"Village of Potrero" Potrero by Albernfrau

Potrero Travel Guide: 9 reviews and 21 photos

Six kilometers away from Flamingo is the village of Potrero. This is the village we lived in for six weeks. It is an absolutely perfect place to get away from it all. The only store in the village is a grocery store called Super Ceymi. It is owned by two wonderful friendly men, Miguel and Orlando. Because this is the only store for miles you can pretty much buy anything there. We even bought our bicycles from the store. Saying that we did head to the city of Santa Cruz and LIberia to buy some items that we couldn't find in Potrero, ie. towels, bath mat, etc.

We rented a little house just down the road from the store from a man named Gato. He owns a number of houses and will rent them out at reasonable prices for all lengths of time.

There are two beaches in this area--Playa Penca and Playa Potrero. Playa Penca is the prettiest and while we lived in Potrero we went to this beach every day and only a couple of times did we ever see anyone else on this beach.

Potrero is a nice Costa Rican village; great for getting away from it all. However if you are looking to be entertained there isn't a lot to do in Potrero. We spent our time going for walks, going to the beach, watching local soccer games (the highlight activity of the village) riding our bikes and a lot of reading. Originally we had planned to spend 6 months here but after 4 weeks I was bored out of my mind. That is when we decided to travel the rest of Central America.

Overall Potrero was a wonderful place to relax and enjoy village beach living. The people were wonderful, the animals plentiful (howler monkeys everywhere!) and the weather perfect. If you are looking for culture and activity this isn't the place to go though.

Potrero is located near Playa Flamingo which has a great, albeit pricey Spanish language school. Nearby Brasilito is another quaint village. There are tons of beaches in this area waiting to be explored.

The roads are dirt with tons of potholes so be careful. Cows, chickens and all sorts of other animals are hanging about. Not to mention the howler monkeys which as I mentioned are always in the trees nearby.

Nearby Village/Expat Marina of Flamingo

Flamingo Is a small village with mostly Americans living in it. There are a few hotels, a marina and a Spanish Language School, CPI. The school is excellent although expensive when compared to other Spanish schools in Central America.

The beach in Flamingo is beautiful and not too busy. There are a couple of scuba diving shops, a hair salon, a couple of restaurants and a few other stores. Everything in Flamingo is quite expensive.

Spanish School

Spanish Language School, CPI. The school is excellent. They provide 1:1 tutoring and offer tourist adventures, ie. horseback riding, rain forest excursions, trips to volcano, boating, etc. The school is immaculate, has a great pool and friendly staff.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Relaxed, escape from everything.
  • Cons:Not much to do, dirt roads, not many services.
  • In a nutshell:A typical Costa Rican village.
  • Intro Updated Jun 17, 2006
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  • iwys's Profile Photo
    Aug 13, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Nice page with interesting tips. I didn't hear about this place when I was in Costa Rica, which is a pity, because to me it seemed the most touristy of all the Central American countries.

  • penumbra's Profile Photo
    Sep 5, 2006 at 9:32 PM

    Yoghurt with chocolate balls, I’ll have to try that.


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