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One Week: Creating a Life & Business I Love: Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica: Week 7

Updated: Feb 27, 2021

My first week in the Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica area. What a whirlwind! I left Monteverde, Costa Rica easily and peacefully. My first two stays were incredible in every way with the locations, owners, and communication. Each and every time, I felt like I stayed with family and friends!

This time around starting off my Week 7 in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, I encountered some turbulence at the start of my week. The situation quickly turned around and resolved itself allowing me to continue creating a life and business I love in and near Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.

I ended up discovering an incredible Mountain Paradise in Rio Portalon near Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. I maintained my peace, presence, and power every step of the way.

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Airbnb Turbulence in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Initially, with the communication with my hosts everything started off great. I communicated upfront, I needed quiet and privacy oftentimes for meetings and filming. I shared I am often at the Airbnb property, and typically go off on adventures 1-3 times a week.

When I arrived at my third Airbnb (different from above Mountain Paradise), everything started off great. However, I quickly noticed how much noise I could hear in my room from the traffic and street. The building and rooms were less than 15 meters or 45 feet from the main street going from Quepos to Manuel Antonio. I noticed my room didn't have windows but rather screens in between open holes not helping the noise.

In addition, the room did not have A/C. In some of the other listings for the place, I noticed A/C and incorrectly thought all of the rooms had A/C. If you know anything about Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica; it is hot and humid similar to a Texas or Florida climate.

Before booking, I didn't realize my Airbnb hosts were on Airbnb less than two months, and still learning a ton about listings, service, and business. I usually stay with seasoned hosts. I communicated with them calmly about possibilities with a quieter room with A/C.

Prior to arriving, I prepaid a week and initially agreed to staying a month. However, with the new things I learned upon arrival, I communicated I may not stay beyond the week. I let them know I would advise them the next day.

This quickly escalated to them attempting to force me to go to the ATM to get cash to pay for the full month after agreeing to settle Wednesday even before the aspects of the stay and circumstances. I calmly said I would not do that with potentially leaving the next day or week. At which point, the owners asked me to leave in essence kicking me out.

It is a literal act of God I didn't go off. I calmly looked at them, and asked to be sure I understand, I prepaid a week, unpacked my things, and may still stay the month depending on what we work out, and now you are kicking me out? They said yes. I calmly said yes, no problem, advised them I normally pack 2-3 days, so it would take me about 30 minutes or so at least. I advised them I would report the communication, bullying attempt, and kicking me out at 8pm at night to Airbnb.

I immediately forgave them, prayed about the situation, stayed calm, and found a place for the night nearby at Teva. It is great for a short stay with the room with a bed and bathroom, but not ideal for longer stay if you like to have a workspace inside and a kitchen.

As a result, my transition to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica did not go as smoothly as the others. However, I ended up finding an incredible Mountain Paradise shared above in Rio Portalon in Savegre, Costa Rica in between Manuel Antionio and Dominical, Costa Rica. Most importantly, I found incredible service and going above and beyond with the owner, Diann and manager, Jorge.

Interestingly enough, the initial hosts I thought I would be staying with for the month, later reached out with a heartfelt apology. I felt compelled to remember countless times where I was an asshole, and extended grace with loving boundaries. We did end up meeting face to face at Emilia's Cafe sharing insights, counsel, and release. Definitely, not how I would have handled the situation years ago #butGod.

With their prior reviews, apology, and humility, I did recommend to Airbnb they be given another chance to be listed on Airbnb again. This did end up happening as well. I wanted to share this in case you thought for a second everything is peaches and cream all the time.

Creating a Life and Business I Love:

in and near Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

In Week 7, I transitioned from Monteverde, Costa Rica on Monday with the one night in Teva. Carlos, the manager at Teva is super sweet and gave me a great rate. The grounds, hiking, pool and community work space is beautiful. I ended up staying and working there until about 1pm catching up on blogs, e-mails, and proposals.

I left Teva around 1:30 pm and headed to the Mountain Paradise on Tuesday. With Diann's and Jorge's help with meeting the Taxi Driver, I ended up arriving easily and safely to Mountain Paradise 900 feet above sea level nearby to Playa Matapalo (<8km), close to Manuel Antonio (<25km), and close to Playa Dominical (<25km).

During my time here, both Diann and Jorge have gone above and beyond countless times like I shared in my Costa Rica surfing adventure.

In Week 7, I stayed peaceful, present, and progressed through three stays, continued creating and scaling, as well as enjoyed Manuel Antonio National Park.

Manuel Antonio National Park

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