Post # 1
My fiance and I have been searching for a place to go on our our honeymoon and we are 90% sure that we are doing Costa Rica.
We are big on adventures, trying new things, yet still relaxing by the beach & spa, etc. Only problem is we’re not sure where to stay?!?
We’re going in the middle of October which is said to be the rainy season, but we’re Floridians so we’re not too worried about that. Besides, they say it rains mostly in the southern pacific part of the region, so we’re going to try and steer away from that.
We like the whole eco-lodge idea, but not having A/C for ten days is not my idea of a honeymoon.
All-inclusive isn’t a must. We want something that lets us experience the Costa Rican culture, yet isn’t overrated or overpriced.
Does anyone know the best region to stay? Any good hotel suggestions?
We want to do some relaxing by the beach, horseback riding on the beach, zip lining, hiking and eat some real authentic food! Please help! 🙂 Thanks!
Post # 3
I’ve never honeymooned in CR nor are we, but I’ve vacationed there and had pretty much the same requirements as you. I went with my ex and we split the trip up into two parts – first part up around Monteverde for the adventure part (ziplining, ATVing, the outdoorsy stuff) then chartered a van that drove us down to the Pacific Coast in Manuel Antonio for the beachy, resort, just lie out in the sun part. Even tho it was with my ex (and he was my ex at the time – we broke up just a few days before) it was still a great trip and I always rave about it to anyone going to CR (granted it was maybe 5 or 6 years ago…). But if you want the best of both worlds (and you have the time) maybe think about splitting your honeymoon up to see both parts of CR.
Post # 4
We just booked our tickets to Costa Rica for November honeymoon last night! I have been doing nothing but researching all the wonderful places we could stay, and things we could do. So maybe you’ll find this helpful.
I also want to get the real costa rica experience. Everyone recommends going to teh Osa Penninsula and exploring Corcovado National Park. That is in the most Southern zone on the Pacific side. It is very remote, and expensive. The eco-lodges do not have A.C. like you said, except for one which I found that has recently been installing AC and is in a great location and that’s Drake Bay Wilderness Resort. They have packages where if you pay in cash you get 20% off.
I am still thinking that might be too much for us, so instead we’ll stay in the Uvita area just North of the Osa Penninsula, but South of Manuel Antonio, because MA seems way too touristy and crowded. Perhaps we’ll do a day trip to the Osa. We’re looking at Oxygen Jungle Villas, which another bee recommended. It looks luxurious but small and tucked in the jungle. I’m also looking at places like villas de aves (sp?) where you can essentially have your own little place in the jungle, but still have AC and a pool.
Then we are heading up to Arenal – I don’t know where we’ll stay. I was thinking Tabacon but that might be too touristy, but they have tons of little rustic places also. I think all those activities you want to do can be done pretty much anywhere. Anyway, that’s the story. Post what you decide to do!
Post # 5
Try here: http://www.paradisus-playa-conchal.com/
A friend vacationed there and spent one week at the beach here and 1 week in the rainforest doing the adventurous stuff.
Post # 6
We’re going to Costa Rica for our honeymoon too! While I can’t give you any reviews yet, because we’re not going until July, I can tell you our plans!
We’re staying in Tamarindo most of the time. From what I researched, it’s a semi-touristy beach town with plenty of restaurants and shops. We’re staying at Hotel Tamarindo Diria, which is not all-inclusive, but does include breakfast and is centrally located, convenient to restaurants in the area.
We are going to Arenal for a couple days and staying at the Tabacon. My Future Sister-In-Law has been to Costa Rica before and said the volcanos and hot springs are a MUST.
Hope that helps! If you ask me in a few months, I might have better advice!
Post # 7
We’re going to Costa Rica for our honeymoon too! We’re flying into Liberia and staying near Tamarindo.
Post # 8
We’re going too! Still not totally sure where to go though. Most people seem to go to Manuel Antonio. There are some really cool resorts in Arenal which is more nature(y). I’ve heard that Tamarindo is more like California, very-American type resorts. I still think we might stay there for a short time though…
There are a lot of past reviews on this site from Bees and even Mr. and Mrs. Bee. Search for Costa Rica and you’ll see a bunch of info.
Post # 9
We went to CR for our Honeymoon in July and it was absolutely AMAZING!! We were fortunate to have our honeymoon given to us as a wedding present – so we were able to splurge more so than if we’d paid for it ourself.
We flew into San Jose and stayed our first couple of nights on an organic coffee plantation in the hills of St Barbara de Heredia – such a beautiful place – and so cool to learn about the process of growing/roasting/selling/tasting coffee! The hotel is called Finca Rosa Blanca. The staff was very friendly and accomodating (they had no problem making dinner for us when we first arrived even though it was after hours). The rooms were very unique, very comfortable, and quite romantic. http://www.finca-rblanca.co.cr
Next we took a white water rafting trip along the Pacuare River and stayed at the Pacuare Lodge http://www.pacuarelodge.com – also an incredible experience! It was our first time white water rafting – and we had a blast. The lodge is aptly named as it’s in the middle of the jungle. No air conditioning in these units – so a couple of sweaty hot nights – and definitely more bugs and animals than we saw anywhere else – but so worth it in my opinion.
