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Serendipity Adventures was founded in Michigan, USA, 30 years ago and since then we have been dedicated to designing and operating private vacations in Costa Rica. For the last two decades, trip planning, sales, administration, as well as operations, have been run from our main office in Turrialba, Costa Rica.

Serendipity´s core product is our Premium Vacations. These unique trips include adventures that are operated in private mode directly by Serendipity, such as white water rafting, canyoning, mountain biking, hiking, tree climbing, horseback riding, nature floats, and more. On a premium trip, your family or your small self-formed group will enjoy a dedicated professional guide and transportation in 4 WD vehicles that allow us to go off the beaten path.

We also design independent trips in a very personalized way, applying all our knowledge and expertise while carefully planning your itinerary around your specific goals, needs, and preferences. Then, when the time comes to enjoy your Costa Rica vacation, we'll stay on top of all reservations, and we're always just a phone call away if you need any assistance along the way.

Planning a Costa Rica vacation can be difficult and time-consuming if you try to do all the research by yourself. We at Serendipity are dedicated to making it an easy process, and to making sure any plan is tailored to your specific preferences.

Serendipity Adventures is part of the following groups: Costa Rica Travel Agents

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Recent Trip Reviews for Serendipity Adventures

Family adventure:Arenal/La Fortuna, Golf of P...
Costa Rica | Jun 15 - Jun 21, 2024

Vanessa
Vanessa S.
Sunnyvale, CA | Reviewed on Jul 12, 2024
Family adventure:Arenal/La Fortuna, Golf of Papagayo. This was relatively last minute trip with one adult (me) & 2 kids. It was a week filled with zip lining , nature walks, snorkeling and good ol ‘beach time. First time for all 3 of us in Costa Rica and I think we all are a little bit in love. Wilman picked us up from our hotel in San Jose in his nice clean car & drove us to Arenal. Wow what a beautiful place. Hotel room is on the foot of the volcano with our private hot spring. Mistico Park... Read more

Family adventure:Arenal/La Fortuna, Golf of Papagayo. This was relatively last minute trip with one adult (me) & 2 kids. It was a week filled with zip lining , nature walks, snorkeling and good ol ‘beach time. First time for all 3 of us in Costa Rica and I think we all are a little bit in love. Wilman picked us up from our hotel in San Jose in his nice clean car & drove us to Arenal. Wow what a beautiful place. Hotel room is on the foot of the volcano with our private hot spring. Mistico Park hike: so many hanging bridges through pristine jungle: it’s hot, loud and beaming with life: toucans, sloths, all kids of insects. Mundo Aventura zip lining was combination of adrenaline rush and amazement of zipping thought forest canopy. Staff were all so nice to my 9 and 14 yo sons. Night hike at wild frog sanctuary did not disappoint either, but we were really tired at this point:so many tiny frogs, huge spiders, sloth, and snakes. Next day we were picked up by Alex who drive us to Golf of Papagayo with a stop at Danaus eco park and butterfly garden. We saw crocodiles and more rainforest frogs. We arrived late in evening at our beachfront hotel just in time for quick swim before sunset: sun sets at 6: then pitch dark night.(which was amazing to us, boom, lights out) Next day Snorkeling with Pacific coast dive center was probably the top highlight in an action packed week. This was really unforgettable. Last day we enjoyed the beach and pool at Bahia del Sol, which was perfect. Transfer to Liberia airport was with Genaro who took different route:main road was flooded (rainy season). Big thank you, he knows how to navigate those muddy hills. When we could, we tried to eat at Sodas: family run restaurants serving Costa Rican dishes. I can’t really describe how beautiful Costa Rica is without mentioning the immense kindness and warmth of all the people we met during our trip. I feel very grateful I was able to experience this with my two kids. Thanks so much🙏I sincerely hope to be back and see more

Local specialist: Holden Ketchum
Holden
Holden Ketchum
Local specialist in Cartago, Costa Rica | Replied on Jul 12, 2024

Thank you Vanessa for your kind words for our team. We are all happy to hear that you and your sons have created treasured memories here in Costa Rica 🇨🇷
We look forward to working with you again! 🦥🦋🌋
Sincerely
Holden Ketchum
Serendipity Adventures

