Post # 1
The title basically says it all – FI and I are seriously thinking about going to Costa Rica for our honeymoon this December. We’re on a budget (<$5000 plus airfare for 7-14 days would be awesome), of course, and both pretty darn adventurous and athletic (but I’m content to lounge wiht a book for the most part, while he is . . . less so).
Any ideas from Bees who’ve been to Costa Rica on fun activities, hotels, etc, especially if they’re good for the budget or meal-inclusive (I don’t want to have to worry too much about spending money while we’re there, although we’re good at budgeting). If you know how far out they book, that would be good info too, although I don’t know that that’s terribly common knowledge.
Recommendations for travel agents/groups/discount places are highly welcome, too, and we’re open to other destination suggestions outside the Caribbean/Mexico.
Post # 3
@zumbaista: We went to Costa Rica in December 2012 and loved it. We were probably around $4k, I think.
I can’t wait to go back. Two went to different locations. We started to Nayara Hotel. We were in their “small” casita and i think the rate is worth it. It includes an amazing breakfast. We tried to do this towards the end of the breakfast serving and went to dinner early, so we didn’t have to eat lunch or a huge lunch. We did a package through them, after I evaulated all the costs. You can probably find cheaper hotels in the Arenal area, but not a highly rated/reviewed.
We did the second half at a Marriott (JW in Guanacaste), because I had hotel points.
I would suggest keeping an eye on flight costs. You can set up trackers, which will email you when prices adjust. We saved a couple hundred by doing tihs.
Post # 4
@zumbaista: Ooh! FI and I are considering the same thing! 😀
Post # 5
@zumbaista: It is very expensive, but please look up Kura Design Villas in Uvita. You drive up a mountain to get to the hotel… it overlooks the Pacific Ocean. We got engaged here. It is ridiculously romantic and perfect for a honeymoon. We felt so special here. Only 6 couples on site, so 12 guests max.
We spent almost 2 weeks in Costa Rica, traveling from San Jose to Manuel Antonio – Uvita – Jaco – Monteverde – Arenal. We spent probably $5k total. We were able to do this bc we got our villa at Kura at an unbelievable rate that included all of our meals.
Post # 6
If you’re thinking about really getting out and doing alot of tours and activiites, it’s going to be worth your while to split up your stay between two areas (especially if you’re thinking about going for 10-14 days). Maybe half your time in Guanacaste+Arnel and halfe near the Tabacon area or Manuael Antonio. No matter where you stay it’s somewhat of a longer drive to sight-seeing, excursions, etc … not really the distance so much, more so the roads – gravel and twisting/turning. So you’ll want to be as near to the areas that you want to explore as possible.
I don’t necessarily always recommend all-inclusives for Costa Rica for your whole stay (because if you’re off property doing stuff you may not make use of all the food/drink), but if you’re set on an AI, I’d go for the Hilton or Westin. To throw out a few other resorts I like – Si Como No (for Manuel Antonio), Lapa Rios (Osa Peninsula area), Finca Rosa Blanca (great for the first/last night before/after your flight).
It’s such a diverse country! Awesome choice for your honeymoon!