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Meters from the Sand - Beautiful Private Home

18 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay nights


Guanacaste House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Just a two minute walk (150 m) to gorgeous Samara Beach, Casa dos Loros is nestled just inside the coastal Costa Rican rain forest. You can see the ocean through the trees from the living room windows. The house sits on a half acre lot with a natural private garden where you will find monkeys feeding on the many wild mango varieties, papayas, and many other tropical plants and animals.

Samara Beach stretches about 3 km end to end and Casa dos Loros is located at the far end of Samara beach, away from the hustle and bustle of town. Just at the right angle to enjoy beach sunsets and the closest distance for canoeing or swimming to Choro Island. The main downtown is a30 minute walk along the beach or a 5 minute drive in your rental car.

Guests will enjoy the equipped home, built in 2005. Two large bedrooms each have a private bathroom, king sized beds and air-conditioning. Prepare home cooked meals in the equipped kitchen. A TV with DVD player, and CD player stereo system are available. Bring your own DVDs and CDs!

The house has a washer and dryer, intern. During check-in renters will get a local cell phone to plan vacation activities with more comfort. Beach chairs, towels and boogie boards are also there for you to enjoy. The house porch with the hammock and the outdoor table are a favorite for all renters enjoying outside meals or reading a book while listening to the rain forest.

Finally, don't do chores on your vacation. Relax and enjoy our maid service while you are on vacation. She will clean the house every other day! For an additional charge we could also accommodate for someone to come and cook for you during your stay, ideal for family with kids.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Franklin Herbas (Property Manager)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish

About Franklin Herbas

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, in Palo Alto, CA. My daughter Ayla, 3 1/2 months old in this picture, was born in January 2009 and we have been comming to Samara since she was 3 months old. I work for a software company in silicon valley and every year we find the time to visit Samara. When in Samara there is nothing better than playing with my daughter in the beach and watching the sunset every evening.


Franklin Herbas purchased this house in 2007

Why Franklin Herbas chose Guanacaste

I lived in Samara for one year in 2003 and had a wonderful experience, personally got to know the town and its inhabitants while teaching math at the local grade school. In 2007 I returned to Samara and decided to buy a property in what we consider one of the most beautiful places on earth.

What makes this house unique

Casa dos Loros is located on the quite, less populated side of the beach right next to a local fishing village. Staying here you experience tranquility, privacy, a taste of local culture, with all the amenities of town 5 minutes away by car or 25 minutes walking along the beach. The beach is super accessible, just a one minute walk from the house.

All renters complement the backyard wild life. As one renter wrote in the guest book “A National Geographic in your backyard”. It is true from monkeys in the trees to iguanas, red squirrels, various types of birds, butterflies to Halloween crabs in the rainy season. If you enjoy fishing you will most likely experience sittings of turtles, dolphins and whales which adds up to catching a Mahi Mahi or Red Snaper.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you so much for opening up your house. We had a great vacation, very relaxing.

Your home was perfect! I can't think of a single thing I would have had different.

Thanks for sharing. By the way I have 3 other people who have asked for your web site to look into your house for their trip. I hope they call!!

Dec 2008
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Meters from the Sand - Beautiful Private Home
average rating of 4.5555553 based on 25 reviews
Vancouver , B.C. Canada

Great location for a getaway.

  • 4 of 5

The house is , as has already been noted, about 90 seconds from the best sunset beach view in the area. In Samara the sunset goes down behind the hills and the same on Carillo beach but right in front of the house it's great. The rooms in the house are bigger than you may expect from the pictures. There is very very quiet A/C in the bedrooms. We only used it once or twice but they were very quiet. The back deck/yard was a favourite place for breakfast and hanging out in the hammock to watch monkeys go by in the trees and Iguanas cruising around. There is a padlocked gate at the front of the driveway to keep your rental car safe and sound. The walk along the beach to the town of Samara will take you from 30- 40 minutes. If you really wanted to spend money on a kayak /snorkel tour to the island you could or when the tide is low walk out on the rocks and snorkel across to the island. The water doesn't get clear until you go out between the island and the mainland, closer in to the beach the water is murky. Bonus at the house was the backpack/deck chairs, we used them everyday we went to the beach. David of Samara rentals, the property managers, is great, lots of local knowledge friendly and easy going. I'd also recommend Wing Nuts canopy tour. You'll see their office at the pink fence half way from town to the house.

Be specific when you rent this house regarding questions to what is actually available at the time. For ourselves we don't like to be "in touch" when we are away but other folk may like to be connected. There is a T.V. and a DVD/CD player. There is no outside source for the T.V. but there are quite a few DVD movies and T.V. series at the house. There are only two cd's of music at the house and no outside source. We like music and always enjoy the local sounds. We would have just used the WiFi however there was no WiFi either. There is a bike as listed but it's not very functional. So if any of those things are important or a necessity for you ask as to what is available otherwise enjoy a nice quiet getaway literally seconds from the beach

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent séjour à Casa dos Loros ; emplacement exceptionnel !

