"Vacation in this ocean-side house was a real blast for our 2-family group. Beginning with the fact that the house layout was just perfect for the group's composition (4 adults + 4 teenage boys), so each couple had its own private bedroom and the boys had separate beds. Location could not be better - backyard door opens right to the sandy beach with a private gazebo. And Playa Potrero is just perfect for families - quiet, no waves, and no dangerous tides. Most of time we essentially had the entire beach pretty much to ourselves.
Mel, the owner, really went out of his way to help us with trip planning. We literally spent hours on the phone with him, as this was our first travel to Costa Rica and both wives were quite anxious to know every tiniest detail. Mel's advice was great, he was answering tons of questions and provided invaluable tips, helping us to prepare for our stay. During our stay, Mel called us repeatedly in the house to ensure that our stay was going smoothly and we were not lacking anything. Moreover, he personally arranged a van with driver for private transfer from Liberia airport for our group, and we even called the same local driver to take us to some of the activities in the area. By the way, I was very pleasantly impressed with the punctuality of costa-rican drivers in general. We chose not to rent a car and were moving around by hiring vans with drivers, and, despite absence of street naming system and not-always-perfect road conditions, every single transfer and ride was there already waiting for us 5-10 minutes before the scheduled time.
Although we have rented properties in many countries before, it was our first time renting a house with caretakers, and the experience was well worth it. Perla is taking great care of the place, cleaning the house and washing all clothes, and, at Mel's advice, we asked Perla to cook us dinners on two occasions. She was also always ready to help with local calls, from arranging our activities to confirming our transfers and hotel stays for the second half of our trip.
Cody was invaluable for keeping the families entertained, especially the guys. Surfing, kayaking, fishing (from the nearby pier and kayaks), and snorkeling trips in the area are just a few things we have had a chance to try thanks to his endless energy. Cody's amigos from the nearby marina were very nice and always ready to help, be that giving a lift to a nearby grocery store or taking us out to the rocks for arbalest fishing."
Guest: Denis P.
Date of Stay: July 2015
Review Submitted: August 7, 2015