Planning a trip to Costa Rica and looking for a fabulous and fun place to stay?  I put together a list of the most unique Airbnbs in Costa Rica that will guarantee a memorable trip and create long lasting memories.  Filled with lush rainforests, volcanoes and surf breaks, there’s many reasons that people want to vacation to Costa Rica.

The best part about staying in Airbnbs in Costa Rica has to be the price.  Even though Costa Rica is one of the more expensive Central American countries, you can still stay in a luxurious treehouse with a water slide, pool and ocean views for under $200 a night.  Now if that isn’t reason enough to choose a Costa Rica Airbnb I don’t know what is.

Although there are many types of accommodations in Costa Rica from family run bungalows to luxurious resorts, this is a list of 15 of the most unique Costa Rica Airbnbs that will having you packing your bags immediately.

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 Igloo Beach Lodge Airbnb in Costa Rica
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1. Igloo Beach Lodge

  • Location:  Quepos, Costa Rica
  • Price:  $130 a night
  • Highlights:  Luxury, Eco friendly,Location, Vegan friendly, Health conscious

At Igloo Beach Lodge you’ll find one of the best luxury hotel accommodations Costa Rica has to offer.  The Igloo Beach lodge consists of igloo cabins built using the airform method, whereby construction materials are built on to a mold and left to set.  

The resulting dome is a rock-solid monolith, and uses 50 per cent less energy to heat and cool than a conventionally built structure, which is amazing.  The igloos are then covered in tropical vegetation, blending in beautifully with the surrounding vegetation.  

Not only is this hotel eco friendly but the restaurant on site is vegan friendly.  The Casa Planta is an excellent farm/ocean to table restaurant.  The menu consists of ingredients that reflect the biodiversity of Costa Rica, with food being supplied by local farmers.  The menu isn’t exclusively vegetarian or vegan as you can enjoy fresh fish caught from the nearby Pacific Ocean.

Along with the eco friendly practices and farm to table menu, the Igloo Beach Lodge is a health conscious resort.  Staying here offers you a chance to be apart of a surf camp, boot camp or yoga retreat.  Plus there’s a spa!  If you are looking for a healthy getaway you won’t be disappointed with this Costa Rica Airbnb in Quepos.

Nearby attractions include Espadilla Beach (1 minute walk) and the beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park (15 minute walk).

Coco Glamping Villas in Costa Rica
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2. Coco Glamping Villas

  • Location:  Uvita, Osa, Puntaneras, Costa Rica
  • Price:  $130 a night
  • Highlights:  Surfing, Beaches, Amenities

Part of the luxurious Art Villas Resort are the unique Coco Glamping Villas.  The Coco Pods are a set of five egg-shaped pods made with tent canvas and tropical teak.  Nestled on a tropical slope in Bahia Ballena, Costa Rica the luxurious nests overlook Hermosa Beach.

These cabins sit a few meters above the steep terrain, where you can absorb and be emerged in the living heart of the jungle.  Listen to the sounds of the wild life and try to spot a toucan as these magnificent creatures live in the canopies of the rainforest.

Each pod comes equipped with a bathroom and there are many amenities that are shared between the 4 pods.  These include a living space, kitchen, terrace, water slide, small pool, massage spa, wifi and fitness center.

This unique Airbnb in Costa Rica is a great place to stay for surfing as most of the beaches around here have surf year round.  Playa Dominical is nearby, world known and has a regular surf competitions.  There are also great beaches nearby for swimming if surfing isn’t your thing.

Treehouse Airbnb in Costa Rica
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3. Dominical Adventure Treehouse

  • Location:  Puntarenas, Costa Rica
  • Price:  $300 a night
  • Highlights:  Views, Surf, Wildlife

Would it be a unique Airbnb Costa Rica list without a mention of a treehouse or two?  The Dominical Adventure Treehouse sits 300 feet above the ocean with jaw dropping, panoramic ocean views!

