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Monkeys & Parrots Lush Tropical Paradise ~ Video ~ La Gaviota

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,650 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Plus the option of two extra Convertible bed Sleeps 6

Our Tropical paradise is a boutique resort consisting of 4 homes in a gated secure environment one minute walk to the ocean. Offering approx 1600 sq ft on two floors, 2 bedrooms 2 baths. Each bedroom offers a private sundeck where you can pass the time away on the day beds. The master bedrooms offers floor to ceiling 14 feet high double sliding glass doors, wake up to the sounds of the ocean, howler monkeys and green parrots.

Email us for a personal slide show and availability on all four homes

The main floor features floor to ceiling windows open to the gardens, white porcelain tiles, the fully equipped kitchen features granite counter top and a breakfast bar and laundry facilities .

Our private patio and gardens are furnished with large teak dinning room table and a 4 piece sectional sofa and gas barbecue all great for dining or lounging. The communal rancho is great for meeting up with visiting guests and sharing stories of the days events. Crystal clear waters in o

Iguanas, geckos, butterflies, hummingbirds are all found within our very secured walled grounds.

My favorite past time each morning-----A fresh cup of Costa Rican coffee while walking on the meandering elevated boardwalk through the gardens, I?m always amazed with the large varieties of tropical flowers. I still find new ones I?ve never seen before. In addition our boutique orchard has Mangos, Papaya, coconuts, bananas, limes, lemons, naranjas, guava, and of course my favorite chilies. Guests are encouraged to harvest and enjoy our fruits.

Our property is run like a resort and the care takers Francisco and Marling will ensure that your stay is unforgettable providing housekeeping, laundry, pool and ground maintenance as well as 24 hour security. A perfect balance of total private resort with the opportunity to meet fellow travellers.

One minute walk to the Beach, guests often return their rental cars once they arrive 'when you find paradise why leave?

At night the boardwalk and gardens light up creating intriguing, romantic hideaway.

15 Restaurants within a 5 to 10 minute walk 3 of which are on the beach, 3 18 hole golf courses are all within a easy drive.

What ever your interests are Birding, Deep sea Fishing, Horse back riding on the beach, Canopy tours (zip line) ATV?s, Wave riding, Hiking around a live volcano or soaking in a mud bath, Biking, River Rafting, Sailing, Tubing or Swimming under a waterfall, these are all available.

If you need to get work done or just want to connect with friends Wi-Fi and free phone calls back to Canada and the US, is provided.

More Details

Greg & Gladys
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

We visited Stef Surf with our 3 children ages 15,10 and 2. The house had absolutely everything we needed to fully enjoy our stay at the beach. Our kids loved the refreshing pool, and walking to the beach. The property is beautiful and lovingly cared for. We rented bikes to cruise town, and visit nearby beaches. Greg and Gladys are wonderful hosts. We truly felt like a part of the local community thanks to their enthusiasm and warmth and all the insider tips. Highlights included the swim up bar at Bahia del Sol, playa Penca, Las Brisas, karaoke at Max's, a trip to Rincon de la Vieja with Jaime and the pizza party at Stef Surf. Truly a wonderful place!

Lauren Bowie Eugene Or
Dec 2013
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Guanacaste Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower , Rain Shower
    Full 2 - toilet , shower , Rain shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Two additional Queen Size air beds available
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gated Community
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Private Pool
  • Spa Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Housekeeper
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting


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Monkeys & Parrots Lush Tropical Paradise ~ Video ~ La Gaviota
average rating of 4.9569893 based on 170 reviews

Awesome accommodation and close to the beach

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time

Sailing was great and we ate at some great places

The staff was friendly and made us feel at home

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Lush and tropical...paradise

  • 5 of 5

The sun sets early in Costa Rica, so even though we arrived at Stef Surf somewhere close to 6:30, it was dark. As we pulled up, it was obvious that Francisco, (the face of Stef Surf) had been waiting patiently for us. With a happy hello in both English and Spanish, he welcomed us to Costa Rica and helped us to our home away from home for the next 10 days. He gave us a tour of the spacious and beautiful, two story condo as well as the property. We were the only visitors that week so the place and all it has to offer was ours alone. With a fully stocked kitchen (utensils and cooking paraphernalia...the food is up to you), you are well prepared to make the daily cook or not to cook? We made good use of the kitchen for breakfast but out for any other meal. We were on vacation, after all. The grounds of the property are lush and green. As a tall family, we usually felt compelled to duck below the leaves and branches of the plentiful trees and greenery. We often saw local contractors armed with machetes. I laughed and thought perhaps I should invest in one. The pool offers a welcome respite from the heat and humidity with it's clean, cool water. It is fun to see the myriad creatures that call Stef Surf home. You've got your usual spiders and bugs, but then there are the very colorful crabs that occasionally stare back at you from the kitchen window. They are not happy or sociable, so don't bother trying to strike up a relationship. You will quickly learn to appreciate the multiple, wonderful air conditioners . As you ascend the narrow spiral staircase, you start to miss the air conditioning around about the seventh step. A few more steps up, and hallelujah, the upstairs air wakes you up. Liz, the concierge, was very helpful. She can lead you in the right direction if you need some ideas of what to do. So unpack and enjoy the property and the hospitality. The place is waiting for you and will not disappoint.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Relaxing and Perfect

  • 5 of 5

The villa was very clean and perfect for my family of four. It was close to the beach and other areas that we went to on excursions.

