Montezuma, Costa Rica
My family and I have had the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica a few times over the past several years. From the very first visit, we found the country overflows with many wonders of nature. The people of Costa Rica seem to cherish this gift and protect it.
We have visited extensively in the Guanacaste province and love Arenal, Monteverde and Montezuma. When our travels are short, we limit our travels to Montezuma, as it holds a special place in our hearts.
I am dismayed to have read recently about some troubling incidents in Montezuma and read everything I could find about them.
Over the years, we have used many different travel/tour companies in CR. They have various levels of "professionalism", some very high, others little to none. As a tourist, often times you rely on these companies to provide "Adventure" tours....Sportfishing, Zip-lining, Boat transfers, horseback riding, etc. The companies directly provide various services or utilize other providers and then take a portion of the cost (or cut, having directed business their way). That's how it works in CR, as best as I can tell.
And, I have found that the quote, "You can't judge a book by its cover", is NOT appropriate when using a tour company. If they seem to have poor organization, they probably do. If there boats are shoddy looking, they probably are. If there boats don't have life vests on board, they probably are not very safety orientated. If the same horseback riding tour is $10 less than another company's, the beasts of burden suffer the discount. If their guides are less knowledgeable or don't answer your questions, they probably are not interested in giving you your moneys worth.
My family booked tours for a trip to Tortuga Island the last time in Montazuma, but unfortunately, the tour company cancelled the trip. Cancelled the trip because the seas were not safe for travel that day. Other companys made that trip on the same day, seemingly with no regard to the weather or safety of the travelers. What was the motivating factor? You decide.
I am troubled by what I have read about in Montezuma, but I am not concerned. My family is planning a trip there for this Winter. I know who I will use as a tour company in that town, because this company provides CONSISTENT, SUPERIOR service. I am positive this experience/occurrence would never take place with this company. Matter of fact, this company may very well set the "Gold Standard" others could learn from. Do yourself a courtesy and insure your experience is all it should be, shop around and make an informed decision.