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Brittany McNamara

I love how travel affords us the opportunity to encounter and discover wildlife, unique cultures, uncommon destinations, and the overall joys of traveling and having new experiences. I also believe that through travel, we can have a positive impact on the planet and local communities simply by incorporating sustainable practices and utilizing travel providers who make an effort to give back.

How did you get involved in travel?

"I'm an explorer at heart. I've always been curious and crave to understand everything and anything. Naturally, those qualities drew me to travel, where I could connect with other cultures, have insider access through relationships and activities, and experience as much as possible that the world has to offer.

As cliché as it sounds, those experiences have shaped my lifestyle, personality, and my perception and understanding of the world. So my goal is to provide others with the opportunity to explore and discover the world and, potentially, themselves. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Patagonia was at the top of my bucket list for many years, so it was truly a dream come true for me to explore this untamed, wild, and remote land for a month in late 2018. The entire trip was incredible - from seeing southern right whales and their newborn calves breaching, to jumping into glacial lakes, and sipping yerba maté with gauchos after horseback riding.

But one experience that particularly stands out was when we were hiking in El Chaltén to Laguna Torre (Torre lake). About three miles into our nearly 12-mile hike, it started snowing. It was really coming down and covering the ground enough that we could barely make out the trail. We decided to wait a few minutes to see if it was just a squall that would quickly blow through, but it just kept snowing.

We went back and forth over and over again about what we should do, turning back twice. Finally, we decided to risk it and continue on our hike.

Thankfully the snow eventually let up, and once we reached the lake, we were afforded the most incredible views of the jagged peaks of Cerro Torre and the surrounding mountains, as well as the glacial lake filled with floating icebergs. We could even hear the crack and rumble of the glacier calving in the distance. To make it even better, we had the entire place to ourselves. If we had turned around, we never would've had such a special moment!"

The coast in Puerto Viejo
Explore Wetlands & Caribbean Beaches - 6 Days

Boating, hiking, snorkeling, cycling—all outdoor activities await travelers on this family-friendly 6-day tour around Costa Rica's beaches and wetlands. Beginning and ending in San José, and you'll get to know the historic city on a walking tour before heading into the wilderness of Tortuguero National Park for a nighttime wildlife hike and a boat trip along jungle canals. Spot monkeys in the wild and baby turtles on the sand before continuing onto a snorkeling excursion in Cahuita National Park and the stunning black, golden, and white sand beaches around Puerto Viejo.

Ziplining in Monteverde
Monteverde Ziplining—Ultimate Guide to Selecting the Best Option for You

As the birthplace of ziplining, Costa Rica's Monteverde region is the prime location to zip through the jungle. With four main ziplining companies to recommend, you'll find adventure parks suitable for any traveler, including beginners, families with children, adventure-seekers, and nature lovers. Read on to discover which ziplining adventure park in Monteverde is best for you.

Hot Springs in Arenal/La Fortuna
How to Choose the Best Hot Springs in Arenal / La Fortuna

The Arenal/La Fortuna region in Costa Rica is known for its hot springs. With 12 different thermal pools to choose from, you'll find facilities ideal for romantic getaways, luxury-seekers, backpackers, frugal travelers, families, adventurists, and more. Whether you're looking for peace and relaxation or hot springs with exciting waterslides, our list has them all.

Explore Monteverde's cloud forests from above
Costa Rica Self-Drive Adventure: Monteverde, Tamarindo & Arenal - 10 Days

This 10-day self-drive itinerary takes you off the beaten path to discover Costa Rica's highlights at your own pace. After an evening in San José, embark from the capital and drive north to explore the cloud forests of Monteverde by zip-line. Journey west to the Pacific coast and the surf village of Tamarindo for sea kayaking and wildlife spotting, then make your way inland to La Fortuna. Here you'll explore the lush landscapes of Arenal Volcano National Park, hike the brilliant blue Río Celeste, and visit a working coffee plantation.

Costa Rica's Arenal Volcano.
Best of Costa Rica: Arenal, Monteverde & Manuel Antonio - 8 Days

This 8-day trip is ideal for travelers looking to experience Costa Rica's highlights. Go for a dip in Arenal's hot springs and spot monkeys and other wildlife on hikes around the famous volcano. Continue to Monteverde, where you'll discover the remarkable flora and fauna of the cloud forest. Finally, spend a few days in Manuel Antonio National Park, kayaking through turquoise waters and relaxing on pristine white sand beaches.

