Originally published by Shannon Farley, August 30, 2013 – Updated January 2017, The Costa Rica Star
You’ve met the man or woman of your dreams. You’ve planned your wedding down to the last sugared almond and flower arrangement. Now it’s time to think about the honeymoon. Take a look at Jettly before you book your flights, as you could upgrade to a private jet for the ultimate luxury experience.
You’ve met the man or woman of your dreams. You’ve planned your wedding down to the last sugared almond and flower arrangement. Now it’s time to think about the honeymoon.
Costa Rica’s best five honeymoon spots:
Manuel Antonio, Central Pacific Coast
A favorite with all honeymooners, Manuel Antonio rests like a jewel on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Its close proximity to the capital city of San Jose – only a 2-hour drive or a 20-minute local flight – means in no time you can be lounging on pristine sunny beaches and enjoying some of the world’s most beautiful rainforests.
The area is famous for the Manuel Antonio National Park bustling with wildlife, and adventure activities like canopy tour ziplines, waterfall rappelling, whitewater rafting, kayaking, surfing, parasailing and horseback riding. Most of Manuel Antonio’s resorts and hotels are situated along the mountainside hugging the coast, giving you spectacular ocean and sunset vistas for your romantic dinners. The town of Quepos is just before Manuel Antonio and is the jump-off place for most tours.
What could be more romantic than steamy hot springs, exotic rainforest, wild tropics, and luxury resorts, all in the shadow of a live volcano? Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica is one of the 10 most active volcanoes in the world. Surrounded by lush rainforest, the Arenal area is known for its waterfalls, adventure activities and the Arenal Volcano National Park. Let your passion heat up luxuriating in sultry volcanic mineral springs, and be pampered in one of Arenal’s many resort spas. The most famous is the 5-star Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort; the resort’s award-winning hot springs are some of the most spectacular on the planet.
Tamarindo Beach, Guanacaste
Tamarindo, on the Pacific Coast of Guanacaste, is one of Costa Rica’s best known beach destinations. Soft white sand, warm Pacific waters, sensational sunsets, top surf breaks, and a lively fun surf town – you can’t go wrong for a fun, relaxing and romantic honeymoon.
Looking to escape, where you and your honey can simply be completely in love with one another? Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula is your place … smaller hotels, private and isolated beaches, breathtaking scenery, less touristy, no crowds, and fine accommodations. Hotel Punta Islita gives you all of the romance and private intimacy you would want in a honeymoon destination. The beautiful boutique hotel is perched in the hills overlooking a quiet cove, and has a beachside facility with a large free-form pool, gardens, lounge area and restaurant. This secluded paradise, with its fiery sunsets and warm ocean breezes, is also a nesting area for Leatherback and Hawksbill sea turtles.
Costa Rica’s home of 5-star ultra-luxurious beach resorts – such as the Four Seasons Resort, the all-inclusive RIU Guanacaste, the all-inclusive Occidental Grand Papagayo, and the Hilton Papagayo – the north Pacific Papagayo Gulf boasts the signature beaches of Costa Rica’s Guanacaste region. The area is famous for long white and dark sand beaches, big waves, calm coves, dry tropical forest and plenty of sun. The Papagayo Gulf is located 30 minutes from the Liberia International Airport, and many visitors make this spot their home base for their Costa Rica vacation. Day tours to other regions like Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, Monteverde, and Arenal Volcano are easy.