Kimkim Trip Reviews for Costa Rica

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Everything was so amazing. The tours and the ...
Costa Rica | Feb 1 - Feb 5, 2023

DIANA
DIANA T.
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI | Reviewed on Feb 08, 2023

Everything was so amazing. The tours and the hotel just perfect. Everything was easy and well taken care of. Anytime I had a question it was responded to. read more

Everything was so amazing. The tours and the hotel just perfect. Everything was easy and well taken care of. Anytime I had a question it was responded to.

Hotel Review
Hotel Playa Espadilla
Manuel Antonio

I loved it here. So close to the national park and beach. It is surrounded by the park so you hear all the beautiful sounds of nature. The grounds are manicured beautifully and the staff is so nice. The food for all meals was great too. Would definitely stay here again.

Authenticity & Character
Beautiful grounds and we saw animals and heard them. Felt like we were staying in the park.
Location
Close to beach and national park
Staff
Nice and helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clean
Local specialist: Yuliana Valverde

14 Day Best of Costa Rica
Costa Rica | Jan 23 - Feb 5, 2023

Cheri
Cheri A.
Simi Valley, CA | Reviewed on Feb 06, 2023

My 14 day Best of Costa Rica trip was amazing. Bryan, Nancy, and Charlotte did a wonderful job of tailoring a mixture of the excursions I wanted with enough relaxing time so as not to be exhausting. Each destination had it's own unique quality and beauty to it. This was my first time doing anything like this, and I was very overly nervous about how it would all come together. The team answered my repeated questions, rapidly, effectively, in person, and kindly. The excursions, transportation,... read more

My 14 day Best of Costa Rica trip was amazing. Bryan, Nancy, and Charlotte did a wonderful job of tailoring a mixture of the excursions I wanted with enough relaxing time so as not to be exhausting. Each destination had it's own unique quality and beauty to it. This was my first time doing anything like this, and I was very overly nervous about how it would all come together. The team answered my repeated questions, rapidly, effectively, in person, and kindly. The excursions, transportation, and lodging all came through on time and with no problems. KimKim and the team have earned my trust, and I am planning my next adventure with them.

Hotel Reviews
El Faro Beach Hotel
Manuel Antonio

The view is gorgeous and the best part of the hotel. It is on a steep hill, if someone is not able to walk well, but you can request a shuttle ride. All the furnishings were uncomfortable. The bed was hard, there was a cheap sofa facing a wall that only served to put luggage on, no inside chairs, and patio chairs also uncomfortable. Pool lounges uncomfortable too.

Authenticity & Character
it should be more homey. is uncomfortable and cold
Location
it is close to manuel antonio
Staff
didn't really interact with the staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
i guess it was clean, but not comfy
Hotel Heliconia
Monteverde Costa Rica

This hotel had the best bed and room setup. The bed was so comfy and fluffy comforter made it so cozy. It was better than other more expensive property beds. There were upholstered chairs by the windows for reading or whatever which other properties didn't have either. We found a trail in back, and saw lots of birds and animals.

Authenticity & Character
Location
It was just a bit far to walk to town or other eateries. We did eat at the restaurant and they had a good home made tomato pasta sauce with fresh vegetables from their garden
Staff
very friendly and helpful, and they were there day and night it seemed.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Arenal Manoa & Hot Springs
Fortuna

This property was gorgeous and we had a stunning view of the volcano. You had your own cabana, so it was very private and seemed like there wasn't other guests. The breakfast buffet had everything and overlooked a small pond with lots of wildlife. There were also sloths in the trees. We did take advantage of both pools and the termales. The bed wasn't as comfy as Hotel Heliconia was probably the only critique.

Authenticity & Character
the ground were gorgeous. reminded us of Hawaii
Location
view of arenal from the patio
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Bryan Leon
Bryan
Bryan Leon
Local specialist in Cartago, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Feb 06, 2023

Thank you for your valuable feedback, Cheri,

We were thrilled to read your glowing review. We take great pride in our work, and our sincerest hope is that it helps each one of our customers accomplish their goals. Your feedback has demonstrated that it does, and we appreciate you letting us know.

We’d love to hear from you again! Costa Rica has a lot of nice places to explore.

Pura Vida!
Bryan Leon,
Serendipity Adventures

Amazing Costa Rica!
Costa Rica | Jan 30 - Feb 5, 2023

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Margaret P.
Owasso, OK | Reviewed on Feb 06, 2023

We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Costa Rica and are grateful for the planning by KimKim. We had a 3 hour tour of Hanging Bridges and it was fantastic! Loved it! We learned so much and would've missed so much had we walked through by ourselves. Then they recommended the Arenal Whitewater rafting and that was amazing! My husband said it was his favorite thing in Costa Rica. Thank you for your help and especially for Hanging Bridges tour!! read more

We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Costa Rica and are grateful for the planning by KimKim. We had a 3 hour tour of Hanging Bridges and it was fantastic! Loved it! We learned so much and would've missed so much had we walked through by ourselves. Then they recommended the Arenal Whitewater rafting and that was amazing! My husband said it was his favorite thing in Costa Rica. Thank you for your help and especially for Hanging Bridges tour!!

Activity Review
Arenal Hanging Bridges Guided Walk
Arenal/La Fortuna

Fantastic guide! Learned so much!! Beautiful!!!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Guide, Cindy, at Bridges was knowledgeable and friendly. Excellent!
Local specialist: Brittany McNamara

My first review did not go through. I did pr...
Costa Rica | Jan 17 - Jan 30, 2023

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Bill B.
Canada | Reviewed on Feb 05, 2023

My first review did not go through. I did provide a review to Yuliana noting that everything was as represented, no surprises and all is good. KimKim, Amazilia, Yuliana, all transportation and excursions were excellent.

Contact Yuliana for my review.
Thanks
Bill Bennnett read more

My first review did not go through. I did provide a review to Yuliana noting that everything was as represented, no surprises and all is good. KimKim, Amazilia, Yuliana, all transportation and excursions were excellent.

Contact Yuliana for my review.
Thanks
Bill Bennnett

Local specialist: Yuliana Valverde
Yuliana
Yuliana Valverde
Local specialist in San José, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Feb 07, 2023

Hi Bill,
I hope you are well.
Thanks for your message and the time to leave us this beautiful review.
I was glad to assist you during this time and was so amazing that you were very interested from the beginning of this trip. I hope you had a good time here.
Best regards from Costa Rica.
Best,
Yuliana

Serendipity Adventures organized a fantastic,...
Costa Rica | Jan 18 - Jan 30, 2023

Bradley
Bradley C.
Savage, MN | Reviewed on Feb 05, 2023

Serendipity Adventures organized a fantastic, memorable trip for us and another couple. Sergio, Nancy, and Charlotte readily incorporated our requests and preferences, secured top notch accommodations, booked excellent excursions, and made sure our transportation from destination to destination proceeded flawlessly. When we reached out via web messaging or What’s App, even after hours, responses came quickly and thoroughly.

Sergio suggested we start in San José, hike at Arenal Volcano and... read more

Serendipity Adventures organized a fantastic, memorable trip for us and another couple. Sergio, Nancy, and Charlotte readily incorporated our requests and preferences, secured top notch accommodations, booked excellent excursions, and made sure our transportation from destination to destination proceeded flawlessly. When we reached out via web messaging or What’s App, even after hours, responses came quickly and thoroughly.

Sergio suggested we start in San José, hike at Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna Waterfall, cross hanging bridges in the rain forest, raft the Peňas Blancas River, boat across Lake Arenal, hike and ride a sky tram in Saint Elena Cloud Forest, tour Don Juan coffee plantation, enjoy abundant nature and dazzling beaches in Manuel Antonio Parque, and wrap up with a sunset catamaran cruise in the Pacific. Our guides knew their fauna and flora, pointing out animals and plants we never would have noticed on our own. Andres, our Endemic Bird guide at Manuel Antonio, an ornithologist and botanist, topped them all. Bryan and Abner at the river rafting excursion were knowledgeable and great fun.

Our hotels in San José, Fortuna, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio were clean, comfortable, roomy, and exceeded expectations. Our private transfers to each city and back to SJO went without a hitch. Courteous drivers. Clean, comfortable vehicles with sufficient space for luggage and relaxing on three- to four-hour drives. Turns out, being transferred cost less than renting a sufficient vehicle — and leaving the driving to Hugo, Marvin, and Wendell removed all stresses over navigation and poor roads.

An ice storm in Dallas nixed our flight home on the last day. Though there work for us was done, Charlotte replied promptly to my What’s App request for help securing a room near SJO. Glad she stepped up and made that aspect of our delays smooth. Pura vida.

All in all, we would use Serendipity again and are highly satisfied with the planning process, cost and value, and the outcome of our first trip to Costa Rica. Thank you, Sergio and the Serendipity team, for helping us enjoy a worry-free, memorable vacation.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Presidente San Jose City Center
San José

We enjoyed our stay. The rooftop restaurant view. Delicious breakfasts and rich, strong coffee. Attentive, courteous staff. Good location for walking to museums, parks, and desired site. Clean, comfortable, spacious room.

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Hotel Los Lagos Spa & Resort
Fortuna

We loved staying in the villa. Quiet location with superb view of flora and fauna. Timely shuttle service to/from the common areas. Enjoyed the many pools and water slide. Las Palmas wait staff took good care of us in

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Hotel Heliconia
Monteverde Costa Rica

What a view! We stayed on the second floor, overlooking the valley and town. Spectacular sunsets. Mileydi was especially kind and helpful to us. Tasty lunch and dinners at the restaurant.

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Hotel San Bada Resort & Spa
Manuel Antonio

Great location next to Manuel Antonio Parque and a short stroll to the beach. Attentive staff at check-in and helpful to us throughout our stay. Enjoyed the main and sixth floor pools, plus the view of the Pacific from the rooftop eating area. Clean, comfortable rooms.

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Activity Reviews
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, and Arenal Volcano
Arenal/La Fortuna
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Christian knew his stuff and pointed out flora and fauna we never would have noticed. He seemed to spend a lot of time looking at his cellphone during our lava flows walk. Would have appreciated more commentary during that.
Transport
We appreciate the driver stopping at a store so we could get things we needed.
Enjoy the Thermal Hotsprings at your hotel
Arenal/La Fortuna

Loved the different pools with varied temperatures. Exciting water slide.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Timely shuttles to/from villa. We never waited long.
Nature Safari Float + Tortilla Making
Arenal/La Fortuna

Bryan and Abner made this trip fun. We enjoyed conversing with them on the rides to and from our hotel, floating down the river, and at the cacao presentation.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve Guided Hike
Monteverde

Absolutely breathtaking.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Dani did a great job guiding us.
Transport
Coffee & Chocolate Tour
Costa Rica

Loved the in-depth explanations of coffee growing, harvesting, roasting, and characteristics. Enjoyed the sugar cane and cacao presentations tastings.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Sky Adventures Tram & Hanging Bridges
Monteverde

Chris (sp?) pointed out so many birds, insects, and plants. The hanging bridges afforded spectacular views. Enjoyed the tram and climbing the observation tower.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Hike
Manuel Antonio

Lucky we that Andres guided us. What a lively, intense, patient, thoughtful encyclopedia of knowledge and wisdom he proved to be. Enjoyed the trails and beaches after our tour.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Sunset Catamaran Sailing Tour
Costa Rica

A relaxing way to conclude our Costa Rica trip. Tasty fish dinner. Surprised that you offered four drinks per passenger, and they were kind of strong.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Inefficient process. We'd prepaid. Some on bus hadn't. Everyone needed to check-in at office, reboard bus, and drive to marina. Seems like the drivers could know who was prepaid, wristband them, and streamline the payment/check-in routine.
Local specialist: Sergio Bolaños

Costa Rica made easy
Costa Rica | Jan 27 - Feb 3, 2023

Chandra
Chandra M.
Wilkinsburg, PA | Reviewed on Feb 05, 2023

We had a great trip to Costa Rica! kimkim set us up with hotels, guided activities, and transportation. Everything went very smoothly. All of the people we interacted with in Costa Rica (hotel and restaurant staff, guides, drivers, etc.) were very kind and welcoming. All of the guides were extremely knowledgeable and we learned so much more than we ever could have on our own. kimkim made trip planning easy and I wouldn't hesitate to use them for a future trip.

Local specialist: Randall Jiménez
Randall
Randall Jiménez
Local specialist in San José, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Feb 06, 2023

Hi Chandra,

Thank you for your review. The whole team at kimkim and the operations part in Costa Rica are thrilled you’re happy with your recent visit, we hope this is the first of many other times that we had the chance to welcome you to our country.

All the best and Pura Vida!

Randall

Trip of a lifetime!
Costa Rica | Jan 18 - Jan 27, 2023

Darcy
Darcy M.
Canada | Reviewed on Feb 04, 2023

We had an amazing trip! Costa Rica is a beautiful place with so much to see and do! From the places to visit, excursions and accommodations, all of Veronica's suggestions were great, and the entire trip ran like clockwork. It was wonderful to know everything was planned and taken care of, and just be able to enjoy the experience. The tour companies - Green World Adventures, Desafio Adventure Company, Monteverde Experts and Iguana Tours - and every guide - John, Gabriel, Kathy, Andrey,... read more

We had an amazing trip! Costa Rica is a beautiful place with so much to see and do! From the places to visit, excursions and accommodations, all of Veronica's suggestions were great, and the entire trip ran like clockwork. It was wonderful to know everything was planned and taken care of, and just be able to enjoy the experience. The tour companies - Green World Adventures, Desafio Adventure Company, Monteverde Experts and Iguana Tours - and every guide - John, Gabriel, Kathy, Andrey, Tony, Diogenes and Allen - were fantastic, very knowledgeable and friendly. We would absolutely plan our next trip with KimKim!

