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'Casa Sammie' - very private oceanfront bungalow with a completely private pool!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 ½ bathrooms, sleeps 7

This is a very central, but private, location in the small fishing village of Tarcoles. It's an oceanfront property with a beautiful view of the Pacific and you are able to watch magnificent sunsets from the large covered front porch or raised gazebo. Scarlet macaws fly over morning and evening going to and from their feeding grounds and often spend time throughout the day in the trees on and around the property. You can walk on the beach for miles, sometimes without seeing another soul! Less than a 10 minute drive to the north is the Tarcoles River where you often see huge crocodiles basking in the sun.

The house is very comfortable and has a lovely bar on the front porch. Both front and back have large covered areas to sit under and relax, after a busy day of sightseeing. As an added bonus, our English speaking manager is available to help you out with car rentals, tours or anything else that you need.

Professionally managed with a personal touch by a property owner who cares!

Our manager is very helpful. She will even stock the fridge before you arrive!

You can buy fresh fish for your supper, right off the boats, from the Cooperativa only a two minute walk down the road or, if you prefer, you can go to one of the many restaurants within a few minutes drive. For all your grocery needs, Jaco boasts a new, very modern grocery store.

We are five minutes from Carara Biological Reserve where you are able to hike for hours and view the nesting boxes of the macaws. You will also see many other varieties of birds and animals.

Although our beach is not the best for swimming, due to the effect of the Tarcoles River to the north, there are several good swimming beaches within a short drive. We usually walk on the beach and swim in our private pool.

We are only 20 minutes north of Jaco, a major surfing area, and an easy one hour and 45 minute drive north of the beautiful Manuel Antonio Park where you can see white-faced and spider monkeys swinging through the trees, or perhaps a sloth, moving in slow motion through the branches.

If you are looking for a home away from home, where you can get in touch with nature & see the real Costa Rica, look no further than 'Casa Sammie.

We have a raised gazebo at the side of the house for amazing views of the Pacific & the sunset. At the back is a large covered patio and a beautiful private pool. We've also added a bodega next to the house with an additional bathroom and a third bedroom that sleeps 2 more people. Very nice & private.

Phone, Satellite TV, Full Kitchen, Microwave, Coffee Maker, Refrigerator, Blender, Toaster Oven, Cooking Utensils provided, Linens and towels provided, Clothes Washer, Charcoal Grill (BBQ), Maid Service available for a small fee, Hot Showers & hot water in the kitchen, Air Conditioners in two of the bedrooms.

Activities: Hiking in Carara Park, Golf, Fishing, Wildlife Viewing, Horseback Riding, Sightseeing, Swimming, Surfing, Birdwatching, Zip Line Canopy Tours, Butterfly Farm, Gorgeous Waterfall - hike to the bottom and swim in the natural pools, Crocodile Tours.

Area: We are only a 1 1/4 hr. drive from the airport in San Jose and, as we are in a central location, it is easy to take many tours and excursions.

Tours, Shopping and More Photos: Don't miss a tour with a local fisherman. Nema is a neighbour who will take you - fishing for a day; to beautiful white sand beaches for a swim; jigging for fish; touring the coastline; diving for lobster, which they will cook for you, along with the fish that you've caught, on a grill at a private beach; to visit a waterfall; or, they will put together a tour including all or any of the above. We highly recommend it. You'll have a true Costa Rican experience!

There's a modern grocery store in Herradura, just 15 min. south and Jaco (20 min.) has many great places to shop.

We have lots more photos of the house & surrounding area that we'd be happy to share with you. Just click on the link below for 'more photos of this home and area'. You can also check out our video online by clicking on the 'virtual tour' link below.

More Details

Larry & Lynn Green
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
April 28, 2017

About Larry & Lynn Green

We're a Canadian couple, married for 47 years, who have been travelling to Costa Rica several times a year since 2000. We have 3 married children, 5 wonderful grandchildren and assorted grand-dogs.

Larry & Lynn Green purchased this house in 2005

Why Larry & Lynn Green chose Puntarenas

After travelling throughout Costa Rica for 4 years we decided to buy in Tarcoles. Our decision was based on the fact that it's one of the only places left where you see the beautiful Scarlet Macaws every day. Another important factor was that it's located just over one hour from the San Jose airport, which makes it very handy for us, and our guests, to get to. It's also centrally located for easy access to many of the attractions that tourists want to see.

