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“Pure good luck!” 5 of 5 stars
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Costa Rican Tours and Services
Playas del Coco 0505, Costa Rica
760-298-8398
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Owner description: Costa Rican Travel ServicesWe thrive to bring you the True & Authentic meaning of Costa Rica. On our Tours we specialize in the simplistic beauty of all that is surrounding us here in this enchanting country. We started our company is hopes to bring travelers an authentic and unique experience here in Costa Rica. Our vision has lead us to venture into the local hideaways and meet the residence of Costa Rica who offer an abundance of flavors and knowledge to each special day we have planned for our clients. We started this dream 7 years ago out of San Jose, since then we have moved our operations to the province Guanacaste where we enjoy the Liberia international airport, tons of different Beaches and Volcano’s, River’s and jungle. It’s the simple pleasures we forget in our day to day life. We encourage our Guests to revisit "Simplicity" and understand the meaning of "PURA VIDA" simply put it's a pure lifestyle.
Plymouth, Massachusetts
2 reviews
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“Pure good luck!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Because our timeshare couldn't accommodate our schedule for outings, they referred Alex to us. Although initially hesitant to use a private guide, we were thrilled we took the chance! As there were 5 of us, having a private tour was actually cheaper. It was also personalized, flexible, and took us places no other group could- such as a hidden waterfall, traditional breakfast atop a mountain, cooked on an wood fired oven (biggest surprise there were the immaculate modern bathrooms!) and other authentic Costa Rican locations. Alex himself enjoyed showing his country, and spoke with great pride and knowledge of all Costa Rica is and was. He was also a true naturalist, genuinely thrilled with the wildlife sightings (which abounded, due to his knowledge of the countryside) and sharing his excitement with us. And funny! Day after day he would pick us up in the van and off we would go exploring, returning home with our sides hurting from laughing. He shares his opinions openly, and this often led to lively discussions on cultural differences (ask him his views on Santa Claus). For a family of five women, of all different ages, to agree that this was our best time ever, you know it had to be good!

Visited April 2013
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Concord, New Hampshire
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“Amazing Place, People & Trips!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

My fiance (now husband!) and I traveled down to Costa Rica about two weeks ago to have a simple wedding ceremony & honeymoon, just the two of us. We found Costa Rican Tours and Services online and thought that their philosophy in traveling and living Pura Vida as well as their trip options were a perfect match. We worked with Meghan the whole way and it was a breeze! She answered our million questions, made sure that our ceremony was just what we had been looking for (she had wonderful input and helped us make our dream ceremony happen!) and helped us figure out what trips would best suit our personal style...and it was EXACTLY what we were looking for!

We met Meghan at the airport and she brought us to the Pacifico Condos (all arranged by Meghan as we didn't want to stay at any big chain hotel). We highly recommend booking your entire trip through Meghan as the condos were immaculate, the pools were beautiful & refreshing and the security was awesome - at no point in time did we feel as though we were in an area that we were uncertain of or wish that we had chosen to stay at a larger hotel chain. In our package we got a stock of groceries, and it lasted us almost the entire time we were there, we were able to cook breakfast each morning, which was nice especially when you're trying to keep to a budget.

As for the trips - Alex was a awesome tour guide! He amazingly knew every single answer to our many questions and was entertaining as well! We visited the volcanoes and went ziplining we also visited Palo Verde and two beautiful hidden waterfalls. Meghan and Alex are very flexible when it comes to planning as well - we decided on the second day into our trip that we also wanted to do some 4x4 off roading, and so they picked us up the next morning at 8AM and we were off! It was great to be able to just decide to do something and GO as we're a very active couple and wanted to do everything that we could! On our last night we went on the Sunset Snorkeling Cruise - and while it had been stormy that day and the snorkeling was a little rough cause of the waves we still had an awesome time, the sunsets were amazing and we got to see lots of dolphins and some sea turtles as well.

We are beyond happy that we chose to book through Meghan & Alex as we felt the entire time that we were the only couple that they had to tend to. Other people that we spoke to or observed were always in larger groups and it seemed more of a hassle, we even were told by one tourist that it looked like we were having more fun then them..(!) this just showed us how lucky we were to be able to tour privately! Every tour we took was a private tour and we were able to really to focus on what interested us - which is really rare to find unless you are able to navigate the country on your own.

We second what another reviewer said (Michael591) and don't let the fact that there are not hundreds of reviews on this tour company deter you - you will not be disappointed! We invite anyone to asked us questions you may have about this company from a customer perspective as we'd love to spread the word on the wonderful work that Meghan & Alex do each day.

Thank you very much to you, Meghan & Alex, we are speaking so highly of you two and couldn't have asked for a more perfect trip!

Visited June 2013
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“Do not recommend”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013 via mobile

The guide was so pushy all day which made our tour frustrating instead of relaxing. He kept asking us to book more tours and told us we shouldn't be in Costa Rica for relaxation. I do not recommend this company at all if you are looking for a hassle free trip.

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great company! Fantastic excursions! Can't be beat!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Don't be fooled. Even though this company only has a few ratings here, they are all Excellent and believe me, it's true. We just got back from our Costa Rican vacation and had the best time thanks in large part to Costa Rican Tours & Services. Meghan was easy to talk to, helped us select our excursions, and had great communication with us befor our trip. Alex picked us up at our resort and was an excellent guide. He is very knowledgeable and a great conversationalist. Alex was even able to join us for parts of our excursions which was great because he would grab the camera from me and take pictures for us so that I didn't have to lose out on the experience and only get to see it through a lens. We originally booked 2 excursions through this company. The first was the full day Volcano Adventure Package. There is nothing I can say other than Awesome! (Though Alex, I hope you're feeling better after falling off the horse...LOL). The second excursion we booked was the Sunset Cruise and Snorkel. The husband and wife team that lives on and uses their sail boat to take passengers along for a snorkel and gorgeous view of the sunset on the ocean was amazing. This was one of the best boat rides I have been on. Such a great time and a small boat so never more than 8 to 10 passengers on board. After having such a great experience with Alex, we booked the Hidden Waterfall as our final excursion. Beautiful waterfall on a private property. We got there and were alone for a while until a small group of locals came to spend the day. It was literally quite perfect and we were even able to climb and jump off the waterfall several times too. Like I said, I have nothing to complain about this company. Everything was perfect. Thanks again for making this trip that much better.

Visited February 2013
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Monroe, Georgia
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“Costa Rican Tours Delivers Superior Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

Our trip to the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica was an amazing adventure from start to finish thanks to the personalized services delivered by Meghan and Alex of Costa Rican Tours. They took care of all our needs including the transfers from the airport to our condo in Playa del Coco and creating an personalized itinerary for our weeklong vacation. All of our trips were private-just my husband and me-and the vehicle was very comfortable. In addition to having lots of fun, we feel like we gained great insight into the Costa Rican lifestyle and culture thanks to Alex who is a fount of knowledge and very passionate about sharing his love for his country and its natural wonders. We highly recommend using Costa Rican Tours for your vacation; the service and attention to detail is superior!

Visited November 2012
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