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Playa Herradura Surfing Vacation Rental

Playa Herradura is a beautiful beach featuring black sand and pristine aqua colored surf. A lot of the locals flock to Playa Herradura to get away from the hustle and bustle of Jaco. The beach does have a few developments in the area including an amazing championship golf course and luxury vacation rental properties. If you enjoy sun bathing and swimming this beach is the perfect place for you as it offers tranquility as opposed to other areas like Jaco where beaches are constantly packed. There are fishing boat operators in the area as well so if you want to try your hand at fishing some of the biggest fish you will ever see this is a great opportunity to do so. The operators have several years of experience and also provide all the bait and tackle so you don’t have to worry about spending a lot of money on supplies to get started.

If you are looking to find a low cost vacation rental in Playa Herradura you can find a nice wide selection in the area as well as Jaco and other surrounding areas. You can search through our database on and find a location near you with available rentals. If you own property in Playa Herradura you can list your property for Free on Adventurepads.

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Playa Esterillos, Costa Rica Vacation Surfing Rentals

Playa Esterillos is situated in the beautiful province of Puntarenas in Costa Rica. The beach is a chocolate color and offers some of the best surfing available in Costa Rica and also doesn’t have massive crowds like other popular beaches. If you are looking to visit nearby attractions the Carara National Park is only located 45km from Carara National Park which is home to several types of birds and flora including capuchin monkeys and vibrantly colored macaws. There is also a wide array of parrots, peccaries, toucans, poison arrow frogs and anteaters. The entrance fee to see the beautiful nature Costa Rica has to offer is $7.00 and is open from 7am and closes at 5pm and it is highly recommended you bring insect repellent.

Another great place to visit is the Manuel Antonio National Park where many people who visit Playa Esterillos comes to take a break from the wild surf. There are all kinds of interesting mammals and animals that live in the park. There are also beautiful pristine beaches including Manuel Antonio, Playita, Espadilla Sur, and Escondito. If you are looking to rent an inexpensive property you can search our rentals on Adventurepads and if you are a property owner you can list your property on Adventurepads for Free. It is a great way to add extras exposure to your Playa Esterillos property without having to spend money on advertising.

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Playa Hermosa Costa Rica Vacation Rental Properties

Playa Hermosa is situated only a mere 5 minutes from Jaco and is considered to be one of the best places in the world to go surfing. The surf breaks offered by this magnificent surfing gem is said to be some of the most consistent breaks with some waves reaching as high as 13 feet. There are also a nice variety of surf shops on the beach that offer surfboard rentals and gear to get you started. The waves at Hermosa are so prestigious that it is the host of the International Quicksilver Surfing Championships annually in the month of August. It is also known among the surfing community that the location for the best breaks are situated in front of a huge tree.

The majority of people who visit Hermosa stay in Jaco where there are lots of clubs, bars, restaurants, and vacation rentals available. During the week the beach is pretty quiet so if you are planning to stay for a week or more this is the perfect opportunity to visit with it only busy on weekends. You can also enjoy the heat and sunshine in Costa Rica while you take a rest from surfing. There is also the Manual Antonio National Park that is also a great place to visit and enjoy the beauty of Costa Rica. If you are looking for vacation rental properties you can find them here on Adventurepads and if you are a Playa Hermosa or Jaco vacation property owner you can list your property on Adventurepads for Free.

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Escazu Costa Rica Property Rentals

Escazu, Costa Rica offers tourists unique opportunities including visiting the IMAX theater which is the only such theater located in Costa Rica. The city is home to several bars and restaurants that serve a wide variety and selection of food. You can find a car wash and an old English movie theatre as well as a challenging 18 hole championship golf course that will appeal to golfers of all skill levels. If you like to go shopping there is the Multiplaza which is a host to a variety of pharmacies, grocery stores, shops, and even banks. The city is home to just over 13,000 and includes the Ambassador to the United States. Over the past couple of decades Escazú has become an expatriate enclave, with this the city has become pretty chic. The rents in town reflect this and are high for Costa Rica but for people that prefer this more urban style of living, they extra they spend on rent is well worth the upscale conveniences.

