Holiday review by Mr. Neil Henson
Name: Mr. Neil Henson
Date of trip: 04/12/2018
Number of people: 2
We went in large part to see wildlife and there was plenty of that, although often a trained guide is needed to point things out. Our favourite areas were Sarapiqui and the cloudforest, although there was quite a contrast between areas, and we enjoyed everything. Travel is slow, as most roads are single carriageway, so traffic moves as fast as the tractor at the head of the queue, but this was also part of the attraction of the country
Overall, the combination of wildlife spotting and changes of scenery, with a few additional trips purchased along the way, and a few days on the beach, was well balanced.
It was well organised, and we did not encounter any difficulties.
The guide at Torteguero was ok, and other guides, mainly on the wildlife spotting trips were very good.
Social & Environmental Responsibility:
Where we went, everyone was very environmentally aware and I was impressed at the conservation I saw. I am told by others who have been to other parts of Costa Rica (away from the National Parks) that this may not be the case everywhere. But tourism brings income and therefore helps to preserve what we go to see.
The places you stayed
A functional hotel.
This may be a bit hard, as the hotel is miles from any roads, but the food was very average, as were the facilities.
On a main road, but most of the rooms set well back, and there is a lovely river at the back. Room was nice, and the gardens and trails are excellent. Food mediocre, and everyone had to wear compulsory wristbands, but overall a good choice. The wildlife guides here really excellent. Would stay again.
Between San Jose and Arenal
A small boutique hotel. Up in the mountains, so pretty cool, nice walks in the forest adjacent though (even with a guide), less successful than elsewhere. Food was not gourmet, but certainly better than all the other hotels we stayed at. NIce owners, very helpful. We were one of two couple staying there. Very relaxing.
Superb view from the bungalow, nice terrace of our own. They were just finishing a new restaurant area that looks very promising. The food we had was, again, mediocre, but overall would definitely stay here again. And is a convenient 10 minutes by taxi to the town of La Fortuna.
Playa Potrero, Guanacaste
Excellent location on the beach, but the room was in a poor location. And the staff were not helpful when we had a problem trying to hire bikes. In fact to anyone staying here, I would suggest they go to the local bike hire shop a couple of hundred metres away. We ate out in local restaurants most of the time.