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Adventure honeymoon in Costa Rica

Planning Your 2021 All-Inclusive Honeymoon in Costa Rica? How to Make it Happen!

If your 2020 destination honeymoon plans were derailed, now’s the perfect time to right that travesty! Plan your honeymoon in Costa Rica 2021 with our handy guide to what you can see and do where, when and how.

Romantic couple on vacationCountless intrepid couples the world over had to put their Costa Rica honeymoon plans on hold last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Given we are now 8 months away from the start of the 2nd honeymoon season – which starts in November – now is the ideal time to pick up that planner again. The COVID situation in Costa Rica improves by the day and entry and travel restrictions are swiftly easing down our shores.

Planning your tailor-made Costa Rica adventure honeymoon could be just the revitalizing action you need, right now, to see you through the rest of the year.

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The amazing delights of a Costa Rica honeymoon

The beaches of Playa ZancudoAdventure-filled Costa Rica honeymoons are among the most coveted experiences for newlyweds all over the world and especially genial for those who live in the US and Canada. With an abundance of short and direct flights south and a cacophony of outstanding nature-based experiences, couples can enjoy the kind of ‘honeymoon in paradise’ they’ve always dreamed of.

Offering an unrivaled balance of romance, relaxation and thrills, Costa Rica is the ideal honeymoon destination for couples who dream of something utterly unique. The country offers everything you could ever want in a once-in-a-lifetime experience with your partner in life and adventures: an array of insanely romantic remote eco-lodges, magical rain forests and jungles brimming with exotic wildlife, and an array of outdoor adrenaline sports like whitewater rafting and kayaking, zip lining, mountain biking, snorkeling, diving and so much more.

Aside from jump starting your adrenaline powerhouse, you’ll also find enough luxurious indulgences to make your honeymoon feel super special.

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Where Can You Plan Your Costa Rica Honeymoon in 2021?

Costa Rica reopened to international tourism late last year and restrictions have been easing gradually ever since. Couples are welcome to visit our gorgeous country and plan their 2021 honeymoon in any region they wish to discover.

Relying on our decades of experience organizing Costa Rica honeymoons, there are the most popular options:

Arenal & La Fortuna

The jaw-dropping area framing Arenal Volcano is a huge hit with first-time visitors to Costa Rica. Honeymoons in this area can include a stunning choice of adventures, as well as secluded stays and exclusive indulgences. Choose a lodge with unencumbered views of Arenal – the most iconic peak in the entire country – and you’ll feel like you’ve won the honeymoon lottery. Spend your days meandering the trails of the Arenal national park, afternoons soaking in the therapeutic springs of Tabacon and your evenings enjoying candle-lit romantic dinners.

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Manuel Antonio

Due to its proximity to Arenal, Costa Rica honeymoons cam easily include these two top destinations. Manuel Antonio is our go-to spot for rewarding seaside adventures like snorkeling, jet-skiing and paddleboarding. The luscious national park offers wildlife watching experiences and all around its unspoiled wilderness, you’ll find exclusive honeymoon lodges that make you feel as if you have paradise all to yourself. If you’d love a truly balanced itinerary with a ‘little bit of everything that makes Costa Rica so special’ then you should definitely consider these top two spots.

Whitewater rafting adventure with Costa Rica Rios in Costa Rica.On honeymoon vacations in and around Manuel Antonio, we always include a marvelous whitewater rafting excursion on the nearby Savegre River. We consider this to be the ideal whitewater hot-spot for newbie rafters and kayakers and about the best spot in Costa Rica to try this insanely addictive sport for the very first time. Keen to try it out? Then learn all about this and other spectacular whitewater rafting destinations in the country.

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Tamarindo

This stellar coastal destination is just an hour from the northern airport in Liberia and sits on the north-western coast of the Nicoya Peninsula. It’s the ideal honeymoon destination choice if you’d love your romantic escapade to include seaside adventures primarily, just a little off the well-trodden trail. For world-class surfing, snorkeling, diving, hiking, horseback riding and even deep-sea fishing, Tamarindo is unsurpassed. The beach town and its surrounding wilderness host quite a few stunning resorts so you can also indulge here – although a much more laid-back beachy vibe is the main enticement for a visit.

Osa Peninsula

The remote Osa Peninsula is mostly comprised of the Corcovado National Park – recognized as one of the most biodiverse reserves in the world. If you dream of an authentic and unblemished Costa Rica honeymoon, unplugged from the rest of the world, the Osa is undoubtedly the top choice.

This spellbinding destination is indeed an ethereal place to visit, one defined by its seclusion, smattering of exquisite honeymoon eco-lodges and truly exceptional wilderness experiences. You’ll find no mega-resorts down these hard-to-reach parts, and no overcrowded beach towns bursting with tourists and nightclubs. Instead, Osa Peninsula honeymoons are all about romantic escapades that allow you to disconnect entirely from the hectic pace of your no-doubt modern life. This is the kind of place where rain forest showers are taken outdoors and where you can enjoy an exquisite 5-star breakfast while howler monkeys swing on trees right in front of your private casita terrace.

There’s undoubtedly less stuff ‘to do’ in the Osa when compared with more established destinations around Costa Rica, but it’s this precise untarnished and non-commercialized aspect of the peninsula that makes it so rewarding.

If you’ve always dreamed of reaching a remote luxury lodge by canoe and feeling like you have the Garden of Eden all to yourselves, then consider this your ideal honeymoon choice.

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Papagayo Peninsula

If you were in search of the polar opposite destination to the Osa, then you’d easily settle on the Papagayo Peninsula. This northern Pacific coast hub is chock-full of prized 5* luxury resorts, the kind that makes the cover of luxury travel magazines the world over. Blissful indulgences if the name of the game here although note that responsible and sustainable eco-tourism is very much at the front of all Papagayo’s best experiences. Yes, you’ll find world-class marinas, golf courses and wellness spa resorts in this superb corner of Costa Rica, but you’ll find them all nestled in prime wilderness. Often considered the poster-child for sustainable luxury travel, the Papagayo is an iconic honeymoon choice that’ll leave you dreamily spoilt and revitalized.

Nicoya Peninsula

With such outstanding, laid-back honeymoon destinations as Santa Teresa, Nicoya is all about barefoot romance experiences. As remote and untarnished as the Osa yet easier and faster to reach, this western peninsula is that perfect marriage between unplugged and easily-accessible adventures. Seaside villages are still very authentic in these parts, with many not even boasting asphalted main roads. The array of expats who’ve made this corner of Costa Rica their home, however, it means you’ll still find a gorgeous array of lodges, restaurants and activities on offer.

