Secluded Caribbean: Costa Rica Couple’s Vacation Itinerary

Romantic Couple’s Vacation for Anniversaries & Honeymoons

The Secluded Caribbean Costa Rica Couple’s Vacation Itinerary is a couple’s Costa Rica adventure trip that explores a few off-the-beaten-path & unique destinations in Costa Rica. Honeymooners, those celebrating an anniversary and other travelers that choose this trip will have the opportunity to descend through the mountainous rainforests on an unforgettable white-water adventure en route to the gorgeous and laid-back beaches of the Caribbean Coast.

Costa Rica Caribbean Vacation Bike Rental
Renting bikes to explore the area is a popular activity on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coastline.

Your Costa Rica romantic adventure begins in the shade of the most active volcano in the country, Volcan Turrialba. Here you will experience the sugarcane plantations, the shade-grown coffee fields, the world-class white water rapids, and the exciting canyoning and zip-line activities. After spending a few days in this quaint little town, known for its rich Costa Rican culture, you and your partner will journey to the Caribbean Sea community just south of Puerto Limon. This area of the country offers secluded and soft sand beaches with crystal clear waters and a very laid-back lifestyle.

By day, your itinerary will take you through national parks that are teeming with wildlife, and by night, you will be serenaded by calypso-style steel drums and reggae music. The endless private and remote beaches – perfect for slow meandering while stopping every now and then to watch surfers or to explore tide pools with snorkel and mask – are what make this a great couple’s exclusive & romantic itinerary.

Highlights/Facts of the Secluded Caribbean Couple’s Vacation Itinerary

  • Pacuare River Overnight Rafting & Night in Indigenous Biological Reserve– The Pacuare River is considered one of the top-5 white-water rivers in the world. With breath-taking canyon vistas and adrenaline-pumping rapids, you’ll see what all of the fuss is about! The Jungle Lodge is a romantic experience you will never forget!
  • Cahuita National Park – This coastal paradise protects almost 58,000 acres including almost 600 acres of living coral reef, which is one of only two reefs in Costa Rica. On your snorkeling excursion you have the opportunity to see 35 different species of reef and more than 125 species of fish. On land, there is a five-mile trail, teeming with wildlife that winds along the coastline, past lagoons and through remote and gorgeous beaches.
  • Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast & Puerto Viejo – The often-overlooked coastal stretch of small sandy coves & beaches is located in the southern Limón province. This is one of the most diverse area in the country, rich with culture populated by a blend of Ticos, Afro-Caribbeans, indigenous Cabecar and Bribri Indians, and plenty of expats for all over the world. This is a lively place that is different from the rest of Costa Rica

Typical 9-day Secluded Costa Rica Couple’s Vacation Itinerary

Day #1: Arrival – Transfer to Turrialba

As soon as you arrive to Costa Rica’s San Jose Airport (SJO), an air-conditioned and modern private vehicle will be outside of the airport waiting to greet you. Your driver will welcome you with a sign that has your name on it and then take you on the scenic two-hour transfer to your hotel in Turrialba. En route to Turrialba you can stop off along the way for lunch at one of the traditional restaurants with amazing views of the valley. You will pass through the agricultural, sugarcane and coffee-growing region of the Talamanca Mountains. That night, you can settle into your boutique B&B to rest and relax before dinner.

Valley views near Turrialba, Costa Rica
The gorgeous valley views near Turrialba, Costa Rica for your first night

Day #2: Canyoning & Zip-line Tour – Free Time to Explore Turrialba

The Secluded Caribbean itinerary includes breakfast each morning at your hotel. Take in the peaceful views of the valley as you eat fresh fruit and gallo pinto, a local Costa Rican breakfast dish. This morning you will embark on your first of many adventures. Canyoning is a fun sport that uses ropes to descend and rappel a series of canyon waterfalls. Today you will rappel and swing like a monkey as you zip from tree-top to tree-top on this combo tour. The tour ends with a delicious lunch in the middle of the jungle. The afternoon is free to explore the town of Turrialba or return to your hotel to relax and prepare for your rafting adventure!

Day #3: Pacuare River Rafting – Day 1

On today’s adventure you will experience the upper section of an unspoiled and beautiful river canyon in the Pacuare River. Your fully-trained and professional river guides will lead you safely down the river to arrive at the river’s Jungle Lodge just in time for lunch. The riverside jungle lodge is like nothing you have seen before. It is in a very romantic and private setting. The lodge comes complete with running water, flushing toilets, private showers, hammocks and a million star views. All of the rooms are modern, very clean and are fully equipped. This is truly a once in a lifetime experience. The food that your guides cook is almost as good as the rafting! Once you are at the lodge your guides will host you on hikes to hidden waterfalls. You’ll also get the chance to suit up and do a zip-line canopy tour in the rainforest!

Pacuare River Rafting Trip on a Costa Rica Honeymoon Vacation
Rafting the Pacuare River on your honeymoon will be a trip that you both will remember for the rest of your lives

Day #4: White-water Rafting – Day #2

Considered as one of the top 5 most-scenic rivers in the world, the Pacuare River will live up to its reputation today. The Indigenous Biological Reserve where it is located is home to some of the most scenic river scenes you will ever see. Day #2 of the whitewater rafting is where you will encounter the more intense and thrilling class III & IV rapids. Along the way through this reserve, waterfalls drop into the river from high above. You will also enter a beautiful canyon called “Dos Montañas” or “Two Mountains” before you end up at the take-out location to meet your transfer. The rafting today takes about 4-5 hours and has a few side hikes and excursions along the way. A vehicle with your baggage will be waiting for you after the river trip. You will have changing rooms and a place to rinse off before your journey to the southern Caribbean Coast.

