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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.