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Monkeys Parrots Lush Tropical Paradise ~ Video ~ El Tucan

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.

Email us for a personal slide show and availability on all three homes with 170 Reviews.

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 .

Private patio and gardens are furnished with dinning room table 2 accent chairs and table plus gas barbecue all great for dining or lounging additional chairs are on the front balcony off the living room. The communal rancho is great for meeting up with visiting guests and sharing stories of the days events. Crystal clear waters in our pool and spa, sundeck with over stuffed pillows. Iguanas, geckos, butterflies, hummingbirds are all found within our very secured walled grounds.

My favourite past time each morning-----A fresh cup of Costa Rican coffee while walking on the meandering elevated boardwalk through the gardens, I am 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 favourite chillies. 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 travelers.

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, Tubbing or Swimming under a waterfall, these are all available.

If you need to get work done or just want to connect with friends WiFi is available thorough the property.

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 a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2018


Potrero 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
  • During Christmas, New Years and Semana Santa only registered guests will be allowed on the property
  • 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
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting


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Monkeys Parrots Lush Tropical Paradise ~ Video ~ El Tucan
average rating of 4.962963 based on 27 reviews

Lovely property, location and people

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four thoroughly enjoyed our stay at El Tucan in Stef Surf. The town home is lovely and well-appointed, and a very short walk to the beach. We enjoyed sitting on the balcony and listening to the birds, surf crashing and howler monkeys in the distance. We appreciated that Potrero is not over-developed, so you truly get a feel for the local culture and people. Francisco and Marling were so lovely, and we felt very secure at the property. Lis was extremely warm and helpful in getting us oriented and recommending activities our family would enjoy. We alternated days at the local beaches with days of off-site activities. We would recommend both Buena Vista Lodge near Rincon de Vieja for adventure activities, and the sunset sail on the Lazy Lizard, whihc was arranged by Lis. Playa Flamingo and Playa Penca, each just a short drive from Stef Surf, were our favorite beaches for swimming and body-surfing. We ate at many of the local restaurants recommended by Greg and Gladys, and especially enjoyed the breakfast at Surf Box, the pina coladas and beautiful setting at Limonda, and the delicious food at El Castillo. The kids enjoyed going to Pearl's for dinner, as there are many games and activities for them to enjoy. One of the highlights of the trip was a sunset dinner at Gracia at Vista Mar. There is an infinity pool with a swim-up bar to enjoy before dinner, and then a fabulous dinner overlooking Flamingo. Frankie, the chef and owner, was onsite and very attentive. The food was fabulous and reasonably priced. Thanks to Cathy at the local brewery in Potrero (really good beers and homemade root beer for the kiddos) for the recommendation. Overall, a very relaxing and fun vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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El Tucan is very clean and well maintained.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful holiday at Stef Surf with our two teenage daughters. It was a mix of adventure and relaxation. Greg gave us very detailed information about trips, restaurants and beaches to visit. We would highly recommend the Sunset trip on the Catamaran, Zip lining and a visit to Ricon de la Vieja. The water sports on the local beach were easily accessible too. We also enjoyed relaxing by the pool, and sitting on the balcony watching the wildlife at Stef Surf. We’ll definitely be coming back. Thank you Greg and Gladys

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
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Relaxing, secluded stay at Playa Potrero, Costa Rica

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at El Tucan, a peaceful, secluded spot for our first Costa Rica vacation. Property caretakers Francisco and Marling are very helpful and friendly, always available to assist and offer a friendly greeting. The concierge services provided by Lis are excellent. She assisted with setting up a day-trip to Hacienda Guachipelin at Rincon de la Vieja, as well as a day-trip to Palo Verde. Great Fun! Another highlight was a cooking lesson and chef's dinner with local chef Roy Saenz. Highly recommend this treat! We loved the proximity to so many casual, delicious restaurants. The Costa Rica Sailing Center is a great gathering spot, and we also enjoyed yoga at Bahia del Sol.

The walk to the beach from the property is a bit rugged, and the sand of Playa Potrero was not our favorite, but the water was fantastic and the sunsets beautiful. We did enjoy driving to other beaches and exploring the area in our rental car. The property was clean and well-maintained and staff was attentive. Greg and Gladys were very responsive and made booking easy. The information packet provided was full of great details. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best Vacation Ever!

  • 5 of 5

We booked this property at the last minute and we certainly did well. The property was perfectly maintained by Francisco and his wife Marling who happen to be some of the nicest people in the world. Greg was very communicative and gave great suggestions for the area. I'm already looking forward to returning!

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great property, pool and proximity to the ocean

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with another couple to celebrate our ten year anniversary and had a spectacular time. It starts with the responsiveness of Greg to all questions and then the thorough welcome guide that gives advice on places to eat and things to do was great. We spent most morning walking the beach and then heading back to the condo to quick shower and head out for a bite to eat. There really isn't a need for a car with all the places so close but we did take a couple trips to Las Catalinas and the nearby beaches for a little different flavor. All the beaches were basically empty and the waves were great for body surfing. We use Liz the concierge to book a great catamaran trip on the Lazy Lizard and also took a day trip to Nicaragua which was a really long day (start at 5AM and get back at 11PM) but it was interesting to do, I wouldn't recommend for smaller children as there were long waits at the border which would be hard for a kid. The Condo is down a dirt road and it really reminded me of the way Costa Rica was 20 years ago before it became so popular. The nearby restaurants were all good and there was a nice variety of places to drink and watch the sunset. Although we usually just packed up some beers and walked down to the beach and watched sunset on the beach, then walked along the beach to eat. I highly recommend staying here and we will definitely be back. The pool was a perfect way to relax to once it got too hot since it is shaded.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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Take me back to El Tucan

  • 5 of 5

Our family was lucky to find this gorgeous rental in Playa Potrero where we stayed in March 2018. We were especially thankful that the reservation schedule and the owners allowed us to shift our stay two days as we were delayed at home by a snow storm. It was an easy ride from Liberia to the condo if you stayed on the main road (Route 155); a bit more of an adventure if you took route 911, which would probably be a real challenge in the wet season as it goes through a stream bed. The condo was very accommodating—great beds (firm), water pressure and well equipped kitchen. Greg and Gladys provided an exceptional guide to the area listing restaurants, beaches and activities and arranged for a local concierge, Lis, to help us book some activities. Lis knew a great surf instructor, booked a catamaran snorkeling trip for us, and gave us the lay of the land the way only a local can know it. This service sets this place apart from others. The pool and grounds are a beautiful tropical sanctuary which allowed us some R&R. The property managers Francisco and Marling were kind and helpful. There are lots of restaurants in walking distance, but we kept our car to allow us to travel to further afield. The wifi worked well. We had mixed luck at the Super Wendy market, but there are two better grocery stores nearby. There is so much to do and so much to see in Costa Rica I can’t wait to go back—I’d return to this condo in a minute!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Liberia Airport Code LIR
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Many with-in a 5 minute walk
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Reserva Conchal
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Many with-in a 5 minute walk
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Playa Potrero

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 on the beach.


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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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