Post # 1
We are considering a two week honey moon in Riveria Maya, Mexico (we got engaged there last Feb) we are considering a different resort though an Eco resort that will have animals (Macaw parrots..we own one as a pet so wouldn’t be anything new) Monkeys, ect. We would have a jacquzzi in our room, as well as an adult only pool with them. There seems to be lots of activities to do at the resort itself.
We could try something new and go to Costa Rica for 10 days. The resorts seem a little bigger. There seems to be less to do at the resorts. Travel would be about an 1 longer as far as the plane ride. One resort we would have to stay in cancun for one night before flying to Costa Rica the next day. Would prob have to Taxi from airport to hotel.
I’m not entirely sure if we could afford to do site seeing at this point. I think Costa Rica would be fun. None of my friends have been though. Bees do you have any surrgestions?
On a side not we are really just looking forward to relaxing and being beach bums, we would prefer a smaller more intimate resort rather than a large overcroweded loud resort.
Post # 3
@MissParrot: Ooh yeah definitely costa rica!
Post # 4
I haven’t been to Mexico yet, but I really love Costa Rica. I was completely blown away by how beautiful it was & how friendly everyone was. Our resort (we stayed at the RIU in Guanacaste) was right on the beach, but bordered a forest that was full of wild monkeys. If you do have the money for excursions, there was plenty to do–we went horseback riding, went to the mudbaths & went ziplining.
Since you’ve already been to Mexico, I would try someplace new.
Post # 5
I voted for Costa Rica based on the simple fact that you’ve already been to Mexico, it will be fun to try a new place on your HM! 🙂
Post # 6
Check the weather for Costa Rica in August, I think it might be rainy season- that might be something to consider!
Post # 7
August is definitely the rainy season in Costa Rica! My cousin lives there and I actually went to visit her for 10 days after my college graduation; that was in mid-May and it was the very beginning of rainy season – we had at least an hour’s worth of rain everyday. It was also super humid the whole time, but that kind of goes along with the whole rainforest thing! 🙂 Costa Rica is absolutely amazing but you will definitely be very limited in your outdoor activities if you go in August.
Post # 8
@BagsnBooks: Thats one of the resorts we are considering how did you like it? Would you recommand staying there?
Post # 9
Yes, it rains in August in Costa Rica. However it is one is the best months to come here. The only time I don’t absolutely love it here is the last half of October, and the first of November. There are a number of reasonable places to stay, and August is in the off season so prices are better. I have lived here in CR for three years, and it still amazes me every day. I will keep an eye out or PM me if you want more detailed info or have specific questions.
Post # 10
@MissParrot: I loved it. I was there with a friend, and everything was so nice. The pool was gorgeous & so big & they have a bar right in the water so you can just swim up to it (I’m easily impressed, obviously). They also had people roaming around with special drinks for each day.
The staff was incredibly friendly and the food was delicious. The main restaurant is a buffet & each morning they had like 9 different fruit drinks to try made with local fruit. I still have cravings for the banana juice & the watermelon juice.
They had live music at night & you’d get to hang out with a bunch of the other guests if you wanted to. The main area of the hotel is open air, so it was nice to listen the music, meet people & have this gorgeous view of the area. I really liked that the crowd was older–lots of couples on vacation, newlyweds, etc. so there weren’t a bunch of college students around drinking their faces off & acting like fools. Everyone was really friendly, my friend and I ended up eating dinner a few nights with people we met there.
We did side trips every other day to see the area (we used a local tour company rather than the resorts–cheaper & the money goes to people who actually live in the area). Besides the zipline, mud bath, horseback riding tour, we also did a day trip to Nicaragua which was so incredible. We went to a roadside sugarcane farm, up to a volcano & then took a cruise on the lake.
I’d go back in a heartbeat if I could. It was really a great place.
Post # 11
@MissParrot: I voted for CR only because that is where we are going! 🙂 We are not staying in one place though, spending a couple nights here and there between 3 different hotels. I cannot wait!
@WestTexasCowgirl: Question for you. I’ve read a lot of different things in regards to money, and it sounds like we should exchange for their currency. Do you agree and is that something we do at the airport? My only concern with that is that we would be carrying a lot more bills with us, I think?
Post # 12
I agree with the others .. Costa Rica!!! October is supposed to be the only bad month. The rest of the year is very nice, rains come in the late aftenoon and don’t get in anyone’s way at all! It is gorgeous with tons of stuff to do.
We stayed at this place and l.u.v.e.d it !!
Post # 13
@MissParrot: I’m from Costa Rica! I wouldn’t worry about the rain in August- it’s mostly just light showers for an hour in the afternoon by that point. It also depends on where in the country you go. The Guanacaste region is generally “drier” than the rest of the country.
Post # 14
I’ve travelled all over Costa Rica in a couple of different trips. CR hands down. There is so much to do if you like adventure sports, the people are super friendly, its very peaceful (they don’t have an Army and are very proud of it.) The country is gorgeous.
I love Arenal/La Fortuna. The next time I go, I’m just going there. I’ve done the rest, it was all fun but that area is my absolute favourite. There is so much to do. Check out the Volcano Lodge. It’s not AI, but it is such a fantastic place to stay. The staff at the hotel will bend over backwards to accomodate you. Seriously. Best staff I’ve ever met at a hotel.
Edit to add: I was there for two weeks at the end of October a couple of years ago (we flew home on Halloween) and it only rained for short periods of time. It absolutely did not affect our outdoor plans (though we did ride horses in a downpour.)
It is my absolute favourite place to visit. I think I’m a little Tico at heart. Desafio is a great company if you’re interested in day trips/adventure stuff. I’ve done a lot through them, rafting, canyoning, etc. And I’ve never been concerned. I’ve always felt like I was in great hands.
Post # 15
@meke: By no means should you ever change money in an airport. The exchange rate will kill you. Either change at the hotel, or preferably at a bank. They should take dollars in most resorts.
That being said, the colon is currently 500 to 1. The smallest bill is 1000 colones or $2.00. So there are usually less bills to carry. Another option is to use plastic, either debit or credit. plastic is used almost everywhere in the country. The ticos seem to have totally skipped The check stage. I hope this helps.
Post # 16
@MissParrot: At first I voted for Costa Rica, because I went there once and it was beautiful, but I asked my FI, who has been to CR several times, and he said in your situation he thinks you should go to Mexico. August is not the best time to visit CR, and if you want your honeymoon to be more about relaxing on a beautiful beach with the occasional excursion, Mexico would fit that better, plus it’ll be more cost effective and a longer trip!
But I’m sure no matter what you pick you’ll have a wonderful time! 🙂