Condo Catalina: Best Beach Views Steps to Sand! Luxury in Samara. World Class Views+Service! 3rd Floor Condo

Alta Vista Condominiums

2 Bedrooms - 2 Bathrooms
$109  / night  •  for 6 guests

Playa Samara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Best Beach Views Steps to Sand! Luxury in Samara. World Class Views+Service! 3rd Floor Condo

Hi! I'm Patrick the owner of this condo and the of the building. **IMPORTANT: NOISE ADVISORY: June 21-Aug 30, 2021. Next door construction will create noise 6 days a week. ASK ME BEFORE YOU BOOK THESE DATES!**
I am so excited you're searching for a great place to stay in Sámara and that you've found Alta Vista. I don't believe you need to look anywhere else - I am confident, and the reviews back this up, that our quality, location, and 'at home' feeling make us the best accommodation in Sámara for your vacation! This listing is for Condo Catalina on the third floor, a modern luxury two bedroom, two bathroom condo. As the owner-manager, my philosophy is to provide a place to stay that I would be ecstatic to discover and eager to come back to as a repeat guest. My goal is to exceed your expectations by providing a world-class stay in a beautiful unique location!

I completed the construction of Alta Vista December 2008 and no one would believe the building is ten years old - I have a full-time maintenance employee, Dennis, who keeps the property freshly painted and spotless. I work diligently to maintain all the electrical appliances as well as linens and kitchen accouterments like new. Hilda, my administrator, and Xinnia the housekeeper round out the team - a huge part of what makes Alta Vista #1 in Sámara! For a quick glance at our amenities, all condos have free high-speed wifi internet, air conditioning, fully stocked kitchens, secure covered parking, cable TV internet ready for Netflix etc, and a splash pool.

What do our guests say about the property? That it looks better in person than the pictures show! A great compliment, I'm not sure how to get better pictures ( I hired a professional) but I think sometimes the synergy of a beautiful condo with breathtaking views combined with a meticulously maintained building, the best location in town and a great staff focused on exceeding your expectations - adds up to guests falling in love with Alta Vista.

Location, location, location! You don't need a car to stay at this property; the majority of our guests take the short stroll two blocks down to the beach with amenities we provide such as beach chairs, beach towels, beach umbrella, cooler and boogie board. Walking to town is a gorgeous tropical 15 min walk along the beach. If you prefer to have a car there is a designated spot for you on-site in the secure, covered parking garage. Security? Best in Samara. Meet Dennis, a local of Sámara and national fúbol (soccer) hero who played for the Costa Rican National team. He essentially lives at Alta Vista cleaning and gardening during the day and watches over the building at night. Rest assured you and your loved ones are safe! He also helps with your baggage, the bbq, finding the fresh catch of the day, or helping you to learn Spanish! He is a gem!

In line with the best service in town is Laura, who will meet you at check in! What other rental condo or home has this feature? Most simply have a lock box. Not us. Hilda greets you with a smile, speaking English or Spanish, and will show you the building and your condo and answer all your questions. She knows the building inside and out as well as the town of Sámara making her a priceless addition to the team. She's available throughout your stay to help out and she'll be there at your check out as well. I'm available as well via email or phone call.

*Check in time is 3pm. Check out time is 11am. Both times are subject to change - it depends if someone checked out earlier that day, or if someone is checking in later that day. If someone is checking in later that day, the check-out time is 10am. If someone checked out earlier that day, check in is at 5pm. Please check with us - we will work to accommodate your needs!

What else sets us apart? Each of the condos faces the beach and ocean with floor to ceiling sliding glass doors. The sliding glass doors open to the furnished balcony where you can enjoy your morning coffee or a sunset glass of wine with the best view in town. The balcony offers what few others can offer - outdoor living with a view! The condo is not directly on the beach but second best, it looks an empty over horse pasture to the beach and ocean. The recently re-paved tranquil road in front of the building is a dead-end at the beach which equals a safe and quiet walk to the sand, as well as pleasant people watching from your balcony. The building is located on the tip of the bay of Sámara, not in the downtown area, which is why I bought this property. It is close enough to enjoy the town and far enough away not to hear town when you want peace and quiet which is one of many reasons families prefer to stay at Alta Vista.

