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About Michael Phelan
I live in Edmonton, Alberta Canada but I love this wonderful part of Costa Rica. My daughter, son in law, and my grandson live in the capital San Jose, so Costa Rica is really my second home. Come down, enjoy the house, and this beautiful area and the great people of Costa Rica.
Michael Phelan purchased this House in 2012
Why Michael Phelan chose Paquera
We looked long and hard and finally settled here because of the great blend of nature and close proximity to all of the services in the town.
What makes this House unique
Whether you are walking to the convenience store 100 yards from the house, or driving the winding roads down to the beach, you know you are truly in a different country and not an all inclusive that is identical to every other all inclusive the world over. Its fun to 'explore' and bit. It is also very safe in this area. It is quite quiet and the local people are very friendly.
Check-in: 8:00 am
Its a great new house so we would like quests to treat it well. Enjoy the house, the Nicoya Peninsula and the great people of Costa Rica!
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Basics in Paquera
The neighbour’s dogs barked throughout the day and night for 3 weeks. The appliances are in need of replacing - the fridge was very noisy. The springs in the mattresses were uncomfortable. The couch has no padding left on the seat.
The neighbourhood was welcoming and friendly. We walked in to town easily before we rented a car for meals and groceries. It was a great location to explore the Nicoya Penninsula, which has much to offer. The owner was always available if we had concerns.
Funny Thomas that you did not complain about the scarlet macaws that come everyday to the almond tree right next to the house...they are very loud. Or the howler monkeys....quite noisy as well. I think we have to be careful not to measure a vacation home in the Costa Rica countyside by the same standards we would expect from a 5 star hotel in north america. Doesn't work very well and isn't really fair.
NICE HOME FOR THE PRICE 3.5 stars.
We stayed a couple weeks at this house and liked it fine. Good fridge, great AC, plenty of fans, clean bedding. The house itself needs a deep cleaning especially the bathroom. Great price and wonderful location for exploring the peninsula. Local man across the road up a few blocks has amazing oxen. Go to Tambor beach and Curu refuge! Both wonderful, highly recommend the snorkeling trip from Curu. lots of hiking. nice grill in back yard, but no utensils. If you are bug phobic don't go....lots of ant, centipedes, spiders and even several scorpions I swept out. Washing machine was fun to use, I don't read Spanish. no manual. Also issues with getting rid of trash, problem everywhere. white tiles are great as you can see bugs so you don't step on them! The house is well appointed, we did most of our meals there. Bed was comfortable and loved the kitchen table..Local stores and bakery will provide what you need, check out the fruit stands, best pineapple, oranges and limes ever! Fish at Tambor for sale, caught by local fishermen.
Thanks again Amy for your stay at our house in Paquera. Sorry you had some bugs in the house but we are on the tropics so it can happen....worse if doors and windows are left open.
Paquera is a small town with lots of good qualities. The house was wonderful.
The house in Paquera was pretty, comfortable and clean. Any thing we needed was addressed quickly by the owner. There is a nice restaurant at the local hotel Gianna that has wonderful food. Curu Reserve is close and a great place to visit
Thanks Lisa for your stay and remember we look forward to seeing back again sometime!
Mike's Place is great
Paquera is not a tourist destination, but Mike and Manuel helped us plan out a wonderful vacation while seeing how the locals live. We had everything we needed , and cooked entire meals while there. If in Paquera, this is a great place to stay.
Quaint and Quiet
We stayed in Paquera at this wonderful quiet home for one week out of our three week trip to Costa Rica. We thoroughly enjoyed staying here! We used this as our home base as we explored the southern peninsula. There was a spectacular wildlife refuge close by called Curu National Wildlife Refuge that you shouldn't miss! It was nice to come back to this wonderful spacious home after a day of exploring. I would most definitely recommend a stay here if you are visiting the southern peninsula.
Comfort in the midst of the jungle
My husband and two sons really wanted to experience the less touristy parts of the country without sacrificing safety and basic comforts.
Thanks to Mike's bungalow, we felt right at home in Costa Rica!
To begin with, we were given very detailed information in advance about the property, the area and contact information. Then, when we arrived, we were warmly greeted by Nena (she does the housekeeping) and her husband (he built the place). What a sweet couple! They offered to help us any way we needed and showed us around the spotless home and showed us how to use the various amenities (including an air conditioning unit, which was quite an appreciated luxury in the hot, humid climate). The town was also easy to get around in, with supermarkets and an ATM close by. The highlight of our time there was a 10-15 min jaunt to the Curú Nature preserve. The quantity and variety of native wildlife to see there was breathtaking (although there was also quite a bit of wildlife right outside our window, too!).
I highly recommend making the visit to Paquera and staying at this property.
Thanks for the memorable experience!
This laid back area of Costa Rica is like life may have been almost a hundred years ago. Not many tourists and a very 'typical' Costa Rican feel to the pace of life. Oxcarts are still used regularly to haul goods and horses are not uncommon. Not much English spoken in the area, which adds to the cultural experience. Paquera and the lower Nicoya Peninsula have not yet been overly developed, even though two of the best beaches in the country, Santa Teresa and Montezuma are here. Curu Biological Reserve is just 10 minutes from the house. From there, take the 10 minute boat ride over to Isla Tortuga for the best diving and snorkeling on the peninsula! The closest beach is Playa Organos. It is a beautiful 2 kilometer long stretch with a fair sized river on one end that flows into the pacific. An absolute must is the night kayak plankton bio luminescence tour! It is in the Playa Organos area and can be booked through Bahia Rica Tours. Isla Tortuga can be seen from Playa Organos with a sharp eye or binoculars. A little further down the coast, the busier tourist towns of Montezuma and Santa Teresa are always lively.