Costa Rica -- A Client's Unsolicited Report

Island Dreams is becoming renowned for its service to Costa Rica travelers. In addition to the best diving the country has to offer, we will carefully arrange land touring from a broad array of exciting options. See what this client had to say about a recent trip handled by Island Dreamer agent Claudia Boone. This fellow's review came to us via email...and was totally unsolicted.

Date: Sat, 13 Jun 1998 19:21:56 EDT
Subject: Costa Rica Trip

Dear Claudia:

Just a note to let you know how absolutely fantastic our 25th anniversary trip was to Costa Rica. Villa del Sueno was exactly the type of small, intimate place that Diane and I prefer. The personal service by Carol, Mark, Carla, Caesar and others was genuine. The food was very good, even with Silvia on vacation.

Diving Safaris' had a couple of large groups this week so they were very busy, but that did not hinder their good service to me. I enjoyed their personnel and diving.

Rolando of Eco-Adventures may not be the most famous or largest of tour services, but he is the best I've ever been around for truly 1st class service, attention to details and a great personality. We hit it off really well and we felt like he went out of his way to make our very short 2 days with him as enjoyable as possible. He even came up with a very nice anniversary card for Diane. That was a very nice and unexpected touch. He proved to be trustworthy, reliable and accurate in his commentary and presentation.

Diane and I enjoyed the trek to Fortuna River Waterfalls but fell in love with the Trabacon (sp?) Hot Springs and new Trabacon Resort. We will go back there some day before too long.

The rafting with David of Costa Rica Paddle Sports was exceptional as well. It was just the two of us with David, Jimmy and Tony and they gave us the personal and professional attention we desired plus having a very good biological commentary during the trip. We were pleased that Rolando had us rafting on the Sarapiqui River. It seemed to be very clean. The final night at the Grano de Oro was perfect as well.

Thanks, Claudia and Island Dreams, for such a great job!

By the way, I have referred Carl and Caren Humphreys of Grand Prarie, Texas to you. They were staying at the same hotel in Playa Hermosa with almost the same itinery but were not satisfied at all with their tour arrangements. They were very surprised, as were we, when Rolando showed up the late afternoon prior to our tour to sit down with us and go over arrangments for the next two days. They may call in the future.

In addition, Nancy and William Seales of our small town, Maplesville, have asked for info on you. They both dive, as do their 2 teenage daughters, and are looking for a good, quiet and safe novice destination such as Grand Turk or Bonaire to take their children sometime this summer.

Anyway, thanks again for the good job with Costa Rica. We loved the country. Looking forward to working with you again. Sincerely, Clem Clapp

Here is another unsolicited review. This one refers to the tour services provided by our Costa Rican operator, Guanacaste Adventure. The note is addressed to the companies owner, Rolando Arburola.

From: Dr. Gui Van de Voorde
Date: October 25, 1998
To: Guanacaste Adventure - Liberia, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Dear Rolando:

Thank you so very much for your personalized interest and help in making our dive group's visit to Costa Rica a significant lifetime adventure. Your service is indeed legendary! You acted as an ambassador for your homeland, representing your culture and people. Your personalized service helped our group to feel safe and welcome. We very much appreciated the friendliness and helpfulness of your staff as well - we were well cared for. Thanks again for your two remarkable tours in a remarkably beautiful country.

Sincerely, Dr. Gui Van de Voorde

Link to Costa Rica Pricing Information

Link to Jennifer & Claudia's own Report from Costa Rica