Welcome to The Bells’ Home Hospitality B&B

homestayBed and breakfast with a Costa Rican host family. Comfortable lodging with home stay accommodations, a pleasant change from impersonal hotels. Your family stay will give you a different insight to Costa Rica.

Discover a cross-cultural Costa Rica, a highly personalized experience affording you a one on one orientation to this unique country with tips on what is happening while you are here, what’s to see, how to get about and around off the beaten path, and where to shop for bargains! Besides visiting Costa Rica, you will experience it!

The difference between a HomeStay and a hotel (or even a B&B or Inn) is that with us you won’t be just one among many other guests, which will give you the opportunity to get a good exposure to ‘Costaricana’. You’ll have the guest room of your host home, and if you like a private bath as well, and enjoy sharing the rest of the home as though you were one of the family.

If you’d like to take tours, there are many to choose from, from whitewater rafting, to volcano viewing, and taking a cruise in the blue Pacific, and we’ll be pleased to make recommendations and reservations for you. There are also many, many excursions you can do on your own to see the countryside at your own pace. We can show you the way, and will share with you our own experiences and those of our many prior guests. If you want help with an itinerary, we can do that too, it’s part of the service. We’ve been doing it since 1990. As you can appreciate, it’s really nice to come back to a real home after a full day of sight-seeing.

Thank you again for your interest. We’re certain you will find a BHH HomeStay most rewarding, as have our many guests to date. We look forward to hearing from you.

Happy Holidaying,

Marcela & Vernon Bell

What to expect when staying with us

  • Wi-Fi Internet access

    Wi-Fi Internet access

    Free Wifi Connection available for our guests.

  • Homestay


    Comfortable and private accommodations.

  • Personalized Attention

    Personalized Attention

    Welcoming, friendly, and personalized attention.

  • Tour Booking

    Tour Booking

    We can help you choose & make reservations to the best tours and attractions in Costa Rica.

  • Cross-Cultural


    Our guests are treated to a unique cross-cultural experience in a healthy family environment.

  • Great Location

    Great Location

    The Bells’ is located in the residential suburbs of metropolitan San José.

  • Hearty Breakfast

    Hearty Breakfast

    Made-to-order eggs and omelets, fresh fruit, breads, bagels, yogurt, jams, cheese, a healthy cereal selection, fresh juices, milk, tea, coffee, and your choice of a traditional Costa Rican breakfast made with beans and rice

Comments from previous guests

  • You gave us so much help with your hints and insight into life here that we felt well prepared to ‘go out amongst ’em’ and discover the Tico world.
    - Ontario, Canada
  • This was certainly a highlight of our trip – spending time and enjoying delicious meals with you.
    - Albany, New York
  • It was very reassuring to have a ‘family’ to turn to for advice, directions and loads of information about San José and C.R. Our vacation would not have worked out nearly so well without Vernon’s help on bus schedules, reservations, etc.
    - Tel Aviv, Israel
  • All first experiences should be like this one. I don’t know what we’d have done without your hospitality and knowledge and help.
    - Flanders, Belgium
  • You are good ambassadors for Costa Rica, helping us to appreciate this wonderful country.
    - San Diego, California
  • Thanks very much for all your helpful directions, highlighted maps, and the stories you told us about Costa Rica.
    - Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Thanks to you…our stay here…has surpassed anything we imagined.
    - Ontario, Canada,
  • We were received like friends and treated like kings.
    - The Woodlands, Texas
  • All of your informational tidbits were spot on! It really made for a ‘no glitch’ vacation.
    - Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • What a lovely, warm, friendly introduction you and your home made for our first trip to Costa Rica.
    - Louisville, Kentucky
  • The very best hosts encountered in many years of travel.
    - Belfast, Northern Ireland


Marcela & Vernon Bell

Marcela & Vernon Bell

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.

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.


1. Please complete the booking form at the bottom of this page. Full payment should be paid upon your arrival.

SINGLE: 1 person: $35.00 per night with breakfast included
DOUBLE or TWIN: shared by 2 people: $60.00 per night with breakfast included

2. Reduced rates are usually available for stays of longer than 2 weeks with the same host family. We can also arrange a stay tailored to your special requirements. Besides the information on the Booking Form, please advise us of the length of stay, if you would want full board, etc. and what you have budgeted for your stay. We will match your requirements to the appropriate host family and provide you with a quotation accordingly.

3. It is understood that BELLS’ HOME HOSPITALITY acts as an agent for the hosting arrangements and is not to be held responsible for any claims arising from either the guest(s) or host(s). Although all host homes have been personally inspected and selected by BHH with your comfort and enjoyment in mind, neither BHH nor hosts will be held liable for dissatisfaction with services or accommodations arranged.

Your Personal Information:

First & Last Name


Country where you are visiting from

Please give us a description of yourself, your interests and any special requirements:

English speaking family required:

Are you a smoker:

Your Accommodations:

Number of people in your party:

If you answered more than 1, please list their names, ages and occupations:

Private bath required:

Single bed:

Twin bed:

Double beds:

Your Arrival Information:

Date & Time:


Flight Number:


Contact Us

We will send a sign with your name to Taxis Unidos. They will bring you to your host family. Several car rental companies have offices at the airport as well.

Email: homestay@ice.co.cr
Mail: P.O. Box 1771-2050 San Pedro, Costa Rica
Call: dial 011 506 2225 4752
Fax: 2224 5884

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