from Tamarindo to SJO on our last day- gorgeous views! It was also nice to know that we had a point of contact should an emergency arise, which thankfully, it didn't. I have been recommending My Costa Rica to all of our friends who have been asking us about our trip. THANKS AGAIN!!! Beth and Steve Durham, NC Traveled to Costa Rica in 05/2015

Sinclair Honeymoon – May 2015

"The 5-star service actually started from the very beginning."
Arrival: 05-01-2015 Departure: 05-01-2015

Shain Vacation – April 2015

"The team at My Costa Rica has made my 2 trips perfect."
Arrival: 04-19-2015 Departure: 05-02-2015

Debbie Van and Deb Federici Vacation – April 2015

"We had an AWESOME time and love your country!"
Arrival: 04-10-2015 Departure: 04-20-2015
“We actually just got back night before last. We had an AWESOME time and love your country! Lynn put together a GREAT package for us. Please give her our best (we understand she is in a recovery phase) and tell her thank you for all she did. It ALL came off without a hitch!! Ticos are amazing and all should learn from them!! So warm, loving, and eager to please--VERY uplifting!! Pura Vida!! We will highly recommend travel to Costa Rica and your company to our friends!!” Thank you! Debbie Van and Deb Federici

Jovan Shashaguay Vacation – April 2015

"Thank you so much for all of your help."
Arrival: 04-09-2015 Departure: 04-18-2015
Thank you so much for all of your help throughout the planning and completion of our vacation to beautiful Manuel Antonio. It was an amazing trip surpassed made so much better by the peace of mind knowing we had you and your entire team looking out for our well being. We will recommend your company and absolutely use you in the future. Thanks

McDaniel Vacation – March 2015

"It was perfect."
Arrival: 03-31-2015 Departure: 04-10-2015

Bergan Vacation – March 2015

"We just returned from an amazing trip to Costa Rica."
Arrival: 03-27-2015 Departure: 04-04-2015

David Cullen Vacation – March 2015

"I am very happy with our choice of My Costa Rica."
Arrival: 03-14-2015 Departure: 03-23-2015
When I started to research the trip, I was amazed by the number of agencies offering trips in Costa Rica. I am very happy with our choice of My Costa Rica. We went through several iterations of the itinerary but Lynn was extremely cooperative and helpful throughout the process. We were delighted with the final product. The hotels and local tours that she suggested were all wonderful. Shuttles were arranged so that there was no problem getting from location to location. Fortunately we arrived the day before the volcano erupted so our trip wasn't delayed. I thought the trip price was reasonable. I got quotes that were considerably more for what was essentially the same trip. If we return to Costa Rica, there is no question that we would use My Costa Rica. to plan the trip.

Shig Otani Vacation – March 2015

"My Costa Rica was very well organized."
Arrival: 03-03-2015 Departure: 03-13-2015
From the beginning I told her we were seniors and she understood and made up an itinerary, which looking at, seemed to fit the bill. Info about CR and FAQ were readily available. All question I may have had were instantly answered by Lynn with a phone call. Even the procedures upon arrival was detailed so we shouldn't get lost. So all in all My Costa Rica was very well organized.

Steve Barger Vacation – February 2015

"Costa Rica is a beautiful country."
Arrival: 02-18-2015 Departure: 02-25-2015
Everything Lynn set-up for us went off without a hitch. The drivers knew where they were going, were on time and spoke decent English too. Costa Rica is a beautiful country and the people are welcoming and friendly. Plus the weather is great this time of year!

Ralph Van Dusseldorp Vacation – February 2015

"The food and people are fantastic."
Arrival: 02-01-2015 Departure: 02-23-2015
She was patient and flexible as we made plans and finalized decisions. She chose five wonderful lodges for us to visit, made all our travel arrangements in the country and arranged very good tours and activities. We are very pleased with everything Lynn did for us and will use her for another trip. Costa Rica was wonderful, it met our expectations and more. We are very pleased with their protection of the environment and that they have no army. The food and people are fantastic. We are anxious to go again. Ralph and Marilyn

Barras Vacation – January 2015

"I was not disappointed."
Arrival: 01-02-2015 Departure: 01-10-2015

Coté Vacation – December 2016

"Everything went perfectly according to plan."
Arrival: 12-31-2016 Departure: 01-06-2017

Parker Vacation – December 2016

"Valériane has been so helpful."
Arrival: 12-27-2016 Departure: 01-10-2017

Singh Vacation – December 2016

Out first experience with a travel agency.. and it was AMAZING!"
Arrival: 12-26-2016 Departure: 12-30-2016

Alalouf Vacation – December 2016

“A trip of a lifetime. Thank you My Costa Rica.”
Arrival: 12-23-2016 Departure: 01-01-2017

Cooper Vacation – December 2016

"I am really looking forward to my vacation."
Arrival: 12-23-2016 Departure: 12-30-2016

Ivanova Vacation – December 2016

"We've had a tremendously positive experience."
Arrival: 12-20-2016 Departure: 12-30-2016

Meza Vacation – December 2016

"Dream vacation."
Arrival: 12-18-2016 Departure: 12-29-2016

Chouinard Vacation – December 2016

"Ask for Valériane!!!"
Arrival: 12-06-2016 Departure: 12-14-2016

Gagnon Vacation – December 2016

"We are so glad to have found My Costa Rica."
Arrival: 12-04-2016 Departure: 12-10-2016

Bianca Vacation – December 2016

“14 days Costa Rica.”
Arrival: 12-01-2016 Departure: 12-01-2016

Zoe Vacation – December 2016

“Highly recommend My Costa Rica!”
Arrival: 12-01-2016 Departure: 12-01-2016

Adams Vacation – November 2016

"They were always efficient, friendly, and courteous."
Arrival: 11-20-2016 Departure: 11-26-2016

Liberman Vacation – November 2016

"Organizing of our family trip."
Arrival: 11-16-2016 Departure: 11-24-2016

Liberman Vacation – November 2016

"The Westin was fantastic!"
Arrival: 11-16-2016 Departure: 11-24-2016

Alejandro Ramírez Vacation – November 2016

"Working with Jason and Kimmi has been delightful and easy going."
Arrival: 11-12-2016 Departure: 11-24-2016
Working with Jason and Kimmi has been delightful and easy going. They have been there to listen to my needs and answer my questions. Their suggestions  have been right on and have accommodated to changes and requests, showing professionality and experience. They have provided itineraries and quotes in a timely fashion allowing a flow of communication, gaining my trust to plan my vacation with My Costa Rica. Thank you for your kind services. I very much look for my trip in a couple of weeks.
Alejandro, New York

Lily Vacation – November 2016

“Thank you for an amazing adventure!”
Arrival: 11-01-2016 Departure: 11-01-2016

Clay Vacation – November 2016

"The real Osa experience."
Arrival: 11-01-2016 Departure: 11-01-2016

Martin Vacation – September 2016

"Had a wonderful time."
Arrival: 09-27-2016 Departure: 10-03-2016

Lubitz Vacation – September 2016

"Incredible vacation!"
Arrival: 09-18-2016 Departure: 09-24-2016

Hernandez Vacation – September 2016

"My Costa Rica excels!!!"
Arrival: 09-13-2016 Departure: 09-21-2016

Mooney Vacation – September 2016

“First rate tour specialists for visiting Costa Rica”
Arrival: 09-01-2016 Departure: 09-12-2016