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Uvita, Dominical & the South Pacific coastline

The southern Pacific coast can easily be considered Costa Rica’s most underrated honeymoon destination. The downside is that you’ve probably never even heard of Uvita and Dominical, right? Well, consider that also the priceless upside. These are some of the most delightful and least crowded and touristed beach towns in the entire country! Choose to spend your Costa Rica honeymoon here and you’ll have the jaw-dropping Marino Ballena National Park as your backyard, and a handful of drool-worthy adults-only resorts that are just the ticket for grown-up indulgences and relaxation.

Pacuare River

The Pacuare River is considered one of the world’s foremost whitewater sports destination and, if you were to ask us, we’d proudly tell you there’s simply no better place to honeymoon if thrilling adventures in sensational wilderness is what you seek. The Pacuare is our favorite playground and the one spot that never fails to impress.

The Pacuare is a spectacle in and of itself and hosts a smattering of truly gorgeous eco-lodges that make for ideal honeymoon escapes. One of our faves boasts a honeymoon cabin immersed in the rainforest with its own private plunge pool and sweet-as-sugar suspension bridge. This is one of the most photogenic spots in the whole country, we think!

We consider the Pacuare the most adventurous honeymoon destination in Costa Rica and you could do no better than to choose it for your special, unforgettable trip.

What should you consider when planning a 2021 Costa Rica honeymoon?

Airport access – Liberia or San Jose?

The best airport to cast off on your Costa Rica honeymoon? The easiest one you can reach! The amazing benefit of such a compact country is that reaching every corner from either one of the two international airports is quite easy – so don’t let your eventual destination be the deciding factor.

We can also help you plan a one-way itinerary. Many couples chose to fly into San Jose and fly out of Liberia, so they can maximize their adventure time and cut down on unnecessarily long transfers if they wish to spend most of their time in the north. This way, they can also swing by the central highlights of the country, making the most of their transfer.

Costa Rica also boasts a bevy of domestic airports so, if in doubt, just tell us what you’d like to do, and where, and we can help you plan a fantastic and time-efficient itinerary.

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Don’t pack too much into your itinerary!

We find that the best honeymoon itineraries in Costa Rica boast a lovely balance between thrill-seeking adventures and relaxing down-time. Perhaps you’ll choose to go all out for the first three days and then chill out for the next three, or split your days into active mornings and totally laid-back afternoons. Whatever the case may be, fight the urge to pack your entire week full of activities – sometimes, not planning anything except siestas in hammocks and relaxing sundowners is the best plan of all.

If you really must do something every single day, then consider adding low-key activities like sunset sailing tips and hot-spring visits instead of adrenalin-packed sports.

Watch your budget

Destination honeymoons are usually splurge-worthy vacations yet expenses can run through the roof if you book everything separately. This is why our all-inclusive honeymoon itineraries are so popular with couples. You can spend as little as USD 1,350 or as much as USD 4,500 – but, more importantly, you will know exactly what’s included, when and where.

Some of our adventure packages include all breakfasts and only some lunches, whilst others can be absolutely all-inclusive, so you won’t have unexpected (and costly) surprises at the end.

Because the budget is really the last thing you should be worrying about on your Costa Rica honeymoon.

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Build Your Own Honeymoon

When you build your own honeymoon itinerary, you can choose the activities and places you want most and can skip the extras that might just not tickle your fancy.

Your Costa Rica honeymoon. Your way.

Costa Rica destination honeymoons can be as luxurious or laid-back as you like and all honeymoon itineraries can include as much (or as little) adrenaline-packed adventure as you desire. All of this, arguably in one of the best value-for-money travel destinations in the world.

What more could any intrepid couple dream?

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How to Plan a Costa Rica Adventure Honeymoon in COVID-times

As Costa Rica announced it will reopen its borders to tourists from September (see the latest reopening updates) we’ve been fielding endless questions from couples who’ve had to postpone their adventure honeymoon vacation due to the COVID pandemic. As luck would have it, we’re actually heading into the perfect adventure months here, at Costa Rica Rios – September is when our whitewater rafting and kayaking tours usually take off, a time when we indulge in wild river action after two months of copious rains.

In September 2020, thanks to the you-know-what-pandemic, we’re having to re-plan many of our tours and, to satisfy government regulations and keep all out precious guests and guides safe, are currently only offering private and bespoke tours for honeymooning couples and families – or groups of friends traveling within their own social bubble.

Adventure-seeking couples will undoubtedly be the least affected of all our guests. Our honeymoon tours, by their very nature, are all about romance, adventure, fun, exclusivity and utterly amazing experiences – usually taken in remote areas and staying in cozy lodges, well away from tourist crowds.

Our adventure honeymoons, in essence, are always private & bespoke so planning your visit with us in COVID times isn’t going to be any more difficult!

 

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Here’s the where, what and how of planning your bespoke adventure honeymoons in Costa Rica during COVID-times.

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WHERE can you enjoy safe adventure honeymoons in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica has reopened all of its national parks with restricted visitor numbers (down 50%) which means as long as you plan ahead and book your visit with us, you’ll get all the spoils minus all the crowds. It’s really a win-win.

Right now, honeymoon adventures around the Arenal and Manuel Antonio National Parks are proving to be immensely popular. These are usually the two most-visited national parks in the country and 2020 offers the unrivaled chance to experience them in relative solitude.

For couples who wish to be totally immersed in pristine wilderness, and have the adventure of a lifetime, we can plan Off-the-Beaten-Path Honeymoons that include the wildlife-enriched Osa Peninsula. This kind of itinerary delivers the best adrenaline-thrills, coupled with exquisite tropical glamping in one of two of the most distinctive jungle lodges in the country.

For the ultimate adventure and an itinerary chock-full of exhilarating activities, we can also plan adventure honeymoons that include Turrialba, our favorite base for river-based exploits. There’s simply no better place for extreme canyoning, whitewater rafting and kayaking,

This is just a taste of all we can offer: see our complete range of adventure honeymoons in Costa Rica for more itinerary inspiration.

 

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WHAT activities can you enjoy on Costa Rica Adventure Honeymoons?

Costa Rica is one of the world’s best honeymoon destinations for adventurous couples. Traditionally, honeymoons are taken to exotic and romantic destinations but Costa Rica manages to take that up a notch.

