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Why a Costa Rica Honeymoon Rocks!

Manuel Antonio National Park honeymoonIt probably won’t surprise you to learn that an overwhelming majority of couples are more excited about their impending honeymoon than they are about their wedding. We have an inkling, in fact, that 100% of couples who are planning a honeymoon in Costa Rica fall in that very same category.

And who would blame them? When heading to Costa Rica on honeymoon, not only do loved-up couples have the chance to enjoy the superlative luxuries befit an unforgettable luna de miel (it even sounds more romantic in Spanish!) but they also have the priceless opportunity to see and experience one of the world’s most spectacular countries. All the while, of course, whispering sweet nothings into each others ears…

So are Costa Rica honeymoons really all that great?! Yes, they are!

And here’s Why Costa Rica Honeymoons Rock…

There’s Something for Everyone

Costa Rica honeymoonAs cliché as that may sound, Costa Rica really does offer something for everyone. Quite amazing considering its diminutive size. Whether you’re an active couple, chillax duo, a twosome who wants to get back to basics, or newlyweds dreaming of superb luxury, you’ll find copious choices in this stellar land.

That’s because Costa Rica has made good on its promise to dedicate itself almost entirely to tourism and wilderness preservation. It’s the world leader in eco-resorts (to suit all budgets), boasts an array of fantastic National Parks for active pursuits, is at the top of the game when it comes to outdoor sports, and is framed on both sides by endless miles of pristine beaches. Surf on the Pacific and sunbake on the Caribbean. Kayak by day and swoon over a candlelit dinner by the beach by night. No matter what you dream of doing on your honeymoon…you’ll find a place to do it in Costa Rica.

A Honeymoon Close to Home

There are innumerable reasons why Costa Rica is one of the favored honeymoon destinations for North Americans, one of the most pivotal being that it’s insanely close to home. Where else could you enjoy such phenomenal nature and variety only a few hours’ plane ride away? Because let’s face it: as much as everyone would love to enjoy a 3-month honeymoon, most people can only manage a one to two-week break. Wasting half of it on jet-lag would be a colossal travesty.

It’s Affordable, Without Compromise

Costa Rica villaThere are a lot of affordable countries the world over, that’s granted, yet in 99% of the cases, you certainly get what you pay for. Not in Costa Rica…where the quality for price value is simply outstanding.

A week-long honeymoon spent in a 5* luxury resort in Costa Rica can costs as much (or as little) as just ONE day in an equally luxurious resort back home. If you’re after a destination that delivers in style, and wish for more bang for your hard-earned buck, then Costa Rica just can’t be beaten.

Everything Can Be Organized For You

Costa Rica hotel staffAll-inclusive Costa Rica honeymoons are precisely that: unforgettable vacations where all you have to do is show up. It’s this incredible service, by tour operators like us here at Costa Rica Rios, that have cemented the country’s reputation as one of the best honeymoon destinations of all.

From the moment you arrive until the second you leave, all of your needs will be catered. We take care of transport, accommodation, all your desired activities, your delectable meals, the sightseeing, the cultural experiences and everything else that comes up along the way. And because this is indeed an affordable place to visit, it means that all this service comes at a very low price. Honeymoons are meant to be a once-in-a-lifetime splurge, and how delightful to know that this kind of ‘splurge’ doesn’t even need to cost a fortune.

Love nature? You’ll love Costa Rica

Costa Rica bio-diversityOne of the most bio-diverse countries on earth, Costa Rica is a wonderland of natural highlights. This is arguably the number one reason couples choose it for their honeymoon.

Among the kaleidoscope of ecosystems, you’ll discover over 30 national parks and wildlife refuges, a dozen bio reserves, and almost 30 fiercely protected zones, where almost 900 species of birds, 1, 500 varieties of fish, more than 200 reptiles, 150 types of amphibians, and 13,000 species of plants flourish splendidly. If you’re thinking you may require several vacations to soak up all this beauty…you may be quite right.

