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Top 12 Airbnb Accommodations Vs. Top 5 Hotels In Costa Rica - Updated 2020

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If you’re looking for the perfect nature holiday, Costa Rica is the place to be.

With its stunning waterfalls, breathtaking beaches and majestic volcanoes, Costa Rica offers something for everyone - from the thrill seekers to the stressed-out worker in need of a quiet getaway. Adventurers will be happy to explore and hike through trails of lush forests from thousands of feet, or brave the world-class white water rapids. On the other hand, peace-loving souls will thoroughly enjoy basking under the sun in a gorgeous beach as the waves lap up the shore. So what are you waiting for?

We’ve prepared some of the best Airbnb vacation rentals and hotels in Costa Rica for you compare to get your best holiday yet.

Airbnb Vacation Rentals

1. Stunning Ocean View Terrace (110 USD)

Stunning Ocean View Terrace
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Looking for your own private piece of paradise? Well look no further! This stunning ocean view terrace offer weary travellers in need of a restful weekend their very own sanctuary nestled among trees and foliage. The three-bedroom complex overlooks Playa St Teresa and Suck Rock, and is an approximately 10-15 minute walk to the beach. However, the privacy is well worth the distance.

Stunning ocean view terrace

Price: 110 USD

Number of Guests:

Travelers Review: Rating 5 out of 5(from 106 reviews)

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2. Back to Basics, Chirripo Valley (74 USD)

Back to Basics, Chirripo Valley
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Casita del Sol, a cozy chalet located 1.3 km (4265 feet) above sea level, consists of a warm lounge with a fireplace to boot, private garden, kitchen and two double rooms that can accommodate up to four guests. There are a myriad of activities to choose from in Chirripo Valley. If you’re a thrill seeker who loves heights, hiking and trekking at 3.8 km (12467 feet) or paragliding, this may appeal to you. However, if you’re looking for something more laid back, bathe in rivers or visit farm producers of exquisite cheese.

Back to basics, Chirripo Valley

Price: 74 USD

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Travelers Review: Rating 5 out of 5(from 94 reviews)

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3. The Rancho at Cielo Vanilla, Atenas (129 USD)

The Rancho at Cielo Vanilla, Atenas
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You’ll be hard pressed to find another accommodation like this unique tropical style hardwood home. Marvel at lush greenery surrounding the living room area or take a bath in the one-of-a-kind log bathtub. Built over a tranquil man made lake surrounded by leafy fruit trees, The Rancho offers an authentic Costa Rican tropical getaway. Do note that children under the age of 12 are not allowed on the property.

The Rancho @ Cielo Vanilla, Atenas

Price: 129 USD

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Travelers Review: Rating 5 out of 5(from 97 reviews)

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4. Casa Marina, Playa Grande (77 USD)

Casa Marina, Playa Grande
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With its own kitchen facility, double bedroom, swimming pool and barbeque area, Casa Marina is an ideal space for couples looking for a quiet natural experience. The safe and secluded neighbourhood also has a few restaurants within walking distance of the home. Just a 5-minute walk away lies a 4 km (2.5 miles) beach, where you can surf and even see giant Leatherback turtles laying their eggs! Sailing, scuba diving and sport fishing are among the activities available to adventurous guests.

Casa Marina in Playa Grande (1)

Price: 77 USD

Number of Guests:

Travelers Review: Rating 5 out of 5(from 78 reviews)

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5. Bird Watching Quepo (36 USD)

Bird Watching Quepo
Source: Airbnb

Live amongst thriving fauna and flora in this inexpensive apartment complete with a double bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. The space, which accommodates three guests, is fitting for nature lovers and bird watchers alike. Just 50 yards off the property and you’ll find yourself along the main road, while Downtown Quepos is just a 5-minute drive away.

Birds Watching Quepo/Manuel Antonio

Price: 36 USD

Number of Guests:

Travelers Review: Rating 5 out of 5(from 184 reviews)

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6. Castillo de Suenos (129 USD)

Castillo de Suenos
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Newly renovated and tastefully furnished, Castillo de Suenos offers guests a breathtaking view of the surrounding volcanos, waterfalls and lush greenery. Featuring two bedrooms and bathrooms, kitchen, dining area, balcony and a sprawling garden, this apartment is ideal for families of four. Adventurous travellers will be happy to know that horseback riding, hiking and zip-lining tours can be arranged.

