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Car Rental Fees of up to $140.


Additional Information:
Drivers must be between 21 and 74 years old to rent a vehicle. A valid drivers license issued a minimum of 24 months prior to rental is required.

The lead passenger will be the listed as the driver of the vehicle. Additional drivers may be added for an additional cost at the time of vehicle pick-up.

Please plan your departure flight out of San Jose on Day 7 for no earlier than 8:00 am to allow time to drop off your rental car in the morning.

A GPS system for your vehicle is highly recommended. Reserve in advance for an additional cost of $9 per day. Reservations may be made via Vacation Builder.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This independent program allows for flexibility to explore on your own. Tropical climate year round makes Costa Rica an ideal location for your moderate to activity-filled holiday, which may include zip lining, hiking, swimming, sailing, wildlife viewing, beaches, hot springs, volcanoes and so much more. We offer a selection of hotels to accommodate a variety of tastes and budgets. Accommodations suit the natural, biodiverse environment. Clean, comfortable lodges in regional colors and décor may have fan-cooled rooms or air-conditioning, depending upon location. Specifically, some hotels in Monteverde are built in the traditional local style and have no air-conditioning which may be uncomfortable during heat waves. Drive times between the cities can vary between 1 - 4 hours in length and are dependent upon local conditions. Road travel will be picturesque and allow you to experience the uniquely "Costa Rican massage" of often unpaved, pot-holed roads providing the only access between cities. Keep in mind that this tour is not escorted and therefore you will not have the services of a tour manager to assist with hotel check-in formalities and luggage handling. Hotel locations, services and amenities differ according to the Plan. Read the descriptions in full and locate the hotels on our provided map to ensure the Hotel/Plan you select meets your desired criteria. This is an Independent program. For more information, click here.

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Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Independent Package Includes

  • Round trip flights Ft. Lauderdale-San Jose, San Jose-Ft. Lauderdale
    Some departure dates may be offered from an alternate nearby airport. Check flight itinerary options when booking.
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 6 nights accommodations in your choice of hotels
    • 2 nights San Jose
    • 2 nights Arenal
    • 2 nights Monteverde
  • 7 day car rental: SUV Mini (Suzuki Jimny or Similar). Upgrade to other categories available
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Breakfast daily

Vehicle Options

  • SUV Mini Manual - Suzuki Jimny or similar

    • 1-2 Passengers
    • 3 Large Suitcases
    • Manual Transmission
    • 4 Wheel Drive

  • SUV Compact Manual - Daihatsu BeGo or similar

    • 1-4 Passengers
    • 3 Large Suitcases
    • Manual Transmission
    • 4 Wheel Drive

  • SUV Intermediate Automatic - Hyundai Tucson or similar

    • 1-5 Passengers
    • 4 Large Suitcases
    • Automatic Transmission
    • 4 Wheel Drive

  • SUV Standard Automatic - Mitsubishi Nativa or similar

    • 1-5 Passengers
    • 5 Large Suitcases
    • Automatic Transmission
    • 4 Wheel Drive

Is This Trip Right for You?

This independent program allows for flexibility to explore on your own. Tropical climate year round makes Costa Rica an ideal location for your moderate to activity-filled holiday, which may include zip lining, hiking, swimming, sailing, wildlife viewing, beaches, hot springs, volcanoes and so much more. We offer a selection of hotels to accommodate a variety of tastes and budgets. Accommodations suit the natural, biodiverse environment. Clean, comfortable lodges in regional colors and décor may have fan-cooled rooms or air-conditioning, depending upon location. Specifically, some hotels in Monteverde are built in the traditional local style and have no air-conditioning which may be uncomfortable during heat waves. Drive times between the cities can vary between 1 - 4 hours in length and are dependent upon local conditions. Road travel will be picturesque and allow you to experience the uniquely "Costa Rican massage" of often unpaved, pot-holed roads providing the only access between cities. Keep in mind that this tour is not escorted and therefore you will not have the services of a tour manager to assist with hotel check-in formalities and luggage handling. Hotel locations, services and amenities differ according to the Plan. Read the descriptions in full and locate the hotels on our provided map to ensure the Hotel/Plan you select meets your desired criteria. This is an Independent program. For more information, click here.

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SAMPLE ITINERARY
Please note that the following is a suggested itinerary. While the sites listed below may be visited independently, the package does not cover any applicable entrance or tour fees.

DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for Costa Rica
Depart for Costa Rica. Arrive in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, which is surrounded by lush green mountains and valleys. After clearing customs, a representative will direct you to the car rental center. The remainder of the day is at leisure
Overnight: San Jose

DAY 2, Monday - Drive to Arenal
Today, depart San Jose driving north. Stop for a photo opportunity in the charming village of Zarcero where you can see the Parque Francisco Alvarado and the Iglesia de San Rafael. The park sits in front of the pink and blue Church at the town center, which is noted for its topiary garden and shrubs that have been trimmed into the shapes of various animals. Continue to the Arenal area, famous for its volcano, lake and hot springs. You may choose to visit one of the many hot springs facilities that offer visitors an ideal way to relax. Stay for dinner as well, as many of these facilities offer several restaurants
Drive Time: 3-4 hours*
Distance: 80 miles*
Overnight: Arenal
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Tuesday - Full Day in Arenal
Spend a full day at leisure in Arenal in the midst of an unspoiled setting. You may choose to spend half the day hiking to Arenal National Park, enjoying the natural hot springs throughout the area, or spend the morning or afternoon enjoying a horseback ride through both pastures and rainforest to La Fortuna Waterfall. For extraordinary views of the Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal, the Sky Tram gondolas soar smoothly through the rainforest to an observation deck. You can ride the tram down the same route that you ascended or take a fast-paced Sky Trek zip line tour to the bottom
Overnight: Arenal
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Wednesday - Drive to Monteverde
Depart for Monteverde Cloud Forest area. The road system in Costa Rica has improved over recent years, but be aware that those in and out of Monteverde can be bumpy and unpaved. Visit the charming small town of St. Elena, founded by Quaker settlers in the fifties and filled with tasty restaurants and folksy artisan shops. Then, explore the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, which is dedicated to the conservation of many species of flora and fauna, and has over 8 miles of trails available to explore on your own or with a guide. Set atop the spine of Costa Rica's continental divide, Monteverde is a world above the coastal towns that dot the country's famous shoreline. You can explore the internationally recognized environment along trails, trams, canopy tours or inside museums
Drive Time: 3-4 hours*
Distance: 70 miles*
Overnight: Monteverde
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Thursday - Full Day in Monteverde
Enjoy a full day to explore the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Boasting 120 reptile and amphibian species, 130 mammal species, and 500 bird species, the Reserve represents an outstanding example of biodiversity. You may choose to visit the Selvatura Adventure Park, where you can experience a canopy or treetop walkway tour. The canopy (zip line) tour allows you to feel truly immersed within the forested environment. There are 15 cables and 18 viewing platforms that stretch over 2 miles – the longest cable length of any canopy tour in Costa Rica. The Treetop Walkway guides visitors both through and above the rainforest with a birds-eye view of the rainforest canopy on a series of suspension bridges connected by trails. Alternatively, you may choose to trot out onto the trails around Monteverde on horseback or learn about coffee production and Costa Rican folklore at the Don Juan coffee plantation
Optional: Selvatura Canopy Tour (AM)
Optional: Selvatura Canopy & Hanging Bridges Tour (AM)
Optional: Selvatura Hanging Bridges Tour (AM)
Overnight: Monteverde
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Friday - Drive back to San Jose
Drive back to San Jose. Consider a stop at Poas Volcano National Park, one of the most visited sites in Costa Rica, which features short easy trails for hiking. A short trip from San Jose, the Poas Volcano contains one of the world's largest volcanic lakes, Lake Botos, which fills an inactive crater and is surrounded by a cloud forest. Or, head to Costa Rica's highest active volcano, Irazu, and on the way back visit the colonial Orosi Valley which is famous for having the oldest church in Costa Rica. If you are not interested in visiting volcanoes, there is plenty to do in San Jose. Visit one of the museums or head to Mercado Central, a very old and unique bustling food market
Drive Time: 5 hours*
Distance: 90 miles*
Overnight: San Jose
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Saturday - Depart Costa Rica
Return your vehicle at the car rental facility at the San Jose International Airport prior to your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

*Please consider that the driving times and distances are estimated and that they can vary because of many circumstances, such as: a specific route taken, hotel location, traffic, weather, road conditions, etc. GPS devices are recommended.

