Costa Rica Property Search Guide
Our goal is to help you find the exact type of real estate in Costa Rica that you are looking for – quickly and easily. Perhaps you are a real estate investor looking for incredible deals, or maybe you are only interested in seeing properties by the beach – the links here will point you in the right direction.
You can customize your search results by using our Advanced Search Tool. Try to limit your search to just a few parameters and keep in mind that some combinations are not a good fit – like searching for
“5 bedrooms” on “Undeveloped Land” – you won’t get any results with that.
Finally, if you would like information about real estate in a specific town or province in Costa Rica, you should visit our Locations by Region page.
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Real estate deals listed by motivated sellers below market value
Fire Sale LAND Deals
A great opportunity for real estate speculators and home builders to pick up land listed below market value. Incredible real estate steals can be found here for investors with vision.
Fire Sale HOME Deals
Perfect opportunities to pick up an affordable, move-in-ready home for yourself at great value. Also ideal for purchasing with the intent of flipping and turning a quick profit. The current homeowners want to sell quickly and have priced their properties accordingly.
Who doesn’t want to get the most bang for their buck? Here are building lots, land parcels, and move-in-ready homes for sale, listed by extremely motivated sellers. These properties have had recent price reductions and are often listed well below market value.
This is an excellent way to find great real estate deals and receive an excellent return on your investment. In the case where a sale is desired within a tight time frame, there may be additional opportunities to negotiate on price. Send us your bid and we’ll run it by the owner. It never hurts to ask and in some cases, an owner simply doesn’t have the time to wait for the best offer. Bookmark your favorites, email them to us, and we’ll see what we can do for you.
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~ Beachfront Properties ~
Real estate listings based on their proximity to the beach
Waterfront Real Estate
These listings are as close to the ocean as you can get while still being on 100% titled land.
Beachfront Real Estate
These listings have whitewater ocean views and are within walking distance to the beach.
Recommended -> Real Estate that is Close to the Beach
This search includes both waterfront and beachfront real estate, plus properties that are only a short drive away from the beach. You’ll get more options with less building restrictions.
Everyone wants to be as close to the beach as possible, but this has caused problems, especially in the northern part of the country which has experienced pollution issues due to over-development.
Now the Costa Rican government is cracking down on runaway land development within an area called the Public Zone – land located within 50 meters from the high tide zone. Personally, we think this is fantastic because this ensures that our beaches – and your future beaches – will remain clean and pristine, now and into the future.
For more information about building regulations by the beach, check out our informational page about: Costa Rican Coastal Building Regulations
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Hospitality businesses and vacation homes that generate revenue
Properties That Produce Vacation Rental Income
These homes are great for investors looking for a vacation home in Costa Rica that also have solid rental histories to subsidize the purchase. Expect to find furnished homes with very nice amenities that are near the beach and in high demand tourist areas.
Bed and Breakfasts and Boutique Hotels
These homes are great for someone looking to move to Costa Rica and generate income directly from where they live. Expect to find homes with private living quarters, large kitchens, and usually on a relatively large parcel of land.
Hotels and Resorts
Full service hotels, some with bars and restaurants, that are in operation right now. Own a turn key business, on prime real estate with incredible opportunities for expansion. These hospitality businesses are affordable and enjoy a steady flow of income from tourists flocking to Costa Rica from all over the world.
Properties with Professional Management
These properties have on-site professional management and marketing services. These homes and condos are great for busy investors who don’t have the time to manage the rental, maid service, and landscaping of their properties.
Owning income producing properties (residential rentals, vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts, hotels, and other commercial businesses) is the best way to build wealth in real estate. The possibilities are very real for positive cash flow, appreciation and several tax benefits which all play a strong role in increasing your net worth… and when done right your tenants, through the rents they pay, are making it all happen for you.
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Find homes based upon how many acres are in the property
Homes on Land Under An Acre
Expect to find beachfront homes, townhomes, and condos in popular tourist destinations.
Homes with 1 to 2 Acres of Land
You won’t find any condos here. A nice mix of move-in-ready homes on a decent parcel of land.
Homes with 3 to 4 Acres of Land
Now you are starting to get some breathing space. You will find some luxury homes and some incredible steals here!
