Costa Rica’s Romantic Tropical Paradise Itinerary

Arenal Volcano, Waterfalls, Hot Springs & Secluded Beaches

We here at Costa Rica Escapes strongly believe that Costa Rica is the best place for your honeymoon. In this country of relaxing palm-lined beaches, mysterious smoking volcanoes, peaceful living, and high quality service, you and your spouse can count on getting the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation. The Costa Rica Romantic Tropical Paradise Itinerary is ideal for all couples (not just honeymooners!) looking to not only take advantage of the incredible array of activities that Costa Rica offers, but also makes sure to have plenty of downtime to kick back, relax, and celebrate time together, as newlyweds!

All-Inclusive Costa Rica Honeymoon Vacation - Private Hut
Adult beverages in jungle huts is part of what makes Costa Rican honeymoons so special

On this romantic adventure, you will spend time in the volcanic region of Arenal where you will canopy under waterfalls during the day and soak in the geothermal hot springs at night. Then, you will be transported to the pristine and secluded beaches of the Pacific Coast to watch the monkeys climb in the treetops overhead while relaxing on the beach or poolside at your resort. All of the properties that we use are perfect for couples that want a superior and romantic accommodation’s experience.

Costa Rica Romantic Tropical Paradise Itinerary Highlights & Facts:

  • Private, Romantic & Exclusive Accommodations perfect for Couples – this is your time together, we’ll make sure to suggest private rooms bungalows or villas with some special features like private plunge pools and jungle bathrooms
  • Romantic Hot Springs – Explore these warm and soothing, geo-thermal springs together one evening after a full day of adventure & exploring Arenal. Finish this night with a romantic dinner at the hot springs resort
  • Manuel Antonio National Park Tour – Wildlife galore & beautiful beaches would accurately describe this park. There are over 100 species of mammals and almost 200 species of birds in the park. Some frequently viewed residents include white-faced and howler monkeys, two and three toed sloths and iguanas. The endangered squirrel monkey calls the park home as well.
  • Both major international airports work for this itinerary: choose from SJO (San Jose), LIR (Liberia) or a combination of the two – we’ll adapt the itinerary to the best beach for your travels.

Typical 9-day Costa Rica Romantic Tropical Paradise Itinerary

Day #1: Arrival – Transfer to Arenal – Night at Hot Springs

After you choose the flight option that’s best for you, Costa Rica Escapes will customize your itinerary based on the airport that you fly into: SJO (San Jose) & LIR (Liberia). In order to see more of the country, some couples even choose to fly into SJO and out of LIR. A private vehicle will be just outside of the airport waiting to take you to your resort at the foot of the Arenal Volcano. After settling into your room, you will spend that evening soaking in the natural geothermal hot springs unique to this region of the country. A delicious dinner is included this first night before you are returned to your new home to melt into bed. (If your arrival time to the country is too late to enjoy the hot springs on Day #1, no worries – the Costa Rica Honeymoon itinerary includes plenty of flexibility for customizing your unique trip.

Day #2: Rainforest Canopy Tour – Afternoon to Explore or Relax

Breakfast is included at your hotel every morning on the Classic Honeymoon Itinerary. As you and your spouse fill up on fresh fruit and the traditional gallo pinto, you will be able to take in the vibrant birds and other wildlife that are active just after sunrise each morning. That morning, a private guide will pick you up for a Hanging Bridges Hike where you and your companion will have exclusive early morning access to explore the canopy of the rainforest. The guide will help you two to spot sloths, monkeys, toucans and other colorful birds. Of course there is always time to explore the accompanying butterfly and orchid gardens, too. After your hanging bridges hike you will suit up to take a zip-line tour to get your dose of thrill and excitement for the day. The afternoon is yours to relax together at the resort – it is your honeymoon after all!

Swimming in Waterfalls & Lagoons on Costa Rica Honeymoons
Swimming in tropical lagoons is everyone’s dream…realize it on your Costa Rica honeymoon!

Day #3: Day at Leisure or Choose your own adventure

There are no formal activities planned for today so that you and your companion have time to sleep in, relax, sit by the pool, make an appointment at the spa for a massage, and enjoy the beautiful property where you will be staying. For couples that are ready to keep exploring, Costa Rica Escapes is happy to set up an activity. There are several options available to our travelers on the Costa Rica Honeymoon itinerary. The adventure sport of Canyoning is a great option and requires no prior experience. After an orientation and practice with your professional and bilingual guide, you will use a system of ropes to rappel down a canyon’s waterfalls in the middle of the jungle! Another option for today is to explore a remote National Park in the Tenorio region of the country on a guided hiking journey through a mysterious and enchanting area of secondary and primary rainforest within a National Park. The hike winds along the banks of the river where two rivers merge to form the blue waters that end in a scenic waterfall. Or, if the smoking volcano outside of your window is calling your interest, Costa Rica Escapes can arrange for you to take a guided hike of the Arenal Volcano National Park where you and your companion will learn about the history of the volcano, spot tropical flora and fauna, see rare birds, and hike over lava flows. This tour can also be done on horseback, if you’d prefer.

Day #4: Adventure Transfer to the Pacific Coast

Today, a private transport will take you from the volcanic highlands of the Central Valley to the white sand beaches of the Pacific Coast. Those using SJO as their departure airport will travel to the mountainous beach town of Manuel Antonio. If you are using LIR as your departure airport, you will make your way north to sunny, scenic Guanacaste. With the Costa Rica Honeymoon Itinerary, we can also include the option of a white-water rafting excursion on this transfer. This is a great way to cross the country because you spend most of your time on the fast-moving river! Either way, by the afternoon, you will be reclining in a chair watching the sunset from your boutique hotel close to the beach.

