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Luxury Villa, Breath-taking Ocean Views, 2 Master Suites, Easy Walk to Beach

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 5,000 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 6 - 7 nights


About the property

Panoramic Ocean Views in Exclusive Samara Reefs, 40-ft infinity Pool, Sunsets

Casa Colibri is a 5000 sq ft luxury house located within the Samara Reefs gated community. It is the largest of the 7 homes and was designed with comfort, elegance, and entertaining in mind. With two full master bedroom suites and a total of 5 bedrooms, it is the perfect choice for an extended family or 3 couples looking for a spacious house close to town with a large pool, a large sundeck, and lots of room to relax. Casa Colibri has 5 bedrooms (each with spectacular ocean views), a completely outfitted gourmet kitchen, a 40-foot private saltwater swimming pool, an elegant outdoor dining room, and an over-the-top bbq grill/outdoor kitchen. Throughout the house, natural materials such as local rock, local hardwood, and bamboo accentuate the relaxed tropical ambiance.

Built in 2008, Casa Colibri is one of 7 luxury houses in the Samara Reefs Gated Community overlooking the horse-shoe shaped bay of Playa Samara. The houses are 150 feet above sea level and are situated along a ridge overlooking the horse-shoe shaped beach of Samara. Behind Samara Reefs is a dense green jungle canopy - forests of huge native trees you would expect to find in much more remote sections of the country. Because of its elevated position and a deep green valley located behind the house, Casa Colibri receives both off-shore and on-shore breezes, which help to keep the house feeling fresh and cool. The location is unique - you have stunning ocean views plus the sunrises to the east, AND incredibly beautiful sunsets to the west.

Unlike other luxury houses in the Samara area, Samara Reefs is within walking distance to Samara Beach and to the towncenter of Samara. It is an easy 10-minute walk to the beach-front and another 7 minutes into the heart of Samara where there are many excellent restaurants (including Locanda, Gusto's, and Mama Gui's), surfing (with great instructors), the very helpful Samara Info Center, 2 banks, 4 grocery stores, and many other amenities. Our location is so convenient to town that many of our past guests have opted to just use taxis and go "car-less".

Casa Colibri Features:

- 2 Master Bdrm Suites, each with large ensuite bathrooms

- 1 King size bedroom (upstairs)

- 1 Queen size bedroom (upstairs)

- 1 Guest bedroom with single bed (main level)

- A large TV room with a/c, comfortable leather sofa, sliding door opens onto shaded garden.

- The main living room with two banana leaf sofas and round coffee table.

- Highly functional outdoor dining room with seating for 8

- A gourmet kitchen with European gas cooktop, microwave, wall-oven, and refrigerator/freezer/ice-cube dispenser on door, completely outfitted.

- Covered outdoor grill/kitchen

- 4 bathrooms

- A covered roof-top sunset deck

- 1 outdoor bathroom, 2 outdoor showers

- Fullsize laundry room with full size washer/dryer

Built by Architect Karin Nagel and overseen by local interior designer Julietta Jurado, the house is not only elegant but extremely functional. The windows and doors are of the highest quality and the well-placed screened windows ensure maximum comfort. Throughout the house, soft colors and natural materials create a comfortable, relaxed feeling. One of its best design features of the house is how the rooms flow seamlessly from one to another - this house has great flow! It is a great vacation house because it is comfortable and practical: large glass patio doors off the living room open up and connect all the main rooms into one large living space: the kitchen, dining room, and living room, the pool, AND the pool deck.

Gourmet chefs will love the kitchen. The lay-out is bright, inviting, with windows on all sides, and It is fully outfitted for a gourmet chef. On the large kitchen island there is a high-end European 6-burner gas stove, two full length granite countertops, a wall-oven, microwave, stainless steel appliance, and a 4-person sit-up bar. A unique feature is the large walk-in pantry adjacent to the kitchen. This room is air-conditioned and humidity-controlled and was designed to store wine, beer, fruit, vegetables, and dry goods.

The house is large enough so that, even with 8 people, a quiet corner can be found to enjoy a book. If someone wants to watch TV without disturbing others, there is a separate air-conditioned TV room; it has patio doors that open outside onto a shaded fountain/garden area.

