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Amapola BnB is ensconced in a tropical yet balmy Caribbean climate. The air is pure and refreshing. Breezes flow through the house, naturally cooling hot days. Our beautiful new home and guest house look out onto a breathtaking vista of banana plantations and the ocean beyond.
The guest room offers a queen size bed and private bathroom. Breakfast is served on our spacious terrace. Fees are $30 US a night which includes breakfast. Dinners are $5 a person. Stays may be one night or as long as you like.
Carmen speaks Spanish. She will be happy to give Spanish or English classes at $10 a session.
Our home is located in Grandview Estates, a community in Cimarrones, province of Limon. This development offers a community pool, stables, a natural waterfall, and lovely walks. The closest town, Siquirres has two supermarkets, fresh fruit and vegetable stands, shopping, and many services. Not least one can eat at an inexpensive Soda or enjoy fine restaurants, all nearby.
Amapola BnB is a great take off point for visiting many attractions unique to Costa Rica. The coast with its pristine beaches and azure colored ocean is just an hour away as is the city of Limon, the principal port of Costa Rica. The Sloth Sanctuary can be found along that coast. A few minutes from our home flows the great Pacuare River. There visitors can enjoy the thrill of White Water Rafting.
Somewhat more distant are Tortuguero Sea Turtle Reserve and Arenal Volcano. They are places of adventure and fascination.
The National Park Braulio Carrillo, one of the largest natural reserves in the country, is an hour away. There visitors can enjoy Canopy Rides (zip lines), hikes and guided tours. A tram takes them trough dark mysterious forests hundreds of years old. At times we feel we live in an aviary.
The tropical forest is a feast for birdwatchers: at the time of this writing we are enjoying a raucous convention of the great Macaws in nearby trees. Entymologists will find much to study here. Here we don't have roosters waking us up at the crack of dawn but Congos, monkeys, who begin their soaring choruses at first light.
Earth University, just past Siquirres, is a centre of studies and research in sustainable agricultural methods and products. This beautiful architectural complex is a place to visit and just enjoy for walks. EU is one of the top Universities of its kind.
Carmen and Mike Wise are world travelers. Carmen has spent most of her adult life as a teacher and professional musician. Her instruments are violin and viola and she also enjoys playing piano. Carmen spent her childhood in Peru. Mike started off as a Geologist and Mining Engineer. This work took him to many countries around the world. He now helps many clients prepare for retirement through his financial planning practice. Mike is Canadian. Both of us speak a smattering of French and Carmen also speaks rudimentary Italian.
Why are we in Costa Rica? Because it is beautiful. Also the people are the biggest attraction, warm, accepting, helpful in every way. Oh and we kind of like the pace of life where Manana reigns supreme.
We have people-loving dogs and would welcome pets.
Contact: Please contact us by email at Carmen@wiseword.ca or by phone 1 587 329 1659 (no charge) from the US or Canada. Our local number in Costa Rica is 6005 4430.
"Un servei de 5 estrelles, però a molt bon preu! Un lloc molt tranquil i confortable, ideal per descansar bé després d'un llarg viatge. Carmen i Mike són un matrimoni molt formal, educats, cultes i bons conversadors. El preu de l'habitació està molt bé per la qualitat del servei i les installacions que ofereixen. També són bons cuiners, i el que ofereixen per menjar ho cobren molt barat, tal com expliquen a la descripció. La luxosa urbanització on es troba la casa és molt gran i els camins són de terra, no estan asfaltats. És recomanable viatjar en cotxe propi. Nosaltres viatjàvem en bus, i Carmen ens va haver recollir a Siquirres, i ens va acompanyar fins al camí de la sortida. Ens van tractar molt bé i varem descansar com a reis a la seva casa. Moltes gràcies, Carmen i Mike!"
Toni — Spain
"All I can say is…wow. Even after we left AmapolaBnB, I kept thinking about it. I'm so glad I got the chance to stay here. Siquirres is not exactly a destination like La Fortuna or Manuel Antonio, however, this is a PERFECT location if you plan to whitewater raft the legendary Pacuare River. Mike is located about 20 minutes from the Exploradores Outfitters location. It makes for a super convenient stay.
Their home was spectacular and exceeded my expectation. The price was great. We even had the opportunity to have dinner with Mike. We sat out on his patio and shared wine and conversation while watching a lightning show over the ocean. It's a memory we will never forget. Lastly, we woke up to a fabulous breakfast of french toast, Costa Rican coffee and fresh fruit, again on Carmen and Mike's awesome patio. We did not want to leave.
The bed was super comfortable and very private. The home was the best AirBnB on our trip, super hot shower, great bathroom, private sitting area to watch the sunrise. I can't say enough good things about Mike's place. It's a little distance from the main road (maybe 12/15 minutes) but it's SO worth it. SO quiet and what AirBnB is all about. 2 big thumbs up. Thanks Mike!
John — USA
The following were the words of a wonderful young couple from Puerto Rico. Both are psychologists so were super easy to share with.
"Thank you hosting us. Every moment was memorable. We felt very comfortable with our treatment and with all the attention that we enjoyed. The room was very clean, the sheets lovely, and the water hot. You were so friendly and flexible. Breakfast of eggs, fruit,coffee and juice was delicious. As well we enjoyed good conversations.
We would like to remain friends. You are marvelous people."
Melvin — Puerto Rico
"How lovely it was to meet people like you. I am very grateful that you opened up the doors to your home, all such an honor. Your friendliness and service was a sense of being and an experience to always remember."
Yolanda — Puerto Rico
"Carmen and Mike are gracious and welcoming hosts. We stayed one night at their separate guesthouse and enjoyed the beautiful views and their company. After leaving and continuing to figure out our travel itinerary, their location made sense for us to come back three nights later. We were welcomed back and enjoyed the community pool and waterfall. We didn't have time to utilize the horseback riding. After another great night and comfortable accommodations, we hated to say good bye. They helped us plan activities and locations to continue our trip.
Carmen and Mike are the kind of hosts that if you want privacy they will respect it or if you want to share some cocktails, company and great views, that works too! Very laid back hosts. Their three dogs are welcoming and friendly too. We would definitely come back to visit our new friends."
Angela and Mike — USA
Welcome to Paradise!