In this hub of eco-friendly tourism, an exotic and romantic honeymoon can include any and all of the following:

  • Ziplining
  • Mountain biking
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Whitewater kayaking
  • Hiking
  • Canyoning
  • Rappelling
  • Horse riding
  • Snorkeling
  • Scuba diving
  • ATV riding
  • Waterfall chasing
  • Wildlife spotting
  • Thermal-pool soaking
  • Volcano climbing…

…and just about every other super fun outdoor activity you can think of!

We usually fill every single day of our adventure vacation packages with a mind-boggling abundance of all the above-mentioned activities, given our guests want to squeeze every exhilarating moment out of their Costa Rica visit. On our adventure honeymoon itineraries, however, we are mindful to include a little more ‘downtime’, just so couples can enjoy the gorgeous lodges, startling beaches and indulgent spas.

It’s this beautiful and unique fusion of experiences that makes Costa Rica ideal for honeymoons: the country is simply tailor-made for romantic yet thrill-filled experiences.

 

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HOW can you plan a bespoke adventure honeymoon, in COVID-times?

With private ground transfers, a bespoke itinerary and dedicated guides, your adventure honeymoon in Costa Rica will arguably be the safest way to travel in COVID-times. We can dodge any crowd that might descend on specific spots, make last-minute changes and basically work hard to keep you safe AND happy.

Tailor-made honeymoons are also genial when you have specific wishes: some couples prefer the super-hot deals of Green Season Honeymoons whilst others want to visit certain parts of the country at the very best time of year. Whatever the case may be: simply tell us when you want to honeymoon with us and what activities you’d most like to do – we can then guide you to the best places to visit, also taking your honeymooning budget into account.

When you Build Your Own Honeymoon, you’re in charge of the pace of the itinerary the intensity of the activities and the kind of lodges you’d love to stay in. The rest, you can simply leave to us.

Trust that with our comprehensive knowledge and experiences, we’ll plan a stunning honeymoon itinerary that’ll get your married life off to a (zip)flying start!

Need more destination inspiration? Discover the most exquisite remote lodges in Costa Rica you need to know about as well as our varied honeymoon adventures:

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We’re proud to be the adrenaline-giving team behind Costa Rica Rios, a National Geographic top-pick for Best Adventure Travel Company in the world. We have world-champion athletes and rafters in our midst and pride ourselves with offering the best and safest adventure tours in Costa Rica. When you honeymoon with us in COVID times, you’ll be in the best hands in the business.

 

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Costa Rica Honeymoons 2020/21– The Most Exquisite Remote Lodges You Need To Know About

Given the sheer concentration of stunning lodges sprawled across Costa Rica’s luscious wilderness, socially-distanced honeymooning options abound. Want to enjoy a magnificent honeymoon in the land of startling beaches, dramatic volcanoes and unbelievable natural beauty whilst still keeping COVID-safe?

These are the most exquisite (and exquisitely remote) honeymoon lodges in Costa Rica you need to know about!

 

Costa Rica Honeymoons in Coronavirus Times

During and post COVID-19, Costa Rica is set to be among the most hotly-contested honeymoon destinations in the world. The Latin American country that’s showcased one of the best COVID-19 responses is also the one with the lowest numbers of infections and casualties. Travelers who feel confident to travel and are searching for a safe adventure vacation destination couldn’t choose a better spot to take their much-awaited holiday abroad.

Since opening up to the rest of the world once more on August 2nd, tourist crowds are kept at bay thanks to restricted entry numbers. Only a handful of international flights are allowed to enter Costa Rica every week so, once here, you can also expect the country to be blissfully uncrowded, even during the (usual) peak-tourism period between January and April, 2021.

Remoteness and social distance are part and parcel of adventure honeymoons in our shores at the best of times and we expect more couples will be looking for exclusivity and isolation. Luckily, romance, privacy and uncrowded havens are what Costa Rica does best!

Here are the spots we think you’ll enjoy most:

Lapas Rio Lodge, Osa Peninsula

Right at the convergence between the Golfo Dulce and the Pacific Ocean, in Cabo Matapalo, there hides a breath-taking lodge set amidst 1,000 acres of amazing tropical wilderness. Ideal for the consummate wilderness and adventure-loving couple, Lapas Rio is one of Costa Rica’s most astonishing gems, set in one of its most magnificent pockets of nature. Unspoiled and wild, inhabited by a flurry of unique wildlife and feeling about as far away from everywhere as can be, this 5* treasure offers plenty of active pursuits (kayaking, jungle hiking, waterfall chasing, bird spotting, surfing, horseback rides and more), just a handful of drop-dead-gorgeous private lodges, an in-house restaurant, pool and seriously divine services. If you’re looking for that all-inclusive indulgence and an unforgettable adventure all in one, Lapas Rio is for you.

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The Peace Lodge @ La Paz Waterfall, Volcano Poas National Park

The name really says it all: The Peace Lodge is all about privacy and tranquility and, while we’re at it, eye-popping jungle views to match. Conveniently located in Heredia, this 3* lodge is much more impressive than its rating may convey and much of it has to do with its setting. Nestled within the magical gardens of the La Paz Waterfall reserve, the lodge is literally enveloped by luscious jungles and dramatic waterfalls. Intricately carved into shape by the hands of Costa Rica’s master builders, The Peace is often referred to as a living work of art. The exposed beams are polished to perfection and the décor perfectly suits the jungle surroundings. The highlight here, which is the nature that frames the lodge, is given ample space to shine thanks to the oversized windows and sensational open-air terraces. The food, service and amenities are outstanding and, of course, you’ll have free run of the reserve so you can visit the many attractions during your stay, at no extra charge.

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Hacienda Barrigona, Nicoya Peninsula

Just north of beautiful Playa Samara on the south-western coast of the uncrowded Nicoya Peninsula, Barrigona is one of Costa Rica’s most hidden of gems. This gorgeous place boasts only 10 guest rooms and is a haven of tranquility in a stunning corner of Nicoya. A leisurely 15-minute walk will see you reach the unspoiled swimming beaches, and you’ll also find plenty of nature hiking trails within the 500-acre property, where colorful birds and monkeys abound. More of a private luxury villa than your standard honeymoon lodge, Barrigona is especially popular with those planning an all-in-one Costa Rica wedding and honeymoon vacation because it can be booked entirely for one party.

How’s that for a socially distanced paradise?

