Bill Beard's Costa Rica
River Rafting & Tubing • Canyoning & Rappelling Tours • Scuba & Snorkelling • Boat Tours • Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Bill Beard's Costa Rica has been operating scuba diving and adventure tours in Costa Rica since 1970. U.S. Phones 954 453-5044 - 877 853-0538. We assemble packages with or without international & domestic air for scuba diving, whitewater river rafting & tubing, sailing sunset cruises, sport fishing, surfing, soft, moderate & extreme adventure tours, transportation, accommodations and activities throughout the country for individuals, families, groups and honeymoon couples. We offer classes for surfing, scuba diving and training for all our adventure activities. We are happy to customize vacation packages to suit your needs.
Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
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SBurke57
Rochester, NY43 contributions
Mar 2022
Shawn at CDTours, who I highly recommend, established Bill Beards’ Vanessa as our contact and coordinator in Costa Rica. In general, Bill Beards Costa Rica was a great experience – from preplanning, booking tours and SCUBA Diving, Vanessa, Jose, Cerro (sic) and our drivers (I should remember all the names, I am sorry – they were ALL awesome) went above & beyond for fun & informative tours during our stay plus our transfers to and from the airport. The moment our group was picked up at Liberia Airport by Jose, we knew we were in good hands.

As a group we had a Guachipelin Adventure Day included in our trip package. Upon realizing we had some individuals who needed some physical accomodations, we were offered, before we even had to ask, alternatives to some of the more intense adventures – by all accounts, the Tamsin River Safari was excellent for those of us who could not enjoy zip lining & tubing. Diving took up much of our group’s mornings so we could only go on land tours the last two days – well worth the wait with Cerro as our guide both days. If there were any more part day/afternoon tours offered – I would have signed up for them, too!

Michael and crew from Rocket Frog was one of the best operations I have had the pleasure to work with. There is a separate review for Rocket Frog-probably many from our group - but I have CDTours and Bill Beard to thank for these arrangements and for making our stay so fulfilling. Costa Rica is a country and people to fall in love with and we did. My next trip I am determined to have a better grasp of the language – which, while not totally necessary, I believe would have enhanced our experience even more.
Written March 12, 2022
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We are overwhelmed with your fabulous review of your vacation in Costa Rica with us. I can assure you that it was a pleasure. We all love what we do and our goal is for our clients to enjoy their vacation, spread the word for our service and come back again. This is our 52nd year in Costa Rica and we have so many wonderful friends that we have made over the years, we are happy to count you in that group. I will share this with Vanessa, Jose, Michael and Cerro and I can assure you that they will be overjoyed with your review and kind words. Anytime we may be of service in Costa Rica it will be an honor. Thank you, vuelve pronto and PURA VIDA
Written March 14, 2022
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Kristen W
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Sep 2021
My husband and I used Bill Beard's through our travel agent for the whole time we were in Costa Rica for our honeymoon and they were wonderful. We spent 4 nights in Guanacaste where they picked us up from the airport, took us to our hotel, and then also took us and coordinated our excursions throughout the week which included zip lining and snorkel and catamaran cruise. Bill Beard's then drove us from Guanacaste to La Fortuna for four more days where we continued to do more excursions including cooking class with Dona Mara (our favorite), canopy bridges, volcano hot springs, and ATV tour. Their drivers were always on time, incredibly kind, and extremely knowledgeable.

We want to shout out, Diego, who we had the pleasure of having as our guide and driver for three days. He knew so much from biology to agriculture to culture, we learned so much from him and enjoyed every minute with him! Braunny was my in country contact who was always responsive if I had a question and checked in to see how the excursions were going. My husband got sick one day and they completely accommodated us and even took a different route from Guanacaste to La Fortuna that was less windy. We were thoroughly impressed with our experience and would love to revisit Costa Rica and use them again!
Written October 15, 2021
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A wonderful review, thank you. I will certainly copy Diego and Braunny.They will be so happy to see your review and read your compliments. They are both dedicated to making sure our clients are happy and hopefully become a repeat visitor. This is our 51st year of operating in Costa Rica and providing memorable vacations for our travelers. Please let us know when you plan to revisit so we can have the red carpet ready. Thank you again, it was our pleasure to have you visit. PURA VIDA
Written November 10, 2021
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HeideG
8 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
We used Bill Beard’s to plan our trip itinerary in Guanacaste and Arenal/La Fortuna and everything was excellent. From airport pickups to hotel locations to numerous adventurous activities (diving, surfing, whitewater rafting, waterfalls hikes, canyoning, and ziplining) BB’s recommendations and schedule was perfect for an active family of 5. Would highly recommend and would use them again for future trips. All parties were coordinated and showed up according to the agenda. Not 1 hitch in over a week! Made for a fantastic and unforgettable vacation!
