Highly sought after location! Just north of Tamarindo and across the bay from Flamingo Beach is the small coastal town of Potrero and Penca Beach. This new, smartly furnished, 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom house is a 2 minute walk to Penca Beach - one of Guanacaste’s most beautiful white sand beaches. Snorkel, skimboard, jog, swim, beachcomb, wade in tidepools or simply sunbathe and enjoy the gorgeous scenery by day, watch a different spectacular sunset every evening and stargaze by night. The sound of the surf will lull you sleep in this home built on stilts, nestled in the greenbelt tree canopy - A great place to relax with window seats to view monkeys, birds and iguanas or take a siesta. If you want to experience the real Costa Rica look no further. This is "Pura Vida" defined! Get to know the local culture in Potrero, where you can practice your Spanish on friendly Ticos, join in a soccer game or hit the Farmer’s Market Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There are 3 grocery stores and 3 restaurants within a 5 minute walk from the house. To the north is the Las Catalinas township where you can explore other beautiful beaches, enjoy a gourmet lunch, rent SUP boards, snorkeling equipment & mountain bikes to ride on their trails. Public transportation bus stops within easy walking distance. Private and shared tours and transportation available.
- House1200 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
Comfortable New Guest House In Good Neighborhood, Conveniently Located.
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within a few hours
- English, Spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- Jul 10, 2018
About Melissa Chellemi
Owners, Melissa and Richard Chellemi, live on site and are personally available to welcome your arrival, offer local knowledge and assistance with logistics, tours and activities. When away they will have someone available to offer same hospitality. Melissa and Richard have lived full time in Costa Rica for over 26 years. They are in the charter fishing business. Melissa is also a certified personal trainer and triathlete, available for private fitness classes for an additional fee (tri training, beach workouts, yoga & SUP paddling).
Why Melissa Chellemi chose Potrero
We fell in love with Penca Beach at first sight. We purchased the property and built our home there 20 years ago. The back of our property borders a greenbelt with beautiful trees that host monkeys, tropical bird species and iguana. Our now young adult children were born and raised in Potrero Costa Rica. We have close personal relationships with all of the Costa Rican families on our street and in our neighborhood. We have enjoyed being an active part of our community for years. We built the new guest house on our property so that we could host and share this beautiful place with others.
What makes this House unique
The property is built with security in mind. Owners live on site year around in main house and a caretaker also resides on site in separate house. Property is gated with space for guests to park at least two cars inside.
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Awesome accomodation in perfect location, and wonderfull hosts
We just spent from Jan 24 to Feb 24, 2018 at this property. This gave us a lot of time to wander around and experience the area. We did this by car rental, by foot, by taxi, and even by golf cart rental. We found and used most of the beaches in the area and were fortunate to have what we thought was the best beach just a few steps from this property (Penca Beach). It has the most amazing sunsets and we also had a great time playing in the surf or just going out for a cool down swim, we did all very often. The town and area of Potrero is a great place to stay in with plenty to do within easy access. The people here are very friendly, helpfull, and patient with non Spanish speaking tourist like ourselves. We always felt safe and comfortable, even walking home in the dark along the beach after a wonderfull evening of watching and listening to live music, which we found a lot of easily. Our hosts of this unit were incredible, I cannot say enough about their hospitality and ease of access. Melisa made herself available for anything that we needed and helped us find our way around and had great suggestions and connections to assist us with our needs. But the hospitality and kindness of Melisa and Richard will leave an impression on us forever, thank you guys for a great holiday. We are allready missing our morning coffee, reading, and yoga spent in your screened in porch, and the wonderfull sounds of nature in that area, plus of course the many sightings/sounds of howler monkeys, green lizards, squirrels and the many birds. This property had everything we need plus more, there was nothing that it did not have and if it didn’t Melisa was sure to get it to us. The bed was extremely comfortable as well as the couch and kitchen area. I have to say that this unit was probably one of the cleanest and most well appointed units we have ever stayed in. This was our 5th long stay accomodation as we try out semi retirement and I would have to say the area accomodation and hosts are definitely number one on our list.
Thank you so Much Melisa and Richard for having this available.
Clem and Kathy, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Jan/Feb 2018.
Thank you for the terrific, thorough review of our guest house, property and the surrounding area. This should prove very helpful to others traveling our way! It was a lot of fun to have you here and we are so happy to know how much you enjoyed your stay!!
We stayed for 9 days and had a great time. Location was perfect for exploring the area. House is very clean, comfortable, and inviting. Melissa and Ricard are so nice and willing to give advice on activities.
All in all, a great vacation!!
Relaxation a few steps from everything
We stayed 4/21-4/28 in 2018.
This place is truly a gem among properties. It is close to everything(including the howler monkeys outside your window!): steps away from a great quiet beach, steps to town and restaurants to enjoy a sunset meal on another beach and very short drive to Tamarindo, Conchal and so many others. We snorkeled a different beach everyday and didn't see them all.
The guest house was well appointed with everything you need and a nice AC cooled respite to siesta during the warm hours of the day. The property provides plenty of animal watching opportunities and makes you feel like you are living in the trees. It is like a home away from home. Very pleasant for our first stay in Costa Rica. Be sure to read the house book, it's full of great recommendations.
Melissa greeted us when we arrived and introduced us to Jefe and showed us around the property. It was great to meet everyone and they made us feel comfortable and welcome. They are knowledgeable about tours and things to do so be sure to ask!
Don't miss the daily sunset stroll.
We are so lucky to have had the opportunity to stay in such an amazing place to make memories.
One of the Best
We stayed a week in March 2018 and loved it (already planning a return trip). You will need a rental car (sedan is fine in dry season for local explore, which is all we did this time) and be comfortable staying/exploring outside a resort area, as this is residential small town Costa Rica. Penca Beach is not even a 2 min walk down a dirt street. The house is ideal with AC (critical) and located on the owner's property which is fenced (so your car is safe). The place is nicer than the pictures and the description is accurate. One night we saw 12 howler monkeys in the trees (10-30 feet away). Would add to their listing that they have a blender, picnic cooler, beach towels and beach chairs. They do not have washcloths and hand towels - just full size towels (which is common for most places outside the US) and you will need to bring your own beach umbrella/covering as most of the local beaches don't have rentals and shade is hard to come by. What makes this place extra special is the owners who are US ex-pats with lots of suggestions for places to eat and explore. In case it matters, they have 2 well behaved (but large) dogs and cats on the premises (which was a plus for us). Can't wait to return next year.
Thank you kindly for your helpful review! We are especially happy that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to your return. We will heed your comments about existing amenities on the property and add those to the property description. We will also be glad to stock washcloths and hand towels for future.
Hasta la vista!
A well hidden gem!
Melissa was very accommodating and helpful with all our questions. A five minute walk from one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica.The house was great and served our purpose well. Glad we made the choice to stay there! We would do so again.
Just what I hoped it would be.
Many thanks for this wonderful home and property to base our vacation from!
There are many beautiful beaches either within walking or driving distance from the house and we were happy to slow the pace of life waaay down during our weeks stay there. Melissa is a dream of a host and was tireless in her willingness to help us think and plan our various outings. Plus numerous gestures of hospitality that were above and beyond what I would have ever expected from a house rental. Thank you Melissa!
Dan, Russell and Ada
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