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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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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.

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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.

Costa Rica Solo Travel Advice with Videos from Lizi on Location

liziThis week we are happy to host guest blogger, Lizi on Location.  Find her at LiziOnLocation.com

Lizi is available for custom videos of properties for rent!

Travel Costa Rica by Yourself without a Group

Have you ever taken a vacation alone? I mean travel by yourself to a foreign country where you don’t speak the language? I hadn’t either until I took my first solo vacation a few years ago and I haven’t looked back. If this interests you, but you are still a little nervous, Costa Rica is the destination for you!

If you haven’t been there before, chances are a family or friend has. It’s a great place for your first international trip.  If you live in the United States like I do, it’s close, fairly inexpensive, and easy to get around.  Plus the locals generally like and want tourists because they bring money into the local economy. This means they will put up with your broken Spanish and offer directions if you get lost. So where do you go? What do you do? How do you plan it?

I was asking myself these same questions a few weeks ago while I was planning my trip.  Most of my friends have gone with a tour group, but that seemed unnecessarily expensive. Plus I didn’t want to be stuck with one group the entire time on a stiff schedule. I wanted a little more flexibility. I planned my first stop and then winged the rest.

First keep in mind when you book because their seasons may be opposite of yours.  Summer in the U.S. is June-September, but that’s their rainy season. It’s not very cold, but very wet.  The good news is sometimes fewer people venture there and the colors are outstanding; the bad news is that depending where you are, it may rain literally every day. I would suggest buying a poncho at the drug store for $2. I know so many people who spent $100 on a new weatherproof jacket, but I’m telling you, the cheap plastic was better!

Next: how are you going to get around? Budget travelers rejoice—their bus system is easy and cheap.   You can also look at their shared shuttles for anywhere between $25-50. I rode Interbus, but there’s also the Gray Line.  They even have some routes that pick you up straight from the airport. Plus it’s a great place to meet people.

You can always rent a car. It wasn’t in my budget, but I hitchhiked with a fellow traveler for a few stops. Keep in mind some of the roads are unpaved, bumpy, and slow, but you can make unplanned stops. WARNING: it may be unsafe, but I had a good experience and now have a new friend from it!

So how are you going to pay for everything? I did use the ATM to exchange money for the Costa Rican Colon, but honesty, almost everywhere I went accepted the US Dollar.  It’s not a bad idea to have a little of their money, especially for the more rural/less touristy places, but you should be find if you don’t. Gone are the days when Costa Rica was “cheap.” You are not going to travel, eat, and stay for $20 a day, unless you work at it.  I wouldn’t call it expensive, but if you eat out, chances are your meals will be more than $10 each, especially if you are in a touristy place.

So where should you go? Like I said I planned my first stop by booking transportation, a hostel, and a few adventure tours until I got the lay of the land.  When you don’t know where you are going next, asking a fellow traveler about their experience gets the conversation rolling. Most likely the traveler just went some place cool and is dying to share his/her experience. This gives you someone to talk to and some ideas of where to go next.

I found the tours/excursions were between $30-45 US dollars.  You can book through a concierge service like Anywhere Costa Rica or directly from the tour company and ask them to waive the service fee.  I hiked the base of the Arenal Volcano, relaxed in the Baldi hot Springs, and rappelled down waterfalls.  You can see all of this in my video below. I loved it all, but if you only have the chance to do one, rappel! The first step is scary, but once you are over the edge, you can control your speed, and swing down. It is such a rush and great for all ages. There were kids in front of me and a woman in her 60s behind me.

I escaped the sticky humidity and headed to Monteverde next (see video below). It was much cooler in the mountains.  The town is charming.  The main drag of Santa Elena is a triangle that takes eight minutes max to walk where there are plenty of eateries and places to stay. I wandered around and found the Ecological Sanctuary. It cost about $12 to enter. I enjoyed the beautiful green plants, breathtaking overlooks, and even saw some unusual animals.  If you want a guided tour of nature, ask at your hotel/hostel about local night walks.

