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Poor Man's Paradise

on the Amaya homestead Costa Rica
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#32 of 59 hotels in Osa Peninsula
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Elizabeth L wrote a review Feb 2021
New York City, New York11 contributions
Robinson Crusoe adventure at its best. The best host and hostess. The best food. The most colorful guests. even during the time of Covid. Private fishing trips arranged. Private scuba dive trips arranged. Kayaking nearby. The beautiful ocean. Pros who can cut up your fish for you and then p cooked for you at lunch. Private rooms up on stilts with nice bathroom. Capuchin monkeys wake you up in the morning dropping coconuts on the ground. Lovely little children and their dogs play nearby. Everyone is very polite. It’s a long boat ride to get here but another boat ride makes the national park with all the greatest sites and easy 2 to 3 hour boat ride. There we saw a holler with baby, an anteater, a sloth with a baby, and a tapir. It was absolutely glorious. There’s even a Wilson soccer ball nearby so you can pretend you’re Tom Hanks.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Anne H wrote a review Dec 2020
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I arrived by boat and walked down the beach to the hotel. The staff took care of the luggage wonderfully. I loved this place and the experience it brought. All I could think of while I was there was: "I wish I owned this as it needs an upgrade". I could tell that this place was built with love and it is still owned by the original builder and family. It has had some time off from Covid and needs some money put back into it. It was loved and my room was fine. My bathroom needs its first upgrade. Toilet didn't work -twice, sink wasn't attached and the toilet paper roll fell off the wall on its own. Really, it needs some attention. BUT the place is old, wooden and fabulous. The view, the beach, the snorkling down the way, all of the rest was fabulous. The family loves this place and their heart is there. They just need the money and dedication to bring it back up to speed. Well worth the price I paid for it. Leave big tips so they can repair it!
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Date of stay: November 2020
Room Tip: Get one that has an ocean view
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americaninparis16 wrote a review Jan 2020
Paris, France307 contributions68 helpful votes
We arrived by boat and had a "Robinson Caruso" experience as the hotel staff greeted the boat and we all waded into the water to take our bags to the beach and our rooms. Very cool and quite exciting. The magic stopped there as the whole complex, which is vast, sleeps 120 people, is quite run down and needs some severe renovation. The sidewalks are cracked and broken, rooms clean but badly done, no water pressure and marginal hot water. Restaurant so-so even if family cooking. The service good and staff are helpful, friendly and can provide any number of excursions into the surrounding areas. A lovely idea started by the patriarch and passed on to his family. The family needs to now bring the complex up to higher standards if they wish to continue to attract clients. Overall, even if a great idea and adventure, a disappointment.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Marc G wrote a review Oct 2019
Zomergem, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium227 contributions55 helpful votes
After a boattrip iver the river and ocean you hace to jump out of the boat to reach the beach. So it is an adventourous start. We had a room close to the ocean surrounded with (palm)trees. We could see regularly pass monkeys, birds and other animals from the terras and on our way to the bar and restaurant. The lack of warm water in the shower was not unpleasan for us, as we were regularly confronted with rain at this time of the year. There is no wifi connection so you have to relax. Restaurant serves good meals and bar was extending its offerings (as they are considering to provide wifi and warm showers but that is not easy in this remote corner of CostaRica). The tours they organise are very well organised and we enjoyed the snorkling tour as well as the amazing visit to Corcovado National Park. We anjoyed every minit of or stay at Poor Man's Paradise, for us it certainly was a small paradise
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Date of stay: August 2019
indogurus wrote a review Apr 2019
surabaya58 contributions11 helpful votes
What a Paradise the location is! But what a shame Paradise has been Lost in the resort (sorry Milton). Very basic rustic cabins - no hot water and of course no a/c and it is VERY HOT. The bar had no Coca Cola and no tonic - so our cocktail choices were lessened. Also, loud reggae type “music “ playing when the clientele were all retirees!!! We were impressed on the first night when the waiter asked if there were any food dislikes or allergies. However, 2 subsequent meals contained the offending item (and it wasn’t a language problem as we speak Spanish). The Paradise did not extend to gourmet food, nor had we expected it, but it was beyond comprehension that juice at breakfast was from a carton, the cheese and ham were of the sliced, processed type, the bread - packet Bimbo, and on the 2nd day butter was “no, no hay hoy”!!! The charm of the beach and sunsets and resident monkeys is possibly enough to offset the feeling of camping (no, not glamping)..... remember you have to go everywhere by boat and the surf is strong so you should be fit enough to wade out and board the boat whilst judging the waves, and in fact we had to do a mid-ocean change of boat as they optimise the tourists and different trips. (Sirena was very hot and very expensive- long boat ride, not as much wildlife as La Fortuna and definitely not such a good guide as Guillermo at Bogarin). Check rates, as Booking.com special deal last minute was incredibly cheaper than going to them directly.
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Poor Man's Paradise
Which popular attractions are close to Poor Man's Paradise?
Nearby attractions include Naturaseekers (4.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Poor Man's Paradise?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at Poor Man's Paradise?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Poor Man's Paradise?
Yes, street parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Poor Man's Paradise?
Conveniently located restaurants include Kalaluna Bistro', Drakes Kitchen, Casa El Tortugo, and Carey Restaurant.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Poor Man's Paradise?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does Poor Man's Paradise have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.