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Gate 1 Travel itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.
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Selvatura Canopy Tour 10:30 AM

Join this exciting tour to see the rainforest in a whole new way. Cross through the unique Cloud Forest's canopy while suspended from a high weight capacity zipline cable, maneuvering between the 15 platforms and 12 cables that span over 2 miles in length, making this extreme adventure one of the longest Zipline tours in the country.

It is recommended that you wear hiking boots for this activity as you will be walking some distance through the forest between the Zipline cables. For some, this activity may be considered very strenuous and people with difficulty breathing, heart or other medical conditions, should consider not to choose this optional tour.

Pick-up time will be between 10:00 and 10:30 am from the front desk of the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 2.5-3 hours.

Day #5 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2020 $44.00
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Selvatura Canopy & Hanging Bridges Tour 10:30 AM

Enjoy a walk among the treetops on this 1.9 mile trail, which boasts 8 different bridges at heights ranging from 36 to 180 feet. The Selvatura Hanging Bridges are the longest and the strongest bridge system in the country. The hanging bridges give you the unique opportunity to see plants and animals not visible from the ground. Then, join an exciting tour through the canopy of the rainforest on a zipline adventure. With 15 platforms and 12 cables that span over 2 miles in length, this extreme adventure is one of the longest Zipline tours in the country.

It is recommended that you wear hiking boots for this activity as you will be walking some distance through the forest between the Zipline cables. For some, this activity may be considered very strenuous and people with difficulty breathing, heart or other medical conditions, should consider not to choose this optional tour.

Pick-up time will be between 10:00 and 10:30 am from the front desk of the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 4-5 hours.

Day #5 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2020 $60.00
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Selvatura Hanging Bridges Tour 10:30 AM

Enjoy a walk among the treetops on this 1.9 mile trail, which boasts 8 different bridges at heights ranging from 36 to 180 feet. The Selvatura Hanging Bridges are the longest and the strongest bridge system in the country. The hanging bridges give you the unique opportunity to see plants and animals not visible from the ground.

It is recommended that you wear hiking boots for this activity. For some, this activity may be considered strenuous and people with difficulty breathing, heart or other medical conditions, should consider not to choose this optional tour.

Pick-up time will be between 10:00 and 10:30 am from the front desk of the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

Day #5 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2020 $27.00
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6 Day Costa Rica Pacific Beach All Inclusive Fly & Drive, August 2019
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Adobe car rental was efficient and helpful ... Jet Blue also above average. Costa Rica is beautiful. Loved the protected areas plants and animals. Saw crocodiles, capuchin monkeys, scarlet Mcaws toucans, leaf cutter ants. Etc Highly recommend

David B. South Lebanon, OH
7 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive with Guanacaste , November 2016
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Awesome! Adobe Car Rental was very pleasant and helpful. The car was excellent. The hotels were great and we experienced so much of the country and the people.

Kelli S. Camp Hill, PA
10 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive with Manuel Antonio , June 2016
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Trip to Costa Rica was awesome, and all arrangements were efficient and smooth. Perfect trip. Did a lot. Snorkel, hiking, white water rafting, zip line, night tour, visited national parks and waterfalls. People are the friendliest anywhere. Thanks for planning a great trip for us, we will be back in touch!

Harold H. Woodstock, VA
11 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive with Toruguero & Guanacaste, April 2014
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Our trip was wonderful. We had never done the Tortuguero leg of Gate 1's Costa Rica offering and it was an enjoyable experience (we are not guided tour people but the partial guided tour was enjoyable). The customer service throughout the trip was excellent. The only bad thing that happened was that I got sunburned twice - I'm not made for the equator. However, we got to kayak with Caymen, zip line in Monteverde, see Dolphins in the Pacific (and snorkel). Arenal Manoa upgraded their offering with a hot springs pool - much better than a regular pool. While we would love to visit other countries, we have a hard time passing up Gate 1's Costa Rica offerings.

Dorothy F. Indianapolis, IN
7 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive with Guanacaste, March 2014
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We had a great time. Thanks to Gate 1 travel for a great itinerary and the hotels were good and roomy. We were surprised how big the rooms were in San Juan. Our family of 4 actually just used one room because it had 2 bedrooms and a kitchenette. Our rooms by the beach in Playa Carrillo were also huge and the hotel had a great view. The car was great and roomy as well and we just loved the vacation. We look forward to keeping an eye out for more Gate 1 Deals!

