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Gate 1 travel

pirateann
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Gate 1 travel

Just returned from a trip to Costa Rica organized by Gate1 Travel.

My trip was truly awesome. My late husband was a cruise ship captain so I had traveled extensively in the Caribbean. The resorts were excellent, their organization of flight, car, check-in at venues were all seamless. Fantastic job. Thank you so much

Enthusiastically

Pirateann

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Nice post...maybe more infomation about the hotels that you stayed will help to take away that add feeling...

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Thanks for your post. We were thinking about using Gate 1 for a trip to Egypt, but I wasn't sure how Gate 1 was.

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We used Gate 1 last June for our unescorted trip and we were also pleased. Normally I like to arrange everything on my own but I couldn't match the combined price for the air and hotels and car rental on my own once we decided to go (about 2 months before) and it was very nice to have the transfer to the hotel for the first night without having any worries since it was dark when we arrived. I was also able to add an additional night in Monteverde because it seemed that the planned one-night stop was too short.

We stayed at the Hotel Balmoral in San Jose for one night at the beginning and end of the trip. The rental car was delivered to us the next morning and then we were on our way to the Tiljari Resort near Arenal. We arranged our excursions there (Safari Float Trip with CanoaAventura and the Liquid Lava tour with DeSafio) through Pure Vida.

Then we went on to Hotel Montana Monteverde with the added night. I certainly recommend adding the extra considering how much there is to see and do and how long the drive takes.

We finished at the Hotel Playa Espadilla in Manuel Antonio.

All the hotels were nice mid-range properties. Everything that had been arranged by Gate 1 went seamlessly .

Grecia, Costa Rica
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I have heard good things about Gate 1, thanks for posting and glad you had fun

Cheers

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We are thinking of taking a very similar trip in July, also through Gate 1, first and last nite at Hotel Balmoral in San Jose, Tilijari resort near Arenal 1 nite, then Villas Eco Arenal 1 nite then hotel monteverde 2 nites (then back to San Jose).

Can you give us any tips on the hotels, hidden costs, car rental surcharge? how you booked the excursions (i don't see those on the website) etc?? Special things to see or not to? I see that some people managed to get $600 a person prices but it seems like it will cost at least $800 a person ....many departure dates are listed and the prices vary significantly. thanks, it's our first visit

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Tilajari is about 35 minutes from La Fortuna...by car!

Balmoral in the good old days was a nice hotel...located at Central Avenue...

To bad but I have no idea where Villas Eco Arenal are located...never heard anything about them good or bad!

roadadv isor

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Pirateann: can you give us some more details about your trip? How long were you here, what did you do, where did you stay - this kind of thing. How did you get from place to place? Thanks.

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We just returned from a 6-night Fly-and-drive to Costa Rica arranged by Gate 1 Travel and couldn't have been more satisfied. We couldn't have matched the price for flights, rental car, and hotels on our own. We stayed in San Jose at Casa Conde on the first and last nights, Tilajari Resort outside La Fortuna (Arenal) for two nights, and Hotel Montana in Santa Elena (Monteverde) for two nights. (I've posted reviews on these hotels separately.) Accommodations and breakfasts were great at all three. In retrospect, it probably would have been better to stay at an airport hotel on the first and last nights as Casa Conde is about 20-30 minutes from the airport through busy traffic. We arrived after dark and it is not especially easy to find. A GPS is absolutely mandatory as there is no real address system in Costa Rica. We chose to download CR maps for our Garmin, but Adobe rental car also offers GPS rental. The staff at Adobe were very helpful and waited patiently while our GPS located the satellites. The roads in CR are just as we had been warned -- very rough and slow travel -- but that was part of the adventure. We found other drivers to be courteous and never felt insecure. We had pre-scheduled the Selvatura Hanging Bridges tour in Monteverde, a fun hike through the canopy in the rain. We also enjoyed the wonderful Butterfly Conservatory near Arenal, hiking in Volcano Arenal National Park, and the Don Juan coffee tour in Monteverde. We loved spotting the exotic wildlife -- howling monkeys, capuchin monkeys, coatimundis, birds, and butterflies. Missed seeing a sloth, so we'll have to return. On the return trip from Santa Elena to San Jose, we decided to see the beach at Puntarenas which we don't recommend, especially on a Sunday afternoon. We would have done better to spend a few more hours in Monteverde. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire trip with the exception of missing our Delta connection in Atlanta and spending an unexpected extra night. We hope to return again.

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