As planning for Costa Rica destination weddings in 2021/22 picks up momentum, we thought we’d introduce you to the best and most coveted celebration venues in the country. Whether you’re dreaming of a luxury resort or laid-back and remote eco-lodge, you’ll find your ideal wedding haven among these incredible establishments.
First up, however, here are a few things you should know about Costa Rica wedding venues…
- Almost ‘any venue’ can be your wedding venue!
Although most of Costa Rica’s major resorts and hotels offer specific destination wedding services, you can actually plan a celebration almost anywhere you like. You can have an Insta-worthy beach wedding, get married under a stunning waterfall or in the heart of a luscious jungle. You can choose to celebrate with just 10 guests in a remote lodge or go all out in an exclusive 5* hotel. As long as the ceremony is legally officiated, your marriage certificate will be valid in your home country. This is one of the many enticements of destination weddings in Costa Rica.
With the country boasting a wealth of wedding planners, officiants, florists, photographers, etc., you don’t have to consider only ‘wedding packages’ in an all-inclusive resort.
Speaking of which…
- Carefully consider your all-inclusive wedding package
For many, an all-inclusive and all-planned wedding package screams peace of mind and hassle-free planning, although note that you will obviously pay more for the service. Usually, luxury mega-resorts will charge near-US prices for things like catering and will include an extensive array of activities and extras that you may not need nor have even time to enjoy, so scrutinize your wedding package carefully and decide if it’s right for you.
Aside from those extras, however, all-inclusive wedding packages offer the invaluable services of a wedding planner and the booking of just about everything you need for your big day. The venue coordinates the entire day’s events so you can just ‘show up, get married and have the time of your life’. If you want to plan your Costa Rica destination wedding with just a handful of emails, this is certainly the best way to do. Yes, you will pay a little more but the convenience can be an absolute lifesaver for those with little time to plan their wedding from afar.
- Want to save and still enjoy an all-inclusive destination wedding? Opt for a smaller boutique hotel instead
Costa Rica is one of the most popular destination wedding countries in the world so it may not surprise you to know that just about every hotel and eco-lodge will eagerly help you plan your wedding on their property. They may not have a wedding planner on staff, but they can arrange for one – the same goes for a florist, photographer, DJ and anything else you’d like.
A wedding in a smaller boutique hotel can be immensely unique and it can also help you save some money to boot.
Now that you know how it all works, here are some of our favorite and best Costa Rica destination venues for 2021/22.
For couples who want the most luxurious Costa Rica wedding
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Four Seasons Resort, Papagayo
The Papagayo Peninsula is essentially a cluster of the country’s most exclusive resorts so it’s no surprise you’ll find the most movie-worthy setting for your exclusive wedding right here.
The undisputed ‘queen’ of Costa Rica wedding venues, the Four Seasons Resort ranks among the 1% of best worldwide resorts on common review sites and is elegance and luxury personified. The resort adopted the strictest health and safety measures when the COVID-19 pandemic began so you can plan your Costa Rica wedding in 2021/22 with the utmost confidence, knowing that even this large-scale resort will offer impeccable safety.
Given its unique position within Papagayo, the Four Seasons Resort feels incredibly remote, and you’ll still have the best of the Pacific coast at your fingertips. A world leading hotel offering an exceptional array of activities and services, the Four Seasons goes above and beyond to offer wedding celebrations that’ll take your breath away.
Choose a beach ceremony and candle-lit reception and you’ll be creating incomparable lifelong memories.
For cost-savvy yet equally enchanting weddings
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Cala Luna Boutique Hotel, Tamarindo
This stunning 31-room boutique hotel continues to wow discerning couples looking for fantastic value for money and a wedding setting that impresses. Rated as one of the very best wedding venues in Costa Rica on TripAdvisor, this splendid Playa Langosta haven of tranquility and charm is not just mindful of the pristine nature that surrounds it but is a bonafide part of it. Environmentally conscious as well as family-owned and run, Cala Luna proves that luxury and exclusivity does not need to be all about the glitz and glamour – and does not need to cost a small fortune either.