A unique feature is the amazing waterfall feature adjacent to the house. Modeled after our favourite hotspring resort -Tabacon in Arenal - water flows along a "river", over a wall, and then cascades down. Try sitting under this waterfall - you get a great shoulder massage! It is exhilarating and ultra-relaxing. During the hottest hours of the day, do check out the shady grotto behind the waterfall.

Another great spot is the "sunset deck". We built on top of our carport when we realized how wonderful the views were of the surrounding back hillside. And it's high enough to get the VERY best view of the sunset. A string of twinkling lights transforms this area into a great evening spot to enjoy wine and appetizers. Concrete furniture provides plenty of seating. By day, it's a quiet spot to do yoga. Hint: It's also a great spot for watch troops of monkeys swinging in the jungle on the nearby hillside.

Located off the Master bedroom upstairs is a huge sundeck. Both the bedroom and the neighboring Executive Office open onto this deck. The deck runs half the length of the top floor and, being so high up, you get a spectacular view of the entire Samara Bay AND gorgeous sunrises. Bring your computer and make yourself comfy. There is an office desk, an office chair - it is the perfect, quiet spot to catch up on emails. In the morning, this sundeck is a gentle way to wake up with a cup of coffee. It feels peaceful and intimate. The comfy chairs are perfect for relaxing in while enjoying watching the sunrise, with the pastel colors of the sky changing literally before your very eyes. Enjoy the sounds of the many, many songbirds, monkeys off in the distance, and the gentle ocean surf. Visiting the nearby trees are large flocks of parakeets, flocks of butterflies, and every day, dozens of hummingbirds (colibris) dart in and out of the pink-flowered trees below. In front of you are layers: a thick canopy of trees, then sandy Samara Beach, and beyond that, the island called Isla Chora - this is the view Samara is famous for.

When the sun goes down, the temperature is still perfectl (no need to pack a sweater). The barbecue grill, located at the edge of the sundeck overlooks the canopy below and is so perfect that it has inspired the phrase "Barbecue Envy" from recent guests.

At the eastern-most corner of the proper is a curved teak deck where you can stand and look west (for great sunsets) or look down overtop the waterfall feature, the "centerpiece" of Samara Reefs. The water comes on automatically each morning for a few hours.

The house is designed to allow cross-breezes to flow through the house; wonderful ocean breezes flow in off the water and cool mountain air streams through the front door, keeping the interiors cool and fresh. Whether you are inside the house, or out, you will find yourself utterly captivated by the stunningly beautiful panoramic ocean views, the rounded shoreline of Samara beach, the small island of Isla Chora, and the protective reefs that appear and disappear with the tide. From the bedroom windows you will have a bird's-eye-view into the surrounding hillsides watch, kayakers heading to Isla Chora, or fishing boats headed out to sea.

The upstairs master bedroom is very spacious, taking up 1/3 of the top floor. It has a king-size bed, solid almond floors, remote control A/C, a Tommy Bahamas ceiling fan, reading lamps, tons of storage and closet space, a very large bathroom, beautiful frosted glass doors, a tiny balcony overlooking the front of the house, and the large ocean-front sundeck. You can open up the curtains and enjoy huge panoramic ocean views - right from your BED!!

The master bedroom en-suite bathroom is very large and has 3 windows from which you can enjoy 3 very different, very beautiful views. A large portion of the hillside to the northwest is owned by WingNuts Canopy Tours and is an ecological preserve.

To Samara Beach, the walk is 10 minutes. It is not strenuous at all; just walk down our paved road for about 600 meters, cross the street, and then walk 100 meters along a wide, shaded path, and you are at the entrance to the beach. Another 7 minutes and you will be within range of 7 or 8 good restaurants, the Samara Info Center, grocery stores, surf lessons, kayaks departing the shore, boogie board rentals, bike rentals, ATV pick-up spot, etc.

From the Liberia airport, it is a 1.5 hour drive to Casa Colibri. Please feel free to ask me for photos showing Samara, various activities, the walk to Samara Beach. I can also send you an info page onTransportation Options from the airport.

