Post # 1
Just talked to my travel agent and it looks like our honeymoon has gone up to 5K but it is because she added some really nice tours and upgraded to some nicer hotels and ecolodges. For anyone that has been to Costa Rica before, does this price sound reasonable? We will be going to four different locations plus a two day sea turtle volunteer project. All together it will be a 9 night stay.
Post # 3
Here are the details:
Fly into San Jose and take private shuttle to Arenal Volcano t
Two night stay at Nayara Hotel and Spa
Actvities include zip line tour of volcano, thermal spas and possibly whitewater raftingexcursion
Domestic flight back to San Jose
1 night at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation
Activity -Coffee plantation tour
Fly domestic from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez
4 nights at either Lapa Rios or El Remenso Ecolodge
Activites include dolphin tour / snorkeling, night hike, tour with Yaguara Wild Cats Conservation, horseback riding on beach, private candle lit champagne dinner, and couples’ massage.
2 a stay at either a lodge near Drake Bay ( or La cusinga Lodge in Uvita) for whale watching
2 day sea turtle project with the Osa Conservation group
Post # 4
i have never been, but my coworker just came back from costa rica and her hotel room got robbed so they were left with whatever they had with them on their backs when they went out that day. after that, they upgraded to a nicer hotel/resort. i know it’s important to stay within budget, but please remember to stay safe as well! read up on reviews to make sure you’re at a reputatable and safe place!
Post # 5
Sounds amazing. I have no experience with the price but seriously, that honeymoon seems awesome.
Post # 6
I am honeymooning in Costa Rica in a few weeks! We are going for 12 glorious days, can’t wait! We are staying at the Westin Playa Conchal (all-inclusive). We are staying there for the whole time, but will venture out for tours etc. We will definitely zip line and go white water rafting. We’ll figure out the rest when we get there.
If the 5k includes the airfare then I think it’s a reasonable price that you were quoted.
Post # 7
@MapleMoose: Thank you! We are super excited about it!
Post # 8
The price sounds about right. My husband and I vacation in CR back in August and had a wonderful time. We stayed at Nayara for four nights and two nights in Jaco in a condo. In Arenal, we did zipline, horseback ride to a waterfall, hanging bridges, bike tour, volcano walk with hot spring tour, atv tour to a salmon farm, and riverboat tour. We had at least a tour every day while there.
If you have a free day at Nayara, I definitely recommend the hanging bridges tour, it was awesome. It’s not everyday that you can walk on a bridges high above the trees with animals in their natural habitat. 🙂
Make sure to bring plenty of bug repellent, sunscreen and poncho/umbrella.
You do not have to exchange currency, they take US dollars, make sure to have them in 5 and 1 dollar bills for tips, etc….
You guys are going to love CR!
Post # 9
What a great trip!
That sounds like a fair price if it does include your air fare. I don’t know what they quoted before, but extra tourss can run you approx $80 each or more. Not sure how much of your food is incuded. We paid $3700 (without air fare) for an all inclusive @ http://www.mytropicalhoneymoon.com.
We had much of what you are scheduling; tours, candlelight dinners, massages, even a photographer and chauffuer! But this was for only one week and we stayed in one place. You travel to several towns and are packing allot in, so they are probably giving you a pretty good price.
Try the Zip Lines – they are a blast!
Have a wonderful trip.
Post # 10
Costa Rica is a fantastic honeymoon choice! It’s a destination where you’ll want to get out & explore as much as possible b/c there are so many different microclimates & types of flora & fauna to discover. The volunteer opportunity you have will be so rewarding! (When someone tells us they want to go & “lay on the beach,” we tell them to go someplace else b/c doing that in Costa Rica is like cheating yourself out of the entire Costa Rican experience.)
The country is actually quite small (about the size of the state of West Virginia), but b/c it’s so mountainous & there are many remote areas that you’ll visit, it actually takes quite awhile to get from one place to another, so you have to take into account travel time, whether it’s via air or on the road. (Make sure you bring back a lot of that awesome Costa Rican coffee (after my trip a couple of months ago, my husband says I’m now a “coffee snob!).
One more tip if you plan on doing any thermal springs: while they are incredible to relax in, they also have a “funky,” sulphur-kind of smell to them. So make sure that you take swim clothes for the hot springs & then some other swim attire for other water activities just in case you don’t have time to thoroughly get the smell out of your swimsuits while you’re there! (That & some Ziploc baggies and bug-spray and you should be all set!!) 🙂
Post # 11
We are honeymooning in Costa Rica in 2012 as well! $5k definitely sounds reasonable for a 9 day stay, especially with all those activities. What may be driving up the price are the domestic flights— it is smart to fly rather than travel overland to save valuable time! My budget is a bit lower- $4k for 14 days BUT we are traveling overland to get everywhere 🙁 Have an awesome trip 🙂 Pura Vida!
Post # 12
I went to costa rica but backpacked, haha, so I def didn’t spend 5k. The country side is soooo beautiful especially taking hte bus from San Jose to la Fortuna where volcano arenal is. I suggest driving rather than flying around the country. You go through the hills and see the mist hanging above the villages… soooo gorgeous…. We took the costa rican equivelent of the greyhound and it cost like $5. Air fare to costa rica is quite pricey and it does seem to be one of the more expensive destinations… so 5K seems reasonable, but you cn def do it for less if you forego some luxuries,
Post # 13
Oh and by driving.. I mean someone else should drive.. like a bus driver… those roads are STEEP and the twist and turn all over the place…