Jocelyn R. Leawood, KS
9 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive with Guanacaste, July 2013
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My husband and I took the trip to Costa Rica and it was wonderful. The car rental, the hotels and the ziplining tour, they were all great. It worked out really well. We were quite surprised that all 4 of our hotels were wonderful. No complaints at all!! Great properties all of them.

Thanks you so much for your help.

Gilah S. Cherry Hill, NJ
11 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive with Tortuguero & Guanacaste, June 2013
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Our trip was wonderful. Gate1 did wonderful job in arranging everything every step of the way. This is our 11th Gate1 trip in two years, but our very first in driving in a foreign country, which we were not sure about before arriving in Costa Rica. However, the rental car was delivered just as promised and with GPS and the emergency number to contact in case we had troubles, we felt so comfortable! 

The trip was very well designed as it started with three days of an escorted tour of Tortuguero before the independent vacation portion started. Local guides during the Tortuguero were knowledgeable and extremely helpful, which really helped us to navigate the country on our own. Resorts were beautiful - Eco friendly and a lot of local flavors.

Even though mid June is considered the rainy season, most days we had nice and clear mornings where we were able to hike to Arenal volcano mountain, do the canopy tour in Monteverde, snorkel, swim, surf and watch the sunsets on beautiful beaches in the Guanacaste, and a hike to Blue Lake (along the way we saw bubbling mud pools!). We got to see a 150kg Green Turtle making nest for laying her eggs in Tortuguero- we were so impressed with protections the experts provide to these turtles! We also enjoyed seeing all the beautiful birds, sloths, monkey, crocodiles and numerous animal and plant species. Thanks again for making this family vacation so special.

Hiemi H. Castle Rock, CO
8 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive with Manuel Antonio, May 2013
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This was a wonderful trip! Everything that you lined up for us on this fly and drive worked like clockwork.  The accommodations (Volcano Lodge and Si Como No) were impeccable. I cannot overstate the great value, coordination and accommodations that you lined up for us on this fly and drive. It was simply an awesome experience in both the Arenal area, as well as, the Manuel Antonio area.  We hope to return and thanks again for this great trip.

Don P. Southport, NC
11 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive with Tortuguero & Guanacaste, February 2013
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I want to tell you that the tour from Gate 1 MORE than met our expectations. We were very pleasantly surprised! What especially impressed us was the selection of locations, especially the "sampling" of Costa Rica environments, and the quality of accommodations. It is very clever to begin the tour with Tortuguero and progress to Flamingo Playa. The travel time of around 4 hours of driving time was perfect and allowed us to see lots of scenery without stress. Everything was reserved and waiting for us with no glitches.

Laura N. Lansing, MI
12 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive with Tortuguero & Manuel Antonio, December 2012
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Where do I begin? It was absolutely fabulous. We had more rain than expected at the higher elevations, I think even more than expected by our guides as well, but it was warm and most hotels had large umbrellas available so it wasn't really an issue except that I think we would have seen more creatures if it wasn't raining.
 
Everyone was very kind and warm. Our family would like to return someday but have so many places on our wish list yet to see. We had no trouble driving; the roads weren't as bad as I had imagined, even with all of the rain. However, it was nice to be picked up for the side trips we booked.
 
I am so happy we booked the extension to Tortuguero as we did get to see the magic of the baby turtles running to the sea. It was Christmas morning and we couldn't have asked for a better Christmas present. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone interested in flora and fauna and NOT shopping or cultural sightseeing.

Deborah D. Fresno, CA
7 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive, December 2012
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Honestly, my wife and I had the best time of our lives in Costa Rica. The only bad part was that we eventually had to leave.

As the trip progressed it became more and more apparent that we had made a great choice going with Gate 1, as all of the accommodations were great and everywhere we went they shared in our honeymoon celebration; the Lomas del Volcan Hotel in La Fortuna near Arenal even greeted us at our room with a bottle of champagne on ice beside the customary bed decorated with swans (made of towels) and tropical flowers.

We also enjoyed being able to see a lot of the country and stay different places, which was easily allowed by Gate 1's flexible packages and the car rental.