Aviles Vacation – September 2016

"I loved every single moment of it."
Arrival: 09-01-2016 Departure: 09-01-2016

Winsett Family Vacation – August 2016

"Everything on this trip so far has been exactly perfect."
Arrival: 08-24-2016 Departure: 09-04-2016
The shuttle from Manuel Antonio to Sierpe was so nice. Jose' was very careful driver and very courteous. We enjoyed the company of 2 young women from Magdala,Spain and a Indian guy who lives in Boston. The 1 and 1/2 hour wait in  Sierpe was kind of boring but the restaurant was good place to sit while waiting for the boat ride from Sierpe to our Rancho Corcodova. The two young women also stayed here for one night. The Sierpe River was so interesting. That is a huge river in places. The boat ride very good for 2 hours . Having a beach landing was a surprise but also fun. The lodge is very nice and restaurant food very good. We treked 3 hours today in Corcodova NP. That was after very rough 1 hour plus boat ride with 10 other pax who were on tour and the always exciting beach arrival Our guide Fernando was very good and personable. He has been guide for 30 years at park. We saw monkeys, Macau parrots, other larger birds, cayman, crocodile, humpback with baby. Really hard to take good pics in jungle because of foliage and critters don't wait around and pose. Ha. The ride back uneventful. This afternoon and now going on 7 hours it has rained like I have never experienced!! Enough for now. Oh, anyone making this trip must be in good or better health and good plus physicaI condition. Call it difficult at best. Enjoy pics. Tomorrow is SCUBA/snorkle day. ....... Good morning. We are soon on our way to Sierpe by boat and then Trogon Lodge in hopes of seeing Quetzel birds. The stay here at Rancho Corcovado has been great. Nice room with extra bed acting as a dresser and closet :) Staff so friendly and the meals very good. The trek to the NP was by boat ( the basic mode of transportation here) and a long one hour ride in heavy seas. The guide Fernando was very knowledgeable of course having spent 30 years at the park. We saw the 4 types of monkeys, some birds and lots of different fungi. It makes you appreciate wildlife photographers. Our trips to Cano Island, again by boat, was one hour. We saw the humpback whales, dolphins going and coming. The snorkle and diving were not what I expected but at the same time interesting. Visibility was mostly poor because of so much rain. Lots of rays, white tip sharks and a few turtles. Of course lots of fish. My most memory will be hearing the whale music while diving at about 50 feet. Wow!!!!! Every afternoon into the evening we have had rain. I mean buckets of rain. Amazing amounts. What roads and paths there are are washed out and won't be repaired until January. I could write many more pages but this is enough for now. ........ Our return trip from Drake Bay to Sierpe went just fine. If I failed to mention the staff are Rancho were so good. So exciting to wade to the boat after the poor guys carried all our luggage on board. It was so nice to have Bernie  waiting at the dock for us. He is an excellent driver and shared much information with us we coukd not believe the beauty of driving into the cloud forest. Jason, I don't know if you have been here or not but Trogon Lodge is over the top beautiful.We were actually without words when we drove in with Bernie. Simply outstanding. Everything on this trip so far has been exactly perfect. Even here at Trogon we have nice shelves for clothing :) I will let the pictures speak more than I could adequately write. Look forward to seeing Abner in the morning. I intend for him to find some chi frio for me. :) ......... Pura Vida Joe   Vacations to Costa Rica testimonials Vacations to Costa Rica quetzal Costa Rica vacations Vacations to Costa Rica

Winsett Family Vacation – August 2016

"No worries, no problems, just Pura Vida."
Arrival: 08-24-2016 Departure: 09-04-2016
It was pure luck when we selected My Costa Rica to arrange our visit to that beautiful country in late August 2016. Jason took our wishes for experiencing Pura Vida and turned them into reality. Throughout the planning Jason and Kimmi proposed to us various options within the itinerary to meet our budget and expectations. From the welcoming at Juan Santamaria airport, various van, private car and river boat shuttles to the departure two weeks later there was not one problem. The hotels and lodges were perfect and strategically located for us to see the best of Costa Rica. It was so relaxing not to be concerned about anything but what to enjoy each day. The many guides were excellent and so knowledgeable whether SCUBA diving/snorkling, trekking in the fabulous national parks, driving through the country side or searching for Chifrio. In all the many countries we have visited never have we enjoyed such warmth and hospitality given by the people of Costa Rica that we met. Our great experience was due entirely to the excellent planning by My Costa Rica. Trust them. No worries, no problems, just Pura Vida. Joe and Beverly Winsett Fort Collins, Colorado   Winsett Family Winsett Family

Coye Vacation – August 2016

"Has been a great experience planning our upcoming trip."
Arrival: 08-14-2016 Departure: 08-21-2016

Caitlin Rowlette Vacation – August 2016

"Not one moment was stressful."
Arrival: 08-13-2016 Departure: 08-19-2016
Jason,
I wanted to personally thank you (already spoke with kimmi earlier) for planning this out. This was an incredible experience and by far the best vacation. Not one moment was stressful. I appreciate you meeting all my accommodation needs and checking in with us!! Can't wait to book another trip through your agency.
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Marcigliano Vacation – July 2016

"A happy WIFE is a happy life and the wife was happy."
Arrival: 07-28-2016 Departure: 08-06-2016

Bajec Family Vacation – July 2016

"We have had very nice experience."
Arrival: 07-25-2016 Departure: 08-15-2016
Hola Jason, our Family planed to visit Costa Rica in year 2015. Since we didn't know anybody there we went on internet where we found agency named My Costa Rica and we decided to go with that agency. We just went with our sixths seance or to say intuition and we're lucky. The agency My Costa Rica made a travel plan for us-we stayed in Costa Rica 21 days, traveled from east to west, see a lot of beautiful things and mostly we have had very nice experience. Everything that was planned from My Costa Rica was super-all dates , reservation, flight, activities and all suggestions from agency My Costa Rica worked perfect for us. We-our family- are thank full to Jason Bateman and Kimmi Sampieri and all other workers in agency that help making our ternary. For anybody that is planning a vacation in beautiful country called Costa Rica we can strongly recommend agency My Costa Rica and for sure you won't be disappointed. Tomaz Bajec from Slovenia, Europe :)

Layne Vacation – July 2016

"Every day has been a delightful surprise."
Arrival: 07-15-2016 Departure: 07-24-2016

Bob Patel Vacation – June 2016

"Thanks for everything and our stay was without incident."
Arrival: 06-11-2016 Departure: 06-17-2016
We had never been south of the Americas and one concern that we did not travel south was security and other concerns, but what a surprise when we arrived in CR. The people are very friendly and courteous. Our stay at Trapp family was kind of isolated but very quiet and memorable. In the evening there was nothing to do but then you are tired anyway. At Arenal, we got there early and they would not give us the room until 3pm. We did plenty of activities including horse back riding, canoeing and hike to the base of the volcano. The driver for pick up were on time and very informative. Thanks for everything and our stay was without incident Bob Patel

Renee & Sue Alvarado Vacation – May 2016

"Thank you again, we will not hesitate to recommend your agency."
Arrival: 05-31-2016 Departure: 06-08-2016
Everything was perfect and went according to your arrangement. The transportation, tours, hotels etc were all great. Thank you again, we will not hesitate to recommend your agency. Regards Renee & Sue Alvarado

Deana Vacation – May 2016

"Beyond perfect!"
Arrival: 05-21-2016 Departure: 05-28-2016

Alan and Chris Dalziel Vacation – May 2016

"It was our first trip to Costa Rica, but we will be back for sure."
Arrival: 05-19-2016 Departure: 05-27-2016
Everything ran smoothly, all the pickups were on time, with great knowledgable drivers. The Hotels were beyond our expectations, and the tours that you had organized were exactly what we had hoped for, with very experienced guides who made our trip memorable. It was our first trip to Costa Rica, but we will be back for sure.
Thanking you for exceptional customer service,
Alan and Chris Dalziel, from Canada

Berrouet Vacation – May 2016

"It was perfect."
Arrival: 05-19-2016 Departure: 05-26-2016

MacKenzie Vacation – May 2016

"I couldn't be happier with everything."
Arrival: 05-07-2016 Departure: 05-14-2016

Romero Vacation – April 2016

All the staff have been professional and friendly.
Arrival: 04-21-2016 Departure: 04-25-2016

Chan Vacation – April 2016

"What a privilege to partner with MyCostaRica in any of these initiatives."
Arrival: 04-18-2016 Departure: 04-27-2016
We are very satisfied with our itinerary and are so looking forward to visit beautiful Costa Rica in 2 weeks time. Moreover, another fantastic of MyCostaRica is their dedication to giving something back by supporting local conservation and charitable initiatives. Travellers are invited to participate with them. What a privilege to partner with MyCostaRica in any of these initiatives. Pura Vida. Pura Vida. Han Chan

Chan Vacation – April 2016

"I do not regret the find."
Arrival: 04-18-2016 Departure: 04-27-2016

Brussel Vacation – April 2016

"Had a great trip In Costa Rica."
Arrival: 04-18-2016 Departure: 04-25-2016

Katherine & Edmund Chute Vacation – April 2016

"Thanks again for your help and hard work."
Arrival: 04-06-2016 Departure: 04-19-2016
Katherine & Edmund Chute  :) We especially loved Arenal Observatory Lodge and would recommend it highly to anyone (or maybe keep it secret). The domestic flight with Sansa was very convenient and quite fun on its own too. I plan to write a review as well, but for now I'd like to share some highlights with you since you had such an important role in making the trip a success. My favorite part of Costa Rica is the people. Everyone was so friendly and outgoing, even willing to encourage and assist a very novice Spanish speaker. Outside of homo sapiens, we saw an incredible variety of wildlife, starting the first day and continuing at a steady pace everywhere we went. All in all, I think we counted over 70 animals entirely new to us! As for thrills, hiking Cerro Chato and visiting La Fortuna waterfall was amazing and Selvatura ziplining was packed with adrenaline. My best meals were easily any time we ate cosados cooked by a small-town kitchen. For future reference, I'd like to mention that Arenal Paraiso was not on the same level of accommodations as the rest of our trip. The standard room was very small for three people and hot, lots of traffic noise, and not much to do without taking a taxi away from the lodge. The staff, however, was excellent. Now, back to the positive. I finally know what Pura Vida means, beyond literal translation, and would definitely like to go back to Costa Rica--probably to Corcovado. Thanks again for your help and hard work.

