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Mapi's Cabins #2 Near Ferry & Beach

Room in hotel hosted by Frank
3 guestsStudio2 beds1 private bath
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#2 of 16 NON-Smoking Private Motel Rooms: (NO KITCHEN = NO Silverware or Dishware), VERY TINY POOL 9'x14', Has AC, Hot Water, WiFi, Cable TV, Mini Fridge, Daily Housekeeping, Body Soap & Shampoo, Clean Linen & Towels. BBQ Area having 2 gas burners, sink, electric outlets and picnic tables. A unique attraction on site is the hummingbirds! IMPORTANT PLEASE READ our FB page for COVID update Office Schedule & under Guest Resources/House Manual/"DEAR GUEST..."

The space
CABIN #2 is next to end cabin, located on the bottom floor next to laundry, office and pool with Full Size Bed and Twin bed (No Kitchenette). It has a big closet and office desk drawer comfortable for business trips or longer stays offering Hot water (NO other furniture). 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 which makes this cabin, perfect to watch them!

NOTE: we're NOT beachfront property and appreciate your understanding due to third world issues and remote area we're located, that Wi-Fi service is not "always" reliable.

EAR PLUGS: if you're a light sleeper we suggest to bring them, you never know when the Fiestas are across the street. We also have truckers coming in the weekdays, they're the lifeline to Paquera, as they bring in merchandise or services needed to the little town but their engines early morning may wake you or when they come in at night. Usually, it's very peaceful but sometimes we have had few comments, that it's noisy and because we're a low end Motel, sound proof construction was not a factor.

Guest access
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.

Other things to note
Please be advised, to pick a cabin according to number of people to 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 have to change your choice of cabin, to match 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 unless you agree to pay an up-charge of $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 THIS cabin is not available for you, please check the availability of my other 14 cabins.

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. 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.

~ 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
~ GOLF Los Delfines Golf & Country Club in Playa Tambor 35 min
~ Bahia Rica Tours- prox 10 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-drive Tambor Beach Front Resort offers All Inclusive Day Passes
*Cobano- 45 min self-drive
*Mal Pais- 1Hr- 1½ Hr self-drive
*Santa Teresa- 1½ Hr self-drive
*Montezuma- 1½ Hr self-drive Offers Butterfly Farms, Zip lining and Island
Tours fees, you can check them out on their websites.
~ Curu Reserve- Aprox 30 min drive (MAIN ATTRACTION/75 ACRES)
Adult Entry Fees $12pp subject to change please call Reserve for Info
At front entry gate of Curu Reserve, you pay guard CASH (colones or
dollars) electricity is not available there, so he doesn't have a credit card
machine there's unstable electricity in the Reserve which also makes
technology and the credit card machines spotty or unreliable. You don't
pay the guard for ANY tours. You'll 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 areas. You'll see monkeys, other native wildlife
and or random exceptional animals that need rehab... Tours offered by
Turismo Curu could include Daily Tours to Isla Tortuga, snorkeling or
diving on the way there and the Bio-luminescent are just SOME of
the things offered, see what's more on Turismo Curu website.
The park has about 9 nature trail/hikes, a few ending at beaches.

PLEASE NOTE: Turismo Curu Tours are independent of Curu Reserve, though operating out of Curu Reserve. You can pay their excursions at their office in Paquera where credit card transactions are more reliable compared to inside the Reserve where the electricity is unstable and affecting the machine. If that's your choice it may be a good idea to have cash on hand so you don't waste time, going back into town or not being able to do or buy the things you'd like when there... Turismo also offers Mapi's guests, round trip transport, ONLY available at 7AM, for 1000 colones/$2 pp each way, reservations required. If you don't pay Turismo for entry fee of Reserve once at gate of Reserve, you would need to pay entry fee in CASH being there's no electricity at the gate, credit card machine is not available. From there you drive aprox 2KM, to reach Reception Center or Turismo Excursions. 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 some suggestions of the best way to see Curu:
* Pay entry fee to spend ALL DAY, to see the Reserve and take the boat
excursions another day with another Tour Company, like Bahia Rica.
* Do trails in the MORNING when most animals are active and
coolest to hike. Get the best of both worlds, doing boat excursions and
Curu trails in SAME DAY. It took me 3 hours, taking my time and did the
Toledo, Finca de Monos, Cangrejal and Mirador trails. Took ONE bottle of
water and finishing Cangrejal, I got another bottle of water to continue
Mirador Trail. Then I did an afternoon boat tour to Isla Tortuga $30pp,
leaving 12:30PM returning to Reserve when it closed. The price included
snorkeling on the way, plus fruits and refreshments at the Island.
* Do some trails in the AFTERNOON and the boat excursions in the
morning but most people enjoy their time at Isla Tortuga tour
and refuse to return to Reserve mid-day, which means they come back
at the end of the day when Reserve closes then 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
much time you want to spend there and what you want to do while there...