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Rio Celeste Hideaway, Tenorio Volcano National Park

Just a few feet away from the entrance to the Tenorio Volcano National Park, the Rio Celeste Hideaway is a 4* lodge that’s ideal for honeymooning couple who want to explore Costa Rica a little off the usual trail. Tenorio is revered for its incredible biodiversity and the surrounding area comprises dry forests and luscious jungles, volcanic peaks, waterfalls and the most incredible turquoise river you’ll ever see. A hiker’s dream base, this lodge is all about enjoying the wilderness whilst having plenty of indulgences to boot: wonderful cuisine, a fabulous swim-up bar incorporated in the sapphire-hued pool and gorgeous cabins boasting indoor jacuzzies and outdoor showers. This place is wonderfully atmospheric and the direct access to the world-famous Rio Celeste just one reason to stay.

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Nature Lodge Finca Los Caballos, Nicoya Peninsula

Another Nicoya treasure to be discovered – this time on the eastern coast – Los Caballos is a wonderful option if you’re looking for a more affordable honeymoon lodge in Costa Rica yet one which offers just as many delights as its 5-starred counterparts. Set high on verdant hills above the charming and still traditional town of Montezuma and offering splendid ocean views, this enchanting finca is super comfortable and immensely cozy. Quiet and contemplative, the lodge is all about soaking up the sounds and feel of the jungle – waking up to howler monkeys and chirping toucans suits the nature lover to a T. Whilst there’s plenty to see, do and devour in Montezuma town, the lodge itself is about relaxation and serenity: a honeymooning couple’s ideal mix.

 

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Costa Rica’s best and remotest honeymoon lodges may differ in terms of setting, atmosphere and offerings, yet they all have one main commonality: these are the best options if you’re seeking exceptional adventures, plenty of romance and privacy with the added bonus of sublime social isolation away from big tourist crowds.

If you’d love some help in planning an adventure honeymoon vacation in Costa Rica, contact us below. Before you settle on a region or itinerary, however, read our comprehensive Costa Rica Honeymoon Guide for 2020/21.

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Insider Tips for an Unforgettable Costa Rica Honeymoon

Know how to plan your perfect Costa Rica honeymoon? We do! Read on to discover our insider’s tips.

Costa Rica honeymoonCosta Rica honeymoon vacations are among the most popular tours we offer and that’s hardly surprising when you consider the country oozes so much romance, relaxation and adventure in a neat little bundle.

It’s certainly not difficult to have an unbelievable honeymoon in the land of hot springs, startling beaches, luscious rain forests, exhilarating activities and gorgeous eco-lodges but with a few insider tips you can make your Costa Rica honeymoon vacation even more unforgettable.

Choose your location carefully

No-one wants to spend half their Costa Rica vacation just traveling from one spot to another, let alone honeymooners who are wanting to make their most of their visit. Our #1 suggestion to all you future honeymooners is to make a list of your combined must-sees and must-dos and then choose a location that offers them all (or at least most) close by. This means looking beyond the most famous sights. Arenal might boast the most famous hot springs, for example, but that doesn’t mean you won’t find others equally enchanting springs close to a river you may wish to whitewater raft. Finding the ideal base means you can spend more time enjoying yourself rather than getting from A to B. This is just one of the many time-saving tips we recommend to everyone who heads to Costa Rica.

Pack comfortable clothes

Every bride dreams of packing a honeymoon wardrobe that’s Instagram-mable and totally delicious but when you set your sights on a Costa Rica adventure honeymoon, you’ll need to include plenty of comfortable everyday active wear that’ll make you raft, kayak, zip line and mountain bike with ease. Save the sweet little dress for the evenings and pack plenty of functional clothing for your adventure-filled days.

Plan some free time in your itinerary

Costa Rica honeymoonGiven the sheer volume of excellent activities on offer in Costa Rica, it’s super easy to get carried away and pack your days full of fun stuff. But hold back! Leaving plenty of free time for spontaneous outings is very rewarding and will take the pressure off your FOMO.

Accept the fact you simply can’t do it all in one visit and leave yourself the freedom to discover hidden treasures when you’re actually here. Or…simply throw caution to the wind and include some cool ideas for your romantic vacation.

Mix it up

Even the most active couples ought to remember that honeymoons should be about spending some quality and relaxing time together. To this end, we always suggest to couples to mix up their itinerary: stay in a romantic lodge, add a day at the beach, a couple pampering session and simply take a more relaxed approach to your plan, perhaps doing less than you’d normally do on an adventure vacation. Have a look at how we plan a Luxury and Adventure Honeymoon, taking notice of how we mix it up and give guests a taste of everything Costa Rica offers, whilst still including plenty of luxury downtime.

Stick to your budget

Splurging on your honeymoon is certainly an excusable indulgence but not if it comes at the detriment of your life back home. Luckily, Costa Rica is an affordable honeymoon destination, arguably one of the many reasons the country is so very popular. Once you have a budget worked out with your partner, your challenge will be to stick to it, rain, hail or shine! To help you along, we’ve devised a ‘build your own honeymoon tour’ that takes your budget into consideration as well as all the activities you wish to do. Just tell us your budget and we’ll show just how much fun, romance and excitement we can squeeze into your honeymoon, from as little as $1500 per person!

Research!

Know where to go for a romantic nightcap? Where the most beautiful honeymoon resorts are found and what kind of culinary delights you ought to seek? Scour our comprehensive blog site and discover more about Costa Rica honeymoon vacations before you travel.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that honeymoon and adventure don’t usually go hand in hand but in Costa Rica, they can! There isn’t a country on earth that can seamlessly combine the two to offer adventurous couples such a wide array of experiences. At CostaRicaRios, we’re in the business of making your adventure honeymoon dreams come true. Contact us here for more detailed info.

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Costa Rica Honeymoon Package – There’s a Perfect Package For You!

Planning a wedding is one of the most unforgettable experiences a couple will ever share.  Actually, no…planning a wedding can be quite stressful…honeymoons, however, are most definitely not! A Costa Rica honeymoon package is that unforgettable couple experience everyone would surely cherish and makes for a fitting post-wedding-stress reward.

Why?

Costa Rica honeymoon packageBecause Costa Rica is one of the world’s most sought-after honeymoon destinations, and with a Costa Rica honeymoon package, you can enjoy everything the country has to offer. Also, because between 800 miles of pristine sandy beaches, dreamy honeymoon eco-lodges, a wealth of adventure sports, couple spa-treatments and sunset nightcap spots, this country oozes romance at every turn. Naturally tailored to the honeymooning couple who shares curiosity, cultural interests and a love of the great outdoors, Costa Rica delivers more for your honeymoon-dollar than any other country. And what’s not to love about that?

