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Monkeys & Parrots Lush Tropical Paradise ~ Video ~ La Gaviota

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,650 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Plus the option of two extra Convertible bed Sleeps 6

Our Tropical paradise is a condo resort consisting of 4 homes in a gated secure environment one minute walk to the ocean. Offering approx 1600 sq ft on two floors, 2 bedrooms 2 baths. Each bedroom offers a private sundeck where you can pass the time away on the day beds. The master bedrooms offers floor to ceiling 14 feet high double sliding glass doors, wake up to the sounds of the ocean, howler monkeys and green parrots.

Email us for a personal slide show and availability on all four homes

The main floor features floor to ceiling windows open to the gardens, white porcelain tiles, the fully equipped kitchen features granite counter top and a breakfast bar and laundry facilities .

Our private patio and gardens are furnished with large teak dinning room table and a 4 piece sectional sofa and gas barbecue all great for dining or lounging. The communal rancho is great for meeting up with visiting guests and sharing stories of the days events. Crystal clear waters in o

Iguanas, geckos, butterflies, hummingbirds are all found within our very secured walled grounds.

My favorite past time each morning-----A fresh cup of Costa Rican coffee while walking on the meandering elevated boardwalk through the gardens, I?m always amazed with the large varieties of tropical flowers. I still find new ones I?ve never seen before. In addition our boutique orchard has Mangos, Papaya, coconuts, bananas, limes, lemons, naranjas, guava, and of course my favorite chilies. Guests are encouraged to harvest and enjoy our fruits.

Our property is run like a resort and the care takers Francisco and Marling will ensure that your stay is unforgettable providing housekeeping, laundry, pool and ground maintenance as well as 24 hour security. A perfect balance of total private resort with the opportunity to meet fellow travellers.

One minute walk to the Beach, guests often return their rental cars once they arrive 'when you find paradise why leave?

At night the boardwalk and gardens light up creating intriguing, romantic hideaway.

15 Restaurants within a 5 to 10 minute walk 3 of which are on the beach, 3 18 hole golf courses are all within a easy drive.

What ever your interests are Birding, Deep sea Fishing, Horse back riding on the beach, Canopy tours (zip line) ATV?s, Wave riding, Hiking around a live volcano or soaking in a mud bath, Biking, River Rafting, Sailing, Tubing or Swimming under a waterfall, these are all available.

If you need to get work done or just want to connect with friends Wi-Fi and free phone calls back to Canada and the US, is provided.

More Details

Greg & Gladys
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 27, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

We visited Stef Surf with our 3 children ages 15,10 and 2. The house had absolutely everything we needed to fully enjoy our stay at the beach. Our kids loved the refreshing pool, and walking to the beach. The property is beautiful and lovingly cared for. We rented bikes to cruise town, and visit nearby beaches. Greg and Gladys are wonderful hosts. We truly felt like a part of the local community thanks to their enthusiasm and warmth and all the insider tips. Highlights included the swim up bar at Bahia del Sol, playa Penca, Las Brisas, karaoke at Max's, a trip to Rincon de la Vieja with Jaime and the pizza party at Stef Surf. Truly a wonderful place!

Lauren Bowie Eugene Or
Dec 2013
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Guanacaste Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower , Rain Shower
    Full 2 - toilet , shower , Rain shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Two additional Queen Size air beds available
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gated Community
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Private Pool
  • Spa Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Housekeeper
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(90 traveler reviews)

Monkeys & Parrots Lush Tropical Paradise ~ Video ~ La Gaviota
average rating of 4.9555554 based on 167 reviews
Kelowna, BC

OMG breathe taking, so glamorous.

  • 5 of 5

We were so amazed of how beautiful this place was. It was super clean and the kitchen had EVERYTHING !!!! The area was very private and quiet. It was easy to find and in a great location. It was so nice to have washer/dryer there. There was even lawn chairs and tons of towels. Even though there was 3 other units we never saw anyone. Francisco was very accomendating and helpful. There was a language barrier but with the use of our phone translater it was no problem. All the furniture was super comfy and the bedrooms were so beautiful. We felt really safe there, we walked the beaches at night and always felt safe. Lots of places to get food and dinner very close by. Loved the beaches.

There was some issues with the power turning off. Francisco was always there to help get things working again.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Relaxing Oasis

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Beautiful, secure property in Costa Rica.

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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Hate to leave, I only have two days left.

  • 5 of 5

I really do not want to share, for fear you will not have room for my next visit. What a wonderful property you have. Thank you for the most wonderful holiday.

As you know I am not a great traveller 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 )

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
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Pitt Meadows / Sun Peaks

Relaxing, tropical retreat!

