Located on the northwestern tip of Costa Rica, Guanacaste is one of the country's most popular regions thanks to its stunning landscapes, its natural wonders, and its wealth of activities, including world-class hiking and surfing. Here, it's all about living the “pura vida” – pure life – and Guanacaste villa rentals let you do just that.
That's because Guanacaste villa rentals blend in seamlessly with their surroundings and delivering an unparalleled experience in terms of design, privacy, and amenities. That said, villas here come in all shapes and sizes.
The first step to choosing a luxury villa in Guanacaste, then, is to decide on the size of your party and your approximate travel dates. You'll also want to think about how many children you'll have in your travel group, as well as if you have any guests with mobility needs.
From there, you may want to consider which area of Guanacaste you want to visit. Tamarindo is a popular choice for travelers thanks to its great surfing, beautiful beaches, and fun vibe. Peninsula Papagayo, meanwhile, offers a unique experience in one of the most exclusive parts of the country. Lastly, Las Catalinas is a great choice for families thanks to its modern amenities and relaxed atmosphere.
Whether you know where you want to stay in Guanacaste yet or not, your Rental Escapes reservations expert will be happy to present you the best available villa rental options for your group size and dates according to your travel dates.
Just as Guanacaste is home to so much diverse natural beauty, so too is it home to many different beautiful villas. To that end, luxury villas in Guanacaste tend to be focussed on balancing modern amenities with gorgeous natural surroundings, and ultimately delivering an experience that you just can't get anywhere else in the world.
On that note, our luxury villas in Guanacaste are independently owned and constructed, with a distinct sense of style that reflects the personality of their owners. Combined with their unparalleled locations and vistas, these villas offer a sense of privacy, luxury, and aesthetics that you just can't get at a hotel.
This can be seen in the region's three most popular villa destinations: Tamarindo, Peninsula Papagayo, and Las Catalinas.
What started as a surf spot has quickly become one of Costa Rica's best regarded beach destinations. Whether you're looking to catch waves or just relax by the beautiful beaches, Tamarindo luxury villa rentals let you enjoy the best of this laid-back resort town while still offering lots of privacy. Some great choices here include:
Villa Morabeza: Just steps away from the beach, this gorgeous 8-bedroom villa is perfect for families. The villa itself is exceptionally private, with a hidden walkway providing beach access, and it features plenty of thoughtful amenities, like an all-natural, botanical bug-repellant system. It also features two kids' rooms with 2 sets of bunk beds each and a separate studio that's perfect for a nanny. It even includes electric bikes to help you get around. A truly well-thought-out villa in the heart of Tamarindo.
Casa Alang Alang: Set out over 15,000 square feet, Casa Alang Alang is undoubtedly one of the most impressive villas in Tamarindo. It's set on a private, secluded hillside and offers jaw-dropping views, as well as not one but two ocean-facing infinity pools, one on each floor. Stunning décor and an attentive staff round out this beautiful, unique villa experience.
Sunset House: Perched atop a hillside in Tamarindo you'll find Sunset House, an elegant 5-bedroom villa that, as the name implies, is the perfect way to enjoy a sunset. The house is also exceedingly stylish thanks to its modernist architecture and custom construction, and it sleeps 14 thanks to some resourceful bedroom configurations. A great value for families looking to enjoy the best of Tamarindo.
With over 31 beaches and a mandate keeping 70% of the land undeveloped, Peninsula Papagayo is a gorgeous strip of Costa Rican coastline with world-famous landscapes and pristine natural beauty. Peninsula Papagayo villa rentals let you appreciate these vistas while still taking advantage of modern amenities and luxuries. They include:
Villa Flor Blanca: Four unique bedrooms, enchanting tropical landscaping, and unique, modernist design - Villa Flor Blanca really is one of the most chic and stylish villas in Costa Rica. Everything is either one-of-a-kind or top-of-the-line, from the appliances down to the artwork. Combine with the life-affirming views and it doesn't get more aesthetic than this.
Villa Eram: With a creative mix of indoor and outdoor elements, including a grand piano hovering over water beside a green wall and a 34-foot infinity pool, Villa Eram is an imaginative, modern construction that redefines what a tropical luxury villa can be. Its name translates to house of paradise, and that's exactly what this.
Seacliff Point: Floor-to-ceiling windows, an open-concept design, and an expansive, boundary-free pool area all punctuate the most spectacular parts of Seacliff Point, which are its unobstructed ocean views across Peninsula Papagayo. Throw in extras like a pool room, media room, designer furniture, and lovely artwork, and this is one of villa that delivers at every level.
