Why Us? 6 Reasons

As a local travel agency based in Costa Rica & filled with expat staff, we at Costa Rican Vacations understand your expectations & can match them to Costa Rica’s offerings.

Why should you trust our experts to plan your trip of a lifetime?
Many travel agencies claim to offer great service, but we actually guarantee it. But the real proof is in the thousands of happy customers who have traveled with us and left a review. We established our company more than 20 years ago in Costa Rica and have booked 65,000 vacations and counting! Here are six reasons why we believe you should choose us:

1) We Understand Your Expectations

Everyone travels differently and for different reasons. The first step in designing your dream vacation is a conversation. We take the time to listen to you in order to discover your unique travel personality.
Next, we match you with the destinations, hotels, and experiences that we believe will meet your expectations.  

2) Custom Designed Travel

Every single trip we offer is built from scratch. We believe that radical personalization is an essential ingredient in designing an epic vacation. So we handcraft each vacation itinerary based on your particular needs. We adjust and fine-tune your itinerary until it fits you just right.

3) Worry-Free Planning

Planning an international trip can be hard work. While the internet offers an abundance of choices, it’s also overwhelming. We help cut through the overwhelm and avoid common mistakes. Here are just a few:
  • Mismatched lodging standards
  • Too much time in transit
  • Impossible logistics & timelines
  • Places that don’t jive with your desired vibe
The Diablo’s in the Details! — The Devil’s in the Details! When you design vacations for a living, you learn it’s the little things that count. Details mark the difference between good, great, and the trip of a lifetime! In designing each trip we consider:
  • Well-balanced trip tempo
  • Flawless logistics
  • Provider safety record
  • Accommodation standards
  • Minimizing transit time

4) Expert Local Advice

We live, work, and play here. Travel is more than a job for us — it’s a passion!
We’ve paddled those rapids, strolled that beach, stayed at that hotel, and tasted the soup. 
Before we recommend a tour, an accommodation, an attraction — we see, do, and experience it for ourselves. We have very high standards for any vacation component that we suggest, so you can trust that if it’s a part of your custom itinerary, it's passed the test.  

5) Smooth, Secure Booking Process

We want you to enjoy the vacation of a lifetime without putting a major dent in your financial plans. To secure your trip, you only need to make an initial deposit. Then, you can pay the remaining balance in monthly installments or other convenient intervals.
Our secure booking portal has the most stringent level of certification available: we process bookings through a certified PCI Level 1 Service Provider
Our processing, transmission, and storage of card data is safe and fully secured. Our systems are further secured by SSL certificates, firewalls, and regular systems scans.  

6) Superior In-Country Service

When you’re in-country, our commitment to service continues. From top-notch drivers and tour guides, to our 24/7 customer support… the entire team is here to ensure that you have a great trip.   

Prevent Travel Nightmares

We’re available 24/7 to resolve any issue — if the airline lost your wedding dress or you forgot your passports in the hotel safe, we’re here to bail you out! Meet the fearless members of our Travel Experience Team.

Last Minute Fixes

You can’t (and wouldn’t want to!) pre-plan every moment. While you’re here, you can reach out to our Experience Team for restaurant recommendations, tips on local events, and last-minute changes to your itinerary.

Safety First

From our spotless transportation to our choice in adventure activities — only those with strong safety records, proper permitting, and protocols — we prioritize your safety. Unlike anonymous online travel sites, we’re a local name and a face. We stand behind our recommendations and products

Superb Guides & Drivers

We’re choosy because we know you are too. Our safe, English-speaking, and incredibly knowledgeable guides, drivers, and other in-country travel partners work to make every moment of your trip enjoyable.


Ready to Travel With 100% Confidence?

With our expert local knowledge and decades of experience, we will design and deliver the best possible trip for you. To be clear, we are not the cheapest option. We know that the services we offer add significant value to any trip. No one can match our local expertise, attention to detail, curated offerings, and superior service.

Still Need More?

Read about our commitment to social responsibility, how we feature providers who are committed to fair-trade, or how we’ve been rated as one of the region’s best places to work.
In the end, there’s only one way to know if we’re right for you…

Get a free, custom quote from a local expert!
Local Experts

We live, work & travel in Costa Rica.

Tailored Travel

Every trip is designed for you.

Super Service

1000+ reviews from dazzled guests.

Ready for the trip of a lifetime? Call us!
(800) 262-1578