To dispell the most common travel agency rumor: travel agencies do not make their money by overcharging you, the client. Almost all travel agencies are highly integrated into the tourism industry in a country and make their money from commission contracts with the hotels and tour agencies they book. Think of them as marketing firms for tourism in Costa Rica, the individual companies pay them, not the customer!

 With that in mind, travel agencies are a huge benefit to you because the travel consultant you work with should have a thorough and up-to-date understanding of all the hotels, tours and destinations in the country. They can tell you if trying to fit 3 destinations into a 7-day itinerary can work, and the best way to travel between the destinations to save you time and money. 

The best way to use a travel agency to your advantage is to go into your conversation with an open attitude and remember you are in no way obligated to buy for inquiring!  Then if you like what you hear, remember that you aren't going to be charged extra if you let them do the hard work and coordinate payments to all hotels and tours that you choose. Taking advice from more than one source is always recommendable (that's what trip advisor is for!) so research and then see what a resource of the human form can do for you. It's worth the [TOLL-FREE] call!

As a quick Google search will prove, the web is saturated with Online travel agencies looking to grab your attention. The top two things to look for are 1. if the company is physically located in the country (thus they will have more informed agents) and 2. for safety reasons, make sure they are registered with the ICT (Costa Rican Government Tourism Board) you can find the latest list on the ICT website: . or  Canatur (the Costa Rican National Chamber of Tourism) you can find the latest list on the Canatur website  Here are some of the referenced travel agencies discussed in Trip Advisor and their specialties (consider the most important aspect of vacationing for you, and choose a company that mirrors your values as they specialize in anything from budget travel, luxury vacations, eco-friendly travel and adventure tourism). Let's keep this list growing, if you've had a good experience with a travel agency, vouch for it below or add it to the list.

Costa Rican Vacations 

start date: 1999 
phone: 1-800-606-1860 
affiliations: CANATUR, ICT 
niche: Luxury travel 
comments: located in Costa Rica, personalized itineraries, 100% satisfaction guarantee, 24/7 in-country assistance. Costa Rican Vacations provides full vacation package, including: airport 'Meet & Greet' service, ground transfers with English speaking drivers, accommodations, tours and meals as per individual itinerary.

Tachiz Travel Costa Rica

Start date: 2002. CLICK HERE for a quote.
Phones: 24/7NY (646) 736-7661, FL (305) 851-3673, CA (415) 830-3724, UK: (020) 3239-4850, Costa Rica (506) 2560-0954
E-mail:  - Special groups:
Affiliations: ICT (Costa Rican Tourist Board), Canatur, Acoprot, Friends of National Parks.
Niche: Mid-range to high-end discerning: nature, adventure, romantic, ornithological, family, special interest group & general Vacations to Costa Rica.
Comments: Since 1986, the Costa Rican owners have been dedicated to preserving nature & social peace with memorable tailor-made vacations to Costa Rica. Based in Costa Rica with reliable 24/7 in-country support. (They also offer the Panama & Nicaragua experiences).


Expediciones Tropicales

start date: 1993
phone: Toll Free USA 1-877-281-8515 
e-mail: /
affiliations: CANATUR, I.C.T.
niche: Nature, adventure travel and luxury travel 

comments: Expediciones Tropicales is a consolidated tour operator, incoming travel agency and transportation company with more than 23 years of experience providing high quality services to clients that want to visit Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua. As a Tour Operator it works with most of the incoming travel agencies in Costa Rica, in particular with their FIT services, likewise with large groups, ensuring that travelers consistently have a unique and unforgettable experience.

Costa Rica Tour and Travel

CLICK HERE  for customize your trip
Phone: USA & Canada : 1(786) 398 8653
CR: 001 (506) 2213 5961
Facebook: crtt costa rica tours
Twitter: @CRTAT

Specialist: luxury travel,  students groups, corporative groups.   