The next day I ziplined with Adventura. The company boasts having the longest zipline in Latin America and it was high! I also did their Tarzan Swing which is a freefall.  I wore my GoPro and still get butterflies in my stomach when I watch the video. I can’t believe I did it, don’t know if I will ever do it again, but loved it!

Next I headed to Manuel Antonio, stopping at Playa Hermosa to wiggle my toes in the black sand from the lava deposits and eat fresh coconuts off the trees. The sunset in Manuel Antonio was indescribable. At one point there was pink and blue, at another point the sky was yellow and orange. There are plenty of restaurants/bars overlooking the ocean to enjoy it over a cocktail. I chose to visit the market across from the public beach and enjoy it at sea level.

The allure of Manuel Antonio is inside gates of the National Park.  All the guidebooks said admission was $10, but they apparently raised it to $16 the day before we arrived.  There are plenty of certified guides you can hire with great cameras outside the park. We ended up guiding ourselves and still saw some really neat creatures. There was a sloth hanging above the tourists, close enough to capture with a zoom lens.  Deeper in the park on one of the trails I saw a monkey! I had been waiting all trip to find one and I finally did. It was just as cute as you imagine, but I hear they can be tricky and steal your food from you as well.  The swimming cover inside the park was packed with people, but beautiful. It is surrounded by hiking trails with breathtaking overlooks.  The trails aren’t difficult, but there are a handful of hills.

After about a week in Costa Rica I felt comfortable to get out of the tourist loop. A local has suggested heading south about an hour (maybe a little less) to Dominical, another awesome beach.  It is a surfer’s paradise.

The next day I looked at the map and saw a big green space a little north of the Pacific and discovered the Chirripo National Park. After further research I found it takes two to three days to hike, but there is a point where you can see both the Pacific and Caribbean. I didn’t have that time, but enjoyed a day hike nearby in the Cloudbridge. Check out the video I shot from our hike.

When we arrived Dr. John Himes, manager of the Cloudbridge Nature Reserve, explained that the 700 acres are mostly reforested.  Much of the land had been used for livestock, but is now going back to its natural state.  Early in the trail you will find flowers, a meditation garden, and access to the waterfalls.  This isn’t a “walk in the park,” it is a hike up a mountain. No need for special shoes or gear, but it is steep and rains often, which makes the path slick.

I LOVED my trip to Costa Rica and know you will too.  Don’t miss out on what could be a great life experience just because you can’t find a travel companion.  Try it out yourself! Costa Ricans have a saying that means “Pure Life” so I’ll leave you with that. Enjoy your trip and “Pura Vida!”

For more of my travel writing visit: www.LiziOnLocationcom and you can find me on twitter/facebook/Instagram/youtube: Lizi On Location.

For first time visitors, check out this video:

Visit Lizi’s YouTube Channel:

Arenal:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jv5VMuRC2fY

Cloudbridge:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICUlr0diEUI&list=UUrCJWK64fBSLj7hSMSsZ8bg

Manuel Antonio:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfMHaHOvbxw&list=UUrCJWK64fBSLj7hSMSsZ8bg

Monteverde:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6CekOAcrXQ&list=UUrCJWK64fBSLj7hSMSsZ8bg

Traveling to Costa Rica:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKF_jtqjApU&list=UUrCJWK64fBSLj7hSMSsZ8bg

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.

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

 

 

Semana Santa is Sooner than You Think

For our international friends that have never experienced it, Semana Santa is a big deal. “Saint Week” is Easter week and for many Costa Ricans starts the weekend before Good Friday.

April 12th – 20th, 2014 is Semana Santa

Montezuma BeachWhat does one do during Semana Santa? Head to the beach, of course. Traditionally, Semana Santa is a time to catch up with family at the beach and relax.

Many international visitors do not realize it, but vacation rentals at the beach are typically priced at holiday rates for Semana Santa because it is such a popular week and properties fill up.

The best way to ensure you get the rental of your choice is to…

Reserve Early!!!

Yes, Semana Santa or Easter week is extremely popular and larger properties typically go first. For more information seasonal pricing, please see our Costa Rica Vacation Rental Seasons article.

Prices may