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Popo's Treehouses, Carrillo Beach, Surfing, Kayaking, Adventures!

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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Costa Rica is a paradise for lovers of wildlife, adventure, blue skies, ocean waves lapping sandy shores and rivers winding through lush forests. It's a slower pace with a laid-back rhythm.

If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, are adventurous, self-sufficient, and in good condition [NOT appropriate for VERY small children]--- read on. If you're looking for 5 star pampering, it's not the place for you, [ a reviewer recently, aptly, described it, as '5-star camping'! ].

The treehouses are very basic but have available WiFi, and nice, small kitchens; besides good beds and full bathrooms with heated water.
If you want adventure, you can keep busy for days.

Click on 'Photos and More Information' for Tad's [Popo's] web site and additional pictures at the bottom of this listing-------------------------------
There are two 'Treehouses' built of local woods and tree trunks, with upper level bedrooms and porches and lower level bathrooms and kitchens, with tables and chairs. These are in a compound close to the main house in the midst of lush planting [the lushest time is after the "green season" kicks in [June until Dec.] The BEAUTIFUL beach is just about four hundred yards down the road. All the windows are screened but you will rarely see any flying insects, [apparently, a few people are bothered by them, however, so bring bug spray to be safe.]

Each treehouse sleeps four in one bedroom with an overhead fan, a bedside reading lamp, a double bed plus twin bunks, plus a private bath with heated water.There is a new, small kitchen in each.
Dec. through April is dry. The nights are in the 60's to 70's and days in the 80's to 90's. The nights are usually cool enough to use a light blanket The 'green' months--later in the summer until Nov., are very lush with more chance of rain showers and are more humid. November to April is about 10 or so degrees cooler than later in the year.

In SEASON, [May, June, July] the howler monkeys arrive and the toucans and humming birds come to feast on the papayas left for them. There are also roosters and dogs in the distance. It's a different world, with more natural sounds than we are used to. Most people love it, but that may not appeal to you.

Tad [Popo], Susie and the children [10, 18, 20, 23, and 28 yrs.old] are totally bilingual and love to interact with guests. Although the older ones are now living on their own, they, usually are available to guide and advise you about everything there is to do, give surfing lessons, kayak trips, anything you would like.

Tad's main business is river and sea kayaking in his 2-person, 'sit-on-top' kayaks; float trips down the nearby ecologically diverse Rio Ora or out to the nearby islands in the ocean; snorkeling and adventuring everywhere. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of the flora and fauna and knows every little nook and cranny along the coast line. Don't miss the experience of a kayak trip with him!

There is also great, protected ocean swimming at the lovely, nearly private beach; [by law one cannot build within 50 meters of the high tide line]; various adventure trips you might like to take, and biking, hiking, snorkeling, horseback riding, waterfalls, canopy tours [great fun!], Ultra-light rides, and on and on. Rentals of bikes, horses, etc. are also available nearby. You can arrange to have the horses brought right to your door.

Right next door are Susie's "office" [she teaches Spanish and has yoga classes] and son, Chicho's, Blue Barrel Surf School's office, with a delightful covered porch where you can hang out.
Conveniently, there is a small grocery store next to it.

Carrillo is still a laid back, little village. Within a 5 minute walk, there are funny little restaurants, a few upscale ones, and the Guanamar Resort/ Sport Fishing Hotel just 100 yards down the road. It has a bar, restaurant, pool, Internet access, etc.

If you pine for funky little shops, bars, music and lots of activity, Samara is just three + miles away, on a GREAT NEW PAVED ROAD ALL THE WAY FROM SAN JOSE [I can't stress how important a PAVED road is---no ruts or CLOUDS of dust !] At the many diverse restaurants there, and in Carrillo, you will find great meals for much lower prices than you are used to. There is a fantastic one for BBQ just across from Popo's entrance. Don't miss the wonderful smoothies and other fruit drinks made from delicious local fruits.

The local 'casado' [rice and beans, salad, veg. and meat or fish, ---all on one plate] is a great buy as are delicious steaks and jumbo shrimp.

The beach, Playa Carrillo, is just about 400 yards down the road [4-5 minute walk]. It's one of the most beautiful, clean, unspoiled beaches in Central America. You will usually have it all to yourselves. Its white sand stretches for over a mile around a semi-circular bay rimmed by shady palms. The water is kept calm by a reef at the entrance to the bay which makes it ideal for swimming [great for children] and for water sports.

The surrounding exotic flora and fauna remain untouched. At dusk, if you want a treat, stroll down to the beach and watch the flaming ball of the sun sink into the Pacific. Salt Water Magazine has named Puerto Carrillo as the top sport fishing spot in the WORLD, several times!