Ann Patry & Art Manhire Vacation – April 2016

"Thank you so much for making our vacation a perfectly wonderful one."
Arrival: 04-05-2016 Departure: 04-19-2016
Hola Jason
We are back home and just wanted to thank you so much for putting together the itinerary that you did.
The accommodations you chose for us were exactly what we had in mind and beyond in some cases. From the time we were picked up at the airport and each and every transfer that took place was exact and on time. The tour companies you chose were all very pleasant and professional providing lots of information. You did more than an amazing job and all was accomplished from a single questionnaire. You provided all the written information and documentation to make our trip straightforward from the time we stepped off the plane.
We will be sure to book again with you for our next trip to Costa Rica. Thank you so much for making our vacation a perfectly wonderful one.
Rose-Ann Patry and Art Manhire

Patry Vacation – April 2016

"Exactly what I was looking for."
Arrival: 04-05-2016 Departure: 04-19-2016

Steve & Ann Schwallbach Vacation – March 2016

"The beauty of the rain forest & all its' treasures will remain with us forever."
Arrival: 03-29-2016 Departure: 04-09-2016
The Osa Penisula & Drake Bay were favorite places for us along with the Arenal Volcanoe area. Snorkeling off of Cano Island & hiking in Corcovado Natl. Park were amazing, along with the hanging bridge trek & swimming in the waterfall - no crocs & very refreshing. Seeing Cartago, the original capital of Costa Rica, & Basilica de Los Angeles was a major highlight. Watching local people crawl so reverently on their knees to the exquisite main altar was inspiring to see. Seeing the national bird, the questal, in San Gerardo cloud forest at 6:00am was a surreal & fun experience. The beaches were beautiful but have to be careful of the sun. We would like to see the Caribbean side of Costa Rica someday. The beauty of the rain forest & all its' treasures will remain with us forever. Steve & Ann

Egelhoff Vacation – March 2016

"I thought Jason's customer 'after' care was fantastic!"
Arrival: 03-22-2016 Departure: 03-30-2016

Parks Vacation – March 2016

"Just got back from an amazing time in Costa Rica!!!"
Arrival: 03-16-2016 Departure: 03-21-2016
Just got back from an amazing time in Costa Rica!!! I went to Jason with an almost impossible amount of things to do in a short period of time and he squeezed it all in and more! We spent 5 nights in Costa Rica (actually 6 but that was due to a cancellation of our flight, not related to My Costa Rica), and visited Arenal, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio. Jason was super accommodating to our preferences and replied to emails very fast. He even arranged stops in a couple of towns I wanted to visit on the way to our destinations. We flew in to San Jose and met Mauren who went through our itinerary with us. She got us to our driver Frank who drove us to Arenal. We stopped in Sarchi, where we were amazed by the intricate hand-painting by the artists, and Zarcero, where we got to walk through the topiaries. Frank even stopped at a restaurant on the way for lunch and helped us order a delicious meal! Frank was really great aside from some fast and furious driving (which seems to be the norm in Costa Rica). We stayed at the Tabacon Resort where we were offered a free upgrade to a suite - that place is gorgeous! We went to their hot springs and had a relaxing evening. We ate at their very expensive buffet dinner but were not impressed. Their free breakfast buffet in the morning was delicious though. The next morning we went to an animal rescue called Proyecto Asis in La Fortuna for a tour/volunteer session. Carlos was our guide and he was phenomenal! This was definitely one of my favorite parts of the trip, I would have loved to spend more time there. We learned about the various animals and how they came to the facility, and Carlos was fantastic at educating about the wild animal trade. We got to help prepare the food for the animals and then feed them. That afternoon we took the van/boat/van transfer to Monteverde. This was a beautiful trip across the lake. The drive to Monteverde was tough though because the van was not air conditioned and the roads are so dusty that most of the time we had to close the windows and be stuck in the hot van. Our hotel in Monteverde was the Trapp Family Lodge. There is no air conditioning in the rooms but it is not necessary, as the weather is fairly cool at that altitude. The breakfast was good, but nothing spectacular. The restaurant requires reservations for dinner and the food is pretty good. I would have liked to have stayed in a room that saw more animal activity from the window. Also, if you have a room not in the main lodge you have to walk up very steep walkways to get to your building. Overall it was a nice place to stay. If you plan on doing most of your activities in Santa Elena, though, be aware that you are going to be at the farthest hotel from it. The first night we got there we did a night hike through Night Walk Santamaria’s. We were the only ones in the group, so we got a private tour from our guide Elvis. He was extremely knowledgeable and told us a lot of interesting information. We saw a two-toed sloth sleeping, a tarantula, a gray fox, an olingo, and a warbler trying to sleep on the end of a branch. The next morning we went on a guided hike through the Santa Elena Cloud Forest reserve and our guide Marcela pointed out so many interesting things we would have never seen on our own. We did not spot any mammals but we saw many birds and bugs. She found bugs like stick bugs and beetles. She was very knowledgeable as well and knew all about the plants and animals in the area. We went to Sky Adventures next where we did the Sky Hike, Sky Tram, and Sky Trek. The Sky Hike are hanging bridges and our guide was able to help us spot the very beautiful resplendent quetzal! I have never seen a more beautiful bird. It flew right over our heads and we were able to see the bright red belly and extremely long tail feathers. That was a highlight of the trip. Afterwards we got our harnesses on and took the Sky Tram gondola up to the top of the mountain. We got to see 2 baby vultures that the gondola passes over. We then did the Sky Trek and ziplined back and forth back down to the main building. It took me months to talk my mom into ziplining but she absolutely loved it. It was spectacular. I used my GoPro to record it but it does not do it justice. The next day was my birthday and we spent the morning in a shuttle down to Manuel Antonio. Our driver did not speak English and arrived late then picked up 3 more groups of people. He then drove to Puntarenas to drop people off and pick people up (by that time it was around 10:30 and we had a good 2 hours left to drive), but we had a 12:30 horseback ride scheduled. I emailed Jason about it and he called me back immediately to discuss options. He called the horseback tour company and they were able to push the pickup time to 1:30. Also it seemed as though he contacted the shuttle company, as our driver received a phone call and sped things up a little bit. We got there around 12:30 and checked in to Hotel Karahe. If you get a room that is “beachfront”, you have to cross the street with all your luggage. You cannot see the beach from the room, but the rooms are the closest ones to the beach. Also as a side note, there is no hair dryers in the room. The breakfast was very basic, but was decent. The food at the restaurant though was very good, and the drinks were even better. I tried their Guaro Sour and I absolutely loved it. I even bought some Guaro at the duty free shop in the airport so I can make some at home. The restaurant is open air and there is a dog named Lucy who lives there. She is very sweet and does not bother people for food. Our room was ready when we checked in and we were able to drop off our stuff and get picked up for the horseback ride. The horseback ride was through Rancho Los Tucanes and our guide Geiner met us and we went to the ranch. My horse’s name was Comanche and my mom’s horse was Lucho. We were the only ones on the tour, so we got another private tour. Comanche was a very feisty and headstrong horse – I loved it! I had never ridden a horse before but I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We took a long ride where we got to see coatis and squirrel monkeys to a waterfall, where I took a refreshing swim in the pool at the base of the waterfall. We then rode back to the ranch and spotted some fire-billed toucans. Geiner then took us to a dinner in Quepos where we ate some delicious local food. Geiner was a fantastic guide we talked to him about some other tours. Initially we had planned on spending the next day at Manual Antonio National Park on our own but we were so tired by this time we just wanted to go on a tour instead of having to figure it out ourselves. Geiner told us about the tour that the company did and we signed up for it. He also told us about another tour that he highly recommended for the end of the trip because of how relaxing it was – a catamaran tour. We liked Geiner so much and enjoyed the horseback ride so much that we signed up for the tours. The next morning we went to Manuel Antonio National Park and saw bats, birds, sloths (two- and three-toed), monkeys (squirrel and white faced), basilisks, and iguanas. Our guide Esteban was very friendly and great at spotting the animals. We saw Geiner at the park and he greeted us warmly. We got to the beach and were able to spend about 30 minutes in the ocean or watching the antics of the white faced monkeys. I told Esteban that I really wanted to get a cold coconut to drink and he assisted us after the tour in buying one – it was so refreshing! They provided us with fruit and water after the tour. That afternoon we went on the Sunset Sails catamaran tour. Geiner was right – this was definitely a relaxing and enjoyable tour and we are so glad we added it! Upon boarding the boat we were given a delicious adult beverage to enjoy. Our guide (I cannot remember his name!) constantly replenished our drinks and we could request any beverage we wanted. They also provided us with sea-sickness medicine if we wanted it. After a nice long boat ride we came to the snorkeling area. Gear was provided and we were able to snorkel for about 30 minutes. When we got back to the boat, they had the waterslide set up and we were given more drinks and they brought dinner out. It was delicious fish, rice, and vegetables. After dinner we rode back to the dock and enjoyed the beautiful sunset. We saw one of the other larger catamaran tours and were very happy we went with a smaller company. We had maybe 20 people on our boat, the other one had at least over 50. We were able to enjoy company with other visitors and met some lovely people from other parts of the world. We really loved this tour. The next morning we were picked up for our transfer to the airport. Our driver Christian did not speak much English but he was able to tell us it was his birthday and point out some interesting things on the drive. We asked him if we could stop at a Starbucks near the airport so my mom could get a mug there, which he had a very hard time finding but was able to get us there. My mom was so happy to get the mug. He got us to the airport in plenty of time for our flight, which ended up being cancelled, but that is another story for a review of Delta. Overall, the trip organized by Jason at My Costa Rica was fantastic and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Kennard Family Vacation – March 2016

