Costa Adventures
Costa Adventures
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Multi-day ToursPrivate ToursNature & Wildlife ToursDay Trips
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
About
Costa Adventures is a boutique, Costa Rica based Tour Operator founded in 1999, offering tailor trips and vacations for discerning travelers. Our company has been awarded as "Top Travel Specialist" by prestigious travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler every year in a row since 2011, and Travel + Leisure included us in its "A-List" of top travel agents. We design and operate vacations to Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua (one country only, or 2-3 countries in the same trip). We offer multi days itineraries with original day tours, experiences on the way from destination to destination, with an exceptionally personalized service, trying to adapt to our guests many requests. We work with 3 to 5* properties (hotels, Eco lodges, villas). Please check us online and contact us with your “wish list” for a dream custom made vacation! We are working close with all the suppliers involved in your trip to guarantee high standards of safety and cleanliness for your family or group!
San Jose, Costa Rica

Awards
Travelers' Choice
2023

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Grant K
Charlotte, NC13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
We reached out to Costa Adventures after we decided to pivot on our honeymoon plans due to COVID restrictions in our original destination at the time. I am an avid traveler and planner myself so I was hesitant to have someone else plan our travel but with COVID unknowns and wedding planning at the same time, I decided this was the best route to go. We heard great things about Costa Rica and the ease of traveling there; however, we wanted to ensure we maximized our visit and Costa Adventures did just that for us.

From responding quickly to (a lot) of questions and changes during the planning process to providing detailed itineraries, packing list and FAQ sheets prior to departure and finally being readily available and communicative during our travel while in the country, Costa Adventures' planning services exceeded our expectations.

We visited multiple areas (Las Catalinas and La Fortuna) of Costa Rica so we needed transfers to and from multiple destinations and for tours. Each and every transfer was punctual, clean and often times like a tour itself with how informative the drivers were.

All tours set up by the Costa Adventures team were excellent and exactly what we anticipated.

Last and most important, the recommended accommodations of Casa Chameleon at Las Catalinas and Nayara Springs were pristine in all facets from level of service to the villas and restaurants and everything in between.

We highly recommend using Costa Adventures for any travel planning needs in Central America!
Written November 28, 2021
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Dear G_K5637, we are so happy you had a great honeymoon! It was a lot of planning with all add-on services and amenities you requested, and you put your vacation in our hands so we had to make it happen "yes or yes". We know that the details are what make the difference between a "nice trip" and a "unique trip", so we aim at planning each service the best way possible (using the best local suppliers as we are based in San Jose, reconfirming each service a day earlier and being available for you for any query/issue). We specialize in family (including multi-generational) vacations, honeymoons and adventure/nature trips. As a luxury and bespoke local tour operator (recommended by Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler and more), we design each single itinerary after carefully listening to our guests’ requests, wish list, budget and limitations. Thank you again for using our services!
Written November 29, 2021
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KC Esch
Indianapolis, IN3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
My wife and I reached out to Costa Adventures for our honeymoon vacation to Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Since we had changed our travel destination, we had to work quickly to organize our 10+ day vacation abroad.

Michael and Pierre did a FANTASTIC job and were beyond punctual in their delivery of itineraries, necessary travel documents, and other relevant information. Not only did they send detailed, organized e-mails, but were also readily available via telephone. This was incredibly helpful as COVID had a lot of variables to follow when entering & leaving Central America.

Our actual travel experience was fantastic. Costa Adventures worked with us to create an itinerary that fit our needs and listed the times of each activity down to the exact minute. All of our transportation between destinations was punctual, reliable, and professional. I would highly recommend a visit to Granada, Nicaragua - it was beautiful!

