Hot-springs, Adventures & Wildlife – the Essentials of Costa Rica Honeymoon
Costa Rica adventure honeymoons are the kind of travel experiences every thrill-seeking couple dream. Spending a week ziplining, rafting, kayaking, beach-bumming, hot-spring-soaking, wildlife-watching and romancing, in one of the world’s incredible destinations, is about the only way to get married life to a spectacular start.
Given our current COVID-pandemic situation, you’re no-doubt wondering just how long you’ll need to delay your most dreamed-about honeymoon with us. Well, we’re here to tell you, most of you won’t need to wait any longer!
Costa Rica has reopened its borders to foreign tourists, in a staggered pattern that is allowing authorities to keep new coronavirus-infections under control. At time of writing, citizens and residents of almost 50 countries worldwide (including much of Europe, Asia and Oceania) are welcome to come vacation in Costa Rica, as well as residents of 19 US states.
From November 1, residents of CALIFORNIA can join the following list of welcomed US states:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- Rhode Island
- Washington, DC
Costa Rica is the first country that has made entry allowances by US state and this has been immensely beneficial, both to local tourism initiatives and to so many US holidaymakers who want – no, need – to experience an invigorating light at the end of this 2020 COVID-tunnel.
Costa Rica adventure honeymoons have begun in earnest on our shores and it’s not surprising. Given social distancing recommendations, we are honing in on bespoke and private tours to Costa Rica for the foreseeable future and honeymoons, in particular, fit the bill perfectly. By their very nature, our honeymoon all-inclusive vacations have always been bespoke and private which means nothing at all has changed.
What does Costa Rica offer for honeymooning couples?
Thanks to the insane concentration of gorgeous eco-friendly boutique lodges, Costa Rica offers oodles of romance and an abundance of nature-immersed experiences.
Seriously, for the wilderness-loving couple who just want to get away and reset their spirits, this country is tailor-made. Add to that a stunning array of natural thermal springs, iconic wildlife and fantastic outdoor adventures, and you’ve got yourself an unrivalled mix.
FUN, sea, sun, relaxation, indulgence, adventure and love…that’s the Costa Rica honeymoon package of a lifetime.
Costa Rica’s three most iconic honeymoon experiences? That’ll be the fabulous hot springs, amazing adrenalin-pumping adventures and last, but definitely not least, the chance to spot a bevy of exotic animals.
Honeymoon Essentials #1 – Hot Springs
Costa Rica boasts over 200 volcanic hot springs (yes, you read that right) and, although they’re all incredibly special in their own right, a few are hand-picked for honeymooners. What do we look for when recommending hot-spring lodges for honeymoons?
There’s a time to take family-friendly adventure vacations in Costa Rica, and a time when couples just want to indulge in privacy and romance – honeymoons are definitely the latter!
The Nayara Springs is one of our favorite honeymoon hotels; a striking adults-only boutique hotel that’s nestled among luscious jungle and totally secluded, although it’s ridiculously close to both Arenal and the Manuel Antonio national parks. This multi-award-winning property has been featured in Conde Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure and rated one of the most luxurious hotels in the world.
With its private villas complete with private hot-spring pool, indoor and outdoor showers, luxe décor and impeccable service, Nayara Springs is hard to pass up for a honeymoon indulgence. Add to that a sublime wellness spa, in-house sloth sanctuary, gourmet dining and a surrounding forest brimming with howler monkeys, toucans, butterflies and a host of other wildlife, and you’ve got a winning honeymoon combination.
More affordable options abound and The Volcano Lodge & Springs is a prime example. Although not as luxurious as the Nayara options, this rustic and very beautiful lodge impresses with its outstanding views of Arenal from every room and offers a full-service spa, swimming pools and jacuzzies, although it is not an adults-only lodge.
Nevertheless, just know that your honeymoon budget does not have to dictate what you enjoy in Costa Rica but simply the level of luxury you wish to do it in.
See our lowdown on hot-spring experiences in Costa Rica.
Honeymoon Essentials #2 – Adventure
When it comes to outdoor adventures, Costa Rica does it better! The birthplace of the zipline and one of the world’s best whitewater rafting and kayaking destinations, Costa Rica is an active couple’s ideal mecca. Here, thanks to the abundance of nature and year-round idyllic climate, you can satisfy your adrenalin-needs, no matter where you go.
What’s the hottest item on most honeymooner’s menu? Without a doubt, it would have to be whitewater rafting, which Costa Rica offers in spades. Extreme adventurers choose the Tenorio River and its necklace of almost two-dozen rapids or the more challenging Pacuare River, which offers so many Class III and IV rapids that you can enjoy a multi-day rafting experience with an overnight stay in a river-based nature lodge.
Canyoning is also immensely popular and it’s something that’s also on offer even near Arenal, so you really need not venture far to enjoy some adventure.
Want more? You got it! On Costa Rica honeymoons, you can horseback ride and take surfing lessons, head off snorkeling or Scuba diving on a remote island or enjoy an exciting volcano hike. How about a stint of ADV riding and mountain biking? Yes, we have that too. And don’t forget: no matter where you choose to spend your honeymoon in Costa Rica, there’s bound to be a zip line and hanging bridge tour nearby.
On Costa Rica honeymoon adventure tours, you can choose to be as active as you like and it’s the sheer array of choice that makes this such a beloved travel destination.
Honeymoon Essentials #3 – Wildlife
When it comes to spotting wildlife in Costa Rica, it’s essential to take a guided tour of wilderness reserves because your chances of actually seeing animals, among the thick jungles and forests, will be much higher. Many people erroneously believe that because Costa Rica is so biodiverse and brimming with animals that you’ll see them popping up all over the place but that’s simply not the reality. Animals love their seclusion and privacy as much as honeymooning couples, so your chances of seeing animals are higher if you are on a private guided hike.
First up, you should know about the most iconic wildlife you’ll want to see in Costa Rica and then you ought to note that remote eco-lodges, the kind that are embedded in nature and away from nearby villages, offer the chance for close-up encounters on a daily basis.
Bird lovers will love the Monteverde Cloud Forest (home to the rare and endemic resplendent quetzal) as well as Braulio Carrillo National Park which is lesser-known and lesser-visited. For astonishing wildlife experience, however, you do need to move slightly off the well-trodden path: the most rewarding wildlife encounters in Costa Rica are found in its remotest regions, namely the Tortuguero National Park, the Corcovado National Park (Osa Peninsula) and the Curu National Wildlife Refuge in the Nicoya Peninsula.
Ironically enough, the Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most visited in the whole country, can be a phenomenal place to spot animals, due to its diminutive size and consequential higher concentration of animal inhabitants. The trick here is to organize your visit for the very early morning, when the bus-loads of tourists have yet to arrive.
During COVID-times, Costa Rica has cut the daily national park visitor numbers in half, throughout the country. There’s simply never been a better time to visit!
As we love to say to honeymooning couples, at Costa Rica Rios, why not start as you’re meant to go on?
Check out our inspirational honeymoon and adventure Costa Rica itinerary ideas and don’t forget to tell us what you want to experience, so we can plan a unique itinerary to suit your personal budget and desires.
Contact us to know more.