Castillo de Suenos, Home and Garden

Price: 129 USD

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Travelers Review: Rating 4.5 out of 5(from 99 reviews)

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7. Colibri Cabin, Montezuma Heights (98 USD)

Colibri Cabin, Montezuma Heights
Source: Airbnb

Fall asleep to the sound of the waves in this tree house-inspired cabin complete with a double bed loft and a balcony overlooking a cliff. Constructed from native antique woods, this hidden gem has been lovingly furnished and boasts a bird’s eye view of the ocean. You’ll love watching romantic sunsets with your loved one in the infinity pool or having a refreshing bath in the outdoor shower. Accommodates three guests.

"Colibri" cottage. Be one with the pacific ocean.

Price: 98 USD

Number of Guests:

Travelers Review: Rating 5 out of 5(from 157 reviews)

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8. Tree House, Manuel Antonio (52 USD)

Tree House, Manuel Antonio
Source: Airbnb

Be one with nature with this charming tree house located amongst a myriad of birds, monkeys, sloths and iguanas. This wooden complex features a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and balcony with a hammock to boot facing the tranquil jungle. Relax in your private pool as you bird-watch or let your hosts help you arrange ATV, white water rafting and waterfall rappelling tours. If you want to opt for a more relaxing route, check out the dolphin- and whale-watching activities.

TREE HOUSE, Manuel Antonio/ with great pool !!!

Price: 52 USD

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Travelers Review: Rating 5 out of 5(from 289 reviews)

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9. Hidden Jungle Beach House (24 USD)

Hidden Jungle Beach House
Source: Airbnb

Solo explorers listen up! This hidden jungle beach house, featuring snug and comfortable rooms, might just be the accommodation for you. You will live with your hospitable and helpful host in this three-leveled typical Caribbean style house. What’s more, a 3-minute walk will take you to the gorgeous beach of Playa Negra, while a 5-minute stroll will bring you to the charming Puerto Viejo. Soak up its friendly and relaxed vibes as you retreat into this beach house on your holiday.

Hidden Jungle Beach House

Price: 24 USD

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Travelers Review: Rating 4.5 out of 5(from 94 reviews)

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10. The Perfect Yoga and Surf Vacation (62 USD)

The Perfect Yoga and Surf Vacation
Source: Airbnb

A home away from home, your hosts will ensure you have the perfect yoga and surf vacation. The casita is a colourful and lively property surrounded by lush greenery. You may even receive the occasional monkey visitor! Moreover, your wonderful hosts offer yoga lessons at the yoga shala and surf lessons on the stunning nearby beach of Marbella. You’ll love this peaceful and tranquil experience so much that you’ll want to come back for more.

The perfect yoga & surf vacation

Price: 62 USD

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Travelers Review: Rating 5 out of 5(from 43 reviews)

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11. Beautiful ocean view villa with infinity pool (from USD 185)

This villa is located in Puntarenas, between the Liberia and San Jose airports. There are 26 villas under good management in the complex. Access via the scenic Highway 21, which is paved, is recommended. Your villa is private and overlooks the ocean and the rainforest. The pool is partially private. It is recommended you hire a vehicle to explore the other towns in the area.

Inside the home, you will find a fully equipped kitchen for self-catering. Additionally, the unit sleeps up to four guests, has two bedrooms, and two-and-a-half bathrooms. There is a gazebo with a barbeque for you to enjoy. For your entertainment, there is a TV and surround sound with a good speaker system. The home is cooled with fans and also comes with air-conditioning.

Beautiful Ocean View Villa in Costa Rica
Puntarenas, Costa Rica
145 reviews
Entire villa 4 Beds 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the spectacular view fantastic pool and deck area and all the amenities that we needed
the view is so soothing and the tree over the pool bloomed for us for two days
nature is everywhere and breezes were perfect by the pool
the backyard area pool and view are wonderful
a great villa with a beautiful view and a private pool
this place is beautiful and really clean
very clean safe and you can’t beat the view
the view is gorgeous the house is clean it is pretty much paradise
the staff was super helpful
raj is a great host who communicates quickly and clearly
raj was a good communicator and the local hosts and managers were responsive and welcoming
the staff at roma del mar are super helpful in planning our trip to cr
staff at roma del mar are very responsive to any of your needs
raj’s place is in a beautiful remote location
my husband & i absolutely loved the location of this house
it is immaculate and the perfect location to get away from it all
great central location for us we drove to montezuma playa samara monteverde and visited tortuga island
the house is a gorgeous location looking at the gulf of nicoya
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12. Studio apartment in downtown San Jose - #404 (from USD 31)

This studio, in downtown San Jose, is ideal for a couple or a single traveler. It comes with its own bathroom and the studio is one of twelve within the condominium. Breakfast comes with accommodation and it is on the fourth floor of the building, but has elevator access. The cozy space also comes with a kitchenette, where you can prepare your own meals. The sleeping arrangements include a full-sized bunk bed and a couch that could accommodate a child.

