• Katrina Julia

25 Airbnbs I Stayed in 2021 in Central America and United States

Airbnb is a great if you love unique stays, personal touches, and feelings of a home away from home. Since 2015, I have enjoyed my Airbnb stays with solo travel, unique experiences, hosting global transformation retreats, and traveling all through Central America in 2021.

Beyond what I ever imagined, the Airbnbs I found and experienced across Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Oklahoma, and Atlanta amazed me. If these countries and Airbnbs are not on your bucket list yet, they will be soon.

Whether you are a solo lifestyle entrepreneur and/or digital nomad, sustainable traveler, traveling with family and friends, or creating retreats, these Airbnbs inspire all types of travel.

Each and every Airbnb I experienced inspired adventures and living in a different way. I know over 95% of the hosts personally so if you reach out, let them know I sent you! You may get a bonus!

In their own right, each one is a dream come true. You can't tell me you don't agree.

Costa Rica

I spent January through March in Costa Rica traveling through La Fortuna, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, and Escazu near San Jose. Pura Vida, the pure life, surrounded me at every step.

1 Airbnb in La Fortuna, Costa Rica: Blue House

Costa Rica + Colorful Homes + a Pool = A Dream Come True. I stayed at the blue house for a few days before switching to the pink house. The entire community is a nature lovers and content creators dream. It is great for global transformational retreats too! The story of how Shelley and the ladies started the Airbnb is incredible. Their kindness unparalleled.

Airbnb in Costa Rica

One Day in La Fortuna, Costa Rica

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Blue Home in Costa Rica Airbnb


2 Airbnb in La Fortuna, Costa Rica: Pink House

A vision come to life with the pink home with stunning views Arenal Volcano. I ended up staying at the pink house a month. I loved meeting guests from all over the world in the community in the other colorful homes during my stay.

Airbnb in Costa Rica

One Day in La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Top 10 La Fortuna, Costa Rica Things to Do

Airbnb in Costa Rica: Dragon Fly Hideaway

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Airbnb Dragon Fly

Tell Shelley I sent you!


3 Airbnb in Monteverde, Costa Rica: Casa Balbi

My next stop in Costa Rica involved a shuttle from La Fortuna, a boat across Lake Arenal, and a shuttle to Monteverde. Talk about an adventure in Monteverde, Costa Rica. Immersed in a cloud reserve, surrounded by animals, and hanging bridges = a whole new world. Larry, Grethen, and Diego are incredible souls. You will learn some of my experiences in my guides below.

One Day in Monteverde, Costa Rica

Top 10 Monteverde, Costa Rica Things to Do

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Monteverde, Costa Rica

Airbnb Casa Balbi


4 Airbnb near Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica: Mountain Paradise

Nestled up over 900 feet above sea level is a beautiful tiny house equipped with a kitchen, dining/co-working space, bed, bathroom, and balcony with breathtakingly beautiful views. Did I mention its minutes away from Playa Matapalo and about half an hour from the world famous beaches of Manuel Antonio? Diann, the owner and Jorge, the property manager truly go above and beyond in every way.

One Day in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Top 10 Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica Things To Do

Near Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica Airbnb

Airbnb Mountain Paradise


5 Airbnb in Escazu near San Jose, Costa Rica: Colonial Garden Home

I found Emilia's home while I was still. in Atlanta. Even though it is a private room, I knew I wanted to stay. The beautiful terrace, room, and work space along with rave reviews of the host convinced me. I ended up staying in this beautiful place over 3 weeks, and I am so glad I did. Emilia and I experienced many beautiful conversations and experiences like the Eclectic Kitchen!

One Day in Escazu, Costa Rica

Top 10 San Jose, Costa Rica Things To Do

Airbnb near San Jose, Costa Rica

Airbnb Garden Home and Rooms



I spent about a month and a half in Guatemala in Antigua, San Marcos de Laguna, San Pedro La Laguna, and Guatemala City in 4 Airbnbs.

6 Airbnb in Antigua, Guatemala: Historical Home

The home, the courtyard, the walking distance to all the sites of Antigua will have you marveling at every turn. I spent about two weeks in Antigua including experiencing Holy Week. I loved my interactions and experiences with Dido and her mom.

One Day in Antigua, Guatemala

Top 10 Antigua, Guatemala Things to Do

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Antigua, Guatemala Airbnb

Airbnb Antigua


7 Airbnb in San Marcos La Laguna : Glamping at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

In 2020, I found glamping at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala and knew I would experience it soon. I chose it for my fasting and prayer during Easter. The breathtaking surroundings and incredible Lake Atitlan filled my soul from the outside in.

One Day at Lake Atitlan

Top 10 Lake Atitlan Things to Do

Lake Atitlan Glamping Airbnb in San Marcos La Laguna

Airbnb Glamping in Guatemala


8 Airbnb in San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala: Digital Nomad Chalet

During my travels in Costa Rica, I discovered this traditional Guatemalan home overlooking Lake Atitlan. The place, the host, and the views did not disappoint! I spent a month at this Airbnb.

One Day at Lake Atitlan

Top 10 Lake Atitlan Things to Do



9 Airbnb in Guatemala, City: Beautiful Home

I found a beautiful room with breakfast included, a home gym outdoors, and a beautiful garden. The hosts, Claudia and Rodrigo's family are warm and inviting in every way. The breakfast absolutely delicious!

Airbnb Guatemala City



Although I loved each and every experience and home, I started craving stability all in one place. After experiencing 8 homes in less than five months, I decided to spend the next 3+ months in Mexico. My longest stay of 2021 was in Tulum, Mexico. During my time in Mexico, I traveled to Bacalar, Valladolid, and Mexico City.

10 Airbnb in Tulum, Mexico: Mayan Jungle Cabana

A Perfect 10! The Mayan Jungle Cabana in Tulum along with a dream host, Diana blessed me beyond measure. The serenity, surroundings, and proximity to Tulum, while still being away from the tourist zone is exactly what I needed. I stayed here 3+ months!

One Day in Tulum, Mexico

Top 10 Tulum, Mexico Things to Do

Digital Nomad Recap

Airbnb Tulum, Mexico


11 Airbnb in Mexico City, Mexico: Compact Loft

This adorable loft is in La Reforma neighborhood in Mexico City with a rooftop space and jacuzzi. I stayed here for one night when I traded my Apple Computer at the Mac Store.

One Day in Mexico City, Mexico

Top 10 Mexico City Things to Do

Airbnb Loft in Mexico City

Airbnb Mexico City


12 Airbnb in Bacalar, Mexico: Bamboo Room Near Lagoon

I found myself in Bacalar, Mexico with a digital marketing project. When the project time line shifted, I decided to stay in beautiful Bacalar longer. The bamboo private room on the top floor of a home offers a beautiful space steps away from the lagoon. It is a about 10-15 min or so driving from town.

One Day in Bacalar, Mexico

Top 10 Bacalar, Mexico

Airbnb Bacalar, Mexico