Yet when all is said and done, the primary reason Costa Rica honeymoons rock is because there’s a unique kind diversity here – in everything – that allows couples to soak up whatever it is they love most. Beaches, volcanoes, rainforests, unique wildlife, exotic culture, tropical feasts, an idyllic climate and adventure activities both in and out of the crystalline waters: no matter what you dream, there’s a Costa Rica honeymoon that’s perfect for you.

Adventure Honeymoon

The rise in popularity of the adventure honeymoon in Costa Rica is testament to the fact that young couples nowadays want more from their once-in-a-lifetime vacation than only pure relaxation. They want to get their married life off to a thrilling start and Costa Rica is their ultimate springboard. From ziplining to kayaking, canyoning, white water rafting, rappelling, horseback riding, mountain bike riding, surfing, diving and more, Cosa Rica is the adventure hub all active couples dream. All of this in offer in almost every corner of the country. Travel just a couple of hours from the capital of San Jose and you can immerse yourself in pristine nature AND have a world of adrenalin-pumping activities right at your doorstep.

Short & Sweet Honeymoons

Costa Rica honeymoon packageSure, we’d all love a 3-month long honeymoon, but that’s not always an option. Part of the beauty of Costa Rica is undoubtedly its proximity to the US. Short flights and splendid deals mean a honeymoon in Costa Rica can be thoroughly enjoyed in just an inexpensive week, without the burdens of  jet lag, long flights and painfully slow transfers eating up your precious travel time. Leaving you to enjoy your honeymooning spoils from the first moment to the very last.

Luxury Adventure Honeymoon

You want the thrills but also the luxury? Costa Rica’s got you covered. This is the world’s eco-lodge capital, a superbly biodiverse nation that cares for its natural treasures and takes great measures to disturb it as little as possible. The result is a wonderful collection of superb lodges set in nature, offering varying degrees of luxury and opulence. From adults-only resorts to boutique lodges, yoga retreats, thermal spa hotels and more: you can choose your level of desired luxury without compromising on any of your activity options.

Romance Honeymoon

The ‘luna de miel’ is a big deal in Costa Rica, a country that delivers romance in spades. Amazing sunset catamaran cruises are very popular with honeymooning couples, as are private snorkeling trips and couple retreats in wellness spas where the pools are thermally heated and massages flowing. Plus, there’s the famed Costa Rica chocolate (the world’s best aphrodisiac, perhaps?) and oodles of romantic dining options, all over the country.

Costa Rica Loves LOVE

If there’s one place on earth you need not worry about indulging in PDA (public displays of affection) then Costa Rica would surely be it. Honeymooning couples love the fact that Ticos are demonstrative of their love for one another, and you’re bound to see couple hugging, holding hands and being all smoochy-cute with one another in public. Apparently, even they’re not immune to their country’s romantic vibe.

Costa Rica’s Relaxing Honeymoon Packages

You’ll no doubt want some time to relax and unwind during your Costa Rica honeymoon package, and Costa Rica’s array of glorious beach side destinations offer that ideal R&R experience you’ll need. Whether at the end or beginning of your vacation, a few days spent indulging in some sun and surf on one of the country’s best beaches will make your experience a comprehensive and very rewarding one.

Want to know more? Then contact us! We can design a Costa Rica honeymoon package that’s unique and enticing revitalizing your soul, shake your boots and get your married life off to an exhilarating start.

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Best Places for a Honeymoon Nightcap in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s western coastline is arguably its most revered destination and that’s certainly no incidental, for it is here that you can soak up some truly mesmerizing sunsets. Heading to Costa Rica on honeymoon? Then hold a cocktail glass in one hand and your dearly beloved in the other, and check out the best places for a honeymoon nightcap in Costa Rica.

Hotel La Mariposa, Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio, the most visited area in the country, is awash with spectacular hotels and resorts set amidst dense jungle cover, and facing the pristine Pacific coast. Yet very few can boast the honeymoon sundowner effect of La Mariposa.

With an infinity pool and gorgeous bar looking out over blissfully unobstructed views of stellar sunsets, this one is an unparalleled couple favorite.

Kura Design Villas, Uvita

honeymoon nightcap in Costa RicaThe sky over Uvita seems to take on a life of its own at sunset, and infinite shades of red drench the entire landscape. It’s simply magical. And you know what else is magical?

Enjoying the spectacle from a private balcony of this luxurious honeymoon boutique hotel, set high in a remote area of Uvita overlooking the ocean. There’s even a hammock for two in the terrace, so there you have it. Pure honeymoon sundowner perfection.

Observatory Lodge & Spa, Arenal

honeymoon nightcap in Costa RicaJust to prove a point, we’ve found a stunning location that’s not on the coast but still rewards you with an incredibly spectacular sunset. The place? The stunning Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, a remote and gorgeous resort set on the foothills of Costa Rica’s most revered peak.

The sunset view? Over Lake Arenal! Soak up the spectacular volcano views by day and head to the restaurant’s terrace for breathtaking sunset views by night. The perfect combination for a honeymoon nightcap in Costa Rica.

Nogui’s Restaurant, Tamarindo

To highlight the fact that Costa Rica dishes up sensational sunsets no matter where you go, here we have a local low-key favorite that’s all about the views. Nogui’s is set right on the beach in the vibrant seaside town of Tamarindo and serves local specialties right by the seaside.

An inexpensive local dinner with a fab happy hour deal and priceless honeymoon sunset views? Yep…we’re into that too.

Hotel Villas Alturas, Puntarenas

But let’s be honest, honeymoon sundowners should probably be a bit special, right? Then head down to Dominical, in the lesser-visited southern Pacific Coast and you can soak up startling sunset views in one of only a few select hotels which boast spectacularly elevated settings.

Hotel Villas Alturas is set on levels with prime position given to the terrace pool, although magnificent views are afforded from every corner.

All of the above-mentioned resorts are open to the public, which means you need not spend the night to enjoy a honeymoon nightcap in Costa Rica with killer views. That just goes to show how incredibly proud and generous locals are in this picture-perfect honeymoon destination. And when you’re all done with the romance and sunset indulging, why not join us on a once-in-a-lifetime Costa Rica honeymoon adventure? Because in this part of the world, glorious sunsets are just the beginning.

