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  • Writer's pictureJessie Ladipo

Essential Costa Rica Honeymoon Guide


Couple standing in front of a mural in Costa Rica
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Regarding having a bucket list honeymoon, Costa Rica offers the whole package. Romantic resorts, mountain climbing, water sports, beach activities, and surfing are just some exciting adventures in this gem in Central America that await you. Here is my essential Costa Rica honeymoon guide.


Rain forest waterfall in Costa Rica
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Stunning Costa Rica Scenery Wherever You Look

Costa Rica is famous for its breathtaking natural beauty. The lush rainforests, astonishing waterfalls, and immaculate beaches on the Pacific and Caribbean coasts make the place an ideal destination for romantic couples. (I hear the Jurassic Park theme song playing).


Woman kayaking in Costa Rica
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An Adventure Lover's Paradise

Active couples will adore Costa Rica because it encourages eco-tourism, such as hiking, ziplining, white-water rafting, and snorkeling. You can even try your hand at diving in vibrant coral reefs.




Luxury Tent in Costa Rican Jungle
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Romantic Costar Rican Honeymoon Resorts Abound

Costa Rica delivers a variety of romantic lodgings, including premium resorts that offer every conceivable luxury. Many boutique hotels and secret eco-lodges are ready to serve your every need. Couples can relax and enjoy private beach picnics, candlelit dinners, and sunset cruises. Costa Rica offers a fine blend of adventure, relaxation, natural beauty, and cultural experiences, making it an excellent choice for a memorable honeymoon.


Here are some top areas to explore while planning a honeymoon to Costa Rica.


La Fortuna

La Fortuna is one of the prime honeymoon destinations in Costa Rica. It was the destination where Eugene Levy went for episode 2 of "The Reluctant Traveler."


The key highlights are:

  • Breathtaking natural beauty

  • Adventure activities

  • Relaxing hot springs

  • Unique accommodations (like the Nayara Tented Camp where Eugene Levy stayed).

La Fortuna is an excellent choice for couples seeking a romantic getaway. Enjoy hikes around the volcano, soak in hot springs, and witness the mesmerizing lava flows (when active).

Go ziplining through the rainforest, rappelling down waterfalls, go on a thrilling white-water rafting excursion, or take a canopy tour.

La Fortuna provides a perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and natural beauty for an unforgettable honeymoon experience.


Best Honeymoon Resorts in La Fortuna: Nayara Tented Camp and Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa.


Guanacaste



Located in northwestern Costa Rica, Guanacaste is an excellent choice for a honeymoon destination. Guanacaste stands apart for its

  • Beautiful beaches

  • Lush rainforests

  • Various outdoor activities for couples

The top attractions and activities you must explore to make it a perfect honeymoon spot are

  • Tamarindo Beach

  • Palo Verde National Park

  • Rincon de la Vieja National Park

  • Papagayo Peninsula

  • Playa Flamingo

  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve


You can go on a sunset catamaran cruise along the Guanacaste coastline, enjoy the stunning views, relish a gourmet dinner, and even snorkel or kayak together.


Make sure you watch the weather when planning your honeymoon in Guanacaste. Costa Rica has a tropical climate, and December to April is the best time to visit the place for its sunny and warm weather.


Best honeymoon hotels in Guanacaste: Four Seasons Papagayo and Andaz Papagayo.


Monteverde


Located in the lush cloud forests of Costa Rica, Monteverde is a fantastic choice for a honeymoon destination. Monteverde is unique because of its

  • Breathtaking natural beauty.

  • Abundant wildlife.

  • Reputation as a bio-diversity hotspot

Monteverde is the top place for enjoying a honeymoon for many couples because

  • It has cloud forests filled with mist, towering trees, and incredible plant and animal life.

  • Adventurous couples can explore, such as ziplining through the forest canopy, embarking on a guided hike to spot exotic birds and animals, horseback riding, or taking a romantic stroll along the hanging bridges.

  • The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve or the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve is a must-visit place for its natural beauty.

  • Monteverde is known for its commitment to sustainability and eco-tourism. You can indulge in eco-friendly activities that have minimal environmental impact.

Monteverde also has a vibrant local culture. Couples can visit the Monteverde Cheese Factory to learn about the region's dairy traditions, explore the charming town of Santa Elena, and interact with the friendly locals proud of their community.


Best honeymoon hotels in Monteverde: Hotel Belmar & Nayara Gardens.


More Reasons Why You Must Choose Costa Rica As Your Honeymoon Destination


Costa Rica is recognized as one of the happiest countries in the world according to the Gallup World Index and the Happy Planet Index in 2011, 2012, and 2013. The country's high joy, health, and longevity are closely associated with wellness, significantly determining happiness.


You can find wellness in a wide range of activities.


Sloth in a tree
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Animal Sightings

True happiness exists in the Monteverde cloud forest, where small groups can embark on canopy bridge tours and enjoy a breathtaking aerial view of the national park. The rainforests of Costa Rica are home to more than 900 bird species and a diverse array of monkeys and sloths, making animal sightings an assured experience and an opportunity for relaxation. It also helps reduce stress levels, allowing visitors to enhance their overall sense of well-being.



Couple in a hot tub in Costa Rica
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Wellness Through Yoga, Meditation, & Relaxation

Finding wellness through yoga has become quite popular in Costa Rica. You can relax the mind and body through yoga sessions in Puerto Viejo's Caribbean surroundings. Rustic, open-air studios in the Playa Cocles village integrate into the Zen experience, allowing vacationing yoga enthusiasts to relax.


The Southern Pacific region of the country is establishing a leadership role in promoting wellness activities. Surf camps and yoga teaching centers provide accommodations, allowing enthusiasts to improve their hobbies. These havens, surrounded by organic community gardens, offer a comprehensive wellness experience, especially for those who visit Quepos, Uvita, Dominical, or Ojochal. The options include enjoying guided meditations near waterfalls in Bajos del Toro, indulging in a soothing massage at luxurious resorts, and snorkeling alongside the diverse marine life in Cahuita National Park's coral reef.


Costa Rican cuisine
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Wellness Through Food

Food also plays an integral part in the wellness journey. Costa Ricans are experts in creating delectable meals using the freshest ingredients, adhering to the farm-to-table trend. The local Central Market in San José offers a way to connect with the earth with a vibrant assortment of locally grown fruits and vegetables. The weekend farmers' markets throughout the country offer seasonal items. Local sodas (small takeout stands) offer daily menus that change daily to showcase each region's distinct flavors.


Indeed, Costa Rica possesses a treasure trove of coveted experiences for honeymooners, but with that said, it's essential to select an area that meets your needs and goals for your dream honeymoon. If you're trying to figure out your bucket list honeymoon but are struggling and on information overload, feel free to schedule a 30-minute consultation with me today, and let's get your honeymoon on the "done" list.




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