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Mike Hopkins

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english, spanish

Tranquil Beach Front B & B with Spectacular Views and Activities!

27 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Overview

Costa Rica Condo Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedrooms 3rd floor 2 adults each, (Sleeps 4), Penthouse bedroom (2 adults)

We have a beautiful beachfront penthouse on Potrero Beach. We have two bedrooms on the third floor that we rent with a three night minimum. If you rent one bedroom the charge is $90 per night (two adults), or if you rent both bedrooms we can offer you a discount of $80 per room per night (two adults). Prices include the 13% national tax. Both rooms have comfortable queen beds, flat screen TV with cable, Wi-Fi internet, refrigerator, balcony and A/C. One of the bedrooms has an additional single bed which allows for the accommodation three guests. We charge an additional $25 for an additional person.

We serve a hearty breakfast each morning on our beachfront balcony which is included in the price of your room. Our patio Bar-B-Que is available for guests to use.

Our condominium is Non-Smoking. However if you wish to smoke we have a small smoking balcony at the back of the bedrooms or you may use the beachfront larger balcony to smoke.

We have a sparkling pool for you to use which sits just a few steps to the beach and our beautiful Potrero Bay. We have no rip tides or dangerous currents and you can safely swim 365 days a year.

We have off-street parking and easy access to markets, a fruit and vegetable stand, restaurants and shopping.

With the warm Pacific ocean in front of you and the rain forest behind, we can offer you the best of nature's beauty combined with the convenience of nearby restaurants, shopping, and ease of access to nature and adventure excursions making this the perfect central location for your vacation! We are experts at helping you plan your itinerary and book your tours! We lead several local tours as well so we can recommend the best experiences to match your interests!

We would really enjoy having you choose to stay with us and we will do everything we can to make your vacation a special and wonderful adventure!

Keywords: beach front, ocean front, breakfast included, modern, romantic, clean, peaceful, quiet, close to shopping, restaurants, activities, rain forest, water sports, hiking, national parks

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Mike Hopkins (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english, spanish

About Mike Hopkins

My name is Mike Hopkins. I am a retired school teacher, contractor, tour operator and zoo director.

Yes, zoo director. I built the zoo in my home town of Bakersfield, California. When I traveled the world looking for a perfect place to live that combined the best of a healthy lifestyle and a dedication to preserving nature, Costa Rica topped the list!

My wife, Irma is Costa Rican and we enjoy sharing this wonderful country with others, especially new-comers to the tropics. We invite you to come stay with us, and promise to do our best to make your vacation to Costa Rica a great one.

Mike Hopkins purchased this condo in 2006

Why Mike Hopkins chose Costa Rica

Actually I built the six condominiums here on Potrero Beach, called Twin Dolphins. We live in one of the the two Penthouses that occupy the third and fourth floors. We have two bedrooms in our Penthouse condo on the third floor that we rent, with Breakfast included.

I actually drove from California to Costa Rica, visiting many of the beautiful cities and beaches in Mexico and all the Central American countries. When I got to Potrero Beach, Costa Rica I realized that I found the perfect spot, with beautiful beaches all around, jungle and mountains behind, parrots and monkeys everywhere, schools, restaurants, shopping and amenities close by.

What makes this condo unique

Poterero is a safe and secure beach. It is ideal for swimming, snorkeling and taking fabulous beach walks in a quiet community setting.

If you want a loud, disco, late-night partying atmosphere, you are in the wrong place. Our guests like to relax and rejuvenate....with peaceful walks and beautiful sunsets. Our days come complete with laying in a hammock with gentle ocean breezes or taking a dip in our sparkling pool, or hiking and reconnecting with nature. I feel like I have added a year to my life for every year I have lived in Costa Rica. I moved permanently in 2001 and my only regret is that I did not do it sooner.

Reviews

5
based on 27 traveler reviews

Tranquil Beach Front B & B with Spectacular Views and Activities!
average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews
Houston, TX
5

Awesome place and hosts

  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to Costa Rica. We chose to rent Mike & Irma's penthouse and could not have made a better decision!! We enjoyed the amazing view from our balcony, the delicious beach view breakfast and the conversations we had with the hosts.