Hotel Review
Parador Resort and Spa
Manuel Antonio

Our experience at the Parador was fantastic. The location is amazing with a stunning view of the pacific ocean. The staff was very friendly and ensured that we were comfortable throughout our stay. It is our new favourite resort!

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Local specialist: Veronica Medina
Veronica
Veronica Medina
Local specialist in Costa Rica | Reviewed on Feb 06, 2023

Darcy!

It was a pleasure for me to be part of this "Trip of a lifetime"

For me, reading this kind of review is everything<3

Thanks again for your trust!

...and please, keep sharing with everybody the PURA VIDA life style:)

Veronica

Amazing 17 Trip of Costa Rica
Costa Rica | Jan 18 - Feb 3, 2023

Lindsay
Lindsay H.
Canada | Reviewed on Feb 04, 2023

This trip was 3 years in the making as Covid restrictions delayed our plans. Working with Randall was a god send! I have never felt more comfortable with someone that I haven’t met personally and only conversed with through emails and texting. Randall took our requirements and put together a 17 day trip that we will remember forever. The details of the itinerary were extremely helpful particularly when going on the different tours which included equipment & clothing requirements, pick up... read more

This trip was 3 years in the making as Covid restrictions delayed our plans. Working with Randall was a god send! I have never felt more comfortable with someone that I haven’t met personally and only conversed with through emails and texting. Randall took our requirements and put together a 17 day trip that we will remember forever. The details of the itinerary were extremely helpful particularly when going on the different tours which included equipment & clothing requirements, pick up times, tour operators, and travel durations etc. We visited several national parks through guided tours and learned about the fauna and flora on both the Pacific, Caribbean and the inland mountains. Highly recommend going on guided hikes/walks and all the guides were amazing at spotting and learning about flora and fauna you wouldn’t pick up on your own. The trip was well balanced with excursions and down days were you could chill and relax when you wanted to. Also Randall and the Kim Kim were there if you needed them at all during the trip. Thanks so much Randall. Pura Vida!

Local specialist: Randall Jiménez
Randall
Randall Jiménez
Local specialist in San José, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Feb 06, 2023

Wow Lindsay, you really moved me and made my day with your comments. It is so important to me that my travelers have a great experience during their stay in Costa Rica and it is very comforting that you have enjoyed every single day of your trip, especially and as you said, after the last three difficult years that we have had.

Any other time in the future that you decide to come back to my country, just let me know, I will be happy to welcome you again.

Have a Pura Vida day!
Randall

Costa Rica adventure in January 2023
Costa Rica | Jan 3 - Jan 18, 2023

JULIE
JULIE M.
Mount Prospect, IL | Reviewed on Feb 04, 2023

We visited Costa Rica from Jan 4-18. We started in Tortuguero and finished in Manuel Antonio. We spent 2 nights in 5 different locations and 3 nights in Tamarindo. For the most part that was a perfect amount of time. However I do wish we had 3 nights in Manuel Antonio and a better hotel location in Arenal. The Kim Kim team was always easy to contact. The tour guides they work with are very good especially Marco in Tortuguero and Charlie in Arenal. We appreciated the good food we ate... read more

We visited Costa Rica from Jan 4-18. We started in Tortuguero and finished in Manuel Antonio. We spent 2 nights in 5 different locations and 3 nights in Tamarindo. For the most part that was a perfect amount of time. However I do wish we had 3 nights in Manuel Antonio and a better hotel location in Arenal. The Kim Kim team was always easy to contact. The tour guides they work with are very good especially Marco in Tortuguero and Charlie in Arenal. We appreciated the good food we ate for breakfast and the kind workers at the lodges. All were very helpful. Don’t hesitate working with Kim Kim.
We did buy trip insurance since the payment amount due was several month before departure.

Hotel Reviews
Pachira Lodge
Tortuguero

Awesome jungle experience. Rooms are spacious, nice pool and bar.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
We we’ve confused about pick up time and the staff was very helpful with this
Cleanliness & Comfort
Azania Bungalows
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Friendly helpful staff, pretty surrounding with pool, good location. The room was very dark, poor lighting, fan did not work

Authenticity & Character
Location
Close to the beach and restaurants
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Park Inn San Jose by Radisson
San José

Fine for one night stay when leaving on a trip. Helpful staff. Breakfast stared a bit late at 7am. We had to leave the hotel by 6:30am

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Catarata Eco Lodge
San Carlos, Costa Rica

This hotel is not ideally located. If you want to go out you need to take a cab. Would prefer a hotel with the hot pools near by or at the hotel. Pay for this upgrade!

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Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort
Tamarindo

Beautiful hotel, excellent location, fantastic daily breakfast buffet.

Authenticity & Character
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On the beach!
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel & Spa Poco a Poco
Monteverde Costa Rica

Pretty hotel, nice swimming pool and hot tube. Nice walking trail on the premises. We throughly enjoyed the dinner and sax player in the restaurant. The restaurant staff is amazing. Creative food! Bed was comfortable and staff very accommodating.

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Parador Resort and Spa
Manuel Antonio

Breath taking views! Beautiful Spanish style hotel, outdoor dining, breakfast buffet and hiking near by. We watched the monkeys and birds from our balcony on early mornings. It was just great. Also hiked down to the beach one afternoon. It’s a wonderful place to stay. Need a car or cab if you leave the premises.

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Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, San Jose Aeropuerto, Costa Rica
San José
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Near the airport
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Veronica Medina
Veronica
Veronica Medina
Local specialist in Costa Rica | Reviewed on Feb 06, 2023

Dear Julie and Joe,

Thank you so much for your trust and your review!

I hope you keep living your life full of adventure,!

Pura Vida!!!

Veronica

This was our first time using kimkim, the exp...
Costa Rica | Jan 23 - Jan 31, 2023

John
John C.
Sandusky, OH | Reviewed on Feb 03, 2023

This was our first time using kimkim, the experience was great and we will definitely use the service again!

Kimkim worked with Serendipity Adventures to plan our trip.
Communication with Sergio, Charlotte, and Nancy from SA, while planning and during the trip, was excellent.
Sergio tweaked our plan to accommodate our travel interests and created an itinerary that matched our requests. Charlotte and Nancy were both quickly reachable while we were in Costa Rica via WhatApp, this was a... read more

This was our first time using kimkim, the experience was great and we will definitely use the service again!

Kimkim worked with Serendipity Adventures to plan our trip.
Communication with Sergio, Charlotte, and Nancy from SA, while planning and during the trip, was excellent.
Sergio tweaked our plan to accommodate our travel interests and created an itinerary that matched our requests. Charlotte and Nancy were both quickly reachable while we were in Costa Rica via WhatApp, this was a huge benefit as we made a few changes on the fly.

Prior to leaving we had some concerns regarding self driving in Costa Rica, after a call with Sergio we felt comfortable proceeding as planned. Self driving around Costa Rica allowed us to explore and stop as we wished, we felt safe. The winding roads through mountain elevation changes might be a bit much for some travelers.

Tours:

La Fortuna area-

Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, and Arenal Volcano

This private tour was operated by Arenal Star. We were picked up by a van with a guide and driver. Nester was our guide for the entire day, his knowledge and passion for the local flora, fauna and ecosystem was outstanding. This package is a ‘do not miss’ tour.

Monteverde area-

Sky Adventures Zip Lines Monteverde Park

This is an amazing zipline system running through the jungle at high elevations up to 5,000 ft. The runs vary from 1/4 to 1/2 mile in length each; there are seven total cable runs. Be forewarned that this attraction operates in weather that would normally be considered dangerous in the United States. We had high wind and light rain accompanied by dense fog/clouds.

Coffee & Chocolate Tour

Don Juan coffee and chocolate tour is another 'do not miss'. A well organized and educational tour of the process involved in cocoa and coffee production also information about sugarcane.

Accommodations:

All were excellent and very different from each other. Rating on a 1-5 scale shown next to the property name below.

Arenal Paraiso Resort & Spa-4

Monteverde Lodge & Gardens-5

Los Altos Resort-Quepos-5

Hotel Reviews
Arenal Paraiso Resort & Spa
La Fortuna
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Monteverde Lodge & Gardens
Monteverde
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Kevin is an amazing server, the best we've ever experienced!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Los Altos Resort
Manuel Antonio
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Sergio Bolaños

We had a great couple of weeks in Costa Rica,...
Costa Rica | Jan 17 - Jan 30, 2023

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Lorenzo C.
Franklin, MA | Reviewed on Feb 03, 2023

We had a great couple of weeks in Costa Rica, all planned through Kimkim and their agent Yuliana with Amazilla Travel in Costa Rica. Yuliana did a great job planning the trip following our, and our friends from Canada traveling with us, input on what to see and things we were interested in doing.
We travelled from Liberia to Monteverde by private transportation and knowledgeable guide that explained points of interest during the ~ 3 hour drive.
The Zip Line organized by Yuliana was... read more

We had a great couple of weeks in Costa Rica, all planned through Kimkim and their agent Yuliana with Amazilla Travel in Costa Rica. Yuliana did a great job planning the trip following our, and our friends from Canada traveling with us, input on what to see and things we were interested in doing.
We travelled from Liberia to Monteverde by private transportation and knowledgeable guide that explained points of interest during the ~ 3 hour drive.
The Zip Line organized by Yuliana was fantastic. It worked out very well starting in the north cloud forest region first as it was a bit cooler but still very conformable mid 60’s to 70’s then making our way to lower elevations and south as the trip progressed. The accommodations were clean, comfortable and nice throughout the trip. Other main places visited included, La Fortune, Manuel Antonio and San Jose. Highlights were the Zip Line, Los Lagos hot springs resort, planned tours and hikes to beautiful water falls. Tour guides were friendly and knowledgeable which made the trip that must more enjoyable.
We learned a lot about the country, regions, culture, parks and animals through the organized tours so very glad we took them. All in all, it was a great trip, saw and did lots of things and had the right amount of down time. Would do it again.

Lorenzo & Helen C

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Los Lagos Spa & Resort
Fortuna

This is a very nice resort with lots of hot spring pools, things to do and good restaurant. The rooms are spacious and clean as are the grounds and facilities. The town is easy to get to and Uber was a good mode of transportation. Great view of the volcano from the resort.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Located at the foot of the volcano and 5 minute drive to the town.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Monteverde Country Lodge
Monteverde

Good accommodations. Its on a hill so walking to stores and restaurants is very tough. Can take taxi

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Hotel Presidente San Jose City Center
San José

Well located in the heart of the city. Lots to see in within walking distance. As with many big cities, you will see some homeless people is some areas.

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Hotel Costa Verde
Manuel Antonio

Amazing view of the ocean. Located in the hillside and close to the beach. Walking distance if you're a walker that doesn't mind steep hills. Local bus passed and stops near the hotel and other places of interest. Hotel grounds are well kept and a number of pools and great views. Restaurants are close by. Rooms are clean, spacious and great A/C.

Authenticity & Character
Location
View of the ocean.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Monteverde Hanging Bridges & Zip Lining
Monteverde

These were amazing zip lines, 13 in total. Some long some short. Well run and safe.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Coffee & Chocolate Tour in Monteverde
Monteverde

Fun and tasty. Learned a few things about coffee and chocolate too.

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El Silencio Volcano Hike & Visit to La Fortuna Waterfall
Arenal/La Fortuna
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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Río Celeste & Tenorio Volcano National Park Guided Rainforest Hike
Arenal/La Fortuna

Timing was right, if too raining you won't see the turquoise color, we were lucky and it was amazing.

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Ocean Kayaking & Snorkeling
Manuel Antonio

Fun kayaking here. The guide was good and water calm.

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San José City Tour
San José

City tour was informative and interesting.

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Local specialist: Yuliana Valverde
Yuliana
Yuliana Valverde
Local specialist in San José, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Feb 07, 2023

Hi Lorenzo,
I hope you are well.
Thanks for your message and for taking the time to leave us this amazing review.
I was more than glad to assist during this time, and I am so happy that you had a great time here.
I hope you will visit Costa Rica in the future and can explore the different destinations in our beautiful country.
Best regards from Costa Rica.
Yuliana

CR 2022
Costa Rica | Dec 17 - Dec 31, 2022

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Alexis P.
Manchester, CT | Reviewed on Feb 01, 2023

Dear Yuliana,

We had an amazing trip to Costa Rica! Thank you for managing our itinerary and coordinating reservations. Our group was made up of myself, my mother and boyfriend. Ultimately, you and the KimKim team provided us time back to focus on being present for each other throughout each excursion. One of my favorites was the boat tour of Las Catalinas Islands where we each plunged into open sea waters in search of sea dwellers. It all was possible thanks to the customizable itinerary... read more

Dear Yuliana,

We had an amazing trip to Costa Rica! Thank you for managing our itinerary and coordinating reservations. Our group was made up of myself, my mother and boyfriend. Ultimately, you and the KimKim team provided us time back to focus on being present for each other throughout each excursion. One of my favorites was the boat tour of Las Catalinas Islands where we each plunged into open sea waters in search of sea dwellers. It all was possible thanks to the customizable itinerary and flexibility. The thoughtful work allowed us to feel pampered, and taken care of throughout our adventure.

A

Local specialist: Yuliana Valverde
Yuliana
Yuliana Valverde
Local specialist in San José, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Feb 01, 2023

Hi Alexis,
I hope you are well.
Thanks for this amazing review and for taking the time to leave us this.
It was my pleasure to assist you during this time, and I am so happy that you and your mother, and your boyfriend had a good time here.
Best regards from Costa Rica,
Yuliana

Exceeding Expectations!!!
Costa Rica | Jan 11 - Jan 24, 2023

Susan & Bob
Susan & Bob M.
Roanoke, VA | Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

Incredible trip with memories we will cherish!
Bryan and his team provided exceptional service from planning the trip to hands on 24/7 support or question through out our 2 weeks journey!

We loved our drivers/tour guides that made our activities beyond our expectations! We are planning other trips with Kimkim simply because of how they listen to our needs and experiences we desire. Plus they are with us on What’s App to support us throughout our trip!