A dining table is provided, so you can eat in comfort. A television is also provided, as is access to the internet. You are in the center of the city, so night sounds may disturb you, but that is made up for by the fact that you can walk almost everywhere. If you wish to go further, there is a bus stop on the same street. The nearby market has some shops and restaurants.

San José, Costa Rica/#404 Down Town Studio
San José, Costa Rica
270 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
my daughter also loved sleeping on the bunk bed with silky sheets
wifi and cable worked great and the kitchen has everything you need to prepare meals
continental breakfast consistent in juice coffee cookies and a variety of teas for your comfort
the pullout couch/futon could be a little more comfortable this place is actually best for just 1 guest
it also felt very secure with three locks total (building lock floor lock room lock)
very clean and convenient
clean and secure
the place was clean and comfy
very clean and secure building
clean place and nice kitchen + bathroom just what you need
marie was attentive and responsible
marie responds quickly to questions and is a wonderful host
she is a great host with a swift response - highly recommended
she was also most helpful when i had questions about getting around
marie is an awesome host and apartment #404 is adorable and homey
location is super central
great location in the middle of san jose
great location and super cute
the location was great all the hot spots in walking distance
i love the apartment the location is close to everything
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1. Casa María Aeropuerto B&B (from USD 47)

From 64 USD/night for 2 guests, cash-only

Hotels need not be pricey affairs. Just a 5 minutes ride away from the Juan Santamaría International Airport, the B&B is perfect for a first night in Costa Rica before one heads off to explore the region, or a place to rest before ending your journey. Tasteful paintings adorn the room, with a homely, laid back atmosphere that is carried out into the outdoor dining area. Do check out the ‘secret garden’ restaurant right next door.

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2. Arenal Manoa & Hot Springs (from USD 223)

From 100 USD/night for 2 guests

Modern décor, air conditioning, a desk, safety box and satellite TV, stay in comfort with this beautiful hotel. Wake up to a spectacular view before heading off to a spa treatment to remove any vestige of stress. Just 10 minutes drive from the Arenal Volcano, you can choose to explore the area or arrange for tours to the Manoa Farm, to Caño Negro, to Venado Caves, rafting in the Toro River and hiking. A buffet breakfast is included, and there are multiple restaurants to choose from should you be in for lunch or dinner.

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3. Hotel Bijagua (from USD 45)

From 62.74 USD/night for 2 guests

Found just outside of La Fortuna, towards Arenal, this hotel lets you enjoy Costa Rica without having to deal with the hustle and bustle of a busy town. With a grocery stall and restaurants just in the neighborhood, fear not the chance of missing out on meals. The natural flora around, coupled with the scenic views and pool area provide a refreshing break from the concrete jungle landscape.

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4. Hotel Secreto La Fortuna (from USD 42)

From 55.68 USD/night for 2 guests

Stay close to the action with Hotel Secreto La Fortuna. Within walking distance of the town, the place is far enough for the main roads that you will be able to get a peaceful night’s rest. With a colorful decor, the rooms will certainly keep your mood up while you stay there. Feel free to approach the hosts if you require any bookings done, they may even be able to offer discounts. A delicious breakfast is included, ensuring a fantastic start to your day.

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5. Hotel Savegre (from USD 80)

From 79 USD/night for 2 guests

Nature lovers and bird watchers will have a ball of a time here with the carefully maintained gardens that draws numerous avian friends in. Book a tour to check out the Quetzal in the area before heading back and treating yourself to a spa treatment and enjoying a sumptuous dinner. A highly rated continental breakfast is included to ensure you will have the energy to go check out the myriad of activities in the area such as horse riding and fishing.

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Come to Costa Rica!

With its flourishing nature and impressive mountains, it is not hard to see why everyone loves Costa Rica. Known as one of the happiest countries on earth, Costa Rica is definitely where your next destination should be. Hurry, book these Airbnb accommodations now before they’re all snapped up! A wonderful, adventure-filled holiday awaits.

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