About the property
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay4 - 7 nights
4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, sleeps 10 max, Wheelchair accessible downstairs
Imagine this...you are sitting in the jungle, the trees are huge, towering above you, the forest is alive with the chatter of birds and insects, big blue butterflies glide lazily around you. The air is damp and smells like the earth after a good rain. You are connected to the nature around you, at peace...tranquil!
This is how you will feel when you stay at Casa Pericos (House of Parrots). A wonderful tropical two story A-frame home nestled among the mango, papaya and coconut palms on a hillside overlooking Carrillo Bay. Sitting on the covered lower or upper sundeck, surrounded by 2.5 acres of tropical splendor, you are alone with the birds, butterflies, iguanas and howler monkeys! You are one with nature. You can observe flocks of parrots (yellow naped amazons and smaller orange fronted parakeets), motmots, trogons, kiskadees and an array of different birds flying by at any given moment. In the mangroves below the crescendo of birds, frogs, crickets and other creatures is quite melodious. At night you can sit and watch the bats zipping around your head, devouring the unsuspecting insects, see the geckos scampering after moths and chirping loudly for mates, and in the distance watch the blinking lights of the fire flies. The longer you sit the louder everything becomes! From our large new upper deck, you can enjoy the sun during the day and watch the spectacular stars at night.
Although Casa Pericos is very private and secluded, it is a mere 5-10 minute walk downhill to Carrillo Beach. This is one spectacular white sand beach lined with coconut palms and warm, gentle surf and untouched by any buildings whatsoever, acclaimed by the guidebooks to be among the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. The 3 kilometer long crescent beach is protected by a coral reef which keeps the waves small and is a great beach for families with children. It is a popular beach for surfing, boogie boarding, kayaking, sunbathing, swimming and relaxing. It is also the place to be when the sun sets over Carrillo Bay and the Pacific Ocean. A brilliant, magical experience!
Food, Shopping, Local Activities: Hungry? A 10 minute walk up the hill and you're in the center of town. A quaint little fishing village which hosts several good restaurants and three little grocery/liquor stores. For something a little more happening take a 10 minute local bus or cab ride into Samara where you will find several waterfront restaurants, live music, water sport rentals, several internet cafes, two banks with ATMs, tourist shops, two surf schools plus massage and language schools.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 26, 2018
About David Foster
Hi, I’m Dave Foster from San Diego. Our family spent a year in 2004 living in Costa Rica with our two daughters to give them an opportunity to experience first hand the cultural and geographic diversity of this beautiful country. They attended the local elementary school, played with the local kids, learned some Spanish, enjoyed the tropical plants and animals, rode their horses on the beach and in the mountains and we all had a wonderful and very educational year. We returned reluctantly to the U.S. to allow them to finish their education and return frequently to enjoy our friends and the spectacular beauty of Casa Pericos.
David Foster purchased this House in 2004
Why David Foster chose Puerto Carrillo
Costa Rica captured our hearts and dreams for the future so we bought this lovely two-story four-bedroom chalet style home on 2 1/2 tropical acres overlooking the most beautiful sugar sand beach in Costa Rica. Playa Carrillo spans about 3 kilometers, is lined with coconut palms, slopes gently into the sea, is protected by an offshore reef and island and has absolutely no man-made structures upon it. We how have our own tropical paradise, which we’d like to share with you. We hope that you will have a fabulous experience in Costa Rica and enjoy the serenity and peacefulness of Casa Pericos, the “House of the Parrots”.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
WOW - Amazing property and perfect beach!
The sunset was our entertainment. The kitchen has good equipment for making your our food if you wish. The house Is spacious with large porch and open deck on second floor for night sky viewing (or sunning).
Two of the top rated restaurants in the area on the dirt road where the house is located. Don’t let the outside of Chez Nou French restaurant fool you. Inside is a hidden gem with wonderful chef and owner making mouthwatering meals. Also up the hill is Cabinas El Colibri steakhouse with open coal grilling. Easy walk but take a flashlight.
You can also walk to the beach or take your car. We always have a lot of gear. The beach is beautiful with palm trees for shade and a few cement tables and benches for picnicking. My husband and I spent so much time in the water. Usually gentle surf in this protective cove.
David Foster the beach house owner and David (from Samara Adventure) the on-site manger were both responsive to our needs.
Goodbye Player Carrillo hope to return in the future.
This was our second visit to Playa Carillo. For a family this little beach town is just great. The beach is wonderful and uncrowded. The area is full of wildlife and interesting walks. You can walk to various little grocery stores and restaurants so you don't have to depend on a car like many VRBO rentals in more remote locations. We have explored all the beaches between Punta Islita and Nosara and Carillo just hits the sweet spot for families. If you want nighlife and loads of backpacker types go to Samara. If you want hidden exclusive Yoga resorts go to Nosara. But for a family beach vacation Carillo is the place.
We ate a lot of meals at Soda La Plaza, a nice Costa Rican cafe in front of the soccer field that serves great traditional Costa Rican fare. We did all our tours with Carillo tours (horseback riding, kayaking, sea turtle night tours, snorkeling) and can recommend them.
The house itself is large and functional and set well off the street on a secluded lot with a view of the ocean below. The walk to the beach is 4-5 minutes down a gravel road. We had monkeys, raccoons, squirrels, iguanas, and a wide variety of birds visit daily.