Again, many thanks for your wonderful service - you contributed greatly to an unforgettable honeymoon!

Kevin W. Olympia, WA
10 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive with Manuel Antonio, April 2012
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The trip was fantastic. Costa Rica is paradise!!!! I loved that we were able to see so much of the country with the car rental package. Our hotels were great, and the service at the hotels also fantastic. My only regret is that we didn't stay longer.

Thank you for a great trip!

Sandra W. Grimsby, ON
8 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive with Manuel Antonio, January 2012
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Fantastic!

Great choice of hotels and rental car service you selected. Everything went off smoothly during the trip.

We will be using your travel service for future trips including another one to Costa Rica.

Happy customer here!

John W. Tallahassee, FL
Costa Rica Independent Vacation, January 2012
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Our trip was amazing!!! Gate 1 never lets us down. I had a few reservations after I booked due to driving conditions in Costa Rica but Adobe was wonderful and even programed each stop into our GPS for us. Our lodging was very nice with views of volcanos and the ocean. Now we have to adjust to winter in Michigan!
 
We hope to travel with Gate 1 again soon.

Betty H. Middleville, MI
Costa Rica Independent Vacation, October 2011
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LOVED IT! Had a great time and no problems at all with reservations. Thanks so much. Found other 2 couples that had book through Gate 1 too :-)

Will be using your services in the future for our trip to Italy!

Thanks so much!

Michael S. Longwood, FL
7 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive, October 2011
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We had a fabulous time. Costa Rica is such a beautiful country. Many thanks to Gate 1 Travel for coordinating our arrangements; everything was so effortless.

Dewanna P. Upper Marlboro, MD
7 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive, September 2011
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We had a wonderful time, the service was great we enjoyed every moment of our trip. Thank you so, so much for all your assistance. Can't wait for our next vacation.

Alma M. Santa Fe, CA
7 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive, September 2011
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We had a wonderful time.  Everything went perfectly.  I will admit in the beginning I was reluctant to use your company because I had never heard of or used you before but everything went smoothly and without a glitch.  I will not hesitate to use you for future travels and I will definitely refer my friends your way.

Evelyn H. Whittier, CA
10 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive with Tortuguero & Puntarenas, September 2011
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ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! Gate 1 really made everything go very smoothly. On Tortuguero, Sergio Vega was not only a wonderful guide but also a biologist, scientist, researcher and protector of the green sea turtle. It was a true blessing to be able to see the 500lb turtle lay its eggs and then slowly make its way back to the sea. I had already felt that I got my money's worth after just 3 days on Tortuguero. La Fortuna was beautiful and our hotel room had a fantastic view of the Volcano and exquisite gardens with trails through them so you could watch the many species of hummingbirds, wrens, swallows and other beautiful birds. Monte Verde had breathtaking views high atop mountains where the cloud forests made you feel like you were actually in heaven. Manual Antonio had wonderful beaches. The bio-diversity of the climate and landscape and the eco-tourism makes Costa Rica a place everyone should visit. I felt like I left a piece of my heart there. Pura Vida

Rita E. Morgantown, WV
7 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive, September 2011
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 Our trip was EXCELLENT. Everything you set up for us was perfect. Thanks so much for all of your help to make our first trip to Costa Rica a great one!
 

Kevin & Darcy S. Rio, WI
7 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive, September 2011
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We all had a wonderful time. Everything was as you said it would be, we ran into no issues. All of the hotels were wonderful; the car rental staff was very helpful and programmed our GPS with our destinations. The other folks in my group kept telling me what a good job I did with this trip. Only you and I know I didn't have to do a thing, it was all you and your company. I will defiantly use Gate 1 again.
Thank you for a carefree trip to Costa Rica!

Marsha B. Orlando, FL
7 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive, September 2011
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One word.... INCREDIBLE. Thanks for putting together such a great package. This was our first Gate 1 trip, we will definitely be looking at your site for future trips.

Cooper M. Hunt Valley, MD
7 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive, August 2011
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It was great and it exceeded our expectation. There were so many beautiful places to see in Costa Rica. We had a great time and will definitely be using Gate1 again in the future.

