Destination guide

Dancing and adventuring 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

Natural wonders of 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.


Water excursions 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.


Tropical sunshine in Costa Rica

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.

Where to stay around Costa Rica?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 6,770 vacation rentals near Costa Rica. From 2,651 Houses to 1,130 Villas, 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 HomeAway.

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 HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Veintisiete de Abril: 844 vacation rentals
  • Jaco: 1,167 vacation rentals
  • Tamarindo: 1,387 vacation rentals
  • Guanacaste: 2,776 vacation rentals
  • Manuel Antonio: 315 vacation rentals

And HomeAway 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:

  • Veintisiete de Abril: 844 rentals
  • Jaco: 1,167 rentals
  • Tamarindo: 1,387 rentals
  • Dominical: 389 rentals
  • Playa Hermosa: 810 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:

  • Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO): 468 vacation rentals
  • Puntarenas (JAP-Chacarita): 119 vacation rentals
  • Tobias Bolanos International Airport (SYQ): 451 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?

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

  • Manuel Antonio Beach: 399 rentals
  • Playa Conchal: 1,373 rentals
  • Flamingo Beach: 1,284 rentals
  • Manuel Antonio National Park: 369 rentals
  • Playa Avellana: 959 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Costa Rica listed on HomeAway 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

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La Fortuna
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Playa Ocotal
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