Day #5: Day at Leisure

With some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, it is a wonder that the southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica is such a well-kept secret. After paddling extreme white water, the laid-back lifestyle, incredible international cuisine and reggae music is just what the doctor ordered! Today there is nothing formally planned. On the southern Caribbean beaches you can learn to surf, take a boat to snorkel on the reef or even visit an organic farm located in a Coastal Marine and Rainforest Preserve. A favorite activity is to rent a cruiser bicycle and explore the secluded beaches in the area.

Day #6: Guided Hike & Snorkel National Park – Afternoon at Beach & Evening to Relax

The Caribbean side of Costa Rica is full of amazing National Parks to explore. Costa Rica Escapes will partner you with a boat captain and guide who will take you to explore the waters & jungle of Cahuita National Park today. On this combo tour you will see the coral reef system of the Caribbean as well as wildlife like monkeys and sloths . The afternoon is your opportunity to relax on the beach and swim in the tide pools. Return to your boutique hotel for a little R&R before dinner in town or at the hotel tonight.

Day #7: Day at Leisure or Optional Activity

Take this day to do another one of Costa Rica Escapes’ optional activities, or… nothing at all! We understand that when traveling with your loved one, it is best to have a down day or two to relax and enjoy each other. Aside from the obvious activities of hiking on the beach or relaxing at the pool, you can take surfing lessons or rent a beach cruiser to tour the private and remote beaches in the area – we’ll fill you in on the details of this when the time is right. This evening should be spent out having a nice dinner at one of the many fusion restaurants in the area that we will recommend!

Costa Rica Palm Tree
Palm trees, blue skies and romance on the beach await you both here in Costa Rica

Day #8: Morning at the Beach – Transfer to Central Valley

Take this morning to let it all soak in. You will have the majority of today to enjoy some final time on the beach. After lunch you will meet your driver who will escort you back to the Central Valley in a private and spacious vehicle. Enjoy the view outside the window of this small and exotic country or strike up a conversation with the driver to practice your Spanish. You will spend this final evening in a romantic hotel on the highlands of the Poas Volcano where you will have a one-of-a-kind view of the sparkling lights of the city below.

Day #9: Transfer to Airport for Flight Home

Costa Rica Escapes will handle all of the arrangements to make sure you are at the airport with plenty of time for your flight home.

Things to Know about the Secluded Costa Rica Couple’s Vacation Itinerary

  • The use of San Jose (SJO) Airport is strongly encouraged for this itinerary
  • The Overnight Rafting Trip can be substituted for a 1-day rafting trip
  • There are very limited Premier Accommodations on the Caribbean Coast therefore all pricing on the Caribbean is based on upgraded rooms in Casual properties
  • The town of Cahuita can be substituted for Puerto Viejo, if travelers are seeking a quieter, less populated experience on the Caribbean
  • Extensions and side trips to Panama can be coordinated due to the proximity of Panama.

Costs for the Secluded Costa Rica Couple’s Vacation Itinerary

All pricing is based on the High Season: mid-November – mid-April, June – August

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9-Day Costa Rica’s Secluded Caribbean Couple’s Vacation Itinerary

Prices are per person, and based on a couple (at least two people) sharing a room.

  • Premier Accommodations: $2,150 – $2,855  / person
  • Casual Accommodations: $1,545 – $1,975 / person

8-Day Costa Rica’s Secluded Caribbean Couple’s Vacation Itinerary

Prices are per person, and based on a couple (at least two people) sharing a room.

  • Premier Accommodations: $1,955 – $2,610 / person
  • Casual Accommodations: $1,400 – $1,815 / person

8-Day Itinerary Summary:

  • Day #1: Arrival – Transfer to Turrialba
  • Day #2: Combo Tour in Turrialba
  • Day #3: White-water Rafting Day #1 – Night in Jungle
  • Day #4: White-water Rafting Day #2 – Transfer to Caribbean Coast
  • Day #5: Day at Leisure
  • Day #6: Day at Leisure or Guided Hiking Tour of National Park
  • Day #7: Morning at Beach – Transfer to Central Vallet
  • Day #8: Transfer to Airport for Flight Home

11-Day Costa Rica’s Secluded Caribbean Couple’s Vacation Itinerary

Prices are per person, and based on a couple (at least two people) sharing a room.

  • Premier Accommodations:  $2,645 – $3,470 / person
  • Casual Accommodations: $1,930 – $2,435 / person

11-Day Itinerary Summary:

  • Day #1: Arrival – Transfer to Turrialba
  • Day #2: Combo Tour in Turrialba
  • Day #3: Day at Leisure or Optional Activity – Mountain Biking or Horseback Riding
  • Day #4: White-water Rafting Day #1 – Night in Jungle
  • Day #5: White-water Rafting Day #2 – Transfer to Caribbean Coast
  • Day #6: Day at Leisure
  • Day #7: Guided Hiking Tour of National Park
  • Day #8: Day at Leisure
  • Day #9: Optional Activity or Day at Leisure
  • Day #10: Morning at Beach – Transfer to Central Valley
  • Day #11: Transfer to Airport for Flight Home

What Our Clients Say:

I just wanted to let you know that our trip to Costa Rica was one that we will never forget. We had the most amazing time. The trip from beginning to end was completely flawless. Buck mentioned that he could not imagine ever being able to ever have a vacation that would ever top that one. I want to thank you for putting together such a great itinerary. — Mandy

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