The three level open-air treehouse has a master bedroom with air conditioning and 3 double beds on the second floor which is open air so this Costa Rica treehouse Airbnb can accommodate up to 8 people, its enough space for the whole family.  The treehouse also has a full bath, kitchen, multiple viewing platforms and a plunge pool!

Dominical is a small surf town that the treehouse sits above.  This is a perfect stay if you are in this area for the surf as you can check the waves from the Northern viewing platform as you wake up and drink your coffee.

Staying here will allow you to be immersed in the jungle.  Wildlife viewing is everywhere so don’t be surprised if you spot monkeys, toucans, sloths or iguanas.  Paradise is waiting!

Forest room at the Ti-Kakara
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4. Forest room at Ti-fakara

  • Location:  La Fortuna, Costa Rica
  • Price:  $110 a night
  • Highlights:  Romance, Walk to La Fortuna waterfall

The Ti-fakara is an oasis in the jungle located close to the center of La Fortuna town.  If your main objective of your Costa Rican vacation is to relax and reconnect with yourself or someone else then this is the perfect Costa Rica Airbnb for you.  The forest room at the Ti-Farka offers comfort with luxury finishes.

Located next to the infamous La Fortuna waterfall, one of the best things to do in La Fortuna is this stunning hotel.  You will enjoy falling asleep to the sounds of the jungle, the spa, yoga sessions down by the river and swimming in the pool with views of Arenal Volcano (which is only a 30 minutes drive away).

There is also a restaurant on site that provides excellent breakfast and meals from locally sourced ingredients making it possible to not have to leave.

At night take a tour of the frog sanctuary and in the morning way up to toucans flying overhead.  This is the perfect stay for couples on their honeymoon because it gives off some serious romantic vibes.  Awaken your soul and gain more inspiration and love in your life.

things to do in la Fortuna Costa Rica

5. La Tabacon Resort Thermal Resort & Spa

  • Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica
  • Price:  $345 a night
  • Highlights:  Elegant thermal hot springs, Bomb breakfast

Another unique stay in La Fortuna is the Tabacon.  The Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa. is one of the coolest and most unique hotels in Costa Rica.  The grounds are beautiful and serene, exactly what you want to come home to after a day of exploring around La Fortuna. 

The two highlights of staying here are the continental breakfast that is provided every morning and of course the thermal springs on site.  Let’s first talk about breakfast.

The breakfast was delicious, which made waking up early that much more exciting.  Every item was made to order and there are fresh pressed juices every morning – I still day dream about these and wish I could start every morning with a glass.  

Okay now let’s talk about the spa/springs.  The natural hot springs are huge and you could easily spend your whole time relaxing around the springs/pools.  

There’s several different areas and chairs scattered around and the place is pretty big so finding your own nook to relax and destress won’t be a problem.  There’s even a private adults ‘cabana’ which is where I spent most of my time.  

The whole area is full of natural hot spring baths, a sauna and 5 swimming pools.  Plus there massage services, luxury spa treatments available to you at an extra cost. 

This resort is definitely worth the splurge if you are planning a trip to La Fortuna.  Even if you don’t spring the extra few bucks to stay here, you can buy a day pass to experience the hot springs.  It’s worth it and I promise the photos will be instagram worthy. 

Hotel Bosque stay in Costa Rica
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6. Hotel Bosque

  • Location: Playa Hermosa Beach, Costa Rica
  • Price:  $213 a night
  • Highlights:  Beach access, Intimate boutique vibes

Hotel Bosque is located right on Playa Hermosa Beach.  This intimate boutique hotel is decorated in earth tones which creates a calm and warming atmosphere. 

The hotel features an outdoor pool and hot tub, tropical gardens and a gourmet restaurant which serves up international and Costa Rican cuisine.  Like most Airbnbs in Costa Rica, Hotel Bosque is tucked away in the jungle surrounded by wildlife.  And you’re only steps away from the beach.  

Nearby attractions are the Santa Rosa, Guanacaste, Palo Verde and Diria National Parks which are all within a one hour drive.

