(Closed) Tropical vacations for outdoorsy couple

posted 4 years ago in Travel
Post # 4
9199 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@MichiganGirl24:  hey there.  That is totally our style too – we’ve done a lot of traveling but haven’t ever, won’t ever go to an all-inclusive type place.

We went to Nicaragua last winter and it was sweet!  Costa Rica is also super cool for active people, but a little pricier / more touristy.  (But also easier to get around, and still not a gringo outpost or anything.)  Both places have surfing, deep-sea and bone fishing, tons of hiking obviously (rainforests, climbing volcanoes, hiking on the beach, etc etc), zip-lining, scuba and snorkeling, kayaking, great birding, etc!

In Nicaragua, we went to the Pacific coast north of San Juan del Sur, Ometepe Island (big island in a ginormous lake in the middle of the country), and the Corn Island (tiny tiny coral atoll off the Carribean coast).

I haven’t been to Costa Rica in ages, but as I recall, the Monteverde cloud forest, Arenal volcano, and the beaches around the Gulf of Nicoya were all really awesome.

And ooh!  Another spot that might be easier and cheaper (a little) is the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.  You can fly to Cancun for pretty cheap, and then get the hell out of Cancun via a bus or private shuttle.  We really liked some of the towns west of there along the Playa Riviera, especially Puerto Morelos.  I think there is decent snorkeling in the area, and REALLY cool ruins.  Tulum ruins are right on the coast and Chichen Itza (the huge famous one) is inland a ways.  There are also big “cenotes” (natural caves in the limestone) that you can swim in.

Anyway, food for thought!

Cenote (not my picture):


Post # 6
2518 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

@MichiganGirl24:  Costa Rica.  La Fortuna is one of my favourite places on earth.  It’s not beachy but if you like outdoor adventure activities, that’s the place to go.  I’ve been twice and toured all around the country and its still my #1 spot. 

Post # 7
1375 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@MichiganGirl24:  look into Dominica (not Dominican republic) it’s a carribean island with gorgeous nature. Stuff like hiking to natural hot spring pools. It’s got some great, intact wilderness to explore, along with beaches.

Post # 8
140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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Post # 9
3226 posts
Sugar bee

I second Costa Rica! We just got back from four nights right outside of La Fortuna. It was great. We did lots of guided hikes, hot springs, nature tours, hanging out by the pool, etc. We booked our hotel, excursions, and transportation through Anywherecostarica.com and everything was smooth. I don’t recommend driving btw. We didn’t and we’re very glad. I suggest going to that website and playing around as research. Go ahead and have one of their agents plan something for you just to see. Have fun. 

Edit: Phone photos are too big :/


Post # 11
415 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@MichiganGirl24:  I also have heard great things about Costa Rica.  We wanted to go, but just couldn’t make it work out for our honeymoon.  There are lots of active things to do like white water rafting, ziplining, hiking, surfing, and rappelling.  I’d definitely look into it

Post # 12
1120 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I would definitely recommend Costa Rica. I spent a week there on a cycling trip and it was amazing. So beautiful and we always felt safe and welcome. There’s a lot to see and do.

Post # 13
874 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We’re outdoorsy as well and have booked a honeymoon to Cozumel for 7 days… We’re going to climb mayan pyramids, swim in Cenote’s, Hike through the jungle, swiim with dolphins, snuba dive (cross between scuba and snorkel where the tanks stay at the surface on the boat), parasail and perhaps ride horses on the beach and swim with stingrays.

There’s tons of stuff do do down in that area and the $ exchange rate makes everything VERY affordable!!!!!!!!

Post # 14
874 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@lolot:  +1 for Mexico!!!!! Cenote’s are awesome 🙂

Post # 15
2066 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@MichiganGirl24:  I came into this thread specifically to suggest costa rica but everyone beat me to it! my dad has lived there the last 8 years, i’ve been three times (once for 2 months) and we’re going back in december. i’m OBSESSED with it.

Post # 16
1304 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We did a trip to Guatemala and Belize.  Belize has beaches.  Guatemala has Mayan ruins.  We spent about three nights each in three different locations: Antigua Guatemala (the old colonial city), Peten Itza (to see Tikal and Yaxha, two major sites of Mayan ruins) and