Honeymooners in Costa Rica?

posted 2 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

We did! 

Because we didn’t want to go thru any trouble in going from place to place or figuring a lot of the stuff out while being there we booked it thru honeymoonincostarica.com. We flew in to San Jose, spent a night there, got picked up and dropped off on the cloud forest (our favorite place in the trip – Peace Lodge Hotel), stayed there for three nights I think. Then we got picked up and dropped off at the Arenal region where we stayed at the Tabacon resort for about three more days (went white water rafting, zip lining and swam in the resort’s thermal waters). We finished up our trip by going for another three more days to the Manuel Antonio region and staying at a boutique hotel that I can’t remember the name of right now right on the beach… Grrr…Casa del Mar? 

Anyway, that site will work with you to find out what you need in terms of trip duration, budget, what kinds of hotels you like (ie all inclusive vs boutique, Eco tourism vs luxury resorts, etc.), and they’ll pick you up and drop you off at every destination. 🙂 PM me if you need more info or recommendations!

Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We did and loved it!  We flew into San Jose and headed up to the Arenal area for four nights.  We stayed at Nayara and loved it.  We then went over the Guanacaste for three nights at the JW Marriott.  We flew out of Liberia heading home. 

I highly recommend doing private transfers over renting/driving. 

If you have more specific questions, let me know.

Post # 4
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Newbee

Yay! I love Costa Rica. I taught there for a year and traveled all over. 

If you want to do a beach and relax type of trip along with seeing Volcán Arenal, I would stay away from San Jose. I went there a lot because I lived close by but it isn’t the best for sight seeing or relaxing. And since Arenal is closer to Liberia, it would make sense to stay in that area. Nicoya Peninsula is nice as well as Puntarenas. 

As mentioned above, do not rent a car. Driving there is insane and dangerous. If you are adventurous, you can take the buses. That is how I traveled through the whole country but then again I was just out of college and didn’t mind. Guanacaste is beautiful as is Playa Hermosa. My parents went as well and they rented a house through VRBO that was right on the beach. It was gorgeous. 

If you do happen to fly into San Jose, there is a hotel that is amazing and close to the airport. Cheap taxi ride. Pura Vida Hotel in Alajuela is the name. 

If you have any specific questions let me know! 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Commenting to follow; I’d love to go to Costa Rica!

Post # 6
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Helper bee

We have been to Costa Rica. We spent a night in San Jose and then headed to La Fortuna. I loved La Fortuna.  It was beautiful. The town was so much fun and the people were so nice. I think we stayed at Arenal Volcano Inn. I really enjoyed it. We spent a few nights in Tamarindo. I did not like it as much there because it was very touristy. They tried to sell you stuff along the beach and prices were bad.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

MuseForever:  We spent 4 nights at Tabacon hot springs which is right under Arenal volcano and it was seriously the most romantic place I’ve ever stayed (and I’ve been all over europe, the caribbean and southeast asia). A little pricey but sooo dreamy. We used some of the wedding money to get massages with an exfoliation treatmant and a milk bath in the jungle. You can also do excursions around there (sounds like you’ve heard of Arenal!) but we chose to soak up in the hot springs. We spent another 8 days in rio palace which was good but your typical all inclusive resort. Not very romantic, but fun and beachy which is what we were looking for. Plus the howler monkeys did this route around the beach at 4pm every day so we’d head down the beach to watch them almost every day!

I plan to go back in the not to distant future, but next time to rent a car, drive around and rent a few places as the country was very safe to explore. We were there during the rainy season (September) but it really wasn’t bad – it rains every afternoon but we’d either be on the hot springs or heading up for a nap post resort tanning and drinking.

We did two excursions, one was surf lessons which I was actually soo good haha and we went to another volcano to do a canopy tour, ziplining, a 500m waterslide, horseback riding, and dipped in a natural hot spring. Awesome. And monkeys galore. 

Hope this helps!

Post # 9
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Newbee

MuseForever:  No worries! I can’t wait to go back! I am trying to convince him to go for our honeymoon too : )

Post # 10
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Busy bee

Splitting your time in Costa Rica is a great way to enjoy all that Costa Rica has to offer. Amazing adventures paired with relaxing days on the beach, there is nothing beter than that! There are some amazing boutique resorts tucked up in the mountains on Costa Rica that offer a complete disconnet from outside life allowing you and your FH to unwind after all the wedding planning. After a few days of rest and relaxation head out to explore the Arenal Volcano, see the monkeys in the tree tops, zip over the canopies, and horseback ride together into the sunset. After you have had your mountain top adventure head down to the beach, grab your drinks and watch the waves come in. A perfect balance of complete relaxation and adventure awaits in Costa Rica. <br />One of my favorite mountain top reteats is The Springs Resort and Spa — with breathtaking views that go on for what seems like forever, this beautiful resort is an experience in and of itself! 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

I’m not married (yet) but my SO and I spent two months in Costa Rica. We stayed in Ocotal, which is near Playa Hermosa (wow beautiful!) and Coco Beach. I thought Tamarindo was the most touristy and there was way more things to do (sight-see, beach activities) but it was also the most expensive food wise and activities wise. Ocotal beach had a resort called Riu Palace (I think) right on the beach and it was GORGEOUS. But, out of all the places we went, Ocotal was probably the least touristy and also the beach was more secluded/smaller and not as pretty IMO as the others we had been to. 

 

Someone mentioned not renting a car…..well I agree it is scary at first. Driving in these small towns is …different. But, we rented a car for three days and had a blast not having to use the bus system (which can take hours, depending on where you are going). Be aware , though, that Costa Rica only has one insurance company and they jack up the prices on the car rental. For example, our rental was supposed to cost us $5 a day according to priceline. But, it actually cost like 60-100 $ for insurance a day as well. SO, if you’re trying to save money you may not want to spend it here. 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

also we flew into San Jose and only stayed there for a few days. It was not really tourist or very pretty, at least not the places we saw. We took a bus (5 hours total) to get from there to Coco Beach. I wish we would’ve just flown into Liberia, which is only about 30 min from Coco. But, the 5 hour bus ride was only like $6, whle the Liberia flight would’ve been much more expensive 🙁

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I spent four months in Costa Rica! It’s a wonderful country with wonderful people. I spent most of my time in Monteverde and loved it there. My absolute favorite place is Corcovado on the south west coast. But it can be pretty remote, so it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Arenal is great for relaxing. Manuela Antonio is compact but very pretty and easy to get around. Jaco is my favorite laid-back beachy/surf town. Ricon de la Vieja was my favorite off-the-tourist-radar place (at least when I was there a decade ago). Also be sure to visit the big market in San Jose. And try to speak a little Spanish. People will think it’s cool that you’re giving it a try. But you can definitely get by on English. Drink Flor de Cana rum from Nicaragua (if you like rum). Relax. Things happen in their own time, in the tropics. Get off the beaten path. Have fun. Let me know if you have any other questions!

ETA: I drove all over the country, in rainy season, and didn’t have a problem. The main highway along the west coast is a good road. Lots of dirt roads once you get off the main road, but it’s just slow. It can get a bit dicey if there’s a lot of rain. If you’ve driven on dirt roads at home, you should have a good idea. But if you’re nervous you can hire a driver/bus.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

We really wanted a costa rica honeymoon but july is way to rainy so we are going next winter which is more optimal and picking a different honeymoon for the summer.

 

I am very picky about where I travel and I did a lot of reasearch. We love the ocean so planned on staying all inclusive at the Westin Playa conchal for 5-6 days then going 5 days to the Nayara Springs resort which is STUNNING and reasonably priced. It’s considered the best hotel in south america.

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