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Relaxing Carrillo Bay-Walk to Beach, Restaurants, 3-5 bdrms, families or groups

34 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Puerto Carrillo House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 to 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 4 Baths, (Sleeps 11-12)

Welcome to Ventana Del Mar! For those of you looking for a true Costa Rican experience without the hustle of vacation resorts and tourist traps, you’ve found the right place. This unique custom home is nestled in the trees overlooking Carrillo Bay. The open air design brings cool ocean breezes and plenty of sunlight. All of the bedrooms are fully appointed with air conditioning units and ceiling fans.

Our home is centrally located in the small fishing town of Puerto Carrillo. It is walking distance to the local tiendas (groceries), restaurants, and cafés, and of course THE beautiful beach. Carrillo Beach was rated among the top 25 hideaway beaches in the world in Travel and Leisure magazine 2011. Samara is the next beach town 10 minutes away and provides more shopping, restaurants, surfing and adventure tours. Playa Carrillo is one of the most desirable beaches in Costa Rica. This 2-mile long white sand beach is lined with palm trees that provide plenty of shade. And, is void of commercial development. No bars, no hotels, no restaurants, just like its supposed to be with a few locals selling coconut milk or a push cart with sno-cones. Many mornings you can walk the entire beach and see only a handful of people. The horseshoe bay is protected from the rolling Pacific waves by a coral reef which is available for snorkeling at low tide. The waves are usually very playful with no undertow, making it perfect for all ages. Surfers looking for bigger waves can go to Camaronal, the next beach south. Returning from the beach, you can rinse off in the outdoor shower and relax in our private infinity pool. The pool includes a swim up palapa bar with a mini-fridge for drinks and a gas barbeque grill. There is also a cool water Jacuzzi and a waterslide for kids of ALL ages.

The main house offers an open air environment in the Great Room and Dining area and a large, fully equipped kitchen with pass-through breakfast bar. It has 3 bedrooms and three baths that sleep up to 7 people, and there is an additional apartment next to the house with two more bedrooms, bath and a full kitchen. Additionally, there are 5 futons throughout the complex. Our on-site caretaker, Gerardo, provides the conveniences of daily pool maintenance and light cleaning as well as local advice and contacts. As you can read in the reviews of our house, he will enhance your experience in every way.

Getting to this pristine location is surprisingly easy. If you fly into Liberia International Airport, you can rent a car or charter a van to take you the 1.5 to 2 hour drive. The road is paved the entire way to the house, which is quite a luxury for Costa Rica. If you are flying into San Jose, the drive is usually just under 4 hours. Flying from San Jose is 35 minutes on the local commuter airline, Sansa, which lands at an airstrip in nearby Islita approximately 35-40 minutes away.

Please indicate if you are interested in the house, the apartment, or both. Considerations may be made for groups of larger than 12 on an individual basis.

And remember...Pura Vida!

Keywords: House with pool, walk to beach

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 2, 2016
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About Michael

Our home is the culmination of a dream of three families in Boulder, Colorado that wanted a safe, serene yet adventurous tropical home to take our kids for some quality family time. Convenience to beach, shopping, restaurants and activities was important, as well as, our privacy from corporate development and resorts. We think we achieved that here at Ventana Del Mar.

Michael purchased this house in 1999

Why Michael chose Guanacaste

We took several years before choosing Carrillo as a location to build our vacation home. We flew the whole western coast of CR looking for a protected bay without commercial development.

Additionally we wanted the convenience to WALK everywhere. To restaurants, groceries, beaches, etc. A car is nice, but not necessary. Fishing is usually fantastic. We've regularly caught Mahi Mahi, Yellow Fin Tuna, Sailfish and Marlin. Snapper and Snook on shore. Our caretaker (Gerado) will prepare the best ceviche you've tasted with any bounty you catch.

What makes this house unique

Howler Monkeys are always an entertainment early in the morning (6 a.m.)Geckos and Iguanas are always around for amusement. Luis Angel will bring the horses right to the door if you want to do some riding. Boogie boarding at sunset is a great way to finish the day, then bocas and tragos (tapas & drinks) by the pool. Relax and enjoy!


based on 34 traveler reviews

Relaxing Carrillo Bay-Walk to Beach, Restaurants, 3-5 bdrms, families or groups
average rating of 5.0 based on 34 reviews

Perfect House for a C.R. vacation

  • 5 of 5

After a year in the planning, our family vacation in Costa Rica was even more than we hoped for, and much of the credit is to the house, Ventana del Mar. The pictures on VRBO drew me in and the actual house more than lived up to the pictures. We were a family of 10, ages 8 to 80, and every one of us enjoyed the pool, slide, palapa and the always cool open air living space surrounded by trees and greenery. The bedrooms were spaced so we never felt crowded. The 5 minute walk to the beach made beach trips a daily delight, especially with the warm ocean and the boogie boards provided. And few, if any, other beachgoers.

The house had everything we wanted or needed. Gerardo, the caretaker, answered all of our questions and helped us arrange outings and rides to Samara. It is a short walk to the grocery store and several restaurants so we never lacked for eating opportunities. An added plus was the quick response from Michael, the owner, to each of our numerous questions during the planning. Ventana del Mar and Costa Rica will always be a special place to our family. All 10 of us would highly reccommend it for a fantastic vacation.!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Prague, MN/USA

Best family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We returned from a week in heaven at Ventana Del Mar! We had 14 people in our group and the house was more than big enough for us all to have space! We enjoyed every second that we spent at the house. The kids wanted to stay and do nothing but swim each day. We were able to convince them to go on a few adventures with Samara Travel that was recommend. This company was also very nice and accommodating for 14 people which is hard to do! The restaurants that are close by are all good places to eat. They each had different things to offer but we were never disappointed in our meals or service. We felt that the prices were fair and reasonable at each one. The two markets are nice and close to be able to get your food for the day or when you run out of something which for us was very often. If you are looking to do a few adventures then relax and enjoy spending time at the pool or ocean, look no further! You will love it here. 100% this place is everything you could ever want in Costa Rica for your home away from home!

