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Review of Paradise Tours

Paradise Tours
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Unique Personalized Tours since 1991. Combination Day Tours from San Jose and surrounding area hotels to Beaches, Volcanoes, Rainforest, Waterfalls, Canopy Tours, River White Water Rafting, River wildlife criuse in covered motorboat, and much more. Vist opur website at listed above. Call us at our US Tel. listed above. Or email us at address listed above.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We were a group of 5 friends who visited Costa Rica in July 2013 and had 2 days to see and enjoy the country. We wanted to get a good sample of the volcano and the wildlife. However we were not certain about how to do it. That is when we came across the webpage of Mike and his paradisetours. Mike was very nice and kind in putting up with all sort of questions about the details of the trip and several modifications. He did this in spite of the fact that we had a time difference of 11.5 hours!!! Mike not only arranged volcano and wild life, but threw in a view of the Caribbean beach of Tortuguero. He was very knowledgeable about the details. We did coffee plantation, Poas volcano, La Paz and San Fernandino waterfalls, stayed at a guesthouse on the river at Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui and then did a boat trip to Tortuguero the next day. However, a special mention should go to the typical Costa Rican lunch that Mike arranged at the small town of Cinchona on the first day. That was the best food I ever had in Costa Rica. It is a pity that the restaurant is too small to have its own mention in this site. Thank you Mike for arranging it all. I recommend Mike to all without a second thought.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

I must begin by saying that Mike is the best guide I had ever. He is extremely knowledgeable and knows small little things in details. Before we went to Costa Rica he helped tremendously with the planning. We had just two days but Mike made a perfect two days for us. Our trip consisted of Coffee plantation trip, Poas volcano (we got a extremely good view of the crater), then two waterfalls with extremely nice lunch with lots of humming birds and a view of the falls. The first day ended with a nice chocolate making trip. At night Mike arranged a extremely nice accommodation. Next day we went for the Tortuguero trip. We were lucky to see lots of birds, monkeys and also crocodile. We have no words to thank Mike for this help. If you plan a trip to Costa Rica you should not miss him. He himself is an attraction.

Best regards,


Thank Rajat H
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

I've taken lots of tours in my day and I can honestly say that Mike is the best tour guide I've ever had. He is very knowledgeable of Costa Rica, lived there 30 years, and since he's the owner, he can be flexible and customize the tour to your needs. My 10 year old son and I went on a day long tour that included Poas Volcano, Laz Paz waterfall, and a riverboat tour on the Caribbean side of the country. We plan on visiting Costa Rica again and we'll definitely us Paradise Tours again.

Thank Jeff W
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

We (3 adults) just returned from a 5 day trip to Costa Rica. Thanks to Mike from Paradise Tours, this trip was a memorable one for all of us. Mike is an American who has been living in Costa Rica for 33 years, is fluent in both Spanish and English, and is thoroughly familiar with the culture, history, and economics of this beautiful, mountainous country. His extensive knowledge of Costa Rica’s many tourist attractions, combined with his amazing adaptability to the variations in weather across the country, helped us make the most out of our trip here. Mike would make sure, before we set out, that we would arrive at a volcano crater at a time that would not be obstructed by the fog that frequently rolls in. On another day, he had set up a boating trip for us on a particular river closer to the Caribbean side of the country. When he arrived to pick us up at our hotel that morning, he suggested that, because of heavy rain and wind at our chosen destination, it might be a better idea to take a similar trip on a different river on the Pacific side of the country, where the weather was sunny and pleasant. That was an easy choice for us, and we had a great time on a beautiful day. Mike’s adaptability helped us make the most of our short visit – we saw everything that we wanted to see, with door-to-door service at our hotel. As an added bonus, Mike carries a small ice chest in his vehicle, containing bottled water, soda, and fresh fruit, all chilled and much appreciated. The next time we go to Costa Rica, the first call that I make will be to Mike.

Joe C.

Thank Joseph C
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

Just got back from a 1 week trip to Costa Rica. Spent 3 days with Mike as our tour guide and would highly recommend him to others.
I gave him a list of some of the attractions we were interested in, and he helped create the intinerary. He was flexible to rearrange his days based on the weather, which made for better viewing of some weather dependent attractions.
He picked us up at the airport and drove us to our hotel. We took a day trip to the butterfly gardens tour and Sarchi oxcart shops; a day trip to Poas volcano and La Paz Waterfall gardens; and a day trip to the Sarapiqui River with a chocolate making tour at a local nature reserve. The latter 2 days were definitely the best 2 days of our trip.
Mike is a wealth of knowledge about Costa Rica and is willing to answer questions (or give his opinions) on almost any topic you can think of. English is his first language - which is worth mentioning as we struggled a bit on one other day of our trip when the tourguide (through a different company) had a bit of trouble finding the right words in English...
He provides a very personable approach, is patient with young kids and is overall very eager to make your experience in Costa Rica a good one. A much different feel than taking an impersonal bus trip to the tourist attractions...
Prices are fair and his 2 vehicles are well maintained. Would highly recommend him for your trip!

Thank Tim H
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