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The Most Beautiful Property on the Beach - Our Penthouse Has Everything You Need

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 0 - 6 nights


About the property

Condo, 4 Bedrooms, 4 1/2 Baths (Maximum of 11 guests)

Luxurious 4-bedroom, 4 1/2 bath penthouse on peaceful Playa Potrero.

Our spacious home (3000 square feet) is beautifully decorated and features high end finishes throughout: granite counter tops, travertine floors, tiled bathrooms, original art, and custom furniture, paintwork, window treatments and bedding. It offers all the comforts of home, including WiFi, a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher and garbage disposal, and a variety of entertainment options. Twice weekly housekeeping service is included.

Our penthouse occupies the entire top floor of a 5 unit building. It is located in the exclusive Surfside development, in the center of a wide bay stretching from Sugar Beach to Playa Flamingo. World class ocean fishing, sailing, surfing, scuba and snorkeling are only minutes away. A well-stocked grocery store and many cafe/restaurants are within walking distance. Nearby Playa Flamingo (10 minutes drive) and Tamarindo (about 1/2 hour) have a wealth of restaurants, shops and services to meet your every desire.

Despite its luxurious appointments, our penthouse is child-friendly. Playa Potrero is one of the calmest beaches in Guanacaste, with no riptides, gentle surf and soft sand. Unlike some other properties in the area, there are no roads to cross or hills to navigate to get to the ocean. There's a zero entry swimming pool and large grass play area between our building and the beach. We've stocked our home with boogie boards, swim fins, masks and snorkels, and a variety of toys and books.

We offer a new, 2-person Hobie kayak if you want to fish or explore the bay on your own. In addition, we recently because members of the Costa Rica Sailing Center (, which is only one block away. Our membership allows our guests to receive 50% discounts on all equipment rentals (sailboats, paddle boards, kayaks, etc.), Happy Hour all day every day in their restaurant, and many other benefits.

Our local property managers are ready to help you with anything you need to make your stay enjoyable and memorable. They can have the home stocked with groceries when you arrive, and arrange for transportation, a massage or daily maid service (twice weekly cleaning is included in your rental fee). They can help you plan jungle or canopy tours, excursions to the area’s many spectacular volcanoes, scuba or surfing lessons, or golf or fishing trips.

Keywords: Condominium

More Details

Property Manager
Christine Engleby
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 7, 2018

About Christine Engleby

We are a Colorado couple with 5 grown children, 12 grandchildren and two goofy golden retrievers. We love to ski, golf, fish, hike and enjoy the outdoors. We also like to travel, with recent trips to Alaska, Africa, Europe and New Zealand. Tom is a retired computer business owner and Chris is a psychologist and part-time consultant. Since we bought our El Destino penthouse in 2007, we have averaged about 3 trips each year to Costa Rica.

Christine Engleby purchased this condo in 2007

Why Christine Engleby chose Tempate

We fell in love with Costa Rica on our first visit and were fortunate to find a property that has allowed us to share this beautiful place with our family, friends and rental guests. We chose our El Destino penthouse for many reasons: it accomodates large groups easily and with all the comforts of home; it has incredible ocean views and sounds; and, because it is in the middle of a large bay, we have no undertow and our young grandchildren can handle the waves. We also like being located in a residential neighborhood where the beach is never crowded, but which offers easy access to a variety of restaurants, shops, and adventurous tourist activities.

What makes this condo unique

Because our penthouse occupies the entire third floor of our building, we have spectacular, unobstructed ocean views from Flamingo Beach and the marina on the south, to the town of Potrero and beautiful secluded beaches and islands on the north. We think our terrace, which spans almost the entire width of the building, is the best place in the area to view the sunset. Unlike many other 'beachfront' properties nearby, you don't have to cross a road or navigate down a hill to get from our building to the beach. One of our favorite early morning rituals is to walk from one end of the bay to the other, looking for shells, crabs and other ocean life. Along the estuaries that flow into the bay, we have spotted monkeys in the trees and birds such as egrets, herons and roseate spoonbills (from which Flamingo Beach gets its name). Every day we see something new and different.