Manuel Antonio
Explore Costa Rica: Monteverde & Manuel Antonio - 7 Days

With abundant wildlife, a nocturnal nature tour, a visit to the jungle in Manuel Antonio National Park, and time to relax on the beach, this trip captures the essence of Costa Rica's motto: Pura Vida! Starting in San José, you'll travel first to the Monteverde Cloud Forest, where you'll encounter Costa Rica's famed biodiversity. Continue on to Manuel Antonio National Park, where the forest meets the sea, for activities including a sunset catamaran cruise.

Recent trip reviews for Brittany

Ho tel selection was perfect. Best hotel was ...Naraya Springs 5* · Costa Rica - Apr 1 - Apr 8, 2022

Traveler: Alan F. - Local specialist: Brittany McNamara

Hotel selection was perfect. Best hotel was Naraya Springs, Finca Rosa Blanca and Tulemar were a close second. The Belmar was just OK, but, not great. It would be good to suggest to travelers that distances are great and the ride between points is 3-4 hours in less than great vans. Bottom line-allow more time in each stop than we did. Hanging bridges was fantastic but rather arduous for a person with compromised knees or hips. It is not flat walking. Cloud forest would be better if... read more

Hotel selection was perfect. Best hotel was Naraya Springs, Finca Rosa Blanca and Tulemar were a close second. The Belmar was just OK, but, not great. It would be good to suggest to travelers that distances are great and the ride between points is 3-4 hours in less than great vans. Bottom line-allow more time in each stop than we did. Hanging bridges was fantastic but rather arduous for a person with compromised knees or hips. It is not flat walking. Cloud forest would be better if there were clouds, but, there were none on our trip. Tulemar was great with the private beach, very good experience. The sunset cruise was also very pleasant and a good option for a more relaxed excursion. Snorkeling not so great in this area.

Hotel Review

Nayara Springs

Fortuna

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This hotel was fantastic. Everything about it was great. Beautiful setting. Very large room. Private plunge pool and outdoor shower were big plusses. Hotel also provides 24 hour turn free laundry. The included breakfasts were amazing, great food. All of the staff of this property are very customer focused and do a great job.

Tips for future travelers

Stay more than 2 days.

Value

While expensive, it is absolutely worth the money.
Location

Close to the Arenal attractions
Cleanliness & Comfort

Very clean and very comfortable.
Staff

Everyone pleasant.
Authenticity & Character

Set in the jungle and you feel very private.
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Private Sunset View on Boat at Arenal Lake

Arenal/La Fortuna

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Very attentive crew that worked very hard at making this a nice leisurely trip.

Value

Good value.
Transport

Bad AC on bus.
Guides, drivers and staff

They worked really hard at pleasing everyone.
Quality of Experience

As advertised exactly
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Brittany McNamara, kimkim staff, responded to this review:

Thank you for your review, Alan!
Your feedback is important and we rely on hearing from our travelers to ensure we’re doing a great job. We'll definitely take your comments into consideration moving forward.
I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your accommodations, I was certainly jealous of your stay at Nayara Springs and at Finca Rosa Blanca! We hope you'll consider kimkim for planning your future international adventures.
Best,
Brittany

Great Family Trip to Costa Rica · Costa Rica - Mar 12 - Mar 19, 2022

Traveler: Tiffany N. - Local specialist: Brittany McNamara

I can't say enough good things about the people of Costa Rica - they are friendly, happy, and proud of their country. Most spoke English, but were very patient with our Spanish, which my 2 high schoolers had fun practicing. The scenery and wildlife were great and the food was delicious.
Brittany helped us arrange a great trip to Costa Rica where we were able to visit Arenal, Monteverde and Manuel Antonio. In La Fortuna, we got a great view of the Arenal volcano and did a nocturnal walk... read more

