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Panoramic Ocean Views, 5 Bdrms & Pool on Private 60 Acres, Walk to Beach

Mary-Ellen Meyers

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Panoramic Ocean Views, 5 Bdrms & Pool on Private 60 Acres, Walk to Beach

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


Samara House Rental Photos and Description

Beach House with 5 Bedroom Suites + 6 Baths (Sleeps 10-12) All have pool view.

Hacienda Punta Indio is a 5 bedroom hacienda-style home located on the top of a ridge overlooking Samara Beach. While it's only an 8-minute drive to Samara's towncenter, this house offers complete privacy, with the only sounds being the surf, howler monkeys, and birds. It is the only house on the small peninsula called Punta Indio (Indian Point) that separates the two horse-shoe shaped beaches of Samara and Carrillo. The house is on an elevated platform and is surrounded by 60 acres of pristine jungle and has fantastic views, both of the Samara Beach coastline and the small island of Isla Chora. Both beaches are within easy walking distance or a 2-minute drive, plus there is a jungle path that leads to a third private beach called Half Moon Bay.

The house is designed so the the kitchen, living room, and dining room are all together at one end. Near the kitchen is a laundry room, an air-conditioned walk-in pantry, a main washroom, and one of the bedroom suites. At the other end of the house are the other 4 separate bedroom suites. Each of the 5 suites is self-contained - with a king-size bed, an en-suite washroom, a front door and a back door, remote-control air-conditioning, a side table and lamp, along with plenty of storage space. The bedroom suites are well insulated, keeping them cool and quiet. They also have their own separate entrance (and key) so that even with a large group, everyone is guaranteed plenty of personal space. Doors from each of these 4 bedrooms open to the front and have a pool view. The back doors open onto a lanai overlooking a grove of mango trees that is a favorite place for monkeys. The 5th bedroom - near the dining room - has a sitting room, an en-suite bathroom, and its windows have only a back view of the mango grove, not of the pool. The house has internet through a wireless router and reception is very reliable.

The infinity pool is large enough to comfortably accommodate a group of 10 and because it is salt-water, there is very little chlorine smell. From the pool, you can enjoy great views of Samara Beach, impressive both at day and night. From the pool, the sunsets are amazing. But you may be just as mesmerized by the surrounding jungle with its vast green canopy going on for miles and miles around. From the poolside, these views will entertain you from sun-up to sun-down. At night, the lack of surrounding lights makes for spectacular star-gazing.

This house works especially well for a group or large family. The inside area and the outside areas are very large and can be opened right up to make the space seem un-ending. There are 3 sets of sliding wooden doors that can be opened to allow ocean breezes to flow through.

Please note that this is NOT a 5-star accommodation. It is not outfitted with fine furnishings or gold-plated faucets; it is designed to be simple, comfortable, and functional. Its peaceful, natural surroundings are well suited to those on a yoga retreat, nature photographers, bird-watchers, people seeking an out-of-the-way spot who like to explore on their own or a group who is looking for something different. If some people wish to retire early at night, they can be assured of a quiet room, and their own en-suite bathroom.

The property has a paved driveway leading right to the carport. Ask Jorge, our caretaker, to show you our 5 well-maintained walking trails, each leading to a lookout point and a great view of not only Playa Carrillo and Playa Samara, but also a close-up view of Isla Chora Island and the open ocean. Check out Google Earth map to get an idea of the size and proportions of the peninsula. The house, with its red roof, is visible in the centre of it, and you can also see the various walking paths. Hacienda Punta Indio is located between two fantastic beaches, Samara and Carrillo. It's an easy walk to either one, though most people prefer to drive. (The driveway is quite steep due to it's high elevation.) It is not a difficult walk though, and is an enjoyable way to watch monkeys, squirrels and iguanas en route.

Hacienda Punta Indio is a great place for families to hang out in. Its large covered porch provides plenty of shade throughout the day and its very large dining room is centrally located, with plenty of seating. Comfy sofas, several lounge chairs and a hammock all provide good places for book-readers. One of the things we've noticed over the years is that because there is so few houses nearby, the sky is dark enough for great stargazing. We have often spotted falling stars. Watching storms in the distance from the pool by day and stars at night is fantastic.

At the entrance, there is a completely private gate providing access to only the Punta Indio beach house. There is also a house perimeter alarm system and a room safe.

