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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
Available in E-book

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Costa Rica Books

The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica
Guide to Costa Rica Spanish 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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