About this listing
Sharing the treetops with monkeys, birds and iguanas, this light, airy, 2nd floor apartment is just 50 meters from the beach, right in the heart of Sámara. Great nature views and the sounds of the ocean throughout. Fully equipped kitchen, cable, WiFi
Poised on a back road that ends at the beach and is shared by the local language school and other lodging units, this unique and spacious apartment (75m2) with its vaulted ceiling is shaded by mango, papaya, plantain, and cashew tres. Our fully furnished apartment has two bedrooms, one bath, and an open-plan living room and kitchen with a marble-tiled breakfast bar, and WiFi included.
The master bedroom has a double bed while the second has two single beds sleeping a total of four comfortably, perfect for a family, two couples or traveling friends. Both rooms have bedside tables, lamps, closets and ceiling fans. Our unique furniture is handmade by local woodworkers using recycled tropical woods and driftwood.
The kitchen has a convection toaster-oven, Italian stovetop, blender, electric water heater and Costa Rican cofffee-drip, and seating for 5 at the breakfast bar.
In the interest of full disclosure, as with any rentals in the heart of Sámara, the bar-restaurants can be noisy at night (mostly on weekends), and there is a new skate park diagonal to us that has live music on Sunday nights for high season. The early morning roosters, dogs and howler monkeys present all over Sámara can also be a noise factor! To that end we have two loud floor fans that work great for drowning out outside noise, and recommend bringing earplugs.
For the use of our guests, we have a pack and play crib, and other children´s equipment may be available, just ask! (we have two kids, aged 4 and 11). The surf school just down the beach offers special rates for our guests and can rent boards by the week or day, as well as give lessons.
Finally, guests are welcome to enjoy the beachfront facilities of the language school (diagonal to the apartment) that we co-own; are offered a 25% discount on our group Spanish clases and may sign up for yoga, Latin dance, zumba and cooking clases at local rates. You are also welcome to consult with our staff/ resources for reservations and/or advice on local activities and trips around the country.
Interaction with Guests
We are happy to help guests with any questions when we are here (we are back and forth between Heredia and Sámara) and give suggestions on things to do in the área. As guests use an entrance separate from ours, they only have to see us if they want to! We recommend using the airbnb site to communicate, as messages come up instantly for us on our mobile airbnb app. Otherwise, guests can find me in the office at the school across the road. When I am out of town, our friendly reception staff will help with any questions.
I love that we are so close to the beach, you don't even need to put your flipflops on, and that there is so much nature and wildlife around us. Also, being right near the language school is a plus, as guests can use the facilities and take part in activities like yoga and dance, and feel like they are part of a community if they want to. Also, absolutely everything is within very short walking distance (no more than a few blocks)!
Most people walk or bike everywhere. The shops are a block down the beach, the bank is a block and a half away, and restaurants are all within one to four blocks.
Other Things to Note
We are a family with two kids and we love to host other families, travelers, anyone wanting something other than the hotel experience! Kids are welcome to use our swingset and trampoline during the day (8am to 5pm -- there is a fire-escape staircase from the apartment that leads to our garden), and we can also help you pre-arrange childcare or bilingual kínder and school options, for those staying for a longer time.
If you want to stay less than a few weeks and there is a space in the calendar, just write to us... we will try and be flexible. If you are in a long term stay (several months+), we have lower rates available too.
All we ask is that people are respectful and not too loud late at night or very early in the morning. We provide linens and towels for use in the house, not for the beach (we use sarongs, which are sold everywhere here and dry really quickly).
A cleaning set of sheets/towels is included weekly for stays over one week (leave your dirty linens at the bottom of the stairs and let us know the day before you will need the clean set. We do not allow smoking in the apartment or gardens. No pets, sorry!
About the Host, Laura
I was born in Switzerland but grew up in England, then moved to the States for college where I got my BA in English Lit. and Spanish, and later my MA in Cultural Anthropology. I originally came to Costa Rica for one year, which turned into twenty, after I started Intercultura language school here with a Costa Rican teacher I met while working at a San José language school, and we now have the two schools, one in Heredia and one in Sámara.
I lived at the beach until 2015 when we moved back to Heredia for school for the kids; we have a daughter Ela aged 5 and stepson Taurean aged 12. In my free time I like biking, yoga, riding (Taurean has a horse) latin dance, reading and enjoying the beach during school vacations.