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Bask in Beach-front Bliss, Enjoy Spectacular Views, 5* reviews

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Condo, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2-4)

Casa Arena de Verano (House of Summer Sand) is located in the quaint community of Playa Potrero, with exquisite decor and love at first sight interiors. Experience the harmony of open space, water, exotic wildlife, lush jungles and other natural elements that offers you a tranquil paradise. Bask in the beauty of a Pacific sunset and picturesque bay view from your spacious balcony. Enjoy a tranquil stroll on 'Endless Beach' or a refreshing swim in one of the areas best beaches right outside your door.

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Keywords: Condominium, ocean front, beach front, ocean view, great location, wrap around deck, walking distance to stores and restaurants, designer decor

More Details

Member since: 2005
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2018

About Kalli

We are natives of southern California and our primary residence is in Encinitas, just north of San Diego. We have a 18 year old son who loves the beach, ocean and water as much as we do. We are fortunate to spend 6 weeks a year at our home in CR with an extended stay in June-July, and again for Thanksgiving late Nov/Dec each year. Spending time in our home every 4-6 months brings us not only great enjoyment, but allows us the opportunity to keep a close eye on everything making sure it is in great shape and ready to welcome and receive our guests.

My husband is a New Thought minister and I am a interior stylist specializing in vacation rental homes. I also manage our 2 vacation rental homes and host/coordinate a women's yoga retreat in CR which offers me an opportunity to share our paradise with others.


Kalli purchased this condo in 2003

Why Kalli chose Potrero

We really feel like we found our shangrila! The Pacific North West area of the Guanacaste provence is one of the most desirable locations in all of Costa Rica. This beach front property offers an awesome view; Secluded enough yet conveniently located to Liberia airport (one hour drive) and other popular and scenic areas such as Flamingo, Tamarindo, Playa Grande, Coco and Hermosa are all with in 10-30 minute drive. We also love the beauty of Potrero Bay as seen from our living room window and front deck and even the kitchen!

The area our condo is in is called 'Surfside.' i Love that it offers a bit more culture diversity and is not your typical tourist district. There is a quaint, quiet feel here with large trees, great roads and less traffic. The local Tico people who live here are warm and inviting and live in harmony with the natural surrounding and part time residents.

What makes this condo unique

The location, lush grounds and the view.....Sunsets from our place are totally amazing! Having the ocean and garden both in front of us and the jungle out the bedroom window is very cool to wake up to. Our condo complex is a small, gated, safe, quiet and very well maintained. We have to grounds keepers who have been at Pacific Beach condos for over 12 years. So they bring a safe and constant quality as well. We only have 12 condos with 3 separate buildings and only 2 levels. Our unit has only one adjoining wall and a wrap around balcony. I am a designer so I have enjoyed tastefully furnishing our home in a Mediterranean, tropical style.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Wonderful place you have here, with an ideal location. We loved seeing the Howler monkeys; the produce stand down the street was a welcomed treat. So appreciated your quick owner responses to help us out. Blessings.
Feb 2016
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Potrero Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , River rock sink and shower bed
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , river rock sink and tub
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • King size bed (1) Quality king bed with nice linens, Queen size ded (1) Quality Queen mattress with nice linens
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • botanical garden
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Comfortably Accommodates 4, King Bed in Master Suite, Queen in Second Bedroom, Air Conditioning in Each Room, Ceiling Fans, Bar Set-up, Fully Equipped and Tastefully Selected Kitchen, DVD-CD, Gas Grill BBQ, Outdoor Dining, Secure Parking, 24 Hour Security Gate, Alarm system, Maid Service, Relax and Enjoy Our Retreat Bonus with Meditation Music, Yoga Video and Mats


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Bask in Beach-front Bliss, Enjoy Spectacular Views, 5* reviews
average rating of 4.9555554 based on 81 reviews

2 Weeks in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was perfect at House of Summer Sand. The location on the beachfront was ideal and the condo was comfortable, fully equipped, and clean. Kalli, the owner was thorough in providing us with every detail of the condo, the area attractions, restaurant recommendations, taxi services, etc, no stone was left unturned. Roxana, the property manager was welcoming and available at all time.

We had 2 weeks of bliss and can't wait to return! Pura vida!!

Bonnie and Chris

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The joy for us in hosting our guests is knowing we did everything we could to make their stay enjoyable. The details matter to us. So pleased to know it di not go unnoticed by Bonnie and Chris.
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Very nice accommodations

  • 5 of 5

Spacious clean well appointed directly on the beach. No complaints at all.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love satisfied guests. Thank you for taking time to leave a short review upon check out. Safe travels and we look forward to your return stay.
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Better than bliss!