  • 5 of 5

Nous y avons passé 13 jours , ce qui nous a permis de bien découvrir et apprécier la maison et l'endroit; car des endroits comme celui-ci sont très difficile à trouver ; tout près d'une superbe plage de 5 kms, la maison est située à l'extrémité calme de la plage, à l'opposé de la petite ville de Samara, tout à fait charmante. l'eau est entre 26° et 30° en fonction du vent, la petite île à gauche est facile d'accès et de nombreux récifs émergent à marée basse, ce qui donne un joli paysage marin ; et que dire du coucher de soleil !!! fantastique ! pour qui aime la nature, le calme et nager avec ou sans palmes, faire de l'apnée et voir des poissons en cherchant l'eau plus claire autour des récifs, voir les pélicans plonger autour de vous etc.... c'est un régal !

la maison est très fonctionnelle, agréable avec une climatisation très efficace dans les chambres et un grand ventilateur que vous mettez où vous voulez; vu la chaleur en saison sèche, c'est appréciable; moustiquaire à toutes les fenêtres mais durant notre séjour il n'y avait aucun moustique (saison sèche) ; le nouveau système wifi est très pratique et a très bien fonctionné. Réfrigérateur et congélateur très efficace ; la maison est facile à gérer ; l'espace extérieur arrière est bien pensé pour les retours de plage : douche extérieure, bac pour rincer son matériel et une pièce utilitaire pour le ranger. TV et dvd à disposition, mais tout est en anglais ou espagnol, donc pour les "french", amenez vos films; pour la musique, nous avions pris notre petite enceinte bluetooth ; les autres appréciations décrivent bien l'environnement avec une nature riche, singes, iguanes et les autres très belles plages autour de Samara, etc... un bon rapport qualité/prix.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Palo Alto, CA

Secluded house on the beach

  • 5 of 5

I went with my daughter and a friend and her two daughters. This house was perfect for us, two minutes walk from the beach just as described. The house is tucked just in side the rain forest that comes down to the beach. We especially enjoyed all the wild life we saw right from the back yard, including huge iguanas, monkeys, and wild horses. House now has screens and AC in the bedrooms! The beach at the house is beautiful and was MUCH less crowded at the busiest time of the year (xmas and New Years) than closer to town. Loved it, we will definitely be back!!

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vancouver, WA

Good location, house needs TLC

  • 3 of 5

Very mixed about recommending this house. We stayed 8 nights. The good part: located at the quiet end of long Samara beach, close to the island for snorkeling and kayaking, great sunsets. Also easy access to Carillo beach, a gorgeous uncrowded huge crescent with Palm trees for shade and perfect for swimming. The house is next door to Hideaway Hotel, a charming place, and that's your only neighbor. Before you stay talk to Melissa the local manager at Samara Rentals for an accurate picture. The place is not well maintained and guest issues are not addressed. For example, shoddy cookware, coffeemaker doesn't work well, no fans in living area and no screens on front and back doors for cross breeze. AC in bedrooms only. Shower heads clogged, cobwebs and crud in many places, bulbs out, icky furniture (we put a sheet over the couch), no internet (a former guest lost the hotspot device?). Bikes were listed as available, not true (I heard owner took that off listing tho). We read comments about all this in the guest book at the house, and so we aren't the first to find fault, which is why I say the issues aren't addressed. So if you are able to put up with some unpleasantries, it's not a bad choice for location and price, if you want to be out of the Samara fest, not eat out every night, and have more space than a hotel allows. We rented bikes and enjoyed riding into town and over to Carillo.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relax and enjoy for real

  • 5 of 5

This is an amazing place to recharge, I love the location, it is a walk to the little town, the beach is 3 lots away, the back yard is very long and full of life with Iguanas and Monkeys, I recommend this house for family or groups, good surfing at the other end too.


This is an amazing place to recharge, I love the location, it is a walk to the little town, the beach is 3 lots away, the back yard is very long and full of life with Iguanas and Monkeys, I recommend this house for family or groups, good surfing at the other end too.


  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Burbank, California, USA


  • 5 of 5

I went with two other couples for the first time to Costa Rica in May, beginning of the rainy season... which out of 8 days, only one rained! We all heard of this beautiful rain forest country, and can only imagine what was waiting for us... Well, not only is the country beautiful, amazing beaches, water temperature was perfect, the people were so welcoming, delicious fish... but this house was perfect! Cozy, walking distance from the beach, a yard in the back that had from monkeys, to horses (wild free happy ones), to iguanas... Close to the little town of Samara. We were able to cook fresh fish, or relax in the hammock at night... I would never prefer to choose this house over any hotel in the area! Can't wait to come back, and I will!!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
69 Miles
Liberia Airport
Car: recommended

Casa Dos Loros is only a few steps from a gorgeous beach - Samara. Situated at the right angle for beach sunsets, the closest distance for canoeing or swimming to Choro Island and just around the corner of Carrillo beach. Ideal for relaxing and enjoying the backyard wild life – highly regarded for renters that have enjoyed viewings monkey in the trees, iguanas a various birds and butterflies.


Rates & Availability

Samara House Rental Rates


  • From $100/nt - $850/wk
  • US Dollars
  • Green Season (May-Oct) ..... $ 700/week
  • High Season (Nov-Apr) ..... $ 850/week
  • Gold Week (Dec 23-Jan 06) .. $1000/week
  • Contact owners to negotiate a special rate for you
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Guanacaste House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (2)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
Various DVD sets, Boogie boards, Hammock, beach chairs and snorkling equipment.

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