"Wonderful service!"
Arrival: 03-13-2016 Departure: 03-24-2016
My wife and teenage daughter have visited Costa Rica from Canada three times and the last two we used the services of ‘My Costa Rica’. I want to say thank you to Jason and Lynn Bateman who organised two brilliant itineraries. Everything ran extremely smoothly, all pick ups on time, hotels were excellent, stress free, we have absolutely no complaints. In addition, all enquiries and phone calls were answered immediately, helpfully and courteously. While travelling, we always felt we had someone to rely on and answer any queries. On one visit, my wife had to return to Canada mid trip and My Costa Rica seamlessly helped reorganize all our travel plans and new flight bookings. Wonderful service! Cheers Malcolm Kennard

Kneller Vacation – March 2016

"It was so great, we have booked another trip."
Arrival: 03-12-2016 Departure: 03-19-2016

Bunny Mills Vacation – March 2016

"THANK YOU all so much for all you did to make our trip so wonderful and special."
Arrival: 03-04-2016 Departure: 03-14-2016
Mr. Bateman! You and your staff outdid yourselves in planning our trip. Mauren met us at the airport and had someone drive us to the hotel. Next morning our driver took us to Arenal. What a mess of traffic! Thank goodness we had a private driver doing all the work. Your guides and drivers were the very best - polite, willing to stop and show us wild animals, etc. I sat up front with the drivers so I could practice mi espanol. They got a kick out of this. They would point out interesting things and I in turn would interpret the rest of the group. The zip lining was fun as every thing else was also. I will definitely have Tracy write reviews. This is the only way to take a trip. THANK YOU all so much for all you did to make our trip so wonderful and special. Abrazos para todos, Bunny Mills - March 2016

Beck Family Wedding Vacation – March 2016

"We had the absolute most amazing wedding and trip to Costa Rica."
Arrival: 03-03-2016 Departure: 03-17-2016
Sorry I'm just getting back to you....we have been so busy ever since getting back from Costa Rica. We had the absolute most amazing wedding and trip to Costa Rica. There were only a few hang ups but nothing we didn't get past :-) We tried deciding which adventure was our most favorite but we seriously couldn't decide. I would say the Hummingbird garden, hanging bridges and butterfly tour was nice but we could have lived without (if I'm to critique anything...but it's so hard). The rappelling down waterfalls in La Fortuna was so fun although we were anticipating more rappelling than we actually did...you just rappel a few feet then it's almost a zip line down to the bottom -- totally an awesome adventure we were just anticipating more rappelling than we actually did the way the description was written. The ATV Tour was awesome, river rafting was awesome, combo adventure (other than Carol's injury) was awesome, rappelling was awesome (just anticipated more the way it was written), Tortuga Island was a blast (the trip on the catamaran and the adventure there). Our most favorite place we stayed was Tamarindo because there was so much to do / eat / see right outside the hotel (not to mention we LOVED the hotel and pools / beach etc) it was a warm Costa Rica welcoming for our first stop :-) Tabacon was awesome because of the hot springs but very expensive to eat there so it made it less desirable...not to mention not having options of places to go to eat. Monteverde kind of the same thing -- not too many places to eat unless you hiked down the very steep hill although after seeing most of Monteverde, we were thankful for the resort we stayed at -- just not many food options. All were great places and loved aspects of each -- just for future clients if food is a big deal to them for options to eat :-)

Richard & Judy Weber Honeymoon – March 2016

"We appreciated the very professional service."
Arrival: 03-01-2016 Departure: 03-08-2016

Our Trip to Costa Rica March 1-8, 2016 May 6, 2016

My wife and I chose Costa Rica for our honeymoon - It was the second marriage for both of us, she in her late 50s and I in my late 60s. We are both in very good shape physically, are very active and exercise regularly. We both have travelled but neither of us had been to Costa Rica. I have used a well-known travel company on multiple occasions and like their trips and trip approach. There was no trip available when I could travel that we were interested in with the company I have previously done business with. My wife was totally focused on studying for the bar exam so I planned the trip. I researched things to do in Costa Rica and made a list of activities that we wanted to try to do. They were volcanos, scenery, hiking, horseback riding, ziplining and canopy walk, Tabacon, white water rafting, animal watching, and finishing our honeymoon at the beach for a couple of days. I chose My Costa Rica to organize our trip based on a fair amount of research on the internet. I contacted them with my activity list and supplemented with several additional planning parameters including we did not want to rent a car, we did not want to spend long periods driving, we did not want honeymoon suites and we wanted to stay in facilities where we did not have to worry about the drinking the water or eating the food. Getting sick on your honeymoon is really a bummer. Jason Bateman, Travel Coordinator with My Costa Rica responded with a trip proposal. After some back and forth, we settled on two nights each at the Peace Lodge Hotel and La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Tabacon Hotel and hot springs, and the Tulemar Bungalows on a beach on the west coast of Costa Rica. The final night was spent at a hotel at the airport in San Jose as we had an 8:30 am departure for the return home. Activities programmed by My Costa Rica included:
  • The La Paz Waterfall Gardens
  • A zipline/canopy walk activity
  • Volcano hike and observation
  • Leisure time at the Tabacon Hot Springs
  • Whitewater rafting on the Rio Balsa with Desafio Adventure Company
  • A hike with an interpretative guide in the Manual Antonio Natural Park
  • Leisure time on the private beach of Tulemar Bungalows
  • Damas Island mangrove tour by kayak
Overall Trip Assessment: The trip was fabulous, places were as advertised, people were wonderful, and helpful, the scenery was beautiful. My Costa Rica Assessment: Trip planning was easy. Jason listened and was very responsive and responded promptly. While we were on the trip, I had several questions which I sent him by email and received responses with an hour or less. We were met as described at the airport by a My Costa Rica representative, provided our trip documents, vouchers, etc. and we were on our way. All pre-arranged drivers showed up on time and were most helpful and spoke enough English that communication was not an issue. Guides were fluent in English. Vehicles were clean and comfortable. We had one very minor logistics snafu, one driver misunderstood where we were to be taken and we went in the wrong direction for an hour but no loss as we saw more countryside. All four of the accommodations were recommended by My Costa Rica. The three places during the trip were lovely. The staff at each were very personable, helpful and went out of their way to make us enjoy our stay. Food was excellent at each of the three but very high priced at Tabacon. It was nice, but seemed overpriced. The atmosphere at each location was very nice. We ate on site at each of the three locations. The airport hotel was fine and functional which was all that was required. I tend to pack too much into a trip, and in a day. The trip had too many activities given the time we had. That was my fault as I repeatedly told Jason we did not want to sit but we found that everything was so beautiful that sitting and taking it in was pretty special. Overall, I would definitely use My Costa Rica again and recommend them highly to anyone looking for a travel company to organize a trip to Costa Rica. Some post-trip thoughts:
  1. Only plan one activity per half day. If you are at the beach, going to the beach is an activity.
  2. If you are driving somewhere for more than an hour, that is an activity. The roads are extremely winding in nature and no road goes directly to where you wish to go.
  3. We took Jason's suggestion and used several hop flights for in-country travel. The two flights were 20-30 minutes in duration but saved many hours of tiring In-country hop flights are definitely recommended.
  4. Things happen that are unexpected. We lost over an hour waiting to take off on a short hop flight because they shut down the international airport receiving our flight due to some bigwig sitting in his plane on the tarmac. Take it in stride.
  5. We had to cancel the zipline tour and canopy walk due to dehydration illness. Drink water starting several days early.
  6. We cancelled the Mangrove tour because we were having too much fun in the water at the beach.
  7. The Tabacon Springs were exactly as advertised. Water is a little warm but the pulsing waterfalls at the springs with the thermal water was great for sore calves due to the number of steps at the Waterfall Gardens.
  8. None of the accommodations nor the activities seemed crowded. All were pleasant experiences.
The two days stay at the Peace Lodge is a sufficient length of stay. We could have easily used an additional day at both Tabacon and Tulemar with the activities as programed if we were to have fit in the canopy walk or the zipline and the mangrove tour. In summary, thanks Jason and My Costa Rica for a lovely and memorable honeymoon. We appreciated the very professional service. Weber       Rick and Jud

