(17 Reviews)
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Debbie Isom

Solsberry, IN
Your Leisure Professional

I have over 43 years of experience as a leisure travel agent, allowing me to assist in every part of planning - from simply dreaming to finally enjoying. No trip is too complicated. So regardless of your unique travel requirements, I can create yo...
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Costa Rica Connoisseur

Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

In recent years, I have traveled to my favorite destination, Costa Rica, three times. Due to my many adventures across this beautiful country, I have fallen in love with it. 

My numerous trips have taken me to many areas of the country, from near the northern border with Nicaragua to the southern border with Panama. 

My favorite location is Monteverde, where the cloud forest is at. Home to over 2% of the world’s biodiversity, many scientists come here for research. Hiking with a guide, you may see monkeys, birds, insects, snakes, and spiders on your way to the Continental Divide. For adventurers, you can zip line, cross suspension bridges, or ride a sky tram. For those less adventurous or families, you can take a night hike, tour a coffee/chocolate/sugar cane farm, or visit a butterfly farm, frog pond, or hummingbird garden. With an elevation of 4,662’ above sea level, you’ll find a cooler, more comfortable climate. 

La Fortuna is another area with a lot to do for various activity levels. Home to Arenal Volcano, the country’s best-known volcano, with a peak reaching 5,437’. The top rejuvenating experience is to visit one of the many hot springs. The volcano heats the water and is full of minerals from the earth. There is also hiking, rappelling, waterfalls, hanging bridges, horseback riding, river rafting, kayaking, windsurfing, and more. 

For unique wildlife viewing, Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean side offers an opportunity to view the Green Sea, hawksbill (July to October), and leatherback (February to April) turtles nesting on the beach. In the Osa Peninsula in the south, you can see dolphins year-round and humpback whales in August, September, January, and February. Both locations are tropical forests with abundant rain, hot temperatures, and humid conditions. When I say humid, I mean HUMID! 

Other beautiful locations are San Jose, with its architecture, museums, and history; the Guanacaste area, with its Pacific beaches and surfing; Jaco, with its proximity to national parks like Carara and Manuel Antonio; and Sarapiqui, for whitewater rafting and farm visits. 

To fully appreciate the country’s uniqueness, I highly recommend doing activities involving the locals. They are a warm and welcoming population, with 92% speaking English. They love to share their knowledge of their homeland with visitors. Take a cooking class with a family, tour one of the many farms, and be sure to hire a guide at any of the parks. 

Costa Rica is a breathtakingly beautiful country. I specialize in creating custom-made, unique itineraries based on your interests. See why Costa Rica is a life-changing destination that will touch your soul. Pura Vida!

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Memories in Costa Rica

Not too long ago, I experienced the wonders of Costa Rica and fell in love with the countryside.  I saw and did so much during this two-week trip.  It soon became one of my absolute favorite locations.

During my getaway, I traveled to Carara National Park and Manuel Antonio National Park, which...Read more.

My Reviews

61 of 107 people found this review helpful
Hawaiian Paradise
Our experience with Debbie was awesome! My parents had some suggestions for our two week trip to Hawaii based on their previous travels to the area. We shared our thoughts with Debbie and she listened attentively and then asked us some questions about us. She then shared some great ideas and suggestions based on previous information and our likes and dislikes. Debbie was wonderful to work with and during the reservation process found some great deals and that added to the experience. We strongly recommend Debbie Isom for any travel plans!
By  David and Christine  from  BLOOMINGTON
Traveled to  Hawaii ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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36 of 64 people found this review helpful
COVID-19 answers why use a travel agent!?
I have used Debbie for family trips of 5 - 7 people as well as for myself and spouse. She has saved me when I've missed flights and saved me money and distress as we were, when faced with this recent pandemic. I always have lots of questions and she gets back to me with answers. I also leave the booking of day trips with her and we have had great experiences. She booked us wonderful family trips to Disney World and Jamaica. And she was able to get us amazing flights for one trip that went from Chicago to Japan to Vietnam to Ethiopia to Germany and finally from Ireland back to Chicago. All for an incredible price! We are eccentric travelers and she is able to handle it all. Absolutely recommend her!
By  Cindy  from  Bloomington, IN
Traveled to  Portugal ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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18 of 32 people found this review helpful
EPIC tour of western US
This was our second time working with Debbie to plan our family vacation. I cannot recommend Debbie highly enough. Her professional and personal style is a joy. We love Debbie! Without question we will continue to work with her for all our travel needs. She presented our itinerary with all supporting services exactly as I envisioned. Highly recommended!
By  Jamey   from  Bloomington Indiana
Traveled to  California ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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25 of 47 people found this review helpful
Total awesomeness!
Debbie was exactly what I needed to plan my vacation with my son to Japan. She was so attentive to what I was looking for, and I was so pleased with her professionalism and the attention to detail. It made everything so easy, and we could relax and enjoy ourselves with her excellent support. I would recommend her services very highly.
By  Jamey and JD  from  Bloomington IN
Traveled to  Japan ~ East and Southeast Asia
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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43 of 83 people found this review helpful
A great vacation
A very pleasant and helpful experience. Debbie was very knowledgeable and extremely informative as she planned out trip for us. I highly recommend Debbie if you are looking for an efficient travel agent
By  Chris  from  Bloomington in
Traveled to  Hawaii ~ USA
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Destination Expert:

  • Costa Rica
  • Carara Biological Reserve
  • Santa Elena Cloud Forest

Travel Specialist:

  • Adventure
  • Animals & Wildlife
  • National Parks
  • Couples & Romance
  • Family Vacations


  • Travel Leaders Certified Leisure Specialist 2015
  • Imperial Honor Award 1999
  • Imperial Honor Award 1998

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