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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

Welcome to Stef Surf. Our Tropical Paradise is a boutique resort ( El Delfin, La Gaviota, El Tucan ) Located in the heart of Surfside in gated secure environment one minute walk to the ocean. Offering approx 1650 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.

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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
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 17, 2018

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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Tempate Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Stef Surf is a boutique resort, we do ask you respect other guests. Were happy to offer a smoke free environment. Quiet time around the pool at 11:00p
  • During Christmas, New Years and Semana Santa only registered guests will be allowed on the property
  • Please be aware of the noise your children are making at the pool, with respect to fellow guests. baby sitting is available.
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 4.959596 based on 176 reviews

Fun in the Sun - La Gaviota is Amazing

  • 5 of 5

The overall setting and comfort of La Gaviota -Stef Surf was so much better than the description and pictures.It is truly a lush and private enclave.The home is well appointed and lacks for nothing.Birds,monkeys and harmless iguanas abound and No pesty or bothersome biting bugs. Super Wendy's a small grocery where you can get almost everything including booze is a 4 minute walk and right next store is a little meat shop with excellent chicken,.You have you pick of serveral Beachfront restaurants and bars within a leisurely walking distance.You must checkout "Perla's Bar and Restaurant" great food and live music nightly.

Francisco and Marlene the onsite caretakers are just lovely and very helpful. The on call concierge Elis arranged for a car which was delivered and picked up on site that was a real treat as it only 10 minutes of my vacation time.

La Gaviota is a total 5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Experience

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Private 5-star oasis!!

  • 5 of 5

Stef Surf sits down a quaint dirt road (which most roads are) that is definitely in the heart of what Playa Potrero has to offer. As soon as we knocked on the front gate of this literal oasis, the pictures we saw online came to life. We were immediately greeted by a very friendly and all around awesome guy named Francisco. Francisco and Marling reside at Stef Surf 24/7 and did an incredible job of taking care of us and the place for the duration of our trip.

Francisco showed us the condo we would be staying in and then introduced us to Greg and Gladys. Greg and Gladys were extremely welcoming from the beginning and helped us with any questions we had.

From the beginning of planning our trip Greg and Gladys gave us a very detailed packet with restaurants and activities to do in the area. They introduced us to Lis, which is probably the most important part of our trip. Lis, our concierge, helped us get acquainted with our location and helped us plan and book every excursion we went on. She set up a private ranch and boat tour, booked horseback and zip lining for us and managed to save us a few dollars in the process. Lis also arranged transportation with Walter, a local taxi driver who doubled as a tour guide. Walter speaks English and we highly recommend him if you do not plan to rent a vehicle. These six individuals made our vacation perfect!

The condo itself was perfect! The master bedroom had floor to ceiling windows at the foot of the bed. This was perfect for waking up in the morning and watching/listening to Costa Rica’s very diverse wildlife. The kitchen was fully stocked with everything needed to cook with a washer and dryer located right off the kitchen. Stef Surf is a literal 3-minute walk from, what is quite possibly the most beautiful beach we have ever experienced. As advertised, it is nearly deserted! Be aware you may see herds of cattle roaming freely down the street and even some iguanas! However, neither the cattle or iguanas will top the calls of the howler monkeys you wake up to daily.

All of your needs from grocery stores, to restaurants, to a newly opened brewery and within walking distance and virtually everyone in this quaint neighborhood are extremely welcoming and very friendly. We could not recommend Stef Surf more! As I am typing this I could say so much but I am trying not to write a novel lol. .

Seriously, this place and people are amazing! Check out Google Reviews & YouTube for our pictures and videos!

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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La Gaviota is wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed four nights at Stef Surf in La Gaviota. It was wonderful! The property itself is lovely. The gardens are lush and beautiful and very well maintained. The pool is lovely. My kids spent all of their available time in it! The condos are right next to each other on the same property but the layout makes each seem much more private. There was only one other family there during part of our stay and we really didn’t even see them. The house is also very nice. It is well-stocked and well-maintained. We even had camping chairs and a cooler that we could use! Both bedrooms and both bathrooms are upstairs which would be hard for someone with limited mobility. There is AC in both bedrooms and the living room which was very nice. The area is gorgeous with much to see and explore. The owners provided a 20+ paged packet with super helpful information about the area including favorite restaurants, beaches, places to shop and activities. Francisco and Marling were also wonderful. They speak very little English but were still able to communicate everything we needed and were so friendly and helpful. We hope to come back to this wonderful home!

