Traveling abroad can be super tricky with dietary restrictions, especially when there is a language barrier. My husband and I visited Costa Rica a few years ago, and we found Elena's little compound by searching for vegan-friendly hostels on the internet.
The place is adorable and beautiful. I loved our room. The shower was a little twitchy, but it's a farm compound in the middle of a rural area in a foreign country. It worked, which is a lot more than I can say about some places I've stayed. I've read other reviews complaining about bugs. If bugs bother you, don't go to a rural area in a foreign country, seriously guys.
The FOOD was the best part. Elena cooked exciting vegan meals for us almost every day. Even when we went out, she was often with us, and so served as an interpreter to explain our vegan needs. I am quite certain that if she had not been with us, cooking and explaining, we would have eaten nothing but beans and rice for the duration of the trip. We were there over my husband's birthday, and she even baked a fantastic vegan carrot cake that was so excellent and amazing I still think about it.
If you are vegan and want to go to Costa Rica, this is the place to be, I swear. Elena knows all the great tourist things to do in and around Quepos as well. And for all the food and personal attention we got, this was a great deal.Pros: reasonably priced, delicious vegan food, beautiful surroundings
Cons: Bugs, but only if you're lame