Eco-tourists come to Costa Rica to get involved with the environment and to commune with nature. Carrillo is still Costa Rica as it was before all the developers moved in. Most eco-tourism places charge their guests highly for the privilege of living more basically than they would at home, but we just want everyone to have a chance to enjoy this before it's all gone.

Quite a few airlines fly into Liberia-- about a 2 hour drive to Popo's, or to San Jose-[now, with the new road, only a 31/2 - 4 hour drive, by way of Caldera, Punteranus, then follow the sign that says, Liberia, BUT turn off to the left at the sign for the Taiwanese Peace Bridge and then head for Nicoya. From Nicoya you head for Samara , then go past it for another 3 to 4 miles to Carrillo. Pass the beautiful, long beach and go up the hill; in several hundred yards, just past the cemetery, you'll see 'Popo's sign on your left.
Without a car, LOCAL buses and bikes are a good option. There are, ALSO, 2 PUBLIC buses 2 x a day, leaving from the ALFARO bus station in San Jose [Take a taxi to ALFARO BUS STATION in SAN JOSE. There is a 12 noon bus to NICOYA and a 5PM to NICOYA. Change buses at the NICOYA bus station for a connecting one going to SAMARA and CARRILLO. It ends just up the road from Popo's.[Ask anyone]. SAME THING GOING BACK TO S.J. FOR THE TRIP HOME. The bus leaves Carrillo at 4 AM so catches all MID- MORNING FLIGHTS flights. There is also a PRIVATE shuttle service,[Google it] which leaves early about 8AM from hotels in San Jose. Must have a reservation. This option requires an overnight stay in/near San Jose as the early AM daily trip doesn't work with the available plane arrivals.

LIBERIA does not have a shuttle service going south to Carrillo but a rental car can be delivered to the airport for you or you can make arrangements with Popo's to be met by taxi. With all the places to go and see, a car is a good option, although there is a local bus and local taxis are inexpensive.

****PAYPAL accepted****

Keywords: Treehouses, beach, kayaking, surfing, adventuring

Why VRBO

Property Type

  • Cabin

Accommodation Type

  • Bed And Breakfast
  • Bed & Breakfast

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    Not appropriate for VERY small children who might fall from balcony or down stairs....moreless

  • Pets Considered
  • Smoking Allowed:

    It's all outside so it's up to you....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1

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  • Double Beds (1) Each cabina and/or tree house has 1 full size bed and 1 bunk bed set., Bunk Beds (1) in each treehouse....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1

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  • 1 Bath with shower in each treehouse.

Other Amenities

  • None of the usual amenities apply to this unique place!

Entertainment

  • Satellite / Cable:

    WiFi available but no TV...moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Ocean View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Spelunking
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone:

    Available to use....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Both of the treehouses have new, small kitchens downstairs...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony:

    A balcony, off the bedroom, on the 2nd. floor....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    A covered patio/screened kitchen area on the lower floor of each treehouse....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Trips avaiable on premises....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Available at restaurant across the street if you buy a soda or something!...moreless

 

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Holiday Season
Dec 1 - Jan 4, 2016
2 night min stay
$79

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Spring Holidays
Mar 2 - Apr 20, 2016
2 night min stay
$79
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$69

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning charge $25
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

All rates include a light breakfast and are for 2.

$10 extra per person after 2 people.

Deposits are fully refundable UNTIL 30 days prior to scheduled arrival. NO deposits are refundable the last 30 days prior to scheduled arrival.

50% is due to confirm the reservation. The final 50% is due 30 days prior to scheduled arrival. All deposits are 100% refundable up UNTIL 30 days before scheduled arrival. NO deposits are refundable within 30 days of scheduled arrival.


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    "Down the Rio Ora to the Pacific Ocean amidst lots of flora, fauna and sometimes Indian artif..."

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Sport Fishing, Sea Kayaking, Adventuring, Exploring, Canopy Tours, White Water Rafting, Float Trips, Turtle Watching, Waterfalls, Sunbathing, Lighter Than Air Soaring, 4 Wheeling, AND possibly shopping for your own spot in paradise

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1993

About the owner: My wife, Susie, and I have been living here in Carrillo for about 23years. We have five children, only the youngest [9 yrs] is still at home, now . We are completely bi-lingual. We often visit the States but always long to get back to Carrillo. Susie takes care of the treehouses-- and yoga and spanish lessons. I concentrate on the kayaking trips, teaching surfing, and adventure trips [custom].The ecology here fascinates me and there is nothing I like more than to introduce visitors to it and teach them all about it, then, in return, to get to know all about our guests. Tad

