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Mapi's Cabins Near Ferry & Beach #3
Mapi's Cabins Near Ferry & Beach #3
2 guests
1 bed
1 private bath
2 guests
1 bed
1 private bath
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#3 of 16 NON SMOKING BASIC CABINS: Has AC, Hot Water, Mini Fridge (NO Kitchenette), Cable TV, WiFi, Daily Housekeeping, Body Soap & Shampoo, Clean Linen & Towels. SMALL Jetted Pool with Waterfall, OUTSIDE/Public SEMI Kitchen BBQ Area with Picnic Tables and Hummingbird Feeders. In this remote area, that's a lot to offer at a "budget" accommodation & still having an authentic experience in Paquera. Also because of your ratings "averaging over 4 stars" is why we're still here, we THANK YOU!

The space

CABIN #3 is next to end cabin, located on the bottom floor with a Full Size Bed (No Kitchenette). It has a big closet and has Hot water with drawer desk making it comfortable for business or long trips. 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!

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.

Interaction with guests

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.

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(URL HIDDEN)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 ldrive
*Montezuma- 1½ Hr self drive(URL HIDDEN)Offers Butterfly Farms, Zip lining and IslandTours(URL HIDDEN)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(URL HIDDEN)At front entry gate of Curu Reserve, you pay guard CASH (colones or
dollars) because of unstable electricity, he doesn't have a credit card
machine, this also makes technology and the credit card machines
spotty or unreliable. Welcome to 3rd world issues! 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 from Curu Reserve, though operating out of Curu Reserve. Their office is in Paquera which take credit cards and may add Curu's Reserve Entry Fee, to their Tour packages but it's your choice, to pay the TOURS at the Reserve or at Paquera. But if looking for most convenient reliable credit card transaction would be paying at Paquera. I mention this, in case credit card machines are not working at the Reserve, you have enough cash on hand, as to not waste your time, to go back into town for it... They also offer Mapi's guests, round trip transport, ONLY available at 7AM, for 1000 colones/$2 pp each way, reservations required. Once entering the Reserve, you drive aprox 2KM, to reach Reception Center or Turismo Curu. 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:
* Spend ALL DAY, to see the Reserve(URL HIDDEN)Take tours another day with another Tour Company, like Bahia Rica and
pay entry fee to Curu to spend your DAY there...
* See only PART of the Reserve in the MORNING.
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 (brought ONE bottle of water and
finishing Cangrejal, I got another bottle of water to continue Mirador
Trail). Then I did an afternoon 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.
* See only PART of Reserve in the AFTERNOON.
By choosing a morning tour but most people enjoy their time at 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...

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” that we’re not... 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 can’t 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
~ AC
~ 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.

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 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...

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Sleeping arrangements
Common spaces
1 double bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check-in time is 3PM - 11PM
Check out by 11AM

Not many... don't worry, be happy, enjoy and relax take in the Peace.
This is a family run business, we respect our guests privacy and value their comfort of REST, therefore please restrict parties, music or noises to 11PM max. All rooms are Non Smoking but permitted outside, please place cigarette butts or any other trash in their designated receptacles, which will contribute not only to keeping areas clean but benefits everybody's well being. Thank you!

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Dog(s) live in the house


17 Reviews

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Koen User Profile
July 2017
Quiet place, a few kilometers from the ferry from Puntarenas close to a small Tico community, with supermarkets, restaurants and ATM. Good to visit the beautiful Curu reserve and Playa Organo. Basic but adequate to take a rest after hiking. Very friendly staff. Only downside was that the room was very damp and smelling of humidity. Had to use the dry function of the airco to get rid of the dampness.
Frank User Profile
Response from Frank:
Hi Koen! Thank you for your kind words. Please to ALL our guests, it's very important for you to give us the opportunity to resolve "any" issues while you're there, being scoring us 4 stars can result in having us dropped. We strive for your 5 star ratings and willing to work for it! If ASKED, we could have given you one of our humidity electrical boxes, that gets rid of humidity and anything else you may need. We still appreciate your observations and will follow up with my staff to turn on AC before guests arrive! Thanks again for your observations and suggestions we will take it to heart! Pura Vida! Nilda
July 2017