Day #5: Day at Leisure

Take this first day on the coast to relax and do nothing at all. Enjoy the pool, visit a secluded beach – we’ll fill you in on which one & how to get there. This evening should be spent out having a nice dinner at one of the many fantastic restaurants in the area that we will recommend!

Day #6: Morning at Leisure & Afternoon Snorkel & Sunset Catamaran Sail

Take this morning to enjoy the pool or beach at your resort. You and your companion will have the first part of this day free to do as you please. After lunch you will board a catamaran sailboat and embark upon a snorkeling and sailing excursion. Your guides will take you to a secluded cove and beach where you can explore the marine life that exists underwater. You will enjoy a light lunch along with beverages of your choice as you take in the beautiful sunset that this area is known for. You will return to your hotel to relax, have dinner and enjoy another evening with your loved one.

Costa Rica Tropical Paradise Honeymoon Vacation - Sunset
Ah…Costa Rica sunsets…now that’s the perfect way to end the day on your honeymoon.

Day #7: Guided Hike in National Park or Optional Activity

Today a private naturalist guide will pick you and your companion up to take you on a hike through one of Costa Rica’s famous coastal national parks where ancient-looking iguanas will peer out at you from the perches on humongous trees and three different types of monkeys will try to grab the banana from your hand! Or, if you’d prefer to do something else, Costa Rica Escapes can set up either a charter deep-sea fishing expedition for you or private surfing lessons.

Costa Rica Honeymoon - Kiss on a Hike
Reward each other with a kiss at the top of your hike!

Day #8: Day at Leisure or Optional Activity

This second-to-last day of your trip is set-aside for leisure and relaxation. We want you to return from your honeymoon or couple trip feeling renewed, relaxed, and rejuvenated! If you’d like to keep exploring, there are several ½ day tours that Costa Rica Escapes can customize for you to ensure that you have an eventful and memorable end to your trip.

Day #9: Transfer to Airport for Flight Home

Costa Rica Escapes will take care of all the arrangements to get you to the airport with plenty of time for your flight back home.

Things to Know About the Costa Rica Romantic Tropical Paradise Itinerary

  • Both Liberia (LIR) & San Jose (SJO) airports can be used for this itinerary
  • Any combination of these two airports can be used on this trip
  • Two editions of this itinerary are available – this is based on your departure airport
    • Couples will visit Manuel Antonio if using SJO for departure
    • Couples will visit Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste if using LIR for departure
    • If alternative plans want to be made for beaches, CRE can customize to fit these requests
  • Upgraded, luxury accommodation options are available upon request for this itinerary
  • Day #4 offers travelers options:
    • If going to Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste you include white-water rafting on an intermediate to advanced class III & IV river or a relaxing wildlife filled safari float trip
    • If going to Manuel Antonio you can include white-water rafting on a beginner class II & III river
    • A direct ground transfer in a private vehicle is also available for those wanting to get directly to the beach

Costs for the Costa Rica Honeymoon Itinerary

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


9-Day Costa Rica Romantic Tropical Paradise Itinerary – as described in above trip

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

♦ Premier Accommodations: $2,495 – $2,800 / person
♦ Casual Accommodations: $1,425 – $1,780 / person

8-Day Costa Rica Romantic Tropical Paradise Itinerary

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

♦ Premier Accommodations: $2,300 – $2,525 / person
♦ Casual Accommodations: $1,305 – $1,615 / person

  • Day # 1: Arrival – Transfer to Monteverde’s Cloud Forest – Night Hike
  • Day #2: Morning Rainforest Canopy Tour – Afternoon to Explore or Relax
  • Day #3: Adventure Transfer to Arenal – Evening at the Hot Springs
  • Day #4: Rainforest River Adventure
  • Day #5: Transfer to the Pacific Coast
  • Day #6: Morning at Leisure & Afternoon Snorkel & Sunset Catamaran Sail
  • Day #7: Day at Leisure or Optional Activity
  • Day #8: Transfer to Airport for Flight Home

11-Day Costa Rica Romantic Tropical Paradise Itinerary

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

♦ Premier Accommodations: $2,795 – $3,395 / person
♦ Casual Accommodations: $1,880 – $2,555/ person

  • Day #1: Arrival – Transfer to Monteverde’s Cloud Forest – Night Hike
  • Day #2: Morning Rainforest Canopy Tour – Afternoon to Explore or Relax
  • Day #3: Private Cloud Forest Hike – Afternoon Coffee & Chocolate Tour
  • Day #4: Adventure Transfer to Arenal – Evening at the Hot Springs
  • Day #5: Rainforest River Adventure
  • Day #6: Guided Hike – Evening at the Hot Springs
  • Day #7: Transfer to the Pacific Coast
  • Day #8: Morning at Leisure & Afternoon Snorkel & Sunset Catamaran Sail
  • Day #9: National Park Tour/Surfing Lessons – Afternoon to Relax
  • Day #10: Day at Leisure or Optional Activity
  • Day #11: Transfer to Airport for Flight Home

What Our Clients Say:

Thank you Costa Rica Escapes! We really enjoyed Costa Rica, and the trip you helped to devise for us. We think your service was invaluable, especially your guides; they certainly made the trip “perfect” for us! — Pamela & Brian

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