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.
About this space
This listing is for a room on the East side of the pool front area and is outfitted with bunk beds with twin mattresses. The bathroom is shared with the West 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 couple with small children.
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 $20 for airport pickup.Ask us about our deals that include free pick up. We can also arrange for airport dropoff and local tours.
What other services do you provide?
Medical/dental, spa, and relocation services are provided.
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.
I reserved the place late during the early evening as spur of the moment. Mike was able to get back to me in a timely manner. Then he kindly arrange a place close by to meet him and guide me to the place. Mike makes you feel comfortable, at ease and like a family. We started a friendly conversation right away and it made me feel at home.
Great spot to stay after landing in Managua. Best part is that Mike will pick you up from the airport! Mike is a very nice guy with tips for things to do in the area and can arrange for transport. The place has a great view, clean rooms, and nice pool. We enjoyed our stay!
Mike and his family are really sympatic and they will introduce you to the Nica culture on the nicest way.
Très bon accueil. Le logement a été conforme à nos attentes. Chambre de bonne qualité. Nous avons apprécié le plus de la piscine et la vue depuis la terrasse.
My sister and I had a fantastic time at the farmstay! Mike was able to provide adequate directions to what seemed to be a spot way out in the sticks. The property was beautiful and Mike and his staff were very accommodating. I slept most of the time there since I was working through a cold, and despite getting up late for breakfast on the day of our departure, the staff was very helpful providing whatever I needed for breakfast. Mike gave us a lift to the airport as scheduled and as agreed on price. Thanks Mike! We hope to be back soon!
Mike was a great host. He picked us from the airport and gave us many useful tips. He also helped us once our plan changed and let us stay extra night. The food at Mike's is great, one of the best we tried in Nicaragua! The place is clean and safe, great view and swimming pool. Thank you Mike!
Like so many of the other highly positive reviews about Mike and his quaint farmstay BnB in Ticuantepe, he is a terrific host! He is always ready to help and is a font of knowledge for the novice traveller In Nicaragua. He took great care of us - picking us up at the airport when we arrived late in the evening and shuttling us around while we were with him during our stay in Managua ... then even drove us to our next destination over a half hour away in El Crucero once our extended stay with him was done. Mike went way above the call of duty when I fell ill and had to be hospitalized at the excellent Vivian Pillas Hospital - getting me to the hospital on a moment's notice and connecting us with some of the best physicians Nicaragua has to offer - a hospital even better than any I've ever been in back home in Canada. Back at his BnB, the perfectly-kept pool was a welcome relief after a hot Managuan day and the meals were tasty, wholesome ... and safe ;-)!.Gigi and Odi (Mike's two well-mannered dogs) also provided us with us fun and entertainment in the evening. There was so much to see and do, I felt we only scratched the surface about what the area had to offer. We will absolutely stay with Mike at his BnB when we return to Nicaragua in two or less years!
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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