If you are planning on visiting Costa Rica for a short time, you will probably be staying in hotels throughout the country. But, if you have decided to stay in Costa Rica for 4 months or longer, you will want to look for long term rentals in Costa Rica. By renting a house, condo or apartment for a longer period of time, you will save money on your housing costs.
There are many vacation rentals available throughout Costa Rica and Send me South can help with your search for a house or apartment. It is advisable to wait until you are in the country to visit a house or apartment before committing to a long lease, so that you can be sure that the house or apartment you are renting is in good condition and fits your needs.
In addition to vacation rentals, there are also houses that belong to Costa Rican citizens or residents that are only in Costa Rica for part of the year, meaning the other part of the year their houses or apartments are available for rent. Whether you decide to rent a vacation house or house or apartment that unoccupied for part of the year, you will most likely want to find a house that is furnished. If you are planning on moving permanently to Costa Rica, you may want to find an unfurnished house so that you can bring or buy your own furnishings. Renting a furnished apartment or house will be easier if you do not have the means or the desire to ship or purchase your own furnishings.
Costs for long term rentals in Costa Rica are as varied as in any other country, meaning you can spend as little or as much as you like. Some long term rental apartments or smaller houses may cost as little as a few hundred dollars per month. Larger houses with more amenities, like high-speed internet, laundry facilities, or swimming pools can be more costly, with monthly rent in the $1,000 to $3,000 range. You will need to decide what amenities are important to you when you are searching for long term rentals in Costa Rica. Additional costs in your rent may even end up saving you money in the long term. If you pay more for a house with laundry facilities, you may still save money since without laundry facilities you would have to pay a laundry service. In the end, paying more upfront for your house could save you money.
The cost of your long term rental in Costa Rica will also depend on what region of the country you decide to live in. Desirable locations that are closer to the beach and draw a large tourism crowd will have higher rent prices than locations that are further from the beach and don’t see many tourists. Certain neighborhoods in the San Jose area house more affluent families and as such the rent is higher in these neighborhoods than others. Also, rentals that offer caretakers and housekeeping services will have higher monthly rent, but sometimes these services are indispensable. Remember, if you are considering moving to areas of the country that are surrounded by the jungle, it takes a lot of time to maintain the grounds. Local knowledge of plant and animal life is also important when maintaining a clean home and yard space. Having a caretaker and housekeeper can help you reduce the chance of dealing with pests like spiders, snakes, termites or other critters common in the jungles of Costa Rica.
You will find many options in your search for long term rentals in Costa Rica and it can be very fun looking for housing options in your new home country. Set up a few appointments to view long term rentals once you arrive in the country. If you need assistance finding the right long term rental to suit your needs, make sure to check with Send Me South, we offer scouting trips and orientation tours to help you find the area you want to live and then the perfect home in that area. Working with experienced representatives who are familiar with the regions of Costa Rica and the housing options available will help ensure that you find a long term rental in Costa Rica that is right for you!