The Weather is Idyllic

Year-round warm temps and a tropical disposition are what gift Costa Rica that ‘postcard picture perfect’ image. Sure, there’s a rainy season, when parts of the country can be inaccessible and too soggy to explore in depth, but most of the time, and in the greater majority of the country, there’s always one spot that’s just perfect. Two extensive coastlines, numerous mountains and an array of national parks mean that no matter what month of the year you choose for your Costa Rica honeymoon, you’ll always find an ideal spot to visit. No need to pack the thermals!

The Culture is Enticing

The people of Costa Rica, so called Ticos, are as warm as the days and nights here. They are humble and proud people, with a strong sense of community and heritage, who are always hospitable and welcoming to visitors. In the most popular areas you’ll find an overwhelming majority of Ticos speak English well, and if they don’t, they’ll still go out of their way to smile, say hello, and help you if needed. With a plethora of interesting cultural attractions all over the country, as well as festivals and celebrations at least once a month, the options for cultural enrichment are plentiful too. Moreover, Costa Rica is exotic enough to feel ‘a million miles away from home’, but not quite foreign enough that you feel like you’ve landed on an alien planet. Because even though a serving of culture shock can do wonders for the spirit, it’s safe to say it doesn’t lend well to a very relaxing or romantic honeymoon vacation.

There’s A Constant Adrenaline Rush

Costa Rica zip lineFrom zip lining to kayaking, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, horse riding, surfing, canyoning and more… a Costa Rica Adventure Vacation makes for the perfect honeymoon if you love nothing more than to get that blood pumping in exhilarating fashion.

Renowned as the adrenaline sports capital of Central America, Costa Rica offers not only superlative nature but a myriad of ways to get up close and personal with it. Combine wildlife spotting with a sting of heart pumping fun and feel the stresses of everyday life simply melt away. There’s just no better way to enjoy the very best this country has to offer.

Convinced yet?

Your Costa Rica Honeymoon Vacation can be as exciting, relaxing, and engaging as you’d like it to be, so if you want the start of your wedded bliss to rock your socks right off then let us help you plan that destination honeymoon you’ve been dreaming for years.

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7 Ziplining Tips and Tricks for Your Costa Rica Vacation

One of the most popular activities for a Costa Rica adventure vacation is the zipline.costa rica zipline canopy tour There are countless ziplines in nearly every part of the country, and each one is a unique experience. The idea of flying through the air might be intimidating at first, but it’s popular for a reason. It’s fun. They’re available in different heights and provide some pretty spectacular views. Follow these 8 ziplining tips and tricks to make the most of your vacation in Costa Rica.

1. What to Wear – Dress comfortably. Wear clothing that’s not tight and not loose. You’ll need to be able to move your arms and legs around without your clothes billowing in the breeze – or falling off! You can wear shorts, but be sure they’re long enough for a harness to fit overtop, rather than chafe your legs. Wear close-toed shoes without a heel. Make sure they’re broken in and fit you properly.

2. About Your Hair – If your hair is longer than chin length, put it up or braid it. If your bangs go down to your nose, pull them back so you can see.

rainforest canopy tour in costa rica3. The Little Things – Don’t plan to carry anything in your pockets that you’re not prepared to lose. Most places have lockers to stow your possessions before you go. Some allow you to wear small form-fitting bags if they won’t dangle or get in the way. Bring a camera with you that has a strap or a handle.

4. Where to Zip – There are some fabulous ziplines in Costa Rica. Decide what type of experience you want, whether it’s flying through the canopy over the rainforest or riding high above the water. Discuss your options when you’re booking your trip.

 

5. Follow Your Guide – Your guide is well trained to keep you safe. Listen to the instructions and always follow directions. Everything you need to know will be explained to you. Safety is the first priority. You’ll be fine if you follow your guide.

