Hi! I'm 67 years old.
I grew up on Long Island...attended college in Boston (Emerson College). Received a BS in Speech Education and a Masters In Speech with a concentration in Drama Therapy. I taught English, Speech and Drama on the H.S. level in NY. Spent a summer in the Garment Industry (knitwear)...and eventually got into the Swimwear Industry. I retired after a 36 year career.
I had been traveling Costa Rica since 1999...and opened up the Toucan Stay Inn 3 years ago. I am pleased to say that with a lot of effort and blessings, we have been in the Top Ten Hotels/B&B's on the Caribbean Coast for over 2 years. We received a Trip Advisor "5 STAR Certificate of Excellence for both 2012 and 2013. We also have the Highest Customer Acceptance Rating (97%) of all the hotels.
I was widowed in 1998 after 30 years of a wonderful marriage and remarried 2 years ago. My wife is from from Bogota, Colombia...and she recently became a US Citizen. When not in Costa Rica, we try to travel as much as we can.
I am blessed to have a wonderful daughter who is successful in the property management business...and she too is happily married. She, too, is a "people person" .
When I began to travel...there were times that I wished I knew someone who could give me some "direction" as to what to do or see. I feel that every new guest to Costa Rica might wish they had a friend to suggest the "special" places, the best restaurants, adventures, hiking trails, beaches etc. etc. etc. I try to be that friend to each and every guest. If they choose to be alone...and explore on their own..."so be it". However, I'm here to assist my guests in making their vacation a memorable one.
Mike, the manager, lives on the property...and he is also here to share that "mission" of assisting our guests with arrangements for tours or adventures.
I have always enjoyed the Caribbean, and have explored many an island in my day. I love music, snorkeling, tasty cuisine, Carmenere wine, dozing off in a hammock...and the smell of clean air. (no pollution). I am constantly adding to our garden property with places for our guests to relax and enjoy the "tranquility". When I was offered this 1/2 acre plus garden in 2006...I also found a sign that read "If you are lucky enough to live near the beach...you're lucky enough". So, that sign is now displayed above our front gate.