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Lovely House, Incredible Views, Short Walk to Secluded Beach, Infinity Pool

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

Beautiful Home, Nature Lover's Paradise, Infinity Pool, Walk to Secluded Beach

We have it all, Ocean and Mountain views, Green Conservation Area, Mangrove forest, and Pasture lands. Quinta de La Paz is located in an absolutely incredible setting in Playa Buena Vista, Esterones. With just a short 10 minute drive to the lovely coastal town of Samara, 30 minutes to the fishing port of Carillo, and 10-30 minutes to world class surfing beaches on the road north to Nosara. The property is 800 meters from the beach, a short stroll down a peaceful country lane where you'll be entertained by exotic birds and monkeys playing overhead as you walk.

One of the best parts of 'La Quinta' is the layout which is perfect for multiple couples or families - close enough to enjoy each other but with independent buildings/balconies/bedrooms to have privacy when it's desired. The home is situated to catch breezes while maximizing the views. It's tranquil and secluded without being isolated and not at all far from 'town' nor from things to do. A nature lover's paradise awaits.

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Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

About Day

We jokingly refer to ourselves as an Art and Engineering Collective because it encompasses a vast aray of ideas and leaves us free to explore just about anything. We are in truth, an artist and an engineer with oh so many things rolled in there...sailor, chef, software developer, restoration artist, photographer, eco designer, entrepreneur and the list goes on.

We are both passionate about travel, conservation and preservation of the natural environment, organic gardening, supporting local economies, learning, reading and travel, travel, travel

Day purchased this house in 2013

Why Day chose Sámara

We have had the good fortune to travel quite a bit and while many places have left us yearning to return, there is no where quite like Costa Rica and particularly this house. The first time we rented we were totally smitten with the house, the grounds, the people, the food, and the beach. We loved it so much that we returned the next season and felt like we belonged there. As fate would have it the house came up for sale and the rest is...Being written. We hope you love this house and area as much as we do.

What makes this house unique

One of the best parts of 'Quinta' is the layout which is perfect for multiple couples or families - close enough to enjoy each other but with independent buildings/balconies/bedrooms to have privacy when it's desired. The home is situated to catch breezes while maximizing the views. It's tranquil and secluded but not at all isolated nor far from 'town' or from things to do. Walking to Playa Buena Vista or Playa Barrigona will reward you will breathtaking views, incredible bird watching and an opportunity to experience the "real" Costa Rica.


Sámara House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master suite bath - toilet , shower , Beautiful and unique
    Bunkhouse bathroom - toilet , shower , Super fun, full of light
    Kitchen/Living Room - toilet , Super fun!
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    'Bunkhouse #1' - 1 double , 1 bunk bed , Bunkhouse 1 and 2 share a bathroom, each has private deck
    'Bunkhouse #2' - 1 double , 1 bunk bed , Share a bath with bunkhouse #1, have your own private deck
  • Books
  • Games
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
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
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Lovely House, Incredible Views, Short Walk to Secluded Beach, Infinity Pool
average rating of 4.8095236 based on 21 reviews
Vancouver, BC

A wonderful tranquil spot to decompress from big city life

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Day's wonderful home for 15 days and had one of our most refreshing vacations in years.

The house is very thoughtfully laid out, whomever designed the house took their time taking in the characteristics of the property to give every building a wonderful view and incredible airflow. Many days we didn't even leave the property just because it was so peaceful and had everything we needed. If you got too hot in the mid day sun we'd hop in the pool, cool down and and be refreshed.

The town of Samara is great as well. People were all very friendly and made us feel at home. Life just slowed down and days seem to pass more slowly within all the wonderful surroundings.

Having air conditioning in the two sleeping houses left you refreshed in the morning. Most of us were up with sunrise every day enjoying all the wildlife around us.

What really struck us was the lack of light pollution at night. I don't think any of us have ever seen as many stars at night as we did at Quinta de la Paz. It was incredible!

We will be back again!

