How to Find the Perfect Vacation Rental in Tamarindo

The idea of booking a vacation rental property, sight unseen, in a foreign country can be intimidating, especially if it’s a country or a destination you’ve never been to.  Are you going to be able to find it?  How can you be sure the place is going to be what it looks like in the pictures?  How do you know which one to pick?  If you’re a seasoned traveler, you already know the drill, but there’s a first time for everything including your first vacation rental in Costa Rica. 

Here are some ways to break down the decision-making process and of course some practical suggestions of Tamarindo vacation rental property perfect fits.

Vacation rentals in Tamarindo come in all shapes and sizes, and so do travel groups.  How many people are you traveling with?  Is it you and your significant other?  You, your 5 best friends, their spouses, and their kids?  Are stairs ok?  Do you prefer to be near a golf course?  A surf break?  Do you like center-of-the-action vacations or restful away-from-it-all vacations?  Come up with some answers to these questions before you start shopping to help you narrow it down.

Then the next filter to get through it price.  How much do you want to spend?  Are you attracted by pocket-friendly options, or is this the trip for which you’re going to pull out all the stops and live like royalty?  Vacation rental prices range based on distance from the beach and lots of other factors like how new and chic the place is (or isn’t) and what kinds of amenities it includes.  All of the Vacation Rentals of Tamarindo properties have the standard package:  a/c, wi-fi, cable tv, linens, towels, equipped kitchens, a washer and dryer, a pool…so don’t think that by “pocket-friendly” we mean you have to bring your own pillows!  We’re the industry trendsetters in our area and all of our vacation rentals are top-shelf.

Following, we explore 6 types of luxury vacation rentals in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, and give some examples from our fantastic menu of homes:

1. Small, Simple, Conveniently-Located

These are the condos that are otherwise known as budget-friendly.  They’re great for couples, families with small children, travelers on a shoestring budget, or folks who want to spend their vacation dollars out exploring, not sitting around a fancy house. 

Sunrise Penthouse

Located literally across the street from the beach in the center of Tamarindo, you won’t find a better spot for a better price.  This 2-bedroom condo is located on the 4th floor of the Sunrise complex which includes the coolest pool in town, the easiest beach access anything within an affordable price range, secure gated parking and oh yeah—the view!

Villa Paloma

This affordable 2-bedroom condo in Langosta sleeps up to 6, is conveniently located, has secure parking, access to the resort pool, and offers a sundeck on the roof of the complex.

2. Small and Modern-chic

So let’s say you don’t want a big place, but you’d like it to be sleek and modern.  We have those vacation rentals too!  You can get some of the big-ticket modern design elements in a new or newly-redesigned vacation rental without having to spend big bucks.  These places are great to get into with your best friend or two or three.  Enjoy gourmet meals and cocktails on the patio or rent some boards and go on a surf trek to Avellanas or Playa Negra. 

La Perla

Our condo at La Perla offers 3 bedrooms and sleeps up to 8 people.  Each unit in this recently-completed elite complex occupies a corner, displaying fantastic ocean and hillside panoramas in every room.

Las Mareas Villas

These 3 and 4 bedroom villas in central Tamarindo sleep from 6 to 12 guests.  The ultimate in minimalist modern design, natural textures and materials, and European attention to detail make these villas a vacation rental choice that is a cut above the rest.

3.  A Sprawling Villa for Your Destination Wedding or Other Event

We’re suddenly at the other end of the vacation rental type spectrum:  huge mansions and villas for 20 or more guests—yes we have them!  Costa Rica is a favorite pick for couples planning destination weddings, for yoga and meditation retreats, corporate retreats, family reunions…all of the above.  These properties are the places dreams are made.  From beach front mansions to luxury hilltop mini-resorts, these are your dream homes and they make your special event unforgettable for everyone in attendance. 

Casa de Luz 

This property is truly beachfront!  Just steps behind the high tide line in Langosta, Casa de Luz is a stunning place for weddings, yoga retreats, surf trips, or whatever it is that brings your group together.  It’s one of our most eco-friendly properties, too, and sleeps over 20 people.

Casa Puros Dieces

How about an 8-bedroom Bali-style home for 20?  That’s Casa Puros Dieces!  This is one of Tamarindo’s top event venue choices because of its laid-back design, amazing ocean view and individual suite bedroom layout.

Casa Costa Blanca

Of course, you want your event destination to be Casa Costa Blanca.  This Hacienda Pinilla beachfront home has 7 bedrooms, sleeps up to 24, and includes all of the amenities of Guanacaste’s premier golf/surf resort.

