Holiday review by Mr. Martin Salter

Name: Mr. Martin Salter

Date of trip: 07/04/2019

Number of people: 2

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

  • Hotel Presidente lobby


  • Twin room at Hotel Presidente


  • Park near Hotel Presidente


  • Breakfast at Hotel Presidente


  • Dining at Hotel Fonda Vela


  • Shawandha Lodge gardens


  • Shawandha Lodge gardens


  • Shawandha Lodge gardens


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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


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

The places you stayed

Hotel Presidente lobby

Hotel Presidente

Costa Rica

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

Dining at Hotel Fonda Vela

Hotel Fonda Vela

Costa Rica

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

Shawandha Lodge gardens

Shawandha Lodge

Costa Rica

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.