A home in the garden of Eden
My husband and I, who are seniors, and our son and his wife enjoyed a two week stay in this lovely, welcoming home. As it was dry season, the temperatures around Samara were in the mid thirties during the day, but between the AC in the bedrooms, ceiling fans, breezes from the forest and hills which flowed through the rancho, and of course the pool, we were always comfortable. Birdsong wakened you, the Howler Monkeys startled us with their roars, and the rustle of the large Iguana emerging from the foliage around the house piqued our curiosity. This is truly an Eden-like ambiance unlike any other we have experienced. The over-arching palms, mangoes, and flowering trees drew our eyes upward, and the Hibiscus hedges, the Bouganvillea and trumpet vine walls provided privacy. Yes, we also heard motorbikes zooming by occasionally during the day, but that didn't take away from the peace and serenity of the home. We were glad to have the car and the ATV, "Quad", as it's a bit of a hike to town, but you can walk if you wish. Samara is a little touristy in a hippie kind of way, but the beach is magnificent! It's only overshadowed by Playa Carillo, 5 minutes away, which is almost deserted most of the time. Gerardo, the manager, who lives next door, is well-acquainted with the townspeople, and is able to arrange anything you want, at the best prices. His sister, Desi, is a sweet girl who kept the house tidy, in her own unobtrusive way. Take advantage of snorkelling and dolphin tours run by Samara Adventure company, and any other adventure which takes your imagination. The people of Samara, in our experience, are honest and friendly. We especially enjoyed the beach restaurants, Lo Que Hay, and Gusto Beach. The latter offers a good dinner menu if you don't wish to cook. However, the kitchen at Casa Limon Dulce is very well-equipped, if you do. Do buy fresh fruit from the vendors across from Pali. We started our mornings with fresh pineapple, and banana smoothies, and home made Pinto Gallo, the traditional Costa Rican breakfast...easy to make at the house. If you do venture forth with your car, be aware that the roads to Nosara are not for the faint of heart! Drive along past Carillo and up the mountains towards Hojancho. The road is good and the views are unparalleled. We were very sad to leave this lovely home, and hope to be back!
Mar 15, 2016