6. The Platform – If you’re nervous or new, the hardest part is usually gathering up the courage to step off the platform for the first time. You don’t need to run or jump or hold your breath. Just step off the platform and sit in your harness. Gravity and the zipline will do the rest of the work for you until you get to the other side – but your guide will explain all of that to you. (See Tip 5.)

7. Don’t Forget to Smile – The point of ziplining is to have fun. It’s probably one of the main reasons you’re even thinking about it. You might be nervous about heights or swinging through the trees in an unfamiliar place, but smiling will make you less nervous. There’s an exhilarating feeling that comes with an adrenaline rush. Smile when you have it.

Ready to go ziplining? Contact us at Costa Rica Rios when you’re ready to plan your trip.

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Newlywed Interview – Honeymoon in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a popular honeymoon destination for those who want an adventure to remember. From sunny white or black sand beaches, to rainforest canopy ziplines, to rural villages and days spent at artisan markets, there are many activities and joys to be shared for the newlywed couple.

Here’s our interview with a recently married couple from North Carolina, Alan and Arlissa, who honeymooned in Costa Rica in December. We’ve asked them to share some of their thoughts and experiences.

Costa Rica Rios: Out of all of the destination you could have chosen for a honeymoon, what drew you to visit Costa Rica?

Arlissa:  I’ve always dreamed of visiting Costa Rica, mostly because I love nature. I wanted to see first-hand the exotic animals and plants found throughout the country. I wanted to visit the rainforest.

Alan: I was intrigued by the rainforest, sure, but I can’t lie. I really wanted to go there for the surfing. I’ve been surfing since I was a kid, and I wanted a totally new experience. Visiting the Pacific Coast and hitting the surf was really high on my list.

Costa Rica Rios: During your honeymoon in Costa Rica, what were some unexpected delights you encountered?

Arlissa: The very first morning after we arrived in Costa Rica, I got up early because I was just so excited to be there. Alan was still sleeping, so I decided to take a walk around the hotel’s gardens and was delighted to see a sloth in the tree right next to our bungalow! I took it to be a sign of a great honeymoon to come and the experience was breathtaking and priceless.

Alan: I’m not sure if you’d call this a delight exactly, but more of a funny and memorable experience. While visiting the Manuel Antonio National Park near Quepos, we went in for a swim. While in the water, we spotted a pesky monkey trying to sort through our bags on the beach. We rushed up to scurry him off, and discovered he had been smart enough to unzip my backpack and open a package of plastic wrapped crackers! It was one of many little things that made our trip memorable. It’s something we still joke about now and then, especially when there are raccoons in the discussion.

Costa Rica Rios: Do you have any advice for other couples planning a honeymoon in Costa Rica?

Arlissa: Take as long of a trip as you can. We were there for almost two weeks and still didn’t get to do everything we wanted. We had a wonderful time, and we plan to go back sometime – hopefully soon, maybe for a special anniversary trip.

Alan: Don’t let anyone spoil your honeymoon ideas. There were some well-meaning people who tried to talk me out of a honeymoon in Costa Rica or from surfing while on our trip, but Arlissa and I were so excited to go there, and I’m so glad we did. We have some awesome memories and great pictures that we took.  I really think it was great for our relationship to take an adventurous trip together like that.

Costa Rica Rios: Thank you both for your time in answering our questions about your honeymoon in Costa Rica. For our readers interested in planning a special newlywed getaway to our lush and exciting destination, contact us for suggested itineraries and travel advice.

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Take a Costa Rica Biking Adventure

One of the more unusual ways to take in Costa Rica is by bike. Because some of the outlying areas have rough roads, a mountain bike is the best option. Seeing the gorgeous countryside at the slower pace of a bike will allow you to get an inexpensive and unique perspective of life in Costa Rica.

There are more than 80 different bike routes to choose from, including gentle hills and rugged mountains. Here are a few areas you don’t want to miss.