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Costa Rica Honeymoon Holiday Tips for Active Couples

Costa Rica honeymoonIt is often said that the couple who plays together, stays together, and if you’re a firm believer in that you’ll definitely enjoy a Costa Rica honeymoon.

Costa Rica is revered as an active holiday destination, with its myriad of zip lines, abseiling, white water rafting, hiking, surfing, SCUBA diving, horseback riding…and about a million more active pursuits. Of course, thanks to the sublime pristine nature and laid-back vibe, Costa Rica still offers plenty of downtime activities, when all you want to do is lay on a glorious beach, soak in a thermal spring or enjoy a fantastic massage in a 5* eco-lodge.

The best of everything, you say? We certainly think so!

Here are some of our favorite Costa Rica Honeymoon Holiday Tips for Active Couples.

Take Surfing Lessons

Costa Rica honeymoon surfingCosta Rica is an insider’s surfing mecca, a place where enthusiasts head to when they want wicked waves and a chilled out vacation. No fuss, no glitz, no crowds. Just you, your love, two boards and endlessly rolling waves. Whether you’re both experienced surfers, or wish to learn a new sport together, taking a few surfing lessons on one of the country’s premier beaches is an absolute must.

The western coastline of Costa Rica, as well as the Nicoya Peninsula, boasts the best and most accessible surfing beaches. For casual surfing lessons with professional and friendly local instructors, head to Tamarindo Beach, Playa Grande, Playa Negra and Playa Avellana in Guanacaste; Playa Bejuco (near Manuel Antonio Nature Reserve) and Playa Hermosa in the Central Pacific. If you’re visiting the stunning Nicoya Peninsula, then include a few days in Malpais or Montezuma, both tried and tested surfer’s paradise.

Tackle a Costa Rica Honeymoon Day Hike

Costa Rica honeymoon hikeGet that blood pumping by tackling a full-day hike with your beloved. Whether you want the satisfaction of ending your hike on a breathtaking waterfall, or the challenge of ascending a vertiginous volcano, you’ll find a hiking trail that’s just right for you. Among the most popular trails are those of the Arenal Volcano Park (with various paths leading through forests and offering stunning views of the volcano), Tenorio Volcano (which end at the eerily translucent Rio Celeste waterfall and include a dip in hot thermal springs), the Manuel Antonio National Park (take the trail on the edge of the park and accost sparkling beaches the whole way) and the Santa Rosa National Park.

This last destination, in the Guanacaste Province, is beyond precious. This is Costa Rica’s oldest protected reserve and boasts trails among forests brimming with wildlife, before emerging on a superb beach which is favored by nesting Olive Ridley turtles when in season.

Scream Your Way Through a Zip Line Course

Costa Rica honeymoon zip lineComing to Costa Rica and not screaming your way down a zip line course while suspended up 1,400 feet is like going to Italy and not trying pizza. It would be a travesty! Canopy and zip line tours are scattered all over the country, and although the activity is offered the world over, Costa Rica really does seem to have a monopoly over the adrenaline-pumping exploit. A collection of a dozen or so bases, connected via cable, hanging bridges and flying foxes, all suspended up to head-spinning heights above the ground of cloud and tropical rain forests. If you and you partner love nothing more than to share adventures, giggles, and screams of excitement, then this activity will tick all your boxes

There are at least two dozen canopy tour companies who’ve set up trails all over the country. The most popular are in the most visited areas (around the Arenal Volcano, Manuel Antonio National Park and the Monteverde Cloud Forest) but if you are visiting any of the national parks and forests, you can bet there will be a canopy zip line tour on offer nearby. Simply ask at your hotel or resort at any point during your Costa Rica honeymoon stay.

Multi-Sport Adventure Tours

A multi-sport adventure honeymoon is the Holy Grail of many honeymooning couples. Spending days hopping between whitewater rafting on raging rivers, kayaking in secluded lagoons, zip lining above rain forests, horseback riding on the beach, rappelling down hidden canyons, and mountain biking through some of the most remote trails in the country, is about as good as an adventurous honeymoon can get.

Problem is…how on earth do you organize all of this on your own?!

You don’t!

Simple.

We do!

Bahía Junquillal National Wildlife snorkelingCosta Rica is popular because it is an extraordinary country offering a myriad of attractions, yet what lures many couples here is the fact that it is so incredibly affordable. So much so, that enjoying a full week on a fully planned vacation (that’s the vacation where you do nothing but show up at the airport, and we take care of the rest) can cost a mere fraction of just a couple of days spent anywhere else.

At Costa Rica Rios, we plan unforgettable Costa Rica honeymoon vacations that can be tailor-made to suit your pace, likes, and budget. Moreover, we can take you way off the tourist trail and show you incredible places you many never get to experience on your own. We can fit in all the adrenaline pumping action you like, and make sure to include plenty of relaxing and romantic pursuits to boot. We do all the work, so that you don’t have to, and can just concentrate on having an amazing, memorable time with the love of your life.

And isn’t that what honeymoons are all about?

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Part IV: Costa Rica Vacation – Wedding and Honeymoon

Costa Rica honeymoonWhether you wish to enjoy a superb adventure-filled honeymoon or simply dreaming of a romantic vacation, Costa Rica is your incomparable destination choice. But don’t just take (admittedly subjective) word for it!

PerfectHoneymoons.com rates this tropical Caribbean gem as the 3rd most-popular destination in the world, after Italy and Hawaii, for love-filled getaways. And what’s not to love? With its magnificent nature, array of luxury resorts, eco-lodges and indulgent retreats, not to mention the idyllic year-round climate and utterly unique ‘exotic’ charm, Costa Rica is the obvious choice if you want to steer clear of run-of-the-mill love-do’s and get more value for your hard-earned holiday funds.

Truth be told, the whole country is chock-full of incredibly beautiful places that are ideal for a romantic getaway, yet some are just a little more ideal due to their proximity to the capital (for that dreamy long weekend), smattering of high-end eco-lodges (for that one-a-kind splurge), stunning beaches (because if you don’t go home with a tan then you’re doing something wrong) and variety of fun and exhilarating activities.

Here are just of the amazing options for your romantic Costa Rica vacation:

Manuel Antonio National Park honeymoonManuel Antonio National Park is arguably the most popular destination for active romantic vacations and honeymoons, as it’s only a 2-hour drive out of San Jose and is, above all else, a superlative natural haven. Brimming with wildlife and offering a multitude of options for adventure-filled days, Manuel Antonio is the kind of place where you can enjoy a thrilling white water rafting trip in the morning, enjoy a delectable gourmet lunch in an exclusive lodge, delight in a romantic afternoon horse ride on a pristine beach, and end the day with a swoon-worthy candle-lit dinner under a canopy of stars.

