On Costa Rica's Caribbean coast, Miraflores Lodge is between the Caribbean Sea and the Talamanca mountain rainforest, 500 meters from the white sand beach and coral reefs.
Miraflores Lodge was built and is operated by Pamela Carpenter, an American brought up in Latin America and is fluent in both English and Spanish. She has used her love for flowers and her appreciation for the traditions of the local Bri Bri Indians and Caribbean peoples in developing Miraflores Lodge.
She built a lodge in the local BriBri style for herself and her employees to live, with a plant packing area below, using mostly reforested laurel wood brought in by oxen from the rain forest and milled with a chain saw. She used fast growing bamboo cane for walls and ceilings, and surrounded the building area with flowers.
At that time, there was practically no place for visitors to stay in Puerto Viejo, and many travelers interested in the rain forest, as well as the beach and coral reefs, wanted to know if she had rooms for rent. She was able to propagate and sell enough rhizomes and flowers to expand her house into Miraflores Lodge, which started as the first ecological bed and breakfast in the area.
Miraflores Lodge, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
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