Lake Arenal and Arenal Volcano:  This is one of the best areas in Costa Rica for biking. Trails take you through primary forests and waterfalls. There’s also a hot springs nearby where you can relax after a day’s ride. Some uphill routes take bikers on roads normally travelled only by local farmers and horses.

Ruta de los Conquistadores:  One of the world’s most challenging bike races takes place in Costa Rica from Thursday, Nov. 6 to Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. Bikers cross Costa Rica from the Pacific to the Atlantic Coast, about 400 kilometers or 250 miles, over three days. Check out the official site for more information if you’d like to follow sections of the race routes.

Turrialba:  Bike routes in this area pass by archaeological sites and refreshing freshwater pools. There are more difficult single rider trails as well as remote backroads. The Pacuare and Reventazon Rivers of the region are some of the most famous in the world for whitewater rafting. There are also several volcanos to investigate.

Irazu:  One bike route takes you from the top of Irazú volcano passing coffee plantations and cattle farms. This is one of the best downhill rides in Costa Rica. The Irazu Volcano National Park has an unusual landscape that almost feels like the moon, with craters lined by scorched trees. There are also sparkling mineral pools fed by rain.

Nicoya Peninsula:  This is an area of Costa Rica that most visitors miss. Biking routes in this area include beaches and fishing villages, as well as coffee plantations. Stop en route to take in some water sports like surfing, fishing, snorkeling and diving. The Nicoya Peninsula is rich with natural assets including  turtle beaches, subterranean caves and excellent birding locations.

For your next Costa Rica adventure, consider a bike tour. What better way to take in the majestic nature of Costa Rica than by traveling in a green, sustainable way?  For more information about adventures awaiting you in Costa Rica, contact us today.

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Useful Spanish Phrases for Your Costa Rica Adventure: Round Two

Did you catch our first roundup of Spanish phrases to use on your Costa Rica Rios adventure? It’s time for your second mini course; practice these one-liners while you’re waiting in line at the airport.

Podría quedarme aquí por siempre. – I could stay here forever. Likely to be uttered with a blissful sigh while lying in a hammock at the Jungle Lodge, or when taking in the view as you mountain bike down Volcan Irazú.

¿Me enseña a bailar? – Will you teach me to dance? During our Week of Adventures tour, you’ll have an evening on the Caribbean coast where you might want to pop into a beachside dance club before resting up for the next day’s surfing and snorkeling. No prior knowledge of merengue or salsa required.

¿Es un tiburón? – Is that a shark? No, no, it’s (probably) not. But if you’re worried, this phrase will help you achieve some peace of mind before/during/after your bodyboarding or surfing expedition.

Tu eres el amor de mi vida. – You are the love of my life. Most likely to be appropriate on your Costa Rica Rios honeymoon, but we don’t doubt that sparks might fly between you and that new person you sat next to on the 16 mile paddle down the Lower Pacuare River.

¡El agua es tan clara! – The water is so clear! Often heard on Day 2 of the Week of Rivers Kayak tour, when adventurers start out on the calm jungle river of Rio Pejibaye. Or Day 3 when you arrive at the Sarapiquí River, known as the “Jewel of Costa Rica.”

¡Amo mi vida! – I love my life! Typically screamed at the top of one’s lungs at Cimarrones, where kayakers meet the steep and technical class IV drop on the Lower Pacuare River. Don’t worry, there are several kilometers of warm-up rapids to work up your nerve before the plunge.

¡Uuuy, que chiva! – Oooh, how cool! Said with amazement on Day 5 of your costa rica adventure vacation, when you’ll zipline through a jungle canopy, rappel down waterfalls, and walk across a hanging bridge.

Jefe, necesito unos días… – Boss, I need a few days… Okay, okay, we’ll let you decide on your own how to tell your boss you want some more time in paradise.

Contact us for help planning your adventure, and nos vemos pronto (we’ll see you soon).

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