Thank you for making our 30th... read more

Incredible trip with memories we will cherish!
Bryan and his team provided exceptional service from planning the trip to hands on 24/7 support or question through out our 2 weeks journey!

We loved our drivers/tour guides that made our activities beyond our expectations! We are planning other trips with Kimkim simply because of how they listen to our needs and experiences we desire. Plus they are with us on What’s App to support us throughout our trip!

Thank you for making our 30th Anniversary so very special!

Hotel Reviews

The people, food and hotel was exceptional!!!

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The people and food made the experience here.
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Love the staff!!!
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Perfect

The sunsets from the roof top bar were exceptional!

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The staff were the most accommodating! Modern and European character.
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Love the staff!
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Perfect
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The food was totally incredible and everything was gluten free - incredible chef!!!!!!!!
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They did not clean our room but they did upgrade us to a villa for our anniversary.
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Arenal/La Fortuna

We only visited the organic farm — none of the cultural experiences beyond the farm was omitted. The children are not in school in January so something should have been substituted.

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I could not do this experience because I have an issue with heights. I thought I had noted this in advance but I assume I might not have. There were 8 bridges which I could not cross therefore I could not go.

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Very knowledgeable guide at the center. Learned a great deal!

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Ok, no whales. It was an ok experience.

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We traded this experience to go snorkeling for the day. The snorkeling was ok. The guide and boat support team were exceptional!

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We purchased an 8hour full day tour from the hotel on top of the Poas Volcano Tour. Best tour of the entire trip and best guide/ driver also!!!!

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Loved our driver/ guide!!!!!!!!
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Local specialist: Bryan Leon
Bryan
Bryan Leon
Local specialist in Cartago, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Jan 31, 2023

Hola Susan and Bob,

We’re so happy to hear from you!

Thanks so much for sharing your 30th anniversary with us. We will share your comments with all partners involved.

Please, let us know if you like to plan a second visit :)

Pura Vida!
Bryan

Wonderful days in Costa Rica
Costa Rica | Dec 25 - Jan 9, 2023

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Daniel A.
Canada | Reviewed on Jan 28, 2023

Costa Rica is incredible! So amazing! We (2 adults + 2 boys) planned our trip with Sergio from Serendipity Adventures focused on animals and nature for the end of December/beginning of January. The whole planning process was great, and Sergio was always easy to reach. I think that KimKim is a good option if you don't have much time to organize your trip. It was the first time I used it, and I think it was a good option at the present pace of my life.

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Costa Rica is incredible! So amazing! We (2 adults + 2 boys) planned our trip with Sergio from Serendipity Adventures focused on animals and nature for the end of December/beginning of January. The whole planning process was great, and Sergio was always easy to reach. I think that KimKim is a good option if you don't have much time to organize your trip. It was the first time I used it, and I think it was a good option at the present pace of my life.

A review would not be enough to describe the unforgettable memories we have from our trip. We did Tortuguero, LaFortuna, Monteverde and Playa Conchal. Costa Rica's food is incredible and so tasteful. People are very very nice there. I was so sorry of leaving at the end.

My must-dos (which can be different from the rest of my family): Tortuguero canal ride (5-star to our guide Elston), LaFortuna waterfall, Arenal volcano hiking trail, Zip-lining with SkyAdventures, Monteverde village and cloud forest, Catamaran sunset ride in Guanacaste (we saw whales!).

Hotel Reviews
Evergreen Lodge
Tortuguero
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El Establo Mountain Hotel
Monteverde
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The Westin Golf Resort and Spa, Playa Conchal
Playa Conchal
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Activity Reviews
Tortuguero Village Visit
Tortuguero
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Guided Boat Tour through Tortuguero Canals
Tortuguero
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Sky Adventures Zip Lines
Arenal/La Fortuna
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Sloth Tour
Arenal/La Fortuna
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Safari Float on the Peñas Blancas River
Arenal/La Fortuna
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Baldi Hot Springs & Meal
Arenal/La Fortuna
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Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, and Arenal Volcano
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Chocolate & Night Hike Experience
Monteverde
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Local specialist: Sergio Bolaños
Sergio
Sergio Bolaños
Local specialist in Limon, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Jan 31, 2023

Hi Daniel, thank you very much for your kind words and for taking the time to write this review. We appreciate your trust in planning your trip to Costa Rica. I am very happy to hear that you had a great time! Pura Vida!

Costa Rica is a beautiful country. Loved obse...
Costa Rica | Jan 14 - Jan 23, 2023

Dawn
Dawn V.
Westmont, IL | Reviewed on Jan 28, 2023

Costa Rica is a beautiful country. Loved observing the wildlife, the ocean and rainforest. Randall did an excellent job at arranging the trip to my liking. He even arranged some last minute requests for us in a timely fashion. Thank you for your prompt and professional service Randall! read more

Costa Rica is a beautiful country. Loved observing the wildlife, the ocean and rainforest. Randall did an excellent job at arranging the trip to my liking. He even arranged some last minute requests for us in a timely fashion. Thank you for your prompt and professional service Randall!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Presidente San Jose City Center
San José

The staff is wonderful and the rooftop restaurant is fantastic!

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Montaña de Fuego Resort & Spa
La Fortuna

The room was roomy and clean and the staff very friendly.

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Near a busy street. But nice grounds
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Si Como No Resort & Wildlife Refuge
Manuel Antonio

Loved this place the rooms have great views of the ocean. The room is a good size and very clean. The staff is very accommodating.

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Coffee & Chocolate Experience
Arenal/La Fortuna

A great tour with and informative guide

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Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Nature Hike
Manuel Antonio

An easy hike, beautiful park and great guide. I would recommend a guide because they have the expertise to point out things you might never find on your own.

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Local specialist: Randall Jiménez
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Randall Jiménez
Local specialist in San José, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Feb 03, 2023

Thank you very much Dawn for your review, I really appreciate it and it makes me happy to confirm that you had a good time during the vacation in my country, it took you a while to make it happen but it was worth it.

We hope to see you again in the future on a new adventure!

Best,
Randall

40th Anniversary in Costa Rica
Costa Rica | Jan 17 - Jan 26, 2023

Iris
Iris M.
Harbeson, DE | Reviewed on Jan 27, 2023

This was my husband's and my first time to Costa Rica. We were celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary and it was an amazing experience. Sergio planned a wonderful trip and really personalized it for us. For the most part we had private or semi private transfers and/or tour guides and it really allowed us to interact with them and get a lot of information.
Our driver from San Jose to Arenal/La Fortuna was Charlie with Ride CR. He was great. We arrived at the airport at 1:30pm and we... read more

This was my husband's and my first time to Costa Rica. We were celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary and it was an amazing experience. Sergio planned a wonderful trip and really personalized it for us. For the most part we had private or semi private transfers and/or tour guides and it really allowed us to interact with them and get a lot of information.
Our driver from San Jose to Arenal/La Fortuna was Charlie with Ride CR. He was great. We arrived at the airport at 1:30pm and we were hungry and he was kind enough to take us to a Soda (local outdoor diner) for pina coladas and traditional meal of casadas. It was delicious and a wonderful way to begin our trip. It was a 2 and 1/2 hour drive to the hotel but it flew by with our conversations with Charlie.
We arrived at our hotel The Springs Resort & Spa and were greeted by Antonio who gave us a yummy tropical drink and then a tour of the hotel and he then delivered our luggage to our room. Our room was spectacular with a huge picture window framing the volcano with a view from our bed. The balcony with hammocks was a great way to see and watch the animals. On our first morning we were able to hear howler monkies, so cool.
Our second day we went on a Safari Float tour with our tour guide, Carlos and one other couple. We saw monkies, sloths, birds and other animals. Carlos spotted animals and would stop and point them out for us. That afternoon we went on a Coffee & Chocolate Tour at Don Juan's and Maria was excellent at explaining the growing and processing from start to finish. We even got to make our own chocolate. We topped off the evening with dinner at Las Ventanas at the hotel and it was very good and beautiful views.
Our third day we went on a Private Hanging Bridges Walk. Our driver Paulo and guide Kenneth couldn't do enough for us. Kenneth pointed out many animals, insects and plants and also would show us through a scope and then was kind enough to take pictures for us through the scope. After the tour, Paulo had a delicious spread of refreshments consisting of fruit, drinks and chips.
The fourth day, we took a lake crossing a drive to Monteverde. The boat ride across the lake was beautiful but the van ride was a little scary because the roads aren't paved and very narrow but the drivers seem to know what they're doing.
We stayed for two nights at the Hotel Belmar and had a fabulous view with sunsets and at night the stars were so brilliant. I wish I could remember the names of all the staff because they were all so attentive and the food served at the restaurants was amazing. We did ziplining in Monteverde and it was exhilarating and I highly recommend that you overcome your fears and give it a try. You won't regret it.
Our final leg of the trip was spent a Playa Hermosa and we stayed at the Hotel Bosque. The location is perfect for swimming, animal watching and the restaurants along the coast are fabulous. We ate at several of them and we were not disappointed. We would recommend Roberto's, La Casita Del Marisco (had a 4 lb whole redsnapper and it was fabulous), and the Restaurant El Velero. The staff at the Hotel Bosque were very attentive and made a real effort to remember your name and interact. Roland and Diego were especially helpful.
Our driver to the airport was Jose with 3Monkies. He was really made a point to interact with us and give us information for future visits.
I know this is a long review but I hope it is helpful in making a decision to visit and enjoy this beautiful country. Thank you Sergio for planning such a memorable vacation.

Hotel Reviews
The Springs Resort & Spa at Arenal
La Fortuna

Wonderful views and rooms are beautiful. Staff were very helpful and friendly.

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Hotel Belmar
Monteverde

Hotel location, rooms and dining were fabulous.

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Hotel Bosque del Mar Playa Hermosa
Playa Hermosa

Our room was ready as soon as we arrived. Although there were a couple of things that didn't work when we arrived. They were repaired promptly. The staff made an effort to remember your name and make sure you were happy. Roland and Diego were exceptional.

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Safari Float on the Peñas Blancas River
Arenal/La Fortuna

Our tour guide Carlos was very knowledgeable and made sure we saw as much wild life as he could find.

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Coffee & Chocolate Tour
Costa Rica

Very informative. Maria our tour guide was very knowledgeable

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Private Hanging Bridges Walk
Arenal/La Fortuna

Paulo and Kenneth made this such a memorable time. From the time we were picked up from the hotel they made an effort to point out animals and vegetation

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Enjoy the Thermal Hotsprings at your hotel
Arenal/La Fortuna

We only used the springs once during our stay because we were so busy but definitely worth seeing The whole hotel is beautiful .

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Sky Adventures Zip Lines
Monteverde

The weather wasn't ideal but the experience was so wonderful. The staff is very capable and professional.

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Sunset Catamaran Sailing Tour
Costa Rica

The boat ride was very smooth and the staff very accomodating. Lots of food and drink served throughout. Beautiful sunset

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Local specialist: Sergio Bolaños
Sergio
Sergio Bolaños
Local specialist in Limon, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

You are welcome Iris, it was my pleasure! Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us and for taking the time to leave us a review. Muchas gracias!

This is the way to book a vacation!
Costa Rica | Jan 19 - Jan 25, 2023

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Luciano C.
San Diego, CA | Reviewed on Jan 27, 2023

Nuria was great and made sure I had an amazing trip! I did not have any time to plan my trip so I relied on Nuria to take care of it for me. This is definitely how I plan on handling future vacations! Nuria took care of EVERY DETAIL and made sure everything went to plan. Nuria checked in on us from time-to-time and let us know when one of our drivers was running late. I cannot stress how great it was to not worry about making plans and booking everything.

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Nuria was great and made sure I had an amazing trip! I did not have any time to plan my trip so I relied on Nuria to take care of it for me. This is definitely how I plan on handling future vacations! Nuria took care of EVERY DETAIL and made sure everything went to plan. Nuria checked in on us from time-to-time and let us know when one of our drivers was running late. I cannot stress how great it was to not worry about making plans and booking everything.

Thank you, Nuria!

Hotel Reviews
Hacienda Guachipelin Volcano Ranch Hotel & Hot Springs
Liberia

Absolutely would recommend the Hacienda Guachipelín to anybody! The hacienda is on over 3,000 acres of volcanic jungle. The rivers, waterfalls, hot springs restaurants, etc are all on the hacienda property. Since they own the land, they also run the activities/tours on it. It was great to wake up and walk to the included breakfast, then walk across the street to meet our guide for the day's activity. I wouldn't rave about the rooms, but I have no complaints. If I find myself returning to the area I will definitely be staying here again!

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Every single person was eager to help and extremely friendly. The bartender, Gama, was great to speak to each night!
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Monteverde Country Lodge
Monteverde

This is definitely a "last resort" hotel. It wasn't terrible, but it did fall short in several ways. No AC (not awful since it's pretty cool in Monte Verde) No heater (can be a problem) Very thin walls (people talking outside might as well be in the room) Awkward layout (the bed light switches are behind the pillows of one of the beds. No power outlets near the nightstand) Restaurant is too small to accomodate the included breakfast (food was good, but several people were allowed to serve themselves only to realize they had nowhere to sit)

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It's about a mile from the town center and down a large, steep hill. About 15 minutes down, much more back up.
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It's noisy, no ac, no heater, had ants and spiders.
Local specialist: Nuria Oliveira
Nuria
Nuria Oliveira
Local specialist in Costa Rica | Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

Hello Luciano,

Thanks for such a lovely review and for trust me, it has been my pleasure to help you to organize this trip with your mom. I wish you both the best.

¡PURA VIDA!