It was Valhalla for our family of four.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tacoma, WA


  • 5 of 5

Quinta de la Paz is amazing! We had an fabulous week and can’t wait to return! The house has everything you need and more! This was our third trip Costa Rica and by far our favorite spot. We spent the first half of our days enjoying the views and the pool and then spent the second half of the day at one of the awesome beaches nearby....Carrillo, Samara, Buena Vista and Barrigona. My husband loves to cook so we cooked at home most nights but also ate at El Coyote, Lo Que Hay, Samara Sushi and Arriba. The trip into Samara via the shortcut took about 10 minutes...unless you hit traffic...cows, too many cars at the river crossing 😃 Super easy when we were there in February. Thank you Day and James for sharing your house with us!!! ❤️

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Stacey, Nothing makes us happier than to hear this! We are so glad that you enjoyed the house and that you were able to explore the area! We feel that it is an incredible area and we love it when our guests feel the magic too. The Quinta awaits your return!! Thank you for being such lovely guests! Pura Vida!
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Favorite place on earth

  • 5 of 5

This really is our favorite place to vacation. The beautiful well designed house is amazing and the owners are very helpful and very welcoming. The guest book is really great for stuff to do and where to shop for food etc... You have to go to the best restaurant / bar in the world that is near the house; El Coyote. The owners are wonderful happy smiling women that cook like heaven and make the best margaritas. Very relaxing. The best of Costa Rica's PURA VIDA!

We should know... It was our second visit in the last two years. More to come for sure! MJ & Family from Montreal, Quebec, CANADA

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: MJ, Thank you so much for Taking the time to write such a lovely review! There is nothing we love more than having our guests return year after year. We are also pleased that you take advantage of the suggestions in the guestbook and that you are such an adventurous family ! We look forward to seeing you again. Muchísimas gracias! Pura Vida, Day
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Most relaxing beautiful destination!!!

  • 5 of 5

Quinta has everything. Mountains, ocean, monkeys, birds, fruit, flowers, pristine pool and clean peaceful bedrooms with the absolute best views. Every amenity you need with no clutter or confusion. A dreamy escape you will book again before you leave.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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I would like to give 5 stars

  • 3 of 5

We loved the house. It's beautiful and the property is also gorgeous. When we arrived it was super clean and the pool looked great. We didn't mind being away from town and needing a 4x4 to get to the house and up the drive as that was part of the adventure. The monkeys are really fun to watch and Antonio was very nice and accomodating. The patio was our favorite place to hang out in the morning looking for wildlife.

The reason I can't give it five stars:

The septic backed up on us twice while we were there. We have been to Costa Rica before and we know that septic systems can be an issue and we were careful to put toilet paper in the garbage. We also didn't use a ton of water while we were there.

The first time it backed up I was in the shower and it started coming up through the shower drain. Not a pleasant experience, but we caught it and my husband plunged the drain and cleaned it out as best as he could and we cleaned and mopped up the mess using bleach from laundry room. We didn't alert the property manager because we thought it was a fluke since no one else had mentioned it happening in their reviews.

The second time it happened was when I was doing laundry. I had started a second load and went back to the master bedroom to find the whole room and bathroom were flooded from the septic backing up through the shower again. We worked for quite some time to sweep the water out. Luckily it only got some shoes and socks and the bedding got wet. Not feeling comfortable with the cleanliness of the situation, my husband and I moved into one of the other bedrooms and our children doubled up again the other.

I emailed the property manager when the septic backed up the second time and his reply was that I shouldn't have done two loads of laundry. When I told him it would have been nice to know ahead of time any rules regarding the septic, he said he couldn't have warned me because it has never been an issue at this house before.

A couple of smaller issues:

When we arrived, the air conditioning in one of the bedrooms wasn't working. It wasn't too much of an issue for us because we only had our two children (one in her twenties and one a teenager) with us so they doubled up for a few nights until the air conditioning unit was fixed.

The pool had some algae issues while we were there that weren't completely resolved.

