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Relaxing Carrillo Bay-Walk to Beach, Restaurants, 3-5 bdrms, families or groups

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 to 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 4 Baths, (Sleeps 11-12)

Welcome to Ventana Del Mar! For those of you looking for a true Costa Rican experience without the hustle of vacation resorts and tourist traps, you’ve found the right place. This unique custom home is nestled in the trees overlooking Carrillo Bay. The open air design brings cool ocean breezes and plenty of sunlight. All of the bedrooms are fully appointed with air conditioning units and ceiling fans.

Our home is centrally located in the small fishing town of Puerto Carrillo. It is walking distance to the local tiendas (groceries), restaurants, and cafés, and of course THE beautiful beach. Carrillo Beach was rated among the top 25 hideaway beaches in the world in Travel and Leisure magazine 2011. Samara is the next beach town 10 minutes away and provides more shopping, restaurants, surfing and adventure tours. Playa Carrillo is one of the most desirable beaches in Costa Rica. This 2-mile long white sand beach is lined with palm trees that provide plenty of shade. And, is void of commercial development. No bars, no hotels, no restaurants, just like its supposed to be with a few locals selling coconut milk or a push cart with sno-cones. Many mornings you can walk the entire beach and see only a handful of people. The horseshoe bay is protected from the rolling Pacific waves by a coral reef which is available for snorkeling at low tide. The waves are usually very playful with no undertow, making it perfect for all ages. Surfers looking for bigger waves can go to Camaronal, the next beach south. Returning from the beach, you can rinse off in the outdoor shower and relax in our private infinity pool. The pool includes a swim up palapa bar with a mini-fridge for drinks and a gas barbeque grill. There is also a cool water Jacuzzi and a waterslide for kids of ALL ages.

The main house offers an open air environment in the Great Room and Dining area and a large, fully equipped kitchen with pass-through breakfast bar. It has 3 bedrooms and three baths that sleep up to 7 people, and there is an additional apartment next to the house with two more bedrooms, bath and a full kitchen. Additionally, there are 5 futons throughout the complex. Our on-site caretaker, Gerardo, provides the conveniences of daily pool maintenance and light cleaning as well as local advice and contacts. As you can read in the reviews of our house, he will enhance your experience in every way.

Getting to this pristine location is surprisingly easy. If you fly into Liberia International Airport, you can rent a car or charter a van to take you the 1.5 to 2 hour drive. The road is paved the entire way to the house, which is quite a luxury for Costa Rica. If you are flying into San Jose, the drive is usually just under 4 hours. Flying from San Jose is 35 minutes on the local commuter airline, Sansa, which lands at an airstrip in nearby Islita approximately 35-40 minutes away.

Please indicate if you are interested in the house, the apartment, or both. Considerations may be made for groups of larger than 12 on an individual basis.

And remember...Pura Vida!

Keywords: House with pool, walk to beach

More Details

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 14, 2018

About Michael

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.

Michael purchased this house in 1999

Why Michael 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!


Puerto Carrillo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Max. adults: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Village ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Garage
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 1 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 1 child bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (4) Child Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
swim-up bar


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average rating of 5.0 based on 40 reviews
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Perfect house in the perfect location for our dream family vacation in Costa Rica!

  • 5 of 5

We could not have asked for a better house & location for our first family trip to Costa Rica! We were 2 families (with kids ranging from 8-22) and this spacious house easily & comfortably accommodated us all - offering tons of great common space for relaxation, games & meals, and also ample privacy! We absolutely loved the open air living. The home was breezy, and comfortable in every way. The living room was spacious and comfy with lots of seating, the pool was gorgeous and perfectly maintained, the kitchen was well equipped, and the bedrooms were cozy, with air conditioning as needed. We cooked in and barbecued most meals & the little local grocery store (just a short walk down the lane) had everything we needed. We ate out a few times and all of the recommendations that the owner gave us were accurate - excellent food, excellent prices (el Colibri steakhouse right across the lane was delicious - we ate there 2x, Coco’s Mexican in Samara, Hotel Leyenda was a short drive but so worth it - great service & food, very reasonable)

The home was about a 5 minute walk down to the beach - - the lane was a little steeper than we expected, but we enjoyed the walk and the opportunities to burn off a few calories! The beach was beautiful - the sand fine & soft, the surf perfect for hours of fun playing in the waves & bodysurfing! We also found (with the help of Gerardo’s directions) another gorgeous beach just about 10-15min drive away that was secluded & perfectly untouched, with the bonus feature of a turtle hatchery project on site. We spent two glorious days at this beach - Playa Camaronal. Gerardo (the on-site property caretaker) was so kind and helpful. He helped us arrange a horseback ride & a morning fishing trip that produced enough fish to feed our entire group 2 meals+! Gerardo does an amazing job keeping the place & pool immaculate and was always checking in with us to see if there was anything we needed assistance with! In all, this was the trip of a lifetime, made that much better by this beautiful property and all it had to offer! Thank you for allowing us the pleasure and honour of sharing your home.

The Redpath-Dick & Moormannn Families Dec 29/17 - Jan 5/18

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was our pleasure to host your family’s vacation. Gerardo mentioned that you were the perfect guests and he really enjoyed your visit. You’re welcomed back anytime.
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Nice house, great spot!!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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fabulous house

  • 5 of 5

all 10 of us staying there truly enjoyed ourselves. 5 bedrooms. And oodles of bathrooms. Local beach delightful, close to local stores and only 15 minutes from Samara - a small cute town with most of the stuff you could need.

Took surfing lessons, trips to Palo Verde and Monteverde, pure pleasure.

And caretaker was just great.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our caretaker said your family was a delight to host. We're glad we had the opportunity to make your vacation a memorable one. You are welcomed back anytime.
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Already planning our next trip

  • 5 of 5

Your home exceeded our expectations. It was spacious, peaceful, and well-appointed. We only had a short time to spend in Carrillo this time around, but we are already planning a much longer stay next time. Having such a beautiful and private place to stay allowed my parents who have less mobility to enjoy their vacation just as much as the rest of the family who had energy for the ocean and adventures. We couldn't have asked for a better balance. Thank you for being such great hosts!

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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2016 family Costa Rica trip!!!

  • 5 of 5

We had 3 families for a total of 10 people and had a absolute blast !!! Michael made all the pre trip planning very easy !!!! Everything was as good or better then shown on home away !!! The house was great and worked for our group very well !! Gerardo was awesome !! He set up fishing for us and even showed us how to make ceviche with our catch !!! All in all our families all fell in love with Costa Rica !! Pura Vida !!! Thank you !!!

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Forget about Nosara. Stay here and experience Playa Carillo.

  • 5 of 5

This house represents everything I loved about Costa Rica. It was clean, simple, efficient and cozy. 5 minute walk to the beach and 2 minute walk to the center of town for food, cafe con leche, fresh pineapple juice and public transportation (if you needed it). The house manager Gerardo took such good care of us everyday and helped plan our excursions. I don't speak Spanish and his English is limited but we were able to communicate with each other without any problems. The pool, slide and wet bar were heavily used and the kitchen was fully stocked with pans, utensils, etc as we made our own breakfast and smoothies every day. We even did yoga on the front patio one morning! Bedrooms and bathrooms were all ensuite which made it feel very hotel like. We stayed in the outdoor dining/living space for most of our vacation and only used the bedrooms for sleeping. It was truly pure vida.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Daniel Odubar Int'l Airport, Liberia
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
30 Metres
El Colibri
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
Playa Carrillo
Car: recommended

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $200
Property Damage Protection $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.