What makes this house unique

As we're in a small fishing village, not a tourist town or gated community, you will have a chance to see what life in Costa Rica is really like. You'll see fishermen walking down the road with their daily catch, kids playing soccer just down the road, locals swimming in the river at the end of the road, Peepo getting a load of sand with his team of oxen, as well as many other local sights. We have lots of birds, iguanas, butterflys, etc. who come to visit daily, as we've spent time improving the gardens around the pool and at the side of the house in order to attract them. You'll always be surrounded by flowers as you float in the private pool or walk through the property. The views of the sun setting over the ocean, from our raised gazebo, are truly stunning. Many guests have told us that it's the 'room' that they use the most.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our stay @ Casa Sammie was wonderful, everything we expected. Patri was awesome in helping us with our outings. The Zip Line was quite the adventure. Nema & Kevin showed us a great time, very handsome and polite young men. Hope to visit again in the near future.
Dec 2016
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Tarcoles House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • There is an outdoor shower at the back to rinse off after swimming in the pool or in the ocean. The main bathroom has a hair dryer.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , air conditioner
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , air conditioner
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , In separate building - has an overhead fan.
  • There is a 3rd bedroom with a double bed in a separate building right next to the house. Both main bedrooms in the house have air conditioners & the 3rd bedroom has a fan.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Sorry, no computer, but we have DSL high speed wireless internet so bring your laptop! There are ceiling fans in all rooms and the main bedrooms in the house have air conditioners for your sleeping comfort. Both showers and the kitchen have hot water. We have a lovely raised gazebo which gives you a great view of the Pacific and of the gorgeous sunsets. Sit with your morning coffee & listen to the birds & the waves breaking against the shore. What could be more peaceful! We've installed a security system for your peace of mind. It can be switched off whenever you want more privacy.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(56 traveler reviews)

'Casa Sammie' - very private oceanfront bungalow with a completely private pool!
average rating of 4.946429 based on 57 reviews
Calgary, Alberta

Home away from home... in paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We travelled from Canada and spent 10 days as a family (two boys, age 13 & 10) at Casa Sammie and all had the most amazing time! From the moment we arrived we felt relaxed and comfortable, the house exactly as was described in the listing. Our fridge was stocked with the food that we requested and cerveza's to help relax us after a long day of travelling thanks to the wonderful property manager, Patri. She answered all of our questions and was very helpful with finding tours that we would all enjoy. We also had the pleasure of meeting Lynn, the property owner, who was also wonderful! My favourite place in the home was definitely the raised gazebo where we enjoyed coffee & listening to the birds in the morning and at night watching the gorgeous sunsets & playing cards. The private pool was amazing after long hot days of excursions to cool off and relax. We even had 4 Iguana's warming themselves and keeping us company while swimming; The boys absolutely loved that the property was so full of life!

From Quinn, age 13: My favourite part was fishing with Kevin & Nema who lived in the village. I caught a jack fish for us to eat and they also stopped so we could go snorkeling. Nema caught 5 rock lobsters with a hook and cooked them for us on a private beach. Everything was delicious. We also got to see sardine bait balls and pelicans were diving in to catch them and little rays were jumping out of the water too. Very cool!!

From Roan, Age 10: I really liked the small village where the house was. It was quiet and everyone was very friendly. My favourite thing was the gazebo to watch the sunsets and Jose's crocodile tour. Jose was very funny and named all the crocodiles after celebrities. I hope I can go back one day.

All in all, our family vacation was fantastic and I would definitely recommend staying at Casa Sammie if you're looking for a truly relaxing holiday in "Real" Costa Rica!

P.S. The beaches in Manuel Antonio national park are a must see! And Nauyaca wateralls.... I could go on for days. Just go!!

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We could not have asked for a better review than this. Loved the comments from the boys! Thanks to all of you for taking the time to do it and for being such wonderful guests. It was great to meet you and hopefully we'll have a chance to re-connect in the future. Cheers, Lynn and Larry
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Brampton, Ontario, Canada

'' Pura Vida '' simple than that!!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful location if you love nature, a quiet and private place. Property really spotless when we arrived. Not luxurious, set apart the beautiful garden. We are not disappointed because that's exactly what we wanted and especially exactly what is described in the rental form, no bad surprise. We did not miss anything and everything was very comfortable and clean. The security cameras on the outside (which you have control) insure your tranquility . The staff; Patry the manager of the house (a caring person who is always ready to make your stay more pleasant, but always with great discretion.), Frank & his Father Ramon who take great care of the garden and the pool also took care of safety and in all discretion. we did not felt monitored at any time but very safe. We felt as if we belonged to that house.It is clear to us that Larry & Lynn owners are proud and that is reflected throughout the house in & in the garden.  We have been always ( all inclusive travelers ) and it was a first experience with a rental home.  Larry & Lynn we want to thank you, for helping us to discover our new way of traveling. Pura Vida!

