It is safe to say that with my first “Hola” in kindergarten, I knew I was destined to live abroad. My Costa Rican experience over the last five years has cultivated my love for Costa Rican cultures and opened my eyes to the beauty of the country. I am originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin (go Packers!) and now live near La Fortuna and the Arenal Volcano area. I came to Costa Rica to manage two resort properties, the Peace Lodge and The Springs Resort and Spa. I was the director of finance which now helps me understand the travel market here in Costa Rica and bring the best value to your travels!
The Arenal Volcano is located in Costa Rica’s lush interior northern lowlands. In a country known for it’s natural beauty, the Arenal Volcano is stands out for its breathtaking scenery and endless activities.
I currently live in Arenal however I've purchased a home in Guanacaste so I'm always traveling from the rainforest to the beaches!
Before I came to Costa Rica I thought I hated coffee... now I drink a few cups per day!
My Favorite Thing To Do Is...
Show my friends and family around the country that's stolen my heart!
Top Tip When Traveling...
Go with the flow. Life here in Costa Rica is very relaxed. If it rains on your tour... dance! What's the rainforest without a little rain anyways?
Recent Traveler Stories
I cannot stress enough how amazing our experience was. Jessica presented us with excursion and hotel options, tweaking our itinerary until it was exactly what we wanted both experience and price wise. It could not have gone smoother! We were met at customs by a friendly representative of Costa Rican Vacations who brought us through the airport (even pointing out duty free for us😉🍹), helped us get our bags, and brought us to our private car/driver. Our driver, like the rest of the employees of the company, was very knowledgeable and friendly. He pointed out different sights and plants, telling us about Costa Rica’s history and fun facts as he drove us to our first hotel before dropping us at the front desk with our bags. All excursions, transfers, and hotel stays provided the same level of friendliness and ease. I’m the planner of the group, so not having to spend countless hours researching, reserving, etc. to make sure the vacation goes smoothly was WONDERFUL. All excursions were on time with guides and drivers that genuinely wanted us to have the best time possible. The hotels were BEAUTIFUL and serene with unmatched service. If you’re thinking of booking a vacation to Costa Rica, I can’t recommend Costa Rican Vacations more highly!
Melissa K. Date of exterience: November 2021
We had the most incredible family vacation! Totally worry-free from the second we stepped off the plane! We even had a last minute switch in hotels when we realized that one of the hotels we chose wasn’t going to work. Instead of spending my vacation frantically calling other hotels (with four young kids in tow) I went shopping, had a cocktail, and then relocated in the van waiting for us at the front desk! Thank you country team!!! I will never book a trip to Costa Rica without Costa Rican Vacations! Jess was such a wealth of information and made the process so easy. She expertly coordinated activities that fit everyone’s interests which is hard to do with a group ranging in ages from 2 to 70! With all the stress of the last 18 months, a relaxing and adventurous vacation is exactly what my family needed and Jess totally delivered! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Trish J. Date of exterience: November 2021
Working with Jess and her team made our honeymoon stress free. If you’re looking for a great vacation no matter what the occasion look no further. The simplicity of scheduling our excursions in advance left us more time to enjoy all that Costa Rica has to offer.The communication was on point as well. When I arrived I emailed about finding our transportation and immediately got a response. When it came to flying out of the country and having our Covid Test scheduled we were given the proper information and had no trouble making our flight home.We will definitely be using this service again in the future. I can’t say enough about vacationscostarica.com highly recommend you use them for your next great vacation!
Carter K. Date of exterience: November 2021
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My past experience of working as a finance director for some of the top recommended hotels here in Costa Rica--helps me understand the travel market today, and bring the best value to your travels!