Mercy and Canuche came to Samara in 2015 for a few months to improve their Spanish and to expose the kids to another way to live. Fast forward a few years and Tano, Johanna and a wonderful team of Guanacastecos have joined up to create Villas Espavel, your beach escape in Costa Rica! At Villas Espavel we believe in sustainable tourism that models responsible behaviour that makes the community better. 

Our mission: 

To create a comfortable escape for travelers to laugh, recharge and reconnect with each other and nature. Through our location, sustainable practices and coaching, our guests learn, play, adventure and create memories in Costa Rica that benefit the local community and ecosystem.

 You can learn lots more about us in our blog. 

Johanna is our manager on site and who you will see when you arrive. Born in Wisconsin she's a Guanacasteca now who loves the community, yoga, art and nature. Learn more about her story on our blog

Tano is our man in charge of property management. Born in Cartago and married to Johanna they live in Samara and are happy to share what they love about Samara. 

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