Come, enjoy and get to know Costa Rica as few folks do. Participate in a wholesome family environment as a most welcomed guest. Costa Ricans, by nature, are a jovial and hospitable people. We’ve selected a number of nice homes exemplifying this good nature, with pleasant, comfortable accommodations, and hosts anxious to share our culture and the warmth of their family with visitors of good will.
Marcela & Vernon Bell
Whether you plan to stay a couple of nights or a couple of weeks, you’ll find a HomeStay experience in Costa Rica enlightening, entertaining, economical, and most enjoyable.
And you’ll get to know Costa Rica and Costa Ricans as you never would, in any other way.
You can think of BELLS’ HOME HOSPITALITY (BHH) as a B&B in that a hearty breakfast is included in the price, but in reality BHH is more, it’s a HomeStay. Differentiating a HomeStay is that you’ll be guests in the private home of a “tico” family and invited to participate in family activities, meet the relatives and friends, involve yourself to the point that you wish, and get a native’s view of ‘Costaricana’. You’ll get tips on places to go and things to see, on shopping and transportation, as we say, you’ll get to know Costa Rica as you never would, in any other way.
Most of our host homes are located in the residential suburbs of metropolitan San José, all have a friendly, healthy family environment, anxious to receive you as welcomed guests, to share the warmth of their families, orient you to the Costa Rica we know, and to make your visit more meaningful, a real cross-cultural experience you’ll treasure for many years to come.
Our hosts and their homes are varied, but all are close to reliable, frequent, public transportation, some offer single accommodations only, while others have double and/or twin bed accommodations. Some speak English others don’t. Some have children others don’t, some have pets, some are smokers, others are not. Some have bathrooms exclusively for the use of guests, others are shared with the family. All have hot water showers. WIFI Internet access is available at the Bell residence. You can indicate what your requirements are and we’ll match you to the appropriate host family.
Hosts have varied occupational and leisure time interests and you may want to mention your own with the possibility of matching like interests.
Review the preceding, think about what your particular interests and/or requirements are and let us know. We’ll place you with the family that will assure you have an extra enjoyable stay while in this lovely country.
We have left dinner with the family optional and you may make daily, flexible arrangements with your hostess regarding the evening meal. Dinners are charged at $10.00 each p.p. and are payable directly to your hostess. Light laundry service is available at a small additional charge in most homes and there are many commercial, next day services available throughout San José.
Spanish is the native language of Costa Rica, but you’ll be surprised how many people speak and understand English and are anxious to improve it by practicing with you. In most of our host families, someone speaks English at one level or another. Many visitors find that if they can handle even ‘survival’ Spanish, their proficiency level rises considerably during a total immersion HomeStay experience in a Spanish speaking environment. You be the judge, let us know how you feel about the language consideration and we’ll match you up accordingly …”No problema”.
In closing, I just want to mention that as a 25 year resident of Costa Rica and realizing it has ‘barely’ been discovered as the superb holiday destination that it is, I’m sure you’re going to enjoy your visit to Costa Rica. And knowing the “ticos” and our host families as we do, we’re even more certain your enjoyment and appreciation of Costa Rica and its way of life will be enhanced many times over by experiencing ‘Costaricana’ first hand with a BHH HomeStay.