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Casita Amarilla - jungle home + pool

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2.5 bath with Mountain Views

Casita Amarilla is a spacious 3 bedroom bungalow located in a gated development just 2.5 km (1.5 mi) outside the Samara village/beach. The property, set in a private 1.25 acre lot, contains a new 10x30ft pool which was installed in 2014, outdoor shower, rancho, and several fruit trees. The house has lofted ceilings with windows and fans for ventilation as well as air conditioning in the bedrooms. There are three bedrooms; Master bedroom with queen bed, walk-in closet and ensuite bathroom with double sink, Second Queen bedroom with ensuite bathroom and a third bedroom with a twin over double bunk bed. There is a Pack N Play crib available for infants. Fully equipped kitchen: fridge with ice-maker, electric range, microwave,toaster & coffee-maker, breakfast bar seating for 4. Dining area seats 6. Living room has a sectional sofa with a TV and Blu-ray player with a variety of adult and family movies (DVD). There is a two piece bathroom and laundry room with washer and dryer adjacent to the kitchen. The back porch adjacent to the third bedroom is gated and screened, allowing fresh, cooler air to flow through at night. Casita Amarilla backs onto the Werner Sauter Biological Reserve - the jungle is literally right outside the back door, as can be seen in the photos, where howler monkeys are a frequent sighting. There is an abundance of other wildlife in and around the property, particularly in the green season - iguanas and other lizards, a variety of birds and butterflies as well as the occasional coati sighting.

Property Manager
Melanie Thomson
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 11, 2018

About Melanie Thomson

We are a family of five, living in Toronto, Canada. My husband and I (Hugo and Melanie) have 3 kids, a boy and two girls (ages 10, 6 and 3 at time of purchase). We had rented a house in neighboring Carrillo in 2013 and fell in love with the area. After doing some research on Costa Rica and specifically the Samara region, we decided this was where we want our eventual home to be.

Melanie Thomson purchased this house in 2014

Why Melanie Thomson chose Sámara

We were drawn to this property for many reasons. The location is private and natural with plenty of space for growing flowers and fruit trees. A multitude of wildlife is practically at our doorstep. We are close enough to the highway and town that getting about is easy. There's convenient access to many shops, restaurants and services - and the beach! - just 2.5 km/1.5mi away - accessible with a short drive, by public transit or even walking if so inclined.

What makes this house unique

At Casita Amarilla you will have privacy and solitude, yet it is only a 5 minute drive into the village of Samara. Our property backs on to the Werner Sauter Biological Reserve, literally right outside the back door. Howler monkeys are frequent visitors in the trees right behind the house, along with the occasional coati (pizotes), iguanas, and many types of birds.

Guestbook comments from the manager

As a family of six who travels worldwide, few places have been uniquely suited for families with young kids. Melanie’s placed had everything from plastic ware, pool floaties, to family board games and movies. The pool is everything you’d want for endless playing in the sun. The animal crossings had us thoroughly intertained and fruit trees were everywhere. We made smoothies from dusk till dawn and the forest noises were a great touch to our little paradise. Checkin was easy and everything was well throughout. We would recommend this place for complete rest and relaxation. We would also recommend a car for venturing out for restaurants, beach days and exploring. This is a gem in the woods and gave our family a chance to reconnect with minimal distractions. The hammock by the pool is by far the best view of the jungle! Thanks for a great time!
Mar 2018
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Sámara House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Septic System - House is on a septic system. Nothing (e.g. toilet paper, paper towel, sanitary products, etc) goes in the toilet besides human waste.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed , Twin over double bunk bed
  • Bedroom 1 has ensuite bathroom with double sink, and walk-in closet Bedroom 2 has ensuite bathroom. Bedroom 3 has a twin over double bunk bed. Pack-N-Play crib available
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


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Casita Amarilla - jungle home + pool
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 23 reviews

Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5

Thank you to Melanie and family for sharing your beautiful home! We stayed for 2 weeks and had the time of our lives. This home is spotless, the kitchen is fully stocked and the beds are very comfortable. There are plenty of DVD's BUT you won't need them:)

Melissa the property manager came up to the house the day we arrived and walked us through the entire property, this was very much appreciated. Further to this, she is available for any questions throughout your stay.

Our favourite spot was the rancho/pool. We spent much of our time relaxing and enjoying the nature, perfect for us. Skeeters was sunning with us and the coati mundi came from the jungle for daily visits. The grounds are stunning and beautifully maintained.

