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Condo Steps to the Sand. Amazing Beach+Ocean Views! 'Best Condo in Samara'

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq ft
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths (Sleeps 4-6)

Enjoy spectacular views from this luxurious condominium, named Condo Amapola, the first floor condo of the four floor Alta Vista Condominium building, located 1.5 blocks to the beach and a short walk to town; high speed free wifi, pool, A/C, fully equipped kitchen, on-site secure covered parking, on-site concierge and caretaker and much more! No car needed - the beach is down the street and the best mini-super market/cafe/coffee shop/bakery "Iguana Verde" is just two blocks away on a very quiet road. Local eateries within 2-3 blocks as well.

I'm Patrick, the owner of this Condo and of the three other Condos that make up this one-of-a kind vacation rental. I chose the lot to build on based on its quiet and accessible location with its pristine beach views. I drew the plans and built the building based on having a world-class vacation experience for myself and my guests. Now I manage the building keeping true to the original vision: world-class service at a gem of a property.

As owner of the building you have direct access to me and my team: Laura - administrator, Dennis- caretaker, and Xinnia-house keeper. Your every whim is catered to with direct attention since you are my number 1 priority - the guest. I don't just own the Condo but the building so any aspect of the overall property I can address directly.

The difference here is quality - I spend more of your rental payment on quality: from my staff, to linens, to new paint, to keeping the bbq clean and supplied. The a/c units are constantly maintained to ensure 100% effectiveness, the wifi connects at Internet Cafe rates. Let me and my team provide you with the world class experience and vacation you deserve!

I recently re-invested significantly in the building, doubling the size of the third floor condo a 2bd/2ba, and adding a 1bd/1ba fourth floor condo named Dahlia. I take pride in continually updating Alta Vista to keep it new and fresh!

Absorb the refreshing ocean breezes from your own private balcony, cool off in the pool, or go for a stroll on the beach but don't miss the adorable Congo Monkeys playing in the trees at eye level from 'The Congo Lounge', the rooftop terrace.

Alta Vista Condominiums has no match in Samara or the surrounding beaches. When you want to be close to town and next to the ocean, in a stylish ocean view condo with all the comforts of home and more, look no further.

Recipient of prestigious ' Five Star Award of Excellence', Samara still has no match, even five years after we opened for business. Randall, the caretaker and concierge, has been with the Alta Vista Team for 4+ years and continues to receive glowing reviews. Rates have remained the same going back to 2009 despite heavy investments in new furniture, decoration, and relentless upkeep. A common refrain from our guests is, 'of all the places we've stayed in Costa Rica, yours is the only that looks as good or better in person as it does online.' I'm proud to present a property and a vacation experience to the stylish discerning independent traveler who shuns packaged trips but won't settle for shared bathrooms or the tourist traps promoted by false advertising.

We have at least ten different guests/families who have visited us every year after their first stay. They go on to tell their friends who then also become repeat guests. They love the home-like feeling the condo has. Denis is almost always at the building as is Laura our lovely administrator and Xinnia the housekeeper. Zorro is an adorable constant companion!

Make your reservation at Alta Vista today and join the ranks of our many high-end repeat guests!

More Details

Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 16, 2018

About Patrick

I bought the land in 2006, the same year I moved to Playa Samara. We broke ground fall of 2007 and wrapped up construction December 2008. I planned and built Alta Vista Condominiums overseeing every detail to the way I would like it as if I were on vacation. I've traveled to many beaches being a surfer and waterman and Playa Samara took the prize for being the friendliest, cleanest, most tico beach in Costa Rica. I built multiple condos with the idea that I'd live in one and rent the other two for my income.

Patrick purchased this condo in 2006

Why Patrick chose Sámara

Location, location, location. I'm located on the west (north) end of the bay of Playa Samara, in the small village called Cangrejal. It's still Samara Beach, it's just on the edge of the bay which means it's quiet. My building backs up to the forest and their are no neighbors to three sides of me. The only inhabitants are the incredible amount of different species - from howler monkeys, to tucans and iguanas, and everything in between, get ready for a natural paradise!

What makes this condo unique

Also, I've provided a unique benefit by providing luxury in the middle of a typical Costa Rican beach. I love surfing and exploring town but it's hot and full of many adventures! I, as will you, love coming home to a safe, secure, air conditioned condo with a full white-line kitchen, hot water, high speed internet, and toilet paper you can flush!


Sámara Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Town
  • Adventure
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Flush toilet paper, hot water, water softener, in-sink garbage disposal, staff on-site morning+afternoon+all night, outdoor shower, bi-lingual administrator.


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Condo Steps to the Sand. Amazing Beach+Ocean Views! 'Best Condo in Samara'
average rating of 4.9761906 based on 42 reviews

Perfect location, complete up-to-date condo, great staff...don’t miss this property !