Seth User Profile
June 2017
Very close to the ferry and easy to find. We were looking to find an easy place to sleep after a long drive and ferry ride. That's exactly what this was! Great communication as well.
Frank User Profile
Response from Frank:
Thanks Seth for your kind words! The ferry being so close is the main reason why many of our guests stay for a night... We hope our guests stay longer when they realize how much more they can see and do in the area: kayaks, night tour luminescence of waters, whale and dolphin watch, visit many different serene beaches like Organos, Pochote, Pajaros etc., deep sea fishing, golf, the main attraction is Curu Reserve and visiting hipster surfer towns like Santa Teresa, Mal Pais and Montezuma. There's also even Island hopping, especially the beautiful tourist friendly, Isla Tortuga, that offers underwater helmet dives or Costa Rica's Alacatraz, Isla San Lucas etc. Or just relax at the cabins, where nature abounds, watching the hummingbirds or listening to the waterfall sounds by our pool while lying in the hammock... I'm sure where ever you went, it was all PURA VIDA in Costa Rica! Nilda ~ Frank's Wife
June 2017

Chelsea User Profile
April 2017
The place wasn't a vacation destination for us, simply a spot to sleep before the next leg of our trip. I wasn't expecting a luxury resort and knew this place would be pretty basic. The room was tidy and the bed was fine. The A/C worked and the shower was hot. The staff were friendly and helpful even though we could not directly communicate due to the language barrier. For the price paid, it was an alright place to spend the night.
Frank User Profile
Response from Frank:
We encourage to read all details to listing, so our guests won't be disappointed in any way. The language difference is stated that our staff are limited in speaking English, not only because it's a Spanish country but in the remote area we're located, it makes it more difficult to find bilinguals. My staff will still patiently try to communicate with guests using (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) translator or you could request to contact us, we're only a phone call away, using FREE Magic Jack service... Requiring bilingual staff, limits us to finding hard working people and limits most of the locals to finding jobs, hard to come by in the area. We can only appreciate and recognize, that the backbone to our success is having guests like you who could still see beyond this by not only accepting these cultural differences but can also enjoy the "basic" essentials we provide. We and our staff remain truly grateful for your support(URL HIDDEN)
April 2017

Max User Profile
March 2017
Good place for late arrival with ferry
Frank User Profile
Response from Frank:
Thanks Max for choosing US as your accommodations! I'm so glad everything worked out... Staying only ONE night, really doesn't give you the opportunity, to experience what the area has to offer or experience fully, the peaceful atmosphere, that's usually the norm here. Pura Vida! Nilda ~ Frank's Wife
March 2017

Maren User Profile
February 2017
We were just planning on spending the night in Paquera because it was close to the ferry but we realized that the area is a hidden gem! Frank and Nilda told us about kayaking on the bioluminescent bay near their place- so cool! A must do! The room itself was quite basic and sparsely furnished but it accurately presented in the pictures and the hosts are great!
Frank User Profile
Response from Frank:
We're so glad you enjoyed yourselves... Yes, many just pass by and don't realize the many different things available to do... There are so many different beaches, Island hopping, dolphin and whale watching, Curu Reserve and of course, what so many claim to be "magical" the bioluminescent waters at night! We appreciate that you have made Mapi's your choice of accomodation, Thanks for your kind words! Nilda ~ Frank's Wif(URL HIDDEN)
February 2017

Hugo User Profile
January 2017
Nice place to stay on our way to Curu. Less than 20 minutes n'y car from the Reserva. Well located in a local neighbourhood. You need a 4 x4 car to go in this area. The room itself was all right with a private bathroom with shower. It's like a motel. It's a good choice for the price if you go in this area.

Aurélien User Profile
December 2016
Mapi's cabin is convenient, close to the ferry, close the curu reserve, and not far from other beaches. The staff is very kind. I discussed with Frank's wife to arrange our arrival, and for ohther information, she was very helpful and available.
Frank User Profile
Response from Frank:
Thanks Aurelien for your kind comments, we always appreciate our guests and for them giving us the opportunity to share with them, this little area of Costa Rica with the great diversity of beaches and nature it has to offer. Thanks again for your support! Pura Vida! Nilda ~ Frank's Wife
December 2016

Casselberry, Florida, United StatesJoined in April 2011
Frank User Profile

I enjoy fishing on my time off or making time for fishing, I found my niche in Costa Rica! I'm a family man and felt Paquera Costa Rica, was a peaceful place to relax and made it our second home. I believe you don't have to break the bank when traveling and staying at Mapi's Cabins, gives you that possibility, offering 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!

Languages: English, Español
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Response time: within an hour

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