The sun sets early in Costa Rica, so even though we arrived at Stef Surf somewhere close to 6:30, it was dark. As we pulled up, it was obvious that Francisco, (the face of Stef Surf) had been waiting patiently for us.
With a happy hello in both English and Spanish, he welcomed us to Costa Rica and helped us to our home away from home for the next 10 days.
He gave us a tour of the spacious and beautiful, two story condo as well as the property. We were the only visitors that week so the place and all it has to offer was ours alone.
With a fully stocked kitchen (utensils and cooking paraphernalia...the food is up to you), you are well prepared to make the daily decision...to cook or not to cook?
We made good use of the kitchen for breakfast but out for any other meal. We were on vacation, after all.
The grounds of the property are lush and green. As a tall family, we usually felt compelled to duck below the leaves and branches of the plentiful trees and greenery. We often saw local contractors armed with machetes. I laughed and thought perhaps I should invest in one.
The pool offers a welcome respite from the heat and humidity with it's clean, cool water.
It is fun to see the myriad creatures that call Stef Surf home. You've got your usual spiders and bugs, but then there are the very colorful crabs that occasionally stare back at you from the kitchen window. They are not happy or sociable, so don't bother trying to strike up a relationship.
You will quickly learn to appreciate the multiple, wonderful air conditioners . As you ascend the narrow spiral staircase, you start to miss the air conditioning around about the seventh step. A few more steps up, and hallelujah, the upstairs air wakes you up.
Liz, the concierge, was very helpful. She can lead you in the right direction if you need some ideas of what to do.
So unpack and enjoy the property and the hospitality.
The place is waiting for you and will not disappoint.
The villa was very clean and perfect for my family of four. It was close to the beach and other areas that we went to on excursions.
What a great place to stay with access to approximately 10 incredible beaches.
The owner was extremely helpful and prompt on returning any questions.
Amazing mater bedroom where you felt like you were waking up in the trees.
We stayed 5 nights with our 2 sons and enjoyed all of the amenities and services at Stef Surf: access to many amazing and quiet beaches within 5-20 min by car (the Potrero beach being average compared to the others), great tips from concierge service, private pool on the premises, exceptional set up for each villa with private balconies and terrace, lush landscaping that makes you feel like you are in the middle of jungle. We cooked our meals each night on the BBQ - full kitchen provided. Living Pura Vida to its fullest.
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.