Family Vacation - La Fortuna, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, Dominical
Costa Rica | Jun 21 - Jul 8, 2024

Lori
Lori C.
Oakley, CA | Reviewed on Jul 10, 2024
We recently had the pleasure of working with Holden and his team to plan a trip to Costa Rica, and we cannot speak highly enough of the experience. From start to finish, Holden provided exceptional service, attention to detail, and a deep knowledge of the destination that made our trip truly unforgettable. First and foremost, Holden took the time to understand our interests and preferences, ensuring that every aspect of our itinerary was tailored to our needs. We had a good idea of where... Read more

We recently had the pleasure of working with Holden and his team to plan a trip to Costa Rica, and we cannot speak highly enough of the experience. From start to finish, Holden provided exceptional service, attention to detail, and a deep knowledge of the destination that made our trip truly unforgettable.

First and foremost, Holden took the time to understand our interests and preferences, ensuring that every aspect of our itinerary was tailored to our needs. We had a good idea of where we wanted to visit and what we wanted to do. However it was Holden’s recommendations of lodging accommodations and activities we had not even thought of that made the trip extra amazing.

Holden and his team’s expertise was evident in the seamless coordination of all our trip arrangements, from accommodations and excursions, to even arranging the rental car to be dropped off and picked up from our hotel. Throughout the planning process, Holden was always available to answer our questions, provide valuable insights, and make adjustments to our itinerary as needed. We had several changes in our itinerary over the few months prior to finalizing our trip, and each time the charges were made without hesitation.

Whether it was recommending the best lodge for hot springs near the volcano, arranging thrilling adventure activities like zip-lining and ocean kayaking, or suggesting serene beaches for relaxation, Holden had us covered. Our group of five included two almost-adult kids and Holden found the perfect accommodations that provided us just the right amount of privacy and togetherness.

We were particularly impressed with the local guides and tour operators they connected us with, who were not only knowledgeable but also passionate about sharing the beauty and culture of Costa Rica.

One highlight of our trip was the personalized wildlife Safari Float tour in La Fortuna, where we had the chance to see an incredible array of animals, including sloths, monkeys, crocodiles, a porcupine and tropical birds. Thanks to Holden’s recommendation, we also enjoyed a top notch hike through the Monteverde Cloudforest and were lucky enough to see not one but two of the elusive Quetzal birds.

While we were in Costa Rica, Holden checked in with us a few times to make sure everything was going well and his colleague, Wellman, reached out multiple times to prepare us for the next day’s adventure.

I wholeheartedly recommend Holden to anyone looking to plan a trip to Costa Rica or any other destination. His personalized service, extensive knowledge, and genuine passion for travel made our adventure extraordinary.

Local specialist: Holden Ketchum
Holden
Holden Ketchum
Local specialist in Cartago, Costa Rica | Replied on Jul 11, 2024
Thank you very much Lori ❤️
I'm so happy to hear that your family had a great time here in Costa Rica 🇨🇷. It was many months of planning and customizing your vacation but it sounds like it all paid off.
That's super exciting that you saw quetzales, they can be so hard to find. A good guide is worth their weight in gold. It's great that you saw so much wildlife on the safari float as well.
Thank you for recognizing the efforts of the entire Serendipity Adventures team. We all worked hard...
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Thank you very much Lori ❤️
I'm so happy to hear that your family had a great time here in Costa Rica 🇨🇷. It was many months of planning and customizing your vacation but it sounds like it all paid off.
That's super exciting that you saw quetzales, they can be so hard to find. A good guide is worth their weight in gold. It's great that you saw so much wildlife on the safari float as well.
Thank you for recognizing the efforts of the entire Serendipity Adventures team. We all worked hard to craft this successful trip for you 🌋🐒🦥🦋
I hope we can work together again in the future!
Thank you
Holden Ketchum
Serendipity Adventures

Book with confidence!
Costa Rica | Jun 30 - Jul 8, 2024

Jason
Jason B.
Ashburn, VA | Reviewed on Jul 09, 2024

Mariano, Socio and everyone were incredibly knowledgeable, kind and enthusiastic! Kimkim and especially Serendipitious Adventures were excellent. Master logisticians. Our trip was seamless and ran like clockwork. Thanks very much! Book with confidence.

