(Closed) is costa rica a good honeymoon option? private versus group tours?

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We just booked our Costa Rican honeymoon for May and I couldn’t be more excited. We’ll actually be staying at one of the resorts, which I think will give us some time to spend alone and really enjoy our newlywed bliss.

But at the same time, it’s an amazing country with so much to do, so we’re going to be taking day trips with tours so we get to explore. I think splitting the time like that will give us a little bit of both experiences. I definitely suggest this.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

I went to Costa Rica and it was beautiful! Make sure you do a waterfall tour if you go!!!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We just got back from our honeymoon in Costa Rica!  It was AMAZING!!!!  I highly recommend you check out Anywhere Costa Rica.  We booked everything through them and it all went so smoothly and worked perfectly.  We did a number of tours that way, though they were just individual trips, and it was just what we wanted.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Can you ladies share where you stayed in CR and why you chose there?

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We stayed at Arenal Nayara for three nights, which was incredible.  Could not have been better.  We also stayed at El Capitan Suiza in Tamarindo, which might have been better than Nayara.  We also stayed at El Establo in Monteverde, which I recommend you AVOID.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’ve heard great things!  I may consider it myself!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My FI and I went to Costa Rica in August and stayed at Arenal Nayara for 4 nights and loveeedddd it! Perfect spot for a honeymoon. They have packages on their website that include group tours that you can do in the morning then spend some alone time in the pool, in your suite, or at the bar. Honestly one of the best hotels I’ve been to! Definitely do the Sky Tram & Trek and Waterfall Rapelling if you are into adventure activities!

We then spent five nights at the Westin in Playa Conchal, which I wasn’t crazy about. It was too resort-like. We felt like we were in the Bahamas, not Costa Rica. We did visit Tamarindo for surfing two days and loved the little town there.  

Neither my FI or I speak a word of Spanish and we managed just fine. We even rented a car and drove ourselves around no problem.  CR is pretty easy to manage without a tour guide!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

LOVED Costa Rica. It’s so beautiful and romantic. I would not do group tours – they are unnecessary for the most part. I mean somethings you’ll have to do in a group (like ziplining) but to do a group tour package I think would take away a bit. We had so much fun exploring and seeing everything for ourselves. The people are so kind and it’s very tourist friendly.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Thanks for the places to stay (or not!) ladies. this helps.

 

Hopefully more can share?

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Snow00774:  Ooooh I didn’t even give you hotel recs. My bad! Use Tripadvisor, their reviews and pictures will give you a GREAT idea what to expect. Also, sign up for Travelzoo, they always have great Costa Rica deals. Also, Travel by Jen, is a travel agency that does a lot of Costa Rica stuff – they were great. They have preset packages but you don’t have to do a whole package to get a deal. I called them because we needed a hotel for one part of our stay, and they got us a great deal. So anyways, here are a few recommendations:

Arenal Volcano/La Fortuna region:

Casa Luna: This was a very affordable hotel. This is the one I got via Travel by Jen. It was much cheaper than the rate on their website. It was very nice for the price. Nothing fancy, no frills, but I loved it. It felt very “Costa Rican”. There was a good pool, breakfast was free, and every room has either a patio or balcony.

The Springs: If money were no object, I would stay here. They have numerous hot spring pools, and the setting is just gorgeous. It faces the volcano, the restaurants are amazing, and they even have a wildlife reserve. We did come here for dinner and the hot springs and loved it. So even if you don’t stay here, you can still enjoy what they have to offer for a really affordable day rate.

Tabacon: This is one of the more popular (and $$$) hotels in the area. We personally didn’t visit, but I have friends who did and really liked it. All the guide books will talk about this hotel. I’m sure it’s great, but personally I loved The Springs and thought it offered a great deal.

There are many other hotels in this area. I really really enjoyed this area because there was so much to do as far as adventure-type activities, but you could also relax and enjoy the hot springs. Also, I found it very “authentic”. Even though it was a very popular tourist area – it didn’t feel that way.

Beyond the Volcano area, other very popular locations are Monteverde (cloud forest), Guanacasta (beach – very close to Liberia airport), Manuel Antonio (very popular beach destination).

 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@JrzyGurl:  Thanks lady – some good places to start researching, appreciate the run down. We’re hoping to go in November or March so this helps a lot!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Beckster329:  

@JrzyGurl:  

@CityBearBride:  

 

Ladies, hoping you can help me out with food/dining questions. Did you mostly dine on resport/hotel property or venture out in the various areas you went to? I don’t see much mention of all inclusive and am wondering what a food budget for CR should look like especially if you decide to holiday between two different areas.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Snow00774:  

The Westin Playa Conchal was all-inclusive (food and all drinks, even the yummy frozen pool drinks) Which was definitely nice.

At Arenal Nayara, we ate at the hotel most nights which was pricier than I was expecting. But they had a great sushi restaurant so it was worth it. Drinks were $6 about. Our package that I booked on their website included breakfast every morning and dinner one night. Entrees at dinner were $15 – $20 each if I remember correctly. Lunch was usually provided at the activities/tours we did.  You can eat a lot cheaper if you go into town and eat at the local places – probably $5 for rice and beans type dinner I think? We just stayed at the hotel because we wanted to drink and not worry about driving or cabs 🙂

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