Here at the Drift Away Eco-Lodge in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, we know that an incredible guest experience starts with incredible service. One of the things we are most proud of is our team of hard-working, friendly, energetic women and men who are committed to helping our guests have a wonderful Costa Rican holiday. Time and time again, we hear from our guests that we have amazing staff. We know! And we want you to learn more about the Drift Away family – who they are, why they love their jobs, and why they love Costa Rica!
Originally from Nicaragua, Alberto has lived in Costa Rica for many years. He grew up in a family with four girls, and now has his own daughters. Today, Alberto is the head of maintenance at the Drift Away Eco Lodge. He fixes, builds, repairs, and upgrades. He can do just about anything – just like MacGuyver! What Alberto loves most about Costa Rica? “Enjoying the sea!”
Augustine is responsible for the wonderful and beautiful gardens and landscaping of the Drift Away property. He has been trimming and grooming the property for more than a decade – before the Drift Away Eco Lodge even existed! You can catch him cleaning the pool, watering the plethora of plants, or pruning the palms around the pool. Augustine is from Nicaragua, but has lived in Costa Rica for more than 14 years. His favorite thing about his job – besides the plants – is the hard-working people he has had the pleasure of working with over the past 14 years.
You can usually find Janel working behind the Drift Away Eco Lodge juice bar. She is one of our excellent receptionists, and she does a wonderful job helping guests and making sure they enjoy their vacation. You may also find her helping out with breakfast when it’s busy! Janel lives in the area with her two children. When she isn’t working Janel attends University, studying General Administration. “I like to interact with people and meet people,” she says. “I love Costa Rica because it is a quiet country.”
Lorena is one of the meticulous housekeepers at Drift Away Eco-Lodge. You’ll also see her serving or cooking breakfasts. She is married with three daughters and lives in a nearby community called Florida. She loves her country because “it is a free country and a country of peace. I love the nature that we have.” Lorena is fantastic at keeping the entire hotel clean and organized.
Rosa is our main cook. She makes hundreds of breakfasts every month for the guests here at the Lodge. Her eggs and Gallo Pinto (rice & beans) are delicious! Rosa is a grandmother who lives in Paraiso with her family, whom she loves because “it is the most valuable thing that God and life could give me.” She likes working in the kitchen the most, because that is where her skills shine. Besides hotel guests, she loves to cook for her grandchildren “because they always end up eating a little more food.” Rosa loves Costa Rica because it is the land where she was born, and what she appreciates the most are the beautiful beaches of Guanacaste.
Yanina works hard at keeping the rooms and villas at the Drift Away Eco-Lodge spotless. Yanina also helps serve guests their free breakfasts when we are busy. When she is not working at the hotel she likes to spend time with her daughters. “My family is very kind and respectful,” she says. Her favorite thing about living in Costa Rica is its abundance of nature and the beautiful beaches.
Yarlin (pronounced JAR-lyn) is one of the receptionists at the Drift Away Eco-Lodge. Her smiling face welcomes guests and she treats everyone with kindness. She lives in Paraiso with her mother and siblings, near her grandparents (Rosa the cook is her grandmother!) Yarlin is studying Sustainable Tourism Business Management at The National University of Costa Rica in Nicoya. “I love to live in Costa Rica because we are rich, but I am not talking about money,” she explains. “It is rich for me because of the peace and the beautiful environment that is here in my dear Costa Rica.
Bicycling at the Drift Away Eco-Lodge in Costa Rica is free, emission-free, and a fun way to get around.
In North America, Bike To Work Day is Friday, May 17, and Bike To Work Week is May 13-19, 2019. At Drift Away Eco Lodge, we like to think every day is a great day to take a bicycle and go for a ride.
Although we are ‘off the beaten path’, which means a vehicle is recommended to get to our remote location, we encourage guests to leave their car parked once they arrive. We offer free bicycle rentals to our guests (based on availability) as a zero-emission way of exploring the beautiful beaches, nearby restaurants, and monkey and bird-filled forests that surround our eco-lodge.
Riding a bike is a healthy, fun, and low-impact form of exercise for all ages. It invigorates and energizes. Take the hotel bicycles for a picnic on the beach. Ride up to a lookout with panoramic views of the Costa Rican coastline. Get lost on the dirt trails where you’ll ride by Tico cowboys on horses herding their cattle. Discover a soda (a Costa Rican diner) with amazing local food. You’ll never know what you’ll find!
Moreover, cycling has the potential to have a significant impact on climate change. According the League of American Bicyclists, 40 per cent of all trips in the United States are under two miles, making cycling a much more environmentally friendly option than pollution-emitting vehicles. And it seems there is an increased interest in healthy, sustainable and economic transportation options. Between 2000 to 2013, the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 62 per cent!
Bikes reduce the need to build, service and dispose of cars. According to the Queensland Department of Transport, cycling 10 km each way to work would save 1500 kg of greenhouse gas emissions each year.
It’s why we thought it was important to invest in free bicycles for our hotel guests.
So make cycling part of your Costa Rican adventure. Hop on one of our bikes and start exploring – and don’t forget to wear a helmet! (we rent those out for free, too.)
Guests of Drift Away Eco-Lodge can also take advantage of free rentals for surf boards, boogie boards, & beach umbrellas!