We are very glad to have found Costa Adventures. Michael is based in Nicaragua and Pierre in Costa Rica, so it was like having a local guiding us throughout both countries! If you are planning on visiting Central America, I wouldn't recommend any other travel agency for making your visit efficient, well-planned and enjoyable.
Written August 18, 2021
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Hello Casey E, thank you so much for posting this review! We know how special a honeymoon trip is. We are so happy we were able to deliver the experience you were looking for, and delighted to assist you onsite when you had any question or request of some adjustment in your trip. We know there is nothing like having a local partner, a "friend" during your journey, vs organize all services by your self during these turbulent times where many things on the ground are different from what they were pre pandemic. We wish you the very best for your future and hope to see your friends and family members come our way for a fantastic Costa Rica, Panama or Nicaraguan experience!
Written August 27, 2021
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anho
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We had an excellent experience with Pierre and his team at Costa Adventures. The logistics for our group of ten were seamless for the entire trip. We were most impressed with how responsive the team was when an issue arose during the trip (as a result of our own mistake). We left our laptop in our island villa and as soon as we notified Costa Adventures, they were able to get in touch with the resort, located the laptop, and sent the laptop via air cargo to our next destination, all within the same day. With the language barrier and various other factors, I think that without Pierre and his team's help, we may have never been able to get back the laptop. We greatly appreciated their help and think that their service was first rate!
Written January 2, 2020
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Partran
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
We just returned from a 17 days trip to Costa Rica. Very good food, very nice people, and wonderful sites to see, how can you not have a wonderful time? At the start of the trip, we missed our flight, Pierre from Costa Adventures managed to rearrange everything so that we did not miss anything on our itinerary. All the places that we stayed were very nice. We felt very safe eating inside the hotel and also eating out, because it seems everyone followed CIVID-19 protocol (mask/hand sanitizing). All of our transfers were always on time. Pierre/Michael team always checked on us every two or three days to see if everything went well. For the excursions, we did have options to wear or not to wear mask, because the group were very small ( from 2 to 6 persons). Most of the time it is only two of us. However, all drivers and guides wore their masks. The crowds are not there, so it is very nice. On our last night at Arena del Mar hotel in Manuel Antonio, one of our PCR test (required for returning to US) they used middle name as the last name, but hotel were able to call the lab and fixed it right away. I would highly recommended Pierre/Michael team from Costa Adventures, they are the best.
Written May 11, 2021
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Hello Partran, thank you so much for posting this review! We were so pleased to help you and your husband on the ground during your trip to Costa Rica (Originally a Costa Rica + Panama Trip, which we had to modify a couple weeks before your arrival as Panama suddenly strenghtened entry requirements due to Covid issues; not a problem with us, we are flexible and adapt when needed!). Thank you again for using our services and we are looking forward to seeing you or friends/family members again in Costa Rica, and organize your Panama trip next year!
Written August 27, 2021
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Grace P
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Pierre and his team curated a fantastic 12 day trip to Costa Rica for our family of 5. He was very accessible during the planning stages and listened well to what we were looking for. The vendors he contracted with to either drive us from point to point, or for various tours and excursions were reliable, very high quality and ensured that we had a great experience. He put together a very detailed itinerary for each day that allows you to know what time you are leaving, what to expect and how to dress. This was super helpful! We started in San Jose, had a few days in MonteVerde and then a lovely boat ride and drive to La Fortuna. From there we spent a few days in Tamarindo. The whole thing was organized for us, with lots of attention to detail and the needs of our family. During our stay we had various questions about laundry and withdrawing money it was great to have someone we could rely on in the country to ask. At the end of our stay Pierre came to meet us with a lovely gift. I would highly recommend Costa Adventures, they take the hassle out of figuring everything out for yourself and provide high quality vendors, hotels and excursions.
Written October 1, 2022
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Inspiration607658
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Pierre and his associates at Costa Adventures provided an enjoyable, well paced and seamlessly executed itinerary for our family, taking into account the wants and desires of both y husband and myself, as well as those of our young adult children. W appreciated the chance to have zoom calls to design and coordinate, and found Pierre very flexible and easy to work with. We began our trip planning weather late for the peak season, but Pierre was somehow able to secure excellent hotels for the dates we requested. Along the way I made several activity changes and asked for a night at an additional resort, and he graciously accommodated us. From beginning to en all the various private land transfers arrived on time, and were comfortable and enjoyable; with drivers that were friendly, competent and attentive to our needs.

Our stays at the Royal Corin, Gaia and Tulemar were all fabulous. Each property was relaxed, but luxurious. All had delicious food and top-notch staff. We enjoyed all our activities, but coming back to such comfortable accommodations each day was a real treat! In the Arenal area, we were lucky enough to view the magnificent volcano (between rain showers), and do two great hikes. The zip lining was a bit of a stretch for Ma and Pa - but definitely memorable! In Manual Antonio the encounters with the diversity of flora and fauna were incredible, and of course the beaches were fantastic. A perfect mix of activity and R+R.