Local specialist: Bryan Leon
Bryan
Bryan Leon
Local specialist in Cartago, Costa Rica | Replied on Jul 09, 2024

Hola Jason!

Thank you so much for your kind words!

We're thrilled to hear that you had such a positive experience with Mariano, and our team at Serendipity Adventures. Your feedback means a lot to us, and we're glad everything went seamlessly. We strive to provide the best possible service for our travelers.

Pura Vida!
Bryan Leon,
Serendipity Adventures🌋

Great family vacation
Costa Rica | Jun 15 - Jun 22, 2024

K
Kristina Y.
Seattle, WA | Reviewed on Jun 25, 2024
We had a great time in Costa Rica. The team at Serendipity Adventures was phenomenal. We loved Alex! He was kind, patient, and knowledgeable. Our guide at Manuel Antonio National Park, Andres, was so passionate and enthusiastic. We loved our time with him -- we saw so many animals and had a wonderful time! Our kids loved Selvatura and ziplining. We all loved the wildlife. Our lodging was great, with incredible views of the surrounding wildlife. The staff at Koora were the most kind and... Read more

We had a great time in Costa Rica. The team at Serendipity Adventures was phenomenal. We loved Alex! He was kind, patient, and knowledgeable. Our guide at Manuel Antonio National Park, Andres, was so passionate and enthusiastic. We loved our time with him -- we saw so many animals and had a wonderful time! Our kids loved Selvatura and ziplining. We all loved the wildlife. Our lodging was great, with incredible views of the surrounding wildlife. The staff at Koora were the most kind and attentive team we experienced. Overall, we had a fantastic visit and highly recommend it!

Hotel Reviews
Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa
Fortuna
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Koora Hotel at Monteverde
Monteverde
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
If I could give 6 stars, I would!
Cleanliness & Comfort
La Mariposa Hotel
Manuel Antonio
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Introduction to La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano
Introduction to La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano
Costa Rica
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private: Arenal Volcano & 1968 Reserve Guided Hike
Private: Arenal Volcano & 1968 Reserve Guided Hike
Arenal/La Fortuna
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private Sloth Observation Tour
Private Sloth Observation Tour
Arenal/La Fortuna
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private: Night Walk in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Private: Night Walk in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Monteverde
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
All Day Adventure at Selvatura, including Zipline, Hanging Bridges, and Fauna Exhibitions
All Day Adventure at Selvatura, including Zipline, Hanging Bridges, and Fauna Exhibitions
Costa Rica
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Hike
Private Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Hike
Costa Rica
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Catamaran Adventure from Manuel Antonio
Catamaran Adventure from Manuel Antonio
Costa Rica
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Bryan Leon
Bryan
Bryan Leon
Local specialist in Cartago, Costa Rica | Replied on Jun 25, 2024
Hola Kristina, Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are thrilled to hear that you had a fantastic time in Costa Rica and that our team at Serendipity Adventures exceeded your expectations. We are delighted that Alex and Andres made your experience memorable with their kindness, patience, and enthusiasm. It’s great to hear that you enjoyed the wildlife and activities like ziplining at Selvatura. We're also pleased that you found the lodging and the staff at Koora to be... Read more

Hola Kristina,

Thank you so much for your wonderful review!

We are thrilled to hear that you had a fantastic time in Costa Rica and that our team at Serendipity Adventures exceeded your expectations.

We are delighted that Alex and Andres made your experience memorable with their kindness, patience, and enthusiasm. It’s great to hear that you enjoyed the wildlife and activities like ziplining at Selvatura. We're also pleased that you found the lodging and the staff at Koora to be exceptional.

Your positive feedback means a lot to us, and we are grateful for your recommendation. We hope to welcome you and your family back to Costa Rica for another incredible adventure soon!

Pura Vida,
Bryan Leon,
Serendipity Adventures, Costa Rica🐒

Personal Touch - Serendipity Adventures .
Costa Rica | Jun 9 - Jun 16, 2024

Eric
Eric D.
Kansas City, MO | Reviewed on Jun 25, 2024
Thank you Holden and the rest of the gang from Serendipity Adventures! Me, my wife, my 8 year old, and especially my wildlife loving 10 year old all had an awesome time! First, during the months before finalizing the trip, I appreciated being able to continually customize my itinerary. I sent a lot of messages, questions, late night thoughts, etc, and Holden would immediately answer every message. My goals were to have a week that was half jungle, half beach with a variety of... Read more

Thank you Holden and the rest of the gang from Serendipity Adventures! Me, my wife, my 8 year old, and especially my wildlife loving 10 year old all had an awesome time!