William Vacation – March 2016

“Repeat Customer”
Arrival: 03-01-2016 Departure: 03-01-2016

Debbie Vacation – March 2016

“Great travel company!”
Arrival: 03-01-2016 Departure: 03-01-2016

Esther Vacation – March 2016

"The most beautiful place on earth."
Arrival: 03-01-2016 Departure: 03-01-2016

Richard & Judy Weber Honeymoon – March 2016

"I would definitely use My Costa Rica again."
Arrival: 03-01-2016 Departure: 03-08-2016

Klein Vacation – February 2016

"All activities were top notch."
Arrival: 02-24-2016 Departure: 03-08-2016

Apprill Vacation – February 2016

"What a perfect vacation we experienced in Costa Rica."
Arrival: 02-18-2016 Departure: 02-24-2016

Josephine Coleman & Ken Williams Vacation – February 2016

"We had a great time!"
Arrival: 02-17-2016 Departure: 02-22-2016
Hi Jason: We had a great time!. Unfortunately the drive from San Jose to Escape Caribe took 7 hours. There was a lot of semi trucks, road construction and rain. We had been up since 3 a.m. taking planes and were exhausted when we arrived. But Escape Caribe was a safe haven. It was paradise. We passed out exhausted and then I woke up with what felt like motion sickness. I was sick all night and couldn't lift my head without getting sick. I am soooo grateful to the owner. My husband went to her for help after he told our tour guide how sick I was. They made me an herbal tea that calmed my stomach, took away the dizziness and put me to sleep. I wanted to go snorkeling so bad, but I couldn't move. The next day was wonderful. I felt 100% better. Edgar is a great, knowledgeable tour guide. He knew so much about the BRI BRI community. That is definitely a tour I will recommend. We made our own chocolate start to finish! I learned so much about the rain forest. I was ready for day three until my husband realized we would be go Kayaking and he panicked. So that was a wash. It only took 3 hours to get back to San Jose! I will go on your FB page and write a glowing report. Thanks again. Jo

Wasmuth Family Vacation – February 2016

"Everything went smoothly."
Arrival: 02-15-2016 Departure: 02-25-2016
Hi Jason, We are back in Cape Coral, Fl. from our trip. In a word the trip was awesome. Everything went smoothly, and you put together a trip that covered the mountain areas of the north to the beaches of the mid south, and of course the magnificent wilderness of the Osa Peninsula. Of course we had our favorites, but the trip reflected thought and planning on your part. I'll give you a call and give a more detailed accounting, but it was all good. Best wishes. Phil

Wasmuth Family Vacation – February 2016

"Jason Bateman of VacationsToCostaRica.com did a fabulous job."
Arrival: 02-15-2016 Departure: 02-25-2016
Hi everyone, I just finished putting together a 10 minute slide show with some short video clips of our trip to Costa Rica. We visited Costa Rica in mid Feb. for 10 days. Our travel agent, Jason Bateman of VacationsToCostaRica.com did a fabulous job of arranging lovely lodges in 4 different areas of that beautiful country. He put us in areas and activities that were of interest to us. So, we visited 4 different rainforests, took two birding trips, 2 snorkeling trips, one river raft trip, and a swinging brides walk thru a rainforest. We saw beautiful beaches, and watched monkeys entertain us. The food was great, and as stated earlier Jason arranged for us to stay in beautiful lodges. The last 3 days of the trip were spent in the Osa Peninsula, which is very remote and has an untouched rainforest that is just 50 miles above Panama. Our lodge in that remote section of the country was amazing. We took an hour boat ride down a river in the rainforest to get to the lodge. When we left we took a van to a small airstrip that was hacked out of the wilderness. The small plane took about 50 minutes to get to the international airport in San Jose. That saved us about 6 hrs. of driving. Costa Rica trip The sound track after the obligatory song about Costa Rica features sounds from a CR rainforest. You'll hear the deep sounds of Howler monkeys. We heard them constantly in the rainforest. Hearing and seeing Howler monkeys in the wild is something I'll never forget. Costa Rica is home to over 800 species of birds. Fifty two species of hummingbirds make CR home. At our first stop at the Peace Lodge 26 species of hummingbirds were present. It is the greatest concentration of different hummingbird species in the world. I know you'll enjoy the sights and sounds of Costa Rica. Please contact either Dianne or me if you have any questions about Costa Rica. As always just click on the web site, and then click on Start Slideshow. Best wishes and much love to all. Phil  

Wasmuth Vacation – February 2016

"This was a special vacation."
Arrival: 02-15-2016 Departure: 02-25-2016

Lazoff Vacation – February 2016

"Did a superlative job planning and executing a wonderful week."
Arrival: 02-13-2016 Departure: 02-20-2016

Penny Kruse Vacation – 2016

"Thank you for a exceptional holiday."
Arrival: 02-09-2016 Departure: 02-17-2016
Hi Jason, A quick note to thank you for a exceptional holiday. It is not easy to coordinate ten people. The drivers and tours we had were exceptional. We will write a review on your Facebook , but give me a week to get organized and out of holiday mode! I would not hesitate to recommend you! Regards Penny Kruse :)

Revenaugh Family Vacation – February 2016

"We loved the adventures we did."
Arrival: 02-06-2016 Departure: 02-14-2016
You did an amazing job with helping organize our trip and to create a wonderful experience for our family. We loved the adventures we did, seeing the country and topography and relaxing at the beach. Berkeley Revenaugh

Chelsea Blasch & Friends – February 2016

"We can't wait to go back!"
Arrival: 02-06-2016 Departure: 02-13-2016
We just arrived back in the States after spending 7 glorious days in Costa Rica. With the help of Jason Bateman, we were able to plan a custom trip based on the needs/wants of a group of 6 of us traveling together. Jason must have changed our itinerary 100 times at our request. He was very patient with how many times I asked for changes, and incredibly responsive to my emails. Each hotel and excursion he planned for us was amazing. We can't wait to go back! Pura Vida!

