Discover a selection of 8,000 vacation rentals in Costa Rica that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and private pools. Prices start at $134 per night, and houses and villas are popular options for a stay in Costa Rica. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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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.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in Costa Rica?

While one or two-week vacations to new places are unforgettable, there's something wonderful about embarking on a weekend getaway. These rental properties in Costa Rica are ideal for just that:

  • "Beautiful Ocean View Home With Large Private Pool - 25mins From Liberia Airport" - Located in Nicoya Peninsula, there's tons of fantastic stuff to see and do on the doorstep of this property. Little conveniences like a phone and an oven are the cherry on top!
  • "Just For Two, " Romantic, Luxury" - With an iron and ironing board and a nearby laundromat, plus its convenient location in Nicoya Peninsula, you won't want to check out of this property.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in Costa Rica?

If you're chasing someplace with more personality than a standard hotel room, you'll love our studio apartments in Costa Rica. Get creative in your kitchenette, snooze on the lounge and feel totally at home. Here are some of our cute and cozy cribs:

  • Make yourself comfortable at "Fabulous Ocean View, Walking Distance To The Beach", situated in Samara. There are loads of amenities available here, including pet-friendly services and WiFi.
  • Otherwise, use "Marco Beach Ocean Resort 12th Floor Condo With Fantastic Ocean Views And Sunsets" as a base to get out and see the sights. This appealing retreat is in Wittmund and comes with coffee and tea making facilities and free toiletries.

Can I find short term rentals in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica has short-term rentals to suit all tastes and budgets. Spend your mini break in a cozy cabin, a luxurious lodge or whatever else you like. Below are a couple of popular options to start you off:

  • Stay near the center of Nicoya Peninsula and spend your days visiting all the top sights from "Beautiful Ocean View Home With Large Private Pool - 25mins From Liberia Airport". Along with its handy location, this retreat has everything you need to make your vacation comfortable and relaxed.
  • Otherwise, spend a day or two at "Just For Two, " Romantic, Luxury" and explore the best of Tamarindo. This vacation rental also caters to short-stay guests and is a great choice if you like to be close to the action.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in Costa Rica?

A romantic weekend getaway in Costa Rica is a surefire way to rekindle your passion. Light some candles, take your boo by the hand and send sparks flying at one of these vacation rentals:

  • "Private House Steps To The Beach Pool Surf 3" in Palm Beach Estates is the perfect setting for romantic interludes. Nice touches here include beauty services and massage services.
  • Alternatively, spend a few days sipping Champagne and cuddling up at "Your Own Private Paradise With Full". Beauty services and a music library add to the ambiance of this property in Nicoya Peninsula.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in Costa Rica?

When it comes to who you take on vacation, we believe the more people the merrier. If you're after somewhere with enough space for family and friends, one of these large group vacation rentals in Costa Rica will suit your needs:

  • "Amazing 5 Bd/5 Ba Beachfront Villa Infinity Pool With Housekeeping": With 5 bedrooms, everyone can join the fun at this exceptional retreat in Potrero. An ocean view and a beach view are just some of the amenities available here.
  • "Luxury By The Beach - Great For Families Or Multiple Couples": Located in Nicoya Peninsula, this sizable stay has 6 bedrooms and is another popular pick for a get-together with the family. There's a whole lot to keep guests both entertained and comfortable, including a swimming pool and a chef.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in Costa Rica?

Take your pick and cannonball right in. Here are a couple of popular house rentals in Costa Rica where life is cooler by the pool:

  • Book a stay at "Private House Steps To The Beach Pool Surf 3", where the first item on your agenda should be chilling by the pool. This getaway is located in Palm Beach Estates and comes with a range of family-friendly amenities, including beach sun loungers and a toaster.
  • Read a book by the water while the kids frolic about at "Amazing 5 Bd/5 Ba Beachfront Villa Infinity Pool With Housekeeping". This property in Potrero offers a range of conveniences to keep guests happy and comfortable, such as a dishwasher and towels.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in Costa Rica?

Start putting together your guest list, because Vrbo has tons of large family vacation rentals in Costa Rica that'll happily house your gang. Here are some of our top picks:

  • If you're after an escape that'll sleep up to 8 guests, make a booking at "Private House Steps To The Beach Pool Surf 3" in Palm Beach Estates. With 3 bedrooms, childrens activities and on-site watersports, your next family adventure will be a winner.
  • Alternatively, treat the gang to a break at "Your Own Private Paradise With Full". This Puerto Carrillo property has 4 bedrooms and accommodates up to 8 people. Take advantage of childrens activities and towels throughout your stay.

Can I find family cabin rentals in Costa Rica?

Roast marshmallows over a roaring fire and enjoy a game of charades. These cabins in Costa Rica are terrific bases to spend quality family time:

  • "Rita And Sonny Tropical 'surf' Cabina" - Book a few nights or more at this retreat in Nicoya Peninsula. Amenities like outdoor furniture and cable/satellite TV services will help make your stay comfortable.
  • "Cabin - Wavefront Bamboo Glamping Paradise" - Make fond memories with the kids at this sought-after hideaway. Located in Potrero, it features coffee and tea making facilities, a meal delivery service and more.

For more options, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the Costa Rica vacation rental that's perfect for your needs.

What are the best large houses to rent with indoor pools in Costa Rica?

Relaxation bliss for adults and good times on tap for kids, an indoor pool will ramp up the fun factor on your escape. If you're on the hunt for someplace with plenty of space where everyone can go for a splash, check out these awesome large houses in Costa Rica:

  • Invite as many as 7 of your friends to a stylish stay at "La Luxuria Executive Villa - Highest Rated And Best Deal In The Area". This Cóbano retreat features 3 bedrooms and a myriad of amenities in addition to its glorious pool. A beach view and a garden are other highlights.
  • Alternatively, stay a week or two at "Sandy Bottoms - 1 Minute Walk To The Best Part Of Santa Teresa Beach" in Santa Teresa. When you're not frolicking around and having fun in the water, make use of other extras like a kitchen and a swimming pool. This rental property has 4 bedrooms accommodating up to 12 of your friends or family.

To see more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the Costa Rica vacation rental that's perfect for your needs.

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