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Monkeys & Parrots Lush Tropical Paradise ~ Video ~ La Gaviota

Bedrooms 2
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


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:
February 26, 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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Monkeys & Parrots Lush Tropical Paradise ~ Video ~ La Gaviota
average rating of 4.954023 based on 164 reviews

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
  • Source: HomeAway
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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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Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Slice of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

Stef Surf and the surrounding area will provide you with the most wonderful vacation. The location is close to so many wonderful beaches and activities, we consider it paradise. This is our family's 2nd trip to Costa Rica and specifically Stef Surf. The house and it's amenities are first rate. The property, pool and houses are clean and very welcoming. If you are looking for a low key but wonderful vacation Stef Surf and Costa Rica are it. We would spend the day at one of the many beaches and then always stop at the local fruit stand on the way home. The restaurants around the area are great too. We love Stef Surf and Costa Rica

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Excellent accommodations in Playa Protrero!

  • 5 of 5

We spent four of our nine nights in Costa Rica at Stef Surf. They were among the most enjoyable. We stayed in the La Gaviota unit. The layout of the four units was great for our extended family. Having a pool was nice to have a break from all of the wonderful beaches in the vicinity. The kitchen had everything you would need, including spices (which our rental in Arenal did not have). This place was very well landscaped and felt as if you were in your own oasis. The balconies are very nice to sit on and enjoy an evening. Compared to our stay in Arenal, Playa Protrero has many restaurants to choose from and more beaches than you can count in a 5 to 20 minute drive. You spend more time enjoying your vacation rather than time in the car. Be sure to check out Hibiscus, El Castillo and the Surf Box restaurants. If you are planning to go to this area, it is much more peaceful than the other adjacent towns, such as Las Brisas or Tamarindo The other benefit is you really get a chance to know the local people and culture, which was actually one of the best memories on our trip. Be sure to listen to Liz, the concierge. She arranged a chef to come cook for us one night with a true Costa Rican spread. We also did a half day catamaran sail that she told us about. I want to mention how helpful Francisco was. From the moment we arrived he took care of us helping us with our bags, taking care of the grounds, etc. and continued to the day of departure. An example of this is on the day we left. I wanted to get the sand our of our rental car and asked for a wisk broom. He ended up vacuuming our car completely. Knowing some Spanish helps with communication, but he does know some English. I'd highly recommend this place. It was a great value for the money.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Elk Grove,CA

Pura Vida

  • 5 of 5

Exceptional property was exactly as it was depicted and Greg was very responsive and provided excellent beach, restaurant and tour recommendations....we tried as many of the recommendations we could fit in. Francisco and Marlene were warm and hospitable and took great care of us.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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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
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 Townhome Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Hi Season
Jan 5 2017 - Apr 7 2017
3 night minimum stay
Semana Santa
Apr 8 2017 - Apr 16 2017
4 night minimum stay
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%

Dates Available: Christmas, New Years and Easter Holiday weeks are excluded from above schedule. The weekly rate for the holiday weeks is $2,200.00 including taxes

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Guanacaste Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • 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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
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

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