Destination guide

Live the "pura vida" in Costa Rica's vacation rentals

If you don't know what "Pura vida" means, don't worry – you'll learn soon enough on your Costa Rican holiday. There, "pura vida" is more than just a catchphrase to attract tourists; it's a way of life. It's pretty much the local "hakuna matata" – laid-back, no-worries, anything goes. It means surfing in the morning, yoga in the afternoon, partying at night, and chillaxing in between. Throw in a few outdoor adventures with the kids, a couple of romantic sunset strolls along the beach – pura vida! Enjoy it to the fullest from Costa Rica's vacation rentals.


Get your comfy shoes on if you plan on travelling back in time in Costa Rica. The places you'll go to will get you walking a lot. There's Cartago, the old centre of Spanish colonial power. Cartago is the home of the Santiago Apostol Parish Ruins, an unfinished church damaged by earthquake, and the Basilica de Nuestra Senora de los Angeles, a major Catholic pilgrimage site since the 17th century. In Diquis Valley, you'll find mysterious pre-Columbian stone spheres. And, of course, you have the museums of San Jose, which chronicle the different eras of Costa Rican history.

Outdoor activities

Volcanoes and rainforests from your Costa Rica vacation rental

An essential part of Costa Rica's "pura vida" is about getting up, close and personal with the country's great natural wonders. From the mighty volcanoes that run through the country's interior to its dense rainforest and stunning beaches, Costa Rica offers something for outdoor enthusiasts of every flavour. Where else can you zip line above the canopy in the morning, take a wildlife-spotting river trip in the afternoon, and then see turtles hatching before the end of the day?

How to get around

Getting around Costa Rica from vacation rentals is a trip

Buses are a reliable way of getting around Costa Rica. From San Jose, the capital city, you can pretty much hop on a bus to your vacation rental or to anywhere in the country. Bus rides in Costa Rica can be trippy, though. Schedules can be erratic, the roads can be bumpy, and the going is often slow. But the awesome scenery makes up for the crazy ride, and it's a great way to make friends with other travellers. The ferry service is a good alternative if your destination is on the country's Caribbean coast.

Food & drink

Eat well the Costa Rican way from vacation rentals

In Costa Rica, you can fill your belly to your heart's content without much guilt. Traditional Costa Rican cuisine is considered healthy, focusing on fresh fruits, vegetables, and other ingredients. You can start your day with pinto, or stir-fried rice and beans topped with eggs and sour cream. For lunch, you can tuck into casado, which is rice and beans with meat and salad, plus plantains or corn tortillas. For dinner, you can stuff yourself with arroz con pollo, which is rice and chicken with vegetables and spices. Ceviche, raw seafood soaked in lemon juice, is a special treat.

Essential info

Essential facts for your Costa Rica vacation rentals stay

Costa Rica is in Central America, sandwiched by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east. To the north lies Nicaragua, while Panama is to the southeast and Ecuador to the south. Costa Rica has a total area of 51,100 sq km and a population of 4.9 million. Around 83% of the population is made up of Caucasians and mestizos, while the rest are half-black, half-white, Native Americans, and Afro-Caribbean people. Spanish is the country's official language, but many Costa Ricans can talk comfortably in English. The official currency is the Costa Rican colon.

Can I find a vacation rental around Costa Rica?

Yes, our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 6,458 vacation rentals near Costa Rica. From 3,971 house rentals to 990 villa rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Costa Rica for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Costa Rica?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Costa Rica. From Vrbo Canada travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Tamarindo: 1,447 vacation rentals
  • Coco Beach: 642 vacation rentals
  • Jaco: 942 vacation rentals
  • Samara: 172 vacation rentals
  • Guanacaste: 2,767 vacation rentals

And Vrbo Canada offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Costa Rica! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Costa Rica?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Costa Rica:

  • Tamarindo: 1,447 rentals
  • Jaco: 942 rentals
  • Samara: 172 rentals
  • Playa Hermosa: 749 rentals
  • Liberia: 2,021 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Costa Rica?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Costa Rica are:

  • San Jose (SJO-Juan Santamaria Intl.): 479 vacation rentals
  • Liberia (LIR-Daniel Oduber Intl.): 887 vacation rentals
  • Puntarenas (JAP-Chacarita): 103 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Costa Rica?

Vrbo Canada offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Costa Rica. From Vrbo Canada travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Manuel Antonio National Park: 390 rentals
  • Costa Rica National Stadium (Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica): 447 rentals
  • Las Catalinas: 529 rentals
  • Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve: 405 rentals
  • Grecia: 451 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Costa Rica listed on Vrbo Canada where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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