Any other Costa Rica Honeymooners out there??

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Newbee

I used to live there. Arenal is great, definitely stay at Tabacon it’s the best resort. The hot springs at their resort are amazing. Be careful of the petty thievery everywhere in Costa Rica, even of the hotel employees. It’s cultural that theft is an everyday thing there. As long as you are concious it will be fine. Enjoy!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

CanadianBride456:  I *LOVE* Arenal!  

I’ve stayed at the Volcano Lodge and I cannot say enough good things.  The staff there were wonderful.  

Also, for adventure stuff – check out Desafio.  I’ve done just about everything they offer, and they are superb.  Very safe, very knowledgable.  I loved the Canyoneering and rafting the Rio Toro.  I’d recommend both!  

The Baldi hot springs are also a nice time.  Go at night.  🙂  There’s a spa there too if you’re into that kind of stuff.  Dinner is only ‘meh’. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

CanadianBride456:  Have fun! We stayed at Arenal for 4 nights in February. It was great and we had no issues with thief. The hotel had a safe for all our important items and money. I only exchanged $90 and took USD/credit cards and that was more than enough for 4 nights. We mostly used our credit card. 

Our favorite activity was a volcano hike and then getting dropped off at Tabacon Hot Springs to soak and have dinner afterwards. We did this from 2-8 pm so it was pretty dark at the hot springs. The hanging bridges tour was also one of my favorite activities. I would skip the Cano Negro Boat tour if I had to do it over again. Also, go into town for dinner/lunch. It’s cheap and tasty.

We did not drive and I’m so glad we didn’t. The customs are completely different and it’s just confusing. I booked the hotels/car service/excursions through Anywherecostarica.com and they were great. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

FI & I are planning on CR as well but we haven’t made any firm honeymoon plans yet since we have 5 weddings to attend this summer (not including ours…) & are thinking we’ll go this fall/winter

But we’ve both been to CR before, to completely different parts of the country.  He’s been to Arenal & Montaverde and I’ve been surfing in Guanacaste.  The plan is to “show each other around to our favorite places” so we’re planning to go to all 3 when we take our trip!  We actually heard the advice to stay at Tabacon from another person as well so glad to hear that it gets a second vote of confidence.

When I was in CR (two years ago, for two weeks) I didn’t have any trouble with theft but I also live in a city and am pretty street smart.  Didn’t bring anything super valuable other than my laptop and nobody broke into my room to take it.  For the honeymoon probably the only truly valuable things we’ll have on hand are our rings & passports.  

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I have to say, I’ve been in CR a couple of times and I’ve never had a problem with theft.  And I’m not a super careful traveller, either.  I wander around with a very expensive camera, I almost never use the hotel safe, I put cash in random pockets.  

The CR is my favourite place in the world.  I’ve been all over the country and while there are lots of places I wouldn’t bother to return to, I will alwasy go back to Arenal. 

Post # 9
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Newbee

CanadianBride456:  If it’s in your room you should be fine. 🙂 Make copies of your passports just in case you lose them. Enjoy, I miss living there….

Post # 10
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Newbee

sostobe:  Well you must be one lucky girl! lol I spent 10 years there and I’ve had many things taken as has everyone else I know that lives there. We are especially careful not to flash electronics like cameras because I know of many violent encounters as a result of this. I’m sure a google search would turn up many people’s experiences. Please be careful. The general attitude is that all of us are rich because we own these things, so we can afford to buy another. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

ElsaGenevieve:  I don’t doubt this has happened.  But I’ve travelled extensively through some really rough places and CR was one of the safest countries I’ve experienced, especially when compared to some of the third world countries I’ve visited.  

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