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Casa Papaya - Ocean view, Private pool, A/C, WiFi, Walk to beach, Quiet, Relax! in Samara

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vacation rental description

Nestled in a quiet garden setting sharing the swimming pool and Rancho with Casa Mango - also available for rental. Overlooking the Pacific its just a 10 minute walk to one Costa Rica's best beaches. Air conditioning. Contact us for our web address with videos, much information and dozens of picture.

Casa Papaya is just close enough to Sámara to enjoy the services but not too close. That means less noise - especially in the evenings - and more privacy. Up off the beach means fewer bugs and cooler temperatures. You're much closer to the nature you want to see.

Casa Papaya was designed for comfort in the tropics, with private shaded terraces and air conditioning. Sea breezes keep the house cool during the day. Views of the Pacific from every room. Fully equipped kitchen. Paddle fans throughout. All windows screened. Private outdoor shower just off pool. 2 full baths. One bedroom with queen and 2nd with double pillow top mattresses. Living room with double sofa/futon. Your home away from home. Owner's live in their own home on the property year around to assist in any way possible.

The reef-protected bay provides safe swimming and snorkeling. Beginners' surfing is right in the bay, with at least 3 surf schools. World-class waves are within 1/2 hour drive.

There is abundant wildlife in the trees around the house - wake up to the roar of the Howler monkeys or the call of the green parrots as they make their twice daily pass to nesting sites up the hill or in the bamboo right on the property. There is a zip-line canopy tour just up the hill. The best birding is from the terrace in the morning.

Sámara has shops, post office, police station, doctor, pharmacist, groceries, liquor stores, internet cafes, bank, ATM and many good restaurants and 'sodas' (Tico for cafe). Choose from one of many beachfront bars and resaurants for a bite to eat or a refreshing bebida while watching the surfers.

Casa Papaya shares a 'get cool' pool and a spacious covered rancho with Casa Mango. Up the hill is Casa Gecko, the owners' home. Reserve one or two houses for an unforgettable gathering.

Samara, and all of Costa Rica, is booming. Casa Papaya is located 'away from it all', outside of town in a mixed international/Tico neighborhood. The evenings are quiet and serene, with amazing star shows and the sounds of night animals. Dawn approaches with visits from monkeys, parrots, other wildlife and maybe a neighborhood rooster. Daytime includes the occasional motorbike or truck.

For more photos and floor plans, send an inquiry via email. We have lots more information to offer: about the house, the area, the weather, what to take, what to do, etc.

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Last modified on 08-25-2014 at 1:26 PM.

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Lavae Aldrich 2656-1010

house rental amenities

  • Property Type
    • house
    • floor area 650 sq. ft.
  • Meals
    • guests provide their own meals
  • Location Type
    • beach view
      • Watch the surf on the reef in the bay
    • ocean view
      • From our hillside location, Casa Papaya enjoys expansive views of Samara Bay.
    • beach
      • Two great beaches close. Within walking distance, Playa Sámara is just 700 meters away. Even prettier, Playa Carrillo is 4 kilometers from the house.
    • village
      • 2 kilometers outside of Sámara but closer to Matapalo where there are groceries.
  • Theme
    • romantic
    • adventure
    • budget
    • family
    • sports & activities
    • away from it all
  • General
    • broadband access
      • Free Wi-Fi
    • free long distance
      • Use your laptop and our WiFi to call anywhere on Skype.
    • air conditioning
      • Both bedrooms.
    • parking off street
      • Secure parking near the house, inside our gated property.
    • ceiling fans
    • laundry soap
    • mosquito magnet
    • basic soaps
    • toilet paper
    • sofa bed
    • filtered water
    • local maps
    • towels provided
    • safe
    • wireless internet
      • Free high speed DSL internet - bring your laptop or Wifi enabled smartphone. Use Skype to make your local or long distance calls.
    • internet
    • washing machine
    • linens provided
      • Changed twice per week
    • clothes dryer
  • Kitchen
    • kitchen
      • Fully equipped.
    • stove
      • Gas range
    • dishes & utensils
      • Fully equipped kitchen.
    • refrigerator
      • Small refrigerator within the house. A larger one is shared with Casa Mango and located in the Rancho (covered patio).
    • oven
      • Gas oven
    • coffee maker
    • cooking utensils
    • blender
    • mini refrigerator
    • microwave
      • And toaster oven
    • 4 ring stove
    • toaster
  • Dining
    • dining area
    • dining
      • Al fresco dining year round in the garden rancho.
  • Pool / Spa
    • communal pool
      • Get Cool pool is shared only with Casa Mango next door.
    • outdoor pool
  • Bathrooms
    • 1 bathroom
    • bathroom 1: toilet, shower
    • bathroom 2: outdoor shower, Private outdoor shower
      • 1 upstairs; 1 downstairs.
  • Bedrooms
    • 2 bedrooms, sleeps 6, beds for 4-6
    • bedroom 1: 1 queen
    • bedroom 2: 1 double
    • living area: 1 sleep sofa /futon
      • Master bedroom with private terrace and ensuite bath on upper floor. 2nd bedroom downstairs. Both bedrooms have new pillow-top orthopedic mattresses, air conditioning, paddle fans, & mosquito nets.
  • Entertainment
    • video library
      • Ask to borrow a DVD from our collection to watch on your laptop. And Froggies is a great video store.
    • games
    • games for kids
    • toys
    • books
    • music library
      • CD collection
    • cd player
  • Outside
    • beach towels
    • small cooler
    • unscreened porch / veranda
    • outdoor grill
    • large cooler
    • gated community
    • deck / patio
      • With hammock
    • lanai / gazebo
      • Shared Rancho (covered patio) expands the living area
    • balcony
      • Private balcony off 2nd floor M Bedroom.
    • lawn / garden
      • Tropical plantings draw hummingbirds.
    • tennis
      • Lighted tennis court in Sámara.
  • Suitability
    • pets not allowed
      • Our own dog, Miga, may visit but is never allowed inside the house.
    • non smoking only
      • Not allowed inside casa. Allowable outside if acceptable to guests in adjacent Casa Mango.
    • low allergen environment
  • Notes
    • * Air conditioning for a good night's sleep. * The 'get cool' pool is shared with only one other house, Casa Mango. * The shared Rancho (covered terrace) provides expanded living area beyond your private upstairs balcony. *Undercounter refrigerator in the kitchen is augmented by a full size refrigerator at the rancho buffet, shared with Casa Mango * Diaper age children must use waterproof diapers in pool. * Wireless DSL provided. Bring your own laptop and use Skype for local and long distance calls.

