Amazing Costa Rican Beach Homes That You Can Actually Afford

Do as much or as little as you fancy on a relaxing vacation to tropical Costa Rica
Do as much or as little as you fancy on a relaxing vacation to tropical Costa Rica
Photo of Jenn Parker
1 April 2021

There is some great rental inventory in Costa Rica, especially down by the beach. Staying in an amazing house doesn’t have to break the piggy bank, either. If you are looking for a rental beach home that will knock your socks off, this exclusive selection might just do the trick. Read on for our pick of the best affordable vacation rentals in Costa Rica, all bookable on Culture Trip.

Casa Woodbox


Casa Woodbox is an architecturally marvelous house in the peaceful beach town of Playa Junquillal, just south of Playa Avellenas and Playa Tamarindo. When you stay here, you are within walking distance of Playa Junquilla, Playa Blanca, and Playa Negra. The house and the grounds perfectly blend nature, comfort, and functionality. The house has four bedrooms and can slept up to 12 people comfortably. There is a gourmet kitchen, a wine refrigerator, an outdoor barbecue, an inviting pool, great patio furniture, and plenty of room to lounge, socialize, and relax.

Casa Bali

Night-time view of the outdoor pool area at Casa Bali, overlooked by an attractive three-story villa with multiple balconies.
Casa Bali is the epitome of an amazing vacation home rental. Casa Bali is located in the exclusive gated community of Tamarindo Heights in Playa Tamarindo. This 18,000-square-foot (1,670-square-meter) house has three stories, eight bedrooms, nine full baths, one half bath, and two guest villas. Casa Bali can comfortably sleep 20 people. This house is a perfect choice for a large group, which is also how it manages to be relatively affordable. Casa Bali is the crème de la crème. The views are vast and magnificent, the architecture and interior design are exquisite, and the amenities are of the highest order.

Casa Islita

Villa, Luxury

Casa Islita is a spacious beachfront luxury home in Playa Tamarindo. This house has 7,000 square feet (650 square meters) of space, six bedrooms, and six bathrooms, and can sleep up to 18 of your closest friends and family members. There is a large and fully equipped kitchen, a 14-person dining table, an infinity pool, an eight-person jacuzzi, plenty of comfortable outdoor space, and easy access to both Playa Tamarindo and Playa Langosta. The design and decorations are tasteful and simply perfect for the beach atmosphere. Breakfast is included in the price and there is also an option for catering services.

Casa Roca


Casa Roca is a paradisiacal beachfront palace in Playa Langosta. This estate, with five bedrooms and seven and a half bathrooms, will surely make your jaw drop as soon as you walk in the door. Casa Roca has an ocean view infinity pool, a private gym, ample outdoor space, a barbecue area, a full kitchen, and intricate artwork and interior touches. The steps to the cabana are actually made from ballast stones recovered from a 16th-century Spanish galleon that sank off the coast of Costa Rica. This private house is a superb choice for your big getaway with family or friends, or for a special occasion celebration.

The March House

The March House
The March House is a dreamy vacation home situated on the shores of Mal Pais. This five-bedroom home was designed so that the entire house could be opened up. The open-air concept allows the cool ocean breeze to flow in and the sounds of the tropics to fill the airwaves. This private property is a beautiful little utopia. There is a lovely manicured lawn, hammocks beneath palm trees, a full kitchen and spacious dining area, and plenty of outdoor and indoor lounging space. This is one of the most amazing and affordable beachfront homes on the Nicoya Peninsula.

Casa Olivia

Lodge, Villa
Exterior view of Casa Olivia, where a tiled staircase runs alongside a large painted mural of various sea creatures, including dolphins and octopuses.
© Casa Olivia
Casa Olivia is an inviting beachfront home in Playa Grande, which is part of the Las Baulas National Marine Park. This alluring home has four bedrooms and five bathrooms and can comfortably sleep 13 guests. The house has wraparound porches on both levels, a simply kept lawn, and plenty of comfy chairs on the patio that are ideal for watching Playa Grande’s spectacular sunsets and sipping cocktails. There is also a pool, a fully equipped kitchen, and a little studio. There aren’t very many beachfront homes in Playa Grande, but this one is definitely one of the most amazing.

Flamingo Cove 8

This dazzling boutique home in Playa Flamingo is nothing short of amazing. There are three bedrooms, five beds, three bathrooms, and two swimming pools. The views of Flamingo Bay are exceptionally dreamy. Your patio is the kind of place where you could sit all day long and marvel at the sea. There is a fully equipped and newly updated kitchen and everything you need to feel as if you are in a home away from home. The beach, restaurants, bars, supermarket, bank, spa, yoga studio, and tour companies are all within minutes of this home.

Casa Uno

Casa Uno is part of a small complex of boutique beach homes just steps away from the picturesque and peaceful Playa Avellenas. This two-bedroom and one-bathroom home is an ideal getaway spot for couples, small families, or a group of your closest friends. The design is modern and open, but warm and inviting. There is a fully equipped kitchen that opens up onto the patio, which is where you will be likely to spend the majority of your time when you are home. This airy tropical home is not only cute, but quite amazing too, as it blends nature, off-the-grid privacy, and luxury into one.

Casa de las Brisas

Twilight view of Casa de las Brisas, which features multiple balconies that look directly onto the adjacent jungle and a small pool.
© Casa de las Brisas
Casa de las Brisas is a spectacular ocean view home overlooking Manuel Antonio. This five-level luxury home has 10 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a game room, a video library, a barbecue, spacious dining areas, and three pools. Personal chef services, daily maid services, and a private concierge are also included. This is the biggest vacation rental in Manuel Antonio. Casa de las Brisas is your own private mansion in one of the most beautiful areas on the Pacific coast. You are conveniently located close to a number of activities and attractions, including the Manuel Antonio National Park. If you are looking for an amazing and affordable (if you come with a large group) beach home, this is it!

Casa Punta Tranquilo

Casa Punta Tranquilo is located on Playa Cocles, a three-minute walk to the beach, bars, and restaurants and just half a mile (one kilometer) away from Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean coast. What’s amazing about this adorable little home is that it was designed to open up so that you can relax on the patio, your room, or in the living room, while still feeling connected to the delightful outdoors and nature. The design and decor are simple and yoga-vibe inspired. The location really couldn’t be any better, either.

Casa Macondo

Casa Macondo is a stunning three-bedroom, two-bathroom, two-story villa that is part of a four-villa compound called Batik Villas in Playa Hermosa, Santa Teresa. This luxurious, spacious, and colorful villa is an incredible place to call your home base while exploring this captivating part of Costa Rica. The entire house opens up so that you can truly enjoy the fresh air and sounds of nature. Casa Macondo has a full kitchen, a large dining area, a private pool, and a beautiful garden.
These recommendations were updated on April 1, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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