Such an amazing adventure our plannned had fo...
Costa Rica | Jan 8 - Jan 17, 2023

Dylan
Dylan C.
Lehi, UT | Reviewed on Jan 26, 2023

Such an amazing adventure our plannned had for us. Amazing people , food , experiences. Definitely would recommend the same trip to all ages. read more

Such an amazing adventure our plannned had for us. Amazing people , food , experiences. Definitely would recommend the same trip to all ages.

Hotel Review
Mawamba Lodge
Tortuguero

Amazing location and food. The locals are so happy and humble and the guides and workers for the resort work so hard and give amazing Customer service.

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Local specialist: Nuria Oliveira
Nuria
Nuria Oliveira
Local specialist in Costa Rica | Reviewed on Jan 27, 2023

Hello Dylan,

I'm so happy you had a great time here. It was my pleasure to assist you during this planning. I hope you could visit Costa Rica in the future and could explore different destinations.

¡Pura Vida!
Nuria

Lovely 9-day Costa Rica Experience
Costa Rica | Jan 10 - Jan 18, 2023

Stephanie
Stephanie N.
Fountain Hills, AZ | Reviewed on Jan 25, 2023

We had a blast in Costa Rica (Tortuguero, La Fortuna, Monteverde) and were impressed with how smoothly everything went! We had no issues during our stay. Accommodations were great, our transportation always arrived early, and the tour guides and service were PHENOMENAL. Bryan did a great job putting everything together.

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We had a blast in Costa Rica (Tortuguero, La Fortuna, Monteverde) and were impressed with how smoothly everything went! We had no issues during our stay. Accommodations were great, our transportation always arrived early, and the tour guides and service were PHENOMENAL. Bryan did a great job putting everything together.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Presidente San Jose City Center
San José

The rooms were comfortable and the rooftop dining area was nice. The location is right in the heart of the city, which in San Jose means we had to be a little careful. The streets essentially roll up by around 8-9pm and there is not a soul in sight. We have been told that it isn't very safe to walk around at night in the city and that was apparent to us in this area. This means that if you don't want to be hungry at night, make sure to eat a full dinner early on as there is no where nearby to get food and the hotel only offers $3 bags of peanuts. The free breakfast in the morning, however, was delicious with a large selection. The fact that everything around the hotel closes so early also makes it difficult for smokers. Since smoking is not allowed anywhere on the premises my husband stepped out front at night to smoke a cigarette, and the gate promptly locked behind him (gate was not accessible with the hotel key). After about 5 minutes, the gate was opened for him, but during this time he did start to get heckled by an aggressive homeless man. The only entrance/exit to the hotel essentially leads right into the street so it's good to be careful when leaving the hotel grounds.

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Designated smoking area, main gate could be accessible with hotel key, vending machine
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Pachira Lodge
Tortuguero

This is where we saw the majority of wildlife during our stay. The grounds are spread out and lovely with tons of beautiful vegetation, and the rooms were clean and comfortable. Howler monkeys and iguana were abundant. Our guide for being transported via boat as well as the boat tours was Elias, and he was amazing and also very helpful when we needed to modify our plans slightly. Bismark at the front desk was also very helpful and friendly. They keep the bar running from 10am - 10pm and the large water-facing gazebo as a designated smoking area was appreciated. Being that we were in the middle of the jungle, the comfort and cleanliness of the rooms exceeded my expectations. There is no AC but the temperature was perfect the whole time and I truly didn't even notice. There are also mosquito screens rather than windows, but I still felt like I had enough privacy, plus the screens allowed us to hear all the jungle noises! I had a lot of fun just walking the nature trail and looking for (and finding) wildlife. The grounds were very relaxing. The tap water here is not for drinking but there is a place to fill up water bottles toward the entrance. The food was better than I expected. It is not out of this world or anything, but it is more than adequate. It is offered buffet style (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). We sat at assigned tables in small groups, but the tables were big enough that I didn't feel crowded. Also, the time window that meals are offered is large enough that it was rare for everyone at a given table were all eating at the same time. It is best to go outside toward the bar/restaurant for a good WiFi connection, if needed. I believe a lot of these lodges in Tortuguero (Pachira, Evergreen) all have the exact same setup and function essentially the same. I would definitely recommend them for staying somewhere that feels like 'the jungle' but doesn't sacrifice comfort.

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Fonda Vela Hotel
Monteverde
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Customer service from Jazmin at the front desk and the restaurant staff was superb.
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Arenal Manoa & Hot Springs
Fortuna
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Activity Reviews
Monteverde Cloud Forest Guided Hike
Costa Rica
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Picturesque Volcano Lake Kayaking
Arenal/La Fortuna
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Guided Boat Tour through Tortuguero Canals
Tortuguero
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Ecocentro Danaus Nighttime Rainforest Walk
Arenal/La Fortuna
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Ecotermales Hotsprings
Arenal/La Fortuna
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Arenal Volcano Hike & La Fortuna Waterfall
Arenal/La Fortuna
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Local specialist: Bryan Leon
Bryan
Bryan Leon
Local specialist in Cartago, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Jan 25, 2023

Hola Stephanie,

We really appreciate you taking the time to share your rating with us. We will share your comments with all partners involved.

It was a pleasure to work with you! :) Thank you to contribute to our local economy with your visit.

Reach us back if you want to plan a second trip to this small but beautiful country :)

Pura Vida!
Bryan

1st time with KimKim
Costa Rica | Nov 16 - Nov 29, 2022

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Marcin B.
Petaluma, CA | Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

1st time with KimKim
Planning the trip with KimKim was a pleasure. We were a bit overwhelmed with what CR has to offer and having someone help us make the most of two weeks there was a life saver.
Selection of activities was excellent - both in terms of number and variety of things to do. Both guides were very responsive and helpful.
Highlights of the trip: Rafting and chocolate tour in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Unexpected highlight: Kayaking up the river in PVdT
Can skip: We booked 3... read more

1st time with KimKim
Planning the trip with KimKim was a pleasure. We were a bit overwhelmed with what CR has to offer and having someone help us make the most of two weeks there was a life saver.
Selection of activities was excellent - both in terms of number and variety of things to do. Both guides were very responsive and helpful.
Highlights of the trip: Rafting and chocolate tour in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Unexpected highlight: Kayaking up the river in PVdT
Can skip: We booked 3 wildlife tours. Unless you are a big wildlife fan, 1-2 tours is enough

Activity Reviews
Cahuita National Park Excursion
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

A great kayaking trip up the river. Lot of wildlife, gets very quite after a while (once you are past the howler monkeys)

Quality of Experience
Lot of wildlife in a short time
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Guy was often more interested in taking pictures on his own vs letting us get closer to the animals
Transport
on time
Whitewater Rafting on the Balsa River
Arenal/La Fortuna

Excellent! Nice class 3 river with a lot of excitement (but still doable with the kids)

Quality of Experience
Thrill, great guide, great fruits, beautiful nature
Food
delicious fruits!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
David (aka Jesus) was a great captain and guide
Transport
on time
Río Celeste & Tenorio Volcano National Park Guided Rainforest Hike
Arenal/La Fortuna

Beautiful nature, helpful guide. The waterfall is pretty scenic

Quality of Experience
A bit far from La Fortuna (1.5h drive)
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Knowledgeable and helpful
Transport
on time. Be ready for 1.5h drive from La Fortuna
Local specialist: Brittany McNamara

Fantastic 10-day trip in Costa Rica
Costa Rica | Dec 31 - Jan 9, 2023

Gael
Gael J.
Santa Cruz, CA | Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

Our recent trip to Costa Rica in January 2023 was amazing, it was our first trip in Costa Rica and the trip planned by Bryan and the Serenpidity team was amazing. Our goal was to see a lot of wildlife and experience the Rainforest and Cloudforest and our excursions totally met our expectations. The hotels were also great, with 2 of them absolutely fantastic (Arenal Manoa in La Fortuna and La Mariposa in Manuel Antonio).

We would totally recommend Kimkim and Bryan to our friends. read more

Our recent trip to Costa Rica in January 2023 was amazing, it was our first trip in Costa Rica and the trip planned by Bryan and the Serenpidity team was amazing. Our goal was to see a lot of wildlife and experience the Rainforest and Cloudforest and our excursions totally met our expectations. The hotels were also great, with 2 of them absolutely fantastic (Arenal Manoa in La Fortuna and La Mariposa in Manuel Antonio).

We would totally recommend Kimkim and Bryan to our friends.

Hotel Reviews
Arenal Manoa & Hot Springs
Fortuna

Absolutely fantastic hotel, amazing location and view of the volcano (weather permitting !). The bungalows and pools are fantastic. The restaurant is also great, with a great patio.

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Amazing view on the volcano from the room.
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Hotel La Mariposa
Manuel Antonio

Fantastic view from the restaurant/pool, and some of the rooms as well.

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Local specialist: Bryan Leon
Bryan
Bryan Leon
Local specialist in Cartago, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

Hola Gael,

I am so happy to know you had a great time in our country!

We will share your comments with all partners involved. It was a pleasure to work with you!

I have many other ideas to keep enjoying costarican nature! You can reach us back in the future to plan a second trip :)

Have a Pura Vida Day!
Bryan Leon

It was absolutely amazing. Everything was pla...
Costa Rica | Jan 6 - Jan 15, 2023

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Haley J.
Austin, TX | Reviewed on Jan 22, 2023

It was absolutely amazing. Everything was planned with such care and detail, charlotte was amazing and very responsive. Overall it was one of the best trips I have ever been on! read more

It was absolutely amazing. Everything was planned with such care and detail, charlotte was amazing and very responsive. Overall it was one of the best trips I have ever been on!

Hotel Reviews
Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa
Fortuna
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Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort
Tamarindo
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Local specialist: Charlotte Törnqvist
Charlotte
Charlotte Törnqvist
Local specialist in Turrialba, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

Thank you Haley, I am so happy to know that is how you feel! :-)
For me and my team at Serendipity Adventures it was a pleasure to make this trip happen, and we hope you'll come back some day.

Take care,
Charlotte

First time visiting Costa Rica
Costa Rica | Jan 10 - Jan 19, 2023

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Aaron M.
Portland, OR | Reviewed on Jan 21, 2023

We visited Costa Rica for the first time and spent 9 days in the country. We spent our first night in San Jose and then 2 nights each in Manuel Antonio, Monteverde, La Fortuna and Tamarindo. We wanted to see as much as possible on this trip and we feel like we got to see a lot of different places. Getting to these different places wasn't easy. My wife gets car sick and she really had a rough time on the roads. If I could do it again I would have considered flying from place to place when... read more

We visited Costa Rica for the first time and spent 9 days in the country. We spent our first night in San Jose and then 2 nights each in Manuel Antonio, Monteverde, La Fortuna and Tamarindo. We wanted to see as much as possible on this trip and we feel like we got to see a lot of different places. Getting to these different places wasn't easy. My wife gets car sick and she really had a rough time on the roads. If I could do it again I would have considered flying from place to place when possible. The drive times were all longer than we expected. Most roads were paved but not all. And some roads had many potholes. Even when paved the winding roads made the drives feel extra long. Fortunately our drivers were one of the highlights of our trip. They were all personable and professional. They were excellent drivers and handled the challenging road conditions like true pro's. They were very hospitable. They answered our questions and let us practice our bad Spanish.
All of our guides were wonderful. They were all very knowledgeable and professional and friendly. You can tell they enjoy what they do.

Hotel Reviews
Holiday Inn San Jose Aurola
San José

This hotel wasn't "amazing" but it was fine and served it's purpose. We checked in at 10 at night and were gone the next day by 2. The rooms were dated and drab but everything worked. Great water pressure in the shower. We were hungry when we got in but didn't know where to find food at such a late hour. The person at the front desk let us know that we could order via Uber Eats. 45 minutes later we were eating Chinese food in our room. If he hadn't mentioned it, I'm not sure we would have thought of delivery. The breakfast in the morning was a good mix of hot foods and fruits. The waiter helped us when my wife overcooked her waffle in the waffle maker. The location of the hotel is very convenient to downtown San Jose. They held our bags as we went out to explore the city. Overall a solid choice for 1 night.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Karahe Beach Hotel
Manuel Antonio

We didn't have any hot water on our first night. Of course when the hotel sent someone to check on it the next morning the hot water was working. We had intermittent hot water for the rest of our stay. Besides the hot water, I don't have any complaints about the hotel. The room is simple and comfortable. Our 3rd floor room had a balcony overlooking the gardens. The restaurant served a yummy buffet breakfast. My favorite part of the property was the proximity to the beach. The beach is beautiful and only a few minutes from our room. We saw a sloth perched in the trees at the beach on our last day.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Beach access. 15 minute walk to Manuel Antonio park.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel & Spa Poco a Poco
Monteverde Costa Rica

This is a beautiful property. The landscaping is beautiful with a garden and walking trail. Didn't get to use the heated pool or hot tub but it looked like the perfect way to finish a long day. The rooms were modern and comfortable. Great shower water pressure. The front desk staff, especially Lilly, was very helpful and hospitable. The restaurant had a yummy ala carte style breakfast in the morning. My only complaint is that with high winds during our stay, the branches from the trees kept hitting the roof above our room making it very difficult to sleep. We should have said something after the first night. If you're on the 4th floor make sure the tree branches are clear of the roof.