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Mary-Ellen Meyers, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 17, 2017

About Mary-Ellen Meyers, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Our group of Canadian partners began building the 7 Samara Reefs beach houses in 2006 . We love the tropical sunshine as an escape from the cold Canadian winters. When we ourselves cannot be in Samara, we very much enjoy sharing our piece of paradise with others.

If Casa Colibri is not available for your dates, check out Villa Mirador (vrbo 393786) which is 2 houses away, or ask me about the availability of two other Samara Reefs houses: Casa Centenario or Driftwood House. Also, check out Casa Estiyul (vrbo 553084), our partner's house on the hillside just below Samara Reefs. Pura Vida!

Mary-Ellen Meyers, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada purchased this villa in 2008

Why Mary-Ellen Meyers, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada chose Guanacaste

Casa Colibri is a short walk to Samara Beaches and a short drive from town. Samara has everything: great restaurants, excellent grocery stores, hiking, fishing, zip-lining, beach activities, surfing, kayaking, swimming, close to shopping and amenities. Also, it is only a 5 minute drive to Playa Carrillo, considered by many (including the Lonely Planet) to be a jewel of Costa Rica: one of the country's most beautiful and unspoiled beaches. We vacationed here with our toddlers (now in their teens) and loved the safety of Samara and the small, friendly town of Samara. Because of the horse-shoe shape of the beaches and the protective offshore reefs, these 2 beaches are some of the safest swimming beaches in the country. And both win awards for outstanding cleanliness standards. For body surfing and boogie boarding, we prefer the waves at Carrillo. For people-watching and surfing, Samara is awesome. The town of Samara is wonderful: very friendly, relaxed, and even though it is small, it has a surprising number of great restaurants! And there is a huge variety of activities available - it is truly the perfect fit for a family vacation. The locals (who call themselves Ticos) are very friendly, positive, and happy people.

Besides being close to the beaches and to town, and besides its outstanding panoramic ocean views, its unique position 150 feet up on an elevated ridge gives it fresh tropical breezes! Samara Reefs is a very special location, possibly surpassing all other developments of its type on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.

What makes this villa unique

The two beaches, Playa Samara and Playa Carrillo, are both fantastic. If you want to sit in a restaurant with your feet in the sand (margarita in hand) and be just feet away from the water, then Samara is the right beach for you. Not only is the choice of restaurants great, but at several of them, you can sit comfortably in the shade watching your kids play in the sand, swim safely in the water, take surfing lessons right in front of you. When the surf lesson is over, they can join you at the restaurant. Perfect! if you like people-watching, Samara has lots of fun restaurants, cafes, bars, and has a very friendly and relaxed "vibe". Samara is made up of local Costa Ricans, Americans, Europeans, has an International Language School, a Registered Massage School, and is home to excellent surfing so the local vibe is diverse, energetic, and LOTS of fun. People-watching at its best!

Playa Carrillo, on the other hand, is completely untouched by development. Palm-lined and pristine, Carrillo has been called "THE PRETTIEST, MOST UNSPOILED BEACH IN ALL OF COSTA RICA" by Lonely Planet.

A HUGE benefit of Casa Colibri is its wonderful caretakers. If you need assistance or help with the house, our Administrator, Daniel Quiros, and his wife Anna live across the street in their nearby casita. They are extremely helpful and will do everything they can to make your vacation even more enjoyable.


