As Xinia had already posted, we had the pleasure to stay with Xinia and her family on the front-end and back-end of our Costa Rican vacation. We were celebrating my daughter’s senior year of high school and hoping to create some memories. Well, our vacation was a tremendous success and our stay at Xinia’s Costa Rica Vacation Stay helped create some lasting memories.
We initially were planning a “traditional” vacation by staying at hotels and resorts that most American’s would normally choose, but decided to look outside the box for some alternative experiences. After researching some unique eco lodges, well known in Costa Rica, I discovered a website, www.costaricalearn.com, that offered some very valuable information on planning a Costa Rican vacation.
This site was developed by Ann Cabezas Creed, who had lived in Costa Rica for many years, and has 15 years of travel planning experience in Costa Rica. She offers vacation planning using her knowledge and experiences to create customized vacations. Ann handles all the lodging, transportation and excursion reservations for the trip at NO EXTRA COST TO YOU. She is compensated by the hotels and tour companies.
While planning this trip and realizing that we needed to stay near the San Jose International Airport (SJO) on both ends of our trip, she inquired whether we were open to a unique opportunity to stay at a bed & breakfast like place like Xinia’s Costa Rica Vacation Stay B&B. By staying with Xinia, she would pick us up at SJO and offer individualized tours of the surrounding areas and an opportunity to experience life in a typical Costa Rican family’s home, including meals. An overall wonderful cultural experience.
We saw this as a unique opportunity and gladly accepted this option….
What a great choice. Xinia picked us up at SJO and proceeded to a popular local restaurant for lunch and got a chance to see the area before heading to her home. We got a chance to meet her husband, Rolando, and son, Bryan. Had a wonderful traditional Costa Rican dinner and even serenaded by Rolando and Xinia. Rolando with his guitar and accordion.
The next day we arose to a wonderful full breakfast, with fresh fruit from her garden., and delicious freshly brewed Costa Rican Coffee. Afterwards we spent the day at La Paz Waterfalls and Doka Four Generations coffee tour Dinner was prepared by Xinia at her place, typical Costa Rica fresh veges and fish. Dinner with Xinia, where she taught my daughter how to make fried plantains, those hugh bananas which are a mainstay of Costa Rican’s diet.
Early the next morning, again we awakened to another full breakfast, while waiting for our transportation to Arenal Volcano and our stay at Rancho Margot.
As we said our goodbyes and hugs, we were looking forward to staying with Xinia and her family our last night in Costa Rica. In fact, we left some of our purchases at her house, thus avoiding the schlepping of these items around Costa Rica.
After our last leg of our trip ended in the Peninsula Osa at Encanta La Vida, Xinia met us at the Sansa terminal. Went back to”our” home, where we had a snack and a little R&R before we went out to dinner at Luna de Valencia, which was recommended to me by a friend in Costa Rica. This is a authentic Spanish restaurant located in the hills approx 30 minutes outside Alajuela.
That last morning, Xinia drove us to the airport at 4:30am to catch our flight home.
As we were saying goodbye again, we felt a bit sad knowing that we would not be seeing our new adopted Costa Rican family for some time. We invited Xinia and her family to come to Michigan to visit and hopefully see snow which Xinia and Rolando have never experienced.
I would HIGHLY recommended anyone thinking about a vacation in Costa Rica to contact Ann Cabezas Creed www.costaricalearn.com to assist with the planning…and to definitely stay a couple of days with Xinia and her family. It truly added a new dimension to our vacation and have built our first friendships in this country.
We are missing our Xinia…and look forward to the next visit.
Curtis, Sandi & Nicole Kuttanuer — with Ann Cabezas Creed, Colie Kuttnauer, Xinia Murillo and Sandi Sullivan Kuttnauer.