  • 5 of 5

We have travelled a lot and this was above all our expectations. Kalli was a pleasure to work with, helpful and quick to respond. We used Eco Trans to travel to/from the airport and they were so easy to find, took us right to the condo door, and even dropped my husband at a grocery store while l checked in. We were met by someone from Tropical Homes, which made it feel like we were really at our own home. It was spotless. Nothing to figure out. We were happy to learn there was an alarm system. The second floor location felt so private. The security gate made us feel so safe, and Hauns and Eddie were always there, whether providing security, building maintenance or gardening. The condo is exceptionally beautiful with many unexpected details. The furnishings are high quality. Beds and linens are very comfortable. The view is breathtaking. Water pressure and quantity was great. Everything we needed was there. We loved exploring during the day and then setting up beach chairs and a cooler on the beach for a sunset swim and happy hour. The beach was so private and felt secluded. Roxana at Tropical Homes was so helpful both before and during our visit. She arranged chef Anders to cook our anniversary dinner, which was sublime. She arranged a Lazy Lizard sunset catamaran cruise to Honeymoon Bay which was wonderful, as well as a private hike to Rincon De La Vieja National Park with bubbling sulphur pools, therapeutic mud baths, and hot springs. Our guide Rodrigio was exceptionally knowledgeable in so many areas, and took fabulous photos with our phones and his binoculars. Even took us to impromptu zip lining and a coffee roaster. It’s hard to pick just one highlight. During our ten days, we didn’t rent a car, but had a golf cart for three days and rented bikes for two. Playa Penca was our favorite beach, Playa Flamingo too busy, and Playa Conchal great for vendors. We have never felt so happy with our new home. Hauns even made us a bonfire on the beach when we asked where to get firewood. I already miss the fruit stand where the driveway meets the road. Usually travelling makes me want to see more places. But I just want to return to the House of Summer Ssnd!

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! What are can I say. I think this guest covered it all. So pleased we exceeded your expectations.
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Beautiful, quiet location

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing view! The pictures do not do it justice. The unit was very clean and well appointed, with everything we needed. Kalli was easy to work with and very accommodating. Another important note, the beds were comfortable! The staff at Tropical Homes, who manage the property, were more than helpful and made our stay worry free. Playa Potrero is a beautiful, laid back beach. Much less crowded than it's neighbor, Playa Flamingo and a great place to come home to.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes, Potrero is the perfect combination of easy assess to everything a traveler needs but away from the more tourist destinations with more of an authentic feel of the Costa Rica people and culture.
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Where do you live?

BEST location with an AMAZING view!

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful second story condo has the very best view ever! From the living room and spacious balcony, we enjoyed watching picturesque sunrises, sunsets and wildlife. It's centrally located and walking distance to many popular destinations. Both the complex and the condo are excellently maintained and well-appointed. We enjoyed that it is a quiet area, away from the hustle and bustle of some of the other nearby areas. The owner has thoughtfully supplied maps, and lots of other pertinent information to help her visitors know what activities and amenities are available in the area. Kalli also knew of the best spots for sailing, yoga, restaurants, and beaches!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes, it's hard to beat our perfect location, incredible view and quiet location along with the privacy afforded us on the second level. Many guests enjoy taking in the views on our balcony that provides both shade and sun.
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  • 5 of 5

This condo had a spectacular view of the beach. It was so nice having a fan and AC in every room. The concierge, Roxana, was very accommodating. She booked a Ziplining excursion, Palo Verde National Park tour, and in-room massages for us! This was a very convenient location too! There was a grocery store and bank down the road. The Beach House restaurant was our favorite hangout which was about a 5 min beach walk. There was great WiFi connection and speed and billions of amazing dvds to watch. The only con was that they charge at least $20 if you check in after 4pm.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Satisfied guests is always our ultimate goal. So pleased to know our property management was helpful to create a memorable get-away experience. To clarify the after hour fee begins at 6:00 not 4:00 and is a policy of the PM not the owner.
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Playa Grande
Best place for surfing nearest to Playa Potrero.
Arenal Volcano Sky Trek
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
One of my all time favorite stops.
The Congo Trail Canopy Tour
Playa Flamingo
Shops, restuarants, dive shop and world class beach.
Playa Penca
World class beach
Best beach front dining.
coco loco
Great place for lunch and sunset dinner right on the sand.
Marie's Restaurant
Playa Potrero
Las Brisas
Tubla Restaurant
Sugar Beach
Best view, peaceful environment, great food....fabulous chips and guacamole!
Angelina's Restaurant & Bar
Best dinner house restaurant in Playa Flamingo area with very nice ambiance
Gelattos Heladería 0039:
Perfect for post beach coffee and gelato
Perfect reliable and affordable airport transfers
The Shack
Walking distant from our condo, very casual low-key and affordable
Abriendo Mentes
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Restarants & bars are within walking distance
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Restarants & bars are within walking distance
Car: recommended

Directly located on the beach front with unobstructed ocean view. Walking Distance to Grocery Store and Restaurants and a Short Drive to Village Shopping areas with a wonderful paved road in the quaint village of Potrero and Surfside. where convenience and local culture meet hand in hand.

Offering some of Costa Rica's Most Spectacular Beaches with Swimming, Boating Excursions, Sunset Sails, World Class Fishing, and Long White Sand Beach Strolls, 18 Hole Golf Courses, ATV Rides, Eco Tours, Nature Trails, Turtle Nesting, Wildlife Refuge and Amazing Canopy Tours in the Tropical Rainforest. 30-60 minute drive for short day trips to explore all that this area has to offer in Tamarindo, Playa Grande, Coco, Hermosa. A variety of yoga studios or classes near by and yoga mats and DVD's provided for you enjoyment.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Non-refund cleaning fee $120
Refundable damage deposit $300


Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.