Sámara Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 35
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Because of dangerous stairs, children under the age of 5 are at some risk. Please contact me about our policy.
  • Only the guests listed on the Rental Agreement are allowed into the house.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • King Master En-Suite Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , Soaker tub, 4 view windows, two rock sinks
    Queen Master Ensuite Bathroom - toilet , shower , Wheelchair-friendly shower
    Upstairs Shared Bathroom - toilet , shower , This is shared by King and Queen bedrooms
    Main Floor Bathroom - toilet , shower , Convenient bathroom on the main floor.
    Outdoor Bathroom - toilet , outdoor shower , Excellent washroom. Outdoor shower next to pool.
  • All 5 bathrooms have Colombian tile floors, showers made of rock and tile, they are all enclosed with glass doors, and they all have high-end Kohler fixtures. The King Master bathroom has a large soaker tub, a long natural rock countertop and two above-counter sinks that are also made of natural rock. There is a walk-thru closet (drawers and shelves on both sides) that you walk through on your way to the bathroom - this closet has its own window! The toilet, which is completely enclosed for privacy, also has a small screened window. In the shower, there is a 3rd window - it looks down into the kitchen garden. At the vanity sink, an Eastern-facing 4th window looks into nearby hillsides (where you get agreat view of parakeets at about 4:30 pm). Over the soaker tub (which faces west), there is a 5th window. During the dry season - when the trees have lost their leaves - you can see a green house way up on the hillside and one of WingNut's Canopy zip-lining tree platforms!
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King Master Suite, large bathroom, soaker tub & sundeck - 1 king , Upstairs bdrm w large sundeck and 180-degree ocean view
    Queen Master Suite w. large bathroom & poolside lanai - 1 queen , Sliding glass doors open onto lanai, pool & sundeck
    Kingsize Upstairs Bedroom - 1 king , Ocean view, windows out 2 directions: ocean & water fountain
    Queen Upstairs Bedroom - 1 queen , Ocean view
    Downstairs Guest Bedroom - 1 twin/ single , Sliding glass doors optn to lanai, pool and sundeck
    Executive Office beside King Master Suite, opens to sundeck - Private office, glassdoors open to 2nd floor sundeck
  • All 5 bedrooms have jaw-droppingly beautiful ocean views of Samara beach, the off-shore reefs, and the small island of Isla Chora. All bedrooms have remote control A/C, large screened windows, premium linens, plenty of high-quality pillows, large closets, loads of storage space, bedside tables, reading lamps, quiet ceiling fans, custom made furniture, solid wood floors, designer window coverings, plus gorgeous woodwork throughout the house is made from native Costa Rican hardwood. The King Master Suite has a very large sundeck with 180-degree ocean views where you can enjoy sunrises and sunsets. A second small balcony (think: Romeo and Juliette) looks over the front courtyard.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • 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
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Samara has PRIVATE CHEFS for hire as well as MASSAGE THERAPISTS - These services can hired through the Samara Information Center. Unique Features of Casa Colibri: The sunset deck is a great spot for watching sunsets, monkeys in the surrounding trees, and at 4:30 the parakeets coming home to the trees in the surrounding hillside. When the sun goes down, plug in the patio lights and create a great ambience for enjoying wine and appetizers. The waterfall & jungle pool beside Casa Colibri is a unique feature and is something you might see in a fancy Hotel & Spa. Just walk down the steps beside the house - not only is it pretty but you can enjoy the sensation of the waterfall falling on your shoulders - a great massage! Also, a cool grotto is beneath the waterfall! The walk-in pantry is great! The room is air-conditioned and humidity controlled and is the perfect spot to store vegetables and fruit, and extra beer.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 32 reviews
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Colibri sits atop a hill overlooking the ocean. When we arrived and walked through the door, the view took our breath away. The home is very clean and well maintained. We were a group of seven - two families with kids ranging from 5-16. We all had our own space but could come together on the patio for drinks and to watch the kids play in the pool. There is a large bedroom with an ensuite bathroom and another bedroom with two beds on the first floor. There is a full bath on the first floor. The second floor has a master bedroom and ensuite bath and two bedrooms with a shared bathroom. The two lower level bedrooms open to the pool deck by sliders.

We loved sitting on the roof top area above the carport at night to watch the sunset. All of the bedrooms were spacious and clean with plenty of closet space. The master was HUGE. The deck off the master was a favorite spot for coffee and yoga in the morning. The kitchen was stocked with everything we needed and the cooled pantry kept perishable items cool and dry (we did have a running joke about needing to check supplies in the pantry since it was so cool and refreshing in there!). Any issue we had was rapidly addressed by Daniel (on site) or Mary-Ellen via email. We have used VRBO for many years and have rented a ton of homes from Virgin Gorda to Bend, Oregon and I can honestly say Mary-Ellen is the MOST responsive owner we have ever encountered. Every email was answered promptly and she provided a ton of information to us before we left about restaurants, things to do, etc. Our only suggestion would be to rent a car or ATV's while you are there. The home is up a hill and after a long day at the beach, it is nice to be able to load up and zip up the hill. The walk is certainly doable but with beach towels, toys and kids the ATV's made it easier. We also enjoyed having them to run around town. I would highly recommend Outback rentals for the ATV's. This was our first trip to Costa Rica. We all had a great time and would definitely recommend Casa Colibri.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Semana en Sámara

  • 5 of 5

First, I'd like to say that Mary Ellen was quick to respond with communications and info, so that helped immensely.

