(Closed) Costa Rica Honeymoon Help

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

I did some-what of a backpacking trip and stayed on the pacific side, the carribean side and went north to La fortuna. I would def recommend the pacific side around Manuel Antonio National Park (Beauuutiful beaches and tonnes of monkeys!!) and La Fortuna was so awesome for rainforest and a volcano. DEF do the zip line there! It’s the best and highest in the world!!!

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We are going in two weeks!  We are splitting our time between Villa Caletas in Jaco on the Pacific for the wedding and Nayara at the Arenal Volcano for our honeymoon.  We will also take a day trip to Manuel Antonio National Park to see all the incredible animals.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

Oh and in La Fortuna there is this place called Baldi Hot springs and they are volcano fed pools. AMAZING!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

Also just a note on Jaco is that the beach is black sand. Very unique, but it doesn’t give you that traditional tropical white sand beach experience.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@sparklerunner:  We stayed in Tamarindo in the province of Guanacaste and loved it!! We flew into Liberia which I think is about an hour drive to Tamarindo. We did an AWESOME ATV tour through the small towns in Tamarindo/Langosta and did a whole day trip at the Guachapelin volcano that include rafting, ziplining, hot springs, mud bath, waterfall, etc. and it was a BLAST! It was really reasonably priced too! We also did some surfing. Dining wasn’t particularly good but not bad!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We stayed mostly at La Tirimbina biological preserve- it was amazing, nightly guided tours into the rainforest, nice simple cabins. Arenal is also a must see. Also try to go rafting or on a boat tour on the Sarapiqui river. Beautiful spot- the guides for the rafting were hilarious and awesome. I would avoid The Gaunacaste region in the dry season, way too hot- I was sick every day, but its beautiful and would be very nice in the wet season.

 

 

 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

we actually got engaged in costa rica in november (uvita to be exact).  we traveled around cr for about 2 weeks. 

 

 

 

manual antonio is very touristy, but nice to visit.  stayed at costa verde.  see tons of sloths, monkeys….  we went to beach every day.

 

 

 

uvita is known to be where whales mate…  we stayed on a mountain.  drive was 20 minutes on top of a mountain…..  this is where we got engaged.  stayed in an amazing brand new hotel; they were in their pre-opening; hotel only has room for 12 guests (6 couples).  every room is pretty much a glass box in the rainforest (amazing).  while youre at dinner, maids go in your room, close curtains and light candles all over your room. every.night.  super romantic.  pool overlooks pacific ocean.  very expensive hotel, but worth the penny (even though we got a super duper duper duper great deal bc we caught them in their pre opening).  they helped my fiance’ propose….pretty cool story…they went above and beyond.  highly highly recommend.  kura design villas  http://www.kuracostarica.com/
we went horse back riding around the mountain…scary but fun.  we also went offshore fishing.

 

 

 

jaco has a younger crowd and is more lively at night. 

 

 

 

monteverde, the drive is crazy.  real crazy.  crazy to think you’re staying that high up on a mountain.  we didnt go zip lining.  this is the place to zip line.

 

 

 

arenal, active volcano….  stayed at tabacon (we decided to splurge on hotel stay since we had gotten engaged a week prior).  went to tabacon hot springs since it was “free” with the hotel stay.  enjoyable.

 

 

 

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I lived in Costa Rica for 4 months several years ago and it’s a great country in which to travel. Where you want to go all depends on what you’re looking for. Here are some of my favorites:

San Juan: You’ll probably fly in here – the only must see is the huge market- I’d advize going before you fly out so you can buy any souveniers you’re still looking for.

Corcovado: The largest national park takes up most of the south pacific peninsula. This is the most remote of m recommendations, but I like getting away from the crowds. And you can certainly do that in Corcovado. Great wildlife. Great forrest. Great waterfalls. Great beaches. Rustic accommodations in the park, but I think there are nice hotels just outside the park.

Jaco: My favorite relaxed beachy, surfing town.