I really liked the house and property, but the septic issue was a big one for us.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Rebecca,  We are so sorry to hear that you had issues with the plumbing and I’d like to address your complaints one by one so that there is no misunderstanding. The reason the septic has never been mentioned in a review as a problem is because it’s never been a problem. We have our septic checked periodically and it was thoroughly cleaned-out a few years ago. After you checked out our plumber assessed the situation to be sure that it would not happen again, and found a lot of paper, sand and hair had accumulated over time in the drains. It was not a problem with the septic specifically, but a drainage pipe clogged that could not be anticipated by anyone or repaired before your arrival. The air-conditioners are one year old and had been thoroughly cleaned and checked the first week of December. However the malfunction was due to a corroded wire. We made sure sure that it was functioning for you in a reasonable amount of time with the resources available. Regarding the laundry, my property manager had mentioned, after the incident was reported that with the information he had, that doing a second load exacerbated the problem because the drainage pipe for the water is the same as the shower. Nobody could have anticipated this scenario.  The pool was kept quite clean and the "algae" you are referring to is the appearance of a mark at the water line around the pool. This is due to the calcification of the water in this area of Costa Rica We take great pride in maintaining our home and often we are at the mercy of the jungle and the elements.  Leaves and sticks fall in the pool, animals eat through wires and all sorts of other unpredictable things happen when your home is in the jungle.  We do our best to make sure that all of our guests are happy and that any problems which may arise are responded to or remedied within 24 hours. Sincerely, Day
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Bonn, Germany

A beauty

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful place, we especially enjoyed watching the sunrise in the morning. Great pool, nicely designed interior. Even possible to do some wildlife watching from the pool: A family of howler monkeys passed through the trees several times.

Not far from the beach, only backdraw is the location on the western side of Playa Buenavista - to get there quickly from Samara you need a 4x4 to cross a river. Otherwise it's a longer detour.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We are so glad you enjoyed the house, pool and all the wildlife. We do try to make all of our guests aware of our distance from town, which is described here on VRBO and also in the guestbook we send when you make your reservation. We do hope you were able to use the river crossing as normally at this time of year it is quite dry. It was a pleasure having you and you are welcome back to the Quinta anytime. PuraVida!
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Paraiso del Cocodrillo
Nearest Ferry
70 Miles
Naranjo (farther in rainy season
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Route 150
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Paraiso del Cocodrillo
Nearest Beach
800 Metres
Playa Buena Vista
Car: necessary

This is a unique & peaceful slice of paradise. The property is located 1.5-2.0 hours from the international airport in Liberia (LIR). There is a smaller local airport 30 minutes away in Carillo beach.

Both the towns of Samara and Nosara offer a wide variety of shops and restaurants with many operated by expats from Europe and the US. 

Buena Vista beach is secluded and peaceful with very few visitors and is quite safe for swimming, surfing, and fishing. The beach is a Turtle sanctuary and thus is protected from the hyper development that has plagued the northern coast of the Nicoya peninsula.  There is also a bird sanctuary adjacent to beach along the estuary offering an opportunity to see very rare and colorful winged friends. There is a wide variety of local flora and fauna. The area is very green and tranquil. 

There are many things to do around the area so once you have had your fill of relaxing at the pool, long leisurely strolls on Playa Buena Vista, and communing with nature by the patio get yourself up and out. Costa Rica has endless possibilities! World Class surfing, surfing lessons, kayaking tours, beachcombing, turtle tours, canopy excursions, hiking, biking, sightseeing, visiting galleries full of local art and craft, and the food…oh the food, you’ll never have fresher! Ok the coffee…world class! We would need pages to describe all of the wonderful things there are to do and explore.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $30
Refundable damage deposit $300

It is advisable to rent a 4 x 4, as you must cross a small river (no bridge) and the house has a extremely steep driveway. Additionally it's generally a good idea in Costa Rica to use a 4 x 4.

Travelers must arrive before by 4:00 pm. Arriving later? It is best to make arrangements to arrive the following day.


NO GUESTS will be allowed to escort themselves to the house on their first visit. They must make arrangements with our property manager and follow him or one of his staff to the house.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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