Potrero Beach
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gypsycontessa
Merritt, Canada83 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Lots of easy access condos and home rentals. Long beach with superfine sand. Can be calm as a pond or have swells for bobbing in the waves. A few beach front restaurants for watching sunsets, pelicans and jumping fish. Peaceful.
Written March 2, 2020
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Chaz C
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
We recently spent a week in Potrero, CR and it was wonderful! We rented a beach front property via Casa Equity and the villa was beautiful, clean and perfect location. We also hired Chef Estafania: privatehomecookingservice.com which was absolutely fantastic. Estafania and her husband, Luis was both professional and friendly. They made delicious breakfast and dinners where we expanded our palates. Our highlight was the tuna!! I still have dreams about how delicious it was. We highly recommend hiring Chef Estafania if you want good food with excellent service! We miss her and Luis very much!!
Written December 6, 2021
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antonj71
Manson21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
We stayed at Casa Rincon Paraiso in Surfside/Potrero from April 15 to May 15. We walked the beach in Potrero most mornings and most evenings. It was about a 5 minute walk from our AirBNB house referenced above. It was a great way to book end our days. The sunsets are magnificent with Catalina Island to accent the scene. It is never crowded and is sometimes nearly empty. There are a number of places along the way to duck off the beach and get something to eat or drink. Usually, you can spot Pelicans, Frigates or other birds working over the inshore sardinas, but for us, just soaking up the Costa Rican vibe and the rhythm of the waves just set the mood. It is also central to a dozen other beaches all with their own character.
Written May 14, 2021
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Berlin, Germany616 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
Actually I was sent here to an dive shop. But the shop is closed already.
This part of the long beach has dark grey sand. The are no infrastructure like shops, bars or restaurants.
There are no people. So if you’re looking for a beach for yourself, that’s the place to be, maybe.
Written July 9, 2021
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John M
United Kingdom443 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is a wide sandy bay filled with fishermen, pelicans, vultures, a range of other seabirds. There is also an inland lake with crocs! At least that is what the sign says. Swimming is safe despite some strong breakers. Snorkling very limited as visibility is poor. There are a few bars and restaurants dotted along its shores.
Written February 14, 2020
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FredL881
Hamptons, New York78 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
This is a nice beach, but there are much nicer beaches throughout Costa Rica. This is a Great Beach for swimmers and those looking to kayak or stand up paddle boarding. Fishing from shore I hear is also very good. NOT for surfing.
Written October 25, 2020
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gjclarkson
Ormskirk, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is an idyllic beach,quiet and full of birds and animals,turkey vultures,iguanas, pelicans and others. We had been trekking around Costa Rica and this was an extension. Has anyone seen an Iguana having an evening swim? It defies all given knowledge and we were amazed.
It is black sand but this keeps away the crowds and encourages wildlife. It is not a beach with sun beds.
Lots of eating places.
Written February 14, 2020
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Shane
Monkton, MD20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
Some places I wanted to provide reviews for do not have a presence on TripAdvisor so I'm attempting to catch them here. We were in Playa Potrero for 9 days.

Restaurants
La Forketta (on the main road between Surfside and Potrero has the best pizza we've ever had. Their pastas are also amazing. My daughter had the lasagna and the rest of us had pizza. Open air seating.

The Surfbox (on the road between Brasilito and Flamingo just south of the turn off to go to Potrero). This is perhaps the best all around food in the area. We ate breakfast here almost every morning. The best lattes in the area. The staff is super friendly. The portions are so large we weren't hungry again until dinner. The La Mexicana and the Ricotta Pancakes were our favorites. We also ate dinner there once. The portions are gigantic. They have great Oreo milkshakes too. A truly diverse and eclectic menu. My daughter loved the Acai Bowl for breakfast. They have a small area for indoor seating (A/C) as well as outdoor tables. We met the owners (American and his Costa Rican wife). The recipes are hers and the food is absolutely fabulous. The staff makes the experience very enjoyable. It is amazing they can produce the menu they do in a small kitchen.

The Beach House (located on the road between Potrero / Surfside and the intersection to go to Brasilito or Flamingo). Great food and location directly above the sand. Go for sunset and dinner. On Sundays Darin Talbot (Costa Man) plays live music. He is really entertaining. We ended up sitting there for almost 3 hours eating, listening to music and talking to people we were sitting near. Their shrimp dishes are really great. I did drive down in the golf cart and make reservations requesting a table overlooking the ocean. Every table ended up taken while we were there so I'd recommend that.

Smoothie Palapa (on the road as you enter Surfside) Great fresh smoothies. My daughter got one every day. The guy and girl working this stand were there all day everyday. They knew her order after the first couple of visits. They also sell fresh fruit.
Written May 5, 2019
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InfoGuys
Costa Rica111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Friends
We moved here in September 2014 and have not regretted it. The area is beautiful. The people are friendly and welcoming. We have a real sense of community here with a mixture of Costa Ricans, Americans, Canadians and Europeans. A great mix of people.
Written August 19, 2015
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Croz'
Playa Samara, Costa Rica74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
Playa Potrero is one of those places where you hardly see anyone...even this Easter weekend of Semana Santa there were few Tico families enjoying this pristine beach. It is a a fabulous meditative walk, with the occasional "hola" and "good morning"...soft sand, clear, clean Ocean and birds in abundance, Scarlet Ibis, Cormorant, Ducks, Terns, Pelicand, Black Vultures and Hawks, Swifts and Kiskadees, and at time masses of Dragonflies.

There are a couple of local Tico bars for that real Guanacaste coast feel, as well as restaurants and hotel that cater for greater choice...at the far northern end is 'Brisas', a local bar restaurant that really kicks off on a Wednesday evening with salsa and merengue dancing and a fun hullabaloo! Fff the beach and in the Surfside area is a fantastic Microbrewery - Ceveceria Independiente where Chicho from Rome (Fabio) has an authentic Pizzeria, Harlan Clarke's 'El Castillo' restaurant and bar has a great vibe and his food is excellent, Perlas for sports tv and live music, Numu for a little more in the way of Asian Fusion menu across the road from Merkdo (pronounced Merkaado) which is a well-stocked supermarket...all on the same road that leads from the beachside Costa Rica Sailing Center and Bahia del Sol hotel.

Potrero beach is not heavily built up, it has just enough going on and a great vibe!
Written April 21, 2019
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