Martin & Linda

French version following;

L'emplacement est merveilleux si vous aimez la nature, un endroit calme et privé. Propriété vraiment impeccable quand nous sommes arrivés. Pas luxueux, mis à part le magnifique jardin. Nous ne sommes pas déçus car c'est exactement ce que nous voulions et surtout exactement ce qui est décrit sous la forme de location, pas de mauvaise surprise. Nous ne manquons de rien et tout était très confortable et propre. Les caméras de sécurité à l'extérieur (que vous avez le contrôle) assurent votre tranquillité. Le personnel; Patry le directeur de la maison (une personne attentionnée qui est toujours prêt à rendre votre séjour plus agréable, mais toujours avec une grande discrétion.), Frank et son Père Ramon qui prennent grand soin du jardin et de la piscine a également pris soin de la sécurité et en toute discrétion. nous ne sommes pas sentis surveillé à tout moment mais très sûr. Nous nous sommes sentis comme si nous appartenions à ce house.It est clair pour nous que Larry & Lynn propriétaires sont fiers et qui se reflète dans toute la maison et dans le jardin. Nous avons toujours été (tous les voyageurs compris) et ce fut une première expérience avec une maison de location. Larry & Lynn nous voulons vous remercier, pour nous aider à découvrir notre nouvelle façon de voyager.Pura Vida!

Martin & Linda

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for this wonderful review in English, as well as in French! We are so happy that you enjoyed your time at Casa Sammie and that you appreciated everything that we, and the area, have to offer. We would be delighted to have you back in the future, if your plans permit. Cheers et merci beaucoup, Lynn et Larry
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Second Visit to Casa Sammie! We saw MONKEYS!!!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to Casa Sammie. From the moment Gilberth met us at the airport, everything was perfect, yet again! As previous reviews stated, repeat guests are greeted as though they are family. Gino made a quick visit the day we arrived to help us with a tour, and yes, please, if you can fit some extra school supplies as a donation in your luggage, do so and Gino will bring them to the school for the kids. Although we weren't able to see any whales this time, we did, however, catch some insanely large fish! We felt like we were reeling them in for HOURS! (although only a few minutes in reality) Gino and his helper filleted and cooked the fish on the beach for our lunch, so delicious! And be sure to have Gino teach you how to cut the pineapple the way he does, you'll be sure to impress your family at home!

This time, we hired Gilberth to be our tour guide for the day. He is prompt and ready to go from the start! We saw white faced monkeys up close! Also, we took the bus, which was very easy to navigate, to Jaco and a taxi back to Chepes. Plenty of sightseeing, shopping, and good food there. Be sure to book your tours with Patri, she knows everyone and gets a great price for you. The other girls did the adrenaline junkie tour, and they raved about it, not to be missed!

As expected, Ramon and Frankie are the best ninjas ever when it comes to caring for the property and the pool. Patri is only a phone call or email away, always ready and willing to help at the drop of a hat.

Chepes still has some of the most amazing food you'll find in Tarcoles. The patacones, pollo frito, and ceviche are top notch.

All in all, still the best vacation place I have yet to find. Everything is first class, from the people to the food to the property at Casa Sammie. I can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for this great review! We really appreciate all of the people who help us out and are happy to hear that you do also. We certainly couldn't do it without them. It was wonderful of you to bring the school supplies and we know the school appreciated your thoughtfulness. We were delighted to have you back and look forward to your next visit!
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Lush Tropical Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned home from a most relaxing week at Casa Sammie. The lush tropical grounds are absolutely incredible and are picture post card worthy!

The house is just as described and pictured. No, it's not a five star hotel so don't expect that. That's not what is described in the listing and it's not what we paid for. It is very comfy and cozy. The mattress in the main bedroom was VERY comfortable! The a/c in the bedroom did a wonder job keeping us cool at night too. It is very efficient and only takes a short time to cool down before bed time. I have to admit, we didn't trust that at first and probably let it run more than we needed. We enjoyed the private pool daily and the iguanas would sun by the pool as we swam.

The beach was somewhat of a disappointment but shouldn't have been. It was described pretty well. We were surprised at how much trash washes in and is just left there. Tarcoles is not a tourist area and does not have the resources for maintaining the beaches. We did not get in the water. The house sits low but the gazebo is great for looking out over the water. The scarlet macaws were plentiful and were fun to watch fly over and feast in the almond trees.

Take advantage of the tours available thru Patri as they are same as advertised ones but she gets discounted rates. The horseback riding on the beach with Kevin was awesome! Highly recommend! Also did Jose's Crocodile tour and well worth going!!

Patri is a perfect hostess as she makes herself as accessible as you need her to be! Very responsive and helpful! She even helped us with finding a Pharmacy in the next town.

The location of the house is such that you have to drive thru the edge of Tarcoles which is a low income fishing town. It opens your eyes to the local way of life and living conditions to be sure. We ate at Chepe's and also lunched at the fishing cooperative just down the road. You can buy fresh fish here too!