Please keep in mind; we're "not" or ever will be considered "1-star" chain Motels, so please don't expect or compare us to them... As a small family-run business we rely on your reviews, they mean absolutely everything to our business because anything below 4.5 will cause us to be dropped from Airbnb! Just because we’re not a 1-star accommodation doesn’t mean you can’t give us 5 stars, if based on "as described." We also understand, we need to EARN your 5 stars, so please allow us the opportunity to resolve any issues or concerns while you're THERE and provide you with the service you deserve. There’s some things we cannot change or not within our budget, to meet High End attention to charm or detail nor we have control over 3rd world issues. Feel free to “say anything” you wish in your reviews or private messages but it’s YOUR scores that will affect our standing with Airbnb, it’s YOUR scores that will keep that door open for others to come to continue supporting our staff and the economy of this small community of Paquera. This brings me to say, we’re still here at Airbnb because of your scores and we Thank you!

We supply 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
~ AC
~ Body Soap and Shampoo
~ Hot Water
~ Cable TV
~ All Rooms have private entries and bathrooms
~ Onsite Hummingbird Sanctuary and Chicken Coop
~ BBQ Area (See details below BBQ area/Kitchen Ware)
~ 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.

Is available to all our guests at "first come, first serve" basis. The counter top area has a sink, 2 gas burners, outlets, light, rods where you place wood to burn for BBQ and picnic tables. 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 includes Liquor License and The Cozy Casita 3B/1B House on the back for 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

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.

~ 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 well. 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. We are also aware of 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...
#2 of 16 NON-Smoking Private Motel Rooms: (NO KITCHEN = NO Silverware or Dishware), VERY TINY POOL 9'x14', Has AC, Hot Water, WiFi, Cable TV, Mini Fridge, Daily Housekeeping, Body Soap & Shampoo, Clean Linen & Towels. BBQ Area having 2 gas burners, sink, electric outlets and picnic tables. A unique attraction on site is the hummingbirds! IMPORTANT PLEASE READ our FB page for COVID update Office Schedule & under… read more

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1 double bed, 1 single bed


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Paquera, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

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.

Hosted by Frank

Joined in April 2011
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My wife and I enjoy fishing on our time off or making time for fishing, I found that niche in Costa Rica! We felt Paquera Costa Rica, was a peaceful place to relax and made it our second home. We wanted to share this hidden gem with others offering the "basics" like AC and Hot Water, that when visiting here we couldn't find without having to pay more than we wanted to... I believe you don't have to break the bank when traveling and staying at Mapi's Cabins, gives you that possibility, offering only the "basics", we pass on the savings to you, so you can afford to go out exploring, fishing, zip lining etc. Spending time with family and making memories is what life's about, it's no wonder it's "Pura Vida" in Costa Rica!
My wife and I enjoy fishing on our time off or making time for fishing, I found that niche in Costa Rica! We felt Paquera Costa Rica, was a peaceful place to relax and made it our…
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Our main residence is in the USA, we randomly travel back and forth to oversee the business and may by chance meet. But we have FREE Magic Jack available in the office to reach us or make any other FREE USA calls... Feel free to approach any of our staff, for maintenance or housekeeping issues.

SPANISH is the country's main language, so our staff is limited in speaking English, it's also difficult to find bilingual workers in this remote area. But rest assured, I'm only just a phone call away and my friendly staff won't let the language barrier, stop them from making you feel at home. So please feel free to have them call us, if you feel lost in translation, otherwise my staff would want to respect your privacy.
Our main residence is in the USA, we randomly travel back and forth to oversee the business and may by chance meet. But we have FREE Magic Jack available in the office to reach us…
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House rules
Check-in: 3:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Checkout: 11:00 a.m.
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
Health & safety
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No carbon monoxide alarm
No smoke alarm
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