10 Unforgettable Airbnb Rentals in Costa Rica Under $125 Per Night

A tropical vacation doesn't need to be expensive. Here are the best and most beautiful wallet-friendly stays on Costa Rica beaches.

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February 11, 2020

Costa Rica is a lush tropical paradise that for many is an ideal vacation destination. Verdant rainforests, crayon-colored tropical birds, spectacular volcanoes and white sandy beaches captivate visitors from around the world.

Beyond its natural beauty, Costa Rica boasts a richness with regard to outside-the-box stays that heighten the vacation experience. Floor-to-ceiling windows, thatched roofs, private plunge pools and outdoor kitchens are just a few of the features that rentals have to offer guests. Here are ten stunning Airbnbs to book that offer amazing views of Costa Rica's beautiful beaches and rainforests. Even better, you can book each one for less than $125 per night. Pura vida!

Starting at $125 per night

This recently renovated one-bedroom condo near Manuel Antonio National Park, the most visited national park in Costa Rica, boasts views so magnificent you may not want to step outside. No car is necessary given your proximity to markets, restaurants, bars and meet-up points for organized activities like waterfall tours, deep sea fishing, horseback riding and snorkeling. Walk to the white, sandy beach or settle in at the on-site swimming pool. Keep your eyes open for exotic wildlife, like spider monkeys, toucans, iguanas and two-toed sloths.

Starting at $120 per night

Set on 12 pristine acres in Costa Rica's Southern Pacific Zone, this one-bedroom glass house sits atop a lush mountain, overlooking the striking Baru River Valley. Constructed from sustainable materials, like teak and cedar, this modern minimalist home is a jewel set in the middle of paradise. Pick fruit from the trees, hike to rushing waterfalls and revel in the scenery from the comfort of the refreshing plunge pool. The laidback beach town of Dominical is a short 15-minute drive and is known for drawing in surf junkies eager to catch a wave.

Starting at $86 per night

Set high on a hill, it's easy to get lost in the views of the cerulean Pacific Ocean from a lounge chair at the infinity pool that's steps from your modern one-bedroom casita. You'll quickly become enchanted by the call of the howler monkeys at dusk before you settle in for a sky full of stars each evening. The property is secluded, so you'll need a 4x4 vehicle to reach the casitas, but you'll find it was worth the trek. Reviewers are overwhelmed by the views, noting that they are "exactly like on the pictures." Gram-worthy, indeed.

Starting at $89 per night

Imagine opening your eyes to lush jungle scenery each morning of your stay in this magical dome. Set on the edge of the Tilarán Mountains, you can see for miles from your wooden perch, all the way to the charming port town of Puntarenas. By day, savor gentle breezes from a poolside hammock or hike deep into the surrounding rainforest. Maybe even take a day trip to the world-famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve for ziplines and hanging bridges. The evening brings a massive sky full of stars.

Starting at $85 per night

You won't need to get out of bed to revel in the stunning jungle views from Guarumo Tree Villa in La Fortuna. This modern hillside villa allows guests to feel completely immersed in nature thanks to elegant floor-to-ceiling windows. A spacious balcony invites guests to sit awhile with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Located near the entrance to Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, plan to trek across dramatic suspension bridges and forest crossings with a keen eye for wildlife watching.

Starting at $125 per night

You won't soon forget a stay in a hand-crafted treehouse in the dense jungle of Costa Rica. This two-bedroom elevated treehouse is one of two at Bio Thermales Hot Springs, which is situated in a less-touristed region of Alajuela Province. Enjoy 12 mineral-rich hot and cool springs pools, as well as hiking trails across the property's 35-acre rainforest. Each jungle treehouse has a private bathroom and kitchenette, including a hot plate, mini fridge, microwave and coffee maker. Spectacular La Fortuna Waterfall and Arenal Volcano are a 45-minute drive from this unique stay.

Starting at $69 per night

From the one-bedroom penthouse suite of a four-story villa you can see all that is spectacular about Costa Rica – sparkling blue ocean, verdant rainforest and national parks. A wall of windows and an open-air porch allow for spectacular jungle-to-ocean views. Walk to shops, cafés, even a yoga studio and spa. A stone's throw from Manuel Antonio National Park, go early in the day for the park's beautiful white sand beaches and native wildlife, like curious white-faced monkeys and colorful macaws.

Starting at $120 per night

This thatched-roof beach bungalow in Pavones on Costa Rica's Southern Pacific Coast is a surfer's paradise, known for the longest waves in the world. Rent a longboard from the surf shop to catch a wave of your own. Yoga classes, horseback riding, bird watching and hiking are also popular activities (when there's no surf, of course). Sway in a colorful hammock or walk into town to visit shops and restaurants. Enjoy an open-air bathroom and small outdoor kitchenette, which has a hot plate, coffee maker, blender and full-size refrigerator.

Starting at $125 per night

This spacious two-bedroom home in the quaint village of El Castillo wows with unrivaled views of awe-inspiring Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal. Settle in on the massive balcony and watch for exotic birds to flutter by, like red-lored parrots and orange-chinned parakeets. This tidy home sits on a hill and has its own hiking trail that takes guests to the river down below. Wake early for magical sunrises over the volcano and the cheery songs of tropical birds starting their day in this lush tropical paradise.

Starting at $85 per night

Soak up spectacular ocean and mountain views from the comfort of your private plunge pool in this one-bedroom hillside cabin aptly named Jungle Sea Lodge. Savor deliciously colorful sunsets nightly as you tune in to the alluring sounds of native wildlife, like macaws and howler monkeys. Inside, this thoughtfully decorated space charms with natural woods and modern furnishings. A short drive from Marino Ballena National Park, there are plenty of opportunities for snorkeling, whale watching and strolling the park's pristine sandy beaches.

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