I can't say enough good things about the people of Costa Rica - they are friendly, happy, and proud of their country. Most spoke English, but were very patient with our Spanish, which my 2 high schoolers had fun practicing. The scenery and wildlife were great and the food was delicious.
Brittany helped us arrange a great trip to Costa Rica where we were able to visit Arenal, Monteverde and Manuel Antonio. In La Fortuna, we got a great view of the Arenal volcano and did a nocturnal walk to see red eye tree frogs and poison dart frogs. Monteverde was probably a highlight for the family, even though it wasn't cloudy in the cloud forest that we were there. We had a great time on the ziplines. We had a very unique & special dinner for my daughter's birthday at San Lucas TreeTop Dining. It was delicious, yet pricey. My favorite hotel was our stay at La Mariposa in Manuel Antonio where there where monkeys and sloths at the hotel and the view over the water was beautiful. Brittany did a great job of arranging transportation and excursions and was easy to communicate with during the planning. We will definitely be using KimKim services to plan our next international trip.

Hotel Review

Hotel La Mariposa

Manuel Antonio

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The hotel overlooks the ocean and has a great patio that is very relaxing. The staff were very friendly and the food was pretty good. The beds were a little hard for my taste, but the rooms were very nice.

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Sky Adventures Zip Lines

Monteverde

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Our family of 5 (ages 13, 15, 18) had a great time on the ziplines. The guides made you feel very safe and it was exhilarating. There are a few ziplines that you had to ride tandem, but it added to the fun. I definitely would recommend, it was my kids favorite experience of the trip.

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Brittany McNamara, kimkim staff, responded to this review:

Hi Tiffany,
It was a pleasure working with you to plan your family's adventure in Costa Rica! I love that your kids were able to practice their Spanish skills, and that you were able to spot sloths and monkeys during your stay at La Mariposa. The team at kimkim will be happy to help you with your next trip, and if you decide you'd like to return to Costa Rica, I have a few ideas of where you could visit next time!
Best,
Brittany

Krishna

Costa Rica · Costa Rica - Mar 24 - Apr 2, 2022

Traveler: Krishna M. - Local specialist: Brittany McNamara

We had an amazing trip to Costa Rica .We planned the trip with Brittany’s help and she did a wonderful job. The people are very nice in CR. We felt very safe. Our accommodations were top notch - clean and excellent service . read more

We had an amazing trip to Costa Rica .We planned the trip with Brittany’s help and she did a wonderful job. The people are very nice in CR. We felt very safe. Our accommodations were top notch - clean and excellent service .

Hotel Review

Arenal Manoa & Hot Springs

Fortuna

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Absolute paradise

Tips for future travelers

Just enjoy the view and the ambience

Value

You get a bang for the buck
Location

View is fantastic though a little far from the town. .
Cleanliness & Comfort

Clean
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Very friendly
Authenticity & Character

Privacy, facilities, fabulous breakfast and restaurant
Activity Review

Shuttle Transfer with Rafting on the Sarapiqui River En Route

Costa Rica

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Just do it though you better be a strong swimmer and in good health

Brittany was great to work with and was very ... · Costa Rica - Mar 22 - Mar 26, 2022

Traveler: Adriene P. - Local specialist: Brittany McNamara

Brittany was great to work with and was very accommodating while we asked for modifications. It was also great to have her support during the trip! read more

Brittany was great to work with and was very accommodating while we asked for modifications. It was also great to have her support during the trip!

Activity Review

Sloth Observation - Day or Night Tour

Arenal/La Fortuna

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Our guide, Gustavo, was incredible. I’ll never forget this.

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Gustavo was one of the best guides I’ve ever had
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Brittany McNamara, kimkim staff, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for your kind words, Adriene! Happy to have been able to clarify directions during your trip, and I'm glad the sloth tour was a memorable experience for you. We hope you'll reach out to kimkim in the future for assistance with planning your next adventure!
Best,
Brittany

Amazing trip for 2 animal lovers! · Costa Rica - Mar 11 - Mar 20, 2022

Traveler: Natalie N. - Local specialist: Brittany McNamara

We had an absolutely fantastic time in Costa Rica. My daughters (ages 7 and 9) loved everything about the trip. The Arenal, Monteverde, Manual Antonio itinerary was perfect -- we felt like we got to see a lot of biodiversity in a relatively short time. The visit to Proyecto Asis, the animal rehab center, was a highlight for our animal lovers!