This unit is centrally located to many nice beaches. We rented a car which was very convenient because we drove to many of the beaches in the Guanacaste Area and had a great time (Flamingo, Brasilito, Conchal (our favorite), Penca, Pan de Azucar and Tamarindo). Mike and Irma recommended the Hacienda Guachipelin one day adventure pass. If you are up for an adventure this is a Must!!! The drive is approximately 1 1/2 hours. We had the most amazing and adventurous day there (very well worth the drive). The activities included river tubing, zip-lining, horse back riding and hot springs. Mike is very knowledgeable of the area and can provide recommendations based on your interests.

We had and amazing time at Mike& Irma’s. They are very hospitable hosts and strive to make your visit memorable. You will not regret staying here. Pura Vida!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rochester, NY
5

Incredible location and hosts!

  • 5 of 5

We chose this property for our first trip to Costa Rica based on the reviews and location. We opted for the penthouse and when I say we could not have been more pleased is an understatement. The view is AMAZING at night and day. The location is centrally located to so many amazing beaches and we just took off during our week there and explored much of the Guanacaste beaches every day. Mike and Irma made the most amazing breakfasts and shared thier knowledge of the area. Mike booked one of our best snorkeling excursions for us and saved us hours of driving with his directions and directed us to great local restaurants. My boyfriend is still making what he calls "Michaelito" breakfasts and we are still talking about how Mike is one of the nicest persons we have ever met. Great beaches to walk to but would recommend getting getting a car to the full experience of the area.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Awesome Vacation

  • 5 of 5

One of the most outstanding experiences of our lives. The b&b lived up to all of our expectations and then some. Mike and Irma were fantastic and extremely hospitable. The Guachipelin Hacienda excursion was awesome. The food at Las Brisas and music and drinks at El Castillo (both within walking distance) did not disappoint. Every morning breakfast was served on the beach front balcony - no better way to start the day than to sip your coffee while listening to the ocean, watching all the beautiful birds and fish jumping in the water.

We stayed for 11 days and did not have one bad day! A big shout out to @letmecook4you (Instagram) or letmetcook4you.wordpress.com for coming to us and preparing a four course gourmet meal... unlike anything we've ever eaten!

Playa Potrero is beautiful, but there are also many other beaches nearby - each one with it's own uniqueness and within a short drive or bus ride away.

Words fail us to describe what an amazing vacation this was. Again, Mike and Irma are perfect hosts and were eager to make our stay unforgettable. Pura vida!

  • Submitted: May 21, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Just Prefect

  • 5 of 5

First time to Costa Rica and Absolutely loved it! Mike and Irma's place was prefect! I was traveling by myself and a bit hesitant, however any fears I had were unfounded. I felt completely at home the minute I stepped into this beautiful place. I felt very welcomed and safe. Had a blast and couldn't ask for a nicer host. Th surrounding area is beautiful. Glad I rented a car so I could explore. Loved coming back "home" and finding a clean and comfortable place to relax after the days adventure. I will be coming back! Thanks Mike! You are a wonderful guy and enjoyed my stay immensely.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is so nice to have teachers and professors stay with us as not only do they enjoy and deserve a super relaxing vacation, they are inquisitive and eager to learn about Costa Rica, its people and its culture. We are always happy to share what we know. You were a pleasure to be with. We share a love of learning and this made your stay a great visit for both of us. I do hope you will come back and spend even more time, and in the green season when things are super green!
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5

Absolute paradise! Great room, perfect beach and wonderful hosts.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I took our very first trip out of the U.S. to Costa Rica celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary and we couldn't have picked a more perfect place to stay than at Mike and Irma's Twin Dolphins B&B. It was such a wonderful spot right in the middle of a 2-mile long, quiet beach with gentle, soothing waves all day and night, that you can take a short walk in any direction to restaurants, activities, grocery store, etc. Mike and Irma have a very nice condo and we stayed in their huge penthouse suite with private balcony facing the beach, sleeps 4 if you wish, jacuzzi tub and very large stone shower with big window facing the beach, we loved that! They made us wonderful good sized breakfast on the deck every morning, I really enjoyed Mike's "coffee thirty" and my wife usually indulged in a nap in the hammock soon after! Mike and Irma were very friendly and helpful with the local area, things to do and places to eat. We loved the river tour with crocodiles that they joined us on. The price for what you get and where you stay is very reasonable, probably the best deal in the area. I wouldn't have wanted it any other way than to stay with them, we really hope we can get back there in a year or so.

