Our Family

Luz en el Cielo | Canela


Canela is our faithful watch dog. After a near fatal accident as a puppy, a good friend brought her back to health. Abbie adopted her when she was a puppy and she has been living at Luz since we opened. She is full of love and enjoys meeting new guests! She is a great guard dog, and such a sweetie! Most guests have a harder time saying “bye” to her than us! We recently lost our Canela. R.I.P

Luz en el Cielo | Abbie


A dream come true. Luz en el Cielo started with an idea and a huge passion. The first time I visited Costa Rica, something stuck. I fell in love with the people, culture, and climate Costa Rica offered. After visiting for about two summers I decided that I was going to live here. After working in the hospitality industry for several years, I knew that I wanted to work within the industry. I have always loved taking care of people and making sure that they are happy. I want guests to experience Costa Rica in the best way possible!

Abbie is the heart of Luz. She is the owner, manager, and mother of Luz en el Cielo. She graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, in 2010 with a dream to open and run a hostel in Costa Rica. Two years later, Luz en el Cielo opened. With her passion and adventurous personality, she is determined to provide every guest with the best stay possible.


Yoni and Abbie meet in Montezuma a couple of years ago. Yoni is now our right hand man and is running the face of Luz. Yoni is from Argentina. He is a Racing Club fanatic. You might find him sipping on mate in the afternoon, chatting with guests. More info to come.…

Juan Luis

Juan Luis has been working for Luz for over 4 years! He started in 2010 and is now our oldest employee. Juan Luis is our security guard in the evenings. When guests are sleeping, Juan Luis is up and making sure you are safe! During the day you will find Juan Luis in town or at the beach. He is full of local information.


INFO coming soon!


INFO coming soon!


Gabby keeps Luz spick, and span. Gabby has been working with us for several years now. She is originally from Nicaragua. Gabby is a hard worker and keeps us all in line.


Vanessa is our breakfast cook! When you come downstairs each morning, Vanessa will be in the kitchen cooking up a fresh, local, Tico breakfast for you! Vanesa is smiley and friendly.


All smiles! Ballardo is our gardener, part time security guard and all around fix-it guy! He is always smiling!!He is working hard studying English in the evenings. Please feel free to help him practice his english!

Luz en el Cielo | Howler Monkey

The congo “howler” monkey family

The congos make Luz their home in the afternoons. You can meet and observe our congo friends in the cool afternoons, here at Luz.

Luz en el Cielo | White Faced Monkey

The “white-faced” monkey Family

The white faced monkey family tend to come through several times a day and aren’t hesitant to interact with our guests.

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