Written August 4, 2021
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Thank you for the wonderful review. It made our day. ours is a team effort and we will share it with our team, they will be ecstatic as they love what they do. We are all family people so it is particularly gratifying when we have a family that we can show off Costa Rica and the love we have for our country. Thank you again, stay safe, come back soon "PURA VIDA"
Written September 12, 2021
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TC F
Washington DC, DC119 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
We set up a 10 day trip to Costa Rica through Bill Beard's and it was absolutely perfect. The agent, Fabian, made sure everything was what and how we wanted. He couldn't have planned a better vacation. The accommodations were excellent, the guides were professional, friendly, on-time, and made each excursion memorable. Each day was planned out exactly as we wanted, there were no problems or issues. I would highly recommend using Bell Beard's and ask for Fabian. He will definitely take good care of you.
Written January 9, 2020
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Wonderful way for us to start the new year with such a "Fabulous Vacation" review by you. We do everything we can within our ability to provide the vacation you wish and to know we have succeeded gives us inspiration to do even better. Fabian is great, does a fantastic job and he will be overjoyed to see your review and the recommendation. We can't thank you enough. Please come back to visit soon. "PURA VIDA"
Written January 11, 2020
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Paul L
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Oct 2022 • Couples
We had our first CR trip, Vanessa helped us well set up everything. We spent 5 days 6 nights in 3 locations. Water Rafting, scuba diving, hot spring, Volcano... We still have move activities want to do, for our next trip here! We had private transportation to everywhere we need to. Thanks for Bill Beard's Costa Rica, we enjoyed our vacation, Pura Vida!
Written October 30, 2022
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Wonderful, thank you. We pride ourselves on organizing exactly what our vacationers want to see and enjoy and I am happy we succeeded. Vanessa lives in Costa Rica and has been doing this for almost 30 years and for her it's a labor of love. We are excited you are already planning your next trip and the activities you wish. It will be our pleasure to set up everything for your future memorable vacation. Thank you again, safe travels and PURA VIDA indeed.
Written November 6, 2022
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AWDive
New York21 contributions
May 2013 • Friends
Our dive shop led a trip to Costa Rica in May and we used Bill Beards to do all the planning and booking. Nadine did an amazing job for us. We lead many trips every year through our shop and deal with a lot of different tour groups and Bill Beards definitely exceeded our expectations. Nadine made sure to take care of every single detail for us. We traveled to 2 different hotels, dove with Rocket frog, ate at several different restaurants and did many land activities. It all went as planned with no issues. Our travelers were so happy with every part of our trip. The tour guides for Bill Beards are the best! We had Norberto for our trip and he did everything to make sure we had a great time. If we wanted to see wildlife he did everything in his power to find it for us. For example in La Fortuna we wanted to see a Sloth and he was able to spot one high up in the trees as we drove down a winding rode doing 45 mph. We got out and got some great pictures of him. We even had other tour groups stop to view the sloth with us and their guides kept saying ‘Wow, I can’t believe you were able to spot that sloth.’ Norberto also handled any issues we had with communication and made sure we were happy at all times. We just can’t say enough about this trip and Bill Beards. We based a lot of our planning on suggestions from Nadine and we were so happy with all of the advice she gave us. We pride ourselves on making sure our travelers have the best trip possible and Nadine really helped us make this happen. Bill Beards uses Rocket Frog for their dive operation and we had a great scuba diving experience with them. Again they went out of their way every day to make sure we had great dives and that we were enjoying ourselves. They were always asking what we wanted to do and where we wanted to dive. Nere was our dive master and she was GREAT! We had an amazing week in Costa Rica and we can’t wait to bring another group there using Bill Beards to plan it!
Written July 9, 2013
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How can we ever thank you for such a terrific report except to say thank you, thank you, thank you. A report like yours is a large part of what keeps us motivated and wanting to do more, better. Our guides, instructors, dive masters, reservation agents, naturalist guides, all love what they do and it shows. All of us are constantly checking activities, accommodations, dive boats, dive operators, restaurants and everything else we subject our clients to insure you are getting the best we can find in Costa Rica. It seems just like yesterday but it was 1970 when Bill Beard's starting the first scuba diving and adventure company in Costa Rica and it has been a great ride. The best part has been the thousands of ex-clients that are now our friends. We really appreciate your review.
