Vacation Rentals vs. Hotels in Costa Rica

Planning a vacation to Costa Rica and not sure if you want to stay at a hotel or a vacation rental? Hotels are usually the logical choice and are easy to find online. Vacation rentals in the past have been more “risky” because you were never quite sure what you were going to get. Thankfully with travel websites like Trip Advisor, Flip Key, VRBO, and Homeway there is now plenty of information available about the vacation rentals and previous guest experiences. Additionally, when comparing the costs associated with a hotel vs a vacation rental, a vacation rental can turn out to be a great cost saving option.
With amenities like full kitchens, laundry, multiple rooms, DVD’s, movies, etc. the benefits of a vacation rental start to add up.

Private Vacation Rental overlooking Tamarindo Bay
Private Vacation Rental overlooking Tamarindo Bay

The average price of a hotel room is approximately $225/night and the average price of a 2 bedroom condo that can sleep 6 is approximately $207/night.
Square footage:
The average hotel is approximately 400 square feet where as the average vacation rental is closer to 1800 square feet. Family vacations are a time to grower closer but everyone could use a little space at the same time!

Cost of Meals:
With a vacation rental you can cook all or a majority of your meals in your own kitchen whereas with a hotel you are forced to eat out. Sure you can buy some boxes of cereal for breakfast and some peanut butter sandwiches for lunch but you are on vacation. The average costs of a meal here in Costa Rica is anywhere from $6 to $30 per person/meal so the costs can really add up.

Most of the vacation rentals come with washers and dryers, movies, board games, etc. that all add up to value added amenities available to you that are all an additional charge when staying at a hotel.
Vacation Rentals are a great alternative to hotels given the benefits of space, privacy, and added amenities. Vacation rentals generally offer additional space for less cost per night versus the typical hotel room. Amenities offered by vacation rentals often include washers and dryers, full kitchens (so you can save money by dining in), DVD players, hot tubs, games and even private pools.

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Very well rounded condo for a great vacation

5star rating
June 20, 2022
Pretty utensils, plates, and glasses set up on every table. Well working AC along with pull couches, comfortable beds, and spacious rooms. The 2 min walk from the beach topped it off perfectly. Served as the ideal home to stay at tamarindo for an ...

Crystal Sands #304 is Awesome!

5star rating
November 20, 2021
We were so pleasantly surprised when we walked into the unit. The pictures just didn't do it justice. Since it was just two of us, it was quite large for what we needed, but it was still perfect. The hot tub on the balcony was a huge surprise that...

costa rica at its best

5star rating
February 13, 2015
Beautiful accommodations with all the amenities one needs. It fit our needs for all our purposes. My daughter was .arrived on the grounds. A d we used the room for the bride's staging area and photos. Enough room for everyone in our party

Beautiful and spacious

5star rating
January 30, 2019
Perfect for a family of 5. My favorite part of this apartment was the outdoor furniture and balcony. I also loved the spacious feel of the apartment. It has a separate laundry room which was very helpful.

Great condo for a family!

4star rating
June 24, 2018
Great remodeled condo! We enjoyed the hamak on the patio!

Tamarindo Rental

5star rating
September 30, 2021
Everything was perfect! The condo was beautiful, the instructions were clear and complete, and the support from RPM (local management company) was outstanding! Rapid response to all our questions and assistance for outside issues like car rentals.

Pipilacha CR

4star rating
February 21, 2022
The only negative is that the Westin Hotel is directly below the Villa and their music played all day and into the evening

Sunrise in Tamarindo

5star rating
January 26, 2016
We stayed over 3 nights in January 2016. The condo is in great condition. Good water pressure in the showers and effective AC. Comfortable mattresses and clean linens/towels. Hard to beat the location; central Tamarindo withni just steps to th...

Verrrrrrrrrrrrrrry nice

5star rating
March 11, 2013
We arrived after the office was closed late in the evening, but the guard had the keys and paper work all ready. No problem with parking as there was plenty of room. Ground floor beach front unit was perfect since we came there to surf. Got to lis...

Vacaciones perfectas

4star rating
January 18, 2021
Estuvimos 5 días en la villa, es perfecta porque queda justo frente al mar . En General el condominio es bastante tranquilo, disfrutamos mucho en nuestra estadía . Mi única recomendación sería cambiar las cortinas del cuarto principal ya que no se...

Excelente Viaje Familiar

5star rating
January 12, 2016
Excelente locación, casa amplia con muchas comodidades, terraza con salida al mar y balcón con vista maravillosa para atardeceres. La casa tiene muchas comodidades (solo falta olla arrocera). Por otra parte cuenta con muchos ventiladores y aire ac...

Matapalo Will Never Disappoint!

5star rating
November 28, 2016
This is our third trip to Tamarindo. We have stayed at a lovely B&B, the Diria Hotel, and this trip, the Diria Matapalo Condominiums. While all the locations have been above average, the Matapalo stands out far and above the rest. Not only is t...

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Well appointed condo

5star rating
January 22, 2020
The owner of this condo has outfitted it with everything you need to cook and have this unit be the gathering point of your family vacation. We were a group of 14 staying in 4 units but this is the one where we could gather and cook and eat. It is...

Tamarindo vacation

5star rating
July 28, 2015
We had an exellent vacation! , The place was beautiful . We were dissapointed because our car stay out of the property they where doing some work and there was a little mess because of that. So that os the only thing that make us feel ??.

Long term renter for last 13 years.

5star rating
March 23, 2013
All went quite well. Since these units have no ovens, we were disappointed with the replacement toaster oven, as it is very tiny and quite insufficient compared to the one which gave out during our stay. We will return next year, but hope a bette...


5star rating
January 21, 2014
I love staying at Pueblo del Mar. The units are clean and comfortable, at least my unit #4 was. Where my friends were staying, Unit #7 was not very nice...paint is chipping etc. the outside courtyard is really lovely and the gardener does a great ...

Very Happy With this Condo

5star rating
February 17, 2014
We love staying in Tamarindo and on the Diria property especially because of the amenities and the great location. Diria 202 is great for a couple or a couple with children who do not need a separate bedroom. The kitchen is very well equipped for...

Villas Langosta #8

Desiree Powell
5star rating
August 28, 2022
We've been staying in this condo since 2009, except for 20 & 21. We love all the upgrades in recent years. The condo has had a beautiful makeover. RPM, and especially Lola are pleasant to deal with and always respond promptly. This trip, we were t...


5star rating
September 19, 2017

Pictures are not enough…

5star rating
April 2, 2019
To start, RPM Services & office crew were fantastic – from answering all our questions and making airport travel arrangements – all was taken care of promptly, professionally and without any challenges.Airport pickup was convenient, ...


5star rating
March 4, 2013
Matapalo #603 was above and beyond our expectations. The 2 story unit was perfect for 2 couples staying together for 5 weeks and the 3rd bd/bath was great for our guests. We never tired of the magnificent view. Location outstanding, offering the o...

Great Location for Family

4star rating
January 6, 2014
Was a perfect location for our family of four in a great location overlooking Tamarindo and the Pacific. Amenities were very nice, pool was great size.Couple small issues included - sound system did not work and called them and no one fixed the...

Exactly as advertised

4star rating
February 26, 2017
Property was exactly as shown in the pictures and described in the right up. Very nice and secure location, on the beach, close to town, but away from the noise.

una experiencia maravillosa

5star rating
December 16, 2021
pasamos unos dias fenomenales. disfrutamos mucho de las instalaciones, seguridad, comodidad y cercania con varias playas

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