WELCOME TO CABIN #12 which is on the far right of 2nd floor (see picture). It's next to the Open Semi Kitchen and picnic tables. Having a Full size bed and 1 Twin bed in one room and 2 Twin beds in another room, for larger families (No Kitchenette). It offers Hot water. What makes our place unique is the peaceful atmosphere unless we have the fiestas held just across the street, which most look forward to anyways... The main attraction on our property is the beautiful hummingbirds visiting our feeders located on the bottom floor on by our first building where you can go and hand feed them!
Everything... you're welcome to stroll around the entire property and help yourself to any of the organic seasonal fruits we may have growing (mangoes, guava, bananas, noni, papayas, sugar cane, coconuts, soursop/guanavana and hopefully avocados one day)!COMPLEMENTARY microwave use at the office and coffee is served in the morning or made upon request.
INTERACTION WITH GUESTS:
As much as you like... I'm usually in the USA but we have FREE Magic Jack connection from the office, to reach me when in the USA or any other USA calls you need to make... Feel free to approach gardener/handyman, that helps with the maintenance or any general repairs and the girls who will try their best in keeping your room comfortable during your stay. Our staff is limited in speaking English and would want to respect your privacy but there's no language barrier, to making you feel at home, so if there's anything you need, please feel free to ask.
We are in the small town of Paquera of about 2500 people where everybody is friendly and helpful, most use bikes and motorcycles as their main transportation. Not being over populated, nature abounds and greets you right outside your door step.
By feet will get you there and to the Bus Stop across the street or we can always call you a Taxi... We're in walking distance to the downtown area of Paquera, where you'll find markets for your main staples and other businesses (Bank, ATM, Gas Station, Clinic, Pharmacy, Dentist, Sodas/Ice Cream Parlor, Barber/Hairdresser, Police Station and Fire Department). TIP: we suggest 4x4 with GPS for this area. Beaches are Free Access but Curu Reserve, Bahia Rica Tours and/or other activities have additional fees, you can check them out on their websites.
WHEN CHOOSING YOUR CABIN:
We have other cabins to choose from listed on Airbnb. Please be advised, to pick cabin according to number of people, to match number of (size)beds. For example Cabin #1 has 3 twin beds for 3 single people or Cabin #3 is a Full Size Bed for a couple (2 People sharing the bed). If you don't choose your cabin accordingly, we'll change your choice of cabin, to the number of your party with exceptions: if there's not an available cabin to the number of your party or if the same gender and prefer separate beds or if you're wanting to pay for the additional $10pp/pn for the unused beds. Also the calendar, only shows availability for THIS cabin, we have other cabins available, on same date. So if your date is reserved for THIS cabin, please check the availability of my other 16 cabins. We also have special rates for GROUPS (6 people and up) or if you want to rent all 16 cabins, you would have to contact us direct for special booking group rate prices. Airbnb is not set up to do this unless you want to book them all from Airbnb at "as is" rates.
AGES 0-3 YEARS OLD ARE FREE.
Please add $10 for each additional guest, after 1 person. If particular rooms reach capacity according to beds, we also have available sponge foams, to sleep on the floor (at same additional guest price) but when booking, you'll see a pop-up, stating room exceeds number of guests. So you would need to pay us when arriving for the additional guests on foams.
~ Downtown- Aprox 5-10 min walk
~ Paquera Ferry- Aprox 10 min self drive
~ Beaches range from 20 to 40 min self drive
To Playa Organos, Playa Pochote, Playa Pajaros,Tambor
~ Bahia Rica Tours- Aprox 10-15 min self drive
Offering a variety of excursions: Sport fishing, Sea kayaking, Boat
Tours to Isla Tortuga and Isla San Lucas, Bioluminescent night tour
Kayaking, Snorkeling and monkey boat tours, to seasonal whale and
dolphin watching tours!
