Even before we arrived, the owner Merina checked on ferry times and schedules for us since it was Christmas when we were traveling. Her hospitality continued to be incredibly warm and helpful the three nights we stayed with her over Christmas 2012. She even bought us Christmas tamales made by a local tico who specializes in them as a present to us on Christmas morning. She does not run the restaurant at her place anymore, but opens the kitchen up to her guests which was so fabulous for us, a family with three children and a grandmother. We bought fresh fish one day and could cook for ourselves, and have the refrigerator for our food. The grounds were constantly being maintained by her other half, who was shyer yet friendly as well. The Jungalows were our children's dream, like treehouse forts, with outdoor living spaces underneath, fully equipped with hammocks, tables and chairs. The beach is just a short walk, and we found more beautiful shells than we could carry. There were plenty of wildlife species around- iguanas, howler monkeys, and lots of birds that Merina also helped us to find and identify. During these four days, we really felt at home and were sad to leave. After traveling now another 3 weeks in Costa Rica, we reflect back and consider Merina's Ancla de Oro one of our favorite experiences of our vacation.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Ancla De Oro Costa Rica/Cabuya