Second, first vacation in along time we didn't need a vacation from our vacation. We were all ready to head back to reality. Super chill. Just what we needed! We were easily entertained with large pool rafts, and much animal watching. The monkeys were a hit. We named the iguanas.

We had plenty of room/privacy with a multigenerational family of nine.

Finally, we got to break out our Spanish and enjoy the people we met. The ocean was mesmerizing throughout the day. The caretakers do a great job. The sounds of the canopy were musical. The lush landscaping was a verdant treat. Quite a gem. Look forward to a return trip.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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Absolutely Awesome!

  • 5 of 5

This has to be one of the nicest vacation homes we have ever stayed at. Exceeded our expectations, photos simply don't don't do it justice.

This is the 4th vacation home that my wife and I have been involved with renting in 4 years. We noted that, unlike some other places where we have vacationed, Samara was the first location where we felt perfectly safe among the locals. Very friendly people with an overall laid back surfer vibe.

We were a party of 6 people (3 couples), none of which had vacationed in Costa Rica before. We were there from March 2 thru 9 2016. We were not disappointed. From start to finish, this was a great vacation.

This house is fantastic. All the bedrooms have a great view. Master bedroom has its own balcony. The house is huge and the open concept made it feel even bigger. Not once did anyone feel that they were in each other's way or tripping over each other. The professionally designed kitchen is awesome. It is well equipped with whatever one might need for cooking/entertaining and was often a focal point for all 6 of us while meals were being prepared.

Hint - The huge air conditioned walk-in pantry keeps wine at a perfect temperature.

Mary-Ellen was quick with her responses and was helpful with every aspect of the trip. No question went unanswered so we had a high degree of confidence of what to expect even before we arrived. While staying at Casa Colibri, Brenda at the info center was our number one go to person for activities, shuttles, etc. Her knowledge on just about everything in and around Samara (and beyond) is truly amazing.

It is very hot in Costa Rica. Our group found that early morning beach walks were best, before the sun became too intense. We also discovered that between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM, it was best to be at the house (just too hot in town ..... unless of course you're at a beach side pub!) enjoying the infinity pool or indulging in a siesta. After 5:00 PM, we would head into town to grocery shop, hunt for souvenirs or visit one of the many beach bars or restaurants.

We did not bother with a rental car. The beach was a short 10 minute walk and the center of town just a few minutes further. If we over indulged while in town or had groceries to bring back to the house or just too tired to walk, taxis were always available.... $5 takes you right to Casa Colibri's front door.

Of all the vacation homes we've had the pleasure of staying at, this is the one place we would not hesitate to return to.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

If your looking for a first class home with a breathtaking view and pool, this is your place. We had iguanas suning by the pool everyday thousands of parrots flying in yard along with a steady stream of butterflies passing over the pool all day long Each morning we would go out front to watch the monkeys passing by in the trees you have truly built a paradise in a paradise. Thank you so much for sharing this place with us. I would also like to thank Daniel he is truly a gem sincerely Larry

  • Submitted: May 21, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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  • 5 of 5

This house is incredible. This was our first trip to Costa Rica and we are already planning our next visit. The views from this home are beyond description. The photos don't do it justice. All the bedrooms have a view so everyone will be happy with their room. There is plenty of privacy in each area of the home so it is perfect for several couples or families. This was a family vacation for us and we often were going in different directions but this home made a great gathering spot. A couple people from our group rarely left the home, it was so comfortable and the house has such a nice open concept. The pool is perfect for lounging. The kitchen is perfect for cooking as a group and the grill is great for all the fresh food in the area. Samara is a relaxed and fun place to visit. It was exactly what we were looking for in a vacation destination. Beautiful beaches, casual restaurants and really nice people. Brenda at the info center is a great resource for activities, car rentals, shuttles, etc. Mary-Ellen was amazing. She was so quick with her responses and was helpful with every aspect of the trip. This was a vacation our family will never forget.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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  • 5 of 5

This house is fabulous .... open concept with loads of room for the whole family.