Valmy A. Odenton, MD
7 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive, June 2011
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Our trip was really nice. The first hotel's staff was very nice and the rooms were nice and clean. We enjoyed a great dinner at the sushi restaurant, and the morning buffet was great. The Arenal Manoa hotel was incredible, and I wish I could live there! There wasn't a single negative thing about it. The room had an incredible view of the volcano and perfect grounds. We had our wedding
there and they did everything to make it beautiful. The Establo was nice, but a little too large. They did have some activities like zip lining and waterfall rappelling that were good. All in all it was a wonderful trip. No complaints about anything. Thank you for all your help with planning our trip.

Ellen R. Waukesha, WI
7 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive, June 2011
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We had a wonderful vacation. Gate 1 has been amazing in coordinating the
trip and every detail was perfect. Thank you so much for your efforts to make
our vacation memorable and we will definitely be using Gate 1 in the
future.

Roger & Kathleen A. Riverside, CA
7 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive, June 2011
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We had a great trip! We chose to not upgrade our hotels, but were very impressed that they were still very nice. My husband even commented, "What? No hidden fees?" when we checked out from each hotel. He stated, "Wow, they really give you what they say they will with no hidden charges." We were so pleased with the trip that we plan to bring our boys with us next time. We've also been telling everyone about our trip and how great using Gate 1 was for us. Thank you for making the trip such a great one. We look forward to using Gate 1 again in the future.

Karen G. Merritt Island, FL
7 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive, June 2011
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Absolutely fabulous. Everywhere we went they automatically upgraded us. All the accommodations were so nice that we hated to leave, especially in Arenal. All the people were wonderful. The 4 wheel drive car was great for the dirt road into Monteverde. The people in the hotels are all big fans of Gate 1 like we are. There are no street signs in Costa Rica which makes things interesting. We chose not to take the GPS and did fine. Thanks for the great trip.

Carol M. Oklahoma City, OK
10 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive with Tortuguero & Guanacaste, May 2011
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We had a wonderful trip.  So much fun, and such an adventure.  This was my second time using Gate 1, and I tell everyone how all of our plans go off without a hitch.  Thanks for all of your organization in making our vacation as stress-free as possible.  It was our best vacation ever.

Victoria B. Owasso, OK
7 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive, May 2011
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I had an incredible trip with my 2 sons.  It way exceeded my expectations.  The Adobe rental service people were very helpful and we rented a GPS and cell phone from them.

The hotels were superb.  They were like luxurious resorts with fantastic breakfasts.  We loved the Tilajari Resort.  It was great having breakfast with the iguanas and birds right there.  We went to waterfalls and then on a tour of the volcanoes. We ate at a great restaurant downtown and enjoyed a swim in the pool.  Everybody was very friendly.  The hotel Montana Monteverde had beautiful views.  A real treat was reserving their hot tub which was in a separate round building.  We had it all to ourselves including a sauna with windows where you had a great view.  We also went on a coffee and cheese tour which we thoroughly enjoyed.  

The drive to Monteverde  wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  Great views!  On the way we saw terrific falls (actually 5 falls), this was a real find.  To get there we had to drive on a very rough road  but it was so worth it.  Nobody else was there and the guys swam in the water.

We went on suspension bridges which gave us a real look at the rain forest.  They were a lot of fun and not scary at all.  We headed back to San Jose and somehow the GPS took us near the ocean.  We swam in the waves and  I was excited to see white-faced monkeys. 

Thank-you for a dream vacation.  I appreciate all of the help from the people at Gate 1.  I will always treasure the memories of this fantastic trip to Costa Rica with my sons.  Thanks for making it possible.

Janeen E. Fort Collins, CO
7 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive, May 2011
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The whole time we were in Costa Rica, my husband and I were saying, "Wow, Gate 1 really knows what they're doing!"  We have recommended Gate 1 to all of our friends who want to travel and even recommended you to the shuttle driver from the airport!  Keep up the good work Gate 1!

Angie N. Aliso Viejo, CA
8 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive with Manuel Antonio or Jaco, April 2011
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We had an amazing time! It must have been the best time to go to Costa Rica!  The weather was perfect and we pretty much had all of our accommodations to ourselves!

We started in San Jose at the Hotel Balmoral. I definitely recommend a GPS for anyone driving. It could have been crazy trying to find our way through those unmarked streets without one! The hotel must have been the nicest in the area, with a great restaurant and great staff. Actually, the staff at every hotel was most kind and outgoing, and were full of tips!

