|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Imagine this...you are sitting in the jungle, the trees are huge, towering above you, the forest is alive with the chatter of birds and insects, big blue butterflies glide lazily around you. The air is damp and smells like the earth after a good rain. You are connected to the nature around you, at peace...tranquil!
This is how you will feel when you stay at Casa Pericos (House of Parrots). A wonderful tropical two story A-frame home nestled among the mango, papaya and coconut palms on a hillside overlooking Carrillo Bay. Sitting on the covered front deck surrounded by 2.5 acres of tropical splendor, you are alone with the birds, butterflies, iguanas and howler monkeys!
Although Casa Pericos is very private and secluded, it is a mere 5-10 minute walk downhill to Carrillo Beach. This is one spectacular white sand beach lined with coconut palms and warm, gentle surf and untouched by any buildings whatsoever, acclaimed by the guidebooks to be the most beautiful beach in Costa Rica.
Your Own Beach Paradise - Playa Carrillo: You are one with nature. Although Casa Pericos is very private, it is a mere 5-10 minute walk to Carrillo Beach. This is one spectacular white sand beach lined with coconut palms and warm, gentle surf and untouched by any buildings whatsoever. The guidebooks say it is one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. The 3 kilometer long crescent beach is protected by a coral reef which keeps the waves small and is a great beach for families with children. It is a popular beach for surfing, boogie boarding, kayaking, sunbathing, swimming and relaxing. It is also the place to be when the sun sets over Carrillo Bay and the Pacific Ocean. A brilliant, magical experience!
Become One with Nature's Tropical Creatures: From the large covered deck and patio overlooking the beach, you can observe flocks of parrots (yellow naped amazons and smaller orange fronted parakeets), motmots, trogons, kiskadees and an array of different birds flying by at any given moment. In the mangroves below the crescendo of birds, frogs, crickets and other creatures is quite melodious. At night you can sit and watch the bats zipping around your head, devouring the unsuspecting insects, see the geckos scampering after moths and chirping loudly for mates, and in the distance watch the blinking lights of the fire flies. The longer you sit the louder everything becomes!
Food, Shopping, Local Activities: Hungry? A 10 minute walk up the hill and you're in the center of town. A quaint little fishing village which hosts several good restaurants and three little grocery/liquor stores plus a mini-golf. For something a little more happening take a 10 minute local bus or cab ride into Samara where you will find several waterfront restaurants, water sport rentals, three internet cafes, a bank with ATM, tourist shops, two surf schools, and massage and language schools.
Everything was as easy as could be. The owner was very responsive to some initial questions.
Upon arrival we were met and given a tour of the house and a demo on how to operate everything. The kitchen is really nice with modern appliances and a big granite island. There is ac in the bedrooms that was nice to use, but some nights we just slept with the fan and windows open (all windows have screens and security bars). In short, it's a very nice house.
The view is terrific and the property makes you feel like you're all alone, even though there are other houses around. It's very peaceful to sit on the porch and listen to the sounds.
The nearest beach and town are laid back. There's more of a Tico feel than tourist feel, which was what we were looking for.
One thing to note was that one night the wifi stopped working so I called the property manager on the house phone. They were very responsive and made the call to the company, set up the appointment for the repair, and waited for the technician to show up to repair. We knew this was going to be happening while we were out exploring the next day so it was not an inconvinience at all. When we returned that night the wifi was repaired and all the trash cans were emptied. I believe that this small gesture demonstrates the property managers attention to detail and true care for the renters. Sure, it's not a big deal to empty the trash cans but, hey, we were on vacation and it was one less chore to deal with! So thanks again if you're reading this.
We had a very pleasant stay at Casa Pericos during the last week of March. The house is nice, fully equipped and clean and the view from the front deck is beautiful. Playa Carillo is a quiet village with a nice beach which is way less crowded than Samara beach. There are good restaurants within walking distance of the house. We will definitely go back !
Marianne et Guillaume
This house is a great deal for a bigger family.
We were 3 generations, from 1.5 to 62 years old.
Given the price, it's a really good value.
The house is located just a 5 min walk on the road, though it's pretty hilly and dusty in the heat, and my dad opted to drive a few times with a little one).
The Carrillo beach is postcard perfect. Probably one of the nicest around.
There is an area shielded by rocks that's good for the kids, no waves at all.
Absolutely safe and not crowded.
There is a fully equipped kitchen with everything you need.
Very good AC in the 2 lower bedrooms; one of the bedrooms upstairs -- was much warmer, but we were during the week when it was close to 100 degrees.