Blasch Vacation – February 2016

“Best travel agency out there!”
Arrival: 02-06-2016 Departure: 02-13-2016

Dalya Gutgold Vacation – February 2016

"I just wanted to thank you so much for organizing the itinerary."
Arrival: 02-03-2016 Departure: 02-09-2016
Hi Jason I just wanted to thank you so much for organizing the itinerary for our recent trip to Costa Rica. In general, all of our transfers arrived on time and everything ran smoothly - it was really helpful that it had all been organized in advance and we just had to turn up. I'd definitely be happy to recommend you to anyone else who is planning a trip to Costa Rica! Best wishes Yael

McGuinness Vacation – February 2016

"What a fabulous vacation!"
Arrival: 02-03-2016 Departure: 02-10-2016

Anthony Family Vacation – January 2016

"Everything could not have gone more perfect with our trip."
Arrival: 01-31-2016 Departure: 02-06-2016
They used the safest companies to book our zip-lining, horseback riding, white water rafting, tubing, and hiking adventure. I have two Children (ages 8 and 10) and it was their best vacation yet. Everything could not have gone more perfect with our trip. We have used My Costa Rica twice now and would never travel to Costa Rica without them. From the private transportation (San Jose to Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna) to the hotels (San Bada hotel and Baldi Hot Springs Resort) it was a great safe experience. The Baldi Hot Springs Resort is like the Atlantis of Costa Rica. With 25 pools, 4 slides, hidden caves, crazy hot and cold waters, more bars that I could count and a view of the Arenal Volcano was amazing.
John Anthony

Anthony Vacation – January 2016

"Jason at My Costa Rica planned a fantastic trip of a lifetime!"
Arrival: 01-31-2016 Departure: 02-06-2016

Borenstein Family Vacation – January 2016

"I thank you for everything. Would love to come back."
Arrival: 01-24-2016 Departure: 01-31-2016
Hola Jason:
Beautiful country and amazingly friendly people.
It was a pleasure to deal with you and your agency. Thank you for arranging such wonderful accommodations and tours.
It was a great balance between action adventure and relaxation.
We particularly loved Casas Villas at Tulemar. Magnificent place. Additionally for Kosher families the full kitchen was very helpful.
The drivers were all very nice , punctual and helpful. Abel was particularly nice and very well informed.
Whenever we needed to contact your agency, they responded quickly and effectively.
All the tour operators were friendly, attentive and helpful.
As an aside for you : If you need to set up Kosher observant families near the synagogue  (walking distance)Cristina Suites was nice but a bit older. The p[lace I booked last minute to beat the snow storm in New York: Rincon del Valle I thought was nicer and the staff was much nicer ( No full kitchen here)
The trick is to book the Junior Suites with windows to the outside  They have 2 small refrigerators, microwave  seating area etc(helpful for kosher observers) The regular rooms are smallish and inside the complex with no outside windows and have a humid smell. You may want to check it yourself.
I thank you for everything. Would love to come back.... We will be delighted to recommend you to family and friends
Muchas Gracias !!!
Abraham Borenstein y Familia!

Sara Meyer Vacation – January 2016

"Very impressive."
Arrival: 01-23-2016 Departure: 01-30-2016
Jason,  Arrived home just before a big snow storm. Glad we made it before.  Everything worked out fine with Rigoberto. The last evening Rigoberto had a fisherman friend pick up lobster and cook it at a local restaurant and we sat done for a feast right on the beach.  Beautiful warm and friendly people.  Also very impressed with the cleanliness of everywhere we traveled. The Cariblue needs some upgrading but it was adequate. The grounds needed work in contrast to Selva Verde where everything was very well cared for. Our stay at Selva Verde was exceptional. I would recommend it and the whole rainforest experience we had in that region to anyone.  Very impressive.  Our rooms overlooking the Sarapiqui were awesome.  Pura Vida.
Warmest Regards,  Sara Meyer

Jacki & Dave Brackett Vacation – January 2016

"We were very happy with the hotels we stayed in and fell in love with Costa Rica."
Arrival: 01-23-2016 Departure: 01-30-2016
Hi Jason, please see our thoughts below.
My husband and I just returned from our first trip to Costa Rica. Jason and his team worked patiently with us as we planned our itinerary, changed our itinerary and answered all of our many questions. We visited Arenal, Monteverde and Taramindo. Jason organized all of our transportation needs as we chose not to rent a car. All of our drivers were professional,  friendly and always prompt. The guides on the several tours we booked with him were informative, enthusiastic and shared their knowledge and love of their country. We were very happy with the hotels we stayed in and fell in love with Costa Rica.
Pura Vida.
Jacki and Dave

Thurman Honeymoon – January 2016

"He is extremely knowledgeable, attentive and answers every phone call."
Arrival: 01-23-2016 Departure: 01-30-2016

Gary Phillips & Nancy Glisan Vacation – January 2016

"Food everywhere was very good."
Arrival: 01-21-2016 Departure: 02-05-2016
The voucher system worked great, transportation was always promptly on time, hotels were perfectly set up, pick up and drop off at the airport was great.  I got to pick how long to stay at each location and which hotels I wanted to stay at.  Few other travel sites allow you to do that.
Hotels were fantastic.  Holiday Inn Aurola had great location with free snacks and drinks since we had an Executive room.  Laguna Lodge in Tortuguero was somewhat primitive but very nice.  I might skip Tortuguero as it rained there 24 hours a day for three straight days.  We learned that was very common. Tabacon Resort Orchid room was Fantastic as is the entire resort. [ Food and tipping were rather expensive].  In Monteverde the Ficus Hotel location and room was nice and just a 7 minute hilly walk into town.  Many other hotels  needed taxi transportation.  La Mansion in Manuel Antonio was first class.  They upgraded us to the penthouse room #4  with ocean view on two sides for free due to a cancellation by another party.  It was the best room in the hotel. A sign at the front desk  said to ask for an upgrade if they are not full.  Fabulous view of the beaches and ocean and food was reasonable.  Hotel Gran De Oro  is true 5 star quality although rather expensive.   Great location, outstanding food and service.  The room was not quite up to the standards of the rest of the hotel but quite nice.
Tours were all reasonably priced. A night flashlight walk in the  cloud forest produced many animals in Monteverde.  Great tour.  Catamaran sunset cruise/snorkling/dinner tour with many porpoises was a true highlight as was the whitewater raft trip on the Savegre river at Manuel Antonio.
The Paos volcano/ La Paz waterfall gardens/coffee plantation was a 10 hour tour which included both breakfast and lunch (we were told only lunch on your itinerary sheet) was another highlight tour.  The 4 hour city tour in San Jose was well worth  taking due to a great guide.  We did have to pay to enter the gold museum even though it was included on your tour sheet because he knew nothing about it and had no money.  The voucher did not say it was free and that is all we had with us.  The Monteverde hanging bridges/butterfly/hummingbird tour was interesting, but we saw no animals and very few birds. I would definitely recommend all of those tours.
The Arenal river float was below average as we simply floated down a gentle stream looking for animals (we saw four monkeys in one tree and a few birds).  It’s fruit lunch was a bottle of Minute Maid fruit punch and the safari at the end never happened.  The whole thing lasted two hours.  I could not recommend that one.  At Arenal we took the tram ride up to the observation platform (15 minute ride).  The volcano was completely clouded in and we hiked back down on our own(about 1 hour fourty five minutes in the rain.  No animals , no birds).  Not very exciting, but the Zip line which we did not take looked really neat.
Food everywhere was very good.  Never had a single bad experience.  It was far above expectations at Gran De Oro and La Mansion.
The beauty of the country and the people of Costa Rica were very special in our minds.  Everyone we met was friendly and helpful and seemed to really enjoy life in their country no matter how wealthy or poor they were.  I don’t see that in America.
Very easy to work with and the organization and details made everything run very smoothly.  We want to come back to see Corcavado and Guanacaste.
Pura Vida!
Gary Phillips and Nancy Glisan

Barry Haner Vacation – January 2016

"It was a perfect mix of adventures, sight seeing and relaxation."
Arrival: 01-20-2016 Departure: 02-03-2016
Hola Jason! It was a perfect mix of adventures, sight seeing and relaxation. The Tortuguero adventure was a unique experience and we had the perfect guide, Carlos. So knowledgable and pleasant. Food and lodging was good. Ziplining at Arenal was so fun. Almost killed me getting to the top but was worth it. Guides Pueblo and Markus were great. Rainy and cool (not your fault). Food and lodging good again. Trapp family lodging was a little out of the way, service was good as were the bridges. The San Bada at Manuel Antonio was a perfect spot to relax and enjoy the ocean and park. Highlight was the catamaran day. Beautiful day, good people and lots of fun. Staff at San Bada went above and beyond. Maykel at the restaurant was great to us. All our pickups and tranfers were on time with good vehicles and drivers. Only one spoke no english but most were very helpful and told us about the countryside. All tours were what we wanted to see the country. Only one small hickup at Adventure Inn. They would not shuttle us to the airport because we did not book it on line before 4 pm the day before. Asked them to pay for taxi with no luck so cost me $15. Over all we were very happy with our vacation and would highly recommend My Costa Rica to anyone. Thanks again Jason Barry and Terry Haner Alberta, Canada

