The Most Expensive Rental Houses in Costa Rica


Just because many people vacation in Costa Rica because they are on a budget or really want to make their vacation dollars last, that doesn’t mean you can’t find the occasional multi-million dollar mansion here or there. In fact, there are probably a lot more luxury villas and mansion in Costa Rica than you think. Perhaps it has something to do with the real estate boom that happened there years ago. Regardless, here are some of our favorite luxury villas from Costa Rica. We probably won’t be staying at any of them any time soon, but its fun to look.

El Castillo De Esparza

Per night: $2,571 and up

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A nine-acre estate ensconced on top of a mountain, El Castillo de Esparza was built for the Countess of Baillet-Latour. The estate has 10 bedrooms and more than 43,000 square feet of air-conditioned living space in the main and guest houses. It can comfortably accommodate up to 22 people.

A full-time staff is on duty to take care of all your needs. You can relax by the pool or revel in the views of the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Nicoya. Features on the fully landscaped grounds include fountains and a waterfall, a swimming pool with a large deck, and areas for playing croquet or practicing your putting.

Palacio Tropical

Per night: $2,142 and up

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This eight-bedroom, eight-bath beachfront property is in the Cabo Blanco Reserve. The elaborately decorated house features exterior spaces of equal beauty, including patios, decks, balconies, a swimming pool with a waterfall, and a private beach.

Inside, amenities include an entertainment room with satellite tv, a full kitchen with dishwasher, microwave oven, and coffee maker, and a generator to keep the power going regardless. The staff includes a driver, who can take you around in the 15-passenger van.

Villa Estrella

Per night: $2,000 and up

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Villa Estrella is a newly built villa on a private mountaintop, with stunning views of the Pacific and of the mountains. The house can easily accommodate up to 20 guests. Each of the seven bedrooms has its own private bathroom and a safe for storing valuables.

The villa has satellite tv, a free high-speed internet connection, a home theater sound system, and a washer and dryer. Outside, you can swim in the infinity edge pool or lounge on the deck while waiting for your dinner to come off the barbeque. The full-time staff is on call all week long. The price includes three meals per day, alcohol, snacks, and drinks from the espresso bar, and baby equipment.

Guests must put down a security deposit. Pets and smoking are not allowed in the villa.

Casa Oceano

Per night: $1,085 and up

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With six bedrooms and four bathrooms, the Casa Oceano can be the home away from home for your entire family. Upstairs, the master suite has a private bathroom and shower with a whirlpool tub for the ultimate luxury. Immediately to the right of the main entrance, is a private entrance to three additional upstairs bedrooms through a vaulted ceiling stairway.

Two more bedrooms have whirlpool tubs and private balconies that overlook the ocean, while one has a view of the spectacular gardens. All the bedrooms are air-conditioned.
The villa has a gourmet kitchen, and a full-time, bilingual staff, including a cook, to look after you. TV, CD and DVD players, a home theater, computer and wireless internet connection, a washer dryer, and baby equipment are all included in the price.

Villa Paraiso

Per night: $1,000 and up

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A large and beautiful home, Villa Paraiso is a Guatemalan-style house with five bedrooms and five baths in the Las Olas neighborhood. Up to 10 guests can comfortably relax here and take in the amazing views of the water. The master bedroom has a king-size bed, a private bath with shower and Jacuzzi, and a wraparound terrace. The other bedrooms have beds of varying sizes and showers. All bedrooms are air-conditioned.

You can watch a movie in the home theater with state-of-the-art surround sound and graded seating, listen to music on the CD player, or whip up a meal for yourself and your guests in the gourmet kitchen. Outside, the courtyard has a fountain, and the infinity pool has built-in chaise longues and a swim-up bar. There is also an outdoor kitchen.

Services include daily housekeeping, a manager, 24-hour security, and concierge services on-site. A cook is also available at an additional charge.

Children are welcome at the villa, but pets are not allowed, nor is smoking in the house.

Royal Villa

Per night: $899 and up

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A three-level, five-bedroom villa, this property is on the beach and offers unobstructed views of the ocean. The villa has a full kitchen, living room, a terrace, and a whirlpool bath. Each bedroom is its own bathroom, a king-size bed, a coffe maker, and satellite tv. Guests at the Royal Villa are free to use the restaurants, bars, swimming pool, and spa at the nearby Tango Mar Hotel.

The Royal Villa can accommodate up to 10 people, with a maximum of four children. Kids over six are considered adults. Children age 5 and under stay free. No smoking or pets are allowed in the villa, and a security deposit is required. Breakfast is included in the price. A cook is also available at additional cost. With 15 days notice and a $100 payment, the kitchen can be stocked to your specifications.