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CEO Eddie Davis loves to work at the intersection of real estate, marketing, and technology.

Costa Rica Vacation Homes for Large Groups? 20+ to 50+

Visitors from the all over the world come to Costa Rica seeking to reunite with family and friends to enjoy a tropical vacation with a touch of adventure.

Larger homes in Costa Rica will accommodate groups of 14-20 but that is typically the absolute maximum for a single family home. Wedding parties and other groups are often much larger and perhaps looking for a more affordable price point.

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What to do? For Rent Costa Rica to the rescue.

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Los Altos – 28 Units Available with Pool, Restaurant, Spa and Nearly Private Pool on the Grounds

Travelers may rent an entire complex or as many units as needed with enough lead time through For Rent Costa Rica. Popular destinations such as Tamarindo and Manuel Antonio are already available through the site with more on the way.

Vacation rentals for large groups in Costa Rica will be divided up between multiple villas in complexes like Pueblo Colonial in Tamarindo. Family groups can stay in a unit while both sides of a wedding can get to know each other at the complex and on excursions.

Each villa has a private kitchen, full furniture, and plenty of private space as well as socializing space at the pool, barbecue area and in the gardens.

What About Weddings and Other Events?

The Pool at Pueblo Colonial

The Pool at Pueblo Colonial

In most cases events are welcome as long as the entire or significant portion of the property is rented. Usually there is an additional fee included to cover any damage and additional clean up caused by large parties.

The pool deck and surrounding gardens at Pueblo Colonial are an option for an event or you might want to get married on the beach!

Can My Huge Group Afford to Rent in Costa Rica?

Absolutely. Renting for large groups in vacation rentals is very economical, especially when compared with hotels.

Consider the 2015 prices at Pueblo Colonial (mentioned above). These rates are for the entire complex for a one week (7 night) stay for 49 people:

Low Season: $7000/week ($143US/person)

High Season: $9550/week ($195US/person)

For a hotel of a similar quality, the price might be $50 to $150/person per night!

Renting an condo complex is a not just a great idea for fun in the sun, but also a smart way to treat family and friends to an unforgettable vacation.

 Timing Is Everything: Book Early for Large Properties

Every year the For Rent Costa Rica reservations department gets inundated with folks looking for last minute properties for large groups.  Of course, large properties always go first.

For a complex that rents units individually, the wise traveler will book even earlier to insure that no individual units have been booked already.

 Ready to Book?

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Virtual Reservation Desk? Yes, We Can

For Rent Costa Rica users may be unaware that our reservation desk is a great option for busy owners who do not wish to incur the expense of a dedicated reservation specialist.

Did you know that answering an initial inquiry within 3 hours boosts your chances of booking the rental significantly?

booking_agentsFor many rental property owner and managers, there is not enough time in the day. Using FRCR’s reservation desk means that inquiries are responded to fast and 7 days a week, so revenues increase.

You no longer have to worry about answering new vacation inquiries while you are on vacation yourself.

Your property value goes up with a strong rent roll.

You no longer have to respond in languages you don’t speak.  Our team responds in Spanish, English, Dutch and German!

Is it cost effective? Absolutely.

Pay only 10% per reservation booked with no monthly or annual fee.  There is absolutely no risk.

The requirements are simple:

  1. A public calendar must be displayed for our agents’s use.
  2. Rates must be set through December 2016.
  3. Property must be able to accept payments through Paypal.*

NOW is the time to fill your vacant weeks. Our agents are standing by.

Sign Up Now: Tenants Are Ready to Book Your Property

For multi-unit managers, our reservation desk now manages other platforms including AirBnB, VRBO and Flipkey. If you are in need of a more robust solution, please contact us for more information.

*Banco Nacional now integrates with Paypal.

Playa Dominicalito 5k/10k Walk/Run Sunday March 1st, 2015 7AM

Sunday, March 1st, 2015 at 7 AM is the 7th annual Playa Dominicalito 5K/10K Walk/Run that starts on Playa Dominicalito. The race is organized so that 100% of the registration benefits the lifeguards at Playa Hermosa and the animal welfare organization D.A.W.G. that rescues dogs in our area. The local public elementary school receives funds based on the number of kids that do the Toucan 2K, run entirely on the beach. The course includes the beach, some jungle, steep mountains (for part of the 10K), a little village and a couple small rivers to cross (bridges optional). Many participants bring their dogs to give them a little exercise too. There are several locations to sign up in the Dominical / Uvita / San Isidro / Quepos / Cortez area and additional information can be requested at race@costadelsol-cr.net.