It was an absolute pleasure working with Brittany. She crafted an itinerary that worked really well for our family, and once we were on the ground in Costa Rica, everything worked seamlessly.

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Brittany McNamara, kimkim staff, responded to this review:

I'm so happy to hear your daughters loved their trip, Natalie! With so many great wildlife and outdoor experiences available in Costa Rica, I'm glad you were satisfied with the itinerary we put together and enjoyed everything you got to see and do. I hope we can plan a return trip for you and the family when the girls are ready to explore more of what Costa Rica has to offer!
Best,
Brittany

Unforgettable vacay in Costa Rica! · Costa Rica - Feb 14 - Feb 22, 2022

Traveler: Ashvini K. - Local specialist: Brittany McNamara

We travelled to Costa Rica with Kimkim in February this year and it was a trip that will stay with us forever. This was our first international trip in 2 years since the pandemic hit us and we approached it with a fair bit of apprehension. My partner and I knew that we wanted to travel but did not have the bandwidth to research and build a trip of our own given our busy work schedules. Enter Kim Kim! Over the past few weeks....everytime our friends ask us how our trip was, we have one answer... read more

We travelled to Costa Rica with Kimkim in February this year and it was a trip that will stay with us forever. This was our first international trip in 2 years since the pandemic hit us and we approached it with a fair bit of apprehension. My partner and I knew that we wanted to travel but did not have the bandwidth to research and build a trip of our own given our busy work schedules. Enter Kim Kim! Over the past few weeks....everytime our friends ask us how our trip was, we have one answer - We just showed up and it was phenomenal!  I am someone who likes to research and ensure I have a heady mix of different activities combined with time to relax built into my trip. Yenyi and Brittany at KimKim made sure to listen to what I had in mind and worked with me to build a trip that was beautifully tailored to the experience we were seeking and at a budget that was conducive. Given the uncertainties with the pandemic, I will forever be thankful to a team that aims to have the customer at the center of everything they do - they not only helped us schedule and reschedule the trip but also were available for us every step of the way before and during our vacation. Imagine being in a foreign country but knowing you have a person you can reach out to, should you need anything at all - be it suggestions to eat if you are standing in a town square and are unable to make up your mind, or need someone to book you a last minute night hike that you decided to take. That was exactly how our experience was - we showed up and we knew the entire vacay was planned and taken care of. All while ensuring we get to enjoy the country with its local flavour. Right from travel, hotels, experiences, pre-travel covid tests et al. Over the past few weeks, I have been raving about our vacay and our wonderful experience with this team and realized it was only fair to share this review with all of you. Our highlights on the trip: - Hikes in La Fortuna & Monteverde where we saw a ton of wild animals. - The most perfect beach day in Manuel Antonio- Ziplining through the forest canopies in Monteverde - And the hot springs in the Arenal area in La Fortuna

Hotel Review

El Faro Beach Hotel

Manuel Antonio

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They were fantastic and helped us book our pre-travel covid tests. The front desk was so helpful.

Tips for future travelers

It is a very basic hotel and is sufficient if you plan to stay out all day and just crash at night.

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100% Aventura Zip Line Monteverde

Monteverde

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Brittany McNamara, kimkim staff, responded to this review:

Hi Ashvini,
Thank you for taking the time to write a review! We're thrilled you had a wonderful time on your Costa Rica adventure and we're glad we were able to seamlessly reschedule your trip. It was a pleasure helping you plan and book your trip, and we can't wait to help you with another adventure in the future!
Best,
Brittany

Brittany made great suggestions on hotels and... · Costa Rica - Feb 19 - Feb 26, 2022

Traveler: Lydia S. - Local specialist: Brittany McNamara

Brittany made great suggestions on hotels and activities, was quick to make the changes we asked for, guided us through decisions, and went above and beyond to find alternatives when things were already booked due to a very busy travel season. Highlights were the zip line in Monteverde and the nighttime turtle experience with a licensed guide. read more

Brittany made great suggestions on hotels and activities, was quick to make the changes we asked for, guided us through decisions, and went above and beyond to find alternatives when things were already booked due to a very busy travel season. Highlights were the zip line in Monteverde and the nighttime turtle experience with a licensed guide.

