The 10 Best Romantic Spots in Costa Rica for Couples to Do
Adventure honeymoons are among the most popular itineraries we are asked about here at Costa Rica Rios. Given the country’s many romantic activities, an abundance of stunning couples-only lodges, excellent infrastructure, and infinite outdoor adventures, planning a once-in-a-lifetime journey is easy! Read on for the best romantic spots in Costa Rica.
Plus, of course, we are always here to help!
Planning bespoke adventure honeymoons is what we do best – we can advise you on romantic things to do in Costa Rica and create a tailored itinerary that will knock your socks off.
What are Costa Rica adventure honeymoons?
Glad you asked!
Unlike many other low-key honeymoon destinations (the kind that offers magnificent beaches, and that’s all), the best romantic spots in Costa Rica include plenty of adrenaline-packed adventures in nature. Being the pioneer of zip-lining and a world-renowned destination for whitewater rafting and kayaking means adventurous couples particularly covet Costa Rica.
The country’s spectacular wilderness comprises volcanoes and waterfalls, natural hot springs, surfing beaches, wild rivers, and some of the world’s most breathtaking beaches. Focusing on just one honeymoon activity – like sunbathing on sandy shores – is unheard of down our coasts.
Yes, you’ll undoubtedly want to enjoy some R&R on a drop-dead-gorgeous beach on your Costa Rica honeymoon, but you’ll also find a near-infinite array of high-octane adventures to enjoy.
Romance and oodles of fun in a tropical paradise? That’s what we’re talking about!
The Top 10 Best Romantic Spots in Costa Rica
Ready to dive into the honeymoon adventure of your dreams?
Here are a few of the most romantic activities for couples in Costa Rica.
1. Soak in Arenal’s famous natural thermal springs
Costa Rica’s most romantic and popular destination, Arenal Volcano, is usually the centerpiece of honeymoon itineraries. Aside from its eye-popping peak, the volcano has given rise to numerous natural thermal springs, the perfect de-stressing romantic activity to enjoy on arrival to the country.
Options abound, with many gorgeous lodges and resorts strewn around a dozen different springs. Remember that many are family-friendly, so if you want to up the romance ante, you might want to seek out the most romantic ones.
Although organized tours to hot springs are popular, convenient, and affordable, we don’t recommend you opt for this on your honeymoon. Now is definitely the time for privacy and romance!
Find out more about Hot Springs in Costa Rica.
2. Splurge on accommodation with a private plunge pool or jacuzzi
To inject even more romance into your hot spring experience, indulge in a 2-night stay at one of several high-end resorts in the area, many of which offer private, in-room plunge pools.
Can you think of a more romantic thing to do on your Costa Rica honeymoon than soak in your own private plunge pool? We didn’t think so!
The most popular romantic hotels in Arenal with an in-room pool or jacuzzi are Nayara Springs, Springs Resorts and Spa, and the sensational Nayara Tented Camp, a romantic glamping hideaway that’s out of this world.
If you’re having problems finding an option within your price range, contact us. Costa Rica is home to several volcanic regions, and stunning resorts with an in-room pool or jacuzzi are found almost all over. Getting off the tourist trail and enjoying an adventure honeymoon outside the most touristy months can translate into serious savings.
3. Include plenty of downtime with the love of your life
Our Week of Adventures itinerary is full-on and perfect for those who need to bust out of their comfort zone and experience an adrenaline-pumping week. For honeymooners, however, we recommend planning plenty of downtime in relaxing and beautiful locales. We suggest you do the same.
We know it can be hard to fight FOMO and take an entire (or at least half) day off with so many fun activities. But resist, you should! Alternating outdoor adventures with plenty of chilled-out time in advance serves two purposes. First, you will want time to lay in a hammock and read a book. Second, not filling your itinerary with back-to-back excursions means you will be free to fill in gaps with last-minute enticements once here.
4. Enjoy a romantic retreat in the rain forest
Few places deliver seclusion, romance, adventure, and awe-inspiring experiences like Tiki Villas Rainforest Lodge. This is one of our favorite rain forest lodges in Costa Rica, and we recommend it to all honeymooning couples who want a very special, indulgent splurge.
Perched high above the untamed wilderness of Uvita, on the southwest Pacific coast, Tiki Villas is a vision of tranquility. An eco-lodge with merely nine villas immersed in a dozen acres of private rain forest reserve, Tiki offers a wealth of therapeutic wellness treatments, an infinity pool, and outstanding gastronomy?
The best part? Tiki Villas may be unique, but it isn’t the only rain forest lodge in Costa Rica deserving of praise. We can advise you on the best rain forest retreat, no matter where in the country you wish to enjoy your honeymoon.