First, during the months before finalizing the trip, I appreciated being able to continually customize my itinerary. I sent a lot of messages, questions, late night thoughts, etc, and Holden would immediately answer every message.

My goals were to have a week that was half jungle, half beach with a variety of activities along the way. I chose La Fortuna and Manuel Antonio, and they worked in all kinds of excursions from hanging bridges, zip lining, a chocolate and coffee making tour, beach time, and lots of wildlife viewing opportunities. They arranged all of the transportation, and everything was spot on punctual.

The two hotels they recommended worked out great. In a single evening at Volcano Lodge I could watch steam rising out of Arenal Volcano, keep an eye on my kids in the pool, soak in thermal springs, and have a fancy dinner all in one comfortable spot. And my stay at Costa Verde included a room and multiple restaurants with beach views, as well as a fun airplane atmosphere that the kids enjoyed.

Also want to give a shout out to Alex from Serendipity Adventures, who picked us up from the airport and drove us all the way to La Fortuna. And several days later he met us again and drove us the five hours to Manuel Antonio. We spent a lot of hours chatting and learning about his country!

Overall, the personal touch made the difference. They even provided their contact info and kept in touch with us for the duration of the trip. I highly recommend them for a family with young kids!

Local specialist: Holden Ketchum
Holden
Holden Ketchum
Local specialist in Cartago, Costa Rica | Replied on Jun 25, 2024

Thank you Eric, I am glad that we were able to provide you and your family with the trip you were hoping for! It sounds like the activities were a hit and I think it's awesome that your 10-year-old challenged himself on the zipline!
I love your description of multitasking at the Volcano Lodge. It sounds ideal for a parent on vacation.
Thank you also for your shout out to Alex. He is as good at entertaining travelers as he is delivering them safely to their destinations.
Thank you
Holden Ketchum
Serendipity Adventures

Self-drive family vacation thru the jungles of North Central CR
Costa Rica | Jun 6 - Jun 14, 2024

Nicole
Nicole W.
Flagami, FL | Reviewed on Jun 16, 2024
Self-driving was an excellent option for our family of 4 to see so much North Central Costa Rica had to offer.
Our family's favorite activity was Tubing the Rio Celeste. Our guides stayed with us to make it fun and safe. They stopped at great spots for swimming and rope swinging. This made it so magical for my kids.
A close second favorite was a cooking class at Maquenque Eco Lodge. We walked through their organic garden selecting our ingredients and then cooked with the chef. Andres was a...
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Self-driving was an excellent option for our family of 4 to see so much North Central Costa Rica had to offer.
Our family's favorite activity was Tubing the Rio Celeste. Our guides stayed with us to make it fun and safe. They stopped at great spots for swimming and rope swinging. This made it so magical for my kids.
A close second favorite was a cooking class at Maquenque Eco Lodge. We walked through their organic garden selecting our ingredients and then cooked with the chef. Andres was a fantastic guide in several of our activities there.
We wanted to see unique animals in nature and a great guide and eco lodge is necessary to achieve this. Our guide Andy at Forest Alive walked us through Monteverde preserve and pointed out amazing flora and fauna, the most exciting moment was watching the male and female Resplendent Quetzal return/leave the nest.
We had delicious food at all our eco lodges. I appreciated the locations that were selected for us because they matched our values and preferences perfectly.
Final Tip: self- drive is safe for families who will use a map app at all times, drive during daytime only, pay close attention to an ever-changing road system, and rent a 4x4 vehicle which is necessary in the mountains.

Hotel Reviews
Maquenque Ecolodge
Boca Tapada

An immersive jungle experience! The staff at Maquenque make an already impressive location become a top-rated experience. Staff are friendly, multilingual, and helpful. They organized a cooking class with a chef. This was our favorite activity here! My kids helped collect scallions, eggs, herbs, corn, cocao pods, and more to use in our meal. The chef and Andres guided us through making yuca mash, patacones, corn tortillas with scrambled eggs, and several recipes from the chocolate we made from grinding the seeds. It was all delicious and we have already made the yuca mash at home. A note: the treehouses are a fantastic experience but keep in mind your temperature inside is the same as outside. For us, the rain and high humidity kept all our clothes wet the whole time. It's a good place to bring quick dry clothes or use the laundry service if you stay a few days.