The modern decor inside the condo allows you to fully relax. The floor to ceiling windows facing the beach and ocean is a constant reminder you are in paradise! Ocean breezes flow through the condo if you choose to keep the windows open, or air conditioners will keep you cool - one in each bedroom as well as in the living room. The fully stocked kitchen has all you need, from full-sized stainless steel appliances to in-sink garbage disposal, it is modern and lacks for nothing. There is a shared washer/dryer for all guests to use for free, I simply ask you to provide your own detergent.

For additional outdoor living, I offer all guests the use of the shared Congo Lounge, the top (fourth) floor roofed patio terrace. There are hammocks, sofa's, armchairs, and a dining set. The view from your condo balcony is excellent, and multiply that a few times and you get an exquisite view from the Congo Lounge. Not only are the views of the beach breathtaking, but the forest views behind the building are also home to iguanas, pelicans, and monkeys! The trees team with families of monkeys perusing the branches for a snack. Look closely and you'll see tiny baby monkey's riding along on their mothers back.

The splash pool immediately in front of the building, perfectly visible from your balcony, receives the glorious sun all morning and is shaded in the afternoon making it perfect for families who explore the beach and surfing in the morning and lounge by the pool in the afternoon. The pool is only 4ft deep and it has huge stairs for growing children to play on. There are patio lounge chairs as well as a dining set and BBQ for all guests to enjoy.

As if all this wasn't enough to set us apart, we offer including regular cleaning. For guests staying more than four nights we include is a light cleaning every fourth day (mid-week) where we take out the trash, change the bathroom towels, sweep and mop the condo. For reservations more than seven nights, we provide a full cleaning on the 8th day and every 8th day after that. The full cleaning includes everything provided in the light cleaning plus changing of the bed linens and kitchen cleaning. More cleaning is an option at an additional cost.

Please note my team and I work exceptionally hard to keep the Condos perfect but there are occasional problems that arise, such as with the a/c, or power outages, ants, or on very rare occasions the wifi is finicky. Just please be patient, it is Costa Rica! Let us know and we'll start right away to get the problem straightened out. Our goal is to exceed your expectations by providing a world-class stay in a beautiful unique location!

This Condo, Condo Catalina, is on the third floor. It is a two bedroom, two bathroom condo approximately 1400 square feet. The master bedroom has a king bed and ensuite bathroom with views of the ocean and beach. The guest bedroom has two individual beds and views of the forest behind the building . The kitchen is white-line with first-world size and quality appliances, full-size stainless steel refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, stove with range-top, microwave with extractor fan, in-sink garbage disposal, and all the smaller appliances like blender, toaster and coffee maker.

The living room has a flat-screen TV with the local cable service and DVD player giving you access to Netflix and other online streaming services. The living room has a plush chaise-lounge sofa combo with the main sofa folding out to the floor for a queen size sofa-sleeper, and the chaise-lounge which can work as a single bed. The mattresses are orthopedics - I personally picked out and approved each mattress - and I stay in each condo from time to time as a perk of the job as well as quality control - to ensure you get a good nights rest. The king size master bedroom mattress is a feather-top.

The bathrooms are modern and minimalist. You can flush the toilet paper just like North America or Europe! I designed the building with a two-chamber septic tank (same as I have here in Colorado) which allows you to flush toilet paper but just as you're probably used to - nothing else please! In Costa Rica, the normal septic tank has just one chamber so you can't flush toilet paper. The showers and faucets have hot water. The kitchen sink has a garbage disposal but please just like at your home - nothing more than plate scraps! No fruit peels, no fish bones, no coffee grinds, please.

All my listings have instant booking so if your ready go ahead and book! All prices are in US dollars. The system won't let you book dates that are not available. The pricing software automatically gives a 10% discount for a stay over six nights, and a discount of 33% of stays longer than 27 nights - essentially one week free for every four weeks stayed. The $150 damage deposit is pre-authorized to your card so you will only be charged in the case of something broken or missing. I have a legitimate Hotel license in Costa Rica, I pay taxes to the government, all legal establishments as such pay 13% tax. I believe in supporting the country that supports this piece of paradise!