Costa Rica Trip Guide 

Start date: 2009 
Phone: 1-888-324-9326 Toll Free USA and Canada 
Niche: Eco-Travel 
Affiliations: CANATUR  
Comments: Costa Rica Trip Guide is a costarican owned company offering sustainable tourism.

Costa Rica Birding Journeys

Start date: 2004 
Phone: 1-970-315-4023  USA and Canada 
Niche: Eco-Travel, Bird watching tours, Photography tours 
Affiliations: AOCR ( ) 
Comments: Costa Rica Birding Journeys is a costarican owned company offering sustainable eco tourism

start date: 2006
phone: 1-877-891-3539
affiliations: ecoism, Global Sustainable Tourism Council, Adventure Travel Trade Association, Sustainable Travel International

niche: Luxury, green travel 

comments: Conde Nast Traveler magazine Top Specialist for Costa Rica since 2006.

Odyssey Tours Costa Rica
start date: 2005
phone: 506 2635 2221

affiliations: CANATUR, ICT, INCOP 

niche: Nature and adventure travel
comments: Costa Rica expert, owned by locals focused on ecologicaly friendly tours

Travel in Paradise Group Tours

start date: April 2004    toll free phone: 1.800.901.0114

affiliations: CANATUR
niche:  adventure travel, family group tours, student trips
comments:  owned by Costa Ricans accommodating to your needs, dedicated professionals to personalized tours, families, student trips and hiking tours.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               


CLICK HERE for customize your trip

Start date: 1997
Phone: +(786) 600 1567 USA
Affiliations: ICT, BBBNiche: Customize Costa Rica Vacation for Family Vacations, Honeymoons, Student Groups, Volunteer Work Groups, Airline Emploees, Travel Agents, Seniors, individuals

Costa Rican Trails
start date: 1989
phone: 1-888-803-3344
affiliations: CANATUR, Better Business Bureau, ICT, ASTA, IGLTA
niche: Nature travel
comments: located in Costa Rica, focus on ecologicaly friendly tours and hotels

Costa Rica Sun Tours
start date: 1988
phone: (506) 2296-7757
affiliations: CANATUR, ICT, Certificate of Sustainable Tourism
niche: Nature travel
comments: has local affiliates in the U.S., Canada and Australia, main agency located in Costa Rica

Vacation City
start date: ?
phone: 1-877-656-2465
e-mail: Web contact form
affiliations: ?
niche: Travel discounts, rental cars
comments: Costa Rica based, broad offerings, lots of last minute specials

Costa Rica Holiday UK
start date: 2003
phone: 0207-193-3930
affiliations: CANATUR
niche: Luxury travel
comments: the only all-Costa Rica travel agency targeting UK and European clients, located in Costa Rica, specializes in personalized packages

Continente Ivantours - Costa Rica + Panama

start date: 2004 
phone: USA and Canada (011506) 2256-5800. Rest of the world: (00506)2256-5800
website: affiliations: CANATUR, ACOPROT, ICT
niche: One Day Tours, Vacation Packages.

comments: Specializing in vacation packages and day tours in Costa Rica and Panama. Personalized vacation packages, combination packages Costa Rica-Panama. Location: Panama City and San José, Costa Rica. 

Nature Vacations
Start date: 2007
Phone: 1-888-280-9734
Website: Costa Rica Nature Vacation
Affiliations: CANATUR, ICT
Niche: Unique travel experiences, off the beaten path destinations
Comments: The travel agency arranges custom packages to 17 remote destinations throughout the country, always emphasizing the romance in travel.

Best Adventures Travel (found them registered with

Contact is Paulo Valerio (Tel: 2253-16-11;  and website:

LatinExplore Costa Rica
Start date: 2007
Phone: 1-888-340-4943
A U.S. Corporation with Service Providers in local countries
Niche: Latinexplore is a Travel Agency that offers online customization of packages.