Authenticity & Character
Unique lodging, staff who truly know their individual crafts
Location
It is fantastic and so unique with the ferry to the island. However it is quite a hike from the airport that may deter some.
Staff
Andres was exceptional for activities. Henry was a fantastic waiter.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Cleanliness was excellent. Beds were comfy. However a stronger fan would have been preferable in the treehouse due to hot temps that made us sweat all night. Also there was a plague of May beetles that dive bombed our food at the restaurant and tried to get into every nook and cranny of our treehouse to get to our light on. Thousands of beetles kept swarming the screen until lights were off.
Casitas Tenorio
Upala, Alajuela

The Casita has everything you can want and need: strong fan kept us comfortable, drying racks are so helpful to dry out wet clothes from rainforest activities, book of local menus and activities, and a great breakfast. Nana was so wonderful to accommodate allergy food needs. She is gluten-free herself and had an array of recipes options for pancakes day with homemade jam, juices, and honey. The trail on the property was also a nice family activity. We even had a sloth living in the tree in front of our Casita. So special!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Easy to access in Bijuagua
Staff
Nana was so kind and helpful for food allergy needs
Cleanliness & Comfort
The strong fans and drying racks were so appreciated and I hadn't thought that would be important until everything was soaked from rainforest activities
Los Pinos - Cabañas & Jardines
Monteverde Costa Rica

We loved this Casita! It had everything we needed for our family of 4 to stay and cook. The kitchen allowed us to visit a supermercado and cook our own meals. My kids loved having their own rooms and bathrooms after several days of being in the same car and room at other lodging. The property has a nice set of trails and a little playground for kids. It is located close to everything you want in Monteverde. The staff was helpful when we locked ourselves out of our room (twice!).

Authenticity & Character
Location
Everything is close by
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Poas Volcano Lodge
Vara Blanca

This is a hidden gem! The hotel is fancy and sparkling clean. The food is delicious and staff is wonderful. There is a game room which is great for families to have down time outside of the room if weather is wet and cold outside. I hear the view is amazing but we had fog and rain that prevented a view. The space heaters in the room helped us dry our boots. The fireplaces in the library and restaurant kept us warm. My husband and I hope to return.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Bryan Leon
Bryan
Bryan Leon
Local specialist in Cartago, Costa Rica | Replied on Jun 17, 2024

Hola Nicole!

Thank you for the wonderful review!

We're thrilled to hear that self-driving allowed your family to explore so much of Costa Rica. It sounds like you had amazing experiences tubing the Rio Celeste, cooking at Maquenque Eco Lodge, and exploring Monteverde.

We're glad the eco lodges matched your preferences and that you enjoyed the delicious food. Your tips for a safe trip are very helpful. Thank you again for sharing your experience!

Have a great day!
Bryan Leon,
Serendipity Adventures 🦀

Perfect, Seamless Vacation in Costa Rica with Two Young Girls
Costa Rica | May 31 - Jun 8, 2024

Keely
Keely G.
New York, NY | Reviewed on Jun 10, 2024
The trip was seamless from start to finish with Holden and Wilman’s help. They did a great job listening to my needs traveling as a mom with two little girls and each of our accommodations were outstanding, as were those of any local sights / restaurants to visit. Our tours were exceptional - Mariano was a great guide and very personable. We truly enjoyed the time with him tremendously as well as the pace he set for us, even stopping additionally for ice cream, lunch etc. Alex was also... Read more

The trip was seamless from start to finish with Holden and Wilman’s help. They did a great job listening to my needs traveling as a mom with two little girls and each of our accommodations were outstanding, as were those of any local sights / restaurants to visit. Our tours were exceptional - Mariano was a great guide and very personable. We truly enjoyed the time with him tremendously as well as the pace he set for us, even stopping additionally for ice cream, lunch etc. Alex was also helpful and our guides in Manuel Antonio were fabulous helping us see the wildlife and taking exceptional photos / videos to take with us! Additionally each transfer/driver was punctual and got us to our destination on time.

