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Our family of 5 just returned from a week long stay at Mel’s house. It’s in a beautiful location: a small cove that was not crowded at all (our girls truly were the only ones on the beach most days). The waves can get big but most of the time they are the perfect size for just bobbing/hanging out in the ocean. There is a shaded table on the beach that was a perfect spot for us to hang out and read/watch the kids.
Owner/staff: Mel was incredibly helpful leading up to the trip. He happened to be in country while we were there, and was kind to show us around some of his favorite places. He has been living part-time in CR for many years, and it is clear that it holds his heart. Yahaira is the cook and housekeeper, and she was wonderful. We highly recommend asking her to prepare a traditional welcome dinner ($40 + groceries). We ate the arroz con pollo leftovers the entire week and they were so good. We paid Kody for a morning of fishing, and we all caught something with his helpful teaching. After fishing he took us to a cove where we could snorkel. That night he came over and cooked fish for dinner-it was wonderful.
The house has belonged to Mel for 30+ years. It is simple and has not been updated recently, as mentioned in other reviews, but we were comfortable and the location is wonderful. The AC in bedrooms works great, and we slept well. The common areas have strong fans, so even though those areas were warm they were fine. Be aware that you will need to bring soap/shampoo/etc (this is posted on the listing). There is a large market about a 15 minute walk from the house, which was very helpful.
Things to do: We did the basic zip line course at Congo Trail (short drive from the house) and it was great. We visited Conchal Beach (all sea shells)-highly recommend for a morning or afternoon. We took a trip to Tamarindo for lunch and some shopping, which was fun. We ate lunch one day at Pleamar, a restaurant that is a short walk down the beach from the house. Excellent ceviche and really good fried fish.
We came to Costa Rica to disconnect and have some relaxed family time. This house helped make that possible. We are thankful for the hospitality of Mel, Yahaira, and Kody!
Date de la visite mai 2022
Rédigé le 12 juin 2022. Cet avis est l'opinion subjective d'un voyageur et non de Tripadvisor LLC ou de ses partenaires. Tripadvisor ne vérifie pas les avis Vrbo.
Pros: Great location, nice view, affordable.
Cons: This is a NO-FRILLS property. Be prepared to pay additional cleaning and property manager fees in addition to what's stated in the listing. Overall this house needs a deep scrub, several fresh coats of paint and some new furnishings.
Date de la visite mars 2022
Rédigé le 20 mars 2022. Cet avis est l'opinion subjective d'un voyageur et non de Tripadvisor LLC ou de ses partenaires. Tripadvisor ne vérifie pas les avis Vrbo.
Location! Location! location!
I just spend a magical week at this house right on Potrero beach. Nice quiet beach. There are two restaurants on the beach within walking distance. There is a village a few minutes by car for groceries and a fresh fruit and vegetable market. There are also several other beaches to discover just a few km by car. You are 20 minutes from Tamarindo, if you want some tourist action. Lots of activities to do in this area: fishing, nature, turtle, beach, ATV, horseback riding… The house is super clean. For an extra, Yahira will clean and wash your laundry every day. In addition, I recommend the delicious welcome dinner prepared by Yahira. Cody, a very nice guy, who lives on the same site can advise you and help you find all kinds of activities. I went fishing with Cody. I ate fish every day. Cody caught me lobsters. You have to pay Cody for his services and the fish. Cody made me some delicious mango juice from the mango tree on the property. By far the best value in this area according to my research. I'm going back next year. (Sorry for the bad english I am french Canadian)
Date de la visite mars 2022
Rédigé le 14 mars 2022. Cet avis est l'opinion subjective d'un voyageur et non de Tripadvisor LLC ou de ses partenaires. Tripadvisor ne vérifie pas les avis Vrbo.
Cody and Yahida did a great job of welcoming us, keeping our house clean and organized and arranging taxis and excursions. Friendly and courteous. They are indispensable help for 1st time visitors and on subsequent visits they are just a luxury.
Location location location. Restaurants along the beach and in Potrero are all walking distance along the beach with access from this beachfront property.
This property location is very safe and secure. This was our second visit and I’m sure we’ll be back soon.
Date de la visite février 2022
Rédigé le 20 février 2022. Cet avis est l'opinion subjective d'un voyageur et non de Tripadvisor LLC ou de ses partenaires. Tripadvisor ne vérifie pas les avis Vrbo.
My family and I enjoyed our time here. Cody was absolutely wonderful, he was there to help with absolutely anything we needed. Took my husband and boys fishing and we cooked the fish for dinner! The lady that cleaned was very sweet and cooked us a wonderful welcome dinner. Location is unbelievable, so close to the water. Just steps away from restaurants . This property is no frills though. Air-conditioning units only in the bedrooms. No AC in the common areas. There were lots of bugs inside. Overall we enjoyed our week here!
Date de la visite janvier 2022
Rédigé le 4 février 2022. Cet avis est l'opinion subjective d'un voyageur et non de Tripadvisor LLC ou de ses partenaires. Tripadvisor ne vérifie pas les avis Vrbo.
