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Elegant Condo w/wifi, pool @ Playa Samara Beach, Costa Rica, for rent

Bedrooms 3
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

3 bedrooms and two full bathrooms, sleeps 5

Plaza Samara is a beautiful building w/ spacious grounds. A minute walk to the beach, in the heart of town, yet private.

Comfortably decorated, wifi connected, washer and dryer, 5 air conditioners and very close to market, & restaurants.

Dr. Freddy, the town doctor, owns the cornerstone unit for his private practice and is committed to making the building and grounds a beautiful paradise.

Complete with it own off shore island, Samara is one of the prettiest, coconut lined beach, I've ever seen. It's gentle waves making ocean play suitable for the family and beginning surfers.

More Details

Carla Winter, owner or Nick Jonsson property manager
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 16, 2017

About Carla Winter, owner or Nick Jonsson property manager

Greetings. We're Richard & Carla owners of Plaza Samara, unit #3.

We love Samara Beach. We live in the San Francisco Bay Area when not in Samara. The rest of the time we rent out the space. We reserve the right to be careful and selective to who we rent. This is our home, and we've spent many years making it just the way we want it. We want you to enjoy & treasure it and the magic of Samara too.

Carla Winter, owner or Nick Jonsson property manager purchased this condo in 2004

Why Carla Winter, owner or Nick Jonsson property manager chose Guanacaste

When we arrived at Samara Beach it was love at first sight. The town and beach was everything we ever dreamed of in a tropical beach paradise. We bought the property before it was built, just a vacant lot w/ a blueprint and a prayer. We are grateful that the project completed and the property is now thriving. We are planning to be spending more time here. In between those times, we like to rent to appreciative guests.

What makes this condo unique

The are many unique benefits to Plaza Samara, including its prime location & elegant appearance.


Sámara Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1176 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • see photos
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • see photos, *The sheets are all high thread count.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Yard
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • In Ground Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Elegant Condo w/wifi, pool @ Playa Samara Beach, Costa Rica, for rent
average rating of 4.8636365 based on 22 reviews

Great base for enjoying Playa Samara

  • 5 of 5
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My wife and I, and my son, his wife and 1 year old spent a week here. The location was great, being only a short walk to the beach and close to shopping and restaurants. Although we did rent a car to get from the Liberia airport to Samara, we only used it one day and got along fine without a car the whole week. The Samara beach bay is broad and nice. It had gentle waves that were great for baby play and swimming, and even for very beginner surfing. When we had the car, we also drove to Playa Carillo, which was an even nicer beach, but lacked the conveniences of Samara. Three of us wanted some more surfing challenge, so went a couple of times with Fabricio from La Isla Surf School to Playa Camaronal, which had some bigger waves for us novices and some even bigger ones for more experienced surfers. As expected, the snorkelling in Playa Samara wasn’t great, but I did see some sea turtles and rays mostly around the south end of the bay (Indian Head / Isla Chora Point). The condo had the rooms and space we needed, one for each of the adult couples and a small one for the baby. The beds were comfortable and the owner Carla loaned us her PacknPlay for the baby. Carla, Nick, and especially Eddie who was on the one who we saw a few times – we all very nice. Eddie even communicated my wife’s yearning for glass wine glasses, and brought us some the next day! Having a baby, we made good use of the washer dryer. The Internet worked well. The kitchen was well equipped, even a rice cooker. I think Carla will be replacing the silly Little Kitty toaster. The living room furniture could be more comfortable (not enough padding). What we thought would be a nice patio area turned out to not be usable, since it was totally enclosed by sealed windows and wasn’t air conditioned. We missed not having an open patio to relax on. But, we did enjoy the outdoor pool. We also enjoyed our frequent visitor – a large lizard, who enjoyed suning himself on our steps. We got to witness an epic lizard battle when another lizard challenged his territory. We enjoyed our stay in Samara and Carla’s condo provided a great base for our visit. I recommend both.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean and spacious!

  • 4 of 5
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This three bed condo was exactly as advertised. We throughly enjoyed our stay. The town is lovely and people very friendly. Amenities are basic- the condo has AC but none of the restaurants or stores do, there were usually fans and a breeze. We liked getting away from a Mickey D's on every corner and disconnecting from the frantic pace - totally relaxed at the end of our week. Would recommend taking Christine's cooking class!


