Holiday review by Susan

Name: Susan

Date of trip: 15/03/2018

Number of people: 2

Seeing a humming bird on her nest. Climbing the lava flow on Arenal. Sunset at Bahia del sol.

  • Rooftop of Hotel Presidente, San Jose, Costa Rica © Hotel Presidente

    Rooftop of Hotel Presidente, San Jose, Costa Rica

  • Facade of Hotel Presidente, San Jose, Costa Rica © Hotel Presidente

    Facade of Hotel Presidente, San Jose, Costa Rica

  • Aerial view of Arenal Springs Hotel, Arenal, Costa Rica © Arenal Springs

    Aerial view of Arenal Springs Hotel, Arenal, Costa Rica

  • Bahia del Sol pool at sunset, Costa Rica © Bahia del Sol

    Bahia del Sol pool at sunset, Costa Rica

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Tribes Overall:

A fabulous introduction to a beautiful country. Never having travelled in the America’s until now, this holiday was an excellent way to see just a very small portion.

Tribes Service:

Good, timely info provided. 4 points that may help,others -
1. Would have liked to know we could come across scorpions ( one found in trousers and one on the bath mat! ). We gently put them outside.
2. Written routes provided by San Jose guide who greeted us ( and he was a joy to speak with) were not consistent with maps provided with these - the Sat Nav we used provided by National was superb.
3. Luckily we had colones for the several tolls we encountered on the routes back to the airport. We could have spent all of these by then as we had not known about the tolls. The tolls per se were not a problem.
4. The “motorway” return along the pan American highway was significantly slower than the sat nav timing due to very heavy traffic on the two way sections. We left ourselves a lot of time to get to the airport.

Guides:

Guides were exceptional- experienced and knowledgeable and friendly. We could not have hoped to learn so much on our own and would not have seen the wildlife without them. They looked after us on walks. We drove ourselves.

Social & Environmental Responsibility:

As you say, not easy to say, Good recycling facilities, passionate care for wildlife in the parks. Impressive wildlife conservation In the parks and reserves. Clever design to minimise need for air conditioning with internal rooms, I trust the workers we encountered were paid properly. I can see that development for tourists (and for retirees?) - necessary to provide employment is encroaching on the land, and increasing need for water. Where we stayed was sympathetic with the environment, not all we saw was.
Biggest concern was amount of plastic litter. A national problem.


The places you stayed

Rooftop of Hotel Presidente, San Jose, Costa Rica © Hotel Presidente

Hotel Presidente

San Jose

Atmospheric; good service, brilliant breakfast, a quiet oasis in the heart of a frantically busy city.


Aerial view of Arenal Springs Hotel, Arenal, Costa Rica © Arenal Springs

Arenal Springs Resort & Spa

Arenal

Relaxed luxury, friendly, fun. Clean and very well,managed.


Bahia del Sol pool at sunset, Costa Rica © Bahia del Sol

Bahia del Sol

Playa Potrero, Guanacaste

Out of this world, the setting, the food, facilities; wonderful.