The kitchen, while very basic, has most things you will need during your stay, including a gas barbecue. A unique feature is a walk-in air-conditioned pantry for food storage. Next to it is a laundry room.

Monkeys are usually never very far away and can often be heard, and usually found, somewhere on the Punta Indio property. It is possible to see families of monkeys in the trees by the pool, other times they are hanging out in the trees near the driveway. Iguanas are frequently seen scooting into culverts near the carport. And at night, small owls like to fly from the roof and dart past the pool lights, looking for any flying insects. It is truly a nature-lover's paradise. Regarding insects: because of the property's higher elevation, there are noticeably fewer mosquitoes here than down at beach-level restaurants in the evening.

A car is recommended, although taxis are plentiful, reliable and inexpensive. Ask me for a list of preferred taxis.

Pura Vida!

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Mary-Ellen Meyers (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 5, 2015

About Mary-Ellen Meyers

The 60 acres on Punta Indio is owned by a small group of mostly Canadians. We built the beach house and its infinity-edge pool in 1995 and, for more than a decade our families have spent our winter vacations there. It is a great place for extended families or for 3 or 4 couples. When our families became too large for us to all fit in this house, we each built a home on the 7 acres of Samara Reefs gated community. Hacienda Punta Indio remains a wonderful, special paradise.

Mary-Ellen Meyers purchased this house in 1995

Why Mary-Ellen Meyers chose Samara

We chose this property because of its fantastic location: it is the only house on a huge, forested peninsula that separates 2 gorgeous horseshoe-shaped beaches: Samara Beach and Carrillo Beach. The peninsula has many trails, 6 of which lead to awesome terraces, some with views of Samara, some of Carrillo, one overlooking the tiny island called Isla Chora, and some overlooking the open ocean. The property comprises over 60 acres which is like a private wildlife reserve - it is home to many families of howler monkeys, green iguanas, and a huge variety of birds. Being located half-way between Playa Carrillo and Playa Samara, it is easy to visit both beaches. There is also a third beach called Bahia Media Luna (half-moon bay) - it is only accessible through our property, by kayak, or by walking around the rocky, craggy point.

When we built the house, we and 2 of the other partners had very young children so we designed the swimming pool to be very child-friendly. We included a shallow 'beach' where toddlers could sit with their parents in the water but also included a deep long section where swimmers could do laps. The house is ideal for children and families and we have some very special memories.

For family reunions or 4 couples, this house works extremely well; every bedroom has its own en-suite bathroom and is self-contained with doors that have their own keys. The large social area next to the kitchen can accommodate 12 people easily.

Hacienda Punta Indio is a 7-8 minute drive to Samara on all paved roads. It's a relatively easy walk to beach, and being a bit away from the action in town, it is a bit of a 'retreat'. After a busy day playing at the beach, there is nothing better than coming back to your personal, private paradise here at Punta Indio. Nothing beats soaking in its warm, salt-water pool and gazing out at its truly spectacular panoramic ocean view.

What makes this house unique

Complete Privacy: your own salt-water, infinity-edge pool on your own 60 acres of jungle paradise.

From your doorstep, you can explore many walking paths, seeing monkeys in their natural habitat, a variety of birds, iguanas (gorobos), bats, owls, and red-tailed squirrels.

From Punta Indio, you are within walking distance to 3 beaches: Carrillo, Samara and a private little-known beach in-between called Half-Moon Bay (Bahia Media Luna).

The 5 private bedroom suites give everyone his or her own space.

The lack of nearby lights makes for fabulous star-gazing at night.

Punta Indio has a trusted care-taker couple to help you should you need any assistance with the pool, a/c, or room safe. Jorge will meet you at the gate upon your arrival and our Housekeeper, Flory, will come to do light housekeeping every 3 days.

The beach house is on 60 acres of private jungle yet next to two of the country's prettiest beaches, and all the amenities you could ask for in two nice small towns. There are many great restaurants and enough activities to keep you busy every day of your trip!

