Grateful for the Costa Rican People
Costa Rica | May 1 - May 6, 2023

Kate R.
Stoneham, MA | Reviewed on May 09, 2023

Josh and I thoroughly enjoyed our travels in Costa Rica from May 1 to May 6. We only wish we could have stayed a bit longer to enjoy everything this beautiful country had to offer. We were extremely grateful for the guidance and wisdom of every single person we met, all of whom were gracious and welcoming. From Sergio. who helped us plan our itinerary and found wonderful hotels to stay in, to Charlotte who helped manage our questions while we were there, we felt secure knowing that we were were in good hands if we needed it. Alex, our driver in Costa Rica, was a wealth of knowledge about flora and fauna all over the country and shared numerous stories with us while we drove from one destination to another. It made the longer drives so much more enjoyable and we learned about Costa Rica from a true native. Kenneth was our guide in Arenal and spotted flora and fauna in trees we would have never seen on our own, and he guided us over hanging bridges and to beautiful waterfalls. Roger was another awesome naturalist who led us around Manuel Antonio and helped us take some beautiful photos of hummingbirds, lizards and sloths!

Hotel Reviews
Amor Arenal
La Fortuna, San Carlos

This place exceeded all of our expectations! Situated in the heart of the rainforest with a private view of the volcano was incredible. The staff were friendly and welcoming too, ready to help in any way needed.

Authenticity & Character
Everything in the room was made of beautiful wood that brought the outside rainforst feel inside, authentically, creating beautiful character.
If you like a little privacy, this is the place, so tucked away, surrounded by thriving rainforest plants.
The staff were extremely helpful and always ready to help. The only very small thing we didn't like was when one staff member tried to upsell us on what to order for dinner one night, which didn't feel authentic.
Cleanliness & Comfort
The entire bedroom, bathroom, deck etc. were sparkling clean and wonderful.
La Vela Boutique Hotel
Manuel Antonio

This hotel was centrally located to the beach, restaurants and Manuel Antonio National Park, which made life much easier. The pool and bar area are a beautiful place to relax and and our room was incredibly spacious. We had an exciting show when capucin, white faced monkeys started swinging from branch to branch around us, four monkeys in all, feasting on the fruits and leaves of the plants in the trees above and around our room. The staff were very friendly and able to answer every question we had!

Authenticity & Character
Location and style make this hotel special and the breakfast is delicious too.
Perfectly situated between the beach and park.
Very friendly and able to answer all of our questions.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Everything was clean and comfortable.
Local specialist: Sergio Bolaños
Sergio Bolaños
Local specialist in Limon, Costa Rica | Replied on May 17, 2023

Thank you for sharing your wonderful review of your travels in Costa Rica, Josh! We're thrilled to hear that you both thoroughly enjoyed your trip and wished you could have stayed longer to fully immerse yourselves in the beauty of the country. Pura Vida!