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Destination guide

Adventure near vacation home rentals in Costa Rica

From stunning tropical beaches to the wonders of the rainforest, Costa Rica is a haven for lovers of pristine nature and exciting adventure. You can look for handmade treasures in bustling artisan markets, learn how to swing your hips in traditional creole dancing or spend an afternoon fishing for tilapia and trout. Costa Rica vacation rentals are just right for getting a good night's sleep before exploring mountain villages, flying through the lush jungle canopy on a zip line or simply relaxing in a hammock under a palm tree on the beach, while the kids build sandcastles or go swimming.

Things to do

Attractions near vacation rentals in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is renowned for its natural beauty. The rainforests hum with life and are beautiful places to explore with a guide, to find hidden plants and wildlife you might otherwise miss. To get a bird's eye view, you can take a zip line through the cloud forest of Monteverde, or a high-speed zip line in the Central Valley that will hurtle you through the air at speeds of up to 55 mph. Costa Rica vacation rentals offer easy proximity to ATV trails and waterfalls, tubing down the Pacuare River and horseback riding into the mountains above San Jose.

Activities

Things to do near vacation homes in Costa Rica

Water activities abound in Costa Rica, from dashing across the ocean on jet skis, exploring the wonders of the ocean by snorkeling and Scuba diving or embracing your inner surfer and riding the waves. With several rivers flowing through Costa Rica, rafting is a popular excursion for the whole family, providing fun adventures on the water, with spectacular views of the vibrant rainforest. A Costa Rica vacation rental makes an excellent home base for relaxation, after fun catamaran tours and kayaking, visiting a thriving coffee plantation or soaking your cares away in the soothing waters of a volcano-heated hot spring.

Weather

Local weather for your stay in Costa Rica vacation homes

Costa Rica is a tropical paradise with lavish sunshine, gorgeous beaches and rainforest. Located close to the equator, Costa Rica doesn't have great swings in temperature, so you'll find the climate hovering between 70 and 85 degrees year-round, with night temperatures cooling to the mid-60s. You'll find the hottest temperatures and driest weather along the beautiful beaches, while cooler weather and daily mist will be found up in the highland towns and villages. The rainy season is from May to November, with the heaviest rainfall in the mountains and rainforest. Remember rain gear if you plan to leave the beaches.

Natural features

Monkeys and dolphins in Costa Rica

Tucked between Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south, Costa Rica is bordered by the Caribbean Sea on the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Famous for its fabulous beaches and towering volcanoes, it is also known for its vast areas of protected jungle. If you venture into the jungle you make see cheeky spider monkeys, sleek ocelots and fluttering clouds of butterflies. Look closer and you may spot glossy pumas, scarlet macaws or red-eyed tree frogs. If you dive beneath the waves, you may see leatherback sea turtles, playful bottle-nosed dolphins or majestic humpbacked whales.

Food and drink

Sample traditional cuisine in Costa Rica

Costa Rican cuisine is known for its mild flavors and incorporation of fresh fruits and vegetables, rice, and black beans. It’s not only nutritionally diverse, but it also focuses on fresh-cooked components made from scratch. Must-try traditional dishes in Costa Rica include gallo pinto, a dish of rice and beans in a stir fry, and ceviche, a dish of raw fish and seafood soaked in lemon juice, both of which you can try in restaurants near your vacation rental.

Good for couples

Romantic vacation homes in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a paradise for couples. Vacation homes are available near places like the Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, a protected coastal rainforest reserve with rich wildlife, marine life, and hiking trails, and Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, a sprawling tropical rainforest with tours among plants and animals. You'll also like Cahuita National Park, a park with opportunities for snorkeling, hiking, and sunbathing.

How many vacation rentals are available around Costa Rica?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 6,599 vacation rentals around Costa Rica. From 2,571 house rentals to 1,047 villa rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

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 travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Tamarindo: 1,455 vacation rentals
  • Jaco: 1,088 vacation rentals
  • Manuel Antonio: 421 vacation rentals
  • Dominical: 394 vacation rentals
  • Playa Flamingo: 1,209 vacation rentals

And Vrbo 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: 1,455 rentals
  • Jaco: 1,088 rentals
  • Manuel Antonio: 421 rentals
  • Playa Flamingo: 1,209 rentals
  • Potrero: 1,302 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:

  • Tobias Bolanos International Airport (SYQ): 479 vacation rentals
  • Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO): 489 vacation rentals
  • Arenal Airport (FON): 344 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 offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Costa Rica. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Las Catalinas: 524 rentals
  • Santa Teresa Beach: 457 rentals
  • Manuel Antonio Beach: 416 rentals
  • Grecia: 181 rentals
  • Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park: 33 rentals

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

Explore destinations around Costa Rica

Tamarindo
1,455 vacation rentals
Jaco
1,088 vacation rentals
Manuel Antonio
421 vacation rentals
Playa Flamingo
1,209 vacation rentals
Potrero
1,302 vacation rentals
Coco
1,116 vacation rentals
Quepos
611 vacation rentals
Playa Hermosa
794 vacation rentals
Sámara
185 vacation rentals
San José Province
2,598 vacation rentals
Tarcoles
1,002 vacation rentals
Savegre
652 vacation rentals
La Fortuna
342 vacation rentals
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
269 vacation rentals
Puerto Jiménez
119 vacation rentals
Puerto Carrillo
185 vacation rentals
Parrita
260 vacation rentals
Nosara
391 vacation rentals
Ciudad Cortes
308 vacation rentals
Papagayo
731 vacation rentals