Homes with 5 to 7 Acres of Land
If you are looking for large gardens and walking trails that are often frequented by wildlife, then these are the listing for you!
Homes with 8 to 10 Acres of Land
Other than the upscale hotel with the luxury vacation home (an incredible property), the other listings are very private and surrounded by their own natural rainforest.
Homes with Over 11 Acres of Land
A spectacular amount of land for those seeking privacy. You own it and no one will ever be able to build next to you.
We love this type of search for buyers looking for the privacy that land provides, but don’t want to put forth the effort of building their own custom homes from scratch. Also great for those looking to move to Costa Rica, have a roof over their head, and expand on the same property!
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~ Waterfalls and Rivers ~
Properties with fresh water including waterfalls, rivers, and streams
Properties featuring a waterfall
These one-of-a-kind properties have a real jungle vibe with views of a waterfall or actually have a private, natural waterfall on the land. Needless to say, these listings move fast!
Properties featuring rivers and streams
These listings have river views or have rivers and streams flowing through the property year round. There is nothing more relaxing than the tranquil sound of a river.
Properties featuring a fresh water source
Perfect for “off-the-grid” self-sustainable types. These listings feature a natural fresh water source. This is also a good option if you want to see listings with both rivers and waterfalls.
You will find a few homes and condos here, but we think the most interesting listings are the development lots and land parcels. This is where the truly magical Costa Rican homes are created. Most of these listings are abundant with tropical wildlife due to the fresh water source and private locations. These are incredible properties for private residences or ecotourist destinations.
If you love a location, we can help to make your dream home become a reality. We have an incredible referral network of architects and home builders in Costa Rica for you to interview. We are experienced in the nuances of building properties from the ground up and we’re more than happy to answer any property development questions that you may have.
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Tropical real estate featuring abundant wildlife
Listings Close to Both Large and Small Nature Reserves
A broad search featuring listings that are within a short distance to national ecological tourist destinations or are bordered by private protected nature reserves. There aren’t too many places in the world where you can have miles of protected rainforest as your backyard! Perfect locations for nature lovers or those looking for a tourism based businesses.
Properties That Are Close to Manuel Antonio National Park
These listings are located within the most famous tourist destination in all of Costa Rica. Real estate in this area is high profile and is considered by many to be the safest bet in the country. People who live here enjoy the best of both worlds – the beauty of a national park with the amenities provided by businesses catering to international travelers.
Properties That Are Close to Marino Ballena National Park
These listings are close to a protected underwater park with views of the world famous “Whale’s Tail”. This area is frequented by scuba divers and water sport enthusiasts. It is a popular launching point for fishing charters and diving trips to Cano Island and Cocos Island. There are many protected rainforests here so this is the perfect place to enjoy both ocean and jungle wildlife!
Properties Ideal For Ecotourism
These listings are perfect for investors looking to cater to the incredible ecotourism industry in Costa Rica. You will find everything from turn-key luxury vacation homes and hotels, to land perfect for starting your very own ecotourism based business. Of course, you can always purchase a property for your own private enjoyment. There are some really neat properties here!
We’re in Costa Rica and most of our listings feature tropical wildlife. However, it is useful to segment this search. If you want wildlife, but don’t want to be out in remote areas, try the searches next to Costa Rica’s famous national parks like Manuel Antonio and Marino Ballena.
If you are a real nature lover and want to feel like you are living in the middle of a Disney movie, try some of the other options here that will show properties bordered by private nature reserves. While you are browsing, take special note of the listings that have fruit trees – they are irresistible to wildlife! In any case, all of these properties are well known to have high monkey and bird activity!
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Real estate listings that won’t break the bank
Move-In-Ready Homes in the $100k to $300k Price Range
Our most affordable listings in the country. Great places to buy for relocating to Costa Rica.
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The most affordable way to get into the real estate market in Costa Rica. Inexpensive land parcels to free up resources for a custom home. If you put in the work, your efforts will pay off.
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Our most exclusive real estate listings for upscale buyers
High End Luxury Estates and Upscale Homes
These homes have all of the amenities you could find anywhere in the world. Simply beautiful homes that are often rented out as income producing vacation rentals when not in use by the lucky owners.
