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Samara Top of the World -Small Destination Weddings

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Den, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

Casa Vela is a fabulous custom home located about 2 hours south of the Liberia International Airport in the small beachfront community of Playa Carrillo. The area is home to some of the prettiest beaches in Costa Rica and Casa Vela has beautiful ocean views with Pacific sunrises and sunsets. Enjoy the peace and quiet of Carillo from this wonderful home or drive a short distance into Samara for more action! Carrillo is well known for world-class sport fishing and many boats are available for fishing trips in the area. This is one of the hidden gems of coastal Costa Rica.

Casa Vela is a new custom home located 1,100 feet above the Carrillo beach. The master bedroom opens onto the pool patio and has a view of the Pacific Ocean. The infinity pool is adjoined by a large heated Jacuzzi. Both bedrooms have private baths and large closets. The kitchen is custom and fully equipped, with gas stove, double ovens, microwave and all necessary cookware. The house is fully air conditioned and each room has ceiling fans.

The mountaintop neighborhood is very quiet and peaceful and the Carrillo area itself is very safe for visitors. This is a great destination for families, with plenty of exciting options for adventure nearby.

DESTINATION WEDDING: This is a perfect setting for a late afternoon ceremony. We have reasonable packages for up to 50 guests. Contact us for details.

Keywords: Mountain Top, Peaceful, Custom Home, Pool, Beach, Surfing, Fishing, Adventure,Destination Wedding

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
14 March, 2018


I am a widow who does spend a good bit of time in Costa Rica especially during the winter months. I operate a sportfishing travel and tournament business.

JOAN VERNON purchased this house in 2008

Why JOAN VERNON chose Puerto Carrillo

The location is very accessible from the States. The views are nothing short of spectacular, the area is very safe and secure, the sportfishing is terrific and the people are very friendly and helpful. This is a perfect place for a small wedding over looking the Pacific Ocean. Ask for special all inclusive Wedding Rates for up to 50 guests.

What makes this house unique

The location is very peaceful. It is a wonderful place to get away from it all and is a great place for kids. There is a lot to do in the area including a surf school, horseback riding, jungle trips and a native zoo.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Your house is beautiful and our time has been nothing less than magnificent. There is so much to say - I loved the perfectly outfitted kitchen, with all the conveniences of home. You must be a cook because you had everything we needed! I never want to leave this place, its so beautiful. Mike and I have done a lot of traveling, but we haven't been to a place quite like yours! Besides the spectacular view, your home has a certain fung shui that warms the heart and spirit.
Dec 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Puerto Carrillo in Cantón Hojancha

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 09:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • People other than those in the Guest party set forth above may not stay overnight in the property.
  • No children under the age of 6 permitted in the jacuzzi at any time
  • The home is on a septic system. DO NOT FLUSH anything other than toilet paper. If damaged, $1000.00 fine
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Don't forget the mountaintop views, peace and quiet in the community, safety and security and nearby attractions!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(7 traveller reviews)

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Samara Top of the World -Small Destination Weddings
average rating of 4.857143 based on 8 reviews

Beautiful location and view!

  • 4 of 5

This is a hard review to write, as we loved the view and outdoor living of this home. We would definitely go back, and Joan (Homeowner) was a dream to work with. However, there were a few small things that prevent me from giving a 5-Star rating on the property when I compare it to the price point being paid:

-Decsription says “Sleeps 5” but that includes a rustic office futon. Why is the upstairs of the home not rented to allow for real beds for all guests?

-It is hard to maintain a home from across the sea....but there were many maintenance issues such as lightbulbs out, light in the master bath over sink not always working (wiring issue), one ceiling fan on porch not working, and we could not get the grill to work. I suggest finding a new maintenance man. The home was clean though, so that is not an issue

-AC-we were there in December when it was dry and cooler. The living room AC never really cooled. The bedroom units did, but I was scared to use them based on instructions left in the Home to be cautious about AC usage. So while we were comfortable, I would not want to go in summer months when it is hot yet the owner is discouraging AC use. Hard to balance need for comfort with desire to be a gracious house guest. That should not be an issue at this price point

Overall-love the Home, especially the view, and we would go back if the above were addressed.