2014 SHIRT PHOTOMORE INFORMATION

Sunday, March 1st is the 2015 date of the 7th annual Playa Dominicalito 5K/10K Walk/Run that starts and finishes directly below the development on Playa Dominicalito. It starts at 7 am sharp. It was the first ever event like this in the area when we created it and we were told that if 20 people showed up including our volunteers, then consider it a success. That first year we had 28 volunteers and 156 participants (some were both). Since then it has been about the same size. We have had several officials from the government sports agency ask us to “go big” because it has a lot of Costa Rican elements incorporated into the course including the beach, some jungle, mountains, a little village and a couple small rivers to cross (bridges optional) but we have resisted and it remains a small event. Many have participated every year.

96FD539D-A409-45C5-9150-864274353A27The expenses to put on the event are fully funded by us with the help of commissions we receive from many of the local tour groups and car rental companies we recommend as well as a few donations by national (and one international) companies. This allows 100% of the registration fees to go towards the lifeguards at Playa Hermosa and the animal welfare organization D.A.W.G. that rescues dogs. The local public elementary school receives funds based on the number of kids that do the Toucan 2K that is run entirely on the beach. Last year there were very few running due to school be out but we hope we can get them to come out this year. Additionally, many of the local restaurants and tourist businesses donate dinners/lunches, massages and adventure tour certificates that are given away during a random drawing at the end of the event to participants and volunteers.

Attached is a document with information about the race. You can sign up at our office or several other places in the area. Assignments for volunteers includes attending to the several water stations we have along the course, selling race shirts, helping with registration the day of the race (and you can still participate in the event) or taking photos to be placed on our Facebook site.

FRCR Powering Costa Rica Happy

C R Happy LOGOHere at For Rent Costa Rica, we are very excited to be powering Costa Rica Happy, a site with tons of resources for transplants to Costa Rica from Niki Meeks and her family, who migrated to Atenas from Texas.

You may also know Costa Rica Happy by its former name, Discovering Atenas. The rebrand is representative of Niki’s expansion of the available resources to cover the whole country.

Costa Rica Happy gives visitors many interesting ideas for areas of the country to visit, healthcare, education, gardening tips, lifestyle tips, Spanish language assistance and more.

A CR LOGONiki and her husband Matt along with their three children are having the time of their lives and also doing some very entrepreneurial endeavors. You may soon find their name synonymous with their latest culinary creation, Carne Rico. Along with their family, the pair brought along their recipe for Texas style beef jerky. Look for Carne Rico in a growing list of locations across Costa Rica.

The Costa Rica News Allies with For Rent Costa Rica

Here at For Rent Costa Rica, we are very excited to announce that we will be powering the rental classified section of The Costa Rica News.

costa-rica-news-3501Visitors to The Costa Rica News will get to browse and send inquiries to all the great rental properties already found at forrentcostarica.com and forrentcostarica.co.cr

For those unfamiliar with the site, the Costa Rica News is a leading English language newspaper with a dedicated expatriate following.

Lindsey Vast and her team do an amazing job of documenting the news along with plenty of anecdotal experience garnered from life in the tropics as an expat.  See 20 Wacky Ways that You Know You’re in Costa Rica for a great example.

The site is also recognized as an official Google news source.


Owners: If your property is already listed on For Rent Costa Rica, it will be visible in The Costa Rica News as well.

Thank You: Southern Zone Realtors

homepage_01We want to say thanks to Southern Zone Realtors, a firm specializing in Golfito area properties for sale.

They do not handle rentals so they recommended For Rent Costa Rica on their rentals page.

Ana, June, and Bob, you guys are the best! Thanks again.

Improved Search

We are really appreciative of feedback from our wonderful users. The quest to make For Rent Costa Rica better never stops.