  • 5 of 5

Having all the benefits of Samara right there at that condo. Denys, the handyman, is always happy to help and doesn’t hesitate tongo above and beyond in order to make your stay the best possible. Laura who’s in charge of the condo makes it a charm signing in and out. 2 rooms with one having it’s own little ensuite...A/C in every room, full kitchen, small but very well made and maintained inground pool, best view of the hauling monkeys when they travel along their daily route, 2 short minute walk to an insane beach virtually to yourself (never though Pacific water could be that hot !!)... Well, the list could go on and on... My wife and I are already planning our next visit to Costa Rica...what a change from our cold Canadian weather ! When we’ll be back, be assured that we will be targetting this exact same condo if it will be available at that time.

Very safe ! You have you own parking space behind locked gates. Denys is there all night long to make sure everything remains safe.

Don’t miss this place ! Close to downtown so that access to Sodas (local bistros with amazing food), shops, grocery and everything else is super easy....but far enough so you don’t get all the nightlife and traffic noise. Best of both worlds !

If you ever go there, you must the « Soda La Perla » which is a 2 minute walk from the condo. Great food and very good prices. Very generous portions for $7-$8 each. Hawaian shrimps are to die for. They don’t serve alcohol but you can bring your own of go at the little convenience store next door and buy whatever they have and bring it to the soda. Owners are super nice !

Don’t look elsewhere, take this condo ! You won’t regret it...

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Such a great experience!

  • 5 of 5

This was a great place to stay! We were so lucky to find it. From booking, to having Laura persannly check us in, to Dennis keeping the pool clean. The whole thing was great. Easy walk to the beach and groceries. Far enough from town to feel secluded but close enough for a night out. The neighborhood howler monkies were a big hit with my kids as well. This was a beautiful spot to spend vacation and quickly felt like home. Wish we could have stayed longer!

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Another great stay at Alta Vista Condo!

  • 5 of 5

Over the past several years, we have had family stay at condo when we rented house next door. This year my husband, sister and brother-in-law all,stayed for a week in first floor two bedroom condo (after four weeks in large house accomodating our many guests at far side of Samara). We loved the condo, the deck that is shady starting late morning, the proximity to quiet beach and town! Well appointed and equipped and Dennis, the caretaker, is extremely nice and competent. I do suggest hooks and shelf in second bath so even more comfortable for two couples. Loved the remaining roof top shared porch. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Denise, thank you for the great review and for the recommendation of hooks and a shelf in the guest bathroom. I appreciate it! - Patrick
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We will be back!

  • 5 of 5

Everything about Condo Alta Vista was perfect. It’s even nicer in real life than in pictures, it was perfectly clean (and I’m very particular about cleanliness in hotels/rented condos!), the location couldn’t be better, and the staff were amazing! We jokingly didn’t want to leave a review as we wanted to keep this amazing condo for ourselves. The pool was perfect for playing in with our 6 month old as it was in the shade after 1 pm, and the beach is so close that we could easily go for just a couple hours instead of committing to a full day there. We walked into town at least once per day- driving isn’t necessary. We will definitely be back next year.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Vanessa, thank you for your glowing review! I've shared it with the staff Denis, Xinnia and Laura. Good to hear you're interested in two weeks next year - we love our repeat guests! -Patrick
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Loved Alta Vista and Samara!

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect place for us on the Nicoya Peninsula. We loved Alta Vista. Alta Vista had plenty of space, comfortable, and had everything we needed. It was nice that it was a little away from town and quiet. A short walk to a wonderful Soda and the Beach. The pool was lovely in the afternoon after a beach day. Our balcony was perfect for morning coffee and afternoon cocktail before dinner. The town of Samara was fantastic. It had an amazing selection of restaurants for the size town. We had great meals every night. Highly recommend Roots blueberry scones ever! Favorite Beach--Playa Carrillo. Laura, Dennis and Xinnia were all so helpful. We didn't get to meet Patrick, but he is a wonderful communicator. Access to a washer and dryer a big plus.

We will definitely go back on our next trip to Costa Rica!

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We look forward to hosting you again on your next trip!
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Couldn’t have been any better!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful location, easy walk into Samara for restaurants and shops. A great mini super and bakery just up the road. Property kept in immaculate condition by caretaker Dennis. Property manager Laura ready to assist in any way, always available by e-mail or phone. Would definitely return.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Liberia, Costa Rica

Other Activities: Shopping, kayaking, wildlife viewing, boating.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $0
Refundable damage deposit $250

Prices are subject to change/discounts for longer stays.
Prices up to 6 people, extra charge for more.
Credit Cards accepted via PayPal and Homeaway payments, the safe easy way to pay via internet.
Contact me with your dates, I will respond within 24 hours.
All taxes and fees included in rates.
30 day cancellation policy.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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