Why the Owner Chose Samara:
Tad: I was born in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, then came here from Colorado in 1991, met, and married Susie, [a beautiful Costa Rican girl] and have never left! We built our place here because it is near our lovely beach and great little town of Carrillo. It's also near a fantastic surfing beach [all our kids and I are surfers]. We have great restaurants and a laidback lifestyle but the nearby town of Samara has LOTS more frenetic activity, if you like that and want additional variety in restaurants and shops. Our roads are now beautifully paved but there is still the same lovely, laid-back atmosphere as before for a complete change from the rush of elsewhere, nowadays. Go kayaking and spot wildlife or Indian relics, lie on a beautiful, empty beach; go surfing at our fantastic double-break surfing spot; go horseback riding or on a 4-wheeler, watch the big red ball of sun sink into the Pacific; whiz over the treetops and look down at orchids and monkeys on the canopy tour. Pore over the locally made trinkets or pottery for sale. At night, enjoy the many restaurants with great food and drinks at great prices. THAT'S why we choose to live here!

The Unique Benefits at this Bed And Breakfast:
Back to nature! Who wouldn't enjoy a few nights in a tree house? If you never did it as a kid, now's your chance---and let your kids experience it. It's a complete contrast to ANYTHING they're going to be doing in today's world!


Contact us

Speaks: english, spanish

 

Photos

  • One of the 2 Treehouses.

    One of the 2 Treehouses.

  • Beautiful Playa Carrillo with protected bay just a few 100 yards down the road.

    Beautiful Playa Carrillo with protected bay just a few 100 yards down the road.

  • Ocean kayaking, then picnicing, from Popo's to nearby Isla Chora.

    Ocean kayaking, then picnicing, from Popo's to nearby Isla Chora.

  • Looking at Carrillo and Playa Carrillo [Playa Samara is the bay beyond]

    Looking at Carrillo and Playa Carrillo [Playa Samara is the bay beyond]

  • The beach, a few hundred yards away, is great for kids and for all ages!

    The beach, a few hundred yards away, is great for kids and for all ages!

  • Cooling off under a waterfall.

    Cooling off under a waterfall.

  • Bathroom with shower, on first floor, behind kitchen.

    Bathroom with shower, on first floor, behind kitchen.

  • Breakfast, Spanish lessons and surfing lessons. [Sign up right here at Popo's.]

    Breakfast, Spanish lessons and surfing lessons. [Sign up right here at Popo's.]

  • Enjoying a view of the Pacific from a high point.

    Enjoying a view of the Pacific from a high point.

  • You may find these local residents strolling along the road.

    You may find these local residents strolling along the road.

  • One of the Indian artifacts Tad scouted out along the Rio Oro

    One of the Indian artifacts Tad scouted out along the Rio Oro

  • Volcan Arenal -- quite near either airport.
Visit and enjoy the thermal springs.

    Volcan Arenal -- quite near either airport. Visit and enjoy the thermal springs.

  • Front of treehouse w/kitchen and bath & stairs; bedroom with balcony upstairs.

    Front of treehouse w/kitchen and bath & stairs; bedroom with balcony upstairs.

  • Kayaks 'ready to roll'!

    Kayaks 'ready to roll'!

  • Kayaking down the Rio Oro. Tad is an expert on the flora, fauna, + area history.

    Kayaking down the Rio Oro. Tad is an expert on the flora, fauna, + area history.

  • Nearby fantastic surfing beach for the experienced. Also a turtle nesting beach!

    Nearby fantastic surfing beach for the experienced. Also a turtle nesting beach!

  • Everyone should experience the thrill of standing up on a surf board!

    Everyone should experience the thrill of standing up on a surf board!

  • Inside one of the Tree Houses with balcony outside. Double bed and bunks.

    Inside one of the Tree Houses with balcony outside. Double bed and bunks.

  • Small kitchen, with refrigerator, small stove and sink. Stairs in the corner.

    Small kitchen, with refrigerator, small stove and sink. Stairs in the corner.

  • Sunset over boats@Puerto Carrillo, often named #1 sportfishing spot in the world

    Sunset over boats@Puerto Carrillo, often named #1 sportfishing spot in the world

  • One of our howler monkey visitors.

    One of our howler monkey visitors.

  • Tad/Popo's pet squirrel.

    Tad/Popo's pet squirrel.

  • Flowering trees in the 'dry'Spring. Then lush greenery during the 'Green' season

    Flowering trees in the 'dry'Spring. Then lush greenery during the 'Green' season

  • Spend a day/night up by Volcan Arenal and play in the thermal springs. Ask Tad.

    Spend a day/night up by Volcan Arenal and play in the thermal springs. Ask Tad.

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