Hotel Review

The Coast Beachfront Hotel

Tamarindo

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A lovely and serene hotel off a busy beach, very attentive staff. A highlight was breakfast delivered to the rooms.

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Sky Adventures Zip Lines & Hanging Bridges

Monteverde

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Brittany McNamara, kimkim staff, responded to this review:

Thank you for leaving a review, Lydia!
It was a pleasure working with you and your travel companions, and I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed your trip - particularly the turtle tour and ziplining. Myself and the rest of the kimkim team look forward to assisting with your future worldwide adventures!
Best,
Brittany

Sabrina

Great time in Guanacaste! · Costa Rica - Feb 2 - Feb 9, 2022

Traveler: Sabrina S. - Local specialist: Brittany McNamara

Brittany helped us to plan a great trip to Costa Rica! My friend lives there, but we wanted to make the trip extra special by going on some tours together. We were particularly impressed with our green turtle nesting tour and riverboat and rum experience. The guide (I didn't catch his name) for our turtle nesting tour was very knowledgeable and helped us to spot over 10 turtles! He also helped us to arrange a taxi after the tour.

Our Riverboat and Rum Experience at Hacienda Viejo was... read more

Brittany helped us to plan a great trip to Costa Rica! My friend lives there, but we wanted to make the trip extra special by going on some tours together. We were particularly impressed with our green turtle nesting tour and riverboat and rum experience. The guide (I didn't catch his name) for our turtle nesting tour was very knowledgeable and helped us to spot over 10 turtles! He also helped us to arrange a taxi after the tour.

Our Riverboat and Rum Experience at Hacienda Viejo was extraordinary. Brittany was able to get us last-minute transportation to the hacienda when something came up which was very helpful! Our guide, Minor picked us up and drove us to the Hacienda. Along the way, he pointed out various flora and fauna, and talked about the pura vida way of life. He was not only very knowledgeable but personable as well. It ended up being a private tour and we got to know Minor very well. The grounds of the Hacienda were well kept and all the staff were friendly. After a quick stop for fresh juice and fruit, we made our way to the river. This again was private and there was only one other boat on the river at the same time. We saw various types of birds, monkeys, bats, and crocodiles with the help of Minor.

We then went back to the Hacienda for a delicious and traditional Costa Rican lunch. After it was time for our Rum experience with Roberto, the Rummelier. He was very knowledgeable about the distillery process, and we got to sample sugar cane juice as well as rum. At the end, you can infuse your own rum with a variety of spices or fruits. If you like your infusion, you can infuse a bottle and buy it to bring home. They even create a special label for your bottle to include a name and the date, a nice personal touch.

Overall we were very impressed by our trip and Brittany's responsiveness. We definitely would recommend Minor as your guide for the river cruise. Can't wait to go back!

Activity Reviews

Nighttime Pacific Green Turtle Nesting Experience

Costa Rica

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Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. He helped us to find a taxi for the way back which was really great. We saw lots of turtles!

Transport

Air Conditioned
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Our guide was knowledgeable!
Quality of Experience

Seeing the turtles!

Wetlands Boat Ride and Rum Tasting at Hacienda El Viejo

Costa Rica

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This was our favorite experience of our trip. Our guide Minor was amazing, very knowledgeable as well as personable. He was able to point out all the wildlife and give us information about the ecosystem and interactions of the flora and fauna. The food at Hacienda was fresh and delicious. Before going to the river you can stop for fruit, coffee or juice. The lunch was great as well. All the staff was friendly. The rum experience was also great with Roberto. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. You get to see the process from the sugarcane, to the barrel. You can then infuse your own rum with a variety of spices and fruits. If you like your infusion you can even buy a small bottle to bring home with a personalized label. The Hacienda grounds were clean and beautiful.