Palma del Mar is ‘one of a kind’. Our 9-day stay enabled us ample time to experience the Costa Rican lifestyle in a totally authentic way. This was different from previous visits to Costa Rica resorts around the country. In a beautiful setting, Palma del Mar is an older, “open air” house some 50 yards from the gentle surf. Cody lives on site in a separate quarter. Yahira lives in the area and comes to do housekeeping daily (exc. Sunday). Luna, the gentle little house pup (and Cody’s roommate), comes and goes and loves to visit with you if you wish.
Cody and Yahira are kind and thoughtful people who were available from Day 1 to assist in many ways. They wanted to ensure we were enjoying our stay and had that in mind each day. Yahira cleaned every morning including guest laundry as needed. She is an excellent cook and frequently prepared us fresh juices, fruit salads, and traditional rice and beans. Her English is limited as is our Spanish, but no problem thanks to Google Translate. Cody was on hand and available to ensure property security, to make tour and transportation arrangements, to build bonfires, to arrange for fishing and snorkeling, etc. He is very capable and resourceful. He is also an excellent cook - his ceviche made from freshly caught yellow jack, was ‘simply the best’. Cody’s English is passable and he also uses Google Translate when needed.
Please compensate and tip Cody and Yahira generously; they are deserving! We plan to see them again on a future visit to this place on Potrero!
PS: Shout out to several local businesses at which we were repeat customers…all are walkable via the beach; and we occasionally used taxi or rented golf cart to get into town. The Beach House (0.1 mile), Hemingways (0.6 mile), Nita’s Coffee (0.7 mile), Café del Sol (0.7 mile), Merkdo (0.7 mile).
Date de la visite janvier 2022
Rédigé le 22 janvier 2022. Cet avis est l'opinion subjective d'un voyageur et non de Tripadvisor LLC ou de ses partenaires. Tripadvisor ne vérifie pas les avis Vrbo.
Our group of 6 adults was supposed to stay at Palma de Mar in November 2020 but our plans were cancelled due to Covid. Although our host Mel has a no refund policy, we were grateful that he allowed us to transfer our reservation to November 2021. We very much enjoyed our stay. Great beachfront location.
Date de la visite novembre 2021
Rédigé le 5 décembre 2021. Cet avis est l'opinion subjective d'un voyageur et non de Tripadvisor LLC ou de ses partenaires. Tripadvisor ne vérifie pas les avis Vrbo.
Overall this is a great place to stay and our family had a wonderful time. My husband and I traveled with our 4 kids ages 3-8. This is a typical Costa Rican house right on the beach. I’ll write an honest review here, as I think it’s fantastic as long as you have the right expectations. Highlights:
-Location: right on the beach. Walk out your house, cross a lush garden, open the small gate and walk onto the beach. Can also walk to a couple of restaurants on the beach from the house.
-Codi & Perla: They live in an attached place behind the house and are available for anything. Perla will cook you an amazing meal for $40 plus cost of the food. She does a little light cleaning maybe every other day. She will also do your laundry. She is warm, friendly and an amazing cook! Codi is an expert fisherman and for a fee will take you out on his small boat. He took my husband and 4 kids and they had a blast. He also built us a spectacular bonfire one night. They are both wonderful and kind.
-A chance to experience Costa Rica in a more authentic way - living in the culture, and not at a resort where you get very little of the culture
-That being said, this is not a resort or fancy condo. It’s an older house on the beach. There are some bugs. The bathrooms and kitchen are old. The furniture and mattresses (except one bed) are not new. If you want more of a resort feel with brand new updated everything, this isn’t your place.
-Overall we are so glad we stayed here. It was a beautiful way to experience Costa Rican beauty and culture. Definitely recommend!
Date de la visite décembre 2020
Rédigé le 24 décembre 2020. Cet avis est l'opinion subjective d'un voyageur et non de Tripadvisor LLC ou de ses partenaires. Tripadvisor ne vérifie pas les avis Vrbo.
Unfortunately, due to the global pandemic/COVID 19 and travel bans, we were not able to travel to this location in April 2020. Mel N. was extremely personable, kind, and accommodating throughout this difficult time. He took the time to actually connect by talking with us and showing compassion. He took it upon himself to re-schedule our booking for next year despite his own hardships. Our family feels very fortunate to have booked at this location due to Mel's support. God bless you Mel! We REALLY look forward to our trip next year!!!
Date de la visite avril 2020
Rédigé le 15 avril 2020. Cet avis est l'opinion subjective d'un voyageur et non de Tripadvisor LLC ou de ses partenaires. Tripadvisor ne vérifie pas les avis Vrbo.
This is an unconventional review since my family had to cancel/reschedule our vacation to Costa Rica due to the travel restrictions surrounding the corona virus. We were so looking forward to this trip and staying at this house. We decided to reschedule/cancel only two days before we had planned to leave, so I was concerned with losing money/unable to reschedule. I called Mel and he was so understanding and flexible with the whole situation. He immediately told me, we would not lose any money rescheduling. He spent time with me on the phone and emails, making sure we could find a week later in the year that would work for our family. He also contacted the driver we had hired to explain the situation for me. He has been an amazing owner to work with and we cannot wait for our trip later this year!
Date de la visite mars 2020
Rédigé le 1 avril 2020. Cet avis est l'opinion subjective d'un voyageur et non de Tripadvisor LLC ou de ses partenaires. Tripadvisor ne vérifie pas les avis Vrbo.