About This Listing
Farmstay El Porton Verde is a fresh alternative to the chain and airport area hotels of Managua. If you would prefer to stay in a natural and cool setting, yet be only ten minutes from the best of the capital city, please inquire further!
This farm stay property, "Finca El Porton Verde," is a unique small hotel offering in Nicaragua's capital city of Managua. My Nicaraguan family and I work and live on a small (eight acre) organic permaculture farm located in the breezy hills south of Managua—overlooking Ticuantepe and Masaya, Nicaragua.
This listing is for one bedroom furnished apartment complete with kitchen, living/dining area and private bathroom. This apartment is best for two guests, but if a group of four wants to stay together we can put a queen-sized inflatable bed in the living area for an additional charge of $13 per person. This apartment is on the lower floor of the house on the pool deck level. The entire property is handicap accessible. See our other listings for a one bedroom en-suite room. If you are looking for something more affordable, check out our two bunk bed rooms.
Why stay with us?
If you do not want to stay in a hotel in hot and dirty Managua, but need to be near there (for example, if you are flying in or out of the country, or doing business or missionary work) we are a great option for you.
Why should I not stay at the Farmstay?
If you need to be right on a major highway, within walking distance of bars and nightclubs, or have an extreme aversion to dirt roads, you might want to not stay here at the Farmstay. You might be better off at a downtown- or airport-area hotel.
You are on a farm, how far away are you from town?
Our B&B is located on a dirt road that is sometimes not that easy to maneuver, just six minutes from the major highway going south called Carretera a Masaya, eight minutes from the modern Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas, 10 minutes from the finest restaurants, shopping and entertainment of Managua, 25 minutes from the airport, 15 minutes to Masaya Volcano, 20 minutes to the artisan market of Masaya, 45 minutes to Granada, and 45 minutes to the nearest beaches.
How do I get to any of those places if I don't have my own car?
Mototaxi, which is like a tuk-tuk in Asia. Also, I go into town nearly every day and can give you a ride for free to the highway where you can catch a bus or a taxi.
Will you give us a tour of the farm?
Absolutely! Farmstay El Porton Verde has fantastic jungle and volcano views, but just in front of the house and swimming pool begins a nearly eight acre area that hosts fruit orchards, plantains, papayas, bananas, etc. We also plant and harvest all of our own corn and red beans that are used throughout the year.. El Porton Verde is a working farm; if you stay with us during the right time of year, we can guarantee you all the mangoes that you can eat!
Do you do pickups and dropoffs at the airports and bus stations?
Yes, we recommend having us come to pick you up. We charge $20 for airport pickup. Ask us about our deals that include free pick up. We can also arrange for airport drop off and local tours.
Our farmstay B&B is located just eight minutes from the modern Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas, 10 minutes from the fine restaurants, shopping and entertainment of Managua, 25 minutes from the airport, 15 minutes to Masaya Volcano, 20 minutes to the artisan market of Masaya, 45 minutes to Granada, and 45 minutes to the nearest beaches.
Farm stay El Porton Verde has fantastic jungle and volcano views. At this working farm, if you stay with us during the right time of year, we can guarantee you all the mangoes that you can eat!
What other services do you provide?
Tours, medical/dental, spa, and relocation services are provided.
Tours: We offer local tours to nearby attractions such as Masaya Volcano, Masaya Artisan's Market, San Juan de Oriente ceramics studio, El Mirador de Caterina, Laguna de Apoyo, Granada, and Managua.
Medical/Dental: Ask us about how we can help you to setup medical and/or dental work/checkups.
Getting these things done at a first class clinic or hospital in Nicaragua can easily pay for the cost of your ticket!
Serenity Spa: We also have a local spa that can come to the farm with their massage table, or you can go there for a range of spa services.
Relocation: We can provide a custom tour and fact-finding mission based on your specific situation and questions. We have helped new expats with everything from medical exams, gaining residency, and buying and selling of properties and businesses.
If you have any questions, please ask away here on the airbnb.com website. Thank you!
8 acres of tropical fruit tree farmland, swimming pool, kitchen access (ask for details), upstairs/downstairs common areas with volcano and forest views.