Homes on Over 11 Acres of Land
Homes on large land parcels that provide privacy with plenty of opportunities for expansion.
Land Over a Million Dollars
Find the largest and the best land parcels in Costa Rica. Ideal investment properties, upscale resort and residential building sites, or land preservation for wealthy benefactors who want to leave a long lasting legacy for future generations.
Homes and Land in Private Gated Communities
Enjoy peace of mind with properties featuring around the clock security in private, gated communities. Find existing homes, luxury building sites, and high end townhomes in exclusive resorts here.
Golf Resort Properties
These listings are located in upscale golf resorts or are adjacent to a golf course.
If you are looking to build a custom estate home, please contact us for recommendations on the most exclusive neighborhoods to seek out in Costa Rica. We will target the ideal location for you based upon the exact parameters you set.
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Real estate listings for commercial, residential, and hospitality development projects
Land With Commercial Building Potential
Incredible land parcels to build commercial, hospitality, or residential projects on. Find ideal locations in up and coming areas in the country.
Land For Resort Hotels
Beautiful land located in the most desirable tourist areas perfect for hospitality based businesses.
Subdividable Land For Sale
Great real estate listings for residential development projects.
Land Without Building Restrictions
Whatever you can dream up, you can build it on these land parcels.
Locate Land Parcels by Size
View our “Farms and Acreage” page and filter the listings by how many acres you are seeking.
Locate Land Parcels by Price
View our “Building Lots” page and filter the listings by the price range you are seeking.
We work frequently with land developers. As you can imagine, there are many nuances in regard to the types of projects you can build in the country. Tell us the type of project you are looking to build and we will send you a custom list of qualified land parcels.
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View working farms, palm oil farms, horse & cattle ranches, and large land parcels
Farmland and Cattle Ranches
Find working farms and large properties perfect for setting up a farm or ranch.
Locate Land Parcels by Size
View our “Farms and Acreage” page and filter the listings by the amount of acreage you are seeking.
We respect the farming community and can recommend perfect properties for the type of land you would like to work on. Contact us for more info.
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Properties ideal for surfing, boating, and fishing
Properties for Surfers
Costa Rica is well known as a prime surf destination and these locations have everything a surfer looks for – steps to the beach, with waves breaking directly out front. The listings you will find here are ideal investments for buyers looking to cater to the throngs of traveling surfers who visit the country from all over the world.
Perfect listings for boat owners, divers, and fishermen.
Properties Ideal For Fishing
You can find great charter fishing opportunities practically in any of the coastal areas in Costa Rica. The listings here are located in popular fishing destinations including some situated next to rivers with fresh water fishing.
You can still find affordable land by the beach, but it’s becoming much harder to find. That is exactly why investing in beachfront land in Costa Rica is such a good investment. If you can pull it off, do it immediately!
A tip for surfers on a budget – you will need to find a land parcel by the beach and build on it yourself. Fellow surfers from all over the world have been doing this for years. We highly recommend you sign up for email alerts and tell us that you are looking for surf property. Getting notified quickly is the key because surf properties move fast.
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Locations conveniently located next to town
Properties That Are Close to the Capital City of San Jose
These listings are in the Central Valley area of Costa Rica. Perfect for professionals who need quick access to the city and the airport.
Properties That Are in the Jaco area
These listings are in the Jaco area, a well developed beach town with a lot of activity and any amenity you could ask for.
Properties That Are in Planned Communities
These listings are in private, planned communities. Most are close to town and have in-house amenities.
Properties That Are Close to Town Amenities
These listings are either in town or are a relatively short drive away from the conveniences of town with supermarkets, bars, and restaurants.
Properties With Good Access to a Main Highway
Most of our listings have good access to a main highway but we’ve excluded the properties that are a little more “off the grid”.
Properties Close to a Modern Hospital
An ideal option for those who have health concerns.
Other than the capital city of San Jose, Costa Rica does not have very large cities and towns. The listings here focus on convenience where you can get in and out of town quickly. Whether you are a busy professional who needs to get to the airport quickly or would like to pop in and out of town to pick up some goods, these listings feature locations that are either in town or are within a few minutes drive.