Posted on 7/15/2021

Costa Rica Destination Vaxication? 4 Reasons to Start Planning Now

If 2020 was the year of staycations, then 2021 and 2022 are poised to be the years of vaxications: your first big post-COVID vacation, designed to shake off your confinement and become one of the most memorable trips of your life. It's okay to go big. We've been waiting a long time for this! It's a growing trend (and one of the dictionary's newest words): By the time you get your first vaccination, you already know when the second one will be. And you also know that, 14-21 days after that second shot, you'll be go for travel. And so, you start eagerly planning and researching. You check your work schedule and vacation time. And then, you lay your plans for your vaxication (officially, a combination of vaccine and vacation).
vax·i·ca·tion vaccine noun: the first (and much-awaited) trip planned for when you'll be fully vaccinated.
And with that in mind, we invite you to set your sights on a Costa Rica destination for your re-entrance to the world of travel. Here are 4 reasons why you should start planning now:

Reason #1: Flights Are Plentiful (but prices are going up)

Post-COVID flying can pose the biggest challenge for some people. After a year spent keeping our distance from others, sitting next to strangers on a plane – well, we're out of practice! You'll be happy to know that most airlines are following strict and plentiful protocols – yes, still, even as vaccination rates grow – and most experts agree that plane travel is fairly safe. What's more, many major cities throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe offer direct flights to Costa Rica destination cities, so you can minimize the time you spend traveling. That said, as demand grows – and it's growing, as more people get vaccinated and prepare to travel again for pleasure – prices are also on the rise. Our advice: Lock in your airfare now, while prices are still reduced. Not 100% sure you'll travel? Buy a refundable fare or purchase travel insurance.

Reason #2: Early Bird Discounts (select Costa Rica destination vacation rentals)

There's no better incentive than a great deal, is there? That's why we're excited to share the launch of our huge Early Bird Sale! We have a few great deals running:

Reserve 7 Nights, Get 1 Free

Book until July 31, 2021 for a stay in September and October 2021. Valid for new reservations only on, on all homes and Condos except El Chante, Casa Serena, Flamingo Blu, Compass House, and Casa Leo Loco. Coupon code FreeOne.

Thanksgiving 2021

Book 7 nights (November 21-28, 2021) and get a 10% discount on the following homes with Promo Code THANKS2021:

Other Specials

We're also offering a range of rental-specific specials, including:
  • Casa de Los Monos (August 22-26, 2021): Base rate before: $1511, Base rate now: $1208
  • Casa Lomas del Mar (August 28- September 2, 2021): Base rate before: $3,034.00, Base Rate now: $2425
  • Casa Tranquila (September 11-18, 2021): Base Rate before: $5,562.00, Base Rate now: $4452
  • Casa Costa Blanca (October 17-23, 2021): Base Rate before: $6,831.00, Base Rate now: $5460.00
  • Casa de Luz (October 24-27, 2021): Base Rate before: $3,300.00, Base Rate now: $2640
Only valid for these specific dates, bookings on Prices are subject to taxes and fees. For more information about our latest specials, please view our specials or send us an email.

Spotlight on: Casa Puros Dieces

Tamarindo | 8 Bedrooms | 8.5 Bathrooms | Sleeps 20

The crown jewel of Tamarindo's luxury real estate and the height (literally) of tropical indulgence, Casa Puros Dieces ("pure tens" or figuratively, "straight 10s"!) is an eco-friendly, Balinese-style property offering immaculate tropical gardens, a koi pond, and stunning ocean views from almost every corner. Built to take advantage of natural ventilation, Casa Puros Dieces is the kind of place where you fling open the windows and bask in the ocean breeze. In addition to an ocean-view infinity pool, jacuzzi, and expansive decking, the home is incredibly spacious, offering plenty of space for large families to find quiet and privacy. Speaking of quiet spaces for virtual work and school, Casa Puros Dieces offers 100 Mbsp high-speed WiFi internet, battery backout (modem and router), and access to a portable wireless router, if required.

Reason to Book #1: Delicious Breakfast Prep

It wouldn't be a vacation without breakfast in bed! At Casa Puros Dieces, daily breakfast prep (excluding Sundays and holidays) is included with your rental: fresh fruits and juices, traditional gallo pinto, eggs, and other breakfast favorites. You choose where to enjoy it!

Reason to Book #2: A Private Infinity Pool & Jacuzzi

We can think of almost nothing better than the infinity pool and bubbling hot tub at Casa Puros Dieces. Unless it's the infinity pool and bubbling hot tub at sunset. Or under a blanket of stars. Or early on a quiet morning. Or beneath the warm afternoon sun. Or... Okay, okay. We love the infinity pool and bubbling hot tub. And we think you will, too!

Reason to Book #3: Close to Town (But Not Too Close)

In Tamarindo, there's this perfect-but-hard-to-find balance: close enough to the action that you can enjoy it, whenever you please, but far enough that you feel hidden away in your own private wonderland. Casa Puros Dieces manages to achieve this balance, perfectly. Just a few minutes to downtown's dining, activities, and shopping, its breezy position high in the hills puts you a world away from the touristed hustle and bustle.