Haner Vacation – January 2016

"Everything went just as planned and we had a great variety."
Arrival: 01-20-2016 Departure: 02-03-2016

Brunette Vacation – January 2016

"Everything we experienced was top notch and high quality."
Arrival: 01-16-2016 Departure: 01-23-2016

Kathy & Jeff Shannon Vacation – January 2016

"Everything you planned and arranged exceeded all our expectations."
Arrival: 01-02-2016 Departure: 01-08-2016
Hi Jason
We just returned home from our vacation you organized for us. Everything you planned and arranged exceeded all our expectations.  I can't thank you enough for all your time and hard work.  It felt like you really knew us personally and knew the kind of vacation we would remember for a life time.  There is not one thing we would have changed except making it a longer ha ha!!! Where is the best place to post how wonderful you are and your company?
Thank you again!!!!!

Goldberg Vacation – January 2016

"The trip was executed with perfection and coupled with good taste."
Arrival: 01-02-2016 Departure: 01-14-2016

Nicole Hall & Friends Vacation – January 2016

"We loved the order of our trip and ALL of the tours we did."
Arrival: 01-01-2016 Departure: 01-09-2016
We had the most perfect vacation! Jason was very easy to talk to, was very prompt in returning emails regarding the many questions and changes we had. He worked with us to completely customize our vacation and listened to what we liked to do and changed the lodging options a few times for us, all keeping our budget in mind. We loved the order of our trip and ALL of the tours we did (and we did A LOT of them!). All of the hotels were great and the transportation to them, as well as all the transportation to our different tours all went very smoothly. Will definitely be recommending Costa Rica and My Costa Rica to all of our friends and family and if we are able to make it back to Costa Rica we will definitely be using Jason and his team again! Pura Vida!

Lydia – June 2017

I am so excited to go!
Arrival: 06-05-2017 Departure: 06-10-2017
My husband and I decided we wanted to really treat ourselves for our 10 year anniversary. I started looking online and was completely overwhelmed at all of the options to choose from as far as hotels, transportation, excursions, pretty much everything. My friend found a link to My Costa Rica so I decided to check it out. The little chat bubble popped up and I was asked a few questions about what I would like to plan for my trip. At first I thought it would be a computer i was talking to, but it was a real person! Jason listened to the few requests we had and came up with an itinerary...and just in case, he added a second option itinerary. The second option was almost perfect! With a few minor changes it was done! I couldn't believe how much easier it was to have someone local to the area set everything up to our liking! ANYTIME I had a question or concern, Jason was quick to respond with an answer. Our trip is planned for June and I am so excited to go! I am confident that everything Jason put together for us will be magical. Lydia E

Davison Vacation – March 2017

"Impeccable personnel service"
Arrival: 03-25-2017 Departure: 04-01-2017

Flynn – March 2017

The places they recommended were even better than we pictured
Arrival: 03-18-2017 Departure: 03-25-2017
Thanks to the My Costa Rica crew for a wonderful trip. Special thanks to Valeriane and Kimmie for all their planning. Our shuttles were always on time or early and the drivers were very nice. Didn't speak much English, but enough to get us all by and have good rides. The places they recommended were even better than we pictured and the staff at each one was GREAT. Cala Luna was the nicest resort we have ever stayed at out of US. We wanted to leave a couple of hours early at the first resort, and Kimmie arranged that within minutes and was glad to do it. The excursions were arranged by them, and they were well worth the money. We would recommend anyone using MY Costa Rica if visiting Costa Rica. They are with the " IN CROWD " of this country. D & C From Indiana Deron Flynn

Zhuang Vacation – March 2017

“Excellent experience so far.”
Arrival: 03-14-2017 Departure: 03-21-2017

Erickson Anniversary Vacation – March 2017

“50th anniversary trip.”
Arrival: 03-14-2017 Departure: 03-23-2017

Erickson – March 2017

We will have many pleasant memories of this trip
Arrival: 03-14-2017 Departure: 03-23-2017
My Costa Rica, Val in particular, made this trip easy for us and it proved to be an beautiful experience. She took care of all the details and we had all the fun! My wife is a birder and I'm a photographer so this was a match made in heaven. She got lots of new birds and I took several thousand photos. We will have many pleasant memories of this trip and hope to return. Pura Vida! Lloyd Erickson

Files Vacation – March 2017

"Great way to book a trip to Costa Rica!"
Arrival: 03-11-2017 Departure: 03-17-2017

Kelley – March 2017

Thanks to My Costa Rica, there was absolutely no flaws!
Arrival: 03-11-2017 Departure: 03-18-2017
Everyone we met was absolutely pleasent, happy on life.....pura vida! We traveled through most of Central America, and the one thing that I noticed was how clean this country is, and yes even San Jose was the cleanist major city city I was ever in. Again, it is the mindset of the people and culture that makes this a clean, safe country. Thanks to My Costa Rica, there was absolutely no flaws on connections, transfers, and the lodges were perfect for what we wanted to do. Thanks again My Costa Rica Wayne Kelley

Violante Vacation – March 2017

"Great way to book a trip to Costa Rica"
Arrival: 03-07-2017 Departure: 03-15-2017

Shirley – March 2017

We want to go back and will definitely contact you for our next adventure.
Arrival: 03-03-2017 Departure: 03-13-2017
Hola, Just wanted to thank you for the incredible trip you created for us. We had the best time, I did not want to leave. Saw over a hundred new birds. Everything was perfect. We want to go back and will definitely contact you for our next adventure. Thanks again! Betty Shirley

Smith Vacation – February 2017

"Repeat customer."
Arrival: 02-28-2017 Departure: 03-10-2017

Ledwidge – February 2017

We enjoyed our trip very much and thank you for arranging it for us.
Arrival: 02-22-2017 Departure: 02-26-2017
We enjoyed our trip to Tortuguero and had some pleasant experiences. The Laguna Lodge was adequate, not luxurious but had lovely gardens. We did not realize you could not swim in the ocean because of sharks, but the beach itself was good and quite clean. They had two beautiful swimming pools which we enjoyed at Happy Hour. The food was plentiful, and we certainly did not go hungry although we had more cake than we would have liked. The transportation on the canals and river was quite an experience especially when we had to transfer in midstream because the propellers got caught up in the weeds. Quite an adventure! As you know, we live in Costa Rica in the winter and we see more wildlife here in the southern zone than we saw in Tortuguero, although we saw two dolphins in the lagoon which we have to go out into the Pacific Ocean to see here. The guides were very attentive and knowledgeable. One of them (Xavier) as hoarse from talking so much and could hardly speak at the end of the trip. We met people from all over the world - England, Scotland, Austria, Germany, France, Argentina as well as Quebec, Canada. It made an interesting group. Overall we enjoyed our trip very much and thank you for arranging it for us. The Holiday Inn was awesome, and we partook of many of their facilities while there. We met a man from India in the restaurant on the 17th floor who had come to join a photography tour to take pictures of the birds in Monteverde, and he had exquisite pictures of quetzals, toucans, and other birds. Thank you again, Jason, and good luck. Wendy and Patrick Ledwidge

Pettit Vacation – February 2017

"A perfect week for the family - Pura Vida!"

