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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 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
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 18, 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 4.9722223 based on 36 reviews

Perfect location in Samara

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the use of your condo very much and the distant views of Playa Samara from the living room, bedroom, porch, as well as the rooftop lounge. The condo had everything we needed and we quickly fell into a rhythm of waking up early, having coffee on the porch, cooking breakfast in the condo and heading out for a day of surfing and beaching. Evenings were spent at various restaurants nearby, many on the beach. The caretaker is friendly and available, but non intrusive and Zorro the guard dog is very sweet. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
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We had a wonderful family trip!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our time at Alta vista. We had everything we needed and adored the team and dog who manage the property. Our kids loved the wildlife and pool. It was easy to share the property with another family we didn't know. There was room for everyone. There is one small

Pool and one upper deck so I will say that you are chatting with other folks if you are all sharing the areas. The only thing to note is it is a bit further from the beach than just steps. We notice because we went with 3 little ones and you for sure have to walk down the street a couple blocks. Still very close but the pic makes it look like it's right across a grassy backyard. We highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Salida, CO

Great Vacation in Samara

  • 5 of 5

This place is great. Views are stunning, right off the beach, incredible roof top deck, birds and monkeys right outside the door. The pool is also a huge plus. Nice to have parking and laundry. House was well stocked and we never lacked for a thing. There is a grocery a couple blocks away and Samara is a short walk down the beach. The house has shared beach toys, cooler and grill. Loved every minute of our stay. Laura the manager is wonderful and can answer all of your questions.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Up in Northern WI, not too far from Minneapolis

Perfect place to stay very close to the beach.

  • 5 of 5

This was my fourth stay and I have booked again.

The location is perfect and Patrick, the manager and staff, work hard to provide the best experience possible. The view of the beach, which is a short walk from the property is amazing, with a sunrise to begin the day. The convenience to stores, restaurants and anything else you need is great. The property itself is clean, and carefully kept that way. It is quiet and just far enough from the main part of town. There are many varieties of birds and animals nearby and the nearly daily parade of monkeys in the nearby trees is wonderful! I was there for 7 weeks this year, and met the other guests who agreed that this was the place to stay in Sámara. Several already had plans to return. Being able to return from the beach, take a dip in the pool, and relax outside, or retreat to the cool comfotable rooms for a siesta is so nice. The full kitchen makes it easy to have breakfast on your patio in the morning, and watch paridise wake up. I also like the covered garage with secure parking for your bike or car.

If you have never visited Costa Rica and want a vacation you will never forget, Alta Vista will not dissapoint.

Pura Vida

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
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Waterloo, Ontario

Great Holiday

  • 5 of 5

The condo definitely made our trip. We were four adults staying in the 2 bedroom first floor condo. It was spacious, comfortable and clean with all the amenities you could need. The pool was great to have and the rooftop Congo lounge was our favorite place to hang out after a long day. Denise the caretaker works very hard to make everything perfect. We also enjoyed having Zoro, the dog, on site to look after us :). There were lots of monkey's nearby as well as a large iguana that hung out in the tree out front. The walk to town is a quick 5 to 10 min. during low tide along the beach. During high tide, you need to go by road which is about 20 min. There is a small grocery store down the street as well as a couple of Soda's for traditional cooking just steps from the condo. Walking around was easy and safe. We had a car and therefore appreciated the security of the gated parking. We also did some exploring to Playa Carillo, a beautiful, pristine beach which was one of the nicest I've seen in Costa Rica. Make sure you go zip lining at Wingnuts and try some of Costa Rica's craft beers. We had the pleasure of also meeting the owner Patrick who was very gracious! Overall the condo was perfect for our stay and Samara's laid back vibe, variety of restaurants and activities were great. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Loved our stay at Alta Vista!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Alta Vista. We spent eight nights in the third-floor unit. Our experience matched the photos, written description and all the other rave reviews of Alta Vista. The bed was very comfortable (the mattress appeared to be new and was firm but not hard). Our unit was clean and well maintained. The kitchen had everything we needed. Laura responded quickly to our every need and even ordered delivery food for us one night when we didn’t have the gumption to venture out during a downpour.

We enjoyed the pool and rooftop patio/bar area. We could hear and sometimes see monkeys from the rooftop.

There’s a nice soda and mini mart a short walk away, along with a larger market and additional restaurants about a 10-minute walk away and town also is an easy walk — either on the road or the beach.

We took our 10-year-old son for surfing lessons from Tico’s Surf School. His teacher, Paco, was really wonderful.

We highly recommend zip lining at Wing Nuts and kayaking with Samara Adventure Tours.

Everyone — Laura and the condo nightwatchman, the zip lining and kayaking guides, along with Paco — not only did their jobs but were quite kind as well. And we’ll always appreciate that.

Someday when we make it back to Costa Rica, we’ll go to Samara and hope to stay again at Alta Vista.

Thank you Patrick!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2016
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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

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning $0

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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