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“Gorgeous property on the Costa Rican Riviera”
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Playa Flamingo, Province of Guanacaste

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Grant M
2 reviews
“Gorgeous property on the Costa Rican Riviera”
Reviewed 5 February 2017 for a stay in January 2017

Stef Surf is just a short walk from the beach and a short drive from some of the most beautiful beaches you'll ever seen (many of which were almost deserted in late January). Make sure to check out Playa Penca, Playa Grande, and Playa Avellana.

As for the property itself, the condo was beautiful and relaxing. There were multiple outdoor areas in which to relax, and the indoor areas were stylish as well. The property also has a gorgeous pool and tranquil gardens. If not for the amazing beaches it would have been hard to leave the condo!

We got lucky in that Greg and Gladys were at the property when we were. They are lovely people and it was great to meet them, but the team of Francisco, Marling, and Lis really run the property and made us feel right at home, helping with ideas for things to do and maintaining the pool each morning. The three are so friendly and really made us comfortable during our entire stay.

One final note--we had a cook come make dinner for us a couple of nights. The woman Greg and Gladys recommended (Estefania) was an incredible cook and we so loved having her there.

Long story short, if you're heading to western Costa Rica, I couldn't recommend Stef Surf more highly!

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PAMiAM43
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Beautiful, comfortable and friendly”
Reviewed 29 January 2017 for a stay in January 2017

Stayed 1 week in El Delfin unit. Steps to beach, many, many restaurants and bars. Caretaker onsite 24/7 was a joy and very helpful. Absolutely no concerns about security. Pool area and gardens are beautiful and the owners are friendly and accommodating. Concierge Lis will be at your door the day after arrival to help you plan outings and activities. We were looking for a "non-resort" family vacation to get a more authentic feel for Costa Rica and that's exactly what we got. Walk to fresh fruit stand, grocery store, local establishments and activities. The unit itself is beyond spacious, and offers every amenity you could want on a vacation.Loved our stay and can't wait to return to this beautiful and diverse country.

Your age range 50-64
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Gregory O
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4 reviews
“Great place to stay in comfort!”
Reviewed 27 December 2016 for a stay in December 2016

We really enjoyed our stay and will return again. It's a short walk to Playa Potrero but other beaches are close by too. Some very good restaurants in the vicinity and Greg and Gladys were very welcoming. The condo was clean and had everything for preparing meals if that's your thing. Really enjoyed the view of the large tree right outside the master bedroom for birding.

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Amy B
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2 reviews
“Most amazing place to stay in Costa Rica!”
Reviewed 26 December 2016 for a stay in December 2016

WE absolutely LOVED this place. We arrived a few hours later than we said but Fransico was waiting out front for us to arrive. He and his wife are so friendly and we just fell in love with the both of them. When we arrived, he unloaded our car and gave us a tour of the house. He was so helpful. He and his wife are super sweet and such hard workers. We stayed in the El Delphin house and it was so clean and so beautiful. Greg and Gladys were also there while we were. We fell in love with them too. Greg and Gladys were very gracious and helpful. We even cooked over at their house one lunch time. The pool was a hit for our kids. They swam more in the pool than the ocean. The ocean is only a 5 minute walk. The whole area is beautiful. WE were very close to some very good restaurants. Our kids' favorite was Perlas, just down the road. WE also enjoyed a couple of the beachside restaurants. Every place we ate, we were not disappointed. There also was a good Italian place as well. The 2nd day we were there, Lis the concierge, came to our house and she helped us book horseback riding on the beach and gave us a lot of pointers on they surrounding areas. I highly recommend talking with her. She helped us plan our week without wasting any time.
We woke up to birds singing each morning and we would sit outside our balcony sipping our coffee and just enjoyed being with all the beautiful unique birds and LUSH greenery everywhere. It was such a neat tropical area within the walls of Stef Surf. It was so lush that we couldn't even see the pool that was below us. WE loved EVERY single minute of our stay. December was the perfect weather. It was not too hot, but hot enough to enjoy the cool pool. You are only minutes away from so many neat beaches. There is a white sand beach, black sand beach and just a regular beach. We also were only 30 min away from Diamonte Eco Adventures. There we did 4 ziplines. One was a Super Man Zipline that was 1 mile long. They also have an animal sanctuary that we visited after the ziplines that is definitely worth seeing. (When you drive to this place, make sure you take the bridge, we drove the through the creek and was a little nervous b/c we did not know there was a bridge till on our way back). If you want a feel of the local people this is a place to stay as well. Stef Surf was off the main road and was very quiet and peaceful but when you got back to the main road, you were right within the Costa Rican people that were so friendly and helpful as well. I enjoyed that very much b/c I love to get to know the locals and their own culture. We were able to see the howler monkeys in Brasilito while we were horseback riding (which I highly recommend...ask Lis about riding with Ricardo). We are really looking forward to going back to visit Costa Rica and we will definitely be staying here again. Thank you Greg and Gladys, such a beautiful place and thank you to Fransico and Marion (might spelled wrong) for always being around to help us. WE love you guys!!

