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.
About this space
This listing is for a room on the West side of the pool front area and is outfitted with bunk beds with full-sized mattresses that can fit two on each level. The bathroom is shared with the East side bunk bed room.
Note: The East side room is further away from the shared bathroom then the West side bunk bed room.
This is one of our two most economical options, and is great for two couples or a small family.
The bunk bed rooms are on the lower floor of the house on the pool deck level and are handicap accessible. See our other listings for the one bedroom en-suite, the West side bunk bed room, and our deluxe, fully-furnished one-bedroom apartment.
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 for airport pickup. Ask us about our deals that include free pick up. We can also arrange for airport drop off and local tours.
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!
If anything is not to your liking, please let me know as soon as possible so I can remedy the situation.
Outdoor smoking only in designated areas. Please no heavy partying as we are a family-friendly destination. We ask you to be considerate of other guests, especially with the swimming pool, keep it quiet or we'll have to ask you to get out after 10 pm or so.
Living with Mike and his family will give you a genuine Nicaraguan experience. During our five-night stay, we ate lots of amazing food and really got to know the whole family. The location is great if you want to stay close to Managua, and provides easy access to the Laguna de Apoyo and the Masaya Volcano. Mike was also happy to be our guide on a hike on our day off, and the farm is full off pineapples and mangos! We loved hanging out by the pool, and had a memorable stay!
The post describes the property perfectly. The room was clean, comfortable & secure. The bathroom was well stocked and the heater in the shower worked perfectly. The pool was clean & well lit. During the hot afternoon, there was nothing better than sitting in the pool or relaxing in the lounge chairs. There was nothing like watching the sunrise over the Vulcan Masaya or watching the parakeets flock back to the volcano at dusk.
Mike gave thorough directions which only posed a problem because the bus driver wanted to drop me off closer to the destination (instead of the km marker that he indicated), which meant there were no tuk tuk's.
Join their meal plan. The food was fantastic! It was also great to eat together. Mike is a wealth of knowledge and has interesting stories about life Nicaragua. The kids are well behaved and respectful.
We enjoyed our stay at Mike's. The pool was great. We explored the farm and picked a ripe pineapple!!! We ate a local comedor for $2 each and even played some beisbol with some local kids. The neighborhood is very rural and gives you a true nicaraguan experience if that's what you are looking for. Mike was extremeeeeely helpful when we realized we missed our flight. He helped us call the airline through his personal device for nearly 5 hours! He transported us to the airport as well. Despite some confusion about our room, once we got settled it was very lovely and we will definitely return if we travel to Managua again.
Mike was very helpful with advice on the area, and with getting around. Your view is AMAZING, even more so in the morning when all the birds sing you awake.
Accommodation was basic but comfortable - clean soft sheets and a comfy bed. Comfortable furniture in the lounge area, great for relaxing and reading.
Mike also offers transport (for a fee) which was helpful, and the shower is luke warm instead of freezing, which is a rare treat in Nicaragua.
It is a little out of town, so you need to make sure you bring food with you, and allow a fair bit of extra time/money for motos, buses, taxis and lifts. We didn't have lunch pre-arranged one day, and nipping out for a quick meal was a bit of a feat.
The meals made for us (arranged in advance, for a fee) were convenient and very delicious, especially the soup! You may struggle if you have special dietary needs/ food allergies etc. as they seem to prepare food a certain way no matter what, but they are incredibly tasty.
The place is very secure, and common areas (except for your poolside area) are locked up tight at night or when Mike isn't home. Can be a little tricky if you want an impromptu snack, or getting in/ out, but also means stuff doesn't get stolen. You can usually find someone to let you in/out.
Overall a lovely place to spend a couple of days out of town. Poolside living in a forest - pretty amazing.
We arrived late in the evening so after the flight we were so happy Mike picked us up at the airport. He was very understanding (us being tired) so he gave us a quick tour and left us with a nice cold beer. The family was very kind and made nice meals. Mike gave us a tour to the Masaya and brought us to the busstation, which was very convenient for us! This is definately the right place to recover from your flight and relax.
Great location and great host. You’re close to the city but would never know it. This would be a lovely place to just chill out for a few days even if you didn’t have to be near Managua. Mike and his family made me feel very welcome and were really helpful in getting me started off in Nicaragua. Mike picked me up from the airport and on my onward journey to Rivas saw me safely onto the correct bus which stops along the main road about 5 minutes from the guesthouse. He was happy to be quizzed about the practicalities of travelling in Nicaragua as well as more general stuff about the country. Mike also showed me around his farm which was a great introduction to an important part of Nicaraguan life. I can highly recommend this as a place to stay for anyone just arriving in Nicaragua or who needs to be near Managua for any reason.
Mike was very helpful with our traveling logistics, he picked us up from the airport for $20 and helped us get cordobas and on a bus the next day . His farm,family and Bnb were all lovely . His wife made a delicious local breakfast and mike gave us a tour of the farm . We enjoyed the quiet location and pool. Thanks so
Much Mike , Tara and señor Micky!
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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