Costa Rica romanceNot to be outdone, dormant Arenal Volcano offers an equally outstanding backdrop for soaks in therapeutic hot springs and indulgences in superb 5* spa resorts. This is Costa Rica’s tropical lusciousness at its very best. Waterfalls galore and plenty of fun pursuits are the cornerstones of the Arenal region, yet it’s all the spectacular thermal springs which hold the ultimate appeal for romantic holidays and Costa Rica honeymoons.

Lovers of the sun and surf will do well to check out the stellar options along the Guanacaste coastline. Here is where you can spend endless days playing in the waves, snorkeling, diving, surfing and lazing around on some of the world’s most coveted sandy stretches. The sand glistens, the sunsets WOW and the romance spills at every turn. The Gulf of Papagayo, along the north-western shores of Costa Rica, is where you’ll find the largest collection of exclusive and all-inclusive 5* resorts. Just a short drive from the Liberia Airport, the Gulf of Papagayo is arguably the favorite among honeymooners and makes for a brilliant base from which to explore Costa Rica.

Nicoya Peninsula honeymoonWant to feel like there are just the two of you in the world? Then the Nicoya Peninsula is your honeymoon destination of choice. You’ll find fewer people here, fewer tourists in general, and a much more remote and exclusive experience awaits you. Remote and spellbinding, the Nicoya is idyllic for couples who want to get away from the rest of the world, for just a little while. Outstanding resorts are set amidst verdant hills, overlooking sapphire and emerald waters. Quiet coves, endless stretches of pristine beaches and oodles of isolated dream spots is what makes the Nicoya Peninsula a top choice for those seeking romance and intimacy.

Costa Rica Weddings

Costa Rica weddingIn case you didn’t already know, Costa Rica is one of the most popular wedding locations on the planet, attracting couples and their delighted loved ones from every corner of the globe. The affordability and sheer uniqueness of Costa Rica weddings is a huge incentive for many couples, who can enjoy an unforgettable wedding and honeymoon in one of the world’s most coveted destinations, for only a fraction of the cost of a wedding at home. Exceptional luxury, an incredibly well-planned wedding day and a mesmerizing holiday to boot? I do!

Getting married in Costa Rica isn’t nearly as complicated as you may think, most especially when you consider most resorts will put you in contact with a wedding planner who will look after you from beginning to end. Here are a few guides to help you get started:

Costa Rica Destination Weddings: Everything You Need to Know

Costa Rica Wedding: How to Time it Right

How to Find the Best Planner for Your Costa Rica Wedding

All-inclusive Costa Rica honeymoon packages are undoubtedly the best value-for-money deals you’ll find anywhere, and it is something in which Costa Rica Rios specialize. After the vows have been exchanged, cake has been cut and teary hugs have been shared, let us propel you into an adventurous week of ‘love + adrenalin’ to get your married life off to a heart-pumping start.

Part I: Costa Rica Vacation – Getting Here is Now Faster…and Cheaper!
Part II: Costa Rica Vacation Accommodation to Suit All Tastes and Budgets
Part III: Costa Rica Vacation – Family Adventure Vacation

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How to Find the Best Planner for Your Costa Rica Wedding

Costa Rica weddingAnyone who’s ever planned a wedding will attest to it being a tad stressful. There are 101 things to think about, all simultaneously, and 101 more that will slip one’s mind until the time it becomes obvious that they have been all but forgotten. When you plan a wedding abroad, however, you can just about quintuple the stress! Not only do you have countless things to think about and organize, but you and your wedding venue manager, cake maker, florist, make-up artist and string quartet are in different countries. How on earth does one organize a seamlessly beautiful and breathtaking wedding in Costa Rica?! With a fantastic wedding planner, that’s how.

Costa Rica wedding planners are renowned for being exceptional at what they do. They live in a country that has become the epitome backdrop for a destination wedding, and they have the know-how to make your special day something extraordinary.

Need some help scoring that one-in-a-million-planner that will make your day an unforgettable experience?

We’re here to help.

To Plan or Not to Plan

Costa Rica weddingMany couples will indeed be wondering if they can actually organize their Costa Rica wedding without a local planner. The short answer is ‘Yes, you can!’ yet the more comprehensive response would be ‘Of course you can, yet you may find it too time-consuming and stressful to make going it alone worthwhile’. Whilst many resorts in Costa Rica offer wedding packages which include reception dinner, flowers, wedding cake and the likes, you will be left to organize quite a few things on your own. Moreover, if you wish to do anything out of the norm, like have a beach wedding or organize a full week-long event held in a private villa, a little external help will be not just helpful, but rather essential.

Dedicated Costa Rica wedding planners are adept at bringing all the pieces of the puzzle together effortlessly, leaving you and your beloved to simply show up, make your vows, and celebrate. The best part? Hiring a wedding planner in Costa Rica costs just a fraction of what it does at home, making their services even more enticing.

Locate the Perfect Costa Rica Wedding Planner

Costa Rica weddingTrusting the most important day of your life to a complete stranger may be daunting, we know. Yet there are plenty of things you can do to ensure you catch yourself a priceless ally. Someone who understands you, knows your likes and dislikes and totally gets where you’re coming from. Someone on your wavelength. To this end, here’s our list of tips and hints to help you find that perfect Costa Rica wedding planner match made in heaven:

