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Is tourism hurting due to vacation rentals in Costa Rica?

Vacation rentalsChoose between paying a hotel bill for $200 a night in a nice hotel in Costa Rica or rent a nice vacation rental condo for around $1,500 a week, where would you prefer to be?

Are you a couple with no kids and you like to be pampered by the hotel staff? Of you could stay in an all-inclusive hotel with the food covered in that price, it’s a no-brainer.

But if you are a family of 4, so you’d have to pay 2 hotel rooms, that would be $200 x 2 = $400 x 7 = $2,800 for a week. Because of that, there are hotels getting involved in the vacation rental market now too.

The purchase of Costa Rica vacation rentals is a great investment and also a no-brainer. Not only can you make a great return on investment (ROI), you can save money if you buy smartly, at the right price and with a low condo fee.

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Some Costa Rica vacation rentals have 3 bedrooms, so each of the kids can have their own room. Or they can bring some friends too, all at the same rental price. And now you will have a nice kitchen, so you can make breakfast easily, make your own coffee whenever you want and fill the fridge with beers. Nothing wrong with that, right? What are the top 10 reasons a vacation home is better than staying in a hotel? Find out here.

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Get your own beach time in Costa Rica

I have owned time-shares for years myself. Even when I cannot exchange my weeks to a decent resort or hotel, I will save it for next time and will look for a nice apartment on VRBO or Airbnb. In fact, I just visited my mom in Holland in June and took her for a week to the coast of Belgium. There, I rented an awesome 2-bedroom condo in the small harbor of Zeebrugge for 1,200 Euro’s. There is no way I could do that in a hotel in the same area that didn’t look like a dump.

What about the hotels?

So what’s going on in Costa Rica with all those vacation rentals? Well, the larger hotel chains, specifically those that are all-inclusive, are still doing very well. They have their marketing in place through their chain marketing, on Expedia and many of the other travel sites.

But what is happening to the smaller hotels? After the boom, many hotels have taken out mortgages, if they didn’t already have one. They have had a hard time to be able to pay for their operating cost and making their mortgage payments.  They’re either too small to pay for good advertising or they can’t cover the operation cost with the rooms they are renting. They are not able to come down on their rates. And they can’t compete against the large hotels and the vacation rentals unless they’re smart marketers or smooth operators.

The government of President Luis Guillermo Solís is trying to promote a “plan de rescate turistico” to save those in the tourism sector who are in debt. The tourism sector owes over $4M to the CCSS (Social Security system) and who knows how much to the banks.

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See our great inventory of Costa Rica Luxury condos for sale

A great investment

As an investment, you can purchase a hotel or B & B for sale, work 24/7 without a salary to get a more or less decent return on your investment. You can use that same money to purchase several nice beach condos for sale in Costa Rica and list them as vacation rentals. The property manager will advertise your vacation rental on VRBO, on AirBnB and some other websites such as the largest MLS in Costa Rica. A good vacation rental can receive a great ROI if located in the right beach area of Costa Rica. And if managed by the right property management company.

Talk to some property managing companies. You will find that they’re going nuts looking for more vacation home owners willing to rent out their property. Some vacation rental owners have rented out their unit for over 35 weeks out of the year. Check our blogs on being able to use your retirement funds to purchase a vacation rental.

Our inventory

Check on our MLS for the amazing condo and home inventory. We have property with great vacation rental potential in the beach areas as well as in the Central Valley. Many homes on our inventory already function very well as income generating luxury vacation rental. They are or can generate a great return on investment if managed correctly.

Contact the AE MLS Costa Rica

Contact us now for more information on the purchase of a vacation home or condo that will generate great rental income in Costa Rica.


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Ivo Henfling

Your West-side of San Jose real estate agent, covering Escazu and Santa Ana, Rohrmoser and Ciudad Colon.If you are looking to buy a home in Costa Rica or invest in a condo anywhere in the Central Valley or looking for any property for sale in Escazu or Santa Ana, you need to contact Costa Rica real estate agent Ivo Henfling. Ivo has been selling Costa Rica real estate on the westside of San Jose, in the locations of Rohrmoser, Sabana, Escazu, Santa Ana and Ciudad Colon for over 20 years and can show you hundreds of happy buyers of real estate in Escazu and those other areas. For Ivo, a deal is not a good one unless both buyer and seller are happy.

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