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

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Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Sámara House Rental Photos and Description

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, all the way to Playa Buena Vista in the far distance to the 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 comments on the TA travellers forum for Playa Samara dated March 19, 2012.) While relaxing on the patio or bathing 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 overall design facilitates natural airflow and keeps the temperature inside the house comfortable most of the time. Individually controlled air conditioning in each of the three bedrooms is available as an optional extra.

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. Ceiling fans are in all bedrooms.

The kitchen is fully equipped with all standard appliances - including a blender, and a coffee maker essential for enjoying Costa Rica's fabulous fresh fruit and excellent coffee. 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 Broadband internet as well as Satellite TV with audio and video entertainment - mostly in English and Spanish.

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 the gardens. This is also a bird lover's paradise with regular sightings of Mot Mot's, Aricari (a Toucan variety), green parrots 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.

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.

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

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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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September 26, 2016
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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 Guanacaste

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).


based on 19 traveler reviews

Samara: Casa Vista Del Mar: 180º Sea Views, Fresh Air, Space and Privacy Galore!
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 19 reviews

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: Aug 2016
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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: Jul 2016
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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: Mar 2015
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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: Jan 2015
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Excellent vacation home!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Casa Vista Del Mar for 8 days over the Christmas break, with 4 adults and two young children aged 2 and 4. I agree with all the previous reviews - the house is beautiful and very comfortable for a family, and provided us with a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the beauty of Costa Rica. The pool is large, clean, with a spectacular view of the ocean beyond, and everything about the spacious grounds was perfect for us. The owners Will and Kate were very helpful beforehand, as were the property managers Melissa and David. The welcome package was a very generous touch, too. The kitchen was well-equipped and spacious, and we enjoyed being able to cook most of our meals and eat outside on the patio. We particularly loved Playa Carillo, one of the most beautiful beaches we have ever seen, just a few minutes drive from the house. We would recommend this property to anyone wanting a relaxing and beautiful vacation. Thank you for sharing your home, Will and Kate!

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
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Brookline MA


  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Casa Vista Del Mar for 2 weeks in August. This house is absolutely gorgeous - a hexagon shape with high ceilings and glass doors the entire length of the side of the house that faces the ocean. The panoramic vista of Samara bay is spectacular. The pool was refreshing (but not at all too cold) and we often spent hours and hours in it. In fact, generally speaking, it was often hard to leave the house because we were so happy there. The bedrooms and bathrooms were spacious, clean and attractive. The living space was quite comfortable, with fast wifi, a TV and DVD player (along with lots of DVDs, books and CDs).

The owners Kate and Will were friendly, helpful and communicative prior to our arrival. They checked in by email shortly after we arrived. And, very generously, welcomed us with wine, beer and juice in the refrigerator and a bunch of snacks. They also keep an instruction manual in the house with detailed information on everything you need to know.

Similarly, the property managers David and Melissa were also quite friendly and helpful. Upon arrival, they took an extensive amount of time with us going over the house logistics and sharing their favorite restaurants and other insights. They were very responsive when we had any minor challenge (e.g. the gas for the grill ran out and Melissa got another gas tank delivered to us in less than 30 minutes).

Accessing the house by car was simple, although I would not consider it walking distance from the beach (unless you want to walk about a mile). There's no problem parking right in town in August. The only other thing to know about the house is that ants in the kitchen were a daily fact of life. They are tiny and not a nuisance, but worth knowing about in advance.

A few fantastic restaurants to recommend: El Colibri in nearby Playa Carrillo (fantastic grilled steaks) and Casa Esmarelda. We also went ziplining right next door at Wingnuts, run by a kind local man.

I would highly, highly recommend this lovely house and it's spectacular view and privacy to anyone interesting in staying in Samara.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Punta Islita
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Nearest Ferry
70 Miles
Playa Naranjo
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Punta Islita
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Coastal Road
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.3 Miles
Playa Samara
Car: recommended

Nearby: Guided Jungle Tours, Howler Monkey Watching, Canopy/Zip Line Tour, Quad Bike Touring, 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

Sámara House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
FALL 2016
Sep 3 2016 - Dec 22 2016
4 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Apr 9 2017 - Apr 21 2017
7 night minimum stay
Apr 22 2017 - Jun 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Sámara 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 ...
  • 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
  • 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 own adjacent bathroom (twin beds together = king bed)
  • Two bedrooms have king sized beds and ensuite bathrooms and alarm clocks that can charge and play iPods or MP3 players. 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 ...
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
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
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • 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, smoke detector, first aid kit and power assisted water supply to compensate for municipal water pressure fluctuations. Weekly housekeeping and change of linens is provided. Guests are invited to make use of the tropical fruit trees (mangoes, coconuts, lemons, mandarinas, bananas, star fruit, papaya and coffee) on the property when they are in season.

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