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rdreinert
Lakewood, Colorado
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16 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great hidden gem”
Reviewed 22 August 2016 for a stay in August 2016

We had a great experience, the home was clean and had everything we needed. The information packet provided with check-in was great. We were able to explore the many recommended beaches and restaurants all very close by.

Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
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Kyle O
Los Angeles, California
1 review
“Little Piece of Paradise”
Reviewed 28 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016

Awesome modern condo two minutes walk from the beach with plenty of amenities nearby. Owners were super friendly and helpful, as was the caretaker that lives on site, and can help you arrange any activities you want to do (Would definitely recommend the sunset catamaran trip!). Place was very comfortable with newer appliances, comfy beds and great outdoor space, would definitely stay again. Wifi was a little hit and miss inside so keep that in mind if you're planning on using it for communication while in Costa Rica.

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Jonathan...
Boston, Ma
2 reviews
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“Awesome property and location”
Reviewed 25 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016

The property is beautiful. We grew to really love the privacy offered by the setup and communal area. The pool and all the sitting areas provided great sanctuary and some great shady evenings and mornings. Edwin was an attentive caretaker, always cleaning the property. He also helped us have fresh fish delivered by a local fisherman. We spent a lot of time cooking and preparing food ourselves, despite the hundreds of local restaurants you could choose. Local farm stands abound and we shopped for fruits and veggies while helping support the locals with our business. Playa Portrero is the closest beach and we found our way to it about a block away upon arrival. Totally peaceful and like many of the beaches, very unpopulated. We had lunch at the beach club a few hundred yards away one afternoon and one evening walked all the way to the beach shack at the end. We familiarized ourselves with the local area immediately and it was pretty easy to learn our way around. We beach hopped a lot and visited Sugar Beach, Playa Flamingo, Negra, Tamarindo and the aforementioned Portrero. Sugar was fantastic and very private. Flamingo had the absolutely most amazing sunsets and I highly recommend anyone staying in this area check that out. It was mind-blowing and I promise will stay with you forever. Tamarindo was as advertised; overcrowded, touristy and should be skipped, imo. We also took a ride to Playa Negra, since we wanted to see a beach with surfing level waves. The water was as advertised, and more turquoise than some other beaches. That being said, it was a long ride over some difficult roads to get there. We found a small resort where we could grab a drink but it wasn't to our liking so we didn't stay too long here either. We never got the chance to visit Conchal but have that on our list for next time :) We also did a day trip to Torino National Park. It was a 3 hour drive so we wound up staying overnight, but it was well worth it. We hiked the entire park and it was challenging but fulfilling. We saw the Blue Lagoon and waterfall, which must be seen to be believed. Overall, our experience in Costa Rica and at Stef Surf were amazing. Highly recommend both!

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