When considering where to honeymoon in Costa Rica, newlyweds will find a variety of tropical, romantic honeymoon destinations and activities to choose from. Knowing your interests and priorities will help you narrow it down.
Is Costa Rica a Good Honeymoon Destination?
With white-sand beaches, vibrant rainforest, world-class luxury resorts, and secluded boutique hotels, Costa Rica is an excellent honeymoon destination offering adventure, romance, and relaxation for newlyweds. Its unique regional cultures, exuberant biodiversity, and natural beauty make it an ideal destination to create memories together to last a lifetime.
How Should I Plan My Honeymoon Itinerary in Costa Rica?
As it is a small country, roughly the size of the US state of West Virginia, a Costa Rican honeymoon can accommodate a varied itinerary from the mountains to the sea. A well-planned honeymoon itinerary should include a beach and a rainforest location plus thoughtfully selected activities throughout the country’s diverse tropical ecosystems to match the couple’s interests and pace.
Because no two couples are alike, there is no one-size-fits-all honeymoon. Rather, the flavor of a honeymoon should meld to the personality of the two individuals who make up the couple. For those looking for adventure, remote destinations offering all-inclusive boutique eco-resorts nestled deep in the jungle in some of Costa Rica’s most untouched regions can allow the couple to connect far from civilization. At these spectacular destinations, couples can fully immerse themselves in nature while exploring some of the country’s unique habitats.
While outdoorsy, athletic couples will enjoy the challenge of rugged hiking and high-energy adventure, others prefer a slower pace. Couples who prefer luxury, relaxation, and seclusion can unplug lounging on the beach and unwind by soaking in natural mineral hot springs, heated by nearby volcanoes. High-end accommodations and services allow couples to enjoy a stress-free getaway without having to lift a finger.
Other itineraries can have it all by combining adventure with relaxation and high-end luxury amenities. Most importantly, the destinations and activities of a honeymoon itinerary should prioritize the enjoyment of both partners and opportunities to savor new experiences together.
Where Should I Honeymoon in Costa Rica?
Costa Rica has a well-earned reputation as an undeniable tropical paradise. Costa Rican Escapes’ romantic getaway itineraries offer multiple high-quality options with variations allowing you to choose and customize from a variety of honeymoon themes.
The romantic tropical paradise itinerary is an excellent choice for newlyweds who are traveling to Costa Rica for the first time. It includes adventure and relaxation at Arenal volcano’s natural hot springs and then takes newlyweds to the pacific coast for a guided tour of Manuel Antonio National Park to explore its biodiversity. Accommodations are selected for romance in private bungalows and villas, some with plunge pools and jungle or ocean views.
The secluded Caribbean itinerary allows couples to get off of the beaten path while incorporating the adrenaline of canyoning, canopy tour, and white water rafting on the Pacuare River in an indigenous reserve with the natural and cultural beauty of the Caribbean. The trip ends in the laid-back beach town of Puerto Viejo where you’ll find the rhythm of reggae and Afro-Caribbean cuisine abound.
The remote romantic adventure itinerary takes the intrepid couple into the wild frontier of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. It includes snorkeling, guided hiking tours in Corcovado National Park, snorkeling at Caño Island, downtime at Drake Bay and in-country flights with a birds-eye view of lush jungles and majestic volcanoes.
Is Costa Rica Romantic?
Costa Rica’s breathtaking waterfalls, steaming hot springs, stunning sunsets, and gorgeous coastlines offer a diverse array of romantic backdrops for honeymooners. It is no wonder that Costa Rica has become a destination at all steps and stages of marriage including romantic engagements, destination weddings, honeymoons and anniversaries. Whether you find yourselves swimming in a waterfall lagoon, hiking an awe-inspiring volcano, or stargazing on the beach, love is in the air.
In addition to the beautiful surroundings, Costa Rica’s culture also adds to the romance. Spanish is known as one of the world’s most romantic languages, so if you don’t speak it already, brush up on a few phrases in Costa Rica’s main language to surprise your beloved. Costa Rica’s popular music includes the sensual rhythms of salsa, merengue, cumbia, bachata. Many restaurants have live, local music in the evenings, Latin dance classes, and even local musicians who will serenade you over a candlelit dinner.
What to do on a Costa Rican Honeymoon?
A well-crafted honeymoon itinerary in Costa Rica will balance relaxing time in nature and a leisurely pace with well-selected activities tailored to create memories to last a lifetime.
Arriving in Costa Rica with a reserved and quality assured honeymoon itinerary with the right accommodations, transportation, and activities for your travel style and budget can prevent stressful disagreements, unfortunate surprises, and disappointments once in-country.
They can help you incorporate enhancements at various partner properties to make your stay a more romantic experience. You can enjoy a private cooking class together to learn how to make gourmet dishes with local tropical ingredients. If you prefer to skip the preparation and go straight to enjoying the food, a private 5-course culinary experience can be arranged.
A honeymoon is the perfect excuse to indulge in relaxing spa treatments, which take advantage of the natural surroundings and ingredients, such as a jungle-view couples massage or a purifying mud bath sourced from volcanic springs.
Although it may sound cliché, no Costa Rican honeymoon is complete without walking barefoot, hand-in-hand, in the sand as the sun sets over the ocean. Costa Rica has both Pacific and Caribbean coastlines, each with their own cultures, spectacular vistas, and aquatic activities. Couples can explore the ocean habitats by sea kayaking, stand-up paddle, surfing, snorkeling, and even scuba diving.
How Long Should My Honeymoon Be?
9-day and 11-day itineraries are popular for honeymoons because they allow enough time to enjoy multiple destinations and experience several adventures, spa and cultural activities, and enough leisure time to avoid feeling rushed.
Does Costa Rica Have All-Inclusive Resorts?
Costa Rica Escapes can book amazing couples-only resorts on the coast that provide a more intimate experience and include plush amenities such as massages and outdoor jacuzzis surrounded by tropical nature. With luxurious accommodations, delicious meals, and excellent service, these locations allow the couple to focus on the most important aspect of their trip–each other.
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John Rabenau has been working in the eco-tourism & adventure travel industry in Costa Rica since 2002. He has worked in a variety of capacities from Outdoor Educator & Principle Guide to Itinerary Design Manager & Business Owner for numerous organizations. He has grown Costa Rica Escapes into one of the most reputable Costa Rica travel agencies since its creation in 2006, hosting more than 5,000 people with custom vacation itineraries.