~ Bus Stop across the street, takes you to and from Ferry or other *cities:
*Tambor- 40 min self driveBeach Front Resort offers All Inclusive Day Passes
*Cobano- 45 min self drive
*Mal Pais- 1Hr- 1 Hr self drive
*Santa Teresa- 1 Hr self ldrive
*Montezuma- 1 Hr self drive
Offers Butterfly Farms, Zip lining and IslandTours
~ Curu Reserve- Aprox 30 min drive (MAIN ATTRACTION/75 ACRES)
Adult Entry Fees $12pp subject to change please call Reserve for InfoAt front entry gate of Curu Reserve, you pay guard CASH (colones or
dollars) for Curu Entry Fee. Unstable electricity makes technology
spotty in that area, the guard will never have a credit card machine
there available and you don't pay him for ANY tours. You will also be
requested to write your names and where your from in a Guest Book
which is mandated by and sent to SINAC (National System of
Conservation Areas) which is part of the Ministry of Environment and
Energy or MINAE of Costa Rica who is the administrator of the nation's
national parks, conservation areas, and other protected natural areasYou'll see monkeys, other native wildlife and or random exceptional
animals that need rehab... Tours offered by Turismo Curu
include Daily Tours to Isla Tortuga, snorkeling or diving on
the way there and the Bio-luminescent night tours. The park is filled
with different level nature trail/hikes, that end in different beaches.
PLEASE NOTE: Turismo Curu Tours are independent from Curu Reserve, though operating in Curu. They also have an office in Paquera which they take credit cards and may add Curu's Reserve Entry Fee, to their Tour package. They also offer to Mapi's guests, round trip transport, ONLY at 7AM, for 1000 colones/$2 pp each way. Once entering the Reserve, you drive aprox 2KM, to reach Reception Center and Turismo Curu and you can also pay there for the TOURS instead of Paquera. Though they may have credit card machine, they may not be reliable in the Reserve due to the instability of electrical issues (remember these are 3rd world issues). So you need to have enough cash on hand as to not waste your time to go back into town for it... If you don't have time to see the Reserve, the entry fee is non negotiable. It's up to you to decide, what's most time/cost effective to your circumstance. *These are our suggestions as to get the best out of your time at Curu:
* Take tours from another Tour Company, like Bahia Rica and pay entry
fee to Curu another day, to be able to see the Reserve ALL day.
* Pay Curu Entry fee, see only PART of the RESERVE early morning (when
most animals are active and coolest to hike). It took me 3 hours, taking
my time and did the Toledo, Finca de Monos, Cangrejal and Mirador
trails and did an afternoon tour, leaving 12:30PM returning to Reserve
when it closed.
* Pay Curu Entry Fee take a TOUR early morning, returning to Reserve at
about 12:30PM and see PART of Reserve in the afternoon. When
choosing morning tour, most people enjoy their time at tour and refuse
to return to Reserve which means they come back at the end of the da when Reserve will close and not have time to see it. Regardless, Curu
Entry Fee won't be reimbursed or negotiated because it's payment to
ENTER the Reserve, it's your choice of how you want to spend your
STAR RATINGS & REVIEWS:
We're only a 2-3 star category Budget Hotel and Casita, we appreciate that in your reviews reflect this and not on improvements, to be a 5 star category... There are some things we cannot change or not within our budget, as to meet High End attention to detail accommodations, nor we have control over 3rd world issues etc... It doesn't mean you cant still give us a 5 star review, if you focus on cleanliness, service and if listing is as described etc. We depend on your 5 star ratings/reviews to succeed but understand, we need to EARN it, please give us that opportunity, to make that happen while you're THERE. Thank you for understanding.
We supply you with the ESSENTIALS you need for your comfort, passing on the savings to you:
~ Clean towels & Linens, Toilet Tissue
~ Daily Maid Service (except for Sundays)
~ Mini Fridge
~ Body Soap and Shampoo
~ Hot Water
~ Cable TV
~ All Rooms have private entries and bathrooms
~ Onsite Hummingbird Sanctuary and Chicken Coop
~ Open Semi Kitchen BBQ Area (Basic pots, pans, utensils upon request)
~ Jetted Pool with Waterfall (See Pics, this is NOT a large Pool)
~ One public bathroom with outside shower by pool & office
~ Complimentary Seasonal Fruits growing on property
~ Local Menus offering Express/Room Delivery are placed in cabins
~ Security Cameras
~ FREE Parking
~ Complimentary Coffee and Use of Microwave at Office (by request)
~ Laundry (may be available for additional charge ask front desk)
~ Nearby Beaches
~ WALKING distance to Downtown and Bus Stop across the street
~ Refundable Deposits on Beach Chairs, Coolers, Fishing Gear, Etc...
Bring your own tents, toiletries and gear!
$5 pp/pn plus Additional Cleaning Deposit Fees start at $25-$175 depending how many are in the party. Upon evaluation, deposits will be returned. Airbnb is not set up for this, please contact us, to make arrangements.
