Condo Dahlia: Unique 4th Floor Penthouse Getaway, Stunning Views, Steps To Sand, NEW!

Alta Vista Condominiums

1 Bedroom - 1 Bathrooms
$89  / night  •  for 4 guests

Playa Samara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Unique 4th Floor Penthouse Getaway, Stunning Views, Steps To Sand, NEW!

Hi! I'm Patrick the owner of this condo and the owner 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 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 Dahlia on the fourth floor, a modern luxury one bedroom one bathroom condo. A great added benefit to this condo is that the 600 square foot 'Congo Lounge' terrace feels like your own balcony! The views from the fourth floor are outstanding giving you a view all the way to the outer reefs of Sámara bay.

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. This condo is brand new - an addition completed in 2017. 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 the Congo Lounge is exquisite. 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 fourth floor. It is a one bedroom, one bathroom condo approximately 700 square feet. The master bedroom has a queen bed with a giant sliding glass door that looks onto the tranquil mountain forest. There is another giant three panel sliding glass door off the kitchen which opens onto a large roofed dining-area balcony. 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 Smart TV with the local cable service and wifi giving you access to Netflix and other online streaming services. The living room has a plush sofa that folds out to the floor for a queen size sofa-sleeper. Note that the open sofa sleeper takes up almost all the family room floor space. The bedroom mattress is an orthopedic feather-top. 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 bathroom is 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 shower has a huge window which views the mountain forest behind the building that gives the feeling you are bathing in nature (the window has blinds as well). 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)
Smart TV (wifi & Netflix compatible)



This condo interacts with the other condos in that it is on the fourth 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 Condos is in the Sámara neighborhood of Cangrejal, on the north end of the bay of Samara. 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 supermarket named "La Iguana Verde", a medium size grocery and 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 Dahlia can be described as simple, modern, clean, and relaxing. The giant floor to ceiling windows that face the mountain forest are the biggest picture frame you could have! There is a private roofed balcony with furniture that acts as the dining area to enjoy this view from. There are big windows in the condo facing the beach and ocean as well. You are free to use the shared Congo Lounge. It will feel like your own space and most of the time it will be but please remember it is shared. The bed is an upscale pillow top and the linens are fine 300+ thread count. The open floor plan allows for easy movement, relaxation, and enjoyment of the view. There are two 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 couples who don't mind the stairs to get to added privacy, views, and a real tree-house feel.

What guests are saying:

Melissa Dietz
Great Place to Stay - Updated Amenities
Alta Vista condos were a great place to stay for our three days. It was updated and very nice. The large shower was great! The kitchen was fully equipped. The amenities were also great.
Cheryl Thomas
Great location and view
We loved staying in the Dahlia apartment. The location and view suited us perfectly. We hired bikes to get around and had access to everything we needed for a great holiday.
Dawn A Penner
Amazing vacation
Sumptuous breezes greeted us daily for our morning coffee on the 4th floor covered patio. Three minutes to the beach with the provided chairs and beach umbrella brought us to the second agenda item for the day. Then the most complicated decision - where to have dinner. Patrick's online guest book was a sure source of great local options - fresh fish, local dishes, atmosphere! The guest book was also our guide to activities including amazing massages by TruBlueVue on our covered 4th floor patio and a sunset cruise with the fun professionals at Samara Adventure Company. Great time! We highly recommend Alta Vista's Dahlia condo for anyone who wants a reasonably priced option for a condo with all the amenities. Spotless thanks to Xinia, meticulously maintained thanks to Dennis, and warm welcomes from Laura completed our stay. Great place to stay - highly recommended!
Hilery Burlie
We loved our stayed in Samara! Laura & Dennis were excellent. Beach was amazing! Unit was lovely. Definitely would return!
Al prokesh
I've been on many vacations all over the world, but this is right up at the top ,first of all the whole staff I mean. Everyone couldn't have been more helpful and courteous, the room I stayed in was clean and had everything I needed,if I didn't they were more than happy to get. The town of samara was also amazing.i was there for 8 days and I have to go back because I didn't get to see everything, so as I right this letter,I'm thinking if when I can return,thanks again to everyone at Alta Vista condominiums
Al prokesh
I've been on many vacations all over the world, but this is right up at the top ,first of all the whole staff I mean. Everyone couldn't have been more helpful and courteous, the room I stayed in was clean and had everything I needed,if I didn't they were more than happy to get. The town of samara was also amazing.i was there for 8 days and I have to go back because I didn't get to see everything, so as I right this letter,I'm thinking if when I can return,thanks again to everyone at Alta Vista condominiums
Jason Coy
Alta Vista lives up to its name with the best views in town! Patrick and his team are amazing. This property is so well kept and provides every luxury. All the way down to beach chairs and coolers! Epic stay, thanks!
Sue & Kim B
Another very enjoyable stay in the comfortable Condo Dahlia. We barely left and are already looking forward to our next visit.
Amy G.
Modern Beautiful Condo
The views are stunning, front is a horse ranch and the beach. The back is trees w lots of monkeys. The condo is beautiful w large windows to enjoy the views including the shower. The on site staff are wonderful at their job and wonderful people. The location is great. We enjoyed our stay and would recommend these condos. There is a lot of steps to the condo. There is a pool to enjoy. Enjoy your modern condo!
Tarja K.
Stunning condo inside and out
We had the pleasure of staying in Patrick's brand new condo for 6 nights..It was heaven.The kitchen is well equipped with a functional layout.The outdoor eating area was nice to sit at and watch the monkeys in the trees above.The fridge had an ice maker which came in handy for going to the beach with a cooler.The modern shower had plenty of hot water.The bedroom had massive closets and a comfortable bed for a perfect nights sleep.The pool area was clean and had an outdoor grill.The condo has lots of windows and two outdoor sitting areas .Watching sunrise from the veranda was a highlight. The grocery store is walking distance and the beach is just down the road about 200 meters.Patrick also provided beach chairs .This was a nice touch. .Laura,,Xenia and Denis work very hard to maintain this property and we're such a pleasure to talk to.We will definitely return.pura vida
I’m baaaaaaack!
I think this is my 5th stay at Alta Vista. Each time I meet people who have stayed before, and new folks that are so happy they found it! Of course the accommodations are clean, safe, well maintained. The staff are all friendly, people who quickly become friends you miss when you leave. One important thing for a first time visitor to a beach town to know, is how close you are to the beach. You can easily get by without a vehicle, or hardly use it. I rent a bike and can easily ride down the beach to Sámara in a few minutes. A basket makes getting groceries easy as well. A car is handy to get to Carrillo or a visit to Nosara. I know the area very well, and while there are some other nice places, Alta Vista is really the place to stay if you want to chill out and relax. Thank you, Patrick, Laura, and everyone that makes staying there a dream come true. Pura Vida Mike
Kim and Sue Biddle
Mr & Ms
My Husband and I just enjoyed a most wonderful stay in the Condo Dahlia unit at Alta Vista Condominiums. The unit has everything we needed to make a home-away-from home during our visit. Every day of our stay began and ended with a symphony of nature sounds and we were treated to frequent entertaining visits from a large local troupe of howler monkeys. We liked it so much we extended our seven night stay to 11 nights. Patrick and Laura are both very friendly and fabulous to deal with for booking and check-in. The building is just a short walk to a pristine beach area, a few minutes stroll to a several little 'sodas' and conveniences stores, and an easy 15 minute walk to many great restaurants and bars in downtown Samara. We had no concerns about safety thanks to the secure parking area and the building security and maintenance staff (Dennis). We highly recommend Condo Dahlia to visitors who are seeking comfortable, convenient, exceptional quality accommodations in a safe and relaxing environment.

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