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Bedrooms 5
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Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
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Panoramic Ocean Views, 5 Bdrms & Pool on Private 60 Acres, Walk to Beach
average rating of 4.6923075 based on 13 reviews

Wonderful Home and property

  • 5 of 5

i echo all the compliments from the other reviews. 4 couples shared this very comfortable and well-equipped home for 8 nights. Beautiful views ( including night time stars), nice trails on the 60 acres, and extremely prompt and helpful attention from caretakers Jorge and Flory. Both Samara and Carillo beaches are extraordinary, though my preference was Carillo because there is no development whatsoever there, and it is literally a 4 minute drive. I think it is one of the most beautiful beaches you can ever hope to find -- with plenty of shade under the Palm trees. Warm, gentle and buoyant waters.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Toronto, Canada

Amazing Location!

  • 5 of 5

Hacienda Punta Indio has a gorgeous location with an ideal view of Samara beach and bay. The expansive property with numerous paths also offers views of Carillo beach. The house is reached up a long winding drive and is very private. Not far from the base of the drive is a road leading to Samara Beach and we all found it pleasant to walk from the house to the village (about one hour) along the beach. It helped that we could leave one of our two rental cars in town for the trip home. For nature lovers, the property is ideal. There are numerous birds, a variety of vegetation, frequent views of howler monkeys making their way through the jungle and the opportunity to hike through the woods on the paths provided. There is even a hike to a private beach which at low tide has ample tidal pools and beachcombing. We really adored the property! The house is spacious and a great setup for a large group with all the bedrooms a similiar size and setup (king bed, ensuite bath) so that no one was getting a "better" room. All rooms overlook the pool area and view of the beach. The pool is one of the nicest setups we have seen--the last stop on the edge of a ravine overlooking the beach and way. While sitting in the pool you can cozy up to the edge and gaze for a long time at the views. There is ample seating around the pool and a very, very comfortable hammock. I would say that the photos do not do the house proper justice: based on some other reviews we were prepared for a fairly basic setup, but were pleased to discover everything was tasteful and very comfortable. This may not be the house for individuals accustomed to 5 star resorts with spa like amenities, but it is completely clean, functional and comfortable. The air conditioned cold cellar was awesome for a large group keeping everything cool and the ants out of the kitchen. Jorge and Flory take good care of everything, come promptly when asked and are not intrusive. We had regular garbage pickup, attentive assistance when our baggage had to be delivered by the airline the day following our arrival and housekeeping along the way.

The area of Samara is a paradise for beachlovers. There are lots of possible daytrips either way up or down the coast and numerous activities for adventure seekers. We found lots of places to dine, although enjoyed dinners at home more. Costa Rica has the best fruits and vegetables and shopping for supplies is not at all difficult.

We definitely plan to come back.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Los Osos, CA

Sad to leave

  • 5 of 5

This was my second time staying in the town of Samara and this time we needed a house that fit 7 adults and a toddler. This house was perfect for our family. Those who woke up early could sit on the pool deck and bird watch or make breakfast in the kitchen and look out over the beach. We explored the 60 acres of land each day, always finding something new. The family that took care of the house was amazing. They helped us get rides into town, picked us up fresh lobster, and helped us practice our Spanish. The pool is an added bonus, after hiking back up the long driveway, it was always a treat to jump in. We enjoyed walking to Playa Carrillo and swimming in the clear water. It was sad to leave such a beautiful house and town. I would highly recommend this house, it has something for everyone.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Absolutely amazing view

  • 5 of 5

We all were very pleased with all aspects of our time at Punta Indio. The house was clean, well equipped and more than comfortable. Everyone associated with the house was helpful, friendly and a pleasure to know. And last but certainly not least, the view was mesmerizing.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Knoxville, TN USA

What an incredible place....

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Hacienda Punta Indio. The hilltop with it's wonderful breezes and great view made relaxing by the pool, reading books, swimming and star gazing high on our list. We were visited daily by geckos, iguanas and several birds. Great fun watching the social flycatchers swoop down to drink from the swimming pool and the howler monkeys with babes in arms swinging from the trees were awesome. We explored trails around the house and went down to Half Moon Bay. Playa Samara was nice and our favorite restaurant was definitely Casa Esmeralda. Playa Carillo was great for snorkeling and such a beautiful beach! We easily made day trips up and down the coast and had a great time exploring.