Andaz Resort in Costa Rica
Andaz resort in Costa Rica
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7. Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo

  • Location: Culebra, Costa Rica
  • Price:  $575 a night
  • Highlights:  Zip line on site, Oasis in the jungle, Beach front

The Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo is a luxurious resort located in the Costa Rican jungle near Culebra.  Everything you could want, this elegant resorts has.  Including an on-site spa, gym, swimming pool and 3 restaurants.  

Plus there’s a tennis court and a zip-line!  I mean zip line in Costa Rica has been on my bucket list for years. 

The beach is within a 2 minute walk where you can enjoy water activities like snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking and swimming.  Stay at this elegant resort in Costa Rica for the luxuries of a home far away. 

Lighthouse Airbnb in Costa Rica
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8. The Lighthouse Ocotal

  • Location: Del Coco Beach, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
  • Price:  $290 a night
  • Highlights:  Views, Beach

By far one of the most unique Airbnbs in Costa Rica is the Lighthouse Ocotal.  The Lighthouse is connected to a marine style villa.  The lighthouse consists of a bedroom, small living area, and bathroom while the main house has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and a living room.  This is a perfect stay if you are traveling with a large group or family as it can accommodate up to 11 people.

The views from the lighthouse are picture perfect Costa Rica.  Located just a short walk away from Ocotal beach where there is great snorkeling and boats ready to take you out on an adventure.

Spend your days basking in the pool as you gaze out into the ocean and cook your dinners in at the fully equipped kitchen.  Relax, recharge and connect at the Lighthouse Ocotal.

Room at the wildlife rescue center
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Helping a baby monkey at the wildlife rescue center

9. Private room at a Wildlife Rescue Center

  • Location:  Cabuya, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica
  • Price:  $95 a night
  • Highlights:  Wildlife, To help the animals

If you love animals, more specifically helping animals then a room at this wildlife rescue center is the stay for you.  Rooms are bright, clean and comfortable.  Staying at the wildlife rescue center supports efforts to rescue, rehab and release local wildlife back into their natural habitat.

On one side of the lodge is the wildlife rescue center which cares for about 40 animals including howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys and scarlet macaws.  The other side of the nature lodge is where you can relax at the infinity pool, practice yoga on the sun deck or just relax in nature and tranquility.

Stay in this unique Costa Rica Airbnb for a one of a kind nature experience and to put a little joy back into the universe.

Shipping container stay in Costa Rica
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10. Shipping containers Beach Apartment

  • Location:  Jaco, Costa Rica
  • Price:  $54 a night
  • Highlights:  Walk to the Beach, Price, Walk to surf

Now this unique Costa Rica Airbnb is made of shipping containers!  This Shipping Container Tiny Home has all the basic amenities and services that you need.  Bed, air conditioning (this is an extremely hot area of Costa Rica), shower, wifi, kitchenette and even a balcony with a partial ocean view.

Besides the price, I mean you can’t go wrong with $50 a night for your own room including a kitchen but the best part about staying in this Jaco Costa Rica Airbnb is the location.  The tiny home is walking distance to the beach (where there is good surf), the town of Jaco itself, several restaurants and a grocery store that is open 24 hours.  This is the perfect stay for a solo adventurist or couple.

Arenal Eco Glamping Villa
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11. Arenal Eco Glam Villa

  • Location:  La Fortuna, Costa Rica
  • Price:  $95 a night
  • Highlights: Star gazing, Romance

The Arenal Eco Glam Villa is another romantic getaway outside of La Fortuna.  The eco glam villa is glass dome that offers 180° views of Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal.

The villa has all of your basic needs and amenities including a bathroom, mini fridge and coffee.  There is no wifi at this romantic villa so plan on sipping wine, snuggling up with your loved one and relaxing in the outdoor hot tub as you gaze up at the stars.  Disconnect and recharge at this romantic stay.

