Book with Maria
Book with Maria
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8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Book with Maria is a one-stop booking shop for Costa Rica travel and tours. Our staff is 100% local and we work with local drivers, guides, families, teachers, entrepreneurs and entertainers to deliver authentic personalized experiences at fair prices. We book private and group tours, airport shuttles, private transportation, hotels and rentals, Spanish lessons, dining reservations, personal staff, special events and more. Bonfires on the beach? We got you covered. Let us do the work while you enjoy the Pura Vida. Avoid the tourist traps, support local business, and discover the real Costa Rica with Maria.
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MRR
New York City, NY8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Solo
Maria has been the most genuine and helpful person since arriving in Sámara. Coming from the USA and with little local knowledge, Maria went out of her way to help me: from getting me on the best sunset/moonrise cruise around, to recommending some great local accommodations (where I ended up staying), transportation, and services. I sincerely recommend Book with Maria for any and everything during your stay in Samara.
Written February 6, 2021
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eign44
Toronto, Canada37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Family
Maria was very helpful during our stay in Samara, keeping in touch with us via What's App and helping us to book a transfer and taxi rides to and from Carillo. As non-Spanish speakers, I felt much safer getting in a taxi booked by Maria, knowing she'd make sure the driver dropped us off at the right place and came back to pick us up after sundown. She was also super nice about sending us information about daytrips - if we had stayed longer, I'd definitely have booked one with her. Contact Maria via What's App! :)
Written December 20, 2020
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Caroline V
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Friends
Maria was very inviting to my group and I. She immediately asked us if it was our first time in Costa Rica, what we have done before in countries, and what we are looking to do in Costa Rica. She mapped out the many options she had which included horseback riding, mud baths, and a hike into the rain forest. Maria even went out her away to connect us with a COVID19 test for our flight back into the United States.

She connected us with a guide named Luis who was really friendly and warm. He introduced us to genuine Costa Rican food, and his family even taught us how they make coffee. As we drove pass the towns, he knew everyone in Sarama, it truly made it feel like home. I was so impressed by his knowledge and willingness to make our vacation super exciting.

Luis and Maria were definitely two highlights of my vacation. We loved it so much we did not wanna leave! Can’t wait to go and visit those two again.
Written May 24, 2021
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Terry B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
I would like to give a big thank you and strongly recommende Book with María "Your one stop booking shop"
for helping us with our stay in Carrillo!
She went far above and beyond to ensure our trip went as smoothly as possible.
When we showed up at our Airbnb, she helped us order food so we didn't starve on the first night. She helped us with our rental car, booking our kayak tour on the Rio Ora, set up our covid tests and kept in touch with us during our stay. Even when we got stuck in Sámara she made a call and a driver was there within a few minutes. Maria was a big part of our amazing time there and we encourage anyone and everyone who is seeking a trustworthy and professional company to assist them with there booking needs to giver her a call.
Thanks again Maria!
Pura Vida 🤙
Written March 25, 2022
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my dear friend! see you soon for property hunting :)
Written April 18, 2022
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Jerruesha Wilson
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
If you are staying in Samara or the surrounding area and would like a stress free trip filled with amazing tours, book with Maria! She was so helpful, gave great advice and replied within minutes. We booked the horseback riding and it was perfect! She uses local sources and people who are very friendly. The whole experience was priceless and the prices were great! She was also helpful with the Covid test that we needed to fly back. She organized a very legit company to come to our hotel and gave us the test. Got the results in a few hours. Again great agency to use! Thank you thank you thank you! Pura Vida!
Written July 9, 2021
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vickiw152020
London, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
We used Blue Zone to arrange our horse riding and dolphin watching trips...both were amazing and the lady at the kiosk was super useful, easily contactable and was even able to help arrange our transfer to our next location, finding us the best price.

Would massively recommend both trips as well...we were really lucky and got to see whales...it was the best experience!!

Thank you so much blue zone!! You made our stay in Sámara memorable!!
Written January 3, 2020
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nathBXL2013
bruxelles5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Maria organised the tour for me. She is a local young entrepreneur woman and she is very efficient, and super friendly.

The kayak tour was great, with snorkeling and the visit of the island with Javier who is a super guide and who gave us plenty of interesting information.

I really recommend Maria, and Javier for the kayak. You will be in good local and friendly hands.

Maria can really help you with many things, don't hesitate to go and pay her a visit, next to the bus stop
Written January 31, 2020
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vnna
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Maria is fabulous. She is very personable, fun, and friendly, good communication, and available to help with almost any aspect of your trip. I appreciate her honest advice and recommendation when searching for things and making decisions. She is well known around the area and has good knowledge about the intricacies as well as new things in town.

She recommended the nature walking tour with Luis, and I was beyond happy with our experience. A few key differences between Luis and other companies are that Luis has naturalist certifications, he went to school for years studying that, he brings high tech equipment like telescopes for your pleasure, he takes you to a very large private property (that is beautiful!!) with a farm and stunning views, he takes a minimal amount of guests so that the group isn't too loud which would cause birds and wildlife to flee, and he paces the hike so that it is more relaxed with more of a focus on being in nature, taking in the animals and wildlife, rather than getting from start to finish (which I think is how some other tours operate), he also tries to make his walk suitable for all ages and athletic shape. As you can see, Luis is very conscientious and intentional about every aspect of the tour. He is highly knowledgeable and passionate about what he does, and he cares about your involvement and enjoyment. You really are in the best of hands here!!

During our trip, he pointed out fascinating wildlife phenomena, some of which will hold a special place in my heart for awhile. This has been one of my favorite experiences in Samara to date, I am even considering doing it again before my trip ends. If you're going to do a walking tour, do it with Luis. (There really is no other reason not to!) You can do a hike anywhere, but a guide like him isn't as easy to come by.
Written March 7, 2021
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sydneygriffin22
Guerneville, CA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Maria was such a trip-saver for me! She helped me plan complicated and time-sensitive transportation within a few days notice and was so kind and supportive during the process. I felt very taken care of and Maria ensured that every detail of my trip was accounted for. I couldn’t recommend her services highly enough! Thank you, Maria!
Written March 25, 2021
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Alysia D
Calgary, Canada7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Family
We were a family group of 8: 6 adults and 2 young children. We stayed in Playa Samara for 10 days and did daily activities - all of which were recommended by Maria. We ocean kayaked, snorkeled, rode horses, drove ATVs, went whitewater rafting as well as ziplining. All of the activities we did were so much fun for everyone. Maria also organized COVID testing for our group. Our trip certainly wouldn't have been the same without Maria. I would recommend her to all friends and family visiting Samara.
Written February 28, 2022
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