Please ask any questions, I'm here to help!

Patrick McGoey


Cable TV
Air Conditioning
Washer/dryer (shared)



This condo interacts with the other condos in that it is on the third floor in a four-story building. The fourth floor has Condo Dahlia but the front section of the fourth floor is the called the Congo Lounge and it is open to all guests. There are tables, chairs, sofas, and hammocks, as well as amazing views, ocean breezes, and howler monkeys hanging from the nearby trees!


Alta Vista Condominiums is in the Sámara neighborhood of Cangrejal, on the north end of the bay of Sámara. Cangrejal is a Costa Rican neighborhood, an old fishing village, and is very quiet with no loud music or bars. There is a great casual restaurant in Cangrejal called "La Perla" which offers great healthy local cuisine at reasonable prices. Two blocks away from Alta Vista is a popular grocery store named "La Iguana Verde", which doubles as a liquor store.


Alta Vista fronts the main street in Cangrejal that runs to the beach. You can walk in from the front street door or park your rental car in the covered secure parking garage.


The space inside Condo Catalina can be described as simple, modern, clean, and relaxing. The giant floor to ceiling windows that face the beach and ocean are the biggest picture frame you could have! There is a private balcony with furniture to enjoy this view from. The beds are upscale as are the linens, provided by Alta Vista. The open floor plan allows for easy movement, relaxation, and enjoyment of the view. There are three individual a/c units to keep you cool.


Most guests either choose to rent a car and drive from the airport or take some sort of private transportation. I do not recommend the bus it would take all day. Just say the word and Laura can help you make a reservation for a private shuttle van, we have a company that has been providing dependable service for almost a decade. They will meet you at the airport with your name on a sign and drive you approx 2 hours to Alta Vista in a comfortable, air-conditioned van usually stocked with cold water and fresh fruit. The driver typically speaks enough English to get by. They will stop at a grocery store in Nicoya if you choose. Please call Hilda's cell 8383-7758 from Nicoya, you can use the driver's cell if not your own, to let Laura know you are 50 min away in Nicoya. To dial Laura or another local cell phone in Costa Rica you may need to dial first 011-506- (add eight digit number). If you use WhatsApp that is a great communication tool for Costa Rica where the majority of people use it regularly.


Great for families or couples who want a bit more privacy and easier access to the Congo Lounge.

What guests are saying:

Rick McGoey
Guest at Catalina
Catalina is a wonderful class condo in Samara! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. We greatly appreciated the balcony, eating breakfast there every morning, watching the sun come up. Then snacks and drinks in the evening before dinner! The dining room was an unexpected treat. It is almost a large separate, large room, but is very spacious to easily sit six at the dinner table. It also has a large window looking out to the vegetation just outside the window. One evening we were entertained by a number of monkeys right outside our window during dinner. We did have to travel to the jungle to enjoy the fun and grace of monkeys doing acrobatics. Catalina was spacious, immaculate and comfortable! All appliances worked to perfection and even the outdoor gas grill was filled with gas and the grill was thoroughly cleaned every day. Such service exceeded our expectation for Costa Rica! Xinia, the cleaning person does an outstanding job. Over one week she came in once and gave the condo a complete scrubbing top to bottom! We had a couple of questions which Denis, the daily helper at Alta Vista, responded to rapidly and with great courtesy. The views from Catalina were spectacular. We went to the Congo Lounge on the top level and they were even better, just breathtaking. We cannot wait to go back and be treated to the lap of luxury.
Mike Bessette
Simply the best!
This is my 6th year at Alta Vista and the 5th time in Condo Catalina. Each year has been better than the last somehow. This is hands down the best place to stay in the Playa Samara area. From the immaculate grounds to the stunning views and clean, beautiful living space, it is simply the best.
Mike Bessette
This is my 6th year at Alta Vista and the 5th time in Condo Catalina. Each year has been better than the last somehow. This is hands down the best place to stay in the Playa Samara area. From the immaculate grounds to the stunning views and clean, beautiful living space, it is simply the best.
Condo Catalina
We enjoyed our stay at Condo Catalina. We stayed for ten days. The location was perfect! The condo is equipped with everything you need in your home away from home! Dennis, Laura and xinnia were so helpful and made our stay wonderful. We enjoyed watching the monkeys in the trees. Enjoyed the short walk to the beach. Extras like beach chairs were at added bonus! Condo was spacious and had all the amenities needed! Thanks for making our vacation awesome!!!
Jen B.
A Perfect Start to our 2 Week Holiday
We loved it! Felt very pampered in this beautiful condo. So close to everything without being on top of the town. from my 10 year old daughter: early in the morning me and my mom would go out on the beach and go for a swim and we built sand castles and we read . we both really loved it and out of all the places we stayed at this on was 100% the best and there was no way the other places could beat it.
Jonnathan W.
Fantastic condo near the beach and downtown
The Alta Vista Condos in Samara are a great place to stay. They're located just a couple hundred meters from the beach, and close to the downtown/shopping area. Nice little pool at the condo as well, and a great public space on the top floor that's open but has a ceiling. Sitting up there during the thunder/lightning storms was wonderful. Pura vida!
Karen B.
Beautiful view in an amazing Condo!
Upon arrival in Samara, Laura greeted us at Condo Catalina. As we walked into the beautiful, tastefully decorated, clean, nicely air-conditioned condo, it was comforting to see that the condo met all expectation based on the listing details. Quite honestly, it truly exceeded our expectations. The condo was clean and well maintained. The kitchen is fully equipped to allow for meal preparation and there are a couple of stores within walking distance for purchasing groceries. The king sized bed was very comfortable and has an amazing sunrise view over Playa Samara. The bathroom with dual showerheads has a huge window that opens to give the effect of an outdoor shower at tree top level. There are beach chairs and towels in the condo and a safe for valuables. The condo has been quite obviously well prepared to insure guest comfort. The condo complex has many extras that made our stay amazing! Fenced grounds included a covered carport that is locked at all times. There is a ground level pool with outdoor shower, lounge chairs and grill that provided a welcoming common area to cool off and relax. There are several shared resources for use by guests in the three condos. The cooler was great to take for picnics on the beach. We tried out the boogie boards in the waves on Samara beach. We used the on-site washer and dryer located in the utility room at no extra charge. The condo is less than a mile from the north end of Playa Samara. It is also just minutes away from Playa Carillo, Playa Buenavista, Playa Barrigona and Playa Camaronal. Having a rental car made it easy for us to explore several beaches in the area. After a day at the beach and lots of sunshine we found a couple of local diners, Soda Anita and Soda la Perla, to be within walking distance of the condo. The friendly families and wait staff added to the experience of Costa Rican hospitality. The food was really yummy and economically priced. The pride and care that Patrick, Laura, Denis and Xinnia take in this property is key to me confidently recommending this location in Samara. Oh yes, and the welcoming presence of Zorro completed the home away from home vibe. Thanks for sharing this great location! Karen
James B.
Our home away from home...
