Profile of Mike
Owner and Operator
Paradise Tours, Costa Rica.
Born in 1953 in Gainesville Florida, Mike grew up in the rural North Central Florida area, between Gainesville and Jacksonville Florida on a cattle ranch and hay farm. Hard work and a honest life led him to graduate with honors from his local high school. Graduated in 1977 with a Degree in Mechanized Agricultural from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Mike later moved to Costa Rica in 1979 to teach himself Spanish. for 6 months. After teaching English as a part-time job in Costa Rica he later worked as an Agricultural Engineer in irrigation and drainage for the United Fruit Company, producers of Chiquita brand bananas in Southern C.R. near the Panamanian border. Later he became a teacher and Head of Department of Mechanized Agricultural Engineering for 10 years in Costa Rica at a British Government founded Animal Science School. During this time at the British founded Animal Science School he went to England to received a 6 month certificate in teaching methods of natural resource subjects. Three years later he returned to England for a 2 years Master Degree scholarship granted to him by the British Government. After his return to C.R. Mike left his teaching job at the school to broker the export of ornamental plants to the U.S. for a short time. Afterwards Mike took his friends and families suggestion that he start operating tours in Costa Rica since he did such a good job showing them around when they visited him in Costa Rica. Vehicles that he imported for his tour business were in demand and popular with the local Costa Ricans so, in the low season of tourism, which was more pronounced in the first years of C.R.'s tourism onset, he supplemented his income during the low seasons with importing 'family' and tour vehicles from the southern U.S. into C.R. After a couple of years of seasonal tour business in C.R., around 1993 tourism became a year round business and with the family values of hard work and honest treatment of people instilled in him, Mike found it to be a natural transition from being a college professor to the teaching of the natural qualities of Costa Rica in his tour operations.
Since 1991 Mike and his company have been operating unique personalized tours
of Costa Rica to all the favorite sites and natural attractions and to others
not yet discovered.
Happily married for over30 years to his Costa Rican wife, he is the proud father of 2 beautiful young girls, 15 and 16 yrs old. With Mike you know you are dealing with a family man with honest family values who you can trust.
Mike has an extensive list of references from former and present clients who can verify his claims.
Don't contact Mike if you're looking for a big, crowded, impersonal bus tour company to show you around Costa Rica. But if you're looking for a unique, personalized, comfortable, convenient, safe and professional tour service in plain English with a knowledgeable operator, you found it in Paradise Tours, Costa Rica. We would be honored to be your tour and travel connection in Costa Rica for everything from our own tours to Hotel and Rental Car reservations, Canopy Tours, River Rafting, and Fishing.
36 years living experience in C.R. and over 24 years experience (since 1991) in operating tours with hundreds of more than satisfied customers, says more than any fancy website or brochure can say.
Book your tour reservation with a small deposit and pay the balance after the tour is complete! Your trusting us so why shouldn't we trust you? Looking forward to meeting you soon.
Your friend in Costa Rica,
Owner & Operator
Paradise Tours, Costa Rica
Unique personalized tours since 1991
Email us now! Or Visit us at www.paradisetours.com
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