Vacation rentals are often the most economic travel option for families and groups of friends, giving more space and amenities at a lower price than a hotel room. Living like the locals helps to give that authentic travel experience; and even if you can’t afford to buy that multi-million dollar home, you might be able to afford it for a week.
“For the past five years or so, our family has only stayed in vacation rentals because this mode of lodging best fits our lifestyle,” commented Florida native Dennis Easters, a world traveler living in Atenas, Costa Rica. “I like to wake up early, have a cup of coffee, check e-mails and go for a walk, all before everyone else rolls out of bed. In a traditional hotel, this is a challenge without waking everyone up. Another advantage is that with a home or apartment, you have enough room to spread out and have a break from one another after a long day of sightseeing.”
What is a vacation rental?
Vacation rentals are typically privately-owned apartments or homes that are rented by the day, week or month. They tend to be second homes for owners who live somewhere else and use the property for income and their own vacations. Most vacation rentals are fully stocked with towels, linens, all appliances, fully-equipped kitchens with the basics such as spices, cooking oil and coffee, once-weekly housekeeping, internet, cable TV, maybe a swimming pool and garden, and a property manager who is on call 24/7. Often additional services can be arranged at an extra cost, such as daily maid service, private cook, and transportation and area tours.
Why are vacation rentals so popular over hotels?
“In most cases, a vacation rental home is more economical. There is more space, a stocked kitchen, the ability to do laundry, more privacy, and the feeling of being ‘home’,” explained Easters. “Also, a vacation rental allows you to live a bit more like the locals, even if for only a short time. However, if you like to interact with other travelers, you will be more limited than with a traditional hotel setting.”
Over the past seven years, vacation rentals have become very popular in Costa Rica, said Easters, who is co-owner of Pure Life Development of Atenas real estate.
The charming mountain town of Atenas, Costa Rica, is very popular for Costa Rica vacation rentals, for the same reasons Atenas is a top place to retire: location and climate. The capital city of San Jose to the east and some of the best Pacific Coast beaches to the west are all less than an hour’s drive from Atenas. The San Jose international airport is only 30 minutes away, and Atenas is known for having the “best climate in the world.”
For those investing in real estate in Atenas, Costa Rica, Easters says the rental market is hot, delivering an average 5% to 9% annual return on vacation rentals. Many buyers are purchasing their retirement home and using it to generate income until they retire, he said.
Planning a Costa Rica vacation or looking to buy real estate in Costa Rica? Don’t miss Atenas vacation rentals and Atenas homes for sale. Contact Dennis Easters and Gerardo Gonzalez-Porras at Pure Life Development of Atenas.
Article by Shannon Farley
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