Improved Location Search

Improved Location Search

One really good comment that we received was that our search was not fast enough when a visitor was looking for properties by location.  If a location was chosen without any properties listed yet, you would simply get a big “O Result” page with no rental properties showing.

To help speed up the process, our Location drop down menu now tells you how many properties are available in each location.

Browse away! We are so lucky to have some of the most beautiful properties on the planet. Costa Rica is a natural paradise but also home to some truly amazing architecture.

 

Check Out Spherical Photos Embedded and Navigable

A couple of weeks ago, For Rent Costa Rica wrote an article called 2014: The Rise of Spherical Photography, wherein we point out that we think potential tenants will love to be able to navigate a spherical photo of a rental property. You can also think of this as 360 photography.

Why do we think 360 photography will be widely adopted? Because you feel like you are really there.

We also think the medium is much more useful than Youtube because you do not have to wait on someone to physically walk around and move the camera.

What Do You Think of Spherical Photography?

Here are some exterior examples of spherical photography:


Las Catalinas, Costa Rica


Tamarindo Rivermouth, Costa Rica


Playa Langosta, Costa Rica

Driving Times: Don’t Be Fooled

Here at For Rent Costa Rica, we frequently get asked for advice about trip planning and various locations throughout the country. Many visitors plan to visit multiple locations on a first trip to Costa Rica.

West Virginia, United States

West Virginia, United States

We highly encourage visitors to do just that. There is so much to see!

That said, just because Costa Rica is the size of West Virginia (familiar to our North American friends), that does not mean you can cross it that way.

Those red lines with blue shields are interstates built big enough for airplanes to use as runways. You won’t find those in Costa Rica.

Actually, you won’t find many traffic lights either (outside of San Jose).

Drive Times Are Different Down Here

Costa Rica is crossed by the Panamerican Highway, which connects Panama with the United States eventually if you keep going. Sounds like an important road, huh?  Well, it’s mostly a two lane road with no on or off ramps nor does it have traffic signals for the most part.

The toll road between Escazu and Orotina was built with some nice passing lanes here and there, but it too is mostly a two lane road.

Outside of the Avenues of the Central Valley, two lane roads are the norm and traffic signals are not.

What Crosses a Two Lane Road in Costa Rica? Well…Everything

Keep in mind that everyone uses the main articles of transportation.

In the banana plantations along both coasts, you will find local farmers driving their tractors right down the highway.

In the cattle country of Guanacaste, you will find cowboys chasing their herds right through traffic.

In the Central Valley and places like Liberia, you will find street vendors plying their wares anywhere traffic slows down.

Pizotes in the Road Around Lake Arenal

Pizotes in the Road Around Lake Arenal

These are all planned events, but keep in mind the unplanned as well.

Semis turn over, heavy rains wash plant debris and rocks into the road, wild animals cross, people stop to talk on their cell phones where there is good reception and more.

On top of that, main thoroughfares can be extremely winding up in the mountains. Drive the Aguacate or the Cerro de La Muerte if you want a harrowing driving experience. Passing on blind curves next to cliffs is common!

For all of these reasons, add about 75% more to your drive times than you would anticipate just from looking at a map.

The Jungle-Beach-Airport Triangle

A split jungle and beach itinerary is very popular whether flying to Liberia or San Jose. Guest typically head either directly to the mountains or directly to the beach, then hit the the other spot, and then return on the final leg of the triangle to the airport.

Just factor in that one leg of the triangle will take you the whole morning or afternoon and you will leave yourself plenty of time.

Check back soon for more info on the Jungle-Beach-Airport Triangle for either San Jose or Liberia arrivals.

 

Monster Deals of the Week – Posted Feb 10, 2014

Please use the contact form on the individual property’s page to make your reservation. Mention the For Rent Costa Rica “Monster Deal” to claim the discounted price.

These deals are too good to last!

Casa Jardines, Hacienda Pinilla Sleeps 8.  Private pool.  $199/night Feb 23 – Mar 2, 2014

Casa Muy Grande, Playa Grande Sleeps 10-12.  Private pool, beach front. $599/night plus taxes. Feb 28 – Mar 9, 2014

Condo Frente al Mar, Langosta Sleeps 4.  Beachfront. $175/night plus taxes. Feb 20 – 28, 2014