4.  Classified by Activity: Golf Resort and Secret Surf Spots

Many people wisely consider the types of activities they most enjoy when they are shopping for vacation rentals.  If you’re the outdoorsy type who enjoys golf, surfing, mountain biking, or tennis, if you love peace and quiet but don’t want to be completely isolated from restaurants and night life, you might want to browse the vacation rental options in Hacienda Pinilla.  From giant event-venue type homes to condos for single families, Pinilla has got something for everyone.  Golfers and experienced surfers have a look at these amazing spots:


This where the fun begins!  Casa Rebecca, with 4 bedrooms for up to 12 people, is a sleek new vacation rental home located in Hacienda Pinilla.

Villa Bonita

Hacienda Pinilla offers not only mansions, but also luxury condos like Villa Bonita that are more affordable than larger properties but still include all of Hacienda Pinilla’s amenities.

5. The Beach House!

Or let’s say it’s got to be a beach house.  Of course.  Who wouldn’t want to base their Tamarindo vacation in a beach house?!  Some of our biggest and best beach houses are the ones you caught a glimpse of in the “event venues” category, but there are other properties on or very near the beach.  Your beachfront vacation rental is the perfect way to enjoy early morning walks, peaceful sunsets, easy access to surf spots and still have all the comforts of home.  Families with children love beach houses because being right on or very near the beach simplifies everything!  You don’t have to pack everybody and all the trappings into a car every time you want to go out, you just open the door and there you are.  You can even hire a chef to do in-home meal prep for you so that everybody in the family gets a break.  Imagine how much fun that would be!

Hacienda del Pacifico

Hacienda del Pacifico is a 4-bedroom beach house for 8.  Spend lazy afternoons here by the pool and cool tropical evenings listening to the sound of the waves crashing onto the beach on the other side of the trees. Your direct beach access is just outside your door.

Casa Tranquila

Here’s a quintessential beach house that is outfitted with every luxury.  Casa Tranquila has 4 bedrooms and sleeps up to 8 guests.  No other Tamarindo vacation rental beats this one for beachfront location!

5. The View to Die for + Modern Luxury

Consider this:  a totally sleek modern vacation rental property built for the view.  Imagine floor to ceiling glass along the coast-facing side of the home, simple lines, comfortable furniture inside, an infinity pool outside, and in every room the unbelievable panorama of Tamarindo’s turquoise horizon where it meets the sea.  This is what you get in our modern mountainside homes.    These properties are located in Tamarindo just above the hubbub of the busy street, but are still only minutes away from the sand. 

Compass house

The photographs of Compass House speak for themselves.  Yes, this is a real vacation rental home in Tamarindo and yes it really looks like that.  The house has 8 bedrooms and sleeps up to 16.

Lomas del Mar

Lomas del Mar offers an amazing view of the all of Tamarindo, Playa Grande, and the Las Baulas Estuary in between.  Chic and modern, there are 4 bedroom suites for up to 8 and a pristine infinity pool.

6.  The View to Die for + Old-School Beach House

This is truly unique category of home is something you won’t find just anywhere—it’s a Tamarindo specialty!  Once upon a time, instead of stainless steel, pale marble and minimalist aesthetic, there were terracotta tiles, almond wood ceiling beams, and artesian-created ceramic sconces.  In homes like these, you can lose yourself the timeless charm of the quintessential tropical beach house and the breathtaking view of the sky, sea, and rolling jungle hills.  These hillside beach houses offer every amenity and form part of Tamarindo’s history.  Stark modern vacation rental houses are everywhere—in every vacation destination all the world over—but if you love luxury mixed with the local fingerprint and a sense of place, one of our ocean view beach houses is the place for you.

Casa Leo Loco

Casa Leo Loco is perched above Tamarindo and is one of our favorite classic hilltop beach houses.  There are 6 bedrooms for up to 12 guests, a multi-level infinity pool, and stunningly landscaped grounds.  Imagine the sunsets!

Casa Catalina

Casa Catalina is one of Tamarindo’s original beach houses.  It is set so high on the hill and offers such a dizzying view of the bay that on a clear day the Catalina Islands are visible in the distance.  Your group of up to 16 is welcome here in the home’s 5 bedrooms.

As you can see, the perfect vacation rental in Tamarindo is here waiting for you.  Contact our team of experts and make your reservation today!

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