House, 4 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-12)
- English, Spanish
About Mel Norrbom
I am a semi-retired realtor. I've owned this home since 1993 and have vacationed here yearly. My four children grew up coming here and have numerous fond memories. I am co-owner, bi-lingual and live in California. The other owner is Alfonsina Espinal DeLeon. Affectionately called, Perla. Perla is co-owner, on-site hostess, chef, chauffeur and local activities coordinator.
Mel Norrbom purchased this House in 1993
Why Mel Norrbom chose Potrero
If you would like a safe, fun and NOT a "all inclusive" Costa Rican experience... this is your place. We offer a comfortable, very clean home. Very characteristic of the Costarican beach lifestyle. Our amenities are significant but in a traditional Costarican setting. We are happy to accomodate in any way we can.
What makes this House unique
We have taken the time to put in beautiful lawn areas filled with tropical plants, coconut palms, mango tree and various kinds of banana trees all right on the beach. You don't have to go anywhere, you are already there but if you have to go somewhere there are resort activity zones close by in both directions.
no additional guests above group number booked without owners authorization waste toilet paper to go in waste cans cleaning fee to be paid on arrival
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
At this location we walked to rent a golf cart which you can drive on the roads. This was fun and a great way to see where everything is located. We also took the cart to a car rental which was also not expensive which we used for sightseeing golfing and shopping.
Cody and Perla are great people. They will help out with what ever you need. Went fishing with Cody which was a great experience.
The ocean water is so warm as I swam several days before 7am.
We hope to visit again but next time for more than a week.
Playa Potrero Playa Del Mar - great location and excellent, memorable hosts in Perla and Kodi
The compelling reasons why we booked this house for our Costa Rican vacation was the location, the feedback on the live in property hosts Perla and Kodi and most importantly that the property has most of the rooms on the first floor. We have a child with muscular dystrophy who can walk short distances but cannot navigate steps much less stairs. Mel, the owner, responded before we booked that there is only a small step in the living room area that leads to the back door that leads to the beach. Our son was easily helped to navigate that step during the week. Mel and his communication is spot on. Mel provides great overview and context of what to expect at his property and the experiences in the area.
A favorite aspect of this rental is that he Pacific Ocean that is Potrero Bay shoreline is literally about 45 steps around High Tide and 50 steps or so at lower tides from the back door of the house. It is a quiet beach area with safe surf and currents most of the time that will allow you to have relatively private, safe beach fun with your family of all ages and capabilities.
Other more popular beaches are close drives like Playa Flamingo (big waves and strong surf and great sunsets) and Playa Conchal (comfortable crushed shells white sand beach.
We enjoyed a day trip about 30 to 40 minutes away heading east of Potrero up the Monkey Trail road to the CONGO TRAIL CANOPY TOUR for Ziplining adventures and an ATV Tour. The ATV tour was on their property so our 8 year old to 13 year old kids were able to drive their own ATV's. We recommend this excursion
Perla and Kodi will perform great service with their cooking and fishing and leading adventures and showing you around for unspoken fees (tips) that are great value and will enable you and your family to have a very memorable vacation. We paid Perla $30 to cook amazing meals for our family and she would put up the leftovers and clean the dishes. We paid/tipped Kodi about $40 to take our kids on a 2 hour or so fishing / snorkeling adventure in the morning where he would catch a lot of fish spearfishing and then have him clean the fish for us for us to cook or have Perla cook an amazing meal. The experiences our kids got on those daily morning fishing trips is priceless. This would have been a $100 to $150 excursion.
In summary, renting Palma Del Mar in Potrero will provide , memorable, relaxing vacation for your family and feel like adding Perla and Kodi to your family. Pura Vida!
Where to being! This house is truly a gem. The beachfront location was amazing. Literally steps away form the ocean. Felt great waking up to the sound of the waves and being able to talk our morning walks on the beach with the family. The house in a great location close to many other local beaches and hot spots. The house was clean, comfortable and always felt safe. Our family of 7 (ranging from 5- 55) stayed during the month of July and could not have asked for better place. Mel was in constant contact before and during our vacation which was great as he provided tips on local hots spot, grocery shopping, restaurants, local transportation, shuttle service to and from airport, excursions, activities, etc. This house is the full package. Cody and Perla (caretakers) were very helpful during our stay. Perla made sure the house was clean and comfortable. I would definitely recommend the welcome diner. On our first night there, Perla cooked arroz con pollo (traditional chicken and rice) which everyone truly enjoyed, and even had leftovers for 2 days. Cody was amazing; always super friendly and helpful in many ways. To name a few, he set up bonfires; brought down coconuts right off the tree on property; took us snorkeling ; gave surf lessons, set up a jetski session; took us to a private beach on his boat (amazing!!). Cody also caught fish, lobster and squid for us which could not have been better as we all the enjoyed fresh seafood right out of the ocean. Perla's was great with cooking the catch of the day for us, and let me just say that we were all very satisfied and licking plates of how delicious it all was. She made the fish into a ceviche; and OMG the lobster and squid were exquisite! The squid was cooked in a white sauce that was just simply mouth watering and the lobster was perfectly done and was soooo yummy!! Honestly, we couldn't have asked for a better place and people to deal with. Mel, Cody and Perla were truly helpful throughout out trip and made it all that more memorable. Our family is very grateful for the time they dedicated in making sure that we were all happy, comfortable and enjoying ourselves. We will most definitely be back to this one of a kind beach house.
