Our ranchito is just about the greatest place place on earth! Astounding views of the ocean, a tranquil and cultural Costa Rican village life, tropical surroundings, and a comfortable, well-equipped house with internet and TV. In short: paradise.
Our house is quirky and quaint. Though it's rustic, it has all the amenities to be comfortable. Waterfalls are nearby. Depending on the time of year, the fruit trees on our land will be hanging heavy (coconuts, mangos, papyas, bananas etc.) and you are more than welcome to eat your share. Fresh local fish is always available down the hill and the views from our house (especially at sunset) are truly breathtaking. Our fully stocked kitchen opens up to the view as does the bedroom. Hammocks are hung. Water is fresh from a spring and drinkable. And the shower is hot.
There are many hotels and guest houses in Samara and they can be nice, but this is distinct. It's a house and it's yours. We invite you to make it your own. To date, there have been two marriage proposals on our patio and it's no surprise. There is such a great feeling about the place.
Without a car, Santo Domingo can be difficult to get to (with a car, it's only a few minutes to Samara and Carillo), but while it's not right on the beach, there is NO view in Samara that can compare. Cracking a cold beer while watching the sunset from on top of the hill exemplifies Costa Rica's national motto: Pura Vida.
It is also much safer than Samara and other larger towns. Santo Domingo is one of the last remnants of the old Costa Rica and our friends who will greet you (Paco and Iris) will make you feel like you belong to the family. Howler monkeys, iguanas, toucans and all kinds of birds make their homes in and around our property. That is much rarer than in larger towns.
We are proud of our house and proud of our community. You are sure to be taken in by the charm, the tranquility, the nature, and of course...the views!
High Speed wi-fi. Television (no cable) and DVD player. Large gas BBQ for grilling. There is not an AC unit at the house, but because of the higher elevation, it is much cooler than in Samara and there is often a nice ocean breeze drifting by. We have found that there is almost never a need for an AC unit.
Interaction with guests
We will be communicative via email and our phone in the US. However, our neighbors and best friends Paco, Iris and their family will be available at all times. They will greet guests and show them the property, how everything works, and an orientation. If desired, Iris can cook up a damn good typical Costa Rican breakfast or dinner and their son Michael can organize all kinds of trips from waterfall excursions to horseback riding to surfing.
Please smoke outside the house. Pets are just fine. And please be conscious of the vibe of our town. It is a small town that exemplifies Pura Vida. Feel free to interact with the locals. They are wonderful!!!
Me and my husband, Kevin, love living life as fully as possible. We moved to Costa Rica some years back because we fell in love with the people, the culture, and the way of life. The views aren't too bad either :) We split our time between our great home in Northern California and our beautiful bungalow in Costa Rica. We are fun loving, easy going, and very hard working. We love food straight out of the ocean and being active is a way of life for us. While in Costa Rica, we spend at least a little while in the ocean every day and while in California we prefer to spend as much time with our family as possible.