The rental was an Oasis in the middle of high season of Costa Rica. Property is well kept and the caretakers were very friendly. It was a great experience.
To start, the grounds are beautiful and immaculately kept. The condo is simply decorated and very clean. This was one if the few properties we have stayed in near an ocean that didn't have a musty smell. I attribute some of that to the concrete construction and minimal rugs but it is also due to being well maintained. The only thing I would have changed was to have it cleaned once during our stay as several days of going to the beach, etc. starts to build up sand on the floors even with using the outside foot wash liberally. The condo also had plenty of both shower and beach/pool towels. The pool is small but a great alternative for my 2 kids after a day out in the sun where they could play in the shade while we enjoyed home made pina coladas. A decent blender was available. Francisco, the caretaker, is phenomenal. He was friendly, helpful, and available. When we noticed some ants, he took care of it immediately. He was even awake and made sure we got out ok as we were packing up to leave at 4 am Saturday.
The area in general was very good with plenty of great near-by restaurant recommendations given by the condo owners. There are several beaches nearby, Flamingo and Potrero were our favorite for standard beach experiences. Potrero was only about a 3 minute walk from the condo. I recommend zip-lining at the Congo Trail and snorkeling at Conchal Beach. Although much more expensive, the Superman Zip-line for a mile at El Diamonte Eco Park was amazing. Definitely recommend a pizza at Marco Polo, Mahi-Mahi tacos at Coco-Loco, and a breakfast at The Shack.
We are now deciding when we will be going back.
As for negatives, we were there at the end of the dry season so the region was dry and dusty. It is also a distance to any of the volcanos and rain forests so realistically difficult to go there for just a day trip. Next time, we may set up a couple nights in one of these areas before going out to the coast. Food in the area, even the grocery stores, was a little pricey. The catamaran sunset tour was ok. We booked one through Lis on the Lazy Lizard. They were very friendly, generous with drinks and food, which was good, and the sunset was beautiful. The snorkeling was poor and overall kind of expensive. It was fun to do once but not sure I would do this one again. If you rent a car, I recommend an AWD as some of the roads can be a little rough such as the road to The Canopy Tour and the road into Conchal beach was "interesting."
We've just returned home from a two week stay in the El Delfin condo, and we had a fantastic time. Caretakers Fransico and Marling greeted us before we were even out of the car, and helped us settle in right away. They take great care of the property, including the lush tropical garden around the very relaxing pool area. It really is just a two minute walk to a wonderful beach, and there are 7 or 8 restaurants within a five or ten minute walk. Drive for that same amount of time and the options seemed endless. The full kitchen (even a bbq just outside the door) was perfect so we ate several meals at the condo as well. We've already recommended the property to family, and we'll definitely be back ourselves. "Pura Vida!"
We are now at the end of a magnificent 3 week stay in the El Delfin condo at Stef Surf in Potrero. We have had an amazing stay here! The caretakers, Francisco and Marling, have made sure our stay has been carefree and relaxed. They are wonderful! The condo is equipped with everything we needed. We ate out a lot and there are several great restaurants close by. Our favourite is Celeste, a great Italian eatery just up the street. We got great advice from Lis, the local tour organizer, for ziplining, boating and even rustic volcano retreats 3 hours away. I give this place a 5 star rating and will certainly be coming back next year.
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!