John´s Picks organizes customized travels to each tourist or family, according to their tastes and budget. John is a reliable American
who has extensive experience organizing trips to Costa Rica for over 20 years. Get to know What I do

Why Choose Us

Extensive experience

John arrived in Costa Rica in 1993 and since then has worked in tourism and real estate, and as a travel agent. learn more

Personalized travel packages

John plans each trip "as if I were on it", giving tourists a customized vacation according to its tastes and budget. learn more

Great prices

John offers rates as if the tourist book directly with the provider (hotels, for example), but each trip is custom made. learn more

Extras for each tourist

Gift bags, addresses for great destinations, maps to locate hidden waterfalls, references for places to eat, phone and GPS for free, and much more. learn more


  • Such an amazing day. Perfect.
    Kati Thomson, Bay Area, California, USA. Horseback Rain Forest tour, hills of Jacó, November 2015.
  • A sincere thank you John for all that you did to make our Costa Rican vacation an amazing experience. Traveling to a country where we didn't speak the language over a holiday week could have been stressful. However, every step of the way, you made sure we were well taken care of and knew what to expect. Thank you for making our holidays so special. I have a number of friends that will likely be in touch!
    Michelle Rodgers (and Doug, Natalie and Alex), San Francisco, USA.
  • If you want to get the most joy out of your trip to Costa Rica, do yourself a favor and plan it with John. After being overwhelmed by all the choices and opinions on TripAdvisor, John was able to help us hone in on choices, work with our interests and our budget to really help us build an unforgettable trip.I seriously cannot recommend his services enough. Our family (3 kids ages 13, 11, 9) had a trip of a lifetime!
    Karen Zacarias, Washington D.C., USA. August 2015
  • John……..many many years ago you were the inspiration for me and a handful of my friends to follow the dream instead of the masses that are the rat race. I was the only one who followed the dream and have been living in CR for the last 13 years.
    Jeff Ruzicka, owner, Marlin del Rey Catamaran Tours, Tamarindo
  • My friend and I had an unforgettable visit to Costa Rica! John helped us find the best locations, lodging, transportation and excursions for our interests and budgets. He was available to us through email and by phone throughout our stay with additional recommendations and troubleshooting if we needed it! I would highly recommend John's Picks to any and all travelers to Costa Rica! I will definitely be going back!”
    Teresa Duffey, USA. February 2016.
  • John's Picks made our trip seamless and effortless! It was our first time in Costa Rica, and he helped us with travel arrangements, hotel choices, and excursions to fit our budget. It helped having someone who knows the culture show you around! We could count on him for anything, as he was super responsive and so supportive during our time there. As far as vacations go, I'd highly recommend him!
    Amy Berrafato, USA. February 2016.
  • The best thing about having you plan our trip John was definitely that you took away all of the little nuances that just stress you out when it comes to planning a vacation and getting to where you need to go. We got to every location seamlessly, at the airport our bags were loaded into the car by the driver, the rental car was dropped off by you, you referred us to hospitals in each region for our child, you gave us a cell phone, it was clutch. Thank you, you made it a true luxury vacation for us.
    Patty Calvano, Phoenix, USA. March 2016.
  • Thanks again for planning such an amazing honeymoon for Chaz and I. We would not have been able to do this on our own, or even with a web-site like TripAdvisor. Having help from someone who lives in Costa Rica, and knows the places we were visiting was so great. Having everything paid for ahead of time was awesome too; we were not having to pay for something every single step of the way, which was less stress. Also, the cellphone was nice to have; we were able to call the US when we needed to for small amounts of time.
    Amanda Roth, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA. March 2016.
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family, couple or group vacation to Costa Rica.

Beautiful Costa Rica

Costa Rica has established the largest national park system relative to its size, of any country in Latin America. They cover a sweeping range of tropical ecosystems, such as tropical rainforest (Manuel Antonio National Park , Corcovado National Park ), cloud forest (San Gerardo de Dota , Monteverde), and dry tropical forest (Rincón de la Vieja National Park).
Costa Rica’s most popular destinations for travelers include: the Guanacaste Province, the Central Pacific Coast, Monteverde, the San Carlos Region, the Central Valley, the Southern Pacific, the Limón Province and the Southern Nicoya Peninsula.

“If you want to get the most joy out of your trip to Costa Rica, do yourself a favor and plan it with John”.

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With John you can build your own package!

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