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Beautiful Casa Bambula, a jungle oasis in the heart of Samara.

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
1 - 2 nights

About the property

Entire house or separate units, 3 Bedrooms, 3 and 1/2 Baths, (Sleeps 1-10)

Bambula Samara is a beautiful house situated on a quiet street on the edge of Samara.

Conveniently located 200m from the beach and easy walking distance from all shops and restaurants.

Bambula Samara offers all the modern amenities, fully equipped kitchens, wifi throughout the property, pool, gated parking, hot water, laundry services, A/C, outdoor showers, TV with streaming, etc.

There is lots of woodwork throughout the house and lush gardens give you a tropical feel for a peaceful and relaxing stay.

The main house is divided into two independent apartments, upstairs and downstairs. They are very private and spacious and open out to our tropical garden and pool. Each apartment has one separate bedroom and can sleep 4 people with two queen beds, dining and living room spaces, large patios, and a fully equipped kitchen. The apartments are well equipped with ceiling fans and large windows to enjoy the tropical breezes, however A/C is available for an additional charge if you decide you would like it.

We also have a charming cabina perfect for a solo traveler or couple or for extra space for a large group. The cabina is an independent bedroom with a private bathroom. There is a nice, fully equipped outdoor kitchen and patio area for guests in the cabina to use, which makes it ideal for enjoying the outdoors.

The property is fully gated and we have a security guard at night for your peace of mind.

Enjoy the wild life nearby as iguanas and monkeys are common visitors.

From the garden you can pick your own papayas, bananas, coconuts, limes, aloe, and pineapples. We also offer beach chairs, bikes, and boogie boards for our guests to use.

More Details

Dana Bosse
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 10, 2017

About Dana Bosse

I am originally from South Carolina, USA. After graduating from College of Charleston I took a few years off to travel and live abroad. During that time I fell in love with the traveler lifestyle, meeting new people and sharing different experiences. I knew immediately I needed to work out a way to make a living and continue to see more of the world.

Dana Bosse purchased this house in 2006

Why Dana Bosse chose Guanacaste

I first visited Costa Rica with my parents, helping them look for a retirement vacation home. We all fell in love with Samara right away. When we didn't find a house the first trip we decided to travel the entire Pacific Coast of Costa Rica looking for a town/area we liked as much as Samara. While there are other amazing places in Costa Rica, for us Samara was the only option. On our third meeting with a realtor in town, my parents found their retirement home, and I found Bambula. It is a beautiful property, inside and out, and I knew it would be the perfect place for me to host all of my travelling friends and friends I haven't met yet.

What makes this house unique

Bambula Samara offers versatility as a couple can rent only part of the house, or it can accommodate up to 10 for family and friends. Guests here feel very comfortable and safe, enjoy lots of space, and have all the amenities of a modern home with a very Costa Rican feel enhanced by the woodwork in the house. The original owner built the home with many unique design features that will stand out in your memories. Whether you are playing cards on the porch, cooking in the kitchen with your family, swinging in a hammock by the pool, or listening to the howler monkeys from your bedroom, Bambula is your home away from home.


Sámara House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Mountain View
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Dialup Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 2 queen
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
We offer cell phones to use for local calls throughout your stay


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Beautiful Casa Bambula, a jungle oasis in the heart of Samara.
average rating of 4.571429 based on 14 reviews

Unit/location good, unresponsive property owner

  • 2 of 5


- Dirty pans and dishes (needed to be re-washed prior to use)

- A haven for large nocturnal ants (unit was teaming with large ants all throughout the night and we had a surprise from a thumb-sized cockroach in the morning)


When I asked Dana about the unsettling number of ants in the house (we killed 50+ on the first night), she mentioned that she hadn’t stayed in the upstairs unit recently but believes the ants only come out at night (not ideal with 2 toddlers in the unit… or people who aren’t fond if creepy crawling things). She said we could spray but it smells pretty strong.

She was completely unresponsive (aka radio silence) when I requested ant traps in the unit as an alternative to spraying the toxic bug spray. After two unanswered texts and an unanswered face-to-face request, I gave up on the situation and on Dana. Renters beware.


