Post # 1
- Wedding: June 2013 - Piney River Ranch
My fiance and I are planning on going to Costa Rica for our honeymoon but we don’t really know where to start. There are so many different areas and it doesn’t seem like there are very many all inclusive resorts like there are in the Caribbean.
Has anyone been or planning on going that could suggest places to stay? We are very active and adventurous so we were thinking on the volcano areas. The beach would be a plus, but a nice pool would suffice as well.
Post # 3
We are going to Costa Rica for our honeymoon next month. How long are you going? If you are there for two weeks, you can do two or three areas. For Volcanoes, Arenal is the most popular. This hotel is rated the most romantic in South America http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g309226-d866587-Reviews-Nayara_Hotel_Spa_Gardens-La_Fortuna_de_San_Carlos_Arenal_Volcano_National_Park_Province_of_Alajuela.html
If it’s out of your budget or you want to see what else there is, check out tripadvisor.com you can get ratings on hotels, attractions and restaurants. look at the forum there as well. Also if you look at the top of the page you will see a link for vacation rentals. We are renting a beautiful home with out door living room, swimming pool, games room with pool table, darts etc for 1200$ for 10 days. For hotel bookings look at expedia.com
Post # 4
My sister works for this travel agency, so going to Costa Rica was certainly an option for our wedding plans. They have a guided tour program that looked pretty interesting, so you could vist a few cities and have pretty much the bulk of everything planned out http://www.pleasantholidays.com/PleasantHolidaysWeb/HTMLPagesDisplay.do?screenName=costa_rica_tours.html
One of these days I’d love to go, but we will be doing something else for our honeymoon plans.
Post # 5
We are heading to Costa Rica in three weeks for our honeymoon and I can’t wait!!
I did tons of research to find places to stay that had the things were we looking for. Here the four places we will be staying
Finca Rosa Blanca inn outside of San Jose – we will be staying at this bed and breakfast here on our first night since it is close to the international airport. It is located on a coffee plantation and also does tours to some of the smaller volcanoes.
Nayara Arenal – this resort type hotel claims to be the most romantic hotel in Costa Rica. We are staying here 2 nights so we can visit the famous Arenal volcano and try the hot springs / spa.
Lapa Rios – luxury ecolodge in the rainforest. We are spending the majority of our time here (5 nights and 6 days) as this location is the main reason we decided to honeymoo in Coasta Rica. It is located on the Osa Penisula which is considered the most bio-diverse place left on Earth. You can only reach this lodge by boat or by having someone drive you in 4×4, We are staying in a private bungalow admist the rainforest trees. However, although it is luxury it is still remote and does not have access to an cell phone lines and will not have a tv or electrical outlet so if that doesn’t seem nice to you this might not be the best place to visit, My FI is a conservation biologist so this is right up his ally. It is great place to view wildlife if you enjoy that.
Oxygen Jungle Villas – this is a couples only resort on the beach in the small town of Uvita. This place is known for their whale watching (dolphines and sea turtles too) but depends on what month you will be there. We will also be staying in a private “tent-like” bungalow here.
So we are only going to be in the central and Pacific area of Costa Rica. We did this because we are going during the rainy season and we heard the Carribean side side worse during that time of year than the Pacific side.
I will post again once we return to give reviews of all the lodges / hotels. Another great place to find info and hotel reviews is http://www.tripadvisor.com or just go to a bookstore or public library and check out a travel guide for Costa Rica (make sure it is the 2011 or 2012 version). Let me know if you have any other questions!
Post # 6
I stayed at the Arenal Nayara resort in La Fortuna and is was just wonderful – such a beautiful area, and I love waking up to views of the volcano every morning!
Only problem is that it wasn’t all inclusive. I saw a deal at one point where you got free breakfast AND dinner and if hubby and I had that, we would have saved a lot of money because dinner was expensive. There are other resorts in the area that might be worth checking out. My husband and I wish that we had spent more time at different places because we were really isolated at our resort and any time we wanted to go into town we had to take a cab because there were no shuttles or anything. Check out some places in the Arenal volcano area – it was great!
Post # 7
@Leland: We are staying there for two nights. I can’t wait. I’m glad you liked it. I’m glad you mentioned that about dinner. What did you guys do for lunch?
Post # 8
@KatieLu: Sometimes we ate in the restaurant (I advise against that — too pricey!) or went into La Fortuna and ate at one of the restaurants there. We ate at La Choza de Laurel a couple of the times and the meals were huge so we were able to take leftovers back to our room. What can I say, we started to get real cheap towards the end of our trip lol. It’s good you are only staying a couple of days – we were there for an entire week and we wish we had branched out to different places and seen more of the area.
Enjoy your stay there! The tubs on the porch are to die for. I miss that place.
Post # 9
I love Costa Rica! I only ate lunch at this place, but it was so incredible I recommend it to anyone considering going there: http://www.hotelvillacaletas.com/the_hotel. It had the most fabulous views of anywhere I’ve ever been, an infinty pool that was incredible, and a private beach. There are plenty of things to do nearby, including zip lining, hiking to waterfalls, botanical gardens, Manuel Antonia national park & beach, downtown Jaco, and some really excellent restaurants. I don’t think you need all-inclusive in Costa Rica because there are so many incredible restaurants and they were all very reasonably priced.
We also spent a night at San Jose Marriott before we departed, and took a day trip to the Volcano, and took a tour of the Doka coffee plantation which was really nice.
Post # 10
We really want to go to Costa Rica, but I think it’s going to be out of our budget. We’ve got Pacuare Lodge in mind if we do.
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2013 - Piney River Ranch
Thanks for all the suggestions! I’m thinking maybe we should look into breaking up our trip and stay at two places!
Post # 12
Here is a place in the Manual Antonio area that has customized, ALl Inlcusive packages:
Unfortunately, Arenal Volcano has gone inacitve, but it is still an impressive site to see.
I think the best viewing is from Arenal Observatory Lodge.
Post # 13
We went last year on vacation with my mom to Los Lagos Resort in Arenal (LaFortuna). It is GORGEOUS! We all LOVED it. Hot springs galore with temps in the water increasing the higher up you go. There is also a cold pool to enjoy as well with a pretty big slide.
It is not all inclusive. You get buffet beakfast with your stay but lunch, dinner and alcohol are not included and if you eat in the resorts restaurant it can be pricey. There were 2 options: the reular waited on, plated restaurant or the buffet. The buffet is way better and it cost almost the same. But again it’s pricey. The restaurants intown are way cheaper.
Also there are shuttles within the resort to shuttle you back and forth to your room and wherever on the resort grounds you want to go: just call from your room phone. They can take a while sometimes though but waiting outside with the awesome scenery is worth it The rooms are spectacular too. And they offer a customer service desk where you can book adventure tours (there is a canopy on grounds) and also they have a mini zoo (with crocodiles, butterly gardens, ant farm, etc.) We look forward to going back. There is also a lookout where you hike like 2 miles I think up hill to get a closer look of the volcano. Pretty cool.
There are other hotels similar to los lagos, like Baldi, Tabacon, etc… all are pretty priced similar.
Some of the best beaches are in Costa Rica and alot of them are in Guanacaste. Our favorite vacation spot however is on the carribean side in Limon: Puerto Viejo de talamanca. OM this place is ahhhh-mazing. if you do decide to go the beach route, go here. You will not be disappointed. Have fun.