Tee Times Costa Rica

Start date: 2005
Phone: USA (732) 917-0177
Niche: Tee Times Costa Rica is dedicated 100% to offering discount golf rounds.

Central American Tours
start date: 19972
phone: 1-877 674 4355
affiliations: CANATUR, TTG, ASTA,
niche: family vacations, honeymoons, adventure, groups, private tours

Travel packages, ground transfers and tours for Individuals, Incentives and Charter Groups.n

Costa Rica Experts
Start date: 1987
Phone: 1-800-827-9046
Niche: Luxury, honeymoons, adventure, eco, family, private, nature travel
comments: Customized itineraries, office in San Jose for in-country assistance.

Memorable Costa Rica / Costa Rica Online Travel

Start Date: 2002
Toll Free USA / Canada: (888) 928-3688
Local Office in San Jose: ++ 506-2248-0048
Niches: honeymoons, family vacations, destinations weddings, golf vacations, small groups, adventure travel, luxury vacations.  Customized itineraries, home offices in Washington DC Metro Area, New York City, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Tucan Limo Services.
Start date: 1928 as Chinchilla Enterprises
Phone: ( 506) 8883-9115 Costa Rica, (305) 320-5372 East Coast...(925) 289-2925 West Coast
Niche:  Itineray designers,  great for families, couples, etc. Since 1928, founders of Costa Rica public transportation.

MuchaCostaRica - Affordable Custom Planned Costa Rica Vacations
Expertly custom planned vacations to Costa Rica with attention to detail!
Started in 2008
Phone: from the USA 757-644-5611 / IN Costa Rica: 506-8915-8547

Niche:  Affordable custom planned vacations and tours for couples and families for ALL of Costa Rica, but especially the Osa Peninsula. ALSO now operating Sierpe Outfitters with custom and private tours to Corcovado, Caño Island and the Sierpe Mangroves. 

Travel Costa Rica vacation


For: Families, Groups, Singles, Students,....packages including Hotels, Tours and Transportation.


Gecko Trail Adventures


Gecko Trail Adventures is full service travel agency based in Puerto Viejo, on Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast. 


Pacific Trade Winds

 ~ Phone: 1-866-853-9426
 ~  E-mail: 
 ~  Website:

Affiliations: ICT, CANATUR, Better Business Bureau, CANAECO, ASTA, TIDS

Pacific Trade Winds is an ICT certified travel service located in Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica.  The company specializes in prompt personalized service with acute attention to detail for day trips and multi-day vacations including accommodations, tours and transportation.  

Costa Rica Dream World 
Start date: 2008
Phone: 888-584-9960
Niche: Vacation Planning - Group Travel - Tour Packages

Osa Travel Day Tours Costa Rica 

Started in 2002
Phone: IN Costa Rica: 506 - 50 14 18 18

Eco daily tours to the rainforest, from Drake Bay, Puerto Jimenez, Carate Beach, Osa, Corcovado.

Anywhere Costa Rica

Anywhere Costa Rica has been helping visitors experience Costa Rica since 2006. Open 7 days a week year round.

Website:  Phone: 888-456-3212 
Affiliations: Costa Rica Tourism Board Member (ICT)  Sustainable Tourism Certification, 4 Leaves(CST)  National Chamber of Tourism Member (CANATUR) 
Reviews on TripAdvisor - Reviews on Facebook - Reviews on Website   

Costa Rica Custom Trips

Web Site:
Phone: 970-306-6112 (in the U.S.)
Phone: 2282-4973 (in Costa Rica) 

About: Founded and run by Eliot Greenspan, the author of Frommer's Costa Rica and numerous other guide books, podcasts and other articles about Costa Rica. 

Your Costa Rica Travel up to your wishes. Adventure, Wild life and Nature with comfortable loding. 