  1. Trust personal recommendations – with a tiny grain of salt. Professionalism, great communication skills and competency are the main attributes you ought to look for in a wedding planner. Everything else, becomes very objective. Just because your friend just lured her wedding planner in Costa Rica, it doesn’t mean you’ll be able to build the same rapport with him/her. You can’t expect the same result just because you choose the same wedding planner. Costa Rica destination weddings are always unique, as is every couple, and your aim is to find a planner that’s just right for the two of you. Recommendations are wonderful and should be graciously accepted, but don’t rely on them completely. Contact as many planners as you can and make your decision based on your heart and gut feeling, primarily.
  2. Make sure you and your planner can communicate well The great majority of the time, you’ll be communicating with your planner via email. It is imperative that you understand each other and can communicate well. Perhaps you speak Spanish fluently, but if you don’t, you really ought to ensure your planner can express her/himself clearly in English. A slight misunderstanding via email can translate into a huge disappointment on your big day.
  3. Know what you’re getting Be very clear and knowledgeable about what you planner can and can’t organize. Ask your planner to make a precise list of what they can do for you, and to outline what is needed for a Costa Rica wedding (they will know this) and the details with which they cannot help.
  4. Only choose a planner who’ll be there on your wedding day Make sure your wedding planner and the whole planning team will be on hand to take care of your special day on the actual day. They must be there, from beginning, to end. If they can’t – because they are booking 4 weddings on the same day – look for someone else. You will only have a stress-free day if you know your planner will be by your side and available to fix any problems should they arise.
  5. Experience and accreditation are a must Choose a wedding planner who’s been at it for a while, a few years at least, and who is certified and a member of the Costa Rica Tourism Board.
  6. Short of ideas? Ask your planner! They are a boundless source of info and creative ideas, and can incorporate a myriad of crazy beautiful wishes into your event. Never mistake your wedding planner for a simple logistical facilitator: these guys are artists. They have visions, experiences and know what works best where and when.
  7. Trust is key Once you find a planner you absolutely adore….trust them. When it comes to planning unique and amazing wedding in Costa Rica, they really do know best.

Before heading out into the virtual yonder to seek your one-of-a-kind wedding planner, you may appreciate a little more info:

*Want to know when you should plan to get married? Read our Guide on How to Time Your Costa Rica Wedding Right

*Want to know the legalities involved in getting married here? Read our Everything You Need to Know About Costa Rica Destination Wedding Guide

*Want to know what the best part of a Costa Rica weeding is? Then do read our guide to Planning the Perfect Bespoke Honeymoon in Costa Rica

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Top 5 Favorite Honeymoon Locations in Costa Rica

Costa Rica honeymoon

Are you planning your honeymoon and looking for that perfect nook of the world, near your nook of the world?

Well, stop looking right now!

With two pristine coastlines just a short plane ride away from each other and an astounding collection of tropical forests, jungles, volcanoes and mountains to explore, you’ll never find a more ideal honeymoon destination than Costa Rica. Whether you want to spend your days sunbathing on pristine beaches, hiking up volcanoes, canyoning raging rivers, or simply relaxing in an idyllic forest resort, Costa Rica has just the spot for you. Several of them in fact!

Most Popular Honeymoon Destinations in Costa Rica

What: Manuel Antonio
Where: Central-western Coast
Why: for the wildlife, beaches and adventure sports

Manuel AntonioIt’s really no wonder that the Manuel Antonio region is the most popular choice for discerning honeymooners. Easy to reach from San José (either by half hour plane ride or 2-hour drive) this stunning nook of Costa Rica is home to an amazing National Park brimming with endemic wildlife offering an array of active pursuits, like kayaking, zip-lining, rafting and hiking.

If that’s not enough, on the heavenly beaches framing the revered nature reserve, you can surf, parasail or enjoy an incredibly romantic sunset horseback ride. Most of the resorts in Manuel Antonio are found along the base of the mountains facing the coast, so you’re guaranteed simply breathtaking sunset views no matter where you choose to stay. If you’re a nature lover looking for luxury comforts on your honeymoon escapade, then Manuel Antonio is the ideal spot for you.

What: Gulf of Papagayo
Where: North-western Coast
Why: for the optimal SCUBA diving, beaches and pampering in luxury resorts

Gulf of PapagayoOn the north-western corner of Costa Rica, in the region of Guanacaste, right near the border with Nicaragua, is where you’ll find some of the most exclusive 5* resorts in the country. One of the most popular diving destinations of all, the Gulf of Papagayo offers a plethora of fantastic dive sites including über-popular Bat Islands (Islas Murciélagos), a mesmerizing marine park home of bull sharks, manta rays and more.

If you’re a diving fanatic, planning a wedding between May and September (the best diving times!) and wish to luxuriate in superlative all-inclusive resorts, then you really shouldn’t fly past this little corner of heaven.

What: Tortuguero
Where: North-eastern Coast
Why: for the astonishing remoteness, startling natural beauty and turtle nesting

TortugeuroOn the opposite side of Costa Rica is where you’ll find Tortuguero, the ideal honeymoon destination for nature lovers looking for a more rustic experience. One of the country’s most remote areas (reachable by plane from San José), this is a renowned turtle nesting haven, completely surrounded by superlative wilderness.

Accommodation options here are not nearly as extensive as in Manuel Antonio, but if you’re looking to add a few days of sublime relaxation after a week of adrenalin-pumping action with Costa Rica Rios, and have a chance to explore rain forests and spot manatees, then this is where you need to head to.

What: Osa Peninsula
Where: South-western Coast
Why: for the untouched wilderness, biodiversity and whale watching

Osa PeninsulThe Osa Peninsula is home of the superb Corcovado National Park, the most biodiverse corner of Costa Rica. Virgin rain forests, thousands of plant and animal species and jaw-dropping pristine beaches are what await your arrival here. Accommodation choices here are fabulous, but when you set foot in one of the least developed nooks of Central America, modern mod-cons are the last thing you’ll seek.

The nature reserve offers exhilarating hikes and canopy tours, whilst rewarding diving trips can be had just off the shores of nearby Cano Island Bio Reserve. Visit here in the months between July and March, and you may be lucky enough to encounter several types of migrating dolphins and whales, including humpback and killer whales.

Drake Bay is the ideal whale watching spot on Osa Peninsula and an easy 5.5-hour drive from San José. Some of the best eco-lodges in the country are found here, so if you want luxury of the natural kind (share your breakfast with toucans and wake to the sound of howling monkeys) then this is a definite must-stay spot.

What: Nicoya Peninsula
Where: Central-western Coast
Why: secluded stunning beaches, amazing surfing and top resorts

Nicoya PeninsulaThe Nicoya Peninsula juts out only a few kilometers north of the Manuel Antonio National Park, and is often described as Costa Rica’s most (un)hidden secret. Crowds are still limited however, and the peninsula’s amazing array of accommodation and activity options make it ideal for those who want to have a little of bit everything available right outside their doorstep.

The town of Mal Pais has a fantastic beach and is perfect for surfing. Once here, however, all your transport efforts will be handsomely rewarded. This is Costa Rica heaven at its very best.

To begin your once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon, please contact Costa Rica Rios at (888) 434-0776 or visit plusaim.co.uk/newprojects/costa_rica.

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