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have had many anniversary and honeymoon stays, and this makes it very special for us. When couples are wanting a very relaxing and romantic vacation we do our best to offer them personal attention. Irma and I especially enjoyed accompanying you on the crocodile tour. We saw way more crocodiles, birds and monkeys than normal and had a great time on the cultural tour as well with traditional dancing with the colorful costumes, specialized horsemanship demonstrations and the bull riding Costa Rican style! Thank you for being such wonderful guests. We hope you come back soon. Pura vida, Mike and Irma
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5

Tranquil, beachfront gorgeous property with exceptional breakfasts!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this location in the penthouse room and it was air conditioned, spacious, clean, safe and had lots of light with incredible views of Potrero beach. Mike cooked the best breakfasts for us which always included tons of local fruit, traditional dishes and basic pancakes and smoothies that my 10 yr old twins loved. Mike and Irma are full of great information and help with booking activities and recommending restaurants, music and good bars. The trip was a blast and it included an adventure tour at Hacienda Guachipelin, which is a must do for all ages. We also really enjoyed the location being next to Bahia Del Sol, which was a resort that you could order a drink at while your kids swim.... also his bed and breakfast is a great location for walking and exploring a huge variety of beaches and visiting, Coco Loco my, favorite bar/restaurant on Flamingo beach, next door. The beauty of Potrero beach, is that it's less crowded and has calmer waves so it was ideal for us and our children. We loved Potrero town, which has lots of character, cows and friendly locals. There is just enough variety of places to walk to, but having the rental car was nice for trips to Tamarindo, Dantito, Conchal, Playa Grande, Brazilito, and many more beach towns to explore. When we returned to Potrero, we were always happy with our choice of beach to stay for 11 days. We would definitely return as we loved the food, place and company of Mike and Irma, whom were so helpful every step of the way. It was much appreciated.

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
36 Miles
Liberia International Airport
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
El Coconut
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Reserva Conchal
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
El Coconut
Nearest Beach
15 Metres
Potrero Beach
Car: not necessary

I have driven from California all the way to Costa Rica and seen many beaches....Potrero beach is the best. We are right on the warm blue Pacific ocean with lots of activites immediately at hand. Whether you are a water person: swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, sailing, jet-ski; or an adventure person: quads, horseback riding, zip-lining, river rafting; or a nature person: volcanos, waterfalls, hiking, bird watching......Potrero beach is surrounded by it all. We can help you do any or all of the activities above. We are experts at helping clients with their itinerariesr . There are side-trips to Monteverde cloud forest, Arenal and Rincoln de la Vieja volcanos, Palo Verde national park with a river boat excursion to see crocodiles on the Tempisque river, zip-lining on the Canopy Tour, or even a 1 or 2 day trip to Granada, Nicaragua......we want your trip to Costa Rica to be one of the best ever!

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Rates & Availability

Potrero Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$90
$595
$2,240
 

Additional information about rental rates

We have three bedrooms available all with comfortable beds refrigerator, flat screen TV's with cable, A/C, and Wi-Fi.
We have two non-ocean facing bedrooms with queen beds for $85 per night per room for 2 adults. An extra single bed is available for an additional $25 per night.
We also offer our 4th level private ocean-front Master Suite with private balcony, shower and sitting room for $95/night

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Costa Rica Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 3
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bathroom with modern shower, vanity.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Penthouse bedroom - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Romantic: Jacuzzi, sitting room, private bath and balcony
  • 1 Queen Bed (1), One Queen and One Twin/Single (2) Each bedroom has a flat screen TV with cable, private balcony, comfortable bed, A/C, and a refrigerator.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes:
Pool available to all guests. We provide a full range of reservation services, including guided tours, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, canopy zip-lining, kayaking, white water rafting, horse-back riding, hot springs and mud baths, crocodile river trips, sunset sailing tours, bird watching, nature and rain forest trips, etc.

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