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 wonderful. 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!
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.
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.
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 !
The condo, the gardens, and the pool are immaculate. We loved waking up to the sounds of the birds in the morning and bird watching from the balcony off the master bedroom. The condo is a 1-2 minute walk to the beach (Playa Potrero), which was incredibly clean and nearly deserted! During the day there were never more than 10 people on the entire beach when we were there! We tried several local restaurants (The Shack, Perla's, and Las Brisas) and bought lots of fruit at the fruit stand just outside of town. Our kids loved Perla's because they have a huge projection tv, two dart boards, and several games to play while you wait for your food.
We also visited Playa Penca, which was also beautiful. The waves were a bit bigger and more powerful here than at Playa Potrero. We tried snorkeling here, but didn't see much of anything, which was disappointing, but again we had the entire beach basically to ourselves! A bigger disappointment was that someone stole our cooler and our emergency kit from our car while we were at Playa Penca the beach. My husband thought he locked the car, but he must not have because there were no signs of forced entry into the vehicle. It was a bummer, but it certainly didn't ruin our vacation or change our opinion of this condo and this area. We never felt unsafe while we were here, even walking to and from restaurants, everyone was very friendly and helpful, just don't forget to lock your car and don't leave any valuables unattended!
Greg, the owner, was very responsive when I emailed with questions or concerns. We really hope to go back sometime!