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The National Tour Association of the U.S. urges travelers to use this list when making travel plans:

  • Verify that the tour company or travel agency is a member of a professional association such as Costa Rican Institute of Tourism, American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), Nation Tour Association or the United States Tour Operators Association.

  • Don’t be taken in by an attractive Web site especially in Costa Rica since there is little regulation and ANYONE no matter their experience and credentials can put up a site. An eye-catching Web site does not ensure the reliability or integrity of the company.

  • Carefully read the company’s cancellation and refund policies.

  • Use a credit card to purchase tickets whenever possible, and if cash must be used, always get a receipt — that way you have a paper trail. Beware of companies sending a courier for a check, requesting direct bank deposits or a certified check. Prior to payment, you should ask for all the details on any trip in writing and review them carefully.

  • Ask the company for client references.

  • Avoid high-pressure sales with a limited time to evaluate the offer.

  • Request specific hotel and airline names, addresses and phone numbers. Insist on a local phone number if given an 800 number — this will establish that the tour company or travel agency has a central office from which it operates.

New Books Availables

By Christopher Howard
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Costa Rica Books

Guide to Real Estate in Costa Rica
Guide to Costa Rica’s Legal System for tontos (dumbells)


Our familiarization tours have won hard-earned credentials that prove general excellence and the right focus. These are the only retirement tours that are:

* Licensed and approved by the Costa Rican government and Tourism Institute (ICT).
* Featured on the NBC Today Show, CNBC World Business News and Fox News.
* In 2010, we won the prestigious Latin America-Asia Travel Excellence Award for the Most Unique Tour in Latin America.
* All tours are led personally by Christopher Howard, the author of 17 editions of the #1 perennial bestseller "New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica — the official guide to relocation." Christopher has lived in Costa Rica for34 years and is Costa Rican citizen. Absolutely nobody has his proven expertise, connections or time-tested credibility.

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