Ricon de le Vieja: This isn’t really remote but it’s not really on the tourist radar. It’s a volcano and there is great hiking where you can find beautiful fields, great views, amazing waterfalls and incredible hot springs where you can soak away all your cares.

Manuel Antonio: The is very touristy but still fun. This is where all the Costa Ricans (Ticos) come on vacation. Lots of good restaurants and hotels. Nice beach. Tiny but nice national park. Pretty much garanteed to see sloths, which are one of my favorite animals. Also has a nice rain-forresty feel.

Arenal: Another volcano. Much more established tourism structure with really nice spas and  hotels. Very pretty countryside.

Monteverde: This is where I lived, so it has a very fond place in my heart. This is technically in the cloud forest (instead of the rain forest). Which means that it is cooler, since it is at a higer elevation. There is lots of great ecotourism in Monteverde. The cloud forest preserve is amazing and you should definately do at least 1 day hike and 1 night hike. You can go on nice horse rides (I know the couple that runs the stable). There’s zip lining. I should also give a shout out to the butterfly farm – my favorite part is actually an amazing leaf cutter hill that is build against a plexiglass wall, so you can see the inner workings of the colony, which is totally fascinating.

If you’re going during turtle season you should jump over to the Pacific side at Tortuguero – they also have nice water fowl viewing year round.

The only place I would sa to avoid is Puerto Limon – that’s where the cruise ships dock and it’s just not a good place to visit.

So those are my thoughts. If you have any other questions, feel free to PM me!

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Hi! I’m sure you have this sorted by now, but PM me if you want; I lived in Costa Rica for a year and could give you a run down of my favorite resorts and cool places to go off the beaten path.

 

For starters try: Playa Conchal in Guancaste (sand is made up of crushed seashells and is sooooo white and super blue water– http://www.westinplayaconchal.com/ ), there’s an AI there and it’s driving distance to Arenal volcano, so you could easily do one or two day trips and see the volcano, do the hot springs, and/or go ziplining. It’s close to Playa Flamingo, which is another nice beach.

 

If you decide to stay in Arenal you HAVE to stay at either one of two places: Observatory Lodge, which is so close to the volcano and the gardens and grounds are AMAZING.

http://www.arenalobservatorylodge.com/index.php

 

Or try Tabacon Hot Springs resort; all the other hot springs in the area are manmade, this one is all natural, and yes, you can take a dip in them. They also have a to die for spa menu.

http://www.tabacon.com/costa-rica-resort-honeymoons-4.html

 

Manuel Antonio is touristy, but there’s a reason for it. The park is AMAZING. If you want to get away from that touristy feeling then stay closer to the park in the hills and NOT in Quepos.

 

Also Tortuguero is lovely. If the Pacific is the ocean, then the Carribean is like bathwater. …Seriously, the water is sooooo warm and just heavenly on the Carribean side.  The park there is great and really gives you that “in the rainforest” feeling. Plus the locals get around by canals. CANALS.

 

But my favorite place to go is a tiny little surf town near the Panamanian border called Puerto Viejo. It has lots of cool tiny little shops, great food, and amazing outlying beaches (Punta Uva and Manzanita) that you can bike to if you want to rent a bike. The Cahuita Park is nice too, and you can do some ziplining there in the forest. Like, actually in the trees, not over a giant valley. There are a few honeymoon-level hotels there, and go to one of those; skip the surfer bungalows.

 

Playa Hermosa is a sleepy little black sand beach town. Super nice area, very quiet. Also there are macaws like CRAZY in that area. They mate for life so they are constantly flying across the sky. We went for Valentines day and it was amazing and so romantic. Pack LOTS OF SUNBLOCK because it is sunny there.

 

I’m sure you’ll have an amazing time. If you want to stay away from touristy areas avoid: Jaco, Tamarindo, and don’t spend more than a night in San Jose on either end of the trip. Villa Sol’s another pretty nice AI in Guancaste and is off the beaten path, but I feel like a lot of retirees have villas there… mixed vibe but nice overall.

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