Authenticity & Character
Simple and stylish
Location
Right across the street from a shopping plaza that includes a supermarket and several restaurants
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Paradise Hot Springs Resort
La Fortuna

Fantastic hotel. The combination of the various hot spring pools, surrounding vegetation and the view of the mountains made this property really impressive. I think there was 7 or 8 different pools/hot tubs to enjoy. My favorite part was the view of the pasture and mountain from the coffee shop. The property feels luxurious and natural at the same time. The breakfast buffet at the restaurant was my favorite breakfast of all the hotels we stayed at. Good selection of hot breakfast food and all the fruits you could want. The rooms were modern, spacious and comfortable. Staff was friendly. Kenneth helped us schedule a taxi and make a dinner reservation on our first night.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Beautiful location but not very walkable. Must taxi or drive to town or restaurants.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Pasatiempo
Tamarindo

We got to stay in the Villa. It was basically a one bedroom house with a full kitchen and living room and nice covered patio section. When we were escorted to the villa the sofa bed in the living room looked like it had been used and not cleaned and a coffee cup was in the sink. The hotel employee assisting us had somebody come and makeup the sofa while we were out at lunch. Not a huge deal but not a great first impression either. The shower water pressure was weak. The property is full of trees and animals. We saw an Iguana, monkeys, squirrels, lizards and cats. The breakfast was served a la carte and was delicious. The restaurant staff was very friendly. The pool was simple but very relaxing. Live music sounded good too.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Walking distance to beach and all you need in Tamarindo. Right across the street from a supermarket and ATM. Many restaurants within walking distance.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Damas Island Kayaking
Manuel Antonio

This was a very peaceful and relaxing activity. Albi, our guide was very friendly and did a good job explaining the ecosystem. We saw a monkey, a tiger heron, a kingfisher and a Black Iguana. We kayaked for about 90 minutes. The kayaking was easy and we saw a few other guides doing tours at the same time. We then were taken to a restaurant for a small breakfast and then transported back to the hotel. We had hoped to see more animals but we still enjoyed our experience.

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Food
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Night Walk: Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Monteverde

We were in a group of 6. Our guide Andre was very knowledgeable and showed us many things we would never have seen on our. We saw a tarantula, glowing mushroom, several sleeping birds, lizards and opossums. I thought we would see bigger animals but I was wrong.

Quality of Experience
Our guide was great.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Backroad Mountain Biking Around Lake Arenal
Arenal/La Fortuna

Our guide, Otto was fantastic. We were the only 2 on the tour. Otto had great energy and was so nice. The bike ride lasted about 90 minutes. You bike the road around Lake Arenal. We saw birds, cows, horses. Lots of farmland and great views of the lake. Otto even stopped on the way out of town to show us a sloth. Biking was a fun way to experience the area and get some exercise. After the ride Otto cut up a pineapple for us to snack on. And on the way back to the hotel Otto serenaded us with romantic ballad in Spanish.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Tamarindo Turtle Nesting Tour (Seasonal)
Costa Rica

There were 21 of us on this tour, by far our most crowded tour of the trip. The ride to the beach took an hour and then it was a 20 minute walk to the beach. We waited for over an hour while our guide scouted the beach for turtles. There was only one turtle on the beach that night. We were able to observe the turtle nesting and laying it s eggs.

Quality of Experience
It felt a little unorganized when we got to the beach but really we were just sitting and waiting for turtles. The group also felt too big for one single guide.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Brittany McNamara
Brittany
Brittany McNamara
Local specialist in Colorado | Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

Hi Aaron,
Thank you for taking the time to write a review! We really appreciate your feedback, as do our travelers. I'm glad to hear that overall, you had a great time, and that the upgrade transfers worked out better for your wife.

We hope you'll consider using kimkim again in the future,
Brittany

Costa Rica adventures
Costa Rica | Jan 8 - Jan 17, 2023

Mason
Mason P.
Lehi, UT | Reviewed on Jan 20, 2023

Where do I start! This vacation was the dream just from the itinerary we set up, only took about a week and half to customize this amazing trip to Costa Rica. Our guide Nuria helped us every step of the way making sure we had tons of excursions and amazing resorts to stay while there. We had just the right amount of days in the beautiful city learning the history, an amazing few days on a jungle island where we explored the wildlife and people there. They ended it perfectly with our last... read more

Where do I start! This vacation was the dream just from the itinerary we set up, only took about a week and half to customize this amazing trip to Costa Rica. Our guide Nuria helped us every step of the way making sure we had tons of excursions and amazing resorts to stay while there. We had just the right amount of days in the beautiful city learning the history, an amazing few days on a jungle island where we explored the wildlife and people there. They ended it perfectly with our last weekend in a giant party city where we surfed with locals, drank beers, and listened to music till the late night. I highly recommend booking with them, they make your vacation so much less stress as they accompany you ever step of the process.

Hotel Review
Mawamba Lodge
Tortuguero

Beautiful eco friendly lodge. Place is decked out with adventures and excursions. It comes with beautiful breakfast, lunch, and dinners as well as amazing cocktails. The locals in the town near by are the best too, so make sure to venture away from the beautiful resort even though you could stay there all day and still be in paradise.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Nuria Oliveira
Nuria
Nuria Oliveira
Local specialist in Costa Rica | Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

Hello Mason,

Thank you so much for your kind words. For me, it was a pleasure to help you have an experience of a lifetime. I'm are very grateful for your trust in me for your trip to Costa Rica. Meeting you both was amazing and I hope you come back to Costa Rica.

Pura Vida!

Our Fantastic Journey In Costa Rica
Costa Rica | Jan 6 - Jan 16, 2023

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Maddy Z.
Hicksville, NY | Reviewed on Jan 20, 2023

Dear Sergio, Charlotte and Nancy,

We cannot thank you enough for the wonderful experience we enjoyed in Costa Rica with your tremendous assistance, including the splendid itinerary, your responsiveness before and during our trip, and your suggestions of what to see and experience. True, you had an excellent canvas to work with: Costa Rica! The country is beautiful with so much to see and enjoy, and the people we met along our journey were also a pleasure, and the food was so tasteful and... read more

Dear Sergio, Charlotte and Nancy,

We cannot thank you enough for the wonderful experience we enjoyed in Costa Rica with your tremendous assistance, including the splendid itinerary, your responsiveness before and during our trip, and your suggestions of what to see and experience. True, you had an excellent canvas to work with: Costa Rica! The country is beautiful with so much to see and enjoy, and the people we met along our journey were also a pleasure, and the food was so tasteful and exactly the kind of food we enjoy as vegetarians. That said, we know that the quality of our experience was enhanced due to your individual and collective expertise and professionalism.

As for the guides and tours you recommended, each were great in their own way. Chris, our guide at hanging bridges (assisted by Pablo) was informative and personable. The white water rafting was truly a blast and well run, and the zip lining was, despite my personal fear of heights, truly amazing. Likewise, we cannot say enough good things about Andres Socio, our guide at Manuel Antonio National State Park; he is truly brilliant, good natured, and has a good sense of humor. Frankly, without the guides you recommended we would have missed the vast majority of what we saw on the hikes we did. Also, the ocean kayaking and snorkeling tour, in which Maddy and I were the only two participants, was also a tremendous life experience and very well run. We even made a point, per your recommendation, of stopping at Crocodile Bridge and were glad that we did. And the resorts we stayed at were each spectacular in their own way. Tabacon it was the thermal hot springs. Peace Lodge: as animal rights activists and nature/outdoor lovers, Peace Lodge was heaven on earth to us and had great vibe. And Arenas del Mar, particularly given its beachfront access and trappings and staff, and the many creatures of nature (capuchins, sloths, iguanas etc) that were just roaming about, was a blend of perfection. And Grano de Oro, an oasis in that neighborhood, proved to be the perfect cap to our trip.

Again, thank you, thank you and thank you.

Andy and Maddy Zwerling

Local specialist: Sergio Bolaños
Sergio
Sergio Bolaños
Local specialist in Limon, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

Hi Maddy and Andy, thank you so much, your words mean so much to me and the team. I am glad that you have enjoyed your time in Costa Rica, and we hope to see you again.
Pura Vida!!

Our trip to Costa Rica was a trip of lifetime...
Costa Rica | Dec 17 - Jan 1, 2023

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Eon Joo S.
Breckenridge, CO | Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

Our trip to Costa Rica was a trip of lifetime. Sergio, Charlotte and Nancy were incredibly helpful during the trip planning and while we were traveling.

We had a glitch at the start of the trip due to our flight delay leaving from US, which resulted in extremely late arrival in Costa Rica. The tour team jumped on to help right away to help with re-arranging the airport pickup, hotel and the tour activities planned for the first day.

We have a special needs child with significant food &... read more

Our trip to Costa Rica was a trip of lifetime. Sergio, Charlotte and Nancy were incredibly helpful during the trip planning and while we were traveling.

We had a glitch at the start of the trip due to our flight delay leaving from US, which resulted in extremely late arrival in Costa Rica. The tour team jumped on to help right away to help with re-arranging the airport pickup, hotel and the tour activities planned for the first day.

We have a special needs child with significant food & env allergies and the tour team went out of their way to help with ensuring an accomodation throughout our trip including but not limited to arranging for special food items included in the local tours.

All tour plans/activities/transportations went without a hitch.
It was an incredible trip and we truly fell in love with Costa Rica!
What the country has achived for the conservation was absolutely remarkable!

This was our family's very first big vacation abroad and I am so glad that we did this trip with KimKim and Serendipity (Sergio, Charlotte and Nancy). It will be hard to match this experience for the future trips.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Villa Florencia
Turrialba
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Manatus Hotel
Tortuguero
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Arenal Manoa & Hot Springs
Fortuna
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Valle Escondido Nature Reserve Hotel & Farm
Monteverde
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Parador Resort and Spa
Manuel Antonio
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Sloth Observation - Day or Night Walk
Arenal/La Fortuna
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Sky Adventures Zip Lines
Monteverde
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Hike
Manuel Antonio
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Catamaran Adventure from Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
La Fortuna Waterfall, Hanging Bridges, Arenal Volcano, and Baldi Hotsprings (Full Day Arenal)
Costa Rica

La Fortuna waterfall visit involves 500+ steep steps climbing down & up.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Chocolate Tour
Costa Rica
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Pacuare River Rafting
Turrialba
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Canyoning Adventure
Costa Rica
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Tortuguero Village Visit
Tortuguero
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Guided Boat Tour through Tortuguero Canals
Tortuguero
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Sergio Bolaños
Sergio
Sergio Bolaños
Local specialist in Limon, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

Hi Eon, thank you so much for your kind words. For all of us, it was a pleasure to help you have an experience of a lifetime. We are very grateful for your trust in us for the design and operation of your family trip to Costa Rica. I am so happy to hear that you and your kids had a great time with many lasting memories of our country. Take care. Pura Vida!

Exceeded our Expectations
Costa Rica | Jan 1 - Jan 9, 2023

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Nici F.
Prairie Du Rocher, IL | Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

Bryan was extremely patient and thorough when planning our trip. He was able to answer all my questions and concerns, and adjust my plans accordingly. He truly understood what we were wanting for this trip and our experience exceeded our expectations. We had a great balance of cultural experiences and downtime to hang out at the beach and pools. All of our accommodations were interesting and wonderful -- not your average resort. We loved the Poas Volcano Lodge in the Cloud Forest. It was... read more

Bryan was extremely patient and thorough when planning our trip. He was able to answer all my questions and concerns, and adjust my plans accordingly. He truly understood what we were wanting for this trip and our experience exceeded our expectations. We had a great balance of cultural experiences and downtime to hang out at the beach and pools. All of our accommodations were interesting and wonderful -- not your average resort. We loved the Poas Volcano Lodge in the Cloud Forest. It was small and intimate, and they went out of their way to make our family feel welcome. My kids declared it the best hot cocoa. Our favorite was La Mariposa in Manuel Antonio. Monkeys were always around and we had a pair of Macaws fly past our balcony every morning. Nearby restaurants are great. Our favorite excursion here was the nighttime rainforest tour. The national park tour is a must, and we had THE BEST tour guide, but expect it to be very slow. Lost Iguana near La Fortuna is a good place to stay, but it could use a little bit of updating. However, the views are the best, great hiking trail and a good restaurant. Our kids liked the heated pool. The town of La Fortuna has a lot of shopping and restaurants. Our favorite events of the entire trip were here: The cultural experience was the absolute best and everyone should be so lucky to do this. Second to that was the Chocolate Factory Tour.

If you're considering using KimKim.com to plan your trip to Costa Rica, do it. Our experience was seamless and wonderful. We will use them again.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel La Mariposa
Manuel Antonio

Wonderful rooms and guest services. Incredible views and we especially loved watching all the monkeys who live in the trees surrounding the hotel.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Walkable to/from restaurants, tours, ocean, etc.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean.
Poas Volcano Lodge
Vara Blanca

Super sweet lodge with the friendliest staff. The design and architecture is very cool and it's tucked into the forest with lots of trails.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Less than an hour from the airport.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Lost Iguana Resort and Spa
Fortuna

Great location! Fun staff and a wonderful environment. The rock shower is neat but not really usable, and the rooms are pretty sparse but very clean. The rooms could use a little updating but overall it's still very nice and a relaxing place to stay.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Nature Hike
Manuel Antonio

Great tour guide!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Sukia - Night Tour
Manuel Antonio

One of our favorite experiences. It was just our family of 5 and the guide.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Cultural Experience
Arenal/La Fortuna

This was our favorite experience of the whole trip. The family who hosted us was amazing -- we learned more about Costa Rican culture and felt immersed in the family's story and life. The description said we'd visit a school and we did not get to do that but the time at the farm and with the family was wonderful all by itself.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Ecotermales Hotsprings
Arenal/La Fortuna

Ecotermales is a neat place. Very clean and calm. We enjoyed seeing the Hot Springs but an hour was plenty and I wouldn't recommend getting the meal with it. The food was not good and the restaurant was a little dirty.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Arenal Volcano Hike & La Fortuna Waterfall
Arenal/La Fortuna

The hike is pretty and enjoyable , but the view of the volcano is better from a distance. Seeing the waterfall is pretty cool and we all enjoyed the enormity of it. The water is ice cold so don't expect to swim or stay very long. It's a quick trip to see the waterfall and hike back out.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Chocolate Factory Tour in Rainforest Chocolate Tour.
Arenal/La Fortuna

One of our family's favorites! Travelers should absolutely do this. It is fun and educational. We returned much more conscience of our choices when purchasing and eating chocolate.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Bryan Leon
Bryan
Bryan Leon
Local specialist in Cartago, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

Hola Nici,

I love hearing from you! Thank you for leaving feedback for us.!

