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Pool, Spa, Sun Deck, and Monkeys
Elevated Walkways Thru the Gardens
The Gardens are Magical at Night
Elevated walkway through the Gardens
Sunset and The Gardens Light up. Magical
Living and Dinning room Table for 6 Overlooking the Gardens
Living Room with AC, TV, Walk out to Gardens
Living Room
Living Room Open to the Gardens
Living Room Open to Front Terrace
Kitchen with Walkout to Dining and Seating Area
Kitchen with Granite Counter Tops and Laundry Room
Fully Equipped Kitchen with Granite Counter Top
Breakfast Counter
Spiral Staircase to 2nd Floor
Master Bedroom with Ensuite
Master Bedroom AC, TV Walkout To Day Bed & Seating Area
Deck off Master Overlooking the Gardens
Master Bedroom with Vaulted Ceiling AC, TV and Walkout
Ensuite Bath with Rain Shower
2nd Bedroom with AC, TV and Walkout
2nd Bedroom with AC, TV, Walkout to Deck with Day Bed
2nd Bedroom Deck With Day Bed
Private Side Yard
Private Side Yard with Dining, Seating, BBQ
Stef Surf one of two Pool Decks
Spa, Pool, Sun Deck
Sunset and the Gardens lighting up
Fishing on the Beach
Playa Flamingo
Playa Flamingo
Playa Danta
Our Neighbors
Our Neighbors
One Of The Many Beautiful Flowers found on the Property
Guest Photo: We Love, One Minute Walk to our Beautiful Beach
Sunset Just out Side our Door.
Rum in Coconuts Picked from the Gardens at the Stef Surf Pool
Stef Surf Guests walking the Hanging Bridges at the Congo Trail Canopy Tour
Stef Surf Guest learning to Surf
Stef Surf Guest Success First Try Surf Lessons
Stef Surf Guest learning to Surf and Celebrating Success
Stef Surf Guests at Mardi Gras
Stef Surf Guests on a Sunset Cruise
Stef Surf Guest Just Having Too Much Fun
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Playa Flamingo, Province of Guanacaste

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Carlton A
Toronto, Canada
1 review
“Awesome Stay at Stef Surf!”
Reviewed 23 February 2015 for a stay in February 2015

My partner and I and 2 friends had the pleasure of staying at Stef Surf for 12 days in Feb 2015. Greg and Gladys were awesome hosts and the location was so close to many beautiful beaches. You could literally drive to a different beach every day. The house was great and the staff were always there to assist us and make recommendations. I would highly recommend a stay here. The guide they recommended (JAMIE) was a delight and we really enjoyed our time with him.

Thanks for making our vacation so wonderful!

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Karla L
Elm Creek, Canada
1 review
“Absolutely amazing experience”
Reviewed 21 February 2015 for a stay in January 2015

We are a young couple with a bit of travel experience (only all inclusives) that travelled with two other friends to stef surf. We were a bit nervous had never rented a condo before but Greg and Gladys were absolutely amazing!! They were very knowledgable of the area of where to go and what to do. The house was fully equipped with everything we needed and wanted. The grounds around the pool and house were incredible! We truly felt like we were in paradise. I highly suggest renting Hymay, the tour guide that Greg and Gladys have contact with. He knows everything and everyone in Costa Rica, which made the tours way better than with a tour company. The food and drinks were to die for and all bars and restaurants were walking distance from the house. We will definitely be going renting the house again in the near future!!

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“Stef surf has converted me from ever doing an all inclusive vacation again”
Reviewed 14 February 2015 for a stay in February 2015
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Besides the fact that there aren't many worth the money this side of Costa Rica, the villas at stef surf offer a private oasis that you could never get at an all inclusive. All 4 units were occupied (coincidentally all Canadians) while we were staying in the Pelicano suite and the neighbours were great but it still felt quiet and private. Greg and Gladys (one of the owners) were there and were great guides for restaurants and excursions.

We didn't rent a car but found the transportation fairly good. I think we spent about $170 in transportation the whole week and saw many places. It was $70 return trip to tamarindo beach which was great for shopping and souvenirs, but not for much else... A little too crowded and "spring break" for our taste.

We walked mostly everywhere... Typically on the beach. Playa Potrero is a 3 minute walk down the road from stef surf and we almost always had it to ourselves :) but of course there are about 3 or 4 beach resorts/restaurants that you can eat at and use there chairs/facilities on the beach.

We walked about 40 mins to playa flamingo along the beach and over the bridge. Made a great day of it and ate at coco locos (awesome food and service on the beach).