I would whole heartedly recommend Costa Adventures to anyone traveling to the land of Pura Vida
Written March 26, 2023
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Dear Inspiration607658, Thank you so much for posting this review! We are so pleased your family trip was a success, I know you had lots of expectations and we did our best to deliver a great customized itinerary and accommodate the requests of changes. We hope to see your family of friends in Costa Rica, or in Panama for a future trip, a lesser knownn (for now) but another superb place to visit! Muchas gracias,
Written April 12, 2023
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Peter R
Toronto, Canada10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Pierre did a great job organizing for my family of 4 a 2 week trip to Panama City, Boquete, Mount Tortumas, and Bocas Del Toro. He made the process very easy and completely customized our trip as we emailed back and forth. The transportation he arranged went without a hitch and the guide we had one day was excellent. This is the second trip Pierre arranged for me (the first was a terrific trip to Nicaragua) and I would not hesitate to use Costa Adventures again.
Written January 26, 2020
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Dcritch22
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
Words can’t describe what an incredible vacation we had thanks to Pierre and his team. All four of us in our family agree that this was one of the best vacations we have ever been on. The first surprise was being met at the airport ny Pierre in the flesh which was such a pleasant surprise and so kind of him. From there we headed to the city of San Jose where we stayed at the lovely Grana del Oro. Early the next morning the adventure began when we were picked up to head down to the Pecuare River where we boarded our raft to get to the incredible Pecuare Lodge. Hiking, local experiences, spa and more in the most amazing setting on the Pecuare River. The staff could not have been more wonderful and we especially enjoyed the hike with Luis where we visited his mother’s home for a typical homemade Costa Rican lunch. After three restful nights at Pecuare we ventured out to the Pacific side (via an in country flight to Liberia). When we arrived at the Kasiiya Lodge we felt like we were in heaven. We are still talking about what a unique, luxurious, relaxing, beautiful resort this was - unlike anywhere we have ever stayed. We are dreaming of going back. From the setting, to the accommodations to the food to the private beaches it was truly perfection. After 3 nights in paradise at the Kasiiya we sadly said our goodbyes and headed home. One of the main reasons this trip was so wonderful is that Pierre planned everything down to a tee. We did not have to think about anything. Transfers to and from each place were seamless. If we had a question we simply reached out by WhatsApp to Pierre or his team and got an immediate response. We were even able to make changes to our itinerary (cancelled a flight) without any issue at all thanks to his team. The hotels they chose for us were one of a kind and they even planned some special surprises for us at each hotel which were truly appreciated. All in all we loved the trip, loved our experience with Costa Adventures and will absolutely be using them to plan our next trip to Panama!! Mucho Gusto Pierre!!!
Written July 14, 2022
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Dear dcritch22, thank you so much for this extensive review! After you had to postpone your scheduled March 2020 trip for obvious reasons, this was a very well deserved family vacation abroad! We did all we could to make your trip seamless and the most pleasant possible, you take your flight and we take care of all the journey since landing in Costa Rica! Thank you very much again for your confidence in our services, and we hope to work with you and your friends in the near future, either in Costa Rica or Panama. Pura Vida from San Jose!
Written July 27, 2022
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Road16344
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Costa Adventures created a custom itinerary for us to help us learn more about the different areas of Panama. They have terrific knowledge of all the properties where we were booked, and the transportation that they arranged was always punctual and professional.
This was the second time we used their services and they were responsive to questions and concerns. We had to delay our trip for medical reasons and they worked with until we were able to take our trip.
They even checked in with us throughout our trip to make sure things were going well.
Written September 24, 2022
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Malcolm G
London, UK17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Pierre and Michael, thank you once again for a wonderful trip in Nicaragua.

This is the second extensive tour with them, as we had to cancel our trip to Nicaragua last year due to the troubles and switched to Costa Rica.

We were really impressed with the beautiful country and the friendly people. we spent over 3 weeks there and can honestly say never experienced or saw any troubles. We felt totally safe everywhere and the locals were so friendly and helpful.

The food was really good and so cheap compared with Costa Rica, as well as the beer and world famous Flor de Cana rum (the tour of the factory is well worth it).

We stayed overnight at the beginning and end in Managua opposite the Metro Mall, which was very safe. Then we visited Leon, Selva Negra at Matagalpa, Granada, Ometepe and San Juan del sur.

As usual everything went like clockwork and Pierre and Michael constantly checked with us that all was well. The drivers, transport and guides were first class.

Do go and see Nicaragua, they are still suffering with reduced tourism and of course use Costa Adventures.
Written January 15, 2020
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Dear Malcolm G, thank you very much for posting such a great review! We are happy that you could eventually visit Nicaragua this time. It was a pleasure for our team to work with you before and during the trip! Thank you for using our services again, we are proud to receive many repeat travelers like you, either visiting the same country or another country we operate. Best regards.
Written January 20, 2020
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