We never encountered anyplace that did not accept US dollars. Expect to pay premium prices if eating out, especially at the nicer restaurants. The small local sodas we found to have great food for very reasonable prices. Jaco is a short drive south on main highway and offers huge variety of restaurants as well as shopping. Even found the Maxi Pali which is a small Walmart. The small local markets have the best fresh foods. Produce and such.

All in all, a great week and would definitely come back to Casa Sammie!

Brenda & Joel

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking the time to write this very honest review. We really appreciate it. We try to make sure that guests know exactly what we offer at Casa Sammie - an opportunity to spend time in a typical Costa Rican town, surrounded by nature and outside of the tourist areas. Patri, our manager, is always available to help out when needed, as you found out. We certainly couldn't do it without her. Thanks again and we hope you can make it back again in the future!
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Relaxing getaway

  • 5 of 5

I had a great experience right from the beginning of booking my vacation at Casa Sammie. The owners were great about answering all my questions quickly and the booking process and payment went smoothly. I am a woman who often travels alone and I felt very safe staying at their house. Patri the manager, as well as Ramon the pool caretaker, and Frankie the gardener and handyman, took very good care of me. The house is right on the ocean and although the swimming isn't the best in that area, it's great to sit in the raised gazebo and look out at the fishing boats and the amazing sunsets. There's always a breeze. The beach is great for walking, to the south, and there are several good swimming areas within a short drive or a longer walk. The private pool is great and well taken care of daily by Ramon. For me the best part was being so close to nature. I saw Scarlet Macaws every day as well as many other birds, including the Yellow-naped Amazon Parrots. I also saw many iguanas and other small lizards and a saddle-backed anteater. Just sitting out the back and listening to the birds and admiring the gardens is so relaxing. The gardens are gorgeous and well maintained. I had ripe mangos as well as starfruit and bananas from the property. It's so nice being in a typical Costa Rican village instead of in a tourist town. You really get to see how the average person lives, especially the fishermen. This is a fishing village and the people are not really well off but any I met were very friendly and helpful, even if I had trouble at times with the language. You don't need to be able to speak Spanish, as Patri can help out when needed, and Frankie also knows some English. It's great fun carrying on a conversation. I didn't have a car but was able to get pretty well everything that I needed in town and I also took the bus into Jaco one day to do a bit of tourist shopping. It was very easy, as the bus runs frequently, and it's an easy walk to the corner to catch it. I ate several meals at Chepe's, the local bar/restaurant and it was inexpensive as well as great food. I also got take-out at the soda just at the end of the street. Their casados (a typical plate with rice, beans, salad, and a meat or fish) are really reasonable and good. I would really recommend this house to anyone who wants to get off of the beaten track and have a real Costa Rican experience. You won't regret it.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking the time to write this great review. You obviously enjoyed doing all of the things that we like the most while we're there. Hoping you can join us again in the future. Lynn and Larry
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Great for Off-The-Beaten-Path Types

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Casa Sammie. Being located in a small fishing town adds a lot of charm, peace and quiet. The elevated cabana was great for eating meals and enjoying views of the ocean and local wildlife (scarlet macaws, iguanas, butterflies, etc.). The garden is beautiful and the pool very refreshing. The house itself is very cozy and accommodated our family of 4 (two adult children). A bonus is the mango tree: it dropped about 8 fresh, ripe mangos a day during our stay - just wash em off and cut em up. Yum.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to let others know what you enjoyed about your stay. We really appreciate it! We agree that the mangos are delicious - sadly they're not always ripe at the right time ;-( We hope you can make it back at a time in the future. Cheers, Larry and Lynn
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Carara National Park
Tarcoles Bridge
Car: recommended



We are located 1 1/4 hrs. drive west of the international airport in San Jose, in the town of Tarcoles. It is about 20 min. north of the major tourist city, Jaco, which is known for its great surfing. As an alternative, you can also drive from the international airport in Liberia, Guanacaste to Casa Sammie in 2 1/2 hrs.

We recommend that you have a car for more flexibility in visiting the many natural areas and parks within an easy drive of the house, such as the Tarcoles river, Carara Park and spectacular waterfalls. Manuel Antonio Park, a beautiful reserve where you can see monkeys, sloths and iguanas is a scenic 1 3/4 hrs. drive south.


Rates & Availability

Tarcoles House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season
Dec 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Green Season
May 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Low Season
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
High Season
Dec 1 2017 - Apr 30 2018
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $40
Tax Rate 13.0%

From $795 USD/wk.
All prices quoted are in US Dollars.
We accept payment through HomeAway payments or PayPal.
There is a $40 cleaning fee, for cleaning the house after you leave.
Pricing is based on 4 person occupancy - each additional person is $10 per night.
Maid service during your stay is available for an additional cost of $35/visit

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.

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