OPEN SEMI KITCHEN BBQ AREA:
Is available to all our guests at "first come, first serve" basis. Please be advised to not leave any personal cooking items behind, we or other guests, will not be held responsible for it. Please show consideration for the next guest by cleaning up your area... KITCHEN WARE BOX is available "first come first serve" basis with a refundable $30 deposit. Included in the box is BASIC pots, pans, with other cooking utensils, gadgets like can opener and even sponge and dish-washing soap. Please return when finished, so as to give the opportunity for others to use or avoiding it to fall into the wrong hands, if left behind, resulting in loss of your deposit...
It's with great sorrow, the Chinese Restaurant that was at Mapi's has closed and relocated to center of town! But if you've been dreaming about a Restaurant business in this country or ANY other business of your choice, you can easily transform this building! Check this out while you're here and make it your reality! We have it up for Rent or Sale, the Sale price including Liquor License and small 3B/1B House on the back is only $250,000! =)
You're welcomed to participate in the unique experience of hand feeding these beautiful mesmerizing tiny birds! Ask the girls to give you a small hand feeder... Best time to try this, is asking when they bring down the feeders to clean them because that's when they're swarming looking for a feeder and may be enticed to feed from your hands!
TIP: Stand still and as quiet as you can
ACTIVITIES & TOURS:
We will try our best, recommending and/or calling to reserve for you, popular local tours & activities, according to your interests. There is a book at the office which is filled with different places to see and do in the area...
We also offer in-room massages (subject to if therapist is in town and her schedule). She's not just a certified massager but a Physical Therapist, she's the BEST I ever had (dealing with lymph issues, not many therapists are familiar with lymph massages, she's not only familiar with this but executes it very well) . When I thought maybe it was my personal viewpoint, I had another guest who is an avid travel cycler and seen also many massage therapists, being his legs get tight and cramped, also claimed she is the very best he had too! The reason, she's out of town is because she also teaches her techniques outside the area... It will be a special treat, if we're able to make an appointment for you! And I find her prices to be reasonable, for in room service. =)
Highly recommend "Las Vegas" also known as "La Puruja" (about 2 minutes down the gravel road from us). Don't under estimate its unique atmosphere, it's the best fresh fish, I ever had with very large portions, that you can share or ask for the smaller portion.
STANDARDS OF COSTA RICA:
~ Cold Water is the standard and so most prefer it that way (we have 10 units with Hot water and 6 that have cold water).
~ AC, is not the standard because many parts of Costa Rica are quite cool but our area is quite HOT, don't be fooled and make sure when offered AC, they're not offering just floor fans or ceiling fans which will just circulate hot air, we offer true AC.
~ Gratuities or Tips are not standard in Costa Rica, therefore you're not under any obligation but if you feel you have been given exceptional service, it will not jeopardize our employees to accept it, on the contrary, it will be appreciated being standard wages are low... We do suggest to check your meal tickets when dining out, to avoid double tipping being some establishments will already add it in, in form of a % service fee.
~ Septic Tanks are standard so most places have garbage next to toilets, not just for diapers or sanitary pads but to actually throw ALL used toilet paper. We have septic tanks and this is the custom, it does help but we understand not all our guests will be doing this, regardless, we still have our septic tanks cleaned year round...
We can only suggest and recommend other businesses we feel are doing good. That doesn't mean we are affiliated, taking commissions or discounts from them, we work independently from them. We feel we're doing our part with word of mouth, to support this little community and as a good Host, I believe in sharing, the high lights of what I know of the area with you. But we know how hard it is here for many businesses and they may begin to totter, being we're so busy running our own business, we may fall short to those expectations being we have little time to continue visiting these places. That said, WE can't take responsibility of how they run their businesses, how they treated you or liable for what happens to you, if you decide go there. We do WELCOME to listen to your experiences bad or good, as to update our listings, as to still mention them or not, to our future guests would be all we could do...
7 Day Cancellation 100% Refund
3 Day Cancellation and Same Day Cancelation will be subject to Good Faith Re rental possibilities. If we cannot rent the unit, there won't be a refund, if we can rent it, we will send back your money within 30 Days, minus a 20% processing fee.
Extra people: $10 / night after the first guest
Weekly Discount: 10%
Monthly Discount: 15%
Weekend Price: $31 / night
Property is as described, clean, comfortable enough and staff was always very friendly. I\'d recommend to stay at Mapi\'s.
Basic amenities, good AC, spacious, close to ferry.