Hotel Reviews
Arenal Manoa & Hot Springs
Fortuna

Wonderful facility. Staff was warm and welcoming and went out of their way to help us - a staff member even stopped us one morning to show us an injured hummingbird! We enjoyed the low key nature of the resort and lounging in the hot springs each evening before bed.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Great location for tours - only drawback is not within walking distance to offsite restaurants.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Some bug issues but worked them out :) It is Costa Rica after all!
La Mariposa Hotel
Manuel Antonio

Beautiful facility and great location, but the service was sometimes lacking.

Authenticity & Character
Beautifully renovated, incorporating lots of local feel.
Location
Beautiful views, walking distance to beaches, restaurants and markets.
Staff
Mixed experience. The evening restaurant service was amazing, and certain attendants at pool/bar were great. Front desk service was cold and transactional; we also struggled to get the attention of wait staff to order lunch at pool or at bar.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Was beautiful! Would be helpful to have a couple more patio chairs so that a family of more than 2 can sit at once to enjoy the patio. Also needed a few more drawers/hangers.
Activity Reviews
Arenal Mundo Aventura Ride- Zipline + Horseback Ride
Arenal Mundo Aventura Ride- Zipline + Horseback Ride
Arenal/La Fortuna
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Guided Nature Walk in Danaus Eco-Center
Guided Nature Walk in Danaus Eco-Center
Arenal/La Fortuna
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Catamaran Planet Dolphin
Catamaran Planet Dolphin
Costa Rica
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Guided Hike at the Arenal Hanging Bridges
Guided Hike at the Arenal Hanging Bridges
Arenal/La Fortuna
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Hike
Private Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Hike
Costa Rica
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Guided Hike in Arenal Volcano Park 1968
Guided Hike in Arenal Volcano Park 1968
Arenal/La Fortuna
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Holden Ketchum
Holden
Holden Ketchum
Local specialist in Cartago, Costa Rica | Replied on Jun 10, 2024

Thank you Keely for your kind words for all of the people who participated in making your trip a great adventure! I'm glad that the tours and activities we chose for you and your young daughters were exceptional and met your expectations! I know your trip was a long time in the making and I'm very happy to hear that you and your family had a wonderful timecreating memories in Costa Rica!
Thank you
Holden Ketchum
Serendipity Adventures

Amazing Costa Rica Trip - thanks to kimkim and Serendipty Adventures!
Costa Rica | May 30 - Jun 7, 2024

A
Avantika S.
San Jose, CA | Reviewed on Jun 09, 2024
We used kimkim to book a trip to Costa Rica (on a recommendation from a neighbor) and from the start to finish, it has been a wonderful experience! Holden was the local specialist from Serendipity Adventures who worked with us to come up with a high level itinerary and activities to do based on our interests, kids’ ages and his recommendations. I appreciate how flexible he was to make changes and adjust the itinerary/exercises when we changed our mind :) He was always around to answer any... Read more

We used kimkim to book a trip to Costa Rica (on a recommendation from a neighbor) and from the start to finish, it has been a wonderful experience! Holden was the local specialist from Serendipity Adventures who worked with us to come up with a high level itinerary and activities to do based on our interests, kids’ ages and his recommendations. I appreciate how flexible he was to make changes and adjust the itinerary/exercises when we changed our mind :) He was always around to answer any questions/concerns around the trip (for example: self drive vs. using private pickup/drop-offs), giving us all the options and impacts on time, cost, etc. Once we had confirmed the itinerary and the place tickets and made the payments, we were introduced to the Operations team of Wilman and Nancy from Serendipity Adventures. I was really impressed on how they were always accessible and available to answer questions, to give us gentle reminders, offer preparation tips and be the go-to support for the trip.

Our trip started with a hiccup when our flights had to be changed the day-of travel but just letting Wilman know the new flight details was all it took to ensure that our arrival in Costa Rica was smooth, without any more bumps. He and his team also helped to work with one of the hotels when we had some room issues and made the whole situation so smooth and less stressful. Wilman used to check in often to ensure that things were on track, communicate if a pick up was running late, gave reminders about upcoming activities or to request early breakfast! Really thankful to him and his team!