We travelled to Arenal next and stayed at Arenal Nayara http://www.arenalnayara.com. We took the volcano tour, toured around La Fortuna, and visited the Tabacon hot springs. Our travel agent suggested Arenal Nayara as it was a bit less expensive than Tabacon or another fancy hotel there, but just as nice (jacuzzi on our porch overlooking the volcano say what?!?)
And finally – we made our way to St Terese (near Mal Pais) on the Nicoya Peninsula. Favorite part of the trip by far. Stunning beaches, beautiful sleepy town, and a very romantic resort (which we splurged on) called Flor Blanca http://www.florblanca.com. We took an ATV tour to montezuma (a MUST in my opinion). We ziplined, we walked along deserted beaches, we (tried to) surf, we lazed around the pool, and we ate fantastic food! There were howler monkeys climbing in the trees above us, lizards scurrying off the paths, and hermit crabs scuttling across the sandy beach. And if you are into yoga – they have a lovely little spot that looks out on the beach where they offer classes. Oh and if you’re looking for a great little place to have some tasty local food – you must try soda piedra mar. It’s essentially just a little shack (attached to the owners house) that sits on an outcrop of rock overlooking the ocean – but the view is breathtaking and the food is tasty but cheap! We rented some ATV’s and drove there from our resort.
If you want to see some pics of our vacation – send me a message and I’ll send you the link 🙂 Hope everyone enjoys their honeymoon as much as we did!!
Post # 10
Wow! So much information! Thank you so much everyone for your prompt feedback. This has definitely opened up new windows!
NGolden1: Thanks to your input we are 90% sure that we will be staying at the Oxygen Jungle Villas! Beautiful locale and seems like the perfect fit for what we are looking for!
Echo: It sounds like you had one hell of a trip! I would love to see photos! We are definitely going to do a white water rafting trip while we are there!
So i am thinking we want to stay in Uvita and do arenal and the hotel springs as well. perhaps stay at Tabacon. Only thing is all of the traveling! Any tips on the best way to travel to those two different parts of Costa Rica??
Also, do you think it is better to set up excursions through a company or through our hotel?
thanks to everyone for all the feedback! : ) So excited and just want to book this already!!
I’ll be sure to let everyone know what I decide!
Post # 11
Definitely check out Arenal Naraya, it’s beautiful. Costa Rica was our first choice but the way we wanted to do it was gonna be like 5k and we just can’t afford that.
Post # 12
We honeymooned in Costa Rica–but it was all adventure except for 1 day. We did San Jose, Sarapiqui, Monteverde, Arenal, and Jaco. I love Costa Rica and can’t wait to go back. There’s so much to do there–we did white water rafting, ziplining, canyoneering, horse back riding, rainforest and cloud forest treks, learned how to make chocolate, picked coffee, and learned how to make corn tortillas at a local’s house.
I think you’ll have fun no matter where you go.
@SoontobeMrs.Jordan–I’m Mrs. Jordan, too 🙂
Post # 13
Yay! We’re also going to Costa Rica, but in August! All the places we’re staying at are smaller inn’s and all have A/C (and free breakfast!).
We’re not doing this option but if you’re looking for a moderate all inclusive…there is a Marriott there called Los Suenos (I know, not very rustic) that we were looking at for an all-inclusive option but ended up canceling it to spend more time at the more rustic places. But they have an “all inclusive” package (all meals and drinks at certain restuarants) that came out to $250/night if you stay four or more nights which we thought was a good deal!
Our trip: We are flying into San Jose and renting a car and driving to Arenal Volcano area (Tabacon bc of the hot springs). We heard the resort itself is not that great and the food is overpriced but the springs are amazing. So we’re staying two nights there and plan on going into town for meals. http://www.tabacon.com/
Next we’re going to the Cloud Forest in Monteverde and staying in a TREE HOUSE for two nights! It’s the most expensive place but looks so amazing (and who doesn’t want to stay in a Tree House in a Cloud Forest? http://www.hiddencanopy.com/p/user/hotel.php
We’re spending most of our time (seven nights) at Harmony Hotel in Nosara. My coworker went there and said it was amazing. Similar to where Echo stayed in Mal Pais…sleepy surfing town…lots of activities in the area to choose from. Our second choice which we’re not doing was Villas Hermosas in Mal Pais. http://www.harmonynosara.com/en/
Our last night we’re staying near San Jose so we can catch our flight without stressing…staying at the same place Echo started off her trip at, Finca Rosa. It looks SO amazing we can’t wait! Then flying out of San Jose.
We did a lot of research, and if we had more time would check out Manuel Antonio since I heard it was amazing.
As far as travel between cities…we haven’t figured that out yet. I heard driving yourself in the wet season is very dangerous (we’re only driving from San Jose to Arenal and dropping it off when we leave Tabacon…I was told taking a cab to/from the volcano from the resorts is $50 one way). Grayline has a shuttle which seems good and we’ll probably use, and most of the resorts said they could take us from one city to another for about $140 total (which is cheaper then prices). A piece of advice my coworker said was to ask that the seats in the shuttle/van are REAL seats…they had a park bench hard wooden seat for a 5 hour drive and their butts/backs were killing them!
Hope this helps? Glad there are other Costa Rica adventurers out there (everyone at my work thinks I’m nuts for not going somewhere where we just lay on the beach and do nothing…they just don’t get it!).