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.
Countless 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.
The amazing delights of a Costa Rica honeymoon
Adventure-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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Contact us to know more.