The hike guides (Mariano, Alex, Andres) and car drivers (Mariano, Alex) - were just great and really fun to talk with! We learned so much about the new country, its ways, the food and the amazing biodiversity with each of these individuals who enriched our experience, and ensured that we were safe, comfortable and had fun! All the activities that were organized with Holden’s help - the zip-lining, forest night tours, kayaking were great and thankfully the weather cooperated all along!

Thanks so much kimkim and Serendipity Adventures for this wonderful trip! Pura vida!

Hotel Reviews
Arenal Manoa & Hot Springs
Fortuna
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
El Establo Mountain Hotel
Monteverde
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Costa Verde
Manuel Antonio
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
The bathroom of our room looked like in need of an upgrade because of a broken toilet.
Activity Reviews
Guided Hike at the Arenal Hanging Bridges
Guided Hike at the Arenal Hanging Bridges
Arenal/La Fortuna
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Big Arenal Mundo Aventura Zipline + Tractor
Big Arenal Mundo Aventura Zipline + Tractor
Arenal/La Fortuna
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Rio Celeste & Tenorio Volcano Private Hike
Rio Celeste & Tenorio Volcano Private Hike
Bijagua / Rio Celeste
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Hike
Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Hike
Manuel Antonio
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Introduction to La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano
Introduction to La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano
Costa Rica
Sukia Nighttime Nature Walk
Sukia Nighttime Nature Walk
Manuel Antonio
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Monteverde Cloud Forest Guided Hike
Monteverde Cloud Forest Guided Hike
Monteverde
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Ocean Kayaking & Snorkeling
Ocean Kayaking & Snorkeling
Manuel Antonio
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Holden Ketchum
Holden
Holden Ketchum
Local specialist in Cartago, Costa Rica | Replied on Jun 10, 2024
Hello Avantika, please give our thanks to the neighbor who recommended us. I'm excited to hear that your trip was a great success and that the diligent work of our team at Serendipity Adventures created an amazing adventure for you and your family in Costa Rica. I'm glad to hear that our Operations Team was able to help you every step of the way to make sure everything was fluid and seamless as we met not only your expectations but even our own standards of excellence. It's good to hear... Read more

Hello Avantika, please give our thanks to the neighbor who recommended us. I'm excited to hear that your trip was a great success and that the diligent work of our team at Serendipity Adventures created an amazing adventure for you and your family in Costa Rica. I'm glad to hear that our Operations Team was able to help you every step of the way to make sure everything was fluid and seamless as we met not only your expectations but even our own standards of excellence.

It's good to hear that our guides provided you with excellent tours including safety, conversation, and information about every location you visited. I hope you return to California with wonderful family memories or your trip to Costa Rica!

Thank you
Holden Ketchum
Serendipity Adventures

Wonderful Trip
Costa Rica | May 18 - May 25, 2024

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Anne A.
Arlington, VA | Reviewed on May 26, 2024
We had a wonderful trip to Costa Rica! Serendipity did a great job with all our logistics and our contact Wilman kept on top of everything. It felt like we had a team supporting us throughout the trip. All our hotels were fantastic, the staff were so accommodating, and our trips were exactly what we wanted. We especially loved our tour of Manuel Antonio National Park, and our guide Andres Chaves Rojas was amazing. Overall we had a spectacular trip. Read more

We had a wonderful trip to Costa Rica! Serendipity did a great job with all our logistics and our contact Wilman kept on top of everything. It felt like we had a team supporting us throughout the trip. All our hotels were fantastic, the staff were so accommodating, and our trips were exactly what we wanted. We especially loved our tour of Manuel Antonio National Park, and our guide Andres Chaves Rojas was amazing. Overall we had a spectacular trip.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Los Lagos Spa & Resort
Fortuna

Loved the resort. The spas were wonderful, the location was great and the food and service was wonderful. The property was amazing. The room was huge! However the decor was a little cold/sparse for the size of the room.

Authenticity & Character
The spas were wonderful.
Location
Very close to the town and the volcano.
Staff
The staffs at the bar, restaurant, and cleaning were very helpful.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Room was very clean and the facilities were wonderful.
La Mariposa Hotel
Manuel Antonio

The view from this hotel is spectacular! This is a beautiful hotel. Waking up to that beautiful view in the morning, with the birds flying by our porch, monkeys in the trees, and butterfly's everywhere is truly a unique Costa Rica experience.