We also enjoyed our daily morning walks into Samara where we were left meeting the neighbors and many locals along our way:) We have stayed in and around Samara previously but this was the best stay so far. Again, thank you Melanie! A home like yours is why we want to keep coming back to Samara!

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review! We're glad that you enjoyed your stay in our home and would be happy to have you back any time.
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Perfect for our family of 4 with room to spare

  • 5 of 5

If you like privacy and wildlife with all of the amenities, you will love this place! The property owner and manager were accommodating and friendly. We also loved Samara and the local people. At the property we watched countless birds, coati, monkeys, iguana and some quarreling kinkajou our last night there. We had geckos and a few different insects (the grasshoppers are enormous!) in and outside the house, as well as bats clinging to the screen outside which were fun to watch. We used this base for a vacation of surfing (a drive to Guionnes gave us better surfing), wildlife tours ( Samara Adventures was good and we would recommend), beach activities (pick up beach soccer games, volleyball, body boarding , beach walking, horse riding). The property was well kept and stocked with more than we needed. We felt lucky to have found such a great rental that suited our family perfectly. I hope we can go back! The grocery store in town closest to the beach was a bit pricey. All of them had prices comparable or even higher than in the US. Eating out is comparable to US prices. We really liked Soda Ana (a few blocks out of the main town) and a little French inspired restaurant and ice cream stand in a square across the street from the beach, but there were so many good ones to choose from.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Privacy in the jungle

  • 5 of 5

This was our sixth trip to Costa Rica and our second to the Nicoya Peninsula; this was by far the nicest place we have stayed. The house was clean, spacious, and comfortable. We enjoyed the surrounding wildlife of howler monkeys, birds, and coati. If we return to this area, we will certainly stay here again. The Playa Carrillo was by far the most beautiful in the area.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything you need + amazing night sky watching

  • 5 of 5

Clean an comfortable with everything you need for an extended stay.

Close to Playa's Samara and Carrillo. Interesting wildlife to watch and hear (howler monkeys).

Amazing night sky viewing when sitting out by the pool in the evening.

The WiFi is a bit spotty, but the owner & property manager and trying to make it better.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Sheer perfection! We are leaving totally blissed out.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Melanie and Melissa for a wonderful week! This was our first experience with renting a house! Traditionally when in Costa Rica we stay in small boutique hotels. The house is exactly as advertised, beautiful home that's well laid out and fully equipped! The property has a great flow on an absolutely private lot carved out of a beautiful peice of jungle.. we saw many different birds and butterflies, a troop of howler monkeys, and insects. The banana lined pool and rancho area are a great place to spend the heat of the day.. A five minute drive is the town of Samara, great restaurants, groceries and of coarse the beach.. Within an hour from the house are many beautiful and secluded beaches.. we had a fantastic experience and now we will be renting houses from now on in Costa Rica!! Many thanks to Melissa for waiting after hours for us to arrive!! Our plane was delayed for snow:) And a big thank you to Melanie for your promt emails and great info prior to our week. Your family has a wonderful home in a beautiful country that you should be proud of! Thank you for sharing your property!! Pura vida !!! Cory&Shanna

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Cory for the positive review! We're happy that you enjoyed your stay in our home and would be pleased to have you back any time. Melanie
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Nearest Airport
112 Kilometres
Liberia International airport
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Kilometres
Many in Samara
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Kilometres
Many in Samara
Nearest Beach
2.5 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Samara is a laid back village with an authentic Tico feel and is a popular destination among both Tico's and tourists. A variety of shops, services, restaurants and bars are within walking distance along the mainstreet of Samara. A 5 minute walk from the entrance of Samara will put you on the beach. Because Samara Beach is protected by a reef, the surf is gentle and safe for children. There are many local activities available, with several adventure companies offering various tours and activities. Several other beautiful beaches are with 10 minutes to 1/2 hour drive from Samara; Playa Carrillo to the south and Playas Buenavista and Barrigona to the North.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit $300

Home is on a septic system - please nothing other than toilet paper in toilets.
Cleaning on checkout: Usual time required for cleaning upon checkout is 8 hours (2 maids, 4 hours each). If, upon checkout, the house is left in such a condition that it takes longer than the usual cleaning time, guest will be charged $10USD/hour, to be deducted from damage deposit.

Manager'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.