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Holiday review by Elaine

Date of trip: 28/02/2019
Number of people: 2
Country: Costa Rica

Overall level of Satisfaction

Tribes Overall: "The variety of locations in this holiday exceeded my expectations. For a small country the diversity is surprising and impressive."
Tribes Service: "Rory was well versed and experienced in guiding us to an exceptional holiday encapsulating the key attractions of Costa Rica. His special attention even secured cheaper flights for only a minor change in schedule."
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "Eco tourism is clearly a critical industry for Costa Rica. Every venue was well appointed for recycling and the importance of the cloud forest especially highlighted their care for the environment."


Arenal Springs Hotel
Our favourite location of the holiday in an exciting area. Our chalet offered good views of the volcano and was exceptionally well-appointed. The food was excellent as was the service and attention to detail. We were greeted with a welcoming cocktail and cold towel. All other amenities at the hotel lived up to the same high standard.
Hotel Capitan Suizo
Excellent location just outside Tamarindo. Again the welcome was excellent with a complementary cocktail awaiting us at the poolside bar. The two tiered room was well appointed and spacious with interior and balcony seating provided. Though Pacific facing, the vegetation entirely blocked the view. The restaurant offered the welcome opportunity to sit on the beach, under trees or under shelter and provided an excellent variety of very tasty local and/or international dishes. Poolside and beachside amenites were easily accessible and the beach pleasantly uncrowded.
Studio Hotel
For a city stopover, this hotel offered a spacious well-appointed room with excellent amenities.
Trapp Family Lodge
Following Arenal Springs, this unusual hotel struggled to compare positively. The room was spacious, clean and comfortable with a separate seating area in bay window. The extensive wood panelling made the room seem very dark and the lighting was soft. The welcome was warm, the dinner was excellent and the convenient location for the cloud forest reserve was second to none.

Our Memories

"Particularly memorable was the contrasting variety between the locations from the natural hot springs of Arenal to the cool atmosphere of the cloud forest and finally the warm sands of the Pacific coast. The enthusiasm and warm welcome of the local Costa Ricans added to the enjoyment of the holiday."

customer rating

5/5 from 326 reviews

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facts and information

Time: GMT -6 hours

Flight time: The flying time is about 12 hours from the UK. There are now direct flights from the UK using British Airways. We work with all the major airlines and can offer flights from the UK or via the USA, Panama or a European hub. With the connection times you are looking at around 15 or 16 hours.

Language: Spanish is the official language. English is widely spoken throughout Costa Rica

Visas: Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.

Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations.



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