- Look/feel and size of unit

- Location (just 3 blocks from the beach)

- Pool (small but perfect for little kids)

- Property owner Dana was responsive before and during check-in

- Clean sheets and towels

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am shocked and saddened by this untrue and unfair review. I responded to your message at 9pm telling you where to find the spray so you could address the situation immediately. I responded face to face the next morning, and told you I was going to the store to look for ant traps. I went to 3 different stores, and none had them, not my fault. I have since ordered some online to have someone bring them from the US to address the situation in the future. I don't see how you can possibly consider that unresponsive. It is also not my fault that poison for ants does not smell nice. I offered to come in and spray while you were gone to the beach. It is so very disheartening to be maliciously attacked online by someone who was so nice and pleasant in person. I truly hope you will reconsider this review. CR is still a developing country and luxury items like ant traps are not always readily available. I made every effort I could.
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Charming and tropical

  • 4 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay over Christmas at Bambula. We had the iguana suite which was very spacious and clean. Nice to have a kitchen for some meals. Nice little pool to cool off in. We saw howler monkeys the first day and could hear them at night. Very close to town and beach, less than 5 min. Would definitely come back to Bambula!! Thanks to Dana the host for a lovely stay.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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For a sought-after beach town, the apartment we rented was both large and comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

The description of this location, 'a jungle oasis in the heart of Sámara' is accurate. Some four apartments are well placed on a small footprint of an apartment that manages to combine lots of birds (including hummingbirds), iguanas, dragon flies, and nearby Howler Monkeys as amiable neighbors. Dana was very easy to work with before and during our visit. The apartment was large and comfortable. Unseasonably cool temperature meant we didn't need to use the available air-conditioning, but it would have been a huge asset if Sámara had been as hot during our visit as it often becomes. The availability of a clothes washer and dryer was a boon to us at the halfway stage of a two-week Costa Rican vacation. We didn't use the small pool, but it's right there as needed.

The Sámara Beach itself did not strike us as Costa Rica's best sandy offering. But then we discovered just a few kilometers away the Pacific Coast's extraordinary Playa Carrillo. It was breathtakingly gorgeous with only a few souls sharing its expanse with us. New time, we'll head street for Play Carillo for the sun-sand-and-water part of the visit. It's easily accessible by car from Casa Bambula and would be do-able as a bike trip as well.

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Highly recommend this property!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here for over 3 weeks and would have stayed longer, but the unit wasn't available. We stayed in the peaceful bottom apartment and enjoyed the roomy space. My son (12) loved having the pool right outside our door and having the dog French Fry visit us daily. The property is quiet and away from the bustle of town, but only steps away from town and close to the beach. Dana was wonderful and respectful. We really enjoyed our stay!

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect location for a family beach vacation!!!

  • 5 of 5

The property was exactly as advertised and exceeded some of my expectations. The location can't be beat. Just off the main road into town. Far enough removed from everything to be quiet but within very easy walking distance of the beach, bars, shops, and restaurants. The upstairs apartment had an open floor plan that was great for a vacation. The beds were comfortable and the kitchen was stocked with everything you could need. The balcony was awesome! Dana and French Fry were great hosts. I will definitely be their guest again. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Peyton and Liz! Y'all were a pleasure to host and are welcome back any time!
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Great spot in a great town

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Casa Bambula. We were a group of eight, and rented the two apartments plus a cabina. We enjoyed the house, the location was great - just a short walk to everything - and we especially appreciated being able to cool off in the pool at the end of the day. We also loved being around the corner from the bakery (delicious empandas!).

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much guys! I am so happy to hear you enjoyed Bambula :) I hope the rest of your trip was fun as well!
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Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Playa Samara
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Sámara House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season
Jan 29 2017 - Apr 11 2017
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $22 per night, per additional guest
Semana Santa
Apr 12 2017 - Apr 16 2017
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
May 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $22 per night, per additional guest
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Aug 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $22 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $22 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Air conditioning is an additional $10/day. Please call or email for rates specific to your stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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