I am glad to know that you and your family had a memorable time in my country!

I will be happy to assist you if you like to plan a second visit to this small but beautiful country :)

Pura Vida,
Bryan Leon,
Serendipity Adventures, Costa Rica

Costa Rica was magnificent! I’m so happy we ...
Costa Rica | Jan 7 - Jan 15, 2023

Karen
Karen P.
Middletown, NJ | Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

Costa Rica was magnificent! I’m so happy we went through KimKim as our travel agency - would definitely recommend and use them again in the future. All our pickups were timely and all we had to do was show up and enjoy ourselves. Transportation between our destinations of La Fortuna, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio were seamless. All recommendations from KimKim were excellent. What enjoyable family trip - thanks Yuliana! read more

Costa Rica was magnificent! I’m so happy we went through KimKim as our travel agency - would definitely recommend and use them again in the future. All our pickups were timely and all we had to do was show up and enjoy ourselves. Transportation between our destinations of La Fortuna, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio were seamless. All recommendations from KimKim were excellent. What enjoyable family trip - thanks Yuliana!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Arenal Springs Resort & Spa
Fortuna

Loved the hotel and privacy of the hot springs. Would definitely stay here again.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
El Establo Mountain Hotel
Monteverde

Hotel was literally on a mountain, but the transportation was very good up and down. Very minimalistic, but the view was amazing.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Would have preferred less mountainous terrain, but overall hotel was very clean.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Tulemar Resort
Manuel Antonio

Amazing location with wildlife and beach - would definitely recommend staying at Salty Breeze as monkey troops come through every single day. The amenities were top notch, but so was the price.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Coffee & Chocolate Tour in Monteverde
Monteverde

Excellent tour - we all loved it! Take this tour.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge Boat Tour
Arenal/La Fortuna

Excellent tour made even better because they also took us to a sugarcane processing plant/coffee tasting. Saw a lot of wildlife.

Quality of Experience
Food
Great food for lunch.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Night Tour at the Wildlife Refuge in Monteverde
Monteverde

Mixed reviews. 2 out of the 5 liked the tour. We saw a lot for the night tour, but it was very hilly.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Guided Hanging Bridges Hike
Monteverde

We loved this tour, but not as much as the rainforest tour.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Sky Tram & Sky Trek Adventure
Arenal/La Fortuna

Excellent excursion - very fun. Note that the trek is more mountainous than you might think. You have to be in decent shape. We saw so much in the rainforest - one of our best outings!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Maria was great!
Transport
Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Hike
Costa Rica

Really enjoyed this tour - would have loved to have stayed longer. Very well organized and we saw a lot of wildlife. Flat trail was easy to navigate.

Quality of Experience
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Transport
Local specialist: Yuliana Valverde
Yuliana
Yuliana Valverde
Local specialist in San José, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Jan 22, 2023

Hi Karen,
I hope you are well.
Thanks for your time and leave us this nice review. It is great to know you had a good time here, and that you enjoy every destination.
I hope you could visit Costa Rica in the future and could explore many different areas.
We will be more than glad to assist you during this time.
Regards from Costa Rica,
Yuliana

Favorite family trip! Costa Rica- Carara, Manuel Antonio, Uvita, and Esterillos Este.
Costa Rica | Jan 7 - Jan 14, 2023

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Beverly S.
Christiansburg, VA | Reviewed on Jan 15, 2023

Andres, our guide at Manuel Antonio, was the best bird tour guide ever! The highlight of our trip!
Our tours and drivers were all fantastic. Our stay at Chrystal Ballena in Uvita and Alma Hotel in Esterillos Este were our favorites. The Beach in Esterillos Este at the hotel was gorgeous and very private. read more

Andres, our guide at Manuel Antonio, was the best bird tour guide ever! The highlight of our trip!
Our tours and drivers were all fantastic. Our stay at Chrystal Ballena in Uvita and Alma Hotel in Esterillos Este were our favorites. The Beach in Esterillos Este at the hotel was gorgeous and very private.

Hotel Reviews
Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa
Playa Ballena

Beautiful gardens with lots of bird watching opportunities. Huge pool.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Alma Del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa
Esterillos Este

Simply amazing! The decor, the private gorgeous beach, the gardens, everything!

Authenticity & Character
Decor
Location
Privacy
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Bryan Leon
Bryan
Bryan Leon
Local specialist in Cartago, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

Hola Beverly,,

I am so happy to know you had a great time in our country! We are proud of our tour guides because they are passionate about sharing the details of our biodiversity - Andres is a great example!

We will share your comments with all partners involved. It was a pleasure to work with you!

Please, let us know if you like to plan a second visit :)

Have a Pura Vida Day!
Bryan,
Serendipity Adventures, Costa Rica

Thank you so much for a wonderful trip experi...
Costa Rica | Jan 3 - Jan 12, 2023

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Allison H.
Hong Kong SAR China | Reviewed on Jan 13, 2023

Thank you so much for a wonderful trip experience!
All the drivers were friendly and on time. We really loved the zip lining and rafting day! The food at the buffet that day was amazing, especially the coffee!!

Olman was an excellent organizer, we are all extremely happy with the service that Kim Kim provided. We will use Kim Kim again in the future to trip plan.

Thanks again!!

Allison read more

Thank you so much for a wonderful trip experience!
All the drivers were friendly and on time. We really loved the zip lining and rafting day! The food at the buffet that day was amazing, especially the coffee!!

Olman was an excellent organizer, we are all extremely happy with the service that Kim Kim provided. We will use Kim Kim again in the future to trip plan.

Thanks again!!

Allison

Hotel Reviews
Arenal Manoa & Hot Springs
Fortuna

Amazing views and comfortable and rooms

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Nammbú Bungalows
Sámara
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Parque del Lago Boutique Hotel
San José

Clean rooms but very stuffy

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
El Silencio Hike & Visit to Ecotermales Hot Springs
Arenal/La Fortuna
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
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Zip Lining Adventure & White Water Rafting Class II & III
Arenal/La Fortuna

Very professional and safe!

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Nature Walk at Ecological Park & Butterfly Garden Danaus
Arenal/La Fortuna

Joe was very knowledgeable and informative.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Isla Chora Kayak and Snorkeling Tour
Costa Rica

Good Experience, but the snorkeling was a bit disappointing, we didn't see anything. Also, we wanted this trip to be longer, we had such a great time!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Olman Romero
Olman
Olman Romero
Local specialist in San Jose, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Jan 13, 2023

Hello Allison,

Thanks for your kind words.
I am so happy to know you had a great time in our country.

It was my pleasure to assist you during this trip, let's hope you can visit us again to continue exploring the tropics.

Pura Vida,
Olman

Phil was polite, responsive and courteous thr...
Costa Rica | Jan 2 - Jan 10, 2023

cathal
cathal y.
Ireland | Reviewed on Jan 13, 2023

Phil was polite, responsive and courteous throughout my trip. However, a few things could have been better planned and the last day was quite frustrating. My 8-day solo trip had 3 legs which started off in La Fortuna, then onto Manuel Antonio and finishing off In Corcovado National Park.

Phil did an amazing job arranging a car rental pick up and drop off at specific locations which really helped my journey. He also very kindly helped with the flight back to San Jose from Drake on the... read more

Phil was polite, responsive and courteous throughout my trip. However, a few things could have been better planned and the last day was quite frustrating. My 8-day solo trip had 3 legs which started off in La Fortuna, then onto Manuel Antonio and finishing off In Corcovado National Park.

Phil did an amazing job arranging a car rental pick up and drop off at specific locations which really helped my journey. He also very kindly helped with the flight back to San Jose from Drake on the last day after I realised I had booked the wrong flight time. Thanks!

Unfortunately, I was given the wrong international dialling code so I wasn’t able to get Phil on WhatsApp until day 3. During this time he was not contactable on the KimKim platform either. It got sorted out eventually.

The Volcano Hotel Inn at La Fortuna was pretty basic to be honest and didn’t have any hot water for the shower. Spending $3,000 I would have expected a little bit of a higher standard. What lacked in quality was made up somewhat for a location as I had a breathtaking view of the Arenal Volcano from my room. The Baldi hot springs were super cool and highly recommended. I was disappointed that the waterfall tour was cancelled because of a lack of numbers and I would have liked an alternative to being arranged rather than a refund.

The next leg of my journey was a 9-hour drive to Manuel Antonio. In hindsight, I think this could have been planned better. I was able to break up the journey by stopping off at the La Paz waterfall which was beautiful and the crocodile bridge which was also cool. Then I was privileged to see a family of 9 whales on the afternoon whale-watching tour at Uvita. I didn’t realise I had to double back on myself to Manuel Antonio with another 2-hour drive. This left me absolutely exhausted when I checked into my hotel.

The Manuel Antonio hotel was fine, nothing spectacular but again the location was superb as I was right on the beach. There was a degree of noise outside my room with loud music coming from a local market across the way a few yards away. The itinerary said I should book a ticket for the local national park but when I got there it was already booked out for the next 2 days. I wished Phil had booked this for me in advance and can’t understand why it wasn’t.

The final leg of the journey started in Rancho Corcovado in Drake Bay but I had to pay for the ferry boat to get there. Phil kindly refunded me this fee. The hotel was right on the beach and the location is truly spectacular. The instructions for the pick up the next morning for Corcovado could have been better as the hotel manager didn’t know where I was getting picked up and Phil had some vague direction that it would be from the beach I was on.

I thought I was spending 2 nights inside the remote parts of the park but I only found out on day 2 that this wasn’t the case because there was no room for me at any station in the park. I felt let down when I found this out. I thought I had given KimKim and Phil enough time to arrange for this. I was very disappointed that I never received any communication about this. On day 1, this was the highlight of the whole trip. I saw so much wildlife and took many pictures. Our guide was amazing and had so knowledgeable about everything. He had a telescope with him and was able to zoom in on every animal so we could see everything in amazing clarity. The people on my tour were great and so friendly.

Day 2 of the trip started out with more wildlife watching, which is what I came for. Amazing! I was then told then the group would depart around 11, and I would be on my own with the guide which would turn into “more of a hike”. This was not clear in the itinerary as it mentioned “backyard station” which I took to mean a station inside Corcovado. This was not the case. There was also confusion about my large bag which I had kept on me and even hiked for 2 KM with on my back on day 1. In my opinion, it should really have been left behind in Rancho Corcovado but the communication on this wasn’t there, and at the last second I was told to leave it on the boat at San Pedrillo. I didn’t have time to really get anything out of my large bag to bring with me on the hike.

And so, to the “hike” which was very intense and very difficult through some very thick and dense forest. There wasn’t much of a trail and it was very muddy even for the dry season. As we were gaining altitude it was noticeable how little wildlife there is up here as they like lowland terrain just like humans. I really didn’t enjoy this at all, and the last thing I wanted on my last day on holiday before 20 hours of flying back to Ireland, was a workout like this.

I was very warmly welcomed at the lodging that evening, and while I had my own room, I couldn’t believe there was no mosquito netting around the windows, it was completely open. Even my guide said he had complained previously about this and was told there are no mosquitos around here. How wrong that was. I woke up the next morning with lots of mosquito bites, and for another gruelling hike back towards Drake Bay. It was really disappointing that I felt I only got half a Corcovado 2-night experience.

Overall, Costa Rica is a beautiful country with amazing people and I would have no reservations about recommending it as a destination for other travellers. My expectation was slightly off given some of the accommodation. Using KimKim on the whole was a useful experience. I guess where I feel let down is in some of the finer details which I was hoping I didn’t need to micromanage so closely.

Hotel Review
Hotel Manuel Antonio

The Volcano Hotel Inn at La Fortuna was pretty basic, to be honest and didn’t have any hot water for the shower. Spending $3,000 I would have expected a little bit of a higher standard. What lacked quality was made up somewhat for a location as I had a breath taking view of the Arenal Volcano from my room

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
The impressive Fortuna Waterfall
Arenal/La Fortuna

Didn't happen because there was not enough people to fill the tour

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Whale & Dolphin Watching Tour (seasonal)
Costa Rica

Absolutely amazing. Really amazing guides and very professional. I was honoured to see so many whales!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Corcovado Reserve Package - 2 nights
Corcovado National Park

I thought I was spending 2 nights inside the remote parts of the park but I only found out on day 2 that this wasn’t the case because there was no room for me at any station in the park. I felt let down when I found this out. I thought I had given KimKim and Phil enough time to arrange for this. I was very disappointed that I never received any communication about this. On day 1, this was the highlight of the whole trip. I saw so much wildlife and took many pictures. Our guide was amazing and had so knowledge about everything. He had a telescope with him and was able to zoom in on every animal so we could see everything in amazing clarity. The people on my tour were great and so friendly. Day 2 of the trip started out with more wildlife watching, which is what I came for. Amazing! I was then told then the group would depart around 11, and I would be on my own with the guide which would turn into “more of a hike”. This was not clear in the itinerary as it mentioned “backyard station” which I took to mean a station inside Corcovado. This was not the case. There was also confusion about my large bag which I had kept on me and even hiked for 2 KM with on my back on day 1. In my opinion it should really have been left behind in Rancho Corcovado but the communication on this wasn’t there, and at the at the last second I was told to leave it on the boat at San Pedrillo. I didn’t have time to really get anything out of my large bag to bring with me on the hike. And so, to the “hike” which was very intense and very difficult through some very thick and dense forest. There wasn’t much of a trail and it was very muddy even for the dry season. As we were gaining altitude it was noticeable how little wildlife there is up here as they like lowland terrain just lie humans. I really didn’t enjoy this at all, and the last thing I wanted on my last day on holiday before 20 hours of flying back to Ireland, was a workout like this. I was very warmly welcomed at the lodging that evening, and while I had my own room, I couldn’t believe there was no mosquito netting around the windows, it was completely open. Even my guide said he had complained previously about this and was told there are no mosquitos around here. How wrong that was. I woke up the next morning with lots of mosquito bites, and for another gruelling hike back towards Drake Bay. It was really disappointing that I felt I only got half a Corcovado 2 night experience.