The place is pretty much as shown in the pictures. Two bedrooms and two baths below. Two bedrooms and a half bath above. The kitchen is functional. We mostly used the gas range for cooking. Did not try the outdoor grill. The WiFi is DSL and not super fast. It is adequate for surfing, email, texting, even face time calls to the US. But it isn't quite fast enough for reliable video streaming. My kids did netflix and youtube quite a bit but it's just a step to slow to avoid buffering so don't count on lots of movie watching online.
The only major complaint we had and the reason for giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is that the furniture just isn't very comfortable for a vacation house. Neither my wife nor I really found any comfortable place to just lounge and read. The living room furniture is old bamboo furniture with old cushions that just isn't very comfortable for lounging about with a book. The patio furniture is mostly hard wooden stuff that again, is fine for sitting for a spell but you just can't really get comfortable. There are several hammocks and hanging chairs but those really didn't work for me. I'd suggest investing in a set of more comfortable living room furniture to bring this house up to grade for an international vacation rental. And maybe some nice rocking chairs on the patio.
Perfect family house
The house was so lovely for our family (9 people total). We cooked our meals in the spacious kitchen and ate on the porch. Both the host and the property manager on site were responsive and accommodating, making everything easy for us. My 10 year old son was heartbroken to have to leave this wonderful home! Thanks so much for a great stay!
Really great place
Everything was as easy as could be. The owner was very responsive to some initial questions.
Upon arrival we were met and given a tour of the house and a demo on how to operate everything. The kitchen is really nice with modern appliances and a big granite island. There is ac in the bedrooms that was nice to use, but some nights we just slept with the fan and windows open (all windows have screens and security bars). In short, it's a very nice house.
The view is terrific and the property makes you feel like you're all alone, even though there are other houses around. It's very peaceful to sit on the porch and listen to the sounds.
The nearest beach and town are laid back. There's more of a Tico feel than tourist feel, which was what we were looking for.
One thing to note was that one night the wifi stopped working so I called the property manager on the house phone. They were very responsive and made the call to the company, set up the appointment for the repair, and waited for the technician to show up to repair. We knew this was going to be happening while we were out exploring the next day so it was not an inconvinience at all. When we returned that night the wifi was repaired and all the trash cans were emptied. I believe that this small gesture demonstrates the property managers attention to detail and true care for the renters. Sure, it's not a big deal to empty the trash cans but, hey, we were on vacation and it was one less chore to deal with! So thanks again if you're reading this.
Perfect house for a family getaway
We had a very pleasant stay at Casa Pericos during the last week of March. The house is nice, fully equipped and clean and the view from the front deck is beautiful. Playa Carillo is a quiet village with a nice beach which is way less crowded than Samara beach. There are good restaurants within walking distance of the house. We will definitely go back !
Marianne et Guillaume
Good Value for Close to Beach in Beautiful Carrillo
This house is a great deal for a bigger family.
We were 3 generations, from 1.5 to 62 years old.
Given the price, it's a really good value.
The house is located just a 5 min walk on the road, though it's pretty hilly and dusty in the heat, and my dad opted to drive a few times with a little one).
The Carrillo beach is postcard perfect. Probably one of the nicest around.
There is an area shielded by rocks that's good for the kids, no waves at all.
Absolutely safe and not crowded.
There is a fully equipped kitchen with everything you need.
Very good AC in the 2 lower bedrooms; one of the bedrooms upstairs -- was much warmer, but we were during the week when it was close to 100 degrees.
Both the owner and his caretakers Nick and Frank were extremely responsive with whatever issues arose.
We appreciated their attempts to resolve and attend to whatever needed.
The house shares a fence with a zoo so it's a riot getting welcomed by talking parrots.
It's not as luxurious as some of the villas in Costa Rica but I think the owner prices the house for a really good value.
The House is not ideal if you have a rambunctious toddler. The 2 level porch has a pretty steep falling so you can't leave your young ones unattended on the porch.
Overall, a great place.
If you do rent it, make sure to stop by the Roots Bakery in Samara before 8:30 am -- some great baked items.
Buying fresh fish in Pescaderia in the village right before the entrance to Samara was a great way to make dinner on the grill.
And please, eat the mangoes -- they are heavenly.
Costa Rica is so diverse, there is so much to do! A 10 minute walk down the hill from Casa Pericos and you can be on the beautiful 3 kilometer long sugar sand Carrillo beach, enjoying world class sport and game fishing from the Carrillo harbor or riding horses on some of the world's most spectacular scenery and waterfalls, kayaking, surfing, boogie-boarding, mountain biking, zip-lining and more. If your time allows, we recommend you also visit the Monteverde cloud forest or the Arenal Volcano and hot springs, two of Costa Rica's most popular tourist spots.
The Samara Adventure Company books local tours and sports activities, offers airport pickups, and can help you rent cars, bicycles, scooters and ATVs or book various excursions locally and throughout Costa Rica.
Other Activities: Kayaking, dolphin/whale/turtle viewing, game and sport fishing, standup paddleboarding,surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, river rafting, ziplines, horseback riding and s broad variety of beach sports.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
I do not require a rental contract. Cancellation within 60 days of the rental start date will give a 100% refund. No cancellation refunds after this date. Local property manager David Ortega at the Samara Adventure company in the adjacent Playa Samara beach town will provide you the keys upon your arrival and assist you with any needs during your stay. Please contact David by email or phone to agree upon your arrival logistics into the Samara/Carrillo area.