The private villas are divine, as is the array of extras on offer, which includes fine dining, a jaw-dropping setting, wellness treatments and many activities and excursions. We’ve been huge fans of Cala Luna for years because they offer a perfect wedding package that includes everything you need and nothing you don’t, as well as three distinct ‘themes’ to suit your style and budget. Couples are then free to add as many extras as they like.
For a unique wedding setting
Si Como No Resort & Wildlife Refuge, Manuel Antonio
Si Como No sits amidst the wild jungles above the Manuel Antonio National Park, just a short distance from the stunning beauty of the central Pacific coast. It markets itself as a ‘barefoot luxury with a pura vida vibe’ resort and we must say that this award-winning eco-lodge takes barefoot luxury to a whole new level. With its signature wellness treatments, fine dining, impeccable service and drop-dead-gorgeous location, you’re guaranteed a destination wedding with a difference.
What guests love most about Si Como No is that it is located in one of the most developed and convenient areas of Costa Rica although, because of its wilder-than-wild setting, it feels as if you’re in the heart of a truly remote jungle. Planning a short and sweet wedding over a long weekend with just a handful of family and friends? This is where you’ll want to be! Enjoy the Costa Rica destination wedding of your dreams and then you’ll be free to enjoy an adventure honeymoon with your beloved.
Check out the wedding services on offer.
For an unforgettable jungle wedding
La Paloma Lodge, Osa Peninsula
The Osa Peninsula is one of Costa Rica’s most isolated corners and is home to the renowned Corcovado National Park, one of the most biodiverse reserves in the world. It is right here, in La Paloma Lodge overlooking jaw-dropping Drake Bay, that you can celebrate and enjoy an unrivalled jungle destination wedding.
You’ll need more time and funds to plan your destination wedding at La Paloma, but those lucky enough to have celebrated their nuptials here say it was the single best decision they ever made. La Paloma is like a slice a heaven, they say, and about the best place to celebrate the most important day in your life.
This eco luxury lodge was created using locally sourced materials and designed to blend into its untarnished environment. If you’d love to be immersed in wilderness yet have all the luxuries you need at your beck and call, then you really could do no better. This small luxury hotel is undoubtedly one of Costa Rica’s most precious properties and is a fantastic springboard for Corcovado adventures, either before or after your wedding day.
For couples looking to combine their wedding with an adventure honeymoon?
Talk to us!
Many first-time visitors to Costa Rica want to combine their destination wedding with an adventure-filled honeymoon. At Costa Rica Rios, we specialize in the former and can help you choose the ideal location for your wedding if you’d like it to be ‘close’ to your preferred honeymoon action.
Costa Rica is quite a small and compact country so, if you wish to hold your wedding on the Pacific coast but want honeymoon adventures on the Caribbean, that’s quite easy to arrange. Given the sheer concentration of amazing wedding venues in just about every province, most adventurous couples plan their wedding ceremony around their adventure honeymoon trip. First decide what kind of Costa Rica honeymoon package you’d love and then we can suggest the best and most convenient areas for your destination wedding.
From Arenal to the Osa, Nicoya or Papagayo peninsulas, and the spectacular wilderness around the Savegre and Pacuare Rivers (where the world’s best whitewater rafting can be enjoyed): we can plan bespoke honeymoons to suit your wishes and budgets.
Then, all you need to do is plan the tailor-made Costa Rica wedding of your dreams.
Here are some articles you may find useful:
- The Best Months to Plan a Destination Wedding in Costa Rica
- What Should I pack for a Destination Wedding in Costa Rica?
- How Much Does a Destination Wedding Cost in Costa Rica?
At Costa Rica Rios, we offer our guests a helping hand: we are currently sourcing all clinics offering COVID tests to foreign visitors and, wherever possible, will make appointments on their behalf before their return flight home. Anything to make their adventure with us easier and more enjoyable!