5. Enjoy a spectacular sunrise on a hot air balloon in Arenal
Costa Rica offers one of just a handful of hot air balloon experiences in all of Central America. Rides depart from La Fortuna, the best springboard for Arenal adventures and an area of incredible natural beauty.
With Serendipity and Free Spirit, you’ll soar above quaint villages and rain forests, kiss the peak of Arenal and other volcanoes, and get a bird’s eye view of traditional farms and rolling valleys. A relaxing yet invigorating, romantic, and unforgettable honeymoon splurge. The (very) early start will be handsomely rewarded!
Not sure how to best include this on your honeymoon itinerary? Leave the logistics to us.
6. Sail off into the (breathtaking) sunset on a catamaran
Sunset sailing tours are top-rated, especially around Tamarindo, the most visited seaside destination in Guanacaste.
Soaking up the splendors of a Costa Rica sunset aboard a catamaran, with a glass of champagne and your beloved by your side, is the stuff that makes romantic honeymoons. Catamaran tours range in prices and activities: choose between afternoon group outings with snorkeling or a private sunset tour for the two of you alone for that ultimate romantic experience.
7. Wake up on a luxury coffee estate
Costa Rica offers many options to combine several romantic experiences in one. The Finca Rosa Blanca near the capital, San Jose, is one such gem. This glorious coffee estate boasts an infinity pool, wellness spa, fusion cuisine with in-house organic produce, and swoon-worthy landscapes.
Finca Rosa is unrivaled for a delightful experience way off the beaten path but still conveniently located near all major attractions.
Learn more about Costa Rica’s Best Rural Escapes.
8. Hike to a magical (hidden) waterfall
Costa Rica may be revered for its waterfalls, yet many can get overrun with visitors all year. The romantic solution? Hike to one of the country’s many hidden gems.
Step off the beaten trail and discover a host of magical waterfalls that barely see any tourists. Costa Rica offers plenty of hidden waterfalls, whether you’re after an all-day hike or a short and leisurely stroll. Naturally, many of the falls we favor are becoming increasingly popular, but they still don’t attract as many tourists as the most famous ones near La Fortuna.
From Llanos de Cortez in Guanacaste and El Santuario in Alajuela, to Nauyaca in Puntarenas and Los Chorros near the quaint town of Grecia –secret waterfalls abound!
Please read our guide to 10 of Costa Rica’s Most Magical Hidden Waterfalls for your waterfall chasing pleasure.
9. Catch the sunrise on the Caribbean Coast
Sometimes, all a couple needs to enjoy romance is to be left alone – away from tourist crowds, bustle, and noise. The Caribbean Coast offers the ultimate serenity, especially during the first few months of the year, which can get crazy-busy on the Pacific coast.
Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast is primarily remote and untamed, and options to get away are plentiful. On the east, you’ll discover almost 50 miles of secluded beaches, a world-renowned turtle nesting national park, phenomenal surfing beaches, and quaint little seaside villages. No long stretches bursting with all-inclusive mega-resorts, no big crowds, and no mad tourist rush.
Just you, the best of tropical Costa Rica, and the love of your life.
10. Revitalize your soul with an adrenaline rush (or 10!)
There’s no better way to get the heart pumping on a honeymoon than with an adrenaline rush or several. Costa Rica is where adventure dreams become a reality, the country offering many super fun adventures in the great outdoors.
For adventure-seeking couples, the options are nearly endless. Every region offers a cacophony of outdoor excursions, although the time of year you visit might dictate which destinations are best. Both to avoid the crowds and to ensure the climate is best.
Here’s just an entrée of what Costa Rica offers adrenaline lovers:
- Whitewater rafting & kayaking
- Zip lining
- Mountain Biking
- Volcano hiking
- Horseback riding
- ATV riding
- Scuba & snorkeling
…and so much more!
Our Best Romantic Spots in Costa Rica & Romance Itineraries
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My husband and I booked our honeymoon with Costa Rica Rios (CRR). Absolutely no regrets. We are adventure enthusiasts and these guys delivered. Our guides (friends) were amazing – shout out to Manuel (canyoneering, white water rafting, zip-lining), Carola (canyoneering) and Mauricio (white water rafting). We felt 100% safe during our excursions– these guys are all experts and extremely great coaches. CRR had everything planned for us ahead of time, taking the stress out of traveling to a new place. Everything from transportation to meals to gear. We were provided packing lists and itinerary, so we knew what to expect before we arrived. Support local and book with Costa Rica Rios. I would hands down recommend this company to anyone interested in going to Costa Rica. Thank you to all that made our trip unforgettable!
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