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Wonderful property, Highly recommend!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the StefSurf! Francisco and Marling are helpful, friendly and a joy to talk to. They went out of their way to make us comfortable and happy. The house is very clean and feels like home. The gardens and pool are so beautiful and fun. Very short walk to the beach which we really enjoyed. Greg gave so many awesome suggestions on where to go and eat. Lis was a great help and truly was there for any questions that we needed answered. She helped us find great activities. Portrero is a great little town. Everyone was so kind and friendly. We hope to be back soon. Thanks you Greg and everyone for making this a very memorable vacation.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Beautiful setting and lovely condo in a quiet town

  • 5 of 5

Potrero is a tiny town that's not touristy at all, which we loved. Stef Surf condos are less than 5 minute short walk to the beach down a few dirt roads, lush with colorful flowering plants. Beach is beautiful, sand light gray, and the busiest time seems to be around sunset, but even then, it's pretty deserted and quiet, which was fine with us! Stef Surf condo was great. Spacious, clean, beautiful, with multiple decks and outside seating areas, and lots of privacy. Pool very nice. Briefly met other guests (I think they have 4 condos in the complex) but most of the time it felt like we were the only ones there. Francisco the manager welcomes you upon arrival and is available 24/7 - very helpful and gracious. Didn't meet his wife in person but she set up a queen-sized air bed for one of my kids right away (and there was plenty of space for it in the living room). There are several restaurants within walking distance, including two that you can reach by a ten minute stroll down the beach. There's a convenience store, Super Wendy, that's about a 7 minute walk. Really loved the feeling of not being in a tourist hotspot. The owners also arrange for each guest to meet Lis, who stops by to talk about the various day activities and restaurants that one can choose to do. The owners also send a welcome packet chock full of info about what's around, which was really helpful. We stayed 4 nights which seemed just right.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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We loved La Pura vida

  • 5 of 5

You think that all those 5-stars comments and reviews are a bit exagerate. Not at all. It's well deserve. Francisco and Marling were so friendly. La Gaviota is as welcomming as on the pictures. Nice kitchen and dining room, wonderful master bedroom with private washroom and balcony that make you feel living in the jungle, with all those trees and flowers around. And the pool longer than we would expect. There's enough space for a family of 5 with 3 teens. They just added an air bed in the living room. Anyway, we we're almost always outside, enjoying all the great beaches around. Our favorite: the closest one, Potrero and his amazing sunset; and for the kids, Tamarindo and his big waves. Don't miss Playa Conchal and the snorkeling at the very far right of the beach. Lis booked us a snorkelling trip for the family with Emilio. Very great activity. He brings us on boat to 2 different spots and come in the water to show us things that we could'nt see by ourselves because: well hiden at the bottom of the sea and too deep for our small breath ! This man has 4 lungs ! So amazing to see him dive so slowly to show us sea treasure. We've tried some restaurants following Greg advices: they we're all great. Before arriving in Portrero, we went to Arenal ( impressive, but still very touristic ) and Rincon de la Vieja ( so nice waterfalls and thermal spring at Hacienda Guachipelin ). So it's hard to go back to daily routine after tasting "la Pura vida!" Merci les Ticos et les Ticas !

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Bar La Perla
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Las Brisas
Hotel Isolina Beach
Maxwell's Cafe & Bar
Casa Celeste Pizzaria
Ristorante pizzeria Marco Polo
Christina's Bar & Grill
The Beach House
La Cuchara Verde
The Congo Trail Canopy Tour
panache sailing
Playa Conchal
Tubla Restaurant
Playa Prieta
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

Tax Rate 13.0%

Refund Policy
We offer a full refund if cancelling 90 days out or greater less bank fees, and a full refund 90 days or
less, less bank fees and a 20% rebooking fee, as long as we are able to rebook. Refunds are issued thru PayPal

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.