La Paila Offers:

La Paila is a private villa, with pool, satellite tv with VCR/DVD, stereo, internet connection, and full-time staff. Laze in the hammock or lounge in the pool while listening to your favorite music or the sounds of nature. Hone your ping pong skills or enjoy backgammon and other games stocked at the house.

All linens are supplied, including pool and beach towels. The staff will prepare your meals and take care of the laundry, housekeeping, and kitchen.

La Paila Private Pool

Use the villa as a secluded retreat for pure R & R and as a home base for day trips. The renowned mile-long Playa Carrillo offers unparalleled beach strolls or jogging or just searching for sea shells. Horseback ride on the beach and through a mango grove. Go deep sea fishing. Turtle watching. Snorkeling. Zip lining through jungle canopies. Surfing. Dine out in nearby Samara and soak up the surf culture. Star gaze through the telescope. Explore the surrounding teak plantation. Your timing must be good to drive through a tidal river to enjoy lunch or golf at Punta Islita and on the way explore Camaronal, a national wildlife refuge. La Paila offers so much more right at or nearby the villa.

Nature abounds right at the villa with its unique open-air architecture with birds of many kinds, lizards, geckos, toads, and howler monkeys.

La Paila Wildlife

Bird List of La Paila 2013! (click to open)

Compiled by Robert N. Whitescarver during our visit from 1/5 – 1/12 2012
These are listed as I saw the birds so they are not in any particular order. Most of the birds were seen right here around the house; some were seen at the beach or nearby surroundings. This is a great place to bird. I especially liked the trees in the back yard because the Trogons, Magpie-Jays, Anis, Kiskadees and Flycatchers all hung out there for easy viewing.

*Indicates the birds I saw in the yard at La Paila.

Brown Pelican
Black Vulture
Hoffman’s Woodpecker*
Social Flycatcher*
Magnificent Frigatebird*
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Cattle Egret
Laughing Gull
Melodious Blackbird*
Great-tailed Grackle
Rufus-naped Wren*
Great Kiskadee*
Wood Stork
Crested Caracara
Turkey Vulture*
Black Vulture*
Yellow Warbler*
Baltimore Oreole*
Rufus-tailed Hummingbird*
Tropical Kingbird*
White-throated Magpie-Jay*
Common Pauraque*
White-faced Parrot*
Linneated Woodpecker*
Groove-billed Ani*
Red-billed Pigeon*
Black-headed Trogon*
Masked Tityra*
Red-lored Parrot*
Gray-headed Dove*
Blue-crowned Motmot*
Western Tanager*
Streak-headed Woodcreeper*
Inca Dove*
Rose-throated Becard*
Broad-wing Hawk*
Royal Tern
Great-crested Flycatcher*
Steely-vented Hummingbird*
Plain Chacalaca*
Turquoise-browed Motmot*
Scrub Euphonia*
Philadelphia Vireo
Rufus-tailed Hummingbird*
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Roseate Spoonbill
Ferrunginous Pigmy-owl (ear)*
Tri-colored Heron
Western Kingbird*
Streaked Flycatcher*
Orange-chinned Parakeet
American Pigmy Kingfisher
Amazon Kingfisher
Ringed Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron
Bare-throated Tiger Heron
Strip-crowned Sparrow* (60)
Squirrel Cuckoo*

We recommend adding at least one or two more days to either end of your stay to explore a bit more of Costa Rica, the Mt. Arenal volcano, Monteverde and its rain forest, and the many other “eco-tourism” opportunities that the Guanacaste Peninsula and Costa Rica offer including bird and wildlife watching, nature hikes, zip lines, wind surfing, and river rafting.

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La Paila Private Villa

La Paila is located on the Pacific side of Costa Rica on the Guanacaste Peninsula.

The villa is perched above Playa Carrillo giving it amazing panoramic views of the ocean coast. It is on Bosque Carrillo, a working teak plantation. La Paila is only three miles from the still quaint surf village of Samara and approximately 10 miles from the town of Nicoya.

La Paila Photos (Mini Gallery):

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