activities and attractions in Samara Costa Rica

  • Attractions
    • churches
    • health/beauty spa
    • restaurants
    • zoo
    • forests
    • reefs
    • waterfalls
    • bay/sound
    • caves
    • rain forests
    • volcano
  • Leisure Activities
    • boating
    • shelling
    • shopping
    • wildlife viewing
    • photography
    • paddle boating
    • scenic drives
    • beachcombing
    • sight seeing
    • horseback riding
    • eco tourism
    • bird watching
    • walking
    • whale watching
  • Sports & Adventure Activities
    • equestrian events
    • tennis
    • whitewater rafting
    • snorkeling/diving
    • kayaking
    • golf
    • deepsea fishing
    • snorkeling
    • sound/bay fishing
    • surf fishing
    • hiking
    • rafting
    • spelunking
    • swimming
    • sailing
    • fishing
    • scuba diving or snorkeling
    • surfing
    • mountain biking
    • cycling

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  • owner Lavae Aldrich
  • phone 2656-1010
  • 2nd phone 8977-1576

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vacation rental rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:

Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekend Weekly Monthly * Event Minimum Stay
Green Season
May 15 2014 - Nov 15 2014
2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Weekly and nightly rates are for 1-2 persons.
Weekly and nightly rates with additional persons:
Green Season 3-4 persons $119 per night, $799 per week
Green Season 5-6 persons $129 per night, $899 per week
High Season 3-4 persons $169 per night, $1099 per wk
High Season 5-6 persons $179 per night, $1209 per wk
Rental rate includes semi-weekly cleaning.
For stays of less than 3 days a $35 cleaning
Tax Rate 13.0%

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traveler reviews for this samara house rental

A great time at Casa Papaya! We hope to return one day!

Review submitted: April 11, 2013   Date of arrival: March 27, 2013

My husband, sister and brother-in-law and I spent a week at Casa Papaya recently and we LOVED it! It was exactly the balance between proximity to the beach/town and privacy we were looking for. The house was clean, well equipped and comfortable. Lots of windows with good screens on them let in a great breeze in the evening. The outdoor kitchen and pool were great for spending a little time relaxing at home. We had great morning coffees on the patio! View was beautiful. Monkeys often passed by in the morning and we often had some gecko friends on the ceiling of the outdoor kitchen at night while we were playing cards.
Quick walk to the beach with a super market on the way! Since the town is practically on the beach it is close as well. Many sodas (restaurants) with delicious food along the beach and in town. The beach was beautiful and not too busy (even though we were there on Easter weekend).
We were there at the peak of the dry season, which meant it was a little drier than usual, but on the up side there were practically no mosquitoes!
I would go back to Casa Papaya and Samara :)

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 2 / 4


Lovely Casa Papaya at Playa Samara

Review submitted: April 6, 2013   Date of arrival: February 12, 2013

My wife and I spent a wonderful 20 days at Casa Papaya with a memorable hillside view of Samara Bay. The 10-minute walk to the beach was convenient and satisfied our need for reasonable privacy...a walk that was both a healthy exercise and a chance to observe and interact with families of howler monkeys and the occasional iguana along the way. The casa was clean and well maintained during our stay with housekeeping scheduled every few days. The owners were helpful in providing information we needed from time to time. The casa is equipped with a kitchen, which we recommend for longer stays like ours, but seaside restaurants and sodas are accessible along the beach near the town center. We would recommend the casa to family and friends, and would stay there again on a return to Playa Samara.

Recommended for: romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 2 / 4


Great Home away from Home for Families!

Review submitted: August 5, 2012   Date of arrival: July 19, 2012

This was the first time my husband and I brought our kids to Costa Rica, as well as my 79-year old grandpa. After visiting my husband's family for several days and staying with them, we were ready for our own space! While the drive was long and treacherous (unfortunately we drove in at night -- not recommended!!), it turned out to be worth it. We loved our little house! It has a small fridge, stove, coffee maker, toaster oven, blender, dishes, pots & pans, kitchen towels - basically everything you need. I loved that it had a washer & dryer, which is somewhat of a necessity with kids. The kids loved the little pool. There is also a bigger fridge outside by the pool, which was very handy for left-overs when we went out for dinner. We used the mosquito nets over the beds, which kept our bites to a minimum (there are bugs in the jungle -- apparently some people are unaware of this!!!). The house is definitely cozy; however, we had 6 people and we made it work. We let grandpa have the upstairs and I think he appreciated having his own space and own bathroom. The rest of us mainly used the outdoor shower, which is larger than the upstairs one and is located in the back where no one can see you. We also felt safe since the property has a gate that is always locked. I would definitely rent this place again. It is well-worth the money. The views were lovely and it was closer to town and the beach than I expected!

Recommended for: families with young children

Helpful votes: 2 / 4


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Samara vacation rental

This vacation rental has been listed since 01/9/2006.