My love and I have now made this little gem our favorite place to escape and push the "reset" button. Upon arrival, the worries of the world immediately melt away and the beauty and simplicity of Costa Rica is all that remain. Experiencing all of what this magical place has to offer while still having all of the comforts of home and beyond is pure bliss. Everything you could ever hope for is here. You will have all of the amenities you would expect from a 5 star hotel in the US to provide and all the wonders of Costa Rica at your fingertips to distract you from ever needing them. Find yourself here once and you will forever feel the gentle pull of needing to return...
Robert T
Wonderful , wonderful, wonderful !
We stayed at Alta Vista for 17 nights from 1 November. This was the fourth time in Samara and certainly the best accommodation we have had. The condo is well equipped, clean, modern with plenty of space. But the thing that really impresses is the wonderful views. We woke to the sun rise over Samara bay and the hills in the distance. On the few afternoons when it rained we sat on the very comfortable covered roof terrace and enjoyed a glass of wine. Although the condo is out of town there are three family run restaurants, a supermarket and the beach within five mins walk. Denis kept the pool and all the outside areas clean and tidy and we felt safe having him on site. Laura the manager was excellent . She gave us all the help we needed to enjoy Samara and the surrounding area . We would love to return and highly recommend it to anyone.
Sims 3
Great Condo in Samara
Awesome condo and location. Located just north of Samara. About a 10 min walk either on the beach or road to town. The location is quiet yet gives you easy access to Samara. Floor to ceiling windows give you a great view of the beach. The manager and the watchman are very friendly and helpful. This has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths with plenty of living space. I would love to come back and stay here again.
Excellent condo!
We stayed at Alta Vista for a month. The apartment was clean, modern and suited all our needs. Close to the beach and the little village. We travelled with our two 16 month old twins and everything worked great.
Kathleen M
Luxury in Natural Paradise
This place is ideal for its comfort, convenience, and beauty. I could not resist waking up at dawn so that I could stroll down to the beach (even before coffee!) to take photographs and enjoy watching the early risers and fishermen quietly beginning their days as the sun came up. After local fresh fruit for breakfast back at the condo, I walked into town (you can walk everywhere from Alta Vista!) sipping on a nice cool coconut (so much better than coconut water from the can!) that I purchased from some friendly local girls. Midday I loved to go for a swim in the ocean, and later after lunch played pool volleyball back at Alta Vista with my niece and nephew. Then it was time for a nice nap up on the roof of the building- the "Congo Lounge" where I could enjoy a siesta in a hammock, or watch the monkeys playing in the trees! Amazing! Evenings were also relaxing and easy- we did go out occasionally to taste the local cuisine, but at Alta Vista you have the great option to use the fully equipped kitchen and prepare your own fresh fish or lobster... whatever you like! I would highly recommend this place for families, couples, retreats, a solo vacation... if you're into breathtaking views and living close to nature in the comfort of a luxury condo, this place is for you! Pura vida! P.S. All the condos have spectacular views and identical amenities. They vary in size, so just ask about which accommodations would be best for your group if you're not sure. Patrick is very helpful!
This condo is clean, modern, and convenient with a perfect beach view.
We stayed for 4 nights, and were very pleased with the accommodations. 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 4th 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 car 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.
Mr Jonesy
Private, plush, pastoral, perfect.
We loved our stay in Samara and we felt that Alta Vista was the perfect place to stay. We loved waking up and watching the sun rise over the beach and ocean from our bed. It is a short walk down to the beach. We would get up in the morning walk down to the beach and play in the ocean, walk back and eat breakfast on the balcony. We watched howler monkeys in the trees behind the condo one morning. We would take another walk, play in the ocean some more. Take a nap. Walk down to the ocean, swim some more. Samara is the perfect place to relax and unwind. The accommodations are great. We always felt safe and secure. The kitchen is well stocked with dishes, pots and pans. The bedroom is great. We rented some movies from the little video store down the road and watch them on the flat panel tv. The shower is great. It is a short walk to the market, the video store, and a nice Soda if you want lunch. The walk into town is a little farther but not unpleasant. We walked into town a few times and didn't feel like it was too far at all. Out of all the places that we stayed in Costa Rica, Alta Vista is at the top of the list and we would return to it in a heart beat. Just writing this review makes me want to plan another trip to CR in order to stay in Samara again at Alta Vista.
The perfect combination of comfort, convenience and location
My wife was looking for an intensive Spanish language course and we decided on Samara Language School as the ideal setting for language lessons and beach time. We looked at practically ALL the available locations in Samara as we needed a place to stay for 5 weeks that would be clean, safe, close to the beach and affordable. Alta Vista was indeed a find. Patrick has built very nice, very clean modern condos, minutes from the beach, with a great staff, high security and high speed internet, which allowed me to work from the condo while my wife was going to Spanish classes. The condos back up to a hill so you feel like the wildlife is right next to you and the deck on top of the building is a great place for drinks in the evening. Highly recommended!!

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