I think kids would like stef surf too. Great pool and beach sand castles near by. We recommend point break for surf lessons and the panache catamaran snorkelling tour. Karaoke at maxwells, band night at the shack and great ceviche and pizza at casa Celeste. Thanks Francisco, Marling, Greg and Gladys for being great hosts!

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JaneHolla...
Holland Landing ON
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“At Home in Paradise!”
Reviewed 25 January 2015 for a stay in January 2015
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My husband and I and our adult children stayed at Stef Surf for two too-short weeks in January. We felt instantly at home; completely relaxed. The property is lovely, so lush and tropical. The townhouse was very comfortable, with all amenities, well-eqoipped kitchen, air conditioning, linens. We all loved floating in the pool under the warm sun or looking up at the very starry night.
Gladys and Greg act as amazing hosts. Definitely take their advice on where to eat, where to shop, and where to adventure.
We had local, fresh fish delivered to us, and had two amazing seafood feasts! We bought the best chicken and bacon at the local butcher. The local restaurants and bars have good food and cheap drinks, fun entertainment, and they welcome you as friends. Wonderful real Italian pizza at two local spots, and even a gelateria a five-minute drive away. Try the curried chicken and any of the specials at Pearla's. Breakfast at athe Shack. They both have WiFi.
Although a car is not necessary, we would encourage you to rent one as there are so many great places to explore that you can only get to by drivivg. You can walk to the little local grocery store, and to several restaurant-bars.
Francisco and Marling take good care of the property and also of the guests. You will feel relaxed and safe in their care.
We are back home in Ontario now, but will be returning to our Costa Rican home away from home.

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Liked best: At home in Paradise!
Liked least: Both bathrooms on the second floor. Turned out to be good exercise, though.
Travelling group: Extended Family
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PJPoll
Kenora Ont.
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“senenity plus”
Reviewed 18 January 2015 for a stay in December 2014

when you go on a vacation from your busy world I think we all look forward to some piece and quiet and a place to just unwind in.Steff surf is this and much more.
From the very beginning apon arrival the staff is at your side making sure every thing is in order, the grounds are an oasis in itself complete with lovely gardens pool fountains and wildlife.
Engulfed in a beautiful secure spa like atmosphere your senses are calmed and nurtured in the warmth of the sun and the shade of the palms with the ocean sounds caressing away all of your stress.
The Condo itself is emaculate clean and tastefully decorated complete with all of the modern conveniences of home.
Just a short walk to the beach and all of the emanates of Surfside this is the place to be.
I loved the whole experience.
Thanks to Greg and Gladys my hosts who made this the experience of a lifetime!!
I would recommend this amazing location to singles couples and families , it is private secure and safe and just a turn key to the rest of Costa Rica!!
Pura Vida Jane-o

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Liked best: Privacy serenity
Liked least: whats not to like??
Travelling group: Solo
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kchalfant
Richmond, Virginia
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“The most amazing vacation spot in Surfside - Playa Potrero!”
Reviewed 11 January 2015 for a stay in December 2014
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Stef Surf was absolutely amazing. It went above and beyond our expectations for our vacation. Francisco and Marline were extremely friendly and were always there when we needed help with anything around the property. The views from our place were absolutely wonderful, it was extremely private although on the same property with three other units, and very peaceful. The property is extremely well kept and our unit was awesome for our ten day stay. Not only was the area and unit awesome, Greg and Gladys (the owners of one of the four units on the property), were the best resources we could have ever asked for during our stay. They helped us with food places, setting up excursions, and welcomed us with an extremely warm welcome. They are truly amazing people and make you feel at home during your stay at Stef Surf. We left feeling like we gained two friends and will most definitely return to visit again! Pura Vida!

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Liked best: Greg & Gladys and the privacy feeling of the property
Liked least: nothing!
Travelling group: Friends
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Marie-Pie...
Montreal, Canada
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“A little Paradise!”
Reviewed 16 November 2014 for a stay in January 2013

My husband and I with our 2 girls (1 and 4 years old) travelled for a month across costa Rica last year and the last week, we spent it to Stef Surf Condo...what a perfect way to finish our exceptional vacations! The place is awesome, Greg and Gladys, the owners, are so welcoming and always there to help....they make our stay just perfect!
The location is perfect to visit around...there is a lot to do within 1-2 hours drive, so you can do a day trip and come back to the confort of your rental home, jump in the pool and have a nice dinner on the patio! The condo are within walking distance of the beach and there are a lot of other beaches 5 minutes away by car.
We really enjoyed our stay and are looking to come back soon :)

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