Transport

Air-conditioned, comfortable van, No issues with picking us up.
Guides, drivers and staff

Our guide Minor was the best! So knowledgeable, kind, and funny. He went out of his way to make our time great!
Quality of Experience

Beautiful grounds, great guides, and staff, able to see wildlife, private, luxurious
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Brittany McNamara, kimkim staff, responded to this review:

Hi Sabrina,
Thank you for sharing such great details of your experience in Costa Rica! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed all of your tours, and happy we were able to secure the transportation for you at the last minute. I hope we can plan another trip to Costa Rica for you in the future!
-Brittany

Divya

Good Experience, Good Service, but not necessarily great or excellent · Costa Rica - Jan 24 - Jan 31, 2022

Traveler: Divya J. - Local specialist: Brittany McNamara

Normally I book trips myself, but this was our first time using a travel agent, and we had a fun week in Costa Rica. It is a beautiful country with lots to do and see. If anything, I wish that we had more time there. Brittany, our agent, was always friendly and reasonably responsible. She listened to our needs throughout the process. Most of the trip reservations ran smoothly. The only hiccup we had was on the first night. We arrived at 2 am from our flight, super tired. When we came to the... read more

Normally I book trips myself, but this was our first time using a travel agent, and we had a fun week in Costa Rica. It is a beautiful country with lots to do and see. If anything, I wish that we had more time there. Brittany, our agent, was always friendly and reasonably responsible. She listened to our needs throughout the process. Most of the trip reservations ran smoothly. The only hiccup we had was on the first night. We arrived at 2 am from our flight, super tired. When we came to the hotel, they could not find the reservation that KimKim booked through Expedia. They even tried calling Expedia and trying to find it but couldn't find anything. KimKim didn't give me any relevant info to find the reservation besides the unsuccessful confirmation number, and we couldn't get in touch with them since it was the night. Eventually, we had to end up paying for a night directly with the hotel at the counter (which was at a cheaper price than the KimKim booking). KimKim refunded their booking fee. In general, the agents were available to respond within 15-30 minutes of when we had a question or situation.

Besides this booking hiccup, all the other bookings ran smoothly. Everyone that KimKim booked us with were great companies and excellent service. We especially enjoyed Sky Adventures ziplining at Monteverde and the Catamaran Adventure with Tuscanes Tours in Manuel Antonio. Also, the shuttles that they booked us with RideCR between the different locations were always on time and very professional, which I very much appreciated. One note about the transfers, I feel that there could have been more attention to detail by Brittany for when the shuttle times were and when the hotel check-in/check-out were. There were multiple times when the two did not align and so we found ourselves having to figure out what to do in the interim time. Another way to work with this issue would have been to call the hotels for us in advance and let them know of these transportation timings.

One thing that I would have wished for is a breakdown of the costs for lodging and activities. As college students, we were hoping to keep the budget as low as possible. As such, Brittany kept some large blocks of time in the day free to do self-exploration so we didn't have to pay additional upfront costs. On the itinerary, she provided suggestions of what to do, but the transport and entrance fee to those activities were not included. If I had a cost breakdown, I could better understand where to spend and where to splurge. It is also possible that I could have found cheaper rates than the agent if I looked myself. It seems like most of the bookings were done through Expedia, at least for the hotels, which may or may not have been the cheapest rates.

Overall, we had a good experience, but not necessarily a great or excellent one based on the above factors. I appreciated that Brittany was able to connect us with the local companies, but now that we know the good companies to book with, I would book a trip by myself in the future.

Hotel Review

La Fortuna Downtown Boutique Hotel

La Fortuna San Carlos

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Good, no-frills hotel. Good front desk service. I like that all the rooms face the pool. Breakfast in the morning was tasty. The location was great to be able to walk around town or get to La Arenal and the Hot Springs.

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Catamaran Adventure from Manuel Antonio with Snorkeling & Meal

Manuel Antonio

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Staff was very attentive. We love boats so this was a really fun ride. It was great to interact with the other people on the boat as well. Had great food and drinks.

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Ann

Great vacation in Costa Rica · Costa Rica - Dec 29 - Jan 6, 2022

Traveler: Ann S. - Local specialist: Brittany McNamara

Brittany and the Kim Kim team put together a fantastic 9 day trip for me and my son over the New Year holiday with very short notice and reasonably priced. Our accommodations in La Fortunate, Monteverde and Manuel Antonio were beautiful and luxurious. Twice we opted to hang out in our room just to enjoy the beautiful views.

Brittany had set up multiple excursions and guided tours at each of the three destinations. The activities like the sky walk, kayaking and snorkeling were so much fun. We... read more

Brittany and the Kim Kim team put together a fantastic 9 day trip for me and my son over the New Year holiday with very short notice and reasonably priced. Our accommodations in La Fortunate, Monteverde and Manuel Antonio were beautiful and luxurious. Twice we opted to hang out in our room just to enjoy the beautiful views.

