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Large vacation apartment for 10 people in Guanacaste, with pool and garden
4.9
20 reviews
Guanacaste
$410per night
Lodge for 3 people in Alajuela, with garden
3 pers.
4.1
43 reviews
Alajuela
$40per night
Apartment for 2 people in Tamarindo, with view and ocean view as well as balcony/terrace and terrace
4.9
51 reviews
Tamarindo, Guanacaste
$85per night
Large vacation apartment for 28 people in Jacó, with pool and garden
28 pers., 12 bedrooms, 2.6mi to the beach
5.0
4 reviews
Jacó, Puntarenas
$1,391per night
Large vacation apartment for 22 people in Jacó, with pool
22 pers., 15 bedrooms, 1.6mi to the beach
5.0
2 reviews
Jacó, Puntarenas
$1,851per night
Lodge for 4 people in Guanacaste, with garden, with pets
4.8
55 reviews
Guanacaste
$75per night
Large vacation apartment for 8 people in Guanacaste, with garden, with pets
4.6
13 reviews
Guanacaste
$119per night
Large vacation apartment for 8 people in Bahía Ballena, with pool and garden
8 pers., 5 bedrooms, 200yd to the beach
5.0
20 reviews
Bahía Ballena, Puntarenas
$347per night
Apartment for 2 people in Alajuela, with balcony
2 pers., 1 bedrooms
Alajuela
$49per night
Large vacation apartment for 6 people in Guanacaste, with pool and garden
6 pers., 3 bedrooms, 200yd to the beach
4.5
19 reviews
Guanacaste
$124per night
Vacation apartment for 3 people in Cóbano, with pool
3 pers., 1 bedrooms, 450yd to the beach
5.0
1 review
Cóbano, Puntarenas
$129per night
Villa for 27 people in Jacó, with jacuzzi and pool as well as garden
27 pers., 6 bedrooms, 2.2mi to the beach
4.9
20 reviews
Jacó, Puntarenas
$902per night
Large vacation apartment for 4 people in San José, with balcony/terrace and pool as well as sauna and balcony
4 pers., 1 bedrooms
4.7
11 reviews
San José
$83per night
Vacation apartment for 7 people in Guanacaste, with garden
7 pers., 2 bedrooms
Guanacaste
$106per night
Vacation apartment for 16 people in Alajuela, with jacuzzi and garden, with pets
16 pers., 6 bedrooms
Alajuela
$396per night
Large vacation apartment for 22 people in Nosara, with pool and garden
22 pers., 5 bedrooms, 700yd to the beach
5.0
20 reviews
Nosara, Guanacaste
$839per night
Lodge for 2 people in Cabo Velas, with garden
4.7
92 reviews
Guanacaste
$79per night
Vacation apartment for 3 people in Alajuela, with jacuzzi and sauna as well as garden, with pets
4.3
501 reviews
Alajuela
$25per night
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Highlights in Costa Rica

  • Surfing
  • Active volcanoes
  • Waterfalls
  • Hidden beaches
  • Tropical weather

Most popular in Costa Rica

Pool 5,159
Internet 8,115
Pet allowed 1,397
Balcony/Terrace 6,441
TV 5,177
Air conditioning 5,939
Garden 5,090
Parking 7,740
Washing machine 4,647

Costa Rica Vacation Rentals

Seafront Vacation Villas

There are numerous spacious and beautiful beach villas to rent along the Costa Rican coastline. Spacious beach villas can be found found in hotspots in the city centre in Jaco and Esterillas alone the coast. There are dozens of rustic homes with wonderful views in Playa Hermosa and lock-up-and-go apartments on the eastern coast in Puerto Viejo. You can opt for a vacation rental with ocean views, lush gardens a private pool and balconies and barbeque areas.

Rural Vacation Home in a Holiday Village

There are plenty of rustic seaside homes in Costa Rica. You can rent a large family-sized rental home, boasting huge private gardens and 2 minute beach access. There are also inland homes located in San Jose, in Cartiagio near the Tapanti National Park and Poas Volcano National Park and in Heredia. You can also stay in comfortable oceanfront resort villages at The Four Seasons Resort, the JW Marriott and the Copa De ArbolBeach and Rainforest resort.