Joan is awesome to work with!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, I'm so happy that you enjoyed your stay at Casa Vela. It really is a very special place. I thank you for writing your review and I will address a couple of your issues with the house. We have had a ceiling fan ordered for the outdoor area for two months. It is very difficult to get things like that in Costa Rica - it just takes time. Hopefully the new fan will arriving soon. I'm going down to the house tomorrow and will check out the gas grill. The starter does not work as being outdoors with salt air corrodes the auto starter. There are gas torches in the kitchen. I will be sure I make that clear in my Welcome Package. Casa Vela is my home six months out of the year...it is not just a rental house. The upstairs has my personal items such as clothes, cosmetics, food and other personal things that renters really do not need to share. I purchased the pad for the futon and up until now have not had complaints. We are working very hard to make Casa Vela a premium vacation destination and appreciate you taking the time to write your review.
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Chicago, IL

Beautiful House and a Fantastic Location

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I just returned from a week at Casa Vela. The house (and pool area) are amazing and we had a peaceful and relaxing time. The town of Samara is an easy drive down from the house. We really enjoyed being able to take early morning or late afternoon walks up the road from the house - seeing a wide variety of wildlife and amazing vistas of the surrounding valleys. We rented a 4x4 and had no issues getting up or down from the house, but we were glad to have a good vehicle for the drive from the beach below up to the house. The house itself was incredible - great views, amazing pool area and comfortable accommodations with a full kitchen. I highly recommend a stay at Casa Vela.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Wonderful House with Gorgeous Views

  • 5 of 5

My wife and two sons stayed at this property over New Years. The house is exactly like the pictures on the site. Clean, spacious, and well appointed for our six day stay. Perfect size for the four of us. Only a 5 minute drive to beautiful Carrillo Beach and 10 minutes to Samara. We used the kitchen and outdoor grill for breakfast and lunch. We ate dinners in Samara which has plenty of restaurant options. Pool was well maintained and has a stunning view of the ocean. Maid service was provided and the property's caretaker was there several times during our stay. To reach the house you must drive a steep rutted dirt road from Playa Carrillo. A four wheel drive vehicle is highly recommended. I would highly recommend this property and we look forward to returning some day.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Littleton, CO, USA

The "Charmer" on the Pacific

  • 5 of 5

My wife, daughter, her husband, and I just returned from a wonderful Costa Rica vacation! The owner, Jacqueline, was so helpful and gave us impeccable directions as well as answering any questions we had prior to our arrival. We had planned to do some touring around Costa Rica, but our kids said they would rather stay at the Casa for the entire week after they saw what it had to offer. And we did. Ana prepared whatever we wanted for meals (you do have to provide your own food, but give her a list for the butcher on Mondays to have all the meat delivered for the rest of the week) and all meals were excellent! My kids had a rental car breakdown while visiting Samara (close town, right on the beach). All they had was the email address of Jacqueline and emailed her telling her that they were stranded. Way above and beyond, Jacquieine called Ana and told her of the plight of our kids. Ana and her husband drove to Samara where they got the radiator repaired and allowed the kids to drive back to the Casa. This is one of most beautiful places we have visited in our 65 years! Definitely would recommend renting a 4 wheel drive vehicle.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jan-2013
  • Date of Stay: December 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Casa Vela

  • 5 of 5

The house is truly amazing. The breathtaking views are endless. Everything you can possibly think off is there. From the pool to the kitchen to the laundry. Nothing is overlooked. There is shopping in nearby Samara along with many great restaurants. Joan was very helpful in planning our stay. This truly is a remarkable home and can't wait to return again. A 4-wheel drive vehicle is best for the 2 mile drive up the steep dirt road to the house.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Feb-2012
  • Date of Stay: February 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Altona NY

Bart & Nancy

  • 5 of 5

This was a dream come to true. Spectacular home and amenities. You will wake up every morning in paradise. Nothing is missing with this rental. We thank Joan so very much for sharing her beautiful home with us. Location, location, location and this is it.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Nov-2011
  • Date of Stay: October 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ostional National Wildlife Refuge
Well known for turtle nesting
Samara Beach
Beautiful beach to swim, walk, learn to surf, kayak. Several beach side restaurants as well.
WingNuts Canopy Tours
Great canopy tour adventure. Reservations a must. 7 minutes from Casa Vela.
Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Liberia (LIR)
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Carrillo Beach


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Puerto Carrillo, Costa Rica

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £361.05

A valid credit card must be given to owner as security against major damage to home. The house will be inspected within 24 hours of guests departure. The card will not be used unless damage exceeds $500.00.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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