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Holiday review by Mr. Martin Salter

Date of trip: 07/04/2019
Number of people: 4
Country: Costa Rica

Overall level of Satisfaction

Tribes Overall: "Excellent and well planned holiday. We do like the fly drive concept which gives us the degree of freedom we require"
Tribes Service: "Alex, our travel consultant did a fantastic job in a very short space of time"
Guides: "The guides on the planned tours were excellent, very informative, friendly and helpful"
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "Generally the Costa Rican people seem to be very focussed on the environment and conservation. The only down point and quite traumatic was the carnage caused by 1000's of crabs crossing the road between Limon and Puerto Viejo. Drivers just running over the crabs100s or 1000s left crushed. It needs some kind of raised road, a huge expense I know but something needs to be done"


Shawandha Lodge
A very different resort and the only one without air conditioning but it is cooler on the Caribbean coast and the large fans in the room worked very well. We very much liked this resort and the breakfasts were I think the best. The dinners were also very good.The Staff were very friendly and helpful and the location was good. The resort of Puerto Viejo was very very busy. Not really our cup of tea but again probably due to the Easter weekend. The area itself is a great location with a long road along the very long beach, so even though the resort itself was very busy it was possible to find some quite spots.
Hotel Presidente
It took a while for this hotel to grow on us but the staff were very friendly, breakfasts excellent and the roof top bar had a lot of atmosphere
Hotel Fonda Vela
We liked to colonial style and location, again staff very friendly and helpful. Great location and a welcome break from the higher temperatures elsewhere. Meals very good. Roads in this area were very poor. gravel roads were fine but the poor state of the tarmac roads was a bit of a surprise. The Suzuki 4*4 coped well though

Our Memories

"The volcano view from the Arenal Monoa The tour arranged in Monte Verde Generally the Monte verde area Surfing in Tamarindo, particularly for the boys"

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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