We utilized Costa Rica Expeditions (CSE) for our first trip to Costa Rica
Two nights in San Jose
Four nights in Osa peninsula (Drake Bay)
Four nights in Monteverde
Four nights in Arenal
We are experienced travelers, and usually do our own planning and booking.
Here is what we paid for in using CSE services (and it was worth every penny):
Friendly faces that met us at every transfer point.
Knowledgeable coordinators in the transfer vans who educated us and shared local information and Costa Rican culture.
Clean, modern vans (always on time!) with only a few people (I think we only had one van where there was another couple with us).
Drivers were courteous and very safe (if you have been on the roads to Monteverde or over to Arenal you understand why this is important!)
Accommodations that were top notch - as advertised and great quality for people, place and rooms.
Activities with Guides who were uniformly professional and friendly.
Most importantly, we had a stress free vacation and could just relax and enjoy our immersion in Costa Rica.
No worries if a taxi would make it, no wrong directions or missed connections, no activities with large groups of people tramping about.
When you get to price, ask yourself what you are paying for. In our case, we completed our fourteen-night trip with NO hiccups, mishaps or mis-communications.
Every activity well worth the time and expense, every contingency planned for and covered.
An outstanding company of motivated, friendly professionals with your positive vacation experience in Costa Rica as their goal. Highly recommended.