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Baldi Hot Springs & Meal
Arenal/La Fortuna

The Baldi hot springs were super cool and highly recommended.

Quality of Experience
Food
Very Basic Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Phil Tardieu

Yuliana was terrific! Highly recommend her.
Costa Rica | Jan 1 - Jan 11, 2023

Joy
Joy E.
Kirkwood, MO | Reviewed on Jan 12, 2023

Yuliana was terrific! Highly recommend her. She pays great attention to detail and returns emails and phone calls promptly. A+ service. read more

Yuliana was terrific! Highly recommend her. She pays great attention to detail and returns emails and phone calls promptly. A+ service.

Hotel Review
Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort
Tamarindo

Absolutely gorgeous hotel and absolutely gorgeous view of the ocean. Doesn’t get any better. Yes exceeded all expectations.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Yuliana Valverde
Yuliana
Yuliana Valverde
Local specialist in San José, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Jan 14, 2023

Hello Joy,
I hope you are well.

I am so happy you had a great time here.
It was my pleasure to assist you during this planning.

I hope you could visit Costa Rica in the future and could explore different destinations.

Best,
Yuliana

Blown Away by Costa Rica
Costa Rica | Dec 29 - Jan 5, 2023

Artem
Artem Y.
Longmont, CO | Reviewed on Jan 12, 2023

Overall, I was completely blown away by my family's trip to Costa Rica. I expected to see natural beauty and warm weather but the hospitality of the locals is why I’ll be coming back.

Two examples. On our drive to Monteverde we got a bit lost and were trying to make a U-turn on a narrow, difficult part of road. A random guy riding past on his dirt bike stopped, got off his bike, paused incoming traffic, and helped guide us through the turn. Roads in Costa Rica were pretty terrible outside... read more

Overall, I was completely blown away by my family's trip to Costa Rica. I expected to see natural beauty and warm weather but the hospitality of the locals is why I’ll be coming back.

Two examples. On our drive to Monteverde we got a bit lost and were trying to make a U-turn on a narrow, difficult part of road. A random guy riding past on his dirt bike stopped, got off his bike, paused incoming traffic, and helped guide us through the turn. Roads in Costa Rica were pretty terrible outside of San Jose but it’s not really a big deal. Drive with a puravida mindset and you’ll be perfectly fine. On another occasion, we stayed at Hotel Koora at Monteverde. The staff gave my 5 year old a really cool wooden Coati toy. They also loaded us up a bag of water and snacks after learning we were heading out on a road trip to Manuel Antonio. Amazing.

The food was incredible. Nothing fancy but everything is fresh and a lot of attention is paid to preparation regardless of where you eat from Soda’s to the 4 star hotels.

I traveled with my five year old. He loved the trip and especially any component with a beach or pool. The guided nature hikes are a bit tough on kids. Really cool when they get to see things but it can be hard for them to spot things in the dense jungle. For kids especially I recommend the night nature tours. We used ​​Sukia in Manuel Antonio and they were terrific. Kids love holding the spotlight and trying to find eyes in the dark.

I got the impression that Costa Rica has a very complicated economy... with a large social/word of mouth culture. I wouldn't recommend doing stuff without e.g. a professional tour guide. Socio, our guide with Endemic Birds, was incredibly knowledgeable and great at trying to keep the kids entertained.

Brian with Serendipity Adventures did an amazing job with getting our itinerary setup. Everything flowed seamlessly. Hotels exceeded expectations.

Hotel Review
Hotel Koora at Monteverde
Monteverde
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Bryan Leon
Bryan
Bryan Leon
Local specialist in Cartago, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Jan 12, 2023

Thank you for your valuable feedback, Artem!

We are thrilled that your personalized travel plan has been a great experience for you and your family. We take great pride in our work, and our sincerest hope is that it helps each one of our clients accomplish their goals about the trip. Your feedback has demonstrated that it does, and we appreciate you letting us know.

I will be happy to assist you if you like to plan a second visit to our small but beautiful country :)

Pura Vida,
Bryan Leon,
Serendipity Adventures, Costa Rica

Good tour of Costa Rica and good job from kimkim
Costa Rica | Jan 2 - Jan 10, 2023

Daniel
Daniel R.
Malaysia | Reviewed on Jan 11, 2023

Thoroughly enjoyed a comprehensive tour on Costa Rica over 7 days. First timer using kimkim and was very pleased with the overall experience. The initial booking on-line and subsequent adjustments were done very easily. Kimkim staff respond very quickly and precisely, and get things done. All the service providers in Costa Rica, transportation and excursions, were professional, on-time, and delivered what was booked. read more

Thoroughly enjoyed a comprehensive tour on Costa Rica over 7 days. First timer using kimkim and was very pleased with the overall experience. The initial booking on-line and subsequent adjustments were done very easily. Kimkim staff respond very quickly and precisely, and get things done. All the service providers in Costa Rica, transportation and excursions, were professional, on-time, and delivered what was booked.

Hotel Reviews
Gran Hotel Costa Rica
San José
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Los Lagos Spa & Resort
Fortuna
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel & Spa Poco a Poco
Monteverde Costa Rica
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
La Vela Boutique Hotel - Adults Only
Manuel Antonio
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Grano de Oro Hotel
San José
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Arenal Volcano & 1968 Reserve Guided Hike
Arenal/La Fortuna

Had a very good two hours hike with a small group of other travellers. This was well organised. Although if you have your own transportation, it is not difficult to get to the start of the hike, having a guide will greatly help with actually seeing any of the wild life, in addition to lots of interesting information about the volcano itself. . It is next to impossible to spot any of the wild life by yourself. The guide carries a telescope lens allowing to see the animals very closely and take good pictures. We made an improptu stop on the way to the volcano because our guide knew that a number of sloths were in trees next to the road, and was excited to show them to us. They are very few sloths left in the wild and they are very difficult to spot. It was a a very good start of the trip.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve Guided Hike
Monteverde

This activity started with a 20 mn drive in a mini bus from our hotel to the Reserve through a dirt road up the hill. We were there in January so the road was dry, but according to the driver, it can be challenging at time. The Reserve got a number of tracks ranging from 0.5km to 4.8km loops. The guide tour took about 2 hours using a 1.5-2km track, as we progressed slowly looking at plants and animals. The track is easy to walk on, especially since we were there in January and it was fairly dry. The weather can change very quickly and can be very misty at time, so come equipped. Although walking around by yourself is not difficult (if you got transportation to get to the Reserve), having a guide is very valuable since it is next to impossible to find and see animals by yourself. The guide carries a telescoping lens so that you can observe very well all there is to see. Our guide, Danny, was most knowledgeable about all the plants around, and was happy to talk about anything related to Costa Rica. We thoroughly enjoyed discussing with him. He managed to find a sloth, porcupine, a tarantula (hidden in a hole), and plenty of birds and other animals. We walked up to the top of the area, where there is a 4 story tower to observe the surroundings, including a number of volcanos. At some stage, we were at the exact point where the water would either go to the Pacific ocean or the Caribbean seen, depending on which side you go. This tour is great for nature lovers and worth getting a guide if you want to fully experience this unique place.

Quality of Experience
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Transport
Local specialist:

Christmas in Costa Rica
Costa Rica | Dec 25 - Dec 30, 2022

Ruth
Ruth M.
Houston, TX | Reviewed on Jan 10, 2023

Pura Vida!
I recently had the pleasure of working with Veronica at Kim Kim Travel Agency to plan my 6 day family vacation to Costa Rica. Planning a vacation is never easy, but Kim Kim made the process incredibly easy for me. We communicated a lot via the website allowing me to get my questions answered easily.
During our five days, we had nothing to worry about. Transportation and activities were all taken care of. In Arenal we did the hot pools and took a beautiful hike around the... read more

Pura Vida!
I recently had the pleasure of working with Veronica at Kim Kim Travel Agency to plan my 6 day family vacation to Costa Rica. Planning a vacation is never easy, but Kim Kim made the process incredibly easy for me. We communicated a lot via the website allowing me to get my questions answered easily.
During our five days, we had nothing to worry about. Transportation and activities were all taken care of. In Arenal we did the hot pools and took a beautiful hike around the volcano. We also took incredible photos of the stunning waterfall and got to swim around it . The hanging bridges were also amazing!
We moved on to Manuel Antonio where we went on a private catamaran, snorkeled and swam in the ocean. We went deep sea fishing and also explored the National Park. We saw monkeys, sloths, snakes and many other things native to Costa Rica. The beach and the sunset view was amazing!
I highly recommend Kim Kim, it made my life and trip so much easier!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Los Lagos Spa & Resort
Fortuna
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Beds were great!
Hotel San Bada Resort & Spa
Manuel Antonio

The staff was amazing!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall & Arenal Volcano Hike
Arenal/La Fortuna
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Catamaran Cruise & Snorkeling/Lunch included
Manuel Antonio
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Nature Hike
Costa Rica
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Veronica Medina
Veronica
Veronica Medina
Local specialist in Costa Rica | Reviewed on Jan 12, 2023

Hello Ruth!
Thank you so much for this review!
Knowing that you had a memorable time makes me really happy!

Don't forget to share the Pura Vida Lifestyle!!

Veronica

Awesome Olman
Costa Rica | Dec 31 - Jan 7, 2023

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Leslie V.
Elmhurst, IL | Reviewed on Jan 10, 2023

Olman was very patient in working with us as we weren't sure what we wanted from our trip. I appreciated all the information as we were making our choices. Olman had great suggestions on where to stay, what to do, and where to eat. In particular, we loved our stay at The Springs. It was more than we would normally spend, but the resort was worth it. The La Paz Waterfall hiking and rafting excursion were our favorite outings. Our favorite meal was a reservation that Olman made for us in... read more

Olman was very patient in working with us as we weren't sure what we wanted from our trip. I appreciated all the information as we were making our choices. Olman had great suggestions on where to stay, what to do, and where to eat. In particular, we loved our stay at The Springs. It was more than we would normally spend, but the resort was worth it. The La Paz Waterfall hiking and rafting excursion were our favorite outings. Our favorite meal was a reservation that Olman made for us in San Jose for our New Year's Eve dinner. All of our drivers were attentive to our needs and got us to our destinations safely and in good time. We normally plan our own trips, but I was so thankful to have Olman from KimKim do it for us for Costa Rica. I would definitely recommend this service!

Hotel Reviews
Park Inn San Jose by Radisson
San José

The people at the front desk were the best part. Very helpful in calling taxis, exchanging money and answering our questions. Room was clean and comfortable, the food at the hotel was good. Only four stars because the fire alarm went off at five in the morning and the pool was cold.

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Location
Staff
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The Springs Resort & Spa at Arenal
La Fortuna

Worth the splurge! The staff was amazing - don't miss the welcome tour. The grounds are amazing. Rooms were lovely and the breakfast buffet was so good. The views are crazy beautiful. We wish we would have stayed here longer.

Authenticity & Character
Beautiful grounds/furnishings
Location
The view!
Staff
Ready to answer any question and make the stay more enjoyable
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very spacious room even though we were staying as a family of four, it didn't feel cramped
Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas
Guanacaste

This hotel was a great choice for our family because of the 2-bedroom villa with private pool. We even had monkeys swing by as we were swimming! But the vibe wasn't quite our speed. We didn't take advantage of the wellness opportunities and the food wasn't very family friendly. It might have just been a hard transition coming here after our favorite resort in Arenal.

Authenticity & Character
Location
On the beach, walking distance to town
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
San José - Arenal - Visit to La Paz Waterfall & Gardens
Costa Rica

Beautiful place! We loved walking the trails and seeing the waterfalls and the animals. Food was very good for lunch, too.

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Whitewater Rafting on the Balsa River Class II & III
Arenal/La Fortuna

It was a bit farther to raft then the information we were given suggested, but even so, I would recommend this trip. Guides were experienced and helpful and it was just the right amount of thrills for our family. The even took us to a spot where we could jump off a small cliff into the water.

Kayak & Snorkel Tour in Tamarindo Bay
Costa Rica

I missed this trip because I became ill in Tamarindo and unfortunately they were unable to reschedule us. My husband and kids went and enjoyed their time. The guide was fantastic. As far as snorkeling goes, they didn't see many fish, but they enjoyed the kayak ride.

Local specialist: Olman Romero
Olman
Olman Romero
Local specialist in San Jose, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Jan 10, 2023

Hello Leslie,

Thanks for your excellent review.
I am so glad to know you had a terrific time in the tropics.

The hotels you stayed at and the activities you enjoyed are all top-notch for families.

Let's hope you will visit our country again to continue exploring great destinations.

Pura Vida!
Olman

Incredible trip!!! Can’t wait to book the nex...
Costa Rica | Apr 22 - Apr 29, 2022

Blaire
Blaire W.
Lexington-Fayette, KY | Reviewed on Jan 09, 2023

Incredible trip!!! Can’t wait to book the next with Kim Kim. My husband and I were a bit worried booking online but Yuliana did an incredible job. read more

Incredible trip!!! Can’t wait to book the next with Kim Kim. My husband and I were a bit worried booking online but Yuliana did an incredible job.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Bosque del Mar Playa Hermosa
Playa Hermosa
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
El Establo Mountain Hotel
Monteverde
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Los Lagos Spa & Resort
Fortuna
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Guided Hike in Arenal Volcano Park 1968
Arenal/La Fortuna
Transport
Rafting Balsa River Class III & IV
Arenal/La Fortuna
Catamaran Sailing Tour & Snorkeling
Costa Rica

This was my favorite part of the whole trip

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Coffee & Chocolate Tour in Monteverde
Monteverde
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Guided Hike
Monteverde
Sky Tram & Sky Trek Adventure in Monteverde Cloud Forest
Monteverde
Transport
Local specialist: Yuliana Valverde
Yuliana
Yuliana Valverde
Local specialist in San José, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Jan 09, 2023

Hi Blaire,
I hope you are well.
Thank you for your time and leave us this beautiful review.
It was my pleasure assisting you during this time, I hope you could visit Costa Rica in the future and could explore many other nice places.
Best,
Yuliana

The only excursion we would not recommend is ...
Costa Rica | Dec 31 - Jan 8, 2023

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Gabriela W.
Alpharetta, GA | Reviewed on Jan 09, 2023

The only excursion we would not recommend is the kayak and snorkel tour in Manuel Antonio. The guide was horrible and the snorkeling was a total joke. I’ve never seen such dead coral. Apart from that everything else was fabulous!

