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Top rated rentals — Cantón San Carlos
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Destination guide

Delight in the majestic landscape of Cantón San Carlos

The hot springs, jungle and waterfalls are a perfect backdrop to your vacation home in Cantón San Carlos. Renowned for its hiking, ziplining and local tours, this city welcomes all visitors. If you're looking for accommodations with space to entertain friends and family, HomeAway has plenty of options to choose from. Many rental homes offer full kitchens and laundry facilities, perfect for big groups.

Things to do

Activities and attractions in Cantón San Carlos

Do you want to find things to do while you're in the area? You'll be sure to enjoy Cantón San Carlos for its hiking and ziplining. Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that Cantón San Carlos has to offer. Here are some of the top attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Arenal Adventure World (17 mi / 27.4 km)
  • Kalambu Hot Springs (20 mi / 32.2 km)
  • Baldi Hot Springs (20.1 mi / 32.3 km)
  • Paradise Hot Springs (20.2 mi / 32.6 km)
  • Los Lagos Hot Springs (20.6 mi / 33.2 km)
  • Titoku Hot Springs (22.2 mi / 35.7 km)
Natural features

Exploring the volcano viewpoints and other natural features in Cantón San Carlos

Cantón San Carlos is famous for its relaxing hot springs, lush rainforest and waterfalls. Whether you're an adventurous traveler or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Cantón San Carlos is a great place to get outside. These are some of the area's most enchanting sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Arenal Volcano National Park (20.6 mi / 33.1 km)
  • Catarata del Toro (11.9 mi / 19.2 km)
  • Poas Volcano National Park (16 mi / 25.7 km)
  • Poas Volcano (16.3 mi / 26.2 km)
  • Children's Eternal Rainforest (17 mi / 27.4 km)
  • La Fortuna Waterfall (17.9 mi / 28.8 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Cantón San Carlos

The nearest airport is in La Fortuna (FON-Arenal), located 17.5 mi (28.1 km) from the city center.

What are the top vacation rentals in Cantón San Carlos?

From extravagant condos to inexpensive cabins, Vrbo has properties to match all tastes and budgets. Here are some of the top vacation rentals in Cantón San Carlos:

  • "Villa Heliconia, La Finca Cr, Horse Ranch Outside La Fortuna": This La Fortuna retreat offers 2 bedrooms and is rated highly among visitors. Amenities such as spa and beauty services and a nearby zoo help make your stay an enjoyable one.
  • "Villa Ilan, La Finca Cr, Horse Ranch Outside Of La Fortuna": Located in La Fortuna, this home away from home has 1 bedroom and lots of handy amenities. A phone and cable/satellite TV services are among them.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Cantón San Carlos vacation rental for you.

What are the best tiny house vacation rentals in Cantón San Carlos?

Punching above its weight when it comes to charm and character, a tiny house vacation rental in Cantón San Carlos puts you on the doorstep of big adventure. Close down your gadgets and switch your focus to Mother Nature at one of these pint-sized stays:

  • Take a couple of days off to recharge at "Tiny House Dreamcatcher Sarch". Located in Cantón Valverde Vega, a kitchen and a fireplace are just a couple of the amenities included here.
  • "Cabin - Tiny House Volcano View - Ac - Internet" in El Tanque is another highly rated choice. Air conditioning and pet-friendly services will help make your time here even more cozy and comfortable.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in Cantón San Carlos?

Few things are as exciting as getting behind the steering wheel and venturing to someplace new. If you'd like to get away and recharge your batteries for a couple of days, check out these top weekend getaways in Cantón San Carlos:

  • "Arenal Luxury Paradise | Sloths" in La Fortuna is a terrific choice if you love the outdoors. Head for the area's natural attractions, like Laguna Río Cuarto and Chato Volcano, or throw yourself into some activities. Horse riding and fishing will keep you on go around these parts.
  • Otherwise, book a few nights or more at "Amazing Volcano, Lake And Jungle Views. Entire Villa For 275" in La Fortuna. Here, you'll be in an excellent position to explore Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Paradise Hot Springs. There are some fun activities to keep you occupied too, including hiking and biking and fishing.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in Cantón San Carlos?

