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Samara: Casa Vista Del Mar: 180º Sea Views, Fresh Air, Space and Privacy Galore!

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Casa Vista Del Mar truly lives up to its name.

Nestled among mature trees on a hill centrally located above Playa Samara, the breathtaking vista spans 180 degrees of ocean view. From Playa Carrillo to the left, across Playa Samara, all the way to Playa Buena Vista to the far right, the sparkling Pacific Ocean is a constant accompaniment during your vacation at Casa Vista Del Mar.

The house itself affords one of the best views of Samara bay that can be found. Don't just take our word for it, you can see the independent comment on the TA travellers forum for Playa Samara dated March 19, 2012 which states: "Vista del Mar is a bit out of town and up the hill. It's roughly 1 km to the beach down a concrete road. It's easy to walk down but can be quite hot walking back up. Once you are at the beach, you are a bit to the side of Samara in an area known as Mata Palo. There is a small grocery store there, but not much else of note. Still, it's an easy walk along the beach to get to town. The house is gorgeous and offers the best views of Samara bay, hands down. There's a nice pool that overlooks the ocean, plenty of privacy, and lots of space."

While relaxing on the patio or bathing in complete privacy in our 26 ft (8 meter) swimming pool, blue ocean waters can be seen everywhere. You can see Isla Chora where adventurous tourists stop by every day while kayaking, as well as the local fishermen as they pull into or out of the bay in their pangas and fishing boats to bring home the catch of the day. If you were a photographer, you wouldn’t be able to arrange a picture any more pleasing to the eye than this.

Casa Vista Del Mar is centered around a huge living space which boasts a 22 ft. (7 metres) ceiling made of tropical hardwood. The open floor design of the living room integrates the kitchen and dining area and also allows for easy access to the outdoor dining area.

The tropical design of the house facilitates natural airflow and keeps the temperature pleasant most of the year. Individually controlled quiet air conditioning units are in each of the three bedrooms ensuring a good nights sleep for those times when there is no breeze. Ceiling fans are also provided in all three bedrooms if you prefer to wake to the sounds of the jungle.

The three bedrooms offer a range of views: the blue expanse of the Pacific ocean, the dramatic views of Samara bay, to the dappled sunlight of the grounds with it's one and a half acres (0.6 hectare) of tropical plants and trees. Two of the bedrooms are en suite while the third bedroom has a bathroom adjacent to it.

The kitchen is fully equipped with all standard appliances. A covered propane fired barbeque is located next to the outdoor dining area.

At Casa Vista Del Mar, you will have access to complimentary local telephone, Wi-Fi high speed fibre optic (25Mbps) internet as well as 55 inch 4K (ultra high definition) smart Sony TV with Netflix and YouTube high quality streaming.

The grounds are extensive and ensure your privacy. Our gardeners keep the undergrowth cut back under the jungle canopy to allow the ocean breezes to flow through our property keeping it cooler while also minimizing mosquitoes. Walking paths invite you to stroll about and rest on some of the benches along the way to observe the local wildlife. Howler Monkeys and various other animals such as Coati, Iguanas and Armadillos regularly visit our property. This is also a bird lover's paradise with regular sightings of Mot Mot's, Aricari (a Toucan variety), green parrots, trogons and a variety of birds unique to the Guanacaste dry forest environment. A wide variety of butterflies too numerous to mention can be seen throughout the property including the occasional presence of the beautiful Blue Morpho butterfly. See our website at for some of our photos of fauna seen on our property.

A short stroll (roughly ten to fifteen minutes) along a mostly shaded and paved quiet road takes you right to the beach, while walking along the the crescent-shaped beach just a bit farther will lead you into town. A $4 to $5 taxi ride gets you home again.

We are confident that you will find Casa Vista Del Mar and Playa Samara an ideal venue for holidays with family and friends. Playa Samara is considered to be one of the safest beaches in Costa Rica. The offshore reef takes the energy out of the waves greatly reducing any undertow which can be dangerous on unprotected Pacific Ocean beaches. At low tide the beach is great for swimming and beginner surfers and at high tide the waves ride over the reef and the more experienced surfers and body boarders come out. Furthermore, Samara is the center for nightlife in the area with a variety of restaurants and night clubs available for your enjoyment.