Local specialist: Yuliana Valverde
Yuliana
Yuliana Valverde
Local specialist in San José, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Jan 09, 2023

Hi Gabriela,
I hope you are well and had a good time in Costa Rica.
Thank you for your time and leave us this review, it is very important for us our traveler's comments, as it will increase our service to our future visitors.
Also, I will share this important information with our colleagues.
Best,
Yuliana

Excellent Way to Customize Just For Us - Trip of a Lifetime
Costa Rica | Sep 9 - Sep 19, 2022

Brian
Brian S.
Horizon City, TX | Reviewed on Jan 07, 2023

We told Randall some vague ideas of what we had in mind and then he did an excellent job of suggesting an itinerary. He then was kind enough to customize and revise it several times for us as we played with the cost and travel schedule until it was just right.

The trip ended up being a perfect progression of seeing different types of wildlife for the first time and/or seeing wildlife more up close and personal. We also enjoyed the right amount of first time and beach time. read more

We told Randall some vague ideas of what we had in mind and then he did an excellent job of suggesting an itinerary. He then was kind enough to customize and revise it several times for us as we played with the cost and travel schedule until it was just right.

The trip ended up being a perfect progression of seeing different types of wildlife for the first time and/or seeing wildlife more up close and personal. We also enjoyed the right amount of first time and beach time.

Hotel Reviews
Sleep Inn Hotel Paseo Las Damas
San José

Not our favorite hotel of the trip, but it was ok for the budget we had. Not quite as spacious and nice as others we visited.

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
San Bosco Inn
Fortuna

Great location and ambience. Rooms were pretty small and they aren't like your typical luxury hotel but that was part of the ambience and probably along the lines we asked for in our in our desired experience and budget. Great view of Arenal Volcano. Interacted with geckos and frogs while there. Quick walk to city center and restaurants.

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Location
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Cleanliness & Comfort
Bambutel

Rooms were pretty small and they aren't like your typical luxury hotel, more hut-like, but that was part of the ambience and probably along the lines we asked for in our in our desired experience and budget. Kind of a long walk to anything but it's tucked away, so it'd be good if you're looking for that. Could hear howler monkeys often, but didn't see any. Staff sometimes hard to find but they were helpful when you could find them.

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Make it easier to find staff for help
Crowne Plaza Corobici
San José

This was towards the end of our trip and we were basically headed home. Wasn't the same ambience and experience as some of our other hotels during our trip but definitely nicer and more luxurious.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Laguna Lodge
Tortuguero

Great location and ambience. Rooms were pretty small and they aren't like your typical luxury hotel but that was part of the ambience and probably along the lines we asked for in our in our desired experience and budget. Loved the wildlife we were able to see here including a baby turtle emerging from its nest and scrambling to the ocean. Also saw a couple mother turtles laying her eggs up close. Saw frogs, howler monkeys, white faced or capuchin monkeys, iguana, Jesus Christ lizards, alligators, sloth, golden orb spiders, turtles, king fishers, herons, macaws, other rare birds

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Transfer Hotel - Chocolate Rainforest Tour - Hotel
Arenal/La Fortuna
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Chocolate Farm Visit and Workshop
Arenal/La Fortuna
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Arenal Volcano Hike & La Fortuna Waterfall
Arenal/La Fortuna

Our first tour with Canoa Aventura was to hike Arenal 1968 then to the La Fortuna Waterfall including lunch in-between. Arenal 1968 are trails at the base of Volcano Arenal. We had a great tour guide and saw a good deal of plants and wildlife. Our guide would point things out that we would have otherwise overlooked like the Mimosa Fern (youtube it - so cool). The leaf ants were all over the place and fun to watch. La Fortuna waterfall was beautiful. Hard to see in the pictures but our kids had fun interacting with the fish in the swimming area. It was a great way to start our Costa Rica vacation.

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Arenal Volcano - safari float on the Peñas Blancas River
Arenal/La Fortuna

This was our second tour with Canoa Aventura. It was a wonderful chance to see a ton of wildlife. Our guides were very helpful in pointing out animals that we would have otherwise missed. We saw several animals for the first time in the wild during our float including howler monkeys, alligators, spectacled owl, river otter, long nosed bats, snake birds (ahingas), Jesus Christ lizards, and sloth. Also saw many iguana (just not for the first time).

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Tortuguero National Park - Boating
Tortuguero

We headed out early in the morning and it was so peaceful being out in nature and on the water. We got great views of sloth, saw one of the few macaw couples and other rare birds, Jesus Christ lizards, , howler monkeys, and white-faced or capuchin monkeys. At one point our guide took us to a place where a capuchin troop was climbing and playing all around us and very near us.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Snorkeling & Hiking in Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Saw some amazing animals and fish including puffer fish, stingrays, very colorful fish, very large schools of fish, coral, white-face or capuchin monkeys (actually touched one), howler monkeys, sloth, yellow viper, golden orb spiders

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Jaguar Rescue Center
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Not quire as amazing as seeing animals in the wild but at the same time we got to see some animals much closer than ever before and a few we had yet to see. Great guide and overall wonderful experience.

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Puerto Viejo - Zip lining
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

At first nerve racking and then exhilarating.

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Tortuguero Village Guided Visit
Tortuguero

We enjoyed our time at the village. Saw several cool frogs during a nocturnal walk. Were able to see a turtle emerging from its nest and scramble to the sea.

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Local specialist: Randall Jiménez
Randall
Randall Jiménez
Local specialist in San José, Costa Rica | Reviewed on Jan 13, 2023

Hi Brian,

It is so nice to hear from you after your trip to my country last September.

I appreciate the review of your experience with us and it makes me happy that you have felt comfortable along the whole process pre/during the trip and the most important thing, that you have enjoyed your vacation here, we hope the chance to welcome you again in the future.

All the best,
Randall

Good resource to use when planning your trip
Costa Rica | Dec 17 - Dec 28, 2022

Alexandros
Alexandros T.
Greece | Reviewed on Jan 07, 2023

- Planning with Kimkim was very easy. Jessica was great
- Days per destination and activities added were the right ones.
- Biggest miss was hotels. Arenal hotel was great (Lost Iguana). Monteverde hotel was not good (Jaguarundi lodge) as they have a bad section were you have 8 apartments next to each other with bad soundproofing, no heating, faulty windows etc. We decided to stay at another place called Green Tree B&B which was great and actually a great experience. Manuel Antonio hotel... read more

- Planning with Kimkim was very easy. Jessica was great
- Days per destination and activities added were the right ones.
- Biggest miss was hotels. Arenal hotel was great (Lost Iguana). Monteverde hotel was not good (Jaguarundi lodge) as they have a bad section were you have 8 apartments next to each other with bad soundproofing, no heating, faulty windows etc. We decided to stay at another place called Green Tree B&B which was great and actually a great experience. Manuel Antonio hotel was mediocre (Tabulia tree) as the bathroom was smelling, the beds were not great, but we were able to interact with macaws and monkeys at hotel premises. Overall the last two had some of the things mentioned in public comments and reviews so I would double-check next time public reviews.
- Activities overall were great with enough time in between, good guides, good mix etc. Some guides didn't speak as great English, and one of the activities (snorkeling) was a let down. But overall happy with that part.
- In our view Costa Rica is a very nice and safe place to visit that combines nature and wildlife with beach vacations. That said, it has become very expensive and quite touristy especially during the peak season that we visited. Not our best trip, but a good experience.

Hotel Reviews
Lost Iguana Resort and Spa
Fortuna

Great place, right next to nature.

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Park Inn San Jose by Radisson
San José

Solid choice if you are just passing by San Jose. Not great neighbourhood, but if you are there just for a night's sleep is great (beds, staff etc)

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Jaguarundi Lodge
Monteverde

This place is actually a hostel (at least the room we stayed in). Wouldn't recommend

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Tabulia Tree
Manuel Antonio

Ok choice but better options to look for.

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Activity Reviews
Whitewater Rafting on the Balsa River
Arenal/La Fortuna

Desafio is a great company to do this experience. The river is not that scenic, but a good experience to add while at La Fortuna.

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Amazing guide!
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Ecocentro Danaus Nighttime Rainforest Walk
Arenal/La Fortuna

Good place to spot some nocturnal animals

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Great guide!
Arenal Hanging Bridges Guided Walk & EcoTermales Hot Springs & Meal
Arenal/La Fortuna

Must-see at Arenal. Hot Springs were solid.

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Guide didn't speak great English
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Río Celeste & Tenorio Volcano National Park Guided Rainforest Hike
Arenal/La Fortuna

As a park is very nice, but maybe not worth spending a whole day for the experience.

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Great food at the stop the guide made!
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Coffee, Chocolate and Sugar Cane Experience
Monteverde

Quite touristy but other than that a good visit

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a lot of people per vehicle
100% Aventura Zip Line Monteverde
Monteverde

Great experience

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Transport left early and we had to drive there
Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Nature Hike
Manuel Antonio

Very touristic place. You can see cappucin monkeys and some other animals we couldn't see elsewhere. We had to slide between people to make our way.

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Catamaran Adventure from Manuel Antonio with Meal
Manuel Antonio

Great Catamaran ride but very very bad snorkeling.

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Local specialist: Jessica Jennings

This was a great trip that ran very smoothly!...
Costa Rica | Dec 31 - Jan 6, 2023

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Destini K.
Philadelphia, PA | Reviewed on Jan 07, 2023

This was a great trip that ran very smoothly! Any questions or concerns that we had before or during the trip were answered swiftly. Our trip included a lot of traveling around and I was very impressed by how reliable all of our transportation arrangements were. Our drivers were always on time, and were very friendly and considerate. Probably the greatest highlight of our trip was the white water rafting. It was so exciting and fun. Our instructor was very knowledgeable and made sure we were... read more

This was a great trip that ran very smoothly! Any questions or concerns that we had before or during the trip were answered swiftly. Our trip included a lot of traveling around and I was very impressed by how reliable all of our transportation arrangements were. Our drivers were always on time, and were very friendly and considerate. Probably the greatest highlight of our trip was the white water rafting. It was so exciting and fun. Our instructor was very knowledgeable and made sure we were safe out in the water. I enjoyed all of our locations though, and our accommodation in Arenal had a great view of the volcano. It was a bit cloudy most of the time, but when the sky finally cleared up, the view was breathtaking. Our last accommodation in Tamarindo had an ocean view and was only a few feet from the beach. Everyone we met during our trip was so nice and helpful!

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Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort
Tamarindo

Great location! We were a few feet from the beach and the surrounding area had a lot to do. Weather was beautiful the entire time.

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Local specialist: Paulina Gamboa

Our trip was fantastic and memorable! All of ...
Costa Rica | Dec 21 - Dec 30, 2022

Radhika
Radhika R.
Herndon, VA | Reviewed on Jan 06, 2023

Our trip was fantastic and memorable! All of the logistics (with the exception of a few minor mishaps) were well planned and we were able to do all of our activities. Veronica was very attentive and helpful and met our every request. All accommodations (except Pueblo Dorado Surf Hotel which was ok) were fantastic and activities were amazing! The guides who led us in rafting canyoning hiking and zip lining were outstanding and experts who made us feel safe and comfortable. We loved Arenal... read more

Our trip was fantastic and memorable! All of the logistics (with the exception of a few minor mishaps) were well planned and we were able to do all of our activities. Veronica was very attentive and helpful and met our every request. All accommodations (except Pueblo Dorado Surf Hotel which was ok) were fantastic and activities were amazing! The guides who led us in rafting canyoning hiking and zip lining were outstanding and experts who made us feel safe and comfortable. We loved Arenal Paraiso and El Establo and found both accommodations to be excellent. Pueblo Dorado was ok-not quite as nice and had some issues with ants in our room. However all people were very kind and helpful and respectful.
Veronica and team were available 24 hours a day for questions and answers and to provide help. I was nervous using a company to plan the trip and we were very happy with the outcome. Everyone was professional and kind and helpful. Our overall trip was unbelievable and we would recommend Kim Kim band use them again! Pura vida!!

Hotel Reviews
El Establo Mountain Hotel
Monteverde
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Arenal Paraiso Resort & Spa
La Fortuna
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Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, San Jose Aeropuerto, Costa Rica
San José
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Pueblo Dorado Surf Hotel
Camino Principal, Tamarindo

Good location though a bit of a walk to main strip. People extremely helpful and friendly. Cleanliness good bit ants and lizards in room likely due to heat and older rooms with not updated windows. Great breakfast with Eat at Joes!!

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Activity Reviews
Whitewater Rafting on the Pacuare River
Costa Rica
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Carlos was fantastic and very experienced! Kept us safe and was funny too!
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Arenal Volcano Hike & Paradise Hot Springs & Meal
Arenal/La Fortuna
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Canyoning in the Lost Canyon
Arenal/La Fortuna
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Traditional Cooking Class with Dinner
Arenal/La Fortuna
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Change menu away from items already eaten during trip like rice and beans - bring newer items and more diversity. Allow more hands on cooking and provide recipes and more time. Very short class and seemed rushed
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Coffee & Chocolate Tour
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