We had a wonderful trip. Costa Rica is a lovely country. Our travel agent was helpful in designing our trip specifically to our interests and very communicative and responsive to questions before the trip and while we were in Costa Rica. All the transfers and vouchers went off without a hitch. We felt that our trip was reasonably priced. Transportation was reliable and comfortable, and our lodgings at La Fortuna and Playa Hermosa were incredible.
We loved the day with at Sky Park in La Fortuna. The zip lining was fantastic and it was obvious that our safety was of utmost concern through the professional and fun zip line guides/workers. The nature hike (about 3 hours) was incredible and having a professional naturalist as our guide made all of the difference. We learned so much about the rain forest and saw things we never would have seen without our guide's keen eye and knowledge.
Spend a little more time at Arenal/La Fortuna. We had 2 days there, then 2 days in Monteverde, followed by 4 days at Playa Hermosa. We would swap one of the beach days for another day in La Fortuna.
Also, the catamaran and lunch snorkeling trip I took is basically a booze cruise. While the service on board was good and it was fun to meet other travelers and hang out in the mesh area, where they took us for snorkeling was disappointing. Very few fish, murky water. We had a better day with a local guide/boat the day before at Playa Hermosa. The snorkeling was way better and the guide got into the water with us to show us the sea life.
Although I understand this is the policy of the tour company, I was disappointed that they required a 24 hour cancellation notice. The day before the catamaran trip was calm with no wind and on the morning of the excursion there were high winds. My partner chose not to go due to expected rough waters and issues with seasickness. We did contact our agent and she tried very hard to get us a refund but we could not receive a refund and so could not get reimbursement for the $85 ticket not used. It just seems like a catamaran trip with about 50 tourists on it would have a little more flexibility when the weather was rough with 20-25 mile per hour winds.
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