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I’m so excited!! We finally figured out our honeymoon and booked today. What are the must-do activities for anyone who has been? We’re going to be in Arenal for 3 nights, Monteverde cloud forest for 2 nights and Guanacaste beach region for 3 nights. I’d love any recommendations!!
Post # 3
We are actually looking at going to Costa Rica as well! What travel company did you book through? OR did you you book everything on your own? I am curious! Is it an all inclusive place?
Post # 4
@Gunner4786: we live in CA so we booked through AAA but its pretty much customized to how we wanted it. We’re staying at an all inclusive in Guanacaste – the Riu Palace. AAA works with Pleasant Holidays so maybe you can book through them too!
Post # 5
I’ve been to Costa once, and going again for two weeks this August! I LOVE it!
There is a great tour company called “Three Monkeys” that I highly recommend checking out (www.3monkiescr.com). The reasons their prices differ by party size is because they come pick you up from your accomodations with a little cooler of drinks for your own tour. They will stop anywhere you want (even the grocery store at the end of your tour!), take your pictures for you, etc.
I did the Borinquen tour; it was a full day. They picked you up and it had a 45 minute horseback ride up the mountain, then 10 zip lines down (over waterfalls, cliffs, etc – amazing!). You had a traditional Costa Rican lunch, and then spent the afternoon doing mud baths heated by the natural spas, lounging by the pool, etc.
In the guanacaste beach region, Playa Ocotal has a great restaurant on the beach called Father Rooster. Playa Coco is the biggest town, and the place to shop for souveniers. They have an amazing restaurant called Papagayo Seafood – amazing sushi and seafood!
Travel with American money, the locals really appreciate receiving that instead of their local currency (Colones).
Let me know if you have any questions – you’re staying in some great places that will already have the tours that are mentioned on the Three Monkeys website!
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@sparklerunner: just saw that you’re staying on Playa Matapalo so ignore my comments about Coco and Ocotal; they will be too far from you!
Post # 7
How exciting! Costa Rica would be such a beautiful place to go on honeymoon!
I haven’t been to Costa Rica, but am considering going there on holiday in September, so I’m just comenting to see what people have to say.
Post # 8
@ykyegbride: thanks for all the tips!! We will for sure check out the 3 monkeys tour!
Post # 9
I was in Monteverde and Arenal earlier this year and it was amazing. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking! I spent a full week in Costa Rica and some of it included San Jose so my details might be a little off, but in Arenal there is a national park that you can hike through with some pretty amazing views of the volcano and surrounding areas. It shows the areas where the volcano exploded in the ’60’s and you can see volcanic rocks. If you have a high quality camera it is worth bringing, just don’t check it in your bag.
From Arenal you can go to the hot springs and on a boat toar which allows you to see so much wildlife. Unfortunately I was on my death bed that day with food poisoning but my boyfriend went (at my insistance) and he loved it. Even if you’re at a nice restaurant don’t drink the water.. or anything that could possibly have been washed in tap water. We went with a tour group of about 28 people and half of us ended up sick during various points of the trip.
The cloud forrest is pretty cool and there are hundreds of hummingbirds. It’s amazing. I wish we had brought our high quality camera because we couldn’t capture them with our phones. We also went ziplining in monteverde which I recommend. There are videos on youtube of ziplining there. The views that you see are amazing. There is a lot of walking up the mountain in order to zipline. There are 14-17 ziplines of varying lengths that you go through and there is a bit of distance between them. It lasts about 3 hours. At the end there’s a tarzan swing which I also recommend.
I also recommend bringing a few snacks. We brought a lot of beef jerky and trail mix and were so thankful that we did. Traveling to monteverde is a long bumpy ride up the mountain. It’s also much cooler/rainy there so you should bring jackets/jeans/rain gear.
Post # 10
@sparklerunner: We honeymooned there in December and loved it.
In the Arenal area we did a couple excursions that we booked through our hotel. (We stayed at Nayara.) We did canyoning (waterfall rappel) through Pure Trek. Awesome, but wish it was longer. Volcano tour and hot springs – Do the late afternoon trip and get the sunset. We did the hot springs at Eco Termales. It was pretty empty and the drinks were cheap. Must do Sky Trek/Sky Tram – zip lining. Neither of us are completely comfortable with heights but it was awesome. Well worth any fear.