About the property
- Villa1650 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 4 nights
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.
Greg & Gladys
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- May 17, 2018
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Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Our stay at Stef Surf was amazing. Greg and Gladys were wonderful hosts. They gave us a packet of beaches to visit, restaurants to enjoy and places to explore. This was our second visit to Costa Rica and we rented a car this time. Lis was invaluable setting up our transportation, and the guys fishing and golfing. Francisco and his wife Marling keep the grounds absolutely beautiful . The lushness provides welcomed shade after a day in the sun and the pool was very refreshing. Our condo was very clean and provided everything we needed. We had to make our second trip to the village of Guaitil to purchase their beautiful pottery. We also visited 6 beaches, every restaurant in the area and shopped many times. If you are looking for a peaceful, relaxing place to stay Stef Surf is your answer. We love Costa Rica!!!
Fun in the Sun - La Gaviota is Amazing
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
Private 5-star oasis!!
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!
La Gaviota is wonderful!
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!
Wonderful property, Highly recommend!
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.
Beautiful setting and lovely condo in a quiet town
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.
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.
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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