Keywords: Costa Rica, Guanacaste, House with Ocean Views, Privacy, Three Bedrooms, Samara, Playa Samara, Private Swimming Pool, Wildlife Viewing

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 7, 2018


We are a retired British/Canadian couple residing in Canada who escape Canadian winters at Casa Vista Del Mar.

KATE and WILL VANDERBURGH purchased this house in 2010

Why KATE and WILL VANDERBURGH chose Sámara

We first came to Costa Rica in 2004 and spent our first few trips exploring both the Caribbean and Pacific coastlines. Luckily we found Samara on our first trip and it became the destination from which we compared all other possible destinations as we checked out different places along both coasts. In the end we were not able to find another location as appealing to us as Samara. .________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What we love about Samara and its neighbouring village of Carrillo is that they are actual Costa Rican villages. Samara has the feel of a small town with all the modern conveniences. It is also the center for night life in the area. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Its' hilltop location provides Casa Vista Del Mar with its 180 degree panoramic views over Playa Samara . The house and pool area face almost due south making it possible to see both the sunrise and sunset. Due to the topography and size of the property the house and the pool area facing the Pacific ocean are completely private. No other property overlooks us. ._____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

We also loved the unique 8 sided architecture and character of the house. Since Costa Rica is a seismically active country we wanted a single storey house that was well above sea level and it was important to us that the house be sympathetic with its natural environment. Another tropical design feature is Casa Vista Del Mar's high ceilings and double roof that allows the house to be cooled by capturing the fresh ocean breezes that one gets when on a hilltop. We also installed quiet a/c units for each of the three bedrooms for those times when there is no breeze. .___________________________________________________________________________________

What makes this house unique

The things we love the most about Casa Vista Del Mar are:

1. the view,

2. its' privacy,

3. its' unique, spacious and robust octagonal design,

4. its' full complement of modern conveniences,

5. its' tsunami-proof hilltop position,

6. the near constant ocean breeze which moderates the temperature and discourages mosquitoes, and

7. its' proximity to the beach and the village of Samara (i.e. walking distance).


Sámara House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , makeup table
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , wheel chair access shower, double sink vanity, makeup table
  • All bathrooms have walk-in showers plus there is an outdoor shower for the pool. The master ensuite has a hair dryer, curling iron and weigh scale. Both ensuite bathrooms have make-up tables.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , with ensuite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , with ensuite
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Has 32" tv with Apple streaming device and adjacent bathroom
  • Two bedrooms have king sized beds and ensuite bathrooms and alarm clocks that can play MP3 players or smart phones. The third bedroom is adjacent to its own bathroom and has two single beds which when placed together form a king sized bed (single bed linens and king size bed linens are available).
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
A locally based property manager, laptop sized personal safe, first aid kit and power assisted water supply to compensate for municipal water pressure fluctuations. Weekly housekeeping and change of linens is included. Guests are invited to make use of the tropical fruit trees (mangoes, lemons, mandarinas, bananas, star fruit, papaya and coffee) on the property when they are in season.


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Samara: Casa Vista Del Mar: 180º Sea Views, Fresh Air, Space and Privacy Galore!
average rating of 4.952381 based on 21 reviews
Aberdeen, Scotland

ideal location, wonderful views

  • 5 of 5

My wife, 2 adult children and myself had a wonderful stay at the villa for 4 nights. The location was ideal for the fantastic ocean views and easy access by car to the beach and restaurants. The villa was exactly as described with lots of space and we were welcomed by howler monkeys in the mango trees to keep us entertained. Samara is a great relaxing location and the children really enjoyed surf lessons at Leo's surf and surfing every early morning and late afternoon. We also highly recommend CoCo's Mexican restaurant for good food and monster margarita's. Melissa from the rental management company was very helpful and drove us the villa, made sure we were settled and offered to help by giving us her cell to contact etc. We'll definitely return to Samara and will be very happy to stay at the villa again.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quebec City, Canada


  • 5 of 5

We rented this house for almost 3 weeks and had the most wonderful time. The house is perfectly located in the mountain overlooking Samara beach. It has the most breath taking view ever. The sunsets are amazing.

