House, 3 to 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 4 Baths, (Sleeps 11-12)
- english, spanish
Our home is the culmination of a dream of three families in Boulder, Colorado that wanted a safe, serene yet adventurous tropical home to take our kids for some quality family time. Convenience to beach, shopping, restaurants and activities was important, as well as, our privacy from corporate development and resorts. We think we achieved that here at Ventana Del Mar.
David purchased this House in 1999
Why David chose Puerto Carrillo
We took several years before choosing Carrillo as a location to build our vacation home. We flew the whole western coast of CR looking for a protected bay without commercial development. Additionally we wanted the convenience to WALK everywhere. To restaurants, groceries, beaches, etc. A car is nice, but not necessary. Fishing is usually fantastic. We've regularly caught Mahi Mahi, Yellow Fin Tuna, Sailfish and Marlin. Snapper and Snook on shore. Our caretaker (Gerado) will prepare the best ceviche you've tasted with any bounty you catch.
What makes this House unique
Howler Monkeys are always an entertainment early in the morning (6 a.m.)Geckos and Iguanas are always around for amusement. Luis Angel will bring the horses right to the door if you want to do some riding. Boogie boarding at sunset is a great way to finish the day, then bocas and tragos (tapas & drinks) by the pool. Relax and enjoy!
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
children who can swim
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:12 (sleeps up to 12 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this incredibly well-designed house. The open concept allowed the gentle breezes to cool the house. Everyone could be in separate parts of the house and we could always see and communicate with each other. We didn’t need the air conditioning at all in the lower level.
The morning sun shone on the pool which was sheltered by the vegetation in the hotter afternoons. The cool water Jacuzzi was much appreciated after our long walks on the beach. Loved the slide!
Every morning we heard the howler monkeys. We enjoyed sitting by the pool watching the magpies, parrots, woodpeckers and kiskadees visit the woods and the pool (for a drink and bird bath). Every night we would hear the chirps of the geckos and then play find-the-gecko on the wall. The iguanas could be seen climbing the trees and running on the roof and the eavestroughs.
The lovely and quiet beach was a short walk from the house. The house had all sorts of beach equipment, including boogie boards which we tried one memorable day at high tide. Playa Samara was 1.5 hours walk, and while it had more facilities, it was also more touristy. We preferred Playa Carrillo as we could get most of what we needed at the little stores just minutes from the house.
There is a bus between Playa Carrillo and Samara but we didn’t use it as David and Lesdy gave us a ride back to the house when they saw us waiting at the bus stop on the day that we walked to Samara.
David and Lesdy were fantastic. They visited us each day to clean the floors and the pool. David arranged all our transfers and tours (he owns Samara Adventures). We especially appreciated his thoughtfulness in rearranging one of the transfers based on the actual flight time (flight arrived early), and to improve the logistics which saved the family 2 hours of travel time!
Lesdy was a joy as she helped me with my Spanish each day. They were a fountain of knowledge - thank you so much for telling me about the tide pool.
We highly recommend this house, especially with David and Lesdy to take care of you.
We loved every minute of our stay at this home!
There were a group of 8 of us (4 couples) who traveled to Playa Carrillo and there was plenty of room for all of us. Each couple had their own room as well as bathroom. The rooms were clean and plenty of room in each.
The dining table easily sat all 8 of us. The kitchen was well stocked with all of the kitchen supplies that you would need.
The pool and outdoor area was very well maintained.
It was a short walk to the magnificent Playa Carrillo beach. The beach was beautiful and hardly any people. There is a man at the beach who rents umbrellas and chairs if you didn't want to bring the chairs available at the house.
There are 3 restaurants that are a 2 minute walk from the house. All of them were great but Los Delfines is a family run business with great food and cheap beer.
There is also a grocery store that is a 2 minute walk away which has pretty much anything that you need. The grocery stores in Samara are bigger and cheaper if you are looking to stock up.
We would walk into Samara, it takes about an hour and a half along the beach and then we would take a taxi home.The town itself has everything that you need.
The best part of the house, however, were Davis and Leslie. The would answer all of our questions and got us anything that we needed. David was awesome at getting us any fish or shrimp that we needed as well as hooking us up with any of the excursions that we wanted to do. They keep the house and yard spotless. Thank you so much Davis and Leslie!!!!
We would return to this house and area anytime!
A great place to stay for a relaxing holiday with plenty to do and see
The villa is in a great location with shops and restaurants within walking distance.
We loved the pool and the open air living space and enjoyed meeting all the local wildlife that visited the garden!
David and Lesdey called every morning and were fantastic, giving us help and advice on everything from exchanging money to fresh fish purchases
They made our stay extra special
Many thanks to you both.
Relaxing and fun
Ample space for our family of 11 to spread out for privacy and ample space for us all to congregate in the great room. The pool was perfect for everyone from age 2 to 65. There is no shallow end aside from the steps so caution with the little ones. The slide and palapa bar a bonus feature for the pool area.
Air conditioning in each bedroom was a necessity with the heat and humidity. The caretaker next door was available for any issue that arose.
The beach was wonderful, a short five minute walk from the house. The owners provided some boogie boards as well as other water toys.
Groceries and restaurants also a short walk from the house.. Lots of birds and we could hear the howler monkeys in the mornings and afternoons.
Samara is a short drive if you need a change of pace, a bit more touristy for souvenir shopping.
The perfect place to make memories!
As a single mom traveling with my 4 kids (15,17,20,21) and 3 of their friends, finding the perfect space needed was a bit intimidating but we found this wonderful home that worked out beyond my expectations! The bedroom set up was ideal and more than enough room. The outdoor covered dining/living room area was the centerpiece of our evenings. The pool was gorgeous and a must we learned pretty quickly! We cooked several nights and always breakfast and never had to improvise as everything we needed was there. The grill out by the pool bar area was great and we even cooked our fresh caught Mahi Mahi one night! Washer/dryer was a nice bonus as well. Boogie boards and chairs provided great beach entertainment. We can’t say thank you enough to Gerardo! He was always there for advice, recommendations and a friendly smile! Forgive my informal review as I’m typing from my phone on a plane in Miami! Couldn’t wait to tell everyone about our fabulous little getaway home! Thank you Michael Wood!!!
Nice house, great spot!!
It was a real nice experience to stay at this place. The house is incredible, the Carillo beach is perfect and Gerardo (te gardener) is very helpfull.
Zip Line Canopy Tour, Ultra-light Helicopter tours, ATV tours and mountain biking. Sea turtle viewing, dolphin watching, river kayaking, surfing lessons. Day trips to volcanoes, cloud forest and nature preserves.