Horse Trek Monteverde

start date: 2002
phone: 506-2645-6673 or 2645-5874
e-mail: or desafio@monteverdetours.comwebsite http://www.costaricahorsebackridingva...
niche: horseback riding specialists, horseback riding vacations and horse riding holidays, short horseback tours or multiday horse riding tours, Monteverde and other areas.comments: Owned and operated by a Costa Rican horse specialist who breeds and trains own horses and operates own tours.

Break Central America


In the U.S 916-222-0272

In Costa Rica 506-2479-8151 

Specializing in customized itineraries for groups, couples, families and friends. Take the fear and confusion out of your vacation and leave the work to our team.  Adventure travel or relaxation we listen to your budget, wants and needs.

Latitudes Adventure - Costa Rica

Toll Free – 1.866.735.9115
Local – (506) 2582.1140
Emergency – cell Isaac Garcia – Travel Manager/Partner (506) 6055.6080
Email –
twitter – @CostaRicaFun
Facebook – 

Latitudes Adventure is located in the heart of Costa Rica, should you need anything when you are here.

Biotrans Costa Rica Tours & Transportation


Phone 506-6092-4449   24/7  or 506-2232-6403

Tour Operator since 2005. Founded under the interest of educate all visitors to Costa Rica and their theme is Learning and Discovery.

Gay Costa Rica Travel.

Costa Rica is a great country for your Gay Travel! Gay Costa Rica Deluxe selected the Best & Finest Gay Hotels in Costa Rica.

Visit our web page: or contact for your special deal in Gay Costa Rica.

Costa Rica Travel and Vacations

From Transportation to hotels reservation, Costa Rica Travel Agency offers you the best of Costa Rica.
See amazing tours packages and honeymoon.


CRTTE/Costa Rica Traveling Experts

Costa Rica CRTTE designing Family Vacations, Honeymoons Adventures, Educational Eco Tours and Adventure travel programs since 2005. This website offers general information about Costa Rica, sample travel itineraries to Costa Rica and about the company, Costa Rica Tours is the Eco Nature Leading tour Operator in Costa Rica.

Phone 506-6092-4449   24/7  or 506-2232-6403

Tour Operator since 2005. Founded under the interest of educate all visitors to Costa Rica and their theme is Learning and Discovery.

C.R. Referrals - Costa Rica Vacations Experts

Main Office: 506-2446-5339
24 Hour Trip Suppor
t: 506-8358-8350
: Costa Rica Chamber of Tourism CANATUR, CATUCA
: Customized travel planning for all budgets. Adventure travel, eco vacations, honeymoons, anniversaries, green business meetings
: Offices in Atenas, Costa Rica. Offering 24 hour trip support, Free Travel Planning, 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Helping animal rescue and rehabilitation in Costa Rica & abroad. 


Customized vacation packages, including all the destinations in Costa Rica, both the more touristy as well as those located off the beaten path.



Tel 1800 2557319 


Lost Beach Vacations

Start Date: 2014



Niche: Beachfront Vacations


Rico Tours

Rico Tours offers creative and innovative ideas to make your trip to Costa Rica exciting and memorable. Experienced professionals who provide personalized service, taking care of every detail. The word “Rico” means “Rich” in Spanish. We believe that your travel experience should enrich your life.

Specializing in Costa Rica since 1984. Rico Tours President, Leigh Ann Cloutier, was listed as the Conde Nast top travel specialist for Costa Rica for over a decade.

Phone: 512-418-9321

Toll-Free: 1-800-955-8064



Services include: hotel reservations, transfers, air tickets, tours, car rentals, logisitcal support and various special requirements.

Costa Rica Travel Excellence
Start Date: 1996
Phone: 1-800-253-6591
Niches: eco-tourism trips, wellness breaks, honeymoons, cultural tours and tailored itineraries.
Comments: Thanks to the commitment to excellence, the company is ISO 9001-2008 certified, Sustainable Tourism CST and C-Neutral certified; and Rainforest Alliance verified, which make the company the most trustworthy receptive operator in the country.