The house is nice and comfortable with all the convenience for a family.

The owners were extremely nice and easy to get in touch with when we had a few minor problems or questions.

We would recommand this place to anyone!!

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stunning breathtaking views! Wonderful place to stay! Highly recommended.

  • 5 of 5

Another five star rating for this house!! Truly deserved.

Case Vista del Mar is a wonderful house situated up in the hills with the most stunning breathtaking views over the bay. I doubt anyone would ever get fed up with the views (the photos don't do it justice). Surrounding the property are trees and fauna attracting the wildlife, hummingbirds, butterflies, coatis etc and to sit and watch the monkeys eating the mangoes, only metres away, was like being in a nature programme.

The house itself is clean, spacious and very well equipped, particularly for families or groups.

The master bedroom has a huge kingsize bed with a dual aspect of views with a fantastic ensuite.

We were so grateful when Kate and Will changed one of the other bedrooms to two single beds from a double as our teenage sons wouldn't have been happy sharing a double!! In fact their decision to do this made it a firm booking for us. But I think the beds can become back to being a double if needed.

There is a lovely pool regularly maintained with an outside shower for rinsing the sand from the beach off.

We would advise to have a car as it is a long walk to the beach and town (and uphill in the way back). The town is a 5 minute drive away with some great restaurants, supermarkets, German bakery (yum!), pharmacy, surf schools (would recommend C & C Surf School on the beach) etc.

Great communication from Will and Kate throughout. All in all a great rental!!

We will have wonderful memories of watching the Olympics from here too.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

The house was beautiful, everything was great. We all loved the pool and the ocean views. We saw a ton of wildlife on the property, including monkeys, frogs, birds, and coatis. We all enjoyed the many amenities the house had to offer. Melissa, the property manager, was very kind and very helpful, we appreciated all her advice. A fantastic place to stay, a bargain at any price!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Toronto, Canada

Rent this house!!!!

  • 5 of 5

All the previous reviews are bang on, you wont be disappointed. The grounds and house have everything you need. Kate and Will have thought of everything and every comfort is available. The only downside is you end up spending less time at the beach because the is no reason to leave! Do yourself a favour and rent Casa Vista Del Mar.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sonoma County

Absolutely wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

Stunning ocean views and sunsets. Wonderful patio/pool area. The entire house is perfecto! Kate and Will were extremely helpful beforehand via email in planning our first trip to Costa Rica. Thank you so much! Property managers were great. David gave us a helpful Samara map and great recommendations for dining, surf lessons, groceries, ATM, etc. and also left us with coffee, milk, snacks, etc upon arrival. Surf lessons at Samara were perfect for 18 & 19 year old sons and hubby too. It was an easy drive to Playa Carrillo for a bit more wave action on boogie boards. Would love to return to this gorgeous home. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
14 Miles
Punta Islita
Nearest Ferry
70 Miles
Playa Naranjo
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Punta Islita Hotel
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Coastal Road
Nearest Beach
0.3 Miles
Playa Samara
Car: recommended

Nearby: Guided Jungle Tours, Howler Monkey Watching, Bird watching, Dolphin and Whale watching tours, Canopy/Zip Line Tour, Quad Bike Touring, Road legal golf cart rentals, Bicycle rentals, Sea kayaking, Surfing lessons, Cooking lessons, Spanish language lessons, Ultralight flights, Barra Honda National Park, Santa Rosa National Park, Las Baulas National Park, Palo Verde National Park, Ostional Turtle Nesting, Playa Camaronal Turtle Nesting; local tour agents offer day trips to Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Rincon de la Vieja National Park, white water rafting, and other major tourist attractions. Some of the best surfing breaks in Costa Rica are to be found at nearby Playa Camaronal and Playa Buena Vista.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250

An additional US$10 per bedroom per night is charged for each additional bedroom beyond one bedroom to cover the cost of air conditioning and other incidental expenses (our rates assume that all guests need at least one bedroom!)

Contrary to the "Owner's cancellation policy" suggested by VRBO as noted below our actual refund policy is to allow reservations to be cancelled before 30 days before arrival date with a refund of monies paid less 5% to cover our costs. Our notice requirement is only 30 days, not 60 and 30 days as suggested by VRBO.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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