About Us

Costa Rica Focus specializes in custom Costa Rica bird watching tours. We plan unique bird watching adventures, romantic getaways, family adventures, and much more. We want you to travel the way you want to travel. It’s your vacation and we’re your personal guides, helping you maneuver through all the information and choices that will come your way as you begin researching your vacation destination.

It’s easy for us to relate to your travel needs because we’ve traveled just like you have. We’ve gone solo to new countries, been on romantic get-a-ways with our loved one, dragged our kids through airports, laughed with our friends trying crazy new cuisine, in short, we can help you because we are YOU.

Eighteen years ago Costa Rica Focus was conceived. The core idea was formed; a friendly travel planning service, from local experts who live, work and play in the destinations we promote to our customers.

Wanda De Vries

wanda [at] costaricafocus.com

Wanda de Vries, co-founder of Costa Rica Focus, was born and raised in the Netherlands. After she finished her international management and tourism degree, her goal was to live and work in as many countries as possible. She worked for different travel companies in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Surinam and Panama but it was Costa Rica that stole her heart. In March 2006 she moved to Costa Rica and made it her headquarters.

She loves her cat Poppie, her dog Nela and her horse Aquiles who she rides every day. Wanda likes to travel a lot and enjoys being able to share that excitement with others. She loves the incredible nature and wildlife Latin America has to offer and she feels very fortunate to have been able to combine her passion for travel, nature and animals into her professional life.

Joan Borreli

joan [at] costaricafocus.com

Joan Borreli, co-owner of Costa Rica Focus is a native of Pennsylvania, USA but has resided in Costa Rica for the past 15 years. After earning a degree in Travel and Tourism, and working in full service travel agencies in the U.S., Joan decided to follow her lifelong dream of living in a warm, tropical country. Enjoying the outdoors, and scuba diving, Costa Rica was the perfect country to start phase 2 of her life. Living “in the jungle” has allowed her to combine her love of travel with her passion for bird watching, nature, and the sea.

Joan is married to a native Costa Rican, and lives happily in the quiet countryside outside San Jose. She and her husband rescue street dogs, providing health care and finding them forever homes. They currently have 9 dogs of their own. Joan is passionate about her family (which includes her dogs), The Beatles, books, cooking and wine, and of course the incredible birds and nature of Central and South America


Whether you’re looking for an intense birding adventure, life list in hand, or just want to be immersed in the sites and sounds of Costa Rica (or Central America), Costa Rica Focus is here to help.


Let’s talk about your vacation!

About Costa Rica Focus

Costa Rica Focus is a birding tour company that offers customized Costa Rica birdwatching tours for individuals or groups of people and guided by a knowledgeable birding expert who will help you spot and learn about the beauty of the birds of Costa Rica. Let’s talk about your Costa Rica birding vacation!

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