  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Condo close to everything

  • 5 of 5
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Our family of four stayed in Carla's Condo for a few nights in late December. Everything was as described and we had a wonderful time in Samara.

Carla answered all our our initial questions and Nick, her new property manager was very good - contacted me beforehand to introduce himself, sent plenty of directions and helped get us settled in. He also helped arrange transportation and a place to store our bags when we were leaving.

We had an issue with the one air conditioning unit, but Nick had it repaired and working promptly the next day.

The condo itself is in a great location, right in the middle of town, with many stores just steps away. The beach is a mere 5 minute walk down the road. Everything was clean and the layout worked well for our family with the kids staying in their own room in single beds and my wife and I in the master. The third bedroom was small with a single bed but no window coverings, so very bright in the mornings.

Wireless Internet worked well and they have a TV, DVD player and HiFi but there is no cable or radio stations available. They have a few DVD's but bring your own CD's or USB stick with music if you want to use the HiFi. We managed to get Netflix working via the DVD player, so the kids were entertained.

The shared pool area downstairs was a nice change to the sandy beach and great for a quick dip or to lounge in the hammock. If we had stayed longer, I would have certainly used the supplied wood fired bbq.

There are some wonderful restaurants in Samara - an excellent bakery just round the corner and up the road - Roots Bakery and Cafe (cinnamon rolls, fresh bread, etc). Mama Gui - a new Italian restaurant down the road with the best pizzas and pastas, and El Lagarto a little further on and around the corner offering fantastic steaks (if a bit pricey).

We didn't have a car and certainly didn't need it to get around Samara but I would highly recommend taking a trip down the road to Playa Corrilla, an even more beautiful beach without the touristy and commercial addons. Its about 5 km away and you can get there via public bus or taxi. Just remember to pack a lunch and water.

Unfortunately our stay in Samara was much too short but we would definitely revisit and stay at Carla's Condo again!

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You descriptive and accurate review are very appreciated. I'm always trying to improve the details with each visit, if it will fit in my suitcase as resources that are in abundance, currently in the USA are very limited in Samara or not available. Thank you for your kind words. Carla
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Wonderful and convenient!

  • 5 of 5
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My two friends and I had a great stay at the condo earlier this month. It was well appointed and comfortable. It was so convenient to everything, the beautiful beach, restaurants, shops. Owner Carla and property manager Melissa were in touch and helpful for check in and check-out. I highly recommend this condo in beautiful Samara. I'll be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location in Samara with wonderful AC

  • 5 of 5
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We stayed here in late March and it was very hot (95-100 every day + humidity). Carla's condo had wonderful AC from the heat and so many kitchen amenities that were in great condition (rice cooker, at least 4 fry pans, colander, several serving bowls, measuring spoons and cups, kitchen shears, lots of plates and cups, etc). All of this is very important to me as our son has lots of food allergies so when we go on holiday I need a fully equipped kitchen. The location is great, just a short walk to the beach and next to a pharmacy, Luv Burger, across the street from a Mexican restaurant and close to the Samara massage school. The Pali grocery store is a 2 minute walk away which comes in handy. Carla has pool loungers and 3 beach towels which we used when we went to Playa Carrillo for the day. We received our deposit back timely and Melissa and David (local property managers) were very helpful and provided info on another local grocery store that had more international items (rice milk, hemp milk, rice paper rolls, etc). I would stay here again in a heartbeat. Thank you Carla!

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: A wonderful and appreciative house guest. We are appreciative and grateful... and with a write up like that, We're looking forward to our upcoming visit. Pura Vida! Carla & Richard
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Great condo with AC!

  • 5 of 5
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You have a lovely condo and our family had a very good time! Meeting with manager was easy and owner arranged a shuttle for us back to Liberia airport. Condo is easy walk to restaurants, beach and everything!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Car: not necessary

Condo is located in the heart of town, close to all conveniences, a minute walk to the beach, and is private and enclosed.


Rates & Availability

Sámara Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Dry #2
Jan 3 2017 - Apr 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
Easter Week
Apr 9 2017 - Apr 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Low Green
Apr 22 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
High Green
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Low Green
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Golden #1
Dec 21 2017 - Jan 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250

1) You are allotted $10.00 per day in electricity usage included with your rent, Overages will be deducted from your initial deposit, or charged separately. 2. Do not flush toilet paper, put in receptacle as is Costa Rica custom, or you will be charged for plumber for the blockages.

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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