Both the owner and his caretakers Nick and Frank were extremely responsive with whatever issues arose.
We appreciated their attempts to resolve and attend to whatever needed.
The house shares a fence with a zoo so it's a riot getting welcomed by talking parrots.
It's not as luxurious as some of the villas in Costa Rica but I think the owner prices the house for a really good value.
The House is not ideal if you have a rambunctious toddler. The 2 level porch has a pretty steep falling so you can't leave your young ones unattended on the porch.
Overall, a great place.
If you do rent it, make sure to stop by the Roots Bakery in Samara before 8:30 am -- some great baked items.
Buying fresh fish in Pescaderia in the village right before the entrance to Samara was a great way to make dinner on the grill.
And please, eat the mangoes -- they are heavenly.
We have just returned from Casa Pericos to NY and all I keep thinking about is "when can I return".
Myself and my four adult children stayed for eight nights. It was just the perfect accommodation for us all to have our own rooms and a wonderful deck to relax on in the noon day heat, and to watch the spectacular sunsets. It was very clean and very comfortable. Very true to description.
David, the owner was easy to communicate with; timely in responses and very helpful with advanced information which made our trip in a rented car from Liberia International Airport effortless.
Nick, the property manager, who met us at the house was a delight in all ways. A generous, helpful, pleasant person who left us alone to our holiday but was easily accessible if needed. In fact, my son left his passport behind and Nick took care of it without fuss and without stress.
Most mornings were spent taking the walk to the beach (5mins), swimming and walking the quiet crescent. A lovely way to start the day. In the afternoon it was rest in the warm, hot sun. Listening to the howlers, spotting the iguanas, and marveling at the diversity of plants and trees; animals and birds.
Later afternoon was back to the beach, watching the sunset (around 5.30pm) and more swimming.
All the restaurants we ate at were wonderful. All previously recommended by David in the packet he sent prior to our arrival. Shopping in town was simple and we were able to make delicious fresh meals on the barbecue on the deck. The kitchen was well stocked and easy to manage.
We went on a hike with Alvaro at Werner Sauter Biological Preserve which should not be missed. It was informative and fun and it seems that Alvaro himself is well known for his warmth and kindness within the town and on trip advisor. He lived up to his reputation. We sampled the foods native to the forrest and he even convinced one of us to try termite.
We took a boat trip out with Samara Adventures and were delighted to see awe inspiring sightings of humback whales and beautiful fish snorkeling in the reef. Again, the staff were such a pleasure to spend time with.
Leaving Playa Carillio which is very tranquil, to go to Samara was also fun. It was more lively with bars and restaurants on the beach and with many places to shop, internet cafes, and lots of different adventure pursuits to choose from.
All in all, I would struggle to find any negative thing to say. It was perfect
Love this place! Swinging on the front porch watching the ocean views, listening to the howler monkeys, nice! Easy walk to the 2 mile crescent beach. Everything in walking distance, with Samara a short distance with everything else. Not Michelin rated, but an incredible value!
Such a great place! Plenty of room, all your basic needs. Not Michelin rated, hey, for Costa Rica I think this a great value. The views off the front porch in cool swing chairs is top shelf. 5 minute walk to an incredibly nice 2 mile crescent shaped beach. Just a great overall experience.
Costa Rica is so diverse, there is so much to do! A 10 minute walk down the hill from Casa Pericos and you can be on the beautiful 3 kilometer long sugar sand Carrillo beach, enjoying world class sport and game fishing from the Carrillo harbor or riding horses on some of the world's most spectacular scenery and waterfalls, kayaking, surfing, boogie-boarding, mountain biking, zip-lining and more. If your time allows, we recommend you also visit the Monteverde cloud forest or the active Arenal Volcano and hot springs, two of Costa Rica's most popular tourist spots.
Skynet Tours at The Samara Beach Travel Center books local tours, offers airport pickups, provides an Internet cafe can help you rent cars, bicycles, scooters and ATVs or book various excursions locally and throughout Costa Rica.
Other Activities: Kayaking, dolphin/whale/turtle viewing, game and sport fishing, standup paddleboarding,surfing, snorkeling, river rafting, ziplines and many beach sports
Local property manager Exclusive Escapes Costa Rica in the adjacent Playa Samara beach town will assist you upon your arrival with keys, collect your refundable $250 security deposit and assist you with any needs during your stay. They will contact you after your deposit is received to agree upon your arrival logistics into the Samara/Carrillo area.