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Thanksgiving in Costa Rica is Always Extra Special for Our Family

By Lynette Garet

costarica-villafirenze-03Thanksgiving in Costa Rica is the one time of year that my entire family is able to get together. With one of my kids away at college in the States, another away living and working in Mexico, I have just two still here, near me, in Costa Rica; everyone has super busy lives so it is always a challenge to get some family time in.

My family and I moved from the United States to Costa Rica in 1996. I can honestly say the move was the most positive decision I ever made for us. Having grown up here, my children are all fully bilingual and sort of think of the entire world as their own backyard.

Since Thanksgiving a special time for us, we always try to do something special.  My two kids that are away in the U.S. fly in and the entire family heads for the beach for the long 4-day Thanksgiving weekend. Generally we rent a house or condo in Los Sueños Resort and Marina. We’ve booked vacation rentals in other places around Costa Rica before but it is never quite the same as when we book with HRG Vacations and stay in Los Sueños.

Perhaps one of the reasons we love Los Sueños Resort so much is that it is so easily accessible from San Jose. Since two of my family members fly in from the States, that quick hour and fifteen minute drive from the Juan Santamaria International Airport to Los Sueños is greatly appreciated.

The bigger reason, though, is that we get so much with our vacation rental from HRG Vacations. Since we are such a big family, with my partner and I, my four grown kids, their partners, my new grandson, my sister, her husband and their daughter, and a few of our “chosen family” members who always join us to celebrate thanksgiving, we always rent a vacation villa with at least 6 bedrooms and have, on occasion, rented a condo too with a few staying there and all joining for dinner up at the villa.

Staying in a vacation villa at Los Sueños is the absolute perfect solution for these family vacation gatherings of ours because we get all the creature comforts of an amazing luxury home, a private pool, amazing views and nature all around,  a phenomenal kitchen for thanksgiving dinner preparation, the services of housekeeping and all the amenities of Los Sueños Resort and Marina, which include an 18 hole championship golf course, a world class spa, several restaurants and bars, nightlife nearby in Jaco Beach, killer surf for the boys in Playa Hermosa, and the marina for a family day of sport fishing (which we always take advantage of!)..

In addition to all the awesome activities and comforts of our vacation rentals in Los Sueños, and the resort itself, we are always relieved that we have the convenience of Automercado, one of Costa Rica’s biggest and best grocery stores, and Jimmy T’s Gourmet Deli, in the marina shops nearby, because no matter how well we plan, we always manage to forget something to complete our Thanksgiving dinner; thankfully someone can just hop in our golf cart and run out to get it.