If you are looking to rent a vacation property in Escazu you can check through our vacation rentals by typing the city in the search field. Also if you are a vacation property owner in Escazu you can list your vacation rental with adventurepads for Free. It is an inexpensive way to add exposure to your vacation home in Escazu, Costa Rica.

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Pavones Offers Amazing Surfing in Costa Rica and House Rentals

Pavones is situated in the beautiful country of Costa Rica and features the world’s 2nd longest left hand break and is considered to be one of the best surfing spots in Central America. There are cabins situated only a mere 150 yards from the amazing Pavones surf and have tables, chairs, and floor fans for your convenience. They also come with a full kitchen which includes appliances such as a stove, oven, fridge, utensils, pots, pans and also fresh potable spring water from the tap. There is a bathroom with a toilet and shower and it sleeps 2 /3 people.

The Pavones offer immaculate surfing opportunities for the skilled and beginner surfer. So even if you are just starting this is the perfect place to learn the art of surfing. Once you are able to ride your first wave you will feel a rush of excitement that makes the entire trip to Pavones worth the adventure.

Also, if you want to take a break from surfing you can also enjoy sports fishing where there are many different types of fish and professional fishing guides that can give you a superb tour of the area for a fairly decent price.

Also if you own a cabin in Pavones or other vacation property you can list your property right here on Adventurepads for Free.

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Monteverde Costa Rica Vacation Rentals

Monteverde is a beatiful tourist destination filled with a variety of fun vacation activities. The area has exploded with growth from the tourist industry, jumping from 50,000 per year in the middle of the 1990′s to well over 250,000 per year last year. Due to the substantial growth,  several vacation rental properties have become available for rent. A beautiful vacation property is generally less expensive then a hotel and provides many amenities that hotels don’t always have, such as a full kitchen.

Monteverde is popular for its rainforest and impeccable mountain ranges. In fact, the biggest attraction in Monteverde is the Reserva Biologica Bosque Nuboso Monteverde which is a massive nature reserve with several types of animals and insects not found on other continents. There are 9, or 13km, of trails and research stations to observe the majestic beauty of the area. The nature reserve sees well over 70,000 visitors per year and is home to the most orchids in the world with recent discoveries of 34 brand new species.

If you’re intersted in viewing (and hearing) one of the ten most active volcanoes in the world, take a trip to Arenal. It’s an 8 hour drive on a bumpy road, but what an experience it is to see lava rocks rolling down a mountain side!  It is active nearly every half hour or 41 times per day.  On a clear day, you can see the picture-perfect, cone shape volcano spewing ash and lava. And, this makes for awesome hot springs to soak in throughout the day (or evening)!

For affordable Monteverde vacation rentals, type Monteverde in the search box.  Or, if you have a Monteverde property, list with us – it’s FREE.

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Malpais, Costa Rica Vacation Property Rentals

Malpais is a beautiful town situated in Costa Rica, originally started as a fishing hamlet and then expanded into a hippie-ish surfer’s paradise. Forbes travel magazine has ranked the Malpais beach as one of the 10 most beautiful in the whole world so it is easy to see why many people have vacationed in Mal Pais, Costa Rica and then stayed.  It has become known as the Hawaii of Central America.  Mal Pais is a very unique community in Costa Rica with an extremely laid back earthy atmosphere that Costa Rica has become known by.

If you enjoy surfing you will fall in love with Malpais almost instantly. The waves provide amazing roll outs and you can rent surf boards from local shops if you don’t want to travel with yours.

Mal Pais features some really amazing mansions and property rentals. If you are looking to find an affordable vacation property rental in Malpais just search Malpais in our search box. If you are a home owner in Malpais you can list your property with us 100% free.