Vacationing in Costa Rica

Orientation

Costa Rica is located in Central America and features magnificent coastlines on both the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean. Since the region is made up largely of tropical coastal plains, Costa Rica is home to volcanoes, mountains, and a temperate central plateau. This is where most settlements are located and where you will find its capital city San José.

Mountains and Volcanoes

Costa Rica's boasts striking and picturesque mountains, and about 60 volcanoes. The five active volcanoes are Poas, Irazu, Arenal, Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and Turrialba. The Cocos Plate and the Caribbean Plate have caused serious earthquakes over the years. Fourteen river systems originate in the mountains and the Pacuare and Reventazon, produce whitewater rapids.

Rent a 4x4

Many people choose to travel with a hired vehicle to and from their vacation rental. You can also rent a 4x4vehicle for driving in the mountains, viewing the volcano sites, trailheads and waterfalls. This is a great way to appreciate the rugged scenery. It will take you 12-14 hours to drive cross country.

Palo Verde National Park
Palo Verde National Park

Activities

Outdoor Adventures in Costa Rica

Choosing to stay in a beachfront vacation home in Costa Rica is an exciting option if you enjoy outdoor activities. Costa Rica offers hiking, climbing, windsurfing, canoeing and cycling. You can hike the mountains in, rent kayaks to navigate the rivers or experience rafting down rapids. There are numerous mountains to visit in Costa Rica including the Arenal Volcano, Irazu or Poas volcanoes or the Turrialba Volcano for a thrilling daytrip.

The Perfect Beach Holiday Destination

Costa Rican beaches, mountains, forests are beautiful, unspoiled, organic and peaceful but you will also find a rental home near modern conveniences in Costa Rica such as shops, restaurants, banks, sports venues and there are several modern resort villages to enjoy. There are wild, hidden areas in Costa Rica where visitors can encounter plentiful monkeys and wildlife or simply take time out.

A Surfing Mecca

With its Pacific ocean location and perfect weather, Costa Rica is one of the world's most beautiful surfing locations. Costa Rica has a large local surfing community and many visitors come to surf the abundant waves. At Pavones Beach you will find one of the longest left hand point breaks in the world. It is possible to surf all year round in Costa Rica thanks to its location on the Equator -close to the Pacific. This means that swells emanate from both northern and southern hemispheres at different times of the year!

Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

Top 5 things to do in Costa Rica

1. Visit Tamarindo Beach

Ideal for surfing, buying surfing related goods, meeting the local surfing community and entertaining the kids. The beach is a popular attraction for locals and visitors and here you will also find resorts with cabinasand casinos, on-site gyms and various water sports and activities. Diving, sportfishing, surfing and fishing opportunities are plentiful.

2. Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve offers pristine beauty, abundant fauna and flora and biodiversity. Here you will find woodlands which lead to rainforests with tall trees. Orchids, bromeliads, mosses, ferns and vines dot the area. A restaurant, shop and gallery complete the facilities at this popular and peaceful area.

3. Play Golf

The golf courses in Costa Rica are set against the backdrop of oceans and mountains. Courses are excellent quality, challenging and beautiful. You can opt for the Vista Ridge Golf and Country Club, La Iguana Golf Course or the Los Delfines Golf and Country Club.

4. Visit Poas Volcano

This active 2,708-metre stratovolcano is found in central Costa Rica, within the Poas Volcano National Park. Since 1828 it has erupted 40 times. In April, 2017 visitors and residents were evacuated from the area due to an eruption. The mountain and volcano is nonetheless a very memorable day trip and a must-do activity.

5. Parque Diversiones

The Parque Diversiones amusement park was established in 1981 in San José and funds the National Children's Hospital and features four rollercoasters and three water coasters.

The Costa Rican army was abolished in 1949, and today no army exists.

Useful Information

Tropical climate

The Costa Rica climate is tropical due to its close proximity to the equator. This means it has no distinct summer and winter but does have a wet and dry season. The rainy season is between May to November. There are different climates on the Pacific vs the Caribbean coastline.

Costa rica events

The island hosts numerous events throughout the year. These include the Public festival of Palmares, Saints Day of Santa Cruz, Coffee Cup festival, the Carnival of Puntarenas, the Oxcarts-Parade, Dia de San Isidro Labrador, The National Orchid Exhibition and The International Festival of Arts.