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Elegant Condo, great location! 2 minute walk to beach

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,176 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

3 bedrooms and two full bathrooms, sleeps 5

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

Comfortably decorated, wifi connected, washer and dryer, 4 air conditioners and very close to market, & restaurants.

Dr. Freddy, the town doctor, owns the cornerstone unit facing the street for his private practice.

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.


Owner
Carla Winter, owner or Nick Jonsson property manager
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 5, 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.

Amenities

Sámara Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1176 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • 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
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • see photos
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Yard
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • In Ground Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • 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

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(25 traveler reviews)

Elegant Condo, great location! 2 minute walk to beach
average rating of 4.88 based on 25 reviews
Penticton
5

A great place to enjoy all that Samara has to offer!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 really enjoyed staying at Carla's condo. It was perfectly laid out and in a very desirable and secure location. We could walk around town, to the beach, the grocery store with ease and found ourselves immersed in the wonders of this bustling yet laid back surf town. There was everything one could need and more at the condo, and the property manager was more than helpful and friendly. I recommend this condo to anyone interested in taking in the Samara area!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Shaunna: Glad you and your family enjoyed your stay and felt safe and comfortable. Pura Vida!, Richard and Carla, owners
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5

a great place

  • 5 of 5

Great place. So convenient, clean, spacious ,

well equipped

The owner Carla very helpful. We would definately return someday.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Secure, central location: convenience of a home, freedom of a vacation.

  • 5 of 5

Carla is an absolute dear to deal with, the support team is also prompt and friendly. If you have any questions, they're quick to help and give thorough information to get you going. The condo is right in the center, but you enter from the back for general protection and privacy. There's also an enclosed walkway that faces the main street and keeps the noise away. It's surprisingly quiet and private yet steps away from all the amenities. Costa Rica has some hills and I've read many "2 minutes from town" descriptors, this condo is an easy 1-2 minute walk from the grocery store and restaurants. Less than 5 to the beach.

Each room has a fan and air conditioner options.

Note there's no cable, so if you vacation to watch movies, bring your Netflix/Crave/etc logins and sit back and enjoy. The entertainment system has connections for all your auxiliary devices as well. Plenty to do in and around the condo. The little pool outside has a cabana where you can sit and enjoy a beverage or have a relaxing picnic. Indeed, with amazing restaurant food in every direction, we did not picnic often. The food in Samara stands out. Make sure you check out the Outback a block away (beside the Outback tours), you'll go back daily. Exceptional staff and food, all meals, all days, music to end the good ones. The Flying taco, young and SO FUN, and El Tortuga or something like that (we left a flyer) wood fire grill a few blocks away. Don't miss that one - it's the best date meal for many miles, but it's a little hidden. If you get lost on your way - stop for French food and try again another day.

Pura Vida

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This guest was a joy to share my home with and she took exquisite care of my place most graciously. So very much appreciated. I am she got to experience the magic of Samara... only some hear the calling. When I did, I found a home. Pura Vida! Carla
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5

Great base for enjoying Playa Samara

  • 5 of 5

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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4

Clean and spacious!

  • 4 of 5

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!

Denise

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great Condo close to everything

  • 5 of 5

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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Map

Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Liberia
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.

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Rates & Availability

Sámara Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Early Green
Apr 22 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$125
From
$140
Fri,Sat
$950
$3,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
High Green
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$125
From
$140
Fri,Sat
$950
$3,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Late Green
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$125
$850
$3,000
 
 
Golden #2 - Xmas
Dec 21 2017 - Jan 9 2018
3 night minimum stay
$150
From
$175
Fri,Sat
$1,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
 
High Dry #2
Jan 10 2018 - Apr 8 2018
3 night minimum stay
$125
From
$140
Fri,Sat,Sun
$950
$3,500
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$125
From
$140
Fri,Sat
$900
$3,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

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. See rental agreement for complete policy

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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