  • 5 of 5

We arrived in Costa Rica and took a shuttle to Stef Surf from Liberia Airport. We were greeted at the property by Francisco and his wife, Marling. They were very helpful, friendly and informative. The unit at Stef Surf that we had was quiet, well equipped, clean end very relaxing. We had the pool area to ourselves - it was rainy season (but not rainy)!

We rented a golf cart for a day to tour the area. We would highly recommend 'Rent a golf cart Costa Rica'. The owners, Chip and Jennifer, are great to work with. We were referred to Lis and she arranged massages and also our car rental for the duration of our vacation in Costa Rica. She provided us with an SUV at a much more reasonable fee than we would have found in our own.

The property at Stef Surf is well maintained, feels like you are in a private bird and butterfly sanctuary - although we didn't see any monkeys or parrots.

We were two couples travelling together and would recommend. Stef Surf when visiting Playa Potrero.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Beautiful property in a great location!

  • 5 of 5

Loved the house and property - perfect for our family of 4. The size and layout of 4 townhouses facing the pool gave it a quiet, private feeling without being isolated. The verandas off each of the bedrooms, the pool (as beautiful as it looks in the photos) and short walk to Playa Potrero (and yes you can hear the waves from the master bedroom!) made it easy for everyone to relax and enjoy the surroundings but the real value added were the wonderful caretakers Francisco and Marling as well as Lis Garcia (the concierge) who gave us great tips on nearby activities and was a huge help with the car rental (note: renting a car can be very expensive in Costa Rica because of the roads - we had originally made a reservation prior to our trip and were shocked when we arrived at the airport at what the actual cost of a week's rental would be. With Lis' help, we instead rented a car locally on our 3d day there at a much lower cost (which was perfect as we spent the first days exploring the many nearby beaches on foot)) . Communication with Greg and Gladys was excellent from the start and they provided us with a wealth of information that really helped us make the most of our time there.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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coco loco
Sugar Beach
Playa Penca
Marie's Restaurant
Angelina's Restaurant & Bar
Playa Danta
El Coconut Beach Club
Monkey Bar
Bar La Perla
Las Catalinas
The Shack
Bahia del Sol Beach Front Hotel & Suites
Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa
Las Brisas
Hotel Isolina Beach
Maxwell's Cafe & Bar
Casa Celeste Pizzaria
Ristorante pizzeria Marco Polo
Christina's Bar & Grill
The Beach House
La Cuchara Verde
The Congo Trail Canopy Tour
panache sailing
Playa Conchal
Tubla Restaurant
Playa Prieta
Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Liberia airprot code LIR
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Reserva Conchal
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Many with-in a 10 minute walk
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Less than a minute walk
Car: not necessary

Four Homes Set amongst Lush Tropical Gardens Connected by a elevated Boardwalk. Our Beautiful home is located one block back from the ocean on Flamingo Bay Less than a minute walk to the beach in fact the crashing waves can be heard from the master bedroom. Many restaurants grocery stores and hotels are all with-in walking distance and yes terrific swimming, bogie boarding even surfing and snorkelling, SUP on the beach.

Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Boating, Active Volcano's, Mud Baths, Rafting, Waterfalls, Hot Springs

Surfside Estates, is a quiet seaside residential community with locally owned businesses, including restaurants, grocery stores, hotels and cabinas.

Surfside is a well-established neighborhood with an international community of both year round and seasonal residents, plus vacationing tourists from around the world.

You will hear English as often as you hear Spanish! Set along the calm waters of Playa Potrero less than a minute walk to the beach, this neighbourhood is in an excellent location for families

with children who wish to attend the Country Day School, La Paz Community School. La Paz is the closest school only 5 minute distance driving.

Flamingo Beach is a quick 10 minute walk to the south and in-between are all the activities you’d expect from a resort area: sailing, fishing, diving, snorkeling and more.

Jungle sports like zip-lines are also a quick car ride away.

The international airport in Liberia is within a 1 hour drive, making it easy to arrive in the morning and have your feet up and relaxing by early afternoon.


Rates & Availability

Guanacaste Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Hi Season
Apr 17 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Green Season
May 1 2017 - Nov 11 2017
3 night minimum stay
Hi Season
Nov 12 2017 - Dec 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas & New Years
Dec 21 2017 - Jan 4 2018
4 night minimum stay
Hi Season
Jan 5 2018 - Mar 22 2018
3 night minimum stay
Semana Santa
Mar 23 2018 - Mar 31 2018
4 night minimum stay
Hi Season
Apr 1 2018 - Apr 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
Green Season
May 1 2018 - Nov 10 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 13.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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