Arenal was spectacular. The Talajari Resort was beautiful. Iguanas everywhere! We even had a crocodile across the river!  Monteverde was a beautiful and fun drive! The zip lining tour was off the
hook! A definite recommendation up there!  Manuel Antonio was the most amazing! I wish we had another night there!  The Espadilla hotel was a block from the beach and a block from the entrance
to the national park! One thing that shocked me was that the national park did not have any maps of their trails for you to take with you. If I had known I would have printed one in advance. They only had one posted at the entrance.  We also took a horseback riding tour through the hotel and ended up being the only two! It was like having private tours everywhere!

You guys really put a great package together! The hotels were all absolutely great! The car rental company was excellent. (I do recommend that anyone who would like to rent a cell phone to do it in advance, as they did run out.) Your team did such a fine job! Thank you from all of us!

Jon A. San Diego, CA
8 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive with Guanacaste, March 2011
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The trip was wonderful.  The accommodations and service were more than we expected and the people were very friendly.  We enjoyed the freedom of driving ourselves around and exploring places at our leisure.  Driving the "friendly" roads of Costa Rica certainly added to the sense of adventure, perhaps you could convince the government to do a little road improvement. 

We met a number of other tourists that were travelling the same Gate 1 itinerary so we got to compare notes at each hotel as we met up and everyone was having a great time.  I would not hesitate to highly recommend your services.  You were more than accommodating when we needed to "tweak" our itinerary.  Thank you so much.

Beverley H. Interlaken, NY
7 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive, March 2011
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LOVED IT! LOVED IT! LOVED IT!

We had a great time.  The hotels on this trip were great. Top notch! I would not change a thing when it comes to the hotels.  The only bad part about the trip was the driving.  The roads can be pretty rough in Costa Rica and of course they don't follow the same (any) rules of driving like we do.  So that made it a challenge.  But we saw some great stuff and had an outstanding adventure.  We love gate1travel!!!!  See you on our next vacation.

Lisa & Donald L. Nashville, TN
7 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive, November 2010
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We had a wonderful trip but choose to bypass the San Jose hotel on both sides of the trip. In fact, it was quite simple to spend the final night in Jaco on the beach and we were still able to get to the airport in plenty of time to fly the same day.

The Adobe rental car was fine and the Hotel Montana was great. Villas Eco Arenal was a great budget hotel close to the city for those who value the local feel and flavor vs. the Americanized resorts out of town. Great for us.

Jason & Jami H. Oconomowoc, WI
7 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive, January 2010
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Everything went absolutely smoothly on our trip - airline bookings, hotel reservations, car rental, - we did not experience any issues at all. Our stay at Balmoral Hotel and Tilajari Resort Hotel was excellent and Sky Trek at Arenal Volcano and the hot mineral tabs we enjoyed to a fullest degree. I'd like to offer only one suggestion: instead of Monteverde Rain Forest it'd be better to offer a stay at Pacific: right before leaving to Monteverde we met a family who just came from Monteverde and they told us that it was awfully rainy and windy there, so we changed our itinerary and went to Jaco skipping Monteverde completely. This was entirely our decision and we did not regret it: we enjoyed wonderful weather, the road was absolutely picturesque, we took a surfing class with Roberto at Jaco, and we went to Manuel Antonio National Park and enjoyed the sunset at Villa Coletas Anfiteatro. Again, thanks a lot for your service and I'm looking forward to book our next trip at Gate 1 Travel!

Alexey A. Staten Island, NY
7 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive, May 2010
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We had a great time in beautiful Costa Rica. Other than the 4 hour delay getting there (after midnight to arrive at the Balmoral Hotel) things went well. The road to Monteverde is in terrible shape; rocks and boulders.

Edwin A. Colorado Springs, CO
7 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive, May 2010
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Costa Rica was wonderful. The weather, tourist volume, people and sites were great. The road was a little rough going to Monte Verde, however, I'm used to driving on 4wheel drive roads. I would recommend not going into San Jose the first day, but rather stay on the out skirts or head north. Also, I would recommend returning to the Belmoral the evening before departure, having the rental car company pick up the car and take the taxi to the airport. We had a great time and will be returning to Costa Rica someday. Thanks again for your help.

Stephanie J. Arvada, CO

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