Interaction with Guests
I live on-site in a nearby separate building from the main house. I'm around mostly in the mornings during breakfast and can help you plan your daily activities (local tours (both self-guided and guided), relaxing on the farm, volunteering at a local orphanage for handicapped children, etc. I'm also on-site in the evenings except when I go to the airport to pick up other guests.
The neighborhood is made up of family-owned farms, yet is ten minutes from the best shopping, dining, and entertainment areas of the capital city of Managua. You will experience a quiet and tranquil environment which is a bit cooler then the surrounding towns and cities which are at a lower elevation.
We are located approximately 3 kilometers from the major highway (Carretera a Masaya) leaving Managua heading south towards the frequently visited locations of Masaya, Granada, the Pueblos Blancos, Ometepe, Rivas, Tola, and San Juan del Sur. Local transport is via mototaxis (tuk-tuks) to the highway, local restaurants, or the upscale shopping mall called Galerias Santo Domingo.
Buses to all points south pass by on the highway. Going to Managua is equally simple and quick on local microbuses or regular buses. Taxis are available as well.
If you choose to rent a car, we have secure on-site parking and it is not too difficult to drive around Nicaragua to see all the sites.
Other Things to Note
Come with a sense of adventure!
Just be kind and considerate! Oh, a couple of things:
-we are on a septic system so please put all used toilet paper in the trash can provided in the bathroom
-no indoor smoking please
-keep any noise down after 10 pm
-have a good time but don't get overly intoxicated, we are a family-friendly location
Great retreat location, outside the madness of Managua. Gorgeous views of the countryside and the volcanoes at Masaya. Immaculate pool and a warm and inviting "Nicaraguan-family" feel. Super-flexible host in Mike (patient to a "T" with our transportation needs!), great "Nica" breakfast and warmly attentive hostesses in his wife and Carmen. Eager to please and make us feel at home.
Charming spot! Nice breeze during dry season so the climate was perfect. I met a great group of girls who were staying next door and we enjoyed having meals together each day. Food was delicious. Mike and his family were very helpful in meeting our needs and answering our questions. Great place to find some peace and quiet!
I had an excellent stay! Mike picked me up at the airport. Mikes place is clean!!! My room was ready. Their entire family was so friendly and welcoming. Helpful too. Pool was clean and refreshing. I was so sad to leave. Ill miss them all!!!
As soon as I landed Mike picked me up from the airport and drove me to his guesthouse. Staying at the guesthouse/farm for seven days was a marvelous and relaxing experience. Mike and the family are very friendly and served fresh food daily ( breakfast complimentary). The location is close to Granada as well as Managua city (just a half hour from the airport).
One day I tagged along with mike for a tour of Managua with another tourist family. It was fun and enjoyable.
Mike gave ample information of how to get around, with good advice for local tourist spots such as Laguna Del Apoyo, which I took a short 25 min bus ride to for a couple of days.
All in all I couldn't have asked for a better experience for my first time in Nicaragua, I will surely return to the Mike's Finca
Our stay at Mike's place was great. Everything was smooth and easy, from airport pick ups to our stay on the farm. What a quiet place with great views. Our favourite part was the relaxing stroll through the jungle past avocado and mango trees to their pineapple patch.
Thank you for a fantastic breakfast and making our trip start off so well.
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About the Host, Mike
I have a wonderful Nicaraguan family,am easy going, considerate and kind to small animals and children :)
The best thing about opening up a bed and breakfast has been meeting wonderful guests who become good friends, coming back to visit again and again!
In addition to opening my Nicaraguan home to visitors, we offer local tours, pickups and drop offs at the Managua airport, and we also do special services for folks setting up house here in Nicaragua. Just ask and we can probably help you!
I spend my time mostly in Nicaragua nowadays but originally I am from Newport Beach, California (see our listing if you want a farmstay situation near to the best shopping and nightlife that Managua, Nicaragua has to offer).
When I can, I like to travel and use Airbnb to find my lodgings. I took a great East Coast USA trip a couple of summers ago, all booked through airbnb and we stayed at some awesome places!
Here in Nicaragua, I like to go to the beach and get some surfing in, swim in the pool, look for fresh fruit and vegetables on the farm, and help develop sustainable tourism businesses.
If anyone reading this (Hello!) has any questions, please contact me. Thanks and regards. Mike Quinn
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