|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
Luxurious 4-bedroom, 4 1/2 bath penthouse on peaceful Playa Potrero.
Completed in 2007, 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. 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, surfing, scuba and snorkeling are only minutes away, and we offer a new, 2-person Hobie kayak if you want to fish or explore the bay on your own. A small, well-stocked grocery store, farmers market and three cafe/restaurants are less than a block away, and 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 fenced 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 kids toys and books.
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 a 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
This Penthouse Condo is perfect. Description and Pictures are very accurate. Large, spacious and sleeps 10 comfortably. Beautifully furnished with all the amenities one could ask for. The management company staff are great! They were quick and attentive to any request we had and also good source for local information and tour recommendations. Awesome sunset views and the beach (Playa Potrero) was perfect for families. It was better than staying at a five star resort. We will be staying here again!
We had a family reunion here and it was perfect! They layout was great it was VERY well supplied including boogie boards and sand toys for the children, an air mattress and a pack and play. We had all ages- 2 kids under 2, two 8 year olds, and 2 teens. There was plea to if room for all to sleep, eating space between the table and the bar, and the outside terrace area was perfect for those of us who wake up early and don't want to disturb the others.
There was a little snag at check in - our reservations were lost but they handled it beautifully and immediately dispatched 3 cleaners to get it ready while we hung out in the pool. It didn't even put a bump in our vacation and they were so nice and apologetic.
I would highly recommend this place to anyone but it was especially fantastic for us with all of the different kids ages. Having the beach right in front well as the pool made it easy for everyone to get what they wanted. The giant bathtub in the master made it easy for me to take care of baby bath time. There are also several great restaurants within walking distance. We will definitely be back!
We enjoyed every single moment of our stay in this house. The house looks exactly as it is advertised. It is spacious and every bedroom has its own bathroom. We enjoyed the pool, the lawn area, Kayak and also the beach. The house contains soccer ball, many pool and sand toys, beach chairs and boogy boards. It is very conveniently located as some of the restaurants are just walking distance from the house and the grocery store Merkdo is in walking distance as well. There is a farmer's market in a walking distance as well. A very special thanks to the Engleby's to let us stay in their wonderful vacation home. It will be awesome if there will be a restroom built downstairs for easy access while in the pool and beach but I believe the entire building complex will have to come to a concensus on that. Again Costa Rica was a fantastic experience.
We truly enjoyed our stay at El Destino. We had two families with three kids and there was plenty of room for everyone. The penthouse was well maintained, clean and had all the necessary amenities. Even though we stayed during Cost Rica's busy Easter holiday week, the beach was still pretty much ours, quite and relaxing. The grounds were well maintained, the pool was wonderful and the beach with its breath taking sunset were gorgeous. The beach had some nice waves to do some body surfing or boogie boarding, yet shallow enough that we didn't need to worry about the kids at all. There were a number of very good restaurants and a grocery store within a short walk, so we didn't feel a need to rent a car. The owners and the property management were wonderful to work with on excursions and there are plenty to choose from. The owners had a great book on excursions, restaurants, and other to do's in the area, which was great. We spent the majority of our time either on the beach or pool relaxing. No issues with security or not feeling safe during our entire trip. This was our first VRBO and definitely something we'll do again.
We've rented this home twice, that's how much we liked it.
Our last visit was in Aug 2016 with 2 kids under 10.
The apartment is great and the pictures are accurate.
Its amazing to walk out right on the black sand beach or to the pool.
This area is not as touristy as Playa Flamingo, but there are a few restaurants within walking distance.
We had a car (and would recommend having one) and loved exploring the other beaches and activities in the area.
Chris provides a lot of great suggestions and was very accessible in answering emails and making sure our stay was comfortable.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.