Tempate Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet
  • All bathrooms are en suite except powder room
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed , Bunk bed has trundle, so this bedroom sleeps 5
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen sleeper, 1 Pac 'n Play crib plus 1 single air bed
  • 1 king bed with ocean view in Master Bedroom; 2nd king in second master. Two twin beds in 3rd bedroom can be made up as a king. Queen size bed located with a set of bunk beds and trundle in fourth bedroom, so this bedroom sleeps a total of 5. We also have a Pack 'N Play crib, a queen hide-a-bed in the living room and one twin-size premier raised airbed.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • jetted tub
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


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The Most Beautiful Property on the Beach - Our Penthouse Has Everything You Need
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 36 reviews

Beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely gorgeous home! It was perfect for our family group. The sunset view from the balcony was awesome! We loved our stay here and would definitely recommend it! Also, the owners went out of their way to help us with booking and the concierge and maid service was great!

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Manchester, New Hampshire

Absolutely Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay. The owners were fantastic, easy to work with, and very responsive to every question and need we had. The penthouse was incredible. We had 11 people in our group and we had more than enough space. The penthouse was generously stocked with linens, towels, beach towels, dishes, cookware, boogie boards, snorkel gear, beach toys etc. There's plenty of restaurants within walking distance as well as a small convenience store. There is a large store nearby that you can drive to as well. We only ate out twice in a 7 day period as the kitchen was amply stocked for cooking. Chris (the owner) supplied us with a very helpful list of recommendations (stores, things to do, money etc) prior to our arrival. We planned much of our vacation based on these recommendations and we were very satisfied. The staff from Tropical Homes were fantastic as well. We felt very safe with the outdoor maintenance men - Dilmet and Jesus. They helped us build a fire on the beach and answered any questions we had about the area. They even helped us with our (not so good) Spanish. The housekeepers were wonderful as well, but we did not have the opportunity to interact with them as much. I would highly recommend this property to anyone looking for an amazing stress free, worry free vacation in Costa Rica!

  • Submitted: Dec 25, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The best ever.

  • 5 of 5

This place not only took our breath away with the view. Every aspect of the penthouse was excellent. Clean clean clean and fresh. Very fresh. I would stay there again. I couldn’t get over what was available to us by staying at the penthouse. I have to admit we spent a lot of time on the terrace too. With the view and the tropical breeze and wildlife that was coming to the coconuts there was always something new to see right there from the terrace. Next time I have to travel with that many folks I hope I can find this place available as it was awesome.

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pura vida!

  • 5 of 5

We were in Playa Portrero for our son's wedding and had 4 generations staying at this gorgeous condo! The eldest 94 and the youngest 11 months. The condo is so well appointed; so spacious; in such a wonderful location; and the owner and concierge service were wonderful to work with. We did not have time as much time for fun as we needed but there's a reason right there to return. Our wedding & vacation was just lovely and the daily walks on the beach and swims were magical and restorative. Thank you so very much for allowing us to visit your beautiful home and for the fantastic memories we will cherish all our days!

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved it and would come back again in a heartbeat

  • 5 of 5

Great property and location. Close to many restaurants. No need to cook. Lots of room for both kids and adults. Can't wait to come back again.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I booked El Destino Penthouse for my husband's 45th birthday celebration. There were three couples total and when we first arrived, we were all amazed by the beauty of the penthouse and overall accommodations. The penthouse is located next to several great restaurants (food and music is awesome). We had a special dinner at NUMU and the entire bill for six adults (drinks included) was only $150. El Castillo and Perlo's had live bands and karaoke on Friday and Saturday night that we enjoyed. The pool and beach were perfect and the bus stop was right near the supermarket (merkado). We took the bus to Playa Tamarindo with no issues (it comes like every hour). Overall this was the best experience and can't wait to visit again. Also, the concierge and owners were the best and very attentive.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
El Castillo/Bahia del Sol/Costa Rica Sailing
Nearest Golf
50 Kilometres
Four Seasons Resort
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Bahia del Sol/El Castillo
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
Car: not necessary




Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.