Pepes place is a rustic,quaint and budget minded
bungalow overlooking the majestic caribbean sea, Walking distance to Cahuita National Park.,
Horseback Riding,fishing,hiking,bird watching,snorkeling,surfing are among the many activities.
What a magical place - Pepe's Place. Franklin and his beautiful pooch Mitzy, made our stay a welcoming and a wonderfully memorable experience. The cottage is exactly as you see in the photos. Very simple, yet charming. Hot water for showers, a working stove and a small fridge (akin to a bar fridge), a double-sized bed and a wardrobe. When we weren't at the beach, in town or at the national park we'd spend time just relaxing on the porch, listening to the ocean across the street and checking out all of the awesome wildlife and flora in the front yard. We saw - or heard - all manner of wildlife including geckos, hummingbirds, a "Woody" Woodpecker and an iguana or two. On our second night we were visited by a female Sloth and her baby (tucked away on mom's tummy) - the mother was moving slowly along the hydro line that runs down the road. Franklin is a fount of knowledge regarding the area, from the best places to pick up groceries and the best restaurants to eat at, to the medicinal properties of some local plants (the "noni" fruit and leaves; there's a noni tree just across the street). A generous and kind host, Franklin shared some fruit growing on the property (a Guanabana), and he even bought us some fresh chilled coconut water (so g(phone number hidden)d!). And, he even took the time to saddle up three of his beautiful horses for a long morning ride. The "downtown" area of Cahuita is just a small walk away. There's a gorgeous black-sand beach (Playa Negra) just a 5 minute walk down the road, and a stunning white sand beach at the other end of town (about a 15 minute walk), beginning at the entrance to Cahuita National Park. Truly, Franklin is so extremely generous, kind and a genuine, beautiful soul. We are already planning our return.
James, now Franklin, was very accommodating and fun to be around. Excellent english and very educated. If he knows you know a bit of spanish, you'll be 'encouraged' to use it. Fun time! :-) Very good at suggestions and taking care of anything we needed. The cottage was steps from his place so an open back door was a signal that we were home. Enjoyed all the get togethers we had and hope our paths cross again and maybe often. You added to a fun trip and we thoroughly enjoyed spending time at you place.
Location was great for getting to town, beaches and the Park. My favorite place so far!
Our stay with Franklin delightful! He's a very hospitable person who is genuinely curious about his guests. He brought us fish to cook, fresh coconuts and introduced us to new delicious fruits that were growing right there on his property. The cabin is located right across from the road from the beach, as well as an amazing but semi pricey restaurant (highly recommended). The cabin itself was small, rustic and cute. All that we needed. We saw many lizards running around the place but that's pretty normal in the jungle. I definitely wish I got to spend more time getting to know Franklin. I would absolutely come back and stay, just based off his company alone. Overall, beautiful lush property, mellow vibes and a very welcoming experience. I miss it already!!
We have returned to Pepe's place once again and the place was even better than the first time around!
We've seen sloths, multiple and different lizards, funky frogs, butterflies, birds, marsupials and other creatures - and that is just in the back yard. More nature we found in the Cahuita Natonal park and on the black beach (some meters from the cottage)
But the best part of the experience was our host, Franklin. You will very rarely meet such a genuine, fun, warm and multi-dimensional person. We are truly in debt to Franklin for making our stay a special one.
We thank Franklin and Cahuita, and we will come back again.
500 words to describe the experience at pepes place is not enough! But if we were given just 1 word to write it would be nothing less than INCREDIBLE! Franklin has to be one of the nicest people I've ever met in my life. He's plain and simple, a legend in our opinion. Friendly, kind, caring, down to earth, interesting, intelligent, the list goes on. Staying here and having Franklin around has made this holiday the best vacation I've ever had. Pepes place is a simple wooden hut, but the bed was comfortable, the shower was fine, it has a kitchen, a dining area and a nice terrace that you can see the ocean from. This isn't a hotel, so be prepared for a rustic ambiance. If you're looking for that kind of experience which we were then it's heaven! On the property we saw a sloth right above our cabin, with a small baby, and Franklins dog Meezi was adorable! We caught the bus from Santa Teresa to Cahuita and from the bus station it's just a small walk to the house. The villagers were all friendly, and they all greet you when you take a walk. The village itself has a small supermarket with labeled prices on everything, so you don't pay more. The walks down the beach are priceless and beyond what you imagine. Franklin bought us fresh fruit and even showed me how to cut coconuts for the milk. There's a local reggae bar that played live music and even the expats were very friendly. All in all I recommend this to anyone who wants to experience less of a miami beach holiday, but instead a more personal vacation, in plain English... A holiday that you will not forget! The only disadvantage is that you have to leave at some point!!! Which I wish I didn't have to do. We loved it, we loved Franklin, the dog Meezi and sitting on Pepes stool.
Nice quaint wooden cottage, set in lush garden and just in front of the long dark sand beach. Very quiet but just a 3 minute walk from town. Franklin is a good host, very open and curious to know about his guests and eager to give advice and hints.
The great surprise when we arrived : a sloth was (slowly) crossing the garden just above our house...
Less positive : the kitchen equipment was quite old and not very clean
Pepe's place is the unique genuine place to be when in Cahuita. It is an old style cabin with a porch within a great nice gardin just a couple of yards from the ocean which you hear during the night. Franklin is a great host; he is around and always willing to help. He gave us bikes to explore Cahuita. Pepe's place apparently has been the first to rent rooms in Cahuita. Everyone knows him (Pepe=Franklin). I definitely recommend to stay there.
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I enjoy having quest from diffrent parts of the world,sharing experiences,foods introducing folks to fruits they have never seeing or eaten.Love good food,caribbean cuisine,spices and fruits quite a blend. Horse backriding along the beaach combine with forest trails is one of my fovorite past times of course living on the ocean fishing can´t be left out.World music,reggae,salsa is what I like to listen to.