Family of 4 (2 teenagers) had a great week at Stef Surf. The owners Greg and Gladys had us well prepared for our visit with a very detailed welcome package that included tips for everything from arranging shuttles to and from the airport (we used Ecotrans) to grocery, activity, and restaurant recommendations. The location was great - less than 5 minute walk to the beautiful and very quiet beach "Playa Potrero". There was a small grocery store with the essentials "Super Wendy" within a 5 minute walk (milk, juice, bread, eggs, alcohol, snacks, coffee, even fresh tamales one day). Many restaurants in walking distance. We enjoyed Smokin' Pig, Perlas, The Shack, The Sailing Centre, Plaemar, Sol Y Mar (our favourite), El Estero Azul, Soda Marcell, a'lo Nico, Soda Brasilito, Coco Loco. We rented a golf cart for the week which allowed us to see even more of the area including Brasilito, Flamingo, and Conchal. The property itself is absolutely beautiful and well-maintained by the very friendly Francisco and his wife Marling. They made us feel very welcome and safe during our stay. The property is like a jungle with lots of much-needed shade and a beautiful pool for cooling off in the afternoon. The master bedroom is huge with wonderful floor-to-ceiling sliding doors which we would open up each morning at dawn to hear the sounds of the ocean and the birds. The house has multiple air-conditioning units and fans to keep things comfortable. The kitchen is large and had great drinking water from the fridge. We cooked some breakfasts in the house and had everything we needed utensil-wise in the kitchen. Wi-fi was great throughout the property. Lis the concierge came to see us and gave us some great tips about the area and was available to us if we needed any help or wanted to book any excursions. Thanks to everyone at Stef Surf for a great week in the sun!
I really do not want to share, for fear you will not have room for the next vist. What a wonderful property you have. Thank you for the most wonderful holiday.
As you know I am not a great traveler but the time I have spent at your home and on your property has changed my mind.
I loved everything from the lovely grounds to my perfect accommodations. Everything was at my fingertips. Francisco and Marling, your care takers were amazing they made every day special.
When I needed to reach back home you even provide a free phone.
Your welcome package that arrived prior to my arrival was complete, I was never lost for a restaurant, grocery store or pharmacy or beach to visit.
Lis the property concierge was perfect arranging car rentals at rates I could not find my self and her suggestions for activities and local knowledge was invaluable.
I loved the pasta at the monkey bar, the margarita at las Brisas, the sunset and appetizers at the sailing centre, the dinners and entertainment at Perlas.
Thank you. Lyla ( Toronto )
Location is perfect, quick walk to the beach and local restaurants, and short drive to other beaches and activities. The groundskeepers and concierge were incredibly nice and helpful and the property is absolutely beautiful. Inside of the units is very nice, all appliances work great. Would recommend to anybody staying in the area.
We spent four of our nine nights in Costa Rica at Stef Surf. They were among the most enjoyable. We stayed in the La Gaviota unit. The layout of the four units was great for our extended family. Having a pool was nice to have a break from all of the wonderful beaches in the vicinity. The kitchen had everything you would need, including spices (which our rental in Arenal did not have). This place was very well landscaped and felt as if you were in your own oasis. The balconies are very nice to sit on and enjoy an evening.
Compared to our stay in Arenal, Playa Protrero has many restaurants to choose from and more beaches than you can count in a 5 to 20 minute drive. you spend more time enjoying your vacation rather than time in the car. Be sure to check out Hibiscus, El Castillo and the Surf Box restaurants.
If you are planning to go to this area, it is much more peaceful than the other adjacent areas such as Las Brisas or Tamarindo The other benefit is you really get a chance to know the local people and culture, which was actually one of the best memories on our trip. Be sure to listen to Liz, the concierge. She arranged a chef to come cook for us one night with a true Costa Rican spread. We also did a half day catamaran sail that she told us about.
I want to mention how helpful Francisco was. From the moment we arrived he took care of us (helping us with our bags), taking care of the grounds, etc. to the day of departure. An example of this is on the day left. I wanted to get the sand our of our rental car and asked for a wisk broom. He ended up vacuuming our car completely. Knowing some Spanish helps with communication, but he does know some English.
I'd highly recommend this place. It was a great value for the money.
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Great place for a family vacation! Lots of beaches and parks nearby to visit and explore. Francisco and the rest of the staff at Stef Surf were extremely helpful. We had a wonderful week there!