Our family of 5 has rented many different upscale vacation rentals over the years and this without question was our favorite by far... The views of the ocean from every room are amazing, we woke up early every morning to listen and watch the families of howler monkeys around the neighborhood and we really enjoyed all the different wildlife and nature this region of the world has to offer.

Mary-Ellen and Shane were great to deal with ... lots of communication prior to, during and after the trip to answer all of questions and provide us with beneficial insight and information about the house, the gated community and the region around it.

Thanks Mary-Ellen and Shane .... this was our family's favorite vacation :-)



  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
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Nearest Airport
64 Miles
Liberia International Airport 1.5 to 1.75 hr drive
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Several fun bars very close: Arriba, Lo Que Hay
Nearest Golf
17 Kilometres
18 hole golf course at Hotel Punta Islita
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Restaurante Locanda, Gustos, Esmeralda, Lo Que Hay
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Samara - 10 minute walk / Carrillo - 8 min by car
Nearest Point of Interest
Casa Colibri 383817
Nearest Point of Interest
Shortest route to the beach.
Nearest Point of Interest
Caretakers' House
Nearest Point of Interest
Samara Beach - easiest route.
Nearest Point of Interest
Main grocery store, Super Samara
Nearest Point of Interest
Ziplining Canopies are HERE.
Nearest Point of Interest
Playa Carrillo
Nearest Point of Interest
Beachfront restaurants in Samara
Nearest Point of Interest
WingNuts Canopy Tour Office
Nearest Point of Interest
Playa Robles Lagoon, Carrillo
Nearest Point of Interest
La Selva Animal Refuge and Zoo
Car: not necessary

Only 5 minutes away are two of Costa Rica's very best beaches: Samara and Carrillo. You will find perfect waves for body surfing, boogie boarding, Samara is great for beginner and intermediate surfers. There are 3 surf schools in Samara: Pato's, C&C Surfing, and Chillasana Surf & Yoga. "Professional" waves are at a 3rd beach, just 30 minutes away. You can rent boogie boards for $2/hour, rent bicycles, ride horses on the beach, rent ATV's, kayak through slow-flowing rivers or go ocean-kayaking to the nearby island of Isla Chora, or go diving or deep-sea fishing. Casa Colibri is just 10 minutes away from world-class zip-lining operated by the fabulous guides at WingNuts. We recommend taking a guided hike through "Samara Trails" with Alvarro, and going ocean-kayaking to the tiny island of Isla Chora. Or go stand-up paddle boarding (during the day or by moonlight) with Chillasana. Kayak slowly through wide rivers and get a great view into the natural jungle off the beaten path. Go snorkeling or diving and see a huge variety of sea life, including colourful fish, turtles, and even lobster. This is a great opportunity to fly in a gyrocopter - great pilot and great rates. Check out Flying Crocodile. If exploring some National Parks is on your list, Samara is close to 3 of them: Barra Honda, Playa Ostional. and Palo Verde River.

Samara and Carrillo are known for having spectacular deep-sea fishing. (home to the President's Cup Championship). You can go deep-sea fishing for BIG fish - sailfish or marlin, or charter a smaller boat and bring home a tuna and mahi-mahi (dorado) for dinner. Either trip you will see dolphins do their fabulous tricks in their natural habitat. Guaranteed, you will not run out of thrilling and thoroughly enjoyable activities, spectacular sights, and memories that will last a lifetime.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Final Cleaning Fee $250
Refundable damage deposit $1,500

Discounted rate available for stays longer than 7 nights.
We are happy to offer Returning Guests discounted rates.

we require a 50% deposit to confirm reservation, the remainder is due 60 days prior to arrival.

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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