Brittany had set up multiple excursions and guided tours at each of the three destinations. The activities like the sky walk, kayaking and snorkeling were so much fun. We really loved everyone of them. The guides on our tours through the rainforest of various parks and on the ocean were so professional and the experience was very educational as well as entertaining. We got a ton of great wildlife photos.

Our entire experience with Kim Kim has been the best and we will definitely use their services in the future. We highly recommend them and we are very picky vacationers.

Thank you Brittany and your team.

Sincerely,

Ann

Hotel Reviews

Casa Luna Hotel & Spa

La Fortuna

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A wonderful hotel. We loved the trail along the river. The food was delicious. Everyone was so nice and friendly. Thank you for a great stay.

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Enjoy your stay. Be adventurous and hike up to La Fortunate waterfall.

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Very kind and friendly
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Beautiful accommodations.

Hotel Costa Verde

Manuel Antonio

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So beautiful. Monkeys everywhere. We just enjoyed watching the view , hanging out at the pool and sipping a cocktail. Easy walk to the beach.

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El Establo Mountain Hotel

Monteverde Costa Rica

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Beautiful views. Another hotel we enjoyed just hanging out in our room watching the views and animals. The restaurant was delicious.

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Activity Reviews

Rio Celeste Day Trip

Arenal/La Fortuna

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Great guid.

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Sky Tram, Sky Trek & Sky Walk & Meal

Arenal/La Fortuna

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Great guide. Great educational experience. The sky walk was a blast.

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Sea Kayaking & Snorkeling at Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio

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We loved it. Awesome to kayak experience as well as snorkeling.

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Brittany McNamara, kimkim staff, responded to this review:

Hi Ann,
Thank you so much for your kind words! I'm happy to hear you and your son had a blast in Costa Rica and the accommodations exceeded your expectations. It was a pleasure helping you and your family, and the kimkim team can't wait to help you plan another amazing adventure in the future!
Best,
- Brittany

The trip was well planned, with a few nuances · Costa Rica - Dec 24 - Jan 1, 2022

Traveler: Elena L. - Local specialist: Brittany McNamara

The trip was well planned, but it would be nice to know in advance which tours were private and which were small group. Also, in terms of our itinerary, it would be better if we had the hot springs visit on the evening that we arrived in La Fortuna rather than the next day when we also had a bunch of tours. That would give us more time to enjoy the resort and provide dinner. The fact that the La Fortuna hotel had no restaurant aside from breakfast was a bit of an issue without a car.... read more

The trip was well planned, but it would be nice to know in advance which tours were private and which were small group. Also, in terms of our itinerary, it would be better if we had the hot springs visit on the evening that we arrived in La Fortuna rather than the next day when we also had a bunch of tours. That would give us more time to enjoy the resort and provide dinner. The fact that the La Fortuna hotel had no restaurant aside from breakfast was a bit of an issue without a car. Thankfully the hotel manager offered us her car so we could get food, but otherwise we had to cross the language barrier to get taxis into town and back. I'd recommend clarifying the hotel's amenities.
Manuel Antonio Park entry rules have changed as well from the information provided in the itinerary. You can now book timed tickets online on the park's website and also get tours there as well. That removes the hassle of going early in the morning to get tickets the day of. Thankfully we checked and booked tickets the day before. There is a cafe in the park as well so no need to pack food.
Otherwise all the guides were good. We especially liked the one in Monteverde cloud forest.

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Igloo Beach Lodge

Manuel Antonio

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Arenal Hanging Bridges & Baldi Hot Springs & Dinner

Arenal/La Fortuna

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The hanging bridges experience was great. The hot springs not so much in the beginning, but better once we figured out the lay of the land.

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Brittany McNamara, kimkim staff, responded to this review:

Thank you for your review, Elena!
Your feedback is important and we rely on hearing from our travelers to ensure we’re doing a great job. We'll definitely take your comments into consideration moving forward.
I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your guides, and how amazing that the hotel staff lent you their car! It was a pleasure helping you plan and book your trip, and I hope to assist you with another Costa Rica adventure in the future!
Best,
Brittany