Hugues Treehouse Airbnb in Costa Rica
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12. Hugues Treehouse

  • Location: Matapalo, Provincia de Guanacaste, Costa Rica
  • Price:  $178 a night
  • Highlights:  Nature vibes, Modern treehouse living

Another Costa Rica treehouse vacation rental to make this list is the Hugues treehouse.  This treehouse has a modern design amidst the lush rainforest.  The stay offers stunning views and can accommodate up to 4 guests.

The charming village of Matapalo has supermarkets, restaurants and bars that are all close by.  Playa Grande is also only 5 minutes away.  Stay here to be in harmony with the Earth, surrounded by nature and close to the beach.  These are Pura Vida vibes start to finish.

The Pipe House Hostel Airbnb Costa Rica
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13. The Pipe House

Location:  Playa Grande, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
Price:  $65 a night
Highlights:  Price, Surf, Steps to the beach

Sleep inside recycled concrete pipes at the Pipe House!  The Pipe House is a premium hostel located inside the Baulas Marine Park, steps away from the beach.  Since it is located inside a National Park, you are surrounded by Costa Rican wildlife such as Monkeys, squirrels, iguanas, parrots and even crabs.

Playa Grande is known for its world-class surfing all year round and is the perfect place to stay if your in Costa Rica for the surf and are on a budget.  The nine bedrooms that make up the house are built entirely by hand within recycled concrete pipes, now that’s a unique Airbnb in Costa Rica.  Adventures are endless when you stay at the Pipe House.

The green house in Santa Teresa
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Private terrace in Costa Rica

14. The Green House 

  • Location:  Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
  • Price:  $280 a night
  • Highlights:  Adults only, Romantic

The Green House is an eloquent stay tucked away in the jungle.  Each unit has a private kitchen, dining room, bed room and private terrace with a pool.  And have I mentioned this is an adults only stay in Costa Rica. 

A sunset will never be the same after you’ve experienced one from the pool on your private terrace.

Spend your days lounging around the infinity pool and your evenings exploring the charming town of Santa Teresa.  There are several restaurants, shops and bars all close by.

Santa Teresa is a popular surf town where the surf is always up.  You can’t beat the price for value while staying at the Case La Nina.  This will only make your Costa Rica vacation more incredible.

Cockpit Airbnb in Manuel Antonio Costa Rica
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15. Romantic Jungle Cockpit

Location: Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Price:  $250 a night
Highlights:  Ultimate tropical adventure paradise, Close to Manuel Antonio

Ever wanted to experience a flight where you get to sleep in a private bed?!  That is a bucket list item for sure and takes a hefty penny to make that dream come true.  

This is the next best thing.  Sleep in a converted cockpit of a McDonnell Douglas, MD-80 fuselage, that is tucked away into a steep jungle hillside.

Experiencing the ocean view from your bed inside a cockpit of an airplane will make this one of the best and most unique airbnbs in Costa Rica that you stay. 

The best part, this romantic jungle bungalow is located just outside of Manuel Antonio, one of Costa Rica’s best National Parks.  Staying here will give you the ultimate Swiss Family Robinson vibes. 

Access your studio by a hanging suspension bridge that wraps through the lush, tropical jungle.  If you are traveling with a larger group opt for the 727 Fuselage home, which sleeps 6.

Fasten your seat belts and keep your tray tables in upright, locked position.  This is tropical, adventure luxury at its finest.

Airplane Airbnb in Costa Rica
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16. Airplane Jungle Fuselage

Location: Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Price:  $630 a night
Highlights:  Ultimate tropical adventure paradise, Close to Manuel Antonio

Remember that 727 Jungle Fuselage I mentioned earlier.  It doesn’t get better than this. 

This 2 bedroom 2 bath stay can accommodate up to 6 people and has been featured by Travel and Leisure, HGTV, Strange Homes and Animal Planet as one of the most unique stays and fantastic experiences in the jungles of Costa Rica.

Wake to the roar of the howler monkeys, and have coffee  with the playful spider and white faced monkeys to start your day. This is truly an unforgettable experience to have in Costa Rica. 


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