Popo's treehouses, Carrillo Beach, Surfing, Kayaki
Costa Rica is a paradise for lovers of wildlife, adventures, blue skies, ocean waves lapping sandy beaches and rivers winding through lush forests. It's a slower pace with a laid-back rhythm.OUR CALENDAR ISN'T ACCURATE -CHECK WITH US.If you're 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 described it, aptly, as "5-star camping"].The treehouses are very basic but have WiFi and nice small kitchens, besides good beds and full bathrooms [showers]. If you want adventure you can keep busy for days.There are 2 treehouses built of local woods and tree trunks. Upstairs each treehouse has a double bed, a set of twin bunk beds, a ceiling fan, screens and a balcony to sit on. Downstairs is a small, fairly open kitchen with a table and chairs, 2 burner stove, fridge, and sink. The bathroom is also downstairs.Instead of the usual sounds of cars, lawnmowers and blowers, etc. There are early morning roosters, howler monkeys, macaws etc. in the surrounding lush trees.
Tad ["Popo"], Susie and the children [27, 23, 20, 18 and 10 yrs. yrs.] are totally bilingual and love to interact with the guests and include them in family activities. [Most of the older children are no longer living at home, now, but nearby]. Tad's main businesses are kayaking and surfing. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of the local flora, fauna, and history of the area. Susie has a language school and teaches yoga and the boys have a surfing school [Blue Barrel Surfing] and help with kayak trips..
The BEAUTIFUL Carrillo Beach is just 400 or so yards down the road. There is great protected ocean swimming at the lovely, nearly private beach.Carrillo is a wonderful, still sleepy, village with quite a few restaurants within a 5 minute's walk. For more nightlife and restaurants, Samara is just 3 miles down the nicely paved road [it's paved all the way from both airports.]
The drive to Popo's from the airport in Liberia is about 2 hours and Popo's can arrange transportation for you if you don't rent a car. The drive from San Jose is 3 to 4 hours. There is a local bus and bikes can be rented, so a car isn't essential but--nice to have to explore the area---and it does get hot!TripAdvisor property ID 3002517...Read more
Left on 06/26/2015 for a stay in June 2015 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jun 26, 2015Stayed Jun 2015
No safety - fan sliced child's foot from top bunk
No Popo family- Tad? Surfer kids?
No travel advice
No screens for mosquitos- watch out for dengue fever which is going around
Not as advertised and reviewed
We're sorry you found your experience at Popo's so negative.The review prior to yours is the way the majority of our guests feel.
All the things you listed as "No's are actually "Yes"'s [except for Tad having to be out of town on business during this "off season" booking]. I won't go down the list, one by one, but if you had asked Susie for ANYTHING on the list she would have set it up for you immediately and given you any info you ASKED for but she doesn't try to pressure anyone into anything. She let you use her phone and WiFi numerous times [the next guests said the WiFi worked fine for THEM!]. Of course the bedrooms are screened!
When your grown son's foot was cut by the fan [and it NEVER would have been cut if he hadn't pushed the bunk beds right UNDER THE FAN!] When you mentioned it to Susie and she asked to see it, you said,"It's no big deal, it's OK, now". Again, I'm sorry this didn't work for YOU but glad it does for most of our guests
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