Reason #3: Costa Rica is One of the World's Easy Countries for Travel

Costa Rica's borders have long been open to tourists. Even better, our entry requirements are now even easier. As of August 1, 2021, you'll need only:
  • No COVID Test Required
  • If You Are Fully Vaccinated (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, or AstraZeneca), no traveler medical insurance is required. You will be asked to show your vaccination record or card.
  • Health Pass: The only requirement still in place is to fill out a Health Passwithin 48 hours of your trip, for a quicker arrival and entry process. The form takes about 15 minutes to fill out, per person.
Please note that, depending on your country of origin, you may need a COVID test for return travel. (We can help arrange them, though! Just get in touch.)

Spotlight on: Villa Tranquila

Hacienda Pinilla | 8 Bedrooms | 10 Bathrooms | Sleeps 24

Designed as a bed-and-breakfast, this luxurious mansion is now perfectly adapted as a spacious vacation rental. Here, you'll have plenty of spaces for quality time together, and plenty of privacy for moments apart. True to its name, Villa Tranquila – Spanish not only for serene but as an invitation to the tranquil vacation lifestyle that defines the atmosphere here – delivers an unparalleled experience that you'll intuit in every detail. Look to the spectacular double staircase or out to the scenic palm trees, out onto your private pool terrace and peaceful ocean views. Villa Tranquila offers daily housekeeping and 100 Mbps high-speed WiFi internet, battery backout (modem and router), and access to a portable wireless router, upon request.

Reason to Book #1: Location, Location, Location!

When you stay at Villa Tranquila, you'll have exclusive access to the Hacienda Pinilla Beach Club – dining, swimming, and more – plus access to the community's immaculate beaches (Playa Avellanas, Playa Langosta, and Playa Mansita), championship golf course, hiking and biking trails, tennis courts, and equestrian center.

Reason to Book #2: The Saltwater Pool

Surrounded by lush gardens, exotic flowers, and waving palms, Villa Tranquila's pool is where you'll want to spend much of your time. Even better, it's a saltwater pool, which is gentler on your skin. And that means more time in the water!

Reason to Book #3: Eight Ensuite Bedrooms

No one draws the short straw at Villa Tranquila. Here, eight private and luxurious suites, each with its own private bathroom, ensures privacy and tranquility for every one of your guests.


Reason #4: It's the Perfect Spot for a Family Reunion

One of the biggest drivers for vaxications is not just where you go, but who you go with. This trip promises to carry significant sentimental value, especially if it's been many months since you've seen your nearest and dearest. Even more so, for young families and grandparents: A year+ apart has been hard on everyone. Costa Rica destination trips are particularly popular with multigenerational families and family reunion groups, as this is the kind of place where everyone's not only happy but overjoyed. Let the kids splash in the pool with the grandparents. Schedule an afternoon of snorkeling and sunsets. Make forever memories when you all go zip-lining in the jungle. Take a long hike to hidden waterfalls or secluded beaches. Let everyone choose a favorite and together, enjoy every one.

Spotlight on: Casa Leo Loco

Tamarindo | 6 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | Sleeps 12

Perched high on a hill overlooking the width and breadth of Tamarindo Bay and downtown, Casa Leo Loco is the kind of home that steals your breath – and fulfills both wish lists and vacation dreams. Welcome to paradise! The epitome of tropical luxuries – locally sourced hardwoods and walls of glass (with a view!), terracotta flooring and ocean breezes – this is the kind of place that makes you want to don a bathing suit, dip your toes into the multi-level infinity pool and private hot tub, and stay for a while. Or a forever. Because here, howler monkeys swing through the trees and the exotic gardens are always in bloom, and the sun-drenched flagstone terrace plays witness to spectacular daily sunsets and their subsequent blanket of sparkling stars. And always, those spectacular panoramas – the windows, the terrace, the pool that overlook the ocean and hover so close to it all, you need only look out your window to check on the day's surf conditions.

Reason to Book #1: Views, Views, Views!

You can build a spectacular home almost anywhere, but almost nowhere has this view. Seemingly everywhere and panoramic, it wraps around Casa Leo Loco like a warm, tropical hug: a perpetual invitation to meditate to crashing waves, watch sailboats drift by, and witness the sun as it disappears over the horizon.

Reason to Book #2: Jungle Luxuries

While we don't often associate the jungle with modern luxuries, Casa Leo Loco manages to combine the two in a breathtaking setting both tropical and coastal, at once authentic and exclusive.

Reason to Book #3: Sunset-View Infinity Pool

We've covered the view but the sunsets at Casa Leo Loco really need their own category. Because here, not only does the sky light up in a nightly show of brilliance, but you'll always have a front-row seat. From your private infinity pool. And life doesn't get much better than that.


Plan Your Costa Rica Destination Vaxication

Go ahead – window shop a little! Browse our full inventory of Costa Rica vacation homes. Imagine yourself here. And, when you're ready, get in touch. Ask about our vaxication discounts. And then, get started on a private-but-together, memory-building, dream-fulfilling stay at one of Costa Rica's beautiful vacation homes. We look forward to it!
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