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Fantastic Family Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We returned recently from 2 fabulous weeks at Ventana Del Mar!

We were 3 generations coming and going and all of our needs were met. The house exceeded our expectations and provided ample private space as well as a large living area where the family would all gather at the end of the day. Our grandchildren spent hours in the large pool and were swimming like little fish by the end of the trip! We enjoyed the monkeys, iguanas, geckos and birds visiting the property and nearby. The beach at Carrillo Bay is beautiful and a short walk down the hill from the house. We all enjoyed the sand, waves and sunsets, my daughters went for barefoot runs on the beach in the mornings. Gerardo was friendly and welcoming and extremely helpful in arranging day trips and transport for us. He recommended a local spot where we enjoyed the best ceviche and grilled white fish! There were markets and restaurants within walking distance as well as more in Samara. We went to see the sea turtles lay eggs and watch the baby turtles being released into the ocean, we went snorkelling, fishing and caught a tuna which we grilled by the pool for dinner. We also were entertained by a bunch of Dolphins swimming by. We always felt safe and when we required healthcare in nearby Samara we received excellent care! My grandkids are still talking about Gerardo and Costa Rica and we all can't wait to go back. Thank you Michael for your prompt response to all my questions while I was planning this trip, My Family had a vacation to remember always!

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous week in Carrillo!

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family of 12 stayed here in June of this year (2015). What a wonderful week! We rented cars, and on our arrival we were greeted cordially by Gerardo, the caretaker. He was so friendly and helpful, he made us feel at home right away. We spent much of the week in the area, enjoying many walks to the beach, and great food at the El Colibri Restaurant, right across the street! One night, our grandchildren were so tired, we ordered our dinner to go, and their staff brought it right to our front door!

The local beaches were extremely clean, and many of our family members even learned to surf at nearby Samara. Our rooms at the house were comfortably air conditioned, and we fixed many of our meals right there at the house, so we could enjoy the patio and pool.

Gerardo even organized a morning of deep sea fishing for us, where we got to see dolphins and "flying fish". We later enjoyed excellent ceviche, which he prepared for us.

We would love to return, and highly recommend this vacation house for anyone staying in Costa Rica!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tybee Island, Georgia, USA


  • 5 of 5

Ten of us spent a wonderful week at Ventana Del Mar this July. The house and pool are beautiful, and the area of Carrillo is fantastic. The beach is just a 5 minute walk away as is the small grocery store The little town of Samara is only a 15 minute drive away. The area is not very developed or touristy, even so there are some good places to eat in Carrillo and Samara. All the people we met, especially Gerardo the caretaker, were so friendly and helpful. The owners were always quick to respond to our questions. If you are looking for a wonderful getaway in Costa Rica, I couldn't recommend Ventana Del Mar more highly!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

A Perfect Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from two glorious weeks spent at Ventana Del Mar in Puerto Carrillo. As with other reviewers our trip was a multi-generational event that included 8 adults and three children, ages 1,3, and 5. I have rented numerous properties through VRBO but never dealt with a more responsive owner than Michael. Given the size of our group and our diverse needs I barraged Michael with a plethora of questions and requests which were all responded to very promptly. Michael went out of his way to ensure that our family vacation was the best ever and he accomplished that, hands down!

The house perfectly met our needs. One family stayed in the separate apartment and the rest of us in the house. The kids and grand kids spent hours frolicking in the swimming pool, which to my surprise was comfortably warm without being heated. Our concerns about the young ones and the pool were allayed with the barriers that were put up to allow adult only access to the pool. The grand living room provided us with hours of evening entertainment with competitive games of Settlers of Catan (the kids are hooked on it). The Wi-Fi connection was great.

The beach is a 5-minute walk from the house. It is pristine! We took hourly walks each evening and observed the sunset while in the water. It is one of the nicest and cleanest beaches I have ever seen.

We organized a number of activities through a local tour company, including a Canopy Tour (zip-lining) in which every one of participated, including, the 1-year old, who zip-lined with his father and the 3 and 5-year old, who braved it on their own. We also went on a Dolphin tour, saw lots of them and went snorkeling over the reef near Playa Samara.

We vacillated on renting cars and decided not to, which was a good decision as we were picked up from the house for all of the activities and on the odd occasion where we ventured to Samara we took a cab.

The kitchen is very functional and well stocked with dishes and other implements. Garardo was very helpful and even prepared a few delicious ceviches for us. El Colibri, across the street, is a very convenient and good Argentinian Steak House. Their chimichurri is outstanding!

There was not one glitch in the entire two weeks we spent at Ventana del Mar. It was the best family vacation ever!

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Daniel Odubar Int'l Airport, Liberia
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
30 Metres
El Colibri
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
Playa Carrillo
Car: recommended

Zip Line Canopy Tour, Ultra-light Helicopter tours, ATV tours and mountain biking. Sea turtle viewing, dolphin watching, river kayaking, surfing lessons. Day trips to volcanoes, cloud forest and nature preserves.


Rates & Availability

Puerto Carrillo House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 15 2016 - Nov 19 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
Christmas/New Years
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
cleaning $200

One half is due within ten days of reservation. Remainder due 90 days before arrival

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Puerto Carrillo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Garage
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 1 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 1 child bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Child Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
swim-up bar

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