If you are looking for places to eat you might want to visit the Alma which has delicious sushi and fusion style dishes. A must have for any carnivore is the Thai steak. Another restaurant you may want to consider is Tres Restaurant. This particular restaurant is operated by German chef Jan and has a large selection of beautifully prepared dishes. His amazing food keeps the place full most nights. The restaurants in Mal Pais serve organic fresh food so you really can’t go wrong.  After a hard day of surfing, snorkeling, hiking or whatever adventure you were on, then its time to experience the amazing tastes of Costa Rica.

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Lake Arenal Volcano and Vacation Property Rentals

Lake Arenal is Costa Rica’s largest lake and the name is frequently used to refer to the region located around Arenal volcano.  One of the world’s ten most active volcanoes, Arenal is reported to erupt nearly every half hour or 41 times per day. It is spectacular to watch and attracts several thousand people each year, including science enthusiasts.

Book a tour and walk through the National Park to see the flowing lava. Some packages include a hot springs trip as well as dinner or each activity can be booked separately.

About the hot springs: There are four different hot springs in the area — the Baldi hot springs; Ecothermales Hot Springs, which limits guests to 100 and has modern changing rooms; Tabacon Hot Springs which has a water slide and artificial waterfalls; and Tabaconcito Hot Springs which is free to enter but has no lights. If you plan to visit during the night it is wise to bring a flashlight. Another tip – some people might prefer the hot springs in the evening when the weather cools down. 

Another fun way to spend time in the area is to hike (or ride a horse) to the Fortuna Waterfall. Don’t forget to bring your swimsuit as the water is very refreshing. If you hike – be prepared for lots of stairs!

When we visited, we received great tips (that enabled us to save money) from the staff at the local visitor information/gift shop located on the main thoroughfare.

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Dominical Costa Rica Vacation Rentals

Dominical is a vacationers paradise. The best features about Domincal is the amazing beach and the ocean. Several thousand people a year flock to Dominical to take on the massive waves found at Dominical. Surfing is probably the most popular water sport at Dominical and they provide quite a challenge for all skill levels. If you have never surfed before it is recommended that you take some surfing lessons at least for these types of waves as it can be a bit dangerous if you land awkward.

Other interesting attractions in the area include the majestic waterfalls as well as caves and other beautiful scenery. Fishing is also another great activity among the tourists as well as going horseback riding and trying out a zipline. The shoreline of Dominical is very close to where the whales are seen swimming by 9 months out of the entire year so it is quite likely youmay see some swimming by. Whale tours are also available and are also a popular attraction in Dominical. The Humpback whale is the most common whale seen in the area but 6 other types of whales are also known to be swimming in the area as well. Dominical although is a smaller place to visit in Costa Rica it does have affordable vacation rentals in the area. You can search Dominical and look for vacation rental properties right here on Adventurepads. We also offer free listings for our property owners in Dominical and around the world.i

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Jaco Costa Rica Surfing and Vacationing Rentals

Jaco is nestled in the province of Puntarenas along the Pacific Coast Costa Rica. If you want to access Jaco the closest airport is from San Jose which is about 80 miles away. The drive takes just a bit more then two hours but you could also take a bus. A bus is pretty cheap costing only $2.00 each direction and leaves from the Coca Cola station in San Jose.

Jaco itself is considered a small town but there are many activities that you can enjoy such as surfing and wake boarding. In fact it is fairly inexpensive to go wakeboarding or surfing since most board shops only charge $6.00 – $20.00 to rent a board for the entire day. You can enjoy suntanning and swimming but sometimes there are massive waves and riptides that you occasionally need to be prepared for so if you see locals suntanning further back you know why.

After you have enjoyed a long day surfing or relaxing on the beach you may want to visit La Central dance club which is one of the more popular night clubs in Jaco. If you are looking for a good place to eat breakfast the Sunrise Breakfast offers American styled breakfast and the La Hacienda offers a wide array of delicious steaks and burgers. I fyou are looking for something a little more authentic then you may want to visit Jacos Tacos which offers traditional Mexican food and also has $5.00 specials.

Jaco is a great place to spend a winter vacation and to find great deals on surfing vacation rental properties.
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