About Costa Rica Gurus, Costa Rica’s Vacation Planning Experts

Costa Rica Gurus is not your typical vacation rental site. We are educators on how to get the ultimate experience out of Costa Rica. Our service offers more than just a travel agency, or corporate booking site who’s employees live outside of Costa Rica,  The Owners of Costa Rica Gurus have been owners of a variety of different businesses including Hotels, Nightclubs, Photo Studios.  We reside in Costa Rica 12 months out of the year and have roots in Costa Rica going back a decade. We live, breath and eat Costa Rica every day. Our goal is to help each of our clients get the best of everything that Costa Rica has to offer. We understand that today’s travelers expect adventure and something extraordinary but also free of the stress of everyday life.  Costa Rica Gurus deliver just that; from the very best places for surfing & sight-seeing, to partying & dining, to just relaxing on the beach. Without a local Guru, seeking out the best accommodations, tours and restaurants takes time & effort with no guarantee you’ve made the right choices. Costa Rica Gurus has taken the guess work out of securing the best places to stay, the best restaurants with the tastiest food, the most exciting nightclubs, the perfect hollow wave, and all adventure tours that will leave you in awe. And if there is something special you need, just ask! Chances are we will be able to accommodate your request. One of the best features about our service is, it won’t cost you anything extra. We never mark up tours or hotel rooms. Instead, we work hard and use our connections to get you the best deals at the best places. We are not satisfied unless you leave Costa Rica understanding what “Pura Vida” means and you just can’t wait to tell friends & family about the best vacation you have ever experienced. From the moment you arrive and right through your departure, Costa Rica Gurus will make sure that you have a truly unique & amazing experience. As we all know, unless you actually live somewhere, it’s impossible to know what the locals know…Unless of course you know a Guru :)

Here is a little bit about Costa Rica Guru’s co-owners, Mike and Marc.

Mike James(Co-owner)- Originally from Buffalo, NY, Mike spent 20 years in South Florida managing his own successful video & photography studio while also traveling around the world to work at various events. He first traveled to Costa Rica nearly 10 years ago on business and simply fell in love with it. Mike’s yearly visits to Costa Rica couldn’t satisfy his need for “Pura Vida” lifestyle, and he relocated to Playa Jaco, Costa Rica 3 years ago. Mike reopened his studio and has provided both video and photography as well as marketing and event planning for most of the restaurants, bars, real estate agencies, and recently help film an episode of the Travel Channel original series Bikinis & Boardwalks.

Marc Pontbriant(Co-owner)-Marc grew up in Plymouth, MA and is a graduate of Archbishop Williams High School.  He then went onto attend Fordham University in New York City on a football scholarship graduating in 1995,  Shortly after graduating from college, Marc started his first “real” business called Pro-Tech in Central Massachusetts. After many successful years in business, Marc sold his business to an S&P 500 company that operates in 36 countries across the globe. Shortly after selling his business, Marc first traveled to Costa Rica over 10 years ago on vacation.  Marc’s 2 week vacation turned into 6 weeks and he relocated to Costa Rica permanently 2 months later.  During the past 10 years, Marc has operated several businesses in Costa Rica including Costa Rica Choppers, a boutique hotel in Manuel Antonio and most recently the Monkey Bar in Jaco which he sold in 2014. Marc also is active in buying, improving and selling investment property.

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