Our 3 bdrm., 21/2 bath home is located on the top of a ridge overlooking the jungle with panoramic views of the ocean coastline. It is only 7 minutes to the palm tree lined beach of Playa Carrillo which is considered to be one of the jewels of Costa Rica. There is a vast array of wildlife including many different birds and butterflies. We are frequently visited by a marauding band of howler monkeys, several of the mothers are usually carrying their young. If you are an early riser you will be able to catch some of the most spectacular sunrises. Not a bad way to start your day! Lots to explore and do. Many great restaurants in Carrillo and also in neighboring Samara.
- House1700 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Min Stay4 nights
3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, 6 Sleeps
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- Calendar last updated:
- Aug 10, 2018
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 PM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Amazing views, awesome jungle sounds, perfect beach!
What a week we just had at Casa Sonora. We spent our first week in the Arenal area being active and adventurous...and then our second week here for a more low-key adventure. Morning coffees on the deck waiting for the chorus of jungle sounds to begin was a highlight. We had our two kids with us (ages 11 and 8) and they loved the pool (nice and warm!). It was hard to drag them away from the pool, but when we did, a short drive down the mountain to Carillo beach was always breathtaking. Never crowded, and great waves for boogie boarding (two boards at the house). Sunsets from Carillo beach are highly recommended. Bring a hammock because there are lots of coconut trees in the shade to tie to. Dusk is a great time to see monkeys on the road - lots of white face and howler monkeys. We went in to Samara a few times, enjoyed the hussle of activity but always enjoyed coming back to the quiet of Carillo. Highly recommend Gusto Beach restaurant in Samara - arrive around 5 to catch the end of happy hour and watch the sun set and the transformation of the restaurant as tons of tiny white lights come on to illuminate the dining area. Food is very good and fresh. Don't be in a hurry, and reservations are recommended. This house is even nicer in real life - spread out over three floors is great if you were travelling as couples too. A few easy morning drives: the artsy village of Islita is worth seeing. There is a museum of art there and the town is covered in tile artwork. It's super small with a little grocery to get ice cream. Beautiful. The turtle sanctuary at Camaronel is interesting - we also saw some amazing surfing. A bit farther away is Play Garza and a lovely beach day. There is only a small grocery (no restaurants). The only thing I would caution people with kids - we were stopped along the road between Carillo and Samara by the police / traffic worker. Kids in Costa Rica are required to be in booster seats until they are 12 years old. We got a (reduced) ticket. We laughed because there are tons of small children riding on motorcycles with their parents - no helmets - yet our 11 year old didn't have a booster seat...Crazy! This area of Costa Rica is magical and our time at Casa Sonora was the best part of our trip. If you like being away from it all, a quiet beach, driving on adventurous roads, easy access to a bunch of beach restaurants and activities, and feeling more like a local, this is for you. Highly recommend!!!
Awesome, fantastic, clean, heaven on earth
Great house, great views I have rented several houses in the area. This is by far the nicest. Many times when you think back on the place you stayed you say to yourself it was nice BUT, there are no buts here! It’s just awesome.
Great place! Very private. Amazing views. The road up is a little rough - but 4wd is not required (though it would be nice if it is raining hard). We will definitely stay here again if we are in the area.
2nd Visit to Casa Sonora
What a view! Wildlife and ocean vistas abound. Since our last visit, the owners added an AMAZING covered patio right next to the pool. Our family spent lots of time swimming, reading, relaxing at Casa Sonora in-between trips to Samara/Carrillo beaches.
World class vacation home here! My two young boys are already asking when we're coming back.
Beautiful home with incredible views - worth the drive
Gorgeous property and views
This home, especially the family area, master bedroom and outside patio is positively gorgeous. It is nestled into the side of a mountain alongside two other houses. It looks out over the top of the jungle. About (2 mi) 3 km away, the views of the ocean are dreamy--much more beautiful than in the photos. The house is furnished with a decorator's eye. The mosaic floor tiles, the gecko tiles in the master shower, the beautiful hand-decorated plates in the kitchen, the comfortable leather sofa, all come together to say luxury. Waking up in the king size bed in a room with vaulted ceilings and seeing the ocean was a great way to start the day.The pool was crystal clear. I loved the outdoor hammock and outdoor furniture for having coffee and watching the sunrise. The monkeys and coatis were all around, along with birds that looked like toucans.
To answer the VRBO suggested review writing tips: The listing description was accurate although I did not realize how close two houses on each side were. The property was very clean and very well-maintained. The owner did provide great customer service. I would absolutely recommend this property to friends and relatives. The activities I enjoyed were sitting in the beach chair the owner provided at Carrillo when I wanted solitude and Samara when I wanted to people watch. I prefer the sodas, not restaurants, for having dinner. They are run by Ticos and usually have fish caught the same day. You have to be a little brave since locals frequent the sodas and the menus are in Spanish.Two of my favorites are La Perla and Colochos. I heard from locals that La Plaza Soda in Carrillo was very good, too. You will find mostly tourists at Gusto Beach and Lo Que Hay in Samara. That's okay if you do not speak any Spanish because their menus are usually just in English.
You WILL need four wheel drive to reach the property as it sits up high on a narrow rutted dirt road. It is about 2 miles (3 km) to the closest beach which is Carrillo. Playa Carrillo is a palm-lined white sand beach with no amenities. It is stunning. The next beach is Samara which has all the restaurants and shops. It is another 5 miles (8 km) from Carrillo so 7 mi from the house. Samara is where all the action is.
I loved the house and did not mind the driving, so I am going back in March. That says how much I enjoyed Casa Sonora.