The house was well equipped and the beds very comfortable. The information sent to us before our trip allowed us to better plan our activities. Jorge and Flory were extremely friendly and went out of their way to make sure everything was perfect. The house was perfect for our group. We definitely hope to visit again in the near future!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Hamilton, ON, Canada

2 great weeks spent at the Hacienda

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I and another couple enjoyed 2 awsome weeks at Hacienda Punta Indio. We spent many wonderful hours in the awsome pool. We really liked the house and the property but the pool made our vacation great. The view from the pool is beautiful and the palm tree for shade was appreciated. After reading the listing and seeing the pictures we got exactly what we expected. The caretakers are great, very kind and nice. The owner was exceptional with answering questions and providing information. She went above and beyond any other VRBO house that we have rented. Overall for the price of the accomodations we were very satisfied with this house and would consider renting it again if we ever came back to this part of Costa Rica.

We found some great restaraunts in Carillo and Samara and we were thrilled to find a 9 hole golf course at Punta Islita, approximatly 1/2 hour away. Calis the pro there treated us very well.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Liberia International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Villas Playa Samara
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Casa Esmeralda
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Samara Beach & Carrillo Beach
Car: recommended

Punta Indio is a peninsula of land approximately 150 acres in size - the rental property consists of about 60 acres and is the only structure on the property. It is essentially an untouched nature reserve: a wooded forest that is home to many types of birds, families of howler monkeys, and iguanas (the smaller species called gorobos). From your own private pool, you can see gorgeous Playa Samara, and the surrounding jungle mountainside. Punta Indio is a peninsula that separates 2 very large beaches, so they are both within easy walking distance. From the beach house, you can walk a short ways and have a stunning view of Playa Carrillo on the other side. Or take a longer walk and overlook the small islet known as Isla Chora and Playa Samara from a different angle. There paths are fairly well-maintained though caution is always advised. For nature lovers, the spectacular views and glimpses of wildlife are immensely enjoyable. This region is a photographer's dream: lush forest, rugged coastline. It is a short drive to the town of Samara where you can enjoy many great restaurants, activities, boutiques and stores, and all the amenities you could want. But it is always a treat to come back and enjoy your completely private hideaway. Samara is a very cute town with a friendly, family-oriented atmosphere. You can have lunch at many restaurants with your table right on the beach. You can rent horses, boogie-boards (for $2/day), surf boards, ATV's, bicycles. You can go ocean- kayaking, take surfing lessons, or go zip-lining with WingNuts Canopy Tours, truly a world-class tour.


Rates & Availability

From $325 Per night

Samara House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
LOW Season
Apr 17 2015 - Jun 30 2015
6 night minimum stay
July and August
Jul 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
6 night minimum stay
GREEN Season
Sep 15 2015 - Nov 15 2015
5 night minimum stay
Christmas Week 2015
Dec 20 2015 - Dec 27 2015
7 night minimum stay
New Year's
Dec 28 2015 - Jan 2 2016
5 night minimum stay
HIGH Season 2016
Jan 5 2016 - Apr 16 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Notes Refundable Damage Deposit of $500
Returning Guests receive our Friends & Family Discount
Note: Additional guests over 6 people $200 week
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
Payment is made by mailing a U.S. cashier's check to our U.S. bank.
Confirmation of your reservation requires a deposit of 50%.
The balance is due 60 days prior to check-in.
For rentals 6 months in advance, plus those for Christmas & New Year's Week: full payment is due 60 days prior to check-in.
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Samara House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , Brand new renovated bathroom with shower.
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , This 6th washroom lis ocated near the living room area.
  • All 5 bedroom suites have their own en-suite bathrooms. Each bathroom has a shower, toilet, and a countertop with double-sinks, a large mirror, bath and beach towels, plus lots of storage space for toiletries. Toilet paper, hand soap and shower soap are included in rental.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , En-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, reading lamp, pool view
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , En-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, reading lamp, pool view
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , En-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, reading lamp, pool view
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , En-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, reading lamp, pool view
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , 1 kingsize bed, sitting area, en-suite bathroom, jungle view
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
Located between the pool area and the house are 3 extra-wide wooden sliding doors that, when open, literally double your living space. Open the doors out the back to add more airflow. By the kitchen there is a very handy walk in air-conditioned pantry with plenty of shelving. It is an excellent area for storing fruit, beer, wine, etc. Our caretaker couple, Jorge and Flory, will show you how everything works, including the perimeter alarm system and room safe. They live only 5 minutes away and are available to help if you need assistance with the house. While they speak only Spanish, they know the house extremely well and will do their best to help you. In town Brenda and Christopher at the Samara Info Center are like your personal concierge and can arrange transportation, activities, and can book restaurant reservations and massages for you.

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