Las Catalinas is a recently constructed car-free resort with a big focus on environmentalism and maintaining balance with nature. Like the resort itself, Las Catalinas villas are inspired by Mediterranean, colonial, and coastal architecture, with a strong priority on liveability, making them a great choice for families. Some prime choices here include:
Casa Brewer: The private residence of the founder of Las Catalinas, Casa Brewer is a Mediterranean-style masterpiece with a stunning neo-Classical loggia, an enchanting poolside grotto, and an open design. An especially perfect choice for families with children.
Casa Pelicano: Full of delightful details including a surfboard table and a colorful mural, Casa Pelicano is a vibrant, whimsical hillside home with a surprise around every corner. Best of all, it's surrounded by pristine landscaping and gorgeous ocean views, creating a one-of-a-kind experience both inside and out that the whole family will love.
Castillo del Mar: Just steps away from Playa Dante, Castillo del Mar is a 7-bedroom villa that's perfect for beach lovers. The open terrace stretches down to a pool patio, where you can indulge in some stunning ocean views before enjoying a meal cooked in the chef's kitchen. A perfect location and a beautiful villa in the heart of Las Catalinas.
A valid passport is required to travel to Costa Rica from the US, Canada, the UK, and the EU. A visa is not required if you are staying for less than 90 days.
If you're flying into Guanacaste, you'll most likely be landing in Liberia Airport (Daniel Oduber International Airport – LIR). From there, a rental car is suggested to get around the region, though private drivers are also popular.
Your Rental Escapes concierge can arrange airport transfers, rental cars, and private drivers for you.
The best time to travel to Guanacaste is from December to April, which corresponds to Costa Rica's dry season in general. This is when you'll see the best weather overall, as well as the most services available.
That said, if you're looking to save on your Guanacaste villa rental, then shoulder season from April to June may be an excellent choice as well.
And if you're looking to surf, then May to August is your best bet to catch some serious waves, though do be aware that this time of year sees significantly more rainfall as well.
Visit Rincon National Park: Centred around a volcano that last erupted in 1995, Rincon National Park offers a glimpse into the wilder side of Costa Rica. The park is centred around the volcano itself, with the Caribbean-facing side seeing lush rainforests, and the Pacific side overlooking tropical dry forest. Highlights here include hiking la Cangreja waterfall, visiting the hot springs in the Las Pailas sector, and spotting all manner of monkey, bird, and even big cat.
Go Surfing in Tamarindo: Tamarindo is known for its long coast and easy waves, making it a great place to surf, especially for beginners. Even if you don't surf, it's easy to appreciate the laid-back vibe and colorful atmosphere of this friendly resort town. This is one spot where ‘pura vida' is taken seriously.
Check out Ponderosa Adventure Park: An especially great choice for families, Ponderosa Adventure Park offers plenty of fun activities, including kayak, horseback, canopy, waterfall, and safari tours. Zebras, giraffes, and other exotic animals can be found throughout, and you can pet, feed, and have your pictures taken with them.
Costa Rican cuisine is a rich fusion of indigenous and European flavors, with a big emphasis on fresh seafood and fresh produce. Some typical dishes include casado, ceviche, and gallo pinto.
There's also a big emphasis on clean living, so expect to find lots of organic, vegan, and fair-trade options as well.
Your Rental Escapes concierge can also arrange private chef service, so you can be sure everything you eat is freshly prepared to meet your tastes, and villa pre-stocking, so all your favorite foods and drinks will be waiting for you when you arrive.
Guanacaste benefits from a hot, dry, tropical climate, as it sits in the lowlands of Costa Rica. Its beautiful weather is a big reason why it's such a popular part of the country.
The dry season runs from November to April, while the wet season runs from May to November.
Dry season can see very little rainfall, with temperatures in January nearing highs of 91°F (33°F) and lows of 69°F (21°C).
The hottest month is April, which sees highs of 96°F (36°C) and lows of 73°F (23°C).
The coolest months are September, October, and November, which see average highs of 87°F (31°C) and lows of 71°F (22°C).
Precipitation, lastly, is highly seasonal, with average rainfall varying between 0.39-0.86 inches from January to April, and 81-112 inches from August to October.
If you want to enjoy the best of this tropical paradise, Rental Escapes can elevate your Guanacaste villa rental into a true luxury experience.
Our portfolio includes the finest villa rentals in Guanacaste, including luxury properties in Tamarindo, Peninsula Papagayo, and Las Catalinas.
Your Rental Escapes reservation expert can find the best villa for your group, and from there your concierge personalizes your trip to create the ultimate Guanacaste luxury villa experience.
Contact us today to book your next dream holiday!