Lynch Vacation – February 2017

"I recommend Costa Rica and vacationstocostarica.com enthusiastically"
Arrival: 02-14-2017 Departure: 03-05-2017
I am a retired CUNY professor and my wife writes natural history columns for a newspaper, the Berkshire Eagle. Interested in birding and travel away from the cold North-east US in February, we booked a 19-day trip around Costa Rica concentrating on birding through MyCostaRica.com. I explained to Valeriane Brabant what we wanted, and she and her firm delivered above and beyond our expectations. Our communications were entirely by email except for a couple of phone calls. They emailed the vouchers we might need for the transportation and hotels/eco-lodges. We found MyCostaRica.com to be highly professional, friendly and very efficient. I worked initially with Valeriane who booked us into 6 eco-lodges and hotels near important birding spots, arranged for knowledgeable English speaking guides and also arranged for travel from place to place with courteous, careful drivers. Note that some of the roads in the “back country” are rutted, dirt roads, so traveling some 30 or 40 kilometers might take three hours. But Costa Rica is such a spectacularly beautiful country with diverse landscapes that every moment of the journeys was enjoyable. The drivers were happy to stop if we needed the facilities or wanted to stretch our legs. We were met at the airport by one of the firm’s reps and given a lovely keepsake album and led to our taxi. We stayed at the Hotel Bougainvillea for the first and last nights of our trip. Their eight acres of magnificent gardens were a delight and filled with birds. Our next stop was the Trogon Lodge up in the cloud forest, where had a delightful cabin to ourselves amidst all the wildlife. The bar/ and restaurant was just a short walk down the hill. We then stayed in Dominical and Jaco along the Pacific in fine hotels: Crystal Ballena and Poco a Poco, both near the beach and famous birding spots like the Hacienda Baru where I spoke to the owner and bought his book. In addition to birds, on the trip we had great views (and photos) of Capuchin, Howler and Spider monkeys, two and three-toed sloths, agoutis, coati, kinkajou, opossum, iguanas, bats, basilisks and porcupine. (And, at a distance, tarantulas and scorpions.) We went on night walks near Trogon and later in Monteverde. In the clear night sky, the constellations dazzled and the shooting star was a sign we were in the right place. At the Arenal Observatory Lodge, Valerianne and Kimmie of MyCostaRica arranged for a room (#14) with a stunning view of the Arenal volcano and acres of gardens filled with hummingbirds, toucans, curasows and guans. Our boat trip up the Rio Rio in the Cano Negro area near the Nicaraguan border was a delight. We then went to the La Selva Verde Lodge in Sarapiqui, which some rank as the number one birding spot in the country. This is located next to hundreds of first-growth forest along the Sarapiqui river. Like all the places we stayed, this was both comfortable and yet set in a spot of intense natural beauty. Though our birding experiences cannot be reduced to numbers, sublime as they were, we identified 273 species in Costa Rica. 40 of those are endemics, and, for us, 170 were life birds. With all the travel, if at any time we had a question, our calls were immediately answered by Valeriane or Kimmie and the information was immediately forthcoming. I felt we were in good hands If you read anything about Costa Rica you will find the Ticos (as they call themselves) are friendly and welcoming, and also patient with you as you “practica su Espanol.” I recommend Costa Rica and vacationstocostarica.com enthusiastically. Daniel Lynch Professor Emeritus, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY

Gates – February 2017

Cannot recommend My Costa Rica more highly!
Arrival: 02-06-2017 Departure: 02-15-2017
Best travel agency experience. Following an initial detailed discussion of our needs/wishes produced a plan of every day with descriptions and pictures of each place to be visited, each hotel, tours at each place ( rain forests, animal sanctuaries, etc.) with charming drivers for each leg, everything reserved and paid for ( except meals). The trip was perfect. And of course, Costa Rica is stunning. Cannot recommend My Costa Rica more highly!

Gast Vacation – February 2017

“Excellent reservation service.”
Arrival: 02-04-2017 Departure: 02-07-2017

Stoops Vacation – January 2017

"The best travel planners!"
Arrival: 01-31-2017 Departure: 02-16-2017

Melendez Vacation – January 2017

"Sin duda consultaremos en my costa rica para nuestra proxima."
Arrival: 01-26-2017 Departure: 02-05-2017

Zaccheo Vacation – January 2017

"It was a great feeling to know we had someone to contact."
Arrival: 01-20-2017 Departure: 01-25-2017

Kerman Vacation – January 2017

"They did a wonderful job."
Arrival: 01-18-2017 Departure: 02-02-2017
Just home from a truly wonderful vacation in Costa Rica. My Costa Rica looked after all our transportation, activities and accommodations needs. They did a wonderful job. Hotels were top notch, staff friendly and very happy. Tour guides very knowledgeable, staff at Arenal zip lines a great bunch of youngsters full of piss and vinegar. Tortuguero on caribbean side one of my favorites, hour and half boat ride on river and lagoon through lush jungle vegetation. Laguna Lodge exotic grounds, excellent food and happy people made our stay a very memorable one. Next favorite was Rio Celeste Mountain Lodge. The best food we had on the whole trip. Joel, a Canadian, has gone green beyond my imagination. Thank you My Costa Rica, for the smooth ride all over your beautiful, friendly country.

Poole Vacation – January 2017

"It is true that he will work with you until everything is perfect!"
Arrival: 01-14-2017 Departure: 01-21-2017

Cook Vacation – January 2017

"I can't recommend him too highly!"
Arrival: 01-07-2017 Departure: 01-15-2017

Karen Logagianes Vacation – January 2017

"Best vacation ever!"
Arrival: 01-01-2017 Departure: 01-01-2017

Satterly Vacation – February 2015

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Zlatar Vacation

"Very helpful, great positive attitude towards life, I'm very pleased"

Alloggiamento Vacation – February, 2017

'Thank you for showing us all Costa Rica has to offer!'
Jason, Valeriane, and Kimmi We have been back from Costa Rica for 2 weeks now and I miss it so much already! I wanted to thank you all for making this trip happen for us. Costa Rica was always somewhere I wanted to visit, but it was crazy how we decided to make this trip happen SO last minute. We could have never done it without you. Everything went smoothly. You did a great job listening to our preferences and creating a fabulous itinerary. It's hard to believe you were not only able to get it all done but to make it all work without a hitch in such short notice. I really cannot express how much I appreciated Jason stepping in for Valeriane when she was out of town for a few days just as we decided to confirm the trip and go (Valeriane did notify us she would be leaving but the timing just worked out that way). Also, I really am so thankful Jason took the time to ease any concerns I had about wiring money or any questions I had about your company, our itinerary, or the trip in general. Once we were all set, Kimmi did an amazing job with last minute details and making sure we had everything we needed. I typically do not use travel agents. I pride myself on doing a lot of research and creating great vacations for my family. But, I could have NEVER put this amazing trip together in the 3 weeks before we left! Amazing. We definitely want to return to Costa Rica. In fact, I cannot wait until we can go back. Thank you for showing us all Costa Rica has to offer! I have posted a nice review on trip advisor. I am sorry to say that I am not on Facebook, but you should feel free to share my comments. You guys were awesome. Thank you! PURA VIDA!

Joseph – March 2017

Thank you for impeccable arrangements!!
Dear Jason and Kimmi,   We'd like you to know we had a wonderful time in your beautiful country!!  Our arrival in Liberia was fine, and our host reviewed our whole itinerary with us before we departed for Monteverde.  All of our transportation throughout the trip was fine: clean vehicles, courteous and safe drivers and always on time.  We were pleased with all of our hotels, and the hotel meals were excellent.  The excursions were good, especially the staff of the white water rafting.  We enjoyed the coffee/sugar cane/ cocoa farm - very educational!
The three-hour trip from Monteverde to Arenal Springs was interesting, but we have two suggestions for improvement.  There needs to be a bathroom break about halfway along the route.  We asked about one when we got to the point at the lake where we boarded the boat and were told we'd have to go in the bushes. The other little problem for older travelers was the steep rocky path down to the boat, and when we arrived at the other shore, there was nothing arranged to transport our luggage off the boat and up the rocky path to the van. Fortunately, the woman operating the boat took pity on us and carried one of our suitcases up the hill on her head!
The Arenal Springs Hotel was beautiful, and we wished we'd had more time there at the resort.
The Westin Playa Conchal was fabulous.  The staff was all courteous and helpful, and the selection of restaurants was delightful, and the food was delicious.  We had an unexplained but interesting experience at check-in.  We were initially told that we were being placed in the more exclusive "Royal Beach Club" area.  Then there appeared to be some confusion among the staff and consultations in Spanish on the side after which we were told there would be a nominal extra charge for this.  We said no, we would take what we were originally booked for, at which time we were placed there without any additional charge.  It was extremely delightful and luxurious!  Can you explain why this might have occurred?  - just curious.
Thank you for impeccable arrangements!!  We have already recommended your company to quite a few people.
Pura Vida !!   Thomas and Barbara Joseph
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