Post # 1
Anybody ever go to Costa Rica for a honeymoon? (Or just to visit, not necessarily for a honeymoon). I’m pretty sure this is where we’re set on. It’s a gift from FI’s dad. We’ve done a good bit of research, but I’d like to hear some first hand experience about the best areas, places to stay, activities, etc.
Post # 3
I love Costa Rica – it was really one of my favorite vacations ever! I stayed mostly in Los Suenos, but I went here for lunch one day and if I was ever going back with DH this is definitely where we’d want to stay: http://www.hotelvillacaletas.com/ I think it may have been the most beautiful & romantic place on earth!
The area near Los Suenos/Jaco is great – there’s tons to do and lots of great scenery and restaurants. We went zip lining, hiked to a waterfall, drove to the Manuel Antonio national park and beach, and ate a lot of great food! We also stayed 2 days in San Jose, where we went to see the volcano (but couldn’t see much due to fog) and also toured the Doka coffee plantation which was really fun.
Post # 4
I went to Costa Rica on my honeymoon 2 months ago. We spent 3 days in Monteverde (zip line, guided nature hike) and 5 days at a B&B on the beach in Playa Langosta near Tamarando on the Pacific coast (surf lesson, seaside massage, relaxing!)
Let me know if you have any questions (I know I wasn’t very detailed) and I can help!
Post # 5
We’re going in September. I can’t wait! We’re staying here:
Post # 6
I visited Tamarindo Beach this winter and stayed at the Diria (not for a honeymoon). Prices were reasonable, and there was a lot of fun stuff to do- surf lessons (they helped me get up on my first try!), ziplining, sunset catamaran tours, snorkeling, etc. It was more on the active side of things vs. romantic and luxurious, so consider what your priorities are in that regard.
Post # 7
Thank you everybody. I am going to look into all of these places. We want some place with easy access to the beach, but I would also love to be near the rainforest/jungle/whatever. Actually, I would prefer something IN the trees like some of the beach/treehouse places I’ve seen. We also want to do a few activities – probably a balance between relaxation and activity. We are very fortunate that this is a gift from FI’s dad so price isn’t a huge issue, though we aren’t planning to go all out.
Post # 8
We are planning a trip to Costa Rica for this October and we are going to be hopping around a bit. Montverde Cloud Forest, Areneal Volcano & Lake, Manuel Antonio, Quepos, Gulf of Papagayo, San Jose, Liberia. Does anyone have any experience with renting a car in Costa Rica?? I have heard that the roads aren’t great & we are going in rainy season so our travel agent is against it but we are adventurers so I don’t want to chicken out either. Any experiences to share on this would be much appreciated.
Post # 9
We just got back from our June honeymoon in CR. We spent half the time in Arenal (La Fortuna) at the base of the volcano, and half the time near Manuel Antonio. I sort of wish we’d spent more time at Manuel Antonio, because the beach/town were unbelievable. But both were beautiful, and we got the perfect mix of hiking and beaches (and sloths!) If you are renting a car, you MUST also rent a GPS, there are very few road signs!! Also, make sure to get a 4 wheel drive car, the road up to our hotel in La Fortuna was 20 minutes of pure rocky/bumpy driving.
Post # 10
We are going on a delayed honeymoon to Costa Rica over Christmas break! I am so excited! My FI is a biology professor and of course we are probably getting all adventure packed rainforest… and not really any beach. We will be staying in Monteverde and then Tortuga (where the sea turtles nest). I’d love to hear about everyone’s experiences! Also what things are essential to pack!
Post # 11
I lived in Costa Rica for a semester and it’s an amazing place to travel! People are very friendly and many speak at least some English. And they’re usually very patient with broken Spanish.
If you rent a car definately get a 4 wheel drive SUV as many of the roads are dirt. And get any insurance they offer so you don’t worry so much about possible damage. I’ve actually never had problems with the roads but they aren’t for the faint of heart.
- I also love Jaco. Surfer paradise. Very laid back.
- Manuel Antonio is awesome and that’s where most ticos (Costa Ricans) spend their vacations. Tons of good restaurants and shops and the park is tiny so it’s very easy to access.
- Arenal area – La Fortuna. Once of my absolute favs and probably the most romantic place I can think of.
- Monteverde – This is where I spent most of my time so I’m a bit biased, but this is a great great area. Some of the best and most acceessible nature around. It’s cloud forest, up in the mountains, so it can be a good break from the heat of the coasts.
- Tortugero – not sure when you’re going but if you go during sea trutle laying season then you should definately go to Tortuguero where hundreds of turtles come ashore to lay their eggs
- Corcovado National park – this is the largest park in Costa Rica and it takes up the entire southern peninsula on the Pacific side of the country. It is exactly what you probably picutre when you think of tropical rainforest. It’s amazing. By far the best nature in the country. Not many people go because it’s not as accessible as other parks (they do this on purpose because too much tourism through the area can damage the wildlife). However, for those that do go it’s spectacular. And if money isn’t an issue, I would definately spend some time in Corcovado. There are private exepditions and I think there’s even a hotel, but there aren’t any roads so you get there by boat. Which is part of the fun. You can go to private beaches where you will literally not see another person, drink from pure waterfalls, snorkel right off the coast and see tons of wildlife.
If you have any other questions about Costa Rica feel free to PM me, as you can tell I love to talk about it. Hope you have a great time!
Oh – you’ll probably fly into San Jose and I wouldn’t recommend spending a ton of time there because the nature is why you go to Costa Rica, but if you have time I would go to the central market. Even if you don’t buy anything, it’s great to just walk around!
Post # 12
@JenGirl: Thank you, this is super helpful! I probably will be PMing you sometime in the future. We weren’t planning on spending much time in San Jose anyway.
Post # 13
@cath3114: Sounds great!!
Post # 14
We are taking a delayed honeymoon there in either February or March. Haven’t booked anything yet but thinking of spending a few days in the Arenal area, couple days in Monteverde area and the rest at Manual Antonio. We want to do lots of active stuff vs just sitting on the beach. We plan to zipline, go white water rafting, FI wants to go mountainbiking somewhere(maybe I can make that a lazy spa day for myself while he bikes), hiking, and snorkeling.
I have heard nothing but good things about Costa Rica. Never been but I’m sooo excited to go. I found a company online( Gecko Trails….with LOTS of excellent reviews on tripadvisor) that is based out of CR that can put together a vacation package for you(includes all hotel, tours and transportation…you arrange your airfare). Will likely look into that. I would rather arrange for all transportation vs having to navigate ourselves.
For any international travel I would highly suggest travel insurance to cover for any trip delays and also medical care in case you are injured on your trip.
Post # 15
I also lived in CR for a year – feel free to PM me if you have any questions! I did a lot of tourist type things, you should really try to get out and do some off the path things as well. Some of those little towns were so much more amazing. Driving in CR is very hard – taking the buses is difficult if it isn’t a tour type of thing. I would say go for a driver! That is an excellent idea. If you are flying out of San Jose, try not to stay in san jose. I have many of times and it is not the best place for a vacation and being a tourist. My boyfriend and I stayed in alajuela which is 10 mins from the airport. We stayed at the pura vida hotel. It was amazing! It was a great easy night before our flight and the breakfast is amazing. it is just fantastic and not crazy expensive. the owners were excellent especially when we mixed the date up and our little house was taken. they gave us the honeymoon suite for the lower rate. they were very helpful and accommodating! You will not regret CR!
Post # 16
I’ve heard great things about Selva Verde Lodge. It is located in the trees/rainforest.