Written July 10, 2013
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Brian B
Gulf of Papagayo, Costa Rica43 contributions
Feb 2020
We booked this trip through Tripadvisor and found the whole experience to be amazing. Although they did not have transport from our specific hotel, they made arrangements easily for us. Unfortunately we went on a day when the ocean bottom was stirred up, so no snorkeling for us. Oh well that happens. We did however spend time at a secluded beach and explore some caves. It made for a great afternoon any way. The crew on the boat are awesome and come around frequently to make sure you are all good. The BBQ chicken they served was amazing. I highly recommend this trip and if you can spend the evening in Coco Beach after.
Written February 15, 2020
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We are so happy that you enjoyed our sunset, sailing, snorkeling tour and really appreciate the positive review. We agree that the crew is efficient, friendly and attentive. Where else can you spend time on a secluded beach that is only accessible by boat? We also agree that the Bar-B-Que chicken is outstanding as well as the other food and unlimited drinks. A great afternoon for all ages and the gorgeous Pacific Ocean sunsets year around. It doesn't get any better than to be under sail as the sun sets over the Pacific. The colors are breathtaking. Please hurry back and visit us again. PURA VIDA
Written February 17, 2020
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c-m-e97
Portsmouth, NH18 contributions
Apr 2019
We absolutely loved our Snorkel and Sunset Cruise. We were picked up in front of our hotel on time and driven a few miles to Playa del Coco, where we boarded a skiff and then the catamaran. The catamaran was clean and the captains were super friendly. We cruised to the snorkel spot that had a little cave to explore as well. There was plenty of time to snorkel and explore the little island. When we returned to the boat, there was a beautifully prepared lunch for everyone, including homemade chocolate chip cookies! My son said the BBQ chicken was the best he'd had in Costa Rica. The cruise back was perfectly timed to the sunset. Fabulous. A "must do" in Guanacaste. Pura Vida.
Written May 8, 2019
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You are correct, this is a "Must Do" if you are on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. We are so happy that you had such an enjoyable day. I have done this sailing cruise many times and I never tire of taking my kids and grand kids on it. Where else can you see the spinner dolphins riding the bow and playing in the wake while you are under full sail on a 75 foot catamaran. The food is good, drinks are cold and you can fish, snorkel, swim, relax and then see the most gorgeous sunset that you could ever imagine. Watch for the green flash (I have seen it twice) You are correct about the crew, they are wonderful, love their job and it certainly shows. Thank you for taking your time to write and hurry back. "Pura Vida"
Written May 23, 2019
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Brett W
Seminole, TX1 contribution
Jul 2013 • Friends
My wife,myself and two other couples just returned from the Rui Palace in Costa Rica. We had an outstanding time. Weather was perfect. This is our second trip and both times we booked all of our excursions with Bill Beards. In our eyes,they are the best. The guides are great and very knowledgeable of the country. We whitewater rafted on the Tenorio River,did a Catamaran with snorkeling, combo ATV,zip line,spa at Rinco de Vieja and half day fishing trip. Let me tell you- it was all great!!! The only small problem we had was with the fishing. Our 31' boat was late due to a mechanical problem. But, a 37 footer showed up at no extra charge and we had a great day. The first fish we caught was 120 lb sailfish. Caught lots of Maui Maui and black tuna. What a great company to book with. We will again. Pura Vida !!!!
Written July 12, 2013
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Wonderful report, Thank you for the kind words. We agree with you, it's the guides that give you an insight into the country and it's culture. We go to great lengths to have the best guides for our valued clients. We also love the Tenorio having rafted it the first time many years ago before it was open to the public, and Rincon de la Vieja, as you know is a great place to spend the day and the zip line in Kazm Canyon is the most beautiful and exciting in the country. We are so happy for you on your fishing trip, we always try to upgade to something better if possible. Costa Rica has 124 IGFA world's records in her waters and we love that you caught such a large sailfish. Thank you for traveling with us and we look forward to handling your third trip to Costa Rica.
Written July 13, 2013
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TAGS5
Fayetteville, NC14 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
In addition to seeing the wildlife and waterfalls, we were able to experience snorkeling, zip lining, a river boat tour looking at crocs and monkeys and other wildlife and surfing lessons for the brave ones! So much to do in addition to seeing the spectacular sunsets!
Written August 11, 2019
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Wonderful, we are so happy that we were able to show you so much fawn and fauna in this beautiful country of Costa Rica but you will have to come back because we have lots more to show you and other adventure activities to add to you itinerary. We agree the sunsets over the Pacific Ocean are gorgeous, breathtaking and second to none. So, please come back soon. Thank you, warm regards & "PURA VIDA" Bill Beard Costa Rica
Written August 12, 2019
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