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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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“Fantastico”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

We stayed in Begonia for a week in August. There were 2 couples and the place was perfect for us! We loved sitting out on the balcony in the morning with our coffee watching the morning activities. We also enjoyed watching the monkeys daily trip behind the house. Randal was fantastic and Beatriz helped us with some local information. The location is great for getting to the beach, restaurants and shops. We rented bikes and only used the car once to go out of town on a day trip. There is a bakery and grocery store right down the street where we seemed to make daily trips. We can't wait to get back!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

We are a family of four- we stayed in the Begonia, which was just perfect- clean, spacious, modern and fully equipped - from the living room balcony u could see the ocean and the mountains - the back balcony face a treed hill- the grounds keeper, Randall was available for just about anything- he was even there when we left at 2:30am to help with our luggage!! Beatrix, the property manager, spoke perfect English - she arranged our transportation to and from the airport and everyone was on time- the beach is 5 minutes down the street- it is hard packed sand- perfect for walking or running- the water is warm and the waves are great for jumping- the sand bar goes out for at least 100 m - there is a great bakery and grocery store 5 minutes up the street- the town is about a 10 minute walk- the food was fresh and inexpensive by north American standards- we ate out 3 nights and had fabulous dinners for under $100 US for 4- my kids went biking, snorkeling and kayaking and had a great time- we felt safe even at night- everyone was friendly and helpful- I would highly recommend this place

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Olivos, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2011

We stayed here for 5 days the place are very comfortable. We stayed in Amapola, a 2 Bed, 2 Bath few steps al the 1st floor unit. The housekipert, Randal, is a very kind, ..

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
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Woodbury, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2011

We stayed in the Begonia unit for 4 nights, and were very pleased with the accomodations. The home is clean, well appointed, and quiet. On 95 degree days, the air conditioning kept us cool, even with the large picture window walls that look out over the horse pasture and beach. The balcony and 3rd floor decks were an added bonus, and the inground pool was a welcome retreat at the end of the day. We felt very safe knowing that our cars were parked inside the main gate and that someone always appeared to be on staff when we needed something. This property is on the edge of town, so there is no traffic or crowd noise, but it is close enough to town to be convenient and only a short walk to the beach. Well done Alta Vista! We would gladly recommend this place to anyone vacationing in Playa Samara.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
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Parsippany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2011

We stayed here for 9 nights and had a very comfortable and relaxing time after 3 weeks of hectic travel in Costa Rica. We stayed in Amapola, a 2 Bed, 2 Bath 1st floor unit. The pool was very nice but most importantly the staff was extremely helpful. The caretaker, Randal, is a gem...He is there for anything you might need. This location is at the northern end of the beach, and provides peace and quiet, yet is near enough to the town for shops and restaurants. I would recommend AltaVista to anyone considering a stay in Playa Samara.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2011

The 4 of us (2 couples in our 60's) stayed for 6 nights in Begonia (the largest of the 3 apartments). The apartment is stunning and beautifully located steps from the beach, the bus stop and a small supermarket and soda. Walk along the beach (or the road) to the main Samara beach for other shops and restaurants (the best of which are accessed from the beach). You don't need a car. This is(much needed) air conditioned luxury with local colour and probably the best beach we have ever visited; just enough surf to keep you busy, just the right number of people to watch and a few horses and birds and monkey thrown in! The sea was the warmest I have ever swam in.
Only drawback is that the second bedroom and bathroom in the apartment are rather small, the former having twin beds that we pushed together and the later nowhere to put stuff. Ideal for a couple with kids.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
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Atlanta, Georgia. USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2011

My husband and I stayed in the 'Begonia' for 5 nights in mid Dec. while visiting our son and his girlfriend in Samara. The condo is well situated,clean,spacious and very comfortable. There is a great open concept,affording lovely views from all of the living spaces. It's just far enough removed from the center of town to be very quiet and peaceful.
Cooking was actually a delight. Look one way and see lovely foliage- look the other and see pasture,palm trees and ocean. The kitchen is very user friendly; 3 cooks,no squabbles,just great meals. We all loved the poured concrete counters and deep sink.
The master bedroom-ahh..the sunrises..they defy description. And, the balcony - quite ample for 4 people to watch the world go by...horses,chickens,people, all with the ocean as a back drop. And,yes, there are howler monkeys. We counted 16 one afternoon.
While there is secure parking, a car is really not necessary. 'Downtown' is a very leisurely 10 minute stroll away. We did rent bikes for 3 days which made for easier trips to the grocery store,as well as the beach at the other end of Samara (which,for swiming is a little nicer than the one by the condo.)
If you are looking for an 'escape' Samara itself is a great destination-an hour and a half drive from Liberia (and not a bad drive). The people are friendly,the beaches are lovely,and the views are awesome. There are plenty of good restaurants-many right on the beach. Eating a good meal with our feet in the sand was a treat. It's also a good place for beginner surfers. My husband, who had never put his hands on a surf board before, 'caught' quite a few waves. (Thank you C and C surf school.)
All in all, a great town,a great rental and a great owner. Patrick is prompt, professional and personable.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Alta Vista Condominium
Address: Meters (Yards) From the Beach in Playa Samara 150, Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Samara
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Ranked #6 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Playa Samara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Unobstructed ocean & beach views, steps from the sand and town, 1st world comfort with the jungle behind you and beach in front! Pool, A/C, wifi, hot & purified water, 1st world plumbing, full white line kitchens, modern design, secure on-site parking, full time caretaker, BBQ, Brand New! Unbeatable value + top notch service = we exceed your expectations. Our goal isn't one time business like the other guys, we want you to love us the first time and keep coming back! ... more   less 

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