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My Honeymoon: Costa Rica Guided Tours

My name is Janet. My husband Bobby and I spent two weeks on our honeymoon in Costa Rica in August, traveling over different parts of the beautiful country. We flew into San  Jose and were immediately welcomed by the warm air and friendly atmosphere, even at the busy, busy airport!

We spent the first day touring the city and really grasping parts of Costa Rica’s rich history and culture at the museums, which are well located and well managed.

We then packed our bags and traveled a few hours out of the city into the more tropical climate of the Arenal area. Reading about the rainforest and volcano just doesn’t do them justice. Vibrant colors and fascinating sounds filled our eyes and ears as we came to our next stop in Costa Rica’s rainforest. And the volcano is truly magnificent, rising up right next to the town –impressive! Bobby and I stayed in a cozy cabin that had windows that opened and a surrounding balcony with French doors so we could really feel like we were sleeping in the jungle. On the nights that were a bit warmer, we were able to leave the windows and doors open, turn on the fan and listen to the captivating sounds of the rainforest.

While in the Arenal area, we were able to go on a couple of guided tours and do a little ziplining and white water rafting. I was a little worried before we got there because I am not much for heights or water, but our guides for both activities fully explained the equipment and taught us the safety precautions, putting my mind at ease. My husband is an adrenaline junkie, so he wasn’t worried at all. Our raft did not flip once, and we were rafting on class four waters. I was thoroughly impressed! Our ziplining excursion provided beautiful views of the canopy and the spectacular forest as we traveled back to the forest floor. We didn’t have a single a scratch or bruise after our adventures.

The last leg of our trip we spent on the beach at Manuel Antonio, near the national park. After all the adventu

res we had in the rainforest, we decided to spend the rest of our time in Costa Rica relaxi

ng at the beach. We did meet a couple of sloths hanging out, and made friends with the

monkeys playing outside our balcony. Bobby and I loved hiking into the national park to the gorgeous beaches there and, on our last day a couple of monkeys sat in a tree above our heads and playfully tossed nuts at us while we ate our lunch. We found this quite harmless and very amusing. Bobby likes to tell that story. He says it must mean the monkeys didn’t want to see us go. We’re planning to spend many anniversaries in Costa Rica, and one day, if we decide to have children, we will bring them to experience Costa Rica with us. It’s such a wonderful place to visit. I am so glad we chose to spend our honeymoon there.

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Consider Adventurous Costa Rica for a Honeymoon Destination!

Summer 2013 statistics revealed a surprising fact – Central American tourism is up 18% over the past four years! This increase is credited mostly to Costa Rica and Panama, which have once again become hot vacation destinations. Costa Rica has recently increased tourism deals with America and Canada which have, in addition to larger planes flying to the country, increased tourism to the tropical region. Going to Costa Rica for honeymooners offers romance, excitement and plenty of adventure.

Costa Rica offers visitors wonderful beaches, amazing scenery and landscaping. The country also offers some of the best biodiversity in the world. Wildlife refuges, national parks, biological preserves and forests cover the country to give the new couple choices in how they spend their time together. The area works for honeymooners who are looking for relaxation as well as honeymooners who love adventure, hikes and tours.

The adventurous couples will find some of the best surfing in the world in Costa Rica. The country also brags of ziplines over the picturesque forests, horse riding, Scuba diving, wildlife viewing as well rafting down thrilling whitewater rivers.

The hotels in Costa Rica begin with variety. There are jungle lodges, small beach hotels and five star luxury suites. The couple can choose where they would like to stay. The amenities vary by hotel as well, but every hotel is hospitable and believes in taking care of their guests above all else. Some of the hotels are all-inclusive, which attracts honeymooners who want to be pampered as they enjoy their time together.

Honeymooning in Costa Rica has become popular over the last five years because many couples don’t just want to lie around on the beach the entire time and Costa Rica is an exciting and exotic country but with a good safety record. The new couple will likely return for future anniversaries after experiencing everything Costa Rica has to offer.

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Why Same-Sex Couples Should Spend Their Honeymoons in Costa Rica

The U.S. Supreme Court recently made two historic decisions regarding marriage. It overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, allowing federal benefits for married same-sex couples. And it ruled that traditional marriage activists had no standing to defend Proposition 8 in California, allowing gay marriage to resume in that state.

Maybe those were enough reasons for you and many others to tie the knot with their same-sex loves.

At nearly the same time as those decisions, a funny thing happened in the Costa Rican legislature. The staunchly conservative body accidentally approved a bill with marriage language approving “the right to recognition without discrimination contrary to human dignity.”

Hello, same-sex unions.

So other than Costa Rica having two beautiful coastlines, verdant jungles, picturesque volcanic cones, and well-developed tourism, why should the country and its political snafus even figure into your same-sex honeymoon plans?

Money. Specifically, dollars that Americans bring in when they vacation in the country. When you book your vacation plans in Costa Rica, tell its tour operators, hotel proprietors, travel companies, and restaurant owners who you and your spouse are, and that you’re honeymooning in their wonderful country because of its supportive marriage laws.

If enough same-sex couples do this, the legislature will see the economic benefit of their “accidental” law and let it stand. And some day, when same-sex marriages performed in any country become legal and binding in the United States, gay couples will both get married and spend their honeymoons in Costa Rica.

Both your honeymoon and same-sex marriage in Costa Rica are worthwhile dreams. Get closer to them by contacting us.