Great vacation in Playa Potrero
Our family of 5 really enjoyed staying in Potrero. The beach is quiet compared to neighboring beaches. You can walk 5 minutes in one direction and have a great meal at the Beach House Restaurant or 10 minutes the other way and eat at the Sailing Center. One of our favorite activities was to charter a sailboat from there and go on a snorkeling trip with one of the local captains. Two nights in a row we had a visit from large sea turtles, the second night, we witnessed her come in from the water, dig a hole, lay eggs and head back to sea. We explored many of the nearby beaches, the Diamante Adventure Park and enjoyed trying some of the great restaurants in the small town of Potrero. I definitely recommend this rustic, old school beach house.
Palma Del Mar is a Great private beachfront home.
There were 10 of us at Palma De Mar for the first 10 days and we had an absolutely great time. The property which was directly on the beach was looked after by Perla and Cody. Perla shopped, cooked dinner and cleaned up the mess for us for those first 10 days which made it a real holiday for all of us. We ate the leftovers the next day. Perla did our wash and cleaned constantly. The house layout was perfect with 2 bedrooms and a full bathroom on each side of the house. There were fans in every room to keep you cool and the cool breezes off the ocean, which was right out front also helped to keep us cool. Air conditioners in each bedroom kept us cool at night. For me one of the highlights was the fishing off shore with Cody as often as I wanted in his small boat. We caught many fish and wide varieties of them. The weather every day was perfect and started with coffee at the beach in the morning, walking down the beach to so many great restaurants, grocery shopping and just for the exercise. We’d have cocktails at the beach in the afternoon and watched the great sunsets in the evening. Cody had large bonfire at the beach for the kids to roast marshmallows, got the grandkids on the surfboards in the waves and climbed the trees on the property to get coconuts for the kids. My wife and I stayed on by ourselves for the rest of the month and found it hard to leave. Thank you Mel, Perla and Cody for hosting us and we hope to see you again next year.
A True Costa Rican Gem💎 🌴
Just wrapped up a 9 night stay at this GEM!
As advertised, there is nothing fancy about this beach house. It’s truly authentic which is why it’s so special. There are 4 good sized bedrooms and two bathrooms. Beds are very comfy with light airy bedding for those hot nights. All rooms also have AC which we never used. There are very powerful ceiling fans throughout the house. That combined with the open air design of the home was enough to keep it cool and comfortable.
The upper level has a great hammock and hanging chairs, and allows you to look for miles toward Flamingo and beyond.
What also sets this house apart from others are the caretakers Perla and Kodi. They live on site in a suite at the front of the house. They are basically there for you if you need anything...or will let you have your privacy. You pay a reasonable cleaning fee up front to Perla- and she comes in to tidy every couple of days and will do all the little things you don’t want to.
Kodi is a fisherman and can organize any boating/fishing/snorkeling excursions you may want to take. We took Perla up on her welcome dinner. She bought the groceries, cooked an amazing meal and cleaned up for $30 plus the cost of groceries and a tip. I highly recommend this for your first night or anytime throughout your stay. Perla has a 9 year old daughter Aris who spent many hours playing with our twins and helping them learn some Spanish. We were even invited to her birthday party at a nearby resort!
Playa Potrero is incredible. A smallish quiet bay with gentle waves, perfect for kids and swimming. There are lots of boats which is fun to watch all the locals fish and work all day long. Out front of the house is an awesome Rancho with seating for 6, providing beautiful views and nice shade. Don’t forget to check out the yoga at Bahia Del Sol, a 6 min walk down the beach. 8:30 Monday - Saturday...Hatha and strength classes. They were FABULOUS
The only thing I would caution is if you’re not a dog lover. There are two dogs on site and many other dogs in the neighbourhood. They often like to “talk” to each other at night. We’ve found that when you live amongst the locals in any foreign country, this is just part of life...but all were super friendly.
In my opinion, Mel could charge much more than he does considering the location, safe beach and great restaurants nearby but I’m guessing he just wants to share his little piece of paradise with others. Highly recommended! Pura Vida♥
Canopy tours, sea turtle egg laying tours, geothermal pools and rivers. sailing