If you want someplace a little more personal than a boring old hotel room, you'll love our studio apartments in Cantón San Carlos. Whip up a snack in your kitchenette, read a book on the lounge and feel completely at home. Take a peek at some of our coziest cribs:

  • "Villa Ilan, La Finca Cr, Horse Ranch Outside Of La Fortuna" in La Fortuna squeezes plenty of handy features into its single space, such as air conditioning and cable/satellite TV services.
  • With lots of character and with more privacy than a busy hotel, "Toku House" is another option with appeal. It's located in La Fortuna and comes with a garden and free toiletries.

Can I find short term rentals in Cantón San Carlos?

Swap the unremarkable hotel experience for the comfort and character of your own digs. Even if you only have a couple of days to take a break, you'll find short-term rentals in Cantón San Carlos that feature all the conveniences of home. Try these on for size:

  • Located near the heart of La Fortuna, "Arenal Luxury Paradise | Sloths" is well suited to a short stay. Use it as your base to uncover top nearby attractions, including Tabacon Hot Springs and Baldi Hot Springs.
  • Discover the best La Fortuna has to offer from "Amazing Volcano, Lake And Jungle Views. Entire Villa For 275". If you book this top-rated vacation rental, La Fortuna Waterfall and Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park are highlights to add to your must-do list.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in Cantón San Carlos?

If you're eager to dazzle your special someone, take them someplace special! Plan a romantic weekend getaway in Cantón San Carlos at one of these hideouts and let love bloom:

  • Enjoy a laid-back couple's getaway at "Villa Heliconia, La Finca Cr, Horse Ranch Outside La Fortuna". This La Fortuna vacation rental is perfect for romance, with amenities like beauty services and massage services to help set the mood.
  • Alternatively, book an amorous weekend away at "Villa Ilan, La Finca Cr, Horse Ranch Outside Of La Fortuna". Located in La Fortuna, it offers daily housekeeping services, a balcony and other bonuses.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in Cantón San Carlos?

When it comes to vacations, we think the more people the merrier. If you're in search of a getaway with plenty of space to fit your nearest and dearest, one of these large group vacation rentals in Cantón San Carlos will suit your style:

  • "Luxury Home Overlooks Arenal Volcano And Lake Arenal And Ceiba Tree": With 3 bedrooms, this vacation rental in La Fortuna has lots of room for you and all your friends and family. Amenities such as a swimming pool and a garden will keep everyone in your group happy.
  • "Villa": This vacation rental in La Fortuna has 6 bedrooms, so don't worry about leaving anybody off your invite list. A swimming pool and a kitchen are among its many highlights.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in Cantón San Carlos?

Take your pick and jump right in. Here are a few popular house rentals in Cantón San Carlos where life is cooler by the pool:

  • The pool at "The Rocio Beutiful Cozy House" is guaranteed to add another level of fun to your adventure. Located in El Tanque, this property also features a garden and a dining table.
  • "Toku House" in La Fortuna is another popular option. There's a whole lot to love about this place apart from its pool, such as a kitchenette and a balcony.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in Cantón San Carlos?

We've got large family vacation rentals that'll fit almost everyone — yep, even those long-lost cousins of yours! Whatever type of property you need, you'll find the best option on Vrbo. Here are our faves in Cantón San Carlos:

  • Located in La Fortuna, "Arenal Luxury Paradise | Sloths" has 4 bedrooms and can fit up to 8 guests. Top amenities at this spacious rental include a garden and a nearby laundromat.
  • "Luxury Home Overlooks Arenal Volcano And Lake Arenal And Ceiba Tree" in La Fortuna is another awesome option. It caters for up to 12 people over 3 bedrooms. Childrens activities and a video library will help keep your crew comfortable and happy.

Seeking some local excitement? There are loads of family-friendly attractions in Cantón San Carlos to choose from, like La Fortuna Waterfall and Costa Rica Sky Adventures. Arenal Natura Ecological Park is also a hit with traveling families.

Can I find family cabin rentals in Cantón San Carlos?

Cook up some s'mores and enjoy a round of parlor games. These cabins in Cantón San Carlos are fantastic bases to spend quality time with the fam:

  • "Cozy Villa Surrounded By Nature With Ac And Pool" - Located in La Fortuna, this excellent escape features amenities such as a fridge and a swimming pool.
  • "Lodge Oxygen Rainforest - Wifi" – This property in Peñas Blancas is also a hit with families. Conveniences here include a garden and a microwave oven.

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

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