Master bedroom shaded by banana and mango treestwin bed with artistic drift-wood detail in the second bedroom
Almost beachfront, light, airy apt.


Entire home/apt

4 Guests

2 Bedrooms

3 Beds


Entire home/apt

4 Guests

2 Bedrooms

3 Beds

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About this listing

Sharing the treetops with monkeys, birds & iguanas, this light, airy, 2nd floor apartment is just 50 meters from the beach, right in the heart of Sámara. Great nature views and sounds of the ocean throughout. Fully equipped kitchen, 2 bedrooms, WiFi.


The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 3
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and other pet(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: $5 / night after 3 guests
Cleaning Fee: $21
Security Deposit: $103
Weekly Discount: 10%

Description

The space

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 tiled breakfast bar, and WiFi. Netflix works perfectly in Costa Rica, we suggest bringing your account info to be able to connect on your devices when you wish.
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, 4-burner stovetop, blender, electric water heater and Costa Rican coffee-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 bar-restaurant diagonally behind us that has live music on Wednesdays. 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. If you are sensitve to noise or a light sleeper, we recommend looking for a rental further out of town. We do not have AC at the apartment, so check average temperatures for your dates if you are not used to the tropical heat.

Guest access

For the use of our guests, we have a pack and play crib, and other children's equipment may be available, just ask! (my daughter is 6 and we are back and forth between the city (where she goes to school) and the beach house (in vacations). Kids are welcome to use the garden, swingset and trampoline during the day (between approx. 8am and 6pm).
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; you 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 in town and give suggestions on things to do in the área. Our friend Leonie lives in the apartment below the rental unit and will receive you and help with any questions when we are not here. Guests use an entrance separate from ours, so you will only see us if you want to! We recommend using the airbnb site to communicate, as messages come up instantly for us on our mobile airbnb app. Otherwise, you can visit the Intercultura staff in the office at the school across the road. When I am out of town, Leonie or our friendly reception staff will help with any questions.

The neighborhood

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)!

Getting around

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 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 6pm) and we can also help you pre-arrange childcare or bilingual kínder and school options, for those staying for a longer time.
If you are interested in a long term stay (several months+), we have lower rates available too, just ask.
You are also welcome to use the garden and grill, just write to coordinate when you would like to.


House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 2PM

All we ask is that people are respectful and not too loud late at night. We provide linens and towels for use in the house. We do not allow smoking in the apartment or the yard, as the yard space is interconnected. No pets, sorry! For laundry, there is a laundromat at the end of our road which will pick up and deliver (green life laundry).


Cancellations

Moderate

Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.


Safety features
Fire extinguisher

Availability
4 nights minimum stay

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Luke User Profile
April 2017
Recommended

Asaf User Profile
March 2017
We really enjoyed staying at Laura's. It was the perfect place to start our trip in Costa Rica as a family. We found it comfortable and easy being so close to the beach as it was very hot!

Don User Profile
March 2017
Family of four in two bedrooms and one bath near the beach... is very nice!

Ammi User Profile
March 2017
Great little place in a beautiful area. Very accessible to everything. People in the area , as well as the host, are so friendly and helpful!

T User Profile
February 2017
We loved Laura place we would definitely go back again. It felt like we were in our own tree house only feet from the beach. I read and other reviews how people mentioned the music from the nightclub. This was not never an issue for us on Saturday night and on Wednesday night there was some excellent music coming from the local bar. We laid in bed and enjoyed all of the music it was exceptional musicians and talent and we felt like we were in our own private listening Studio. Not to mention the music stopped both nights at 11 o'clock p.m. it was great. Our kidnapped it too. The beach itself is only 150 meters from your steps and very easy to get back to everyday for your needs. The community felt super safe and everything is within walking distance from Laura's apartment. The apartment was bright and Airy as advertised and the bedrooms had very comfortable beds two for my children and one for my wife and myself. Sleeping at night was very quiet and we enjoyed waking up every morning and taking a walk on the beautiful Samara Beach. We would definitely rent from Laura again and highly recommend her apartment. Thanks Laura you were an excellent host and a very good communicator while we stayed at your lovely place. Iguanas were awesome too!

Jamal User Profile
February 2017
Laura's place was so nice! The pics are accurate to what you should expect upon arrival. You are about a 2-4 min walk to the water at the beach and about the same distance to about 3 restaurants and 2 grocery stores as well. The apartment has screened windows with no glass in the living room/kitchen area, and be careful not to leave food out as the ants/other bugs will be sure to find them. As far as bugs are concerned, there were a few on the beds but if your visiting Costa Rica that is expected. There are plenty of pots and pans to cook with and also an awesome pour-over coffee maker so be sure to get some local coffee for your stay! Great location and great host! Also, try the Flying Taco restaurant at the end of the block, they have awesome food and atmosphere!

Lee User Profile
December 2016
Had a great stay as a family with our son aged 7 and daughter who turned 5 while there. Perfectly located by the beach, bats and iguanas outside, and we actually enjoyed the music wafting over from the local nightlife on the weekend.

Heredia Province, Costa Rica · Joined in July 2013
Laura User ProfileLaura is a superhost.

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.

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