Authenticity & Character
The whole facility was wonderful and felt truly unique. The pool was very enjoyable, especially on a very hot day.
Location
Very close to other bars and restaurants, although you do need to drive or take a cab to get to the beach. It is not really walkable.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Ficus
Monteverde Costa Rica

Loved our stay at hotel Ficus. Room was very spacious and comfortable. There is no air conditioning, however they did provide fans and the temperature at night was very comfortable.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Walkable to town.
Staff
Loved the staff who were all helpful and nice.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Studio Hotel
San José

This is a unique boutique hotel with great artwork everywhere.

Authenticity & Character
Location
We stayed here to be closer to the airport. There is a city center close by with lots of food options.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Bryan Leon
Bryan
Bryan Leon
Local specialist in Cartago, Costa Rica | Replied on May 26, 2024

Hola Anne,

Thank you for taking the time to leave us this amazing review! It sounds like you had a fantastic trip to Costa Rica!

It's wonderful to hear that the logistics were handled smoothly and you felt well-supported throughout your journey. We're glad the accommodations were excellent, the staff accommodating, and your tours exactly what you wanted.. Overall, it seems like you had a spectacular experience!

We hope you plan a second trip to continue exploring in the future.

Pura Vida!
Bryan Leon,
Serendipity Adventures, Costa Rica 🪲

Awesome trip. Relaxation and Adventure!
Costa Rica | May 11 - May 18, 2024

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Greg W.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on May 20, 2024
I was a skeptic in the beginning, but Holden nailed it. We had an amazing trip. Resorts and activities were exactly what I was looking for. Spent 5 days on the beach and 4 day in the rain forest. Both were spectacular. Can't say enough about Holden and his team of advisors. Never felt alone or confused. Serendipity Adventures was the local specialist that helped plan, organize, and manage our trip. Holden, Nancy, and Wilman were awesome! Thank you!! Read more

I was a skeptic in the beginning, but Holden nailed it. We had an amazing trip. Resorts and activities were exactly what I was looking for. Spent 5 days on the beach and 4 day in the rain forest. Both were spectacular. Can't say enough about Holden and his team of advisors. Never felt alone or confused. Serendipity Adventures was the local specialist that helped plan, organize, and manage our trip. Holden, Nancy, and Wilman were awesome! Thank you!!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Bosque del Mar
Playa Hermosa

Everyone was so helpful and friendly. Super clean and accommodating.

Authenticity & Character
Beautiful beach and secluded rooms.
Location
Close to the airport, but never felt busy or full of people.
Staff
Super helpful and friendly.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean and well maintained property. Good food and drink selection on property.
Arenal Manoa & Hot Springs
Fortuna

I loved this place! It was quiet and easy to feel relaxed and comfortable. Close to all the activities. The views were so amazing. So many birds, animals and beautiful flowers right outside my door.

Authenticity & Character
Hidden away from the business of the cities. Felt like I was in paradise.
Location
So easy to come and go. Parked right outside my room. The drive from Libera was incredible, so much fun.
Staff
Everyone was super nice and took pride in there work and the resort.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Super clean and well maintained resort.
Activity Reviews
Tropical Sunset Sailing Adventure
Tropical Sunset Sailing Adventure
Costa Rica

We had a great time. The weather was just okay, but it was so nice to see the sites and swim in a private bay. Unfortunately no sunset to view that day. Crew was great, always there for questions and conversation.

Introduction to La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano
Introduction to La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano
Costa Rica
Guided Hike in Arenal Volcano Park 1968
Guided Hike in Arenal Volcano Park 1968
Arenal/La Fortuna

It was a great introduction to the area. Our guide was great.

Big Arenal Mundo Aventura Zipline + Tractor
Big Arenal Mundo Aventura Zipline + Tractor
Arenal/La Fortuna

This was a great activity. The views were exceptional. The staff was great and full of fun and information.

Local specialist: Holden Ketchum
Holden
Holden Ketchum
Local specialist in Cartago, Costa Rica | Replied on May 20, 2024

Thank you Greg for your kind words. It was a pleasure working with you to put together the best trip possible. Sorry about the weather! But I'm glad that you enjoyed everything that we worked on together. It was teamwork!