Discover a selection of 500 vacation rentals in San Jose 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 WiFi. Prices start at $30 per night, and houses and villas are popular options for a stay in San Jose. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Book a villa in San José

San José is the capital and largest city in the country and is perfect for Costa Rica villas. You'll be close to many of the wonders of the tropical environment, including La Amistad International Park and Chirripó National Park. You could also explore San Gerardo de Dota, a vast forest with hidden waterfalls and beautiful birds. In the city, you could visit local history and art museums or spend the night partying in exciting craft beer bars and nightclubs. San José also has delicious dining and gourmet coffee shops for foodie adventures in the city.

Things to do

Thousands of years of history

San Jose and the rest of Costa Rica has had a long and fascinating history. There is no better place to understand it than at the Museo de Oro Precolombino, the Gold Museum. Here, you can admire more than 1,500 pre-Columbian gold works dating back over 1,000 years. The Museo Nacional is also a fascinating place to while away a morning and brims with pre-Columbian artifacts as well as a large butterfly garden. If you want to discover Costa Rican art, be sure not to miss the Museo de Arte (MADC), the country's most well-established art institution.

Activities

Scratch below the surface

Scratch under the surface of San Jose and you'll discover a side to this capital that you won't find in any guide book. If you join one of the walking tours that depart from downtown San Jose, you'll begin to understand the history, art and hidden spots only known by locals. Alternatively, the golf courses are surprisingly good outside the city and you can easily while away a few hours swinging your clubs and going for a hole-in-one. Outside of the city, the valley's landscape lends to hiking and rafting and is easily reached from San Jose vacation rentals.

Weather

Warm weather in San Jose

The climate in San Jose can be a little changeable, but is typically warm and bright for most of the year. The temperature hovers around 75 degrees, though due to the city's elevation, it can dip a little at night. The high season starts in December and runs through to April. If you plan to travel during this time, particularly around Christmas and New Year, be sure to book up your San Jose vacation rental early as it does get busy. If you travel between the end of April and November, the city sees a little afternoon rain.

Natural features

The majestic Poas volcano

Poas Volcano is one of Costa Rica's most visited natural wonders. Lying in the province of Alajuela north of San Jose, the smoky volcano sits more than 2,700 meters above sea level and is a stark reminder of the geo-thermal forces which created much of the country. The sunken crater, which has beguiled experts for decades, is the biggest active volcano in the world. The deep lake is fed by rainwater and can be seen from the wooden boardwalks above, although potential visitors should check to see if the volcano area has been closed for safety reasons.

How to get there

Transportation to and around San Jose

Fly into San Jose (SYQ-Tobias Bolanos Intl.), the closest airport, located 4.4 mi (7.1 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into San Jose (SJO-Juan Santamaria Intl.), which is 9.6 mi (15.5 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, San Jose Pacific Station, San Jose Procuradiria Museum Station and San Jose Viquez Square Station are the main stations in the area.

How many vacation rentals are available around San Jose?

Our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 612 vacation rentals around San Jose. From 302 house rentals to 30 villa rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.