WHAT OUR GUESTS SAY:
Aug. 10, 2005''It was a true vacation...no stress.''
Dear Michael, We had a great trip! Everyone we met was professional, knowledgeable and most importantly, very friendly! We loved the Tortuga Lodge. Rebecca (Becky) and Jeraldo where very on top of things and made it a great trip for everyone (that includes all of the people staying at the lodge while we were there!). They even waved good-bye as our plane took off! We felt like we were leaving family.
We flew over to Tambor and stayed at the Hotel Flor Blanca. A perfect second half of the trip. I can't imagine how our trip to Costa Rica would have turned out without CRE! It was a true vacation, meaning there was no stress! All transfers and transportation were smooth and on time. Starting with having someone meet us at the airport and ending with being dropped off at the correct spot as we prepared to depart took away all worries. We are looking forward to our next visit to Costa Rica! Still relaxed in New Jersey...
-Susan Demmerly, NJ
Aug. 20, 2003“I would come back tomorrow if I could.”
Selena: We could not have been more pleased with the arrangements that you made for us. Everything was just as it was supposed to be. Everyone was waiting for us and the guides were wonderful. We loved Tortuguero because it was so remote. We didn't get to see the turtles because of a big thunderstorm with lightning on the beach so we will just have to go back.
We even enjoyed the long ride in there through the Caribbean lowlands and the banana plantation. We were greeted by the wonderful staff at Tortuga Lodge with fresh tropical drinks and very much enjoyed our stay. The charter airlines are the only way to go, as we did not have to waste any time waiting around. We enjoyed Monteverde but I would skip the twilight tour. It was way too crowded but the guide was excellent. We had a good tour through the Cloud Forest and enjoyed that.
Lapa Ríos Ecoresort was everything that it was supposed to be and more. We loved it. We saw wonderful wildlife right out our cabana deck and we loved surfing the beach there.
Hotel Flor Blanca was also a wonderful find. The accommodations and the staff are unbelievable and the food was some of the best anywhere. The beaches were remote and beautiful and lastly the Hotel Grano de Oro was a great little hotel especially the family suite we had on the last night. I will give you and Costa Rica Expeditions the highest recommendation possible. Thank you so much for making this a most enjoyable, relaxing and worry-free family vacation.
I have to admit I was a little nervous sending so much money with only email traffic to evidence our trip and you were most kind to offer your cell phone number, which of course we didn't need. As soon as we were greeted the first time I knew we had nothing to worry about and everything would be just as arranged and it was.
We will definitely be coming back to Costa Rica let us know if the airlines, Lapa Rios or Flor Blanca ever have any special prices. I would come back tomorrow if I could. I have given your name to a bunch of people and will continue to do so. You are fabulous.
Apr. 16, 2003''You really did a great job of planning our honeymoon.''
Grettel: A week has gone by since we returned to New York. The day we returned, the temperature was a little over freezing, and there had been 7 inches of snow the day before! What an adjustment!
Before any more time passes, I want to send you a word of thanks. You really did a great job of planning our honeymoon - we loved both Hotel Flor Blanca and Lapa Ríos Ecoresort, each in a different way. It was the perfect combination of relaxation, activities, good food, nice people. We really liked the fact that both resorts are small. (We read an article in the New York Times when we returned about a resort in Costa Rica with over 300 guest suites - we would have hated that.) Also, it was wonderful the way all of our transfers were handled flawlessly - with someone to meet us each time, and everything running very smoothly and on schedule. Costa Rica Expeditions totally eliminated the hassle and stress that travel sometimes entails.
The ONLY thing we would have done differently (and I tell you this because I think you are a perfectionist) was the last day. We would rather have stayed at Lapa Ríos Ecolodge until later in the day on Monday, arrived later in San Jose and spent the night someplace convenient and perhaps more modest than Xandari Plantation. We felt like we were just passing time at Xandari, if you know what I mean. That said, we send a big thank you.
-Shelley Mazor & Bernard Schneider