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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OMG breathe taking, so glamorous.

  • 5 of 5

We were so amazed of how beautiful this place was. It was super clean and the kitchen had EVERYTHING !!!! The area was very private and quiet. It was easy to find and in a great location. It was so nice to have washer/dryer there. There was even lawn chairs and tons of towels. Even though there was 3 other units we never saw anyone. Francisco was very accomendating and helpful. There was a language barrier but with the use of our phone translater it was no problem. All the furniture was super comfy and the bedrooms were so beautiful. We felt really safe there, we walked the beaches at night and always felt safe. Lots of places to get food and dinner very close by. Loved the beaches.

There was some issues with the power turning off. Francisco was always there to help get things working again.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Relaxing Oasis

  • 5 of 5

What a great place to stay with access to approximately 10 incredible beaches. The owner was extremely helpful and prompt on returning any questions. Amazing mater bedroom where you felt like you were waking up in the trees.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Beautiful, secure property in Costa Rica.

  • 5 of 5

Family of 4 (2 teenagers) had a great week at Stef Surf. The owners Greg and Gladys had us well prepared for our visit with a very detailed welcome package that included tips for everything from arranging shuttles to and from the airport (we used Ecotrans) to grocery, activity, and restaurant recommendations. The location was great - less than 5 minute walk to the beautiful and very quiet beach "Playa Potrero". There was a small grocery store with the essentials "Super Wendy" within a 5 minute walk (milk, juice, bread, eggs, alcohol, snacks, coffee, even fresh tamales one day). Many restaurants in walking distance. We enjoyed Smokin' Pig, Perlas, The Shack, The Sailing Centre, Plaemar, Sol Y Mar (our favourite), El Estero Azul, Soda Marcell, a'lo Nico, Soda Brasilito, Coco Loco. We rented a golf cart for the week which allowed us to see even more of the area including Brasilito, Flamingo, and Conchal. The property itself is absolutely beautiful and well-maintained by the very friendly Francisco and his wife Marling. They made us feel very welcome and safe during our stay. The property is like a jungle with lots of much-needed shade and a beautiful pool for cooling off in the afternoon. The master bedroom is huge with wonderful floor-to-ceiling sliding doors which we would open up each morning at dawn to hear the sounds of the ocean and the birds. The house has multiple air-conditioning units and fans to keep things comfortable. The kitchen is large and had great drinking water from the fridge. We cooked some breakfasts in the house and had everything we needed utensil-wise in the kitchen. Wi-fi was great throughout the property. Lis the concierge came to see us and gave us some great tips about the area and was available to us if we needed any help or wanted to book any excursions. Thanks to everyone at Stef Surf for a great week in the sun!

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Liberia airprot code LIR
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Reserva Conchal
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Many with-in a 10 minute walk
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Less than a minute walk
Car: not necessary

Four Homes Set amongst Lush Tropical Gardens Connected by a elevated Boardwalk. Our Beautiful home is located one block back from the ocean on Flamingo Bay Less than a minute walk to the beach in fact the crashing waves can be heard from the master bedroom. Many restaurants grocery stores and hotels are all with-in walking distance and yes terrific swimming, bogie boarding even surfing and snorkelling, SUP on the beach.

Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Boating, Active Volcano's, Mud Baths, Rafting, Waterfalls, Hot Springs

Surfside Estates, is a quiet seaside residential community with locally owned businesses, including restaurants, grocery stores, hotels and cabinas.

Surfside is a well-established neighborhood with an international community of both year round and seasonal residents, plus vacationing tourists from around the world.

You will hear English as often as you hear Spanish! Set along the calm waters of Playa Potrero less than a minute walk to the beach, this neighbourhood is in an excellent location for families

with children who wish to attend the Country Day School, La Paz Community School. La Paz is the closest school only 5 minute distance driving.

Flamingo Beach is a quick 10 minute walk to the south and in-between are all the activities you’d expect from a resort area: sailing, fishing, diving, snorkeling and more.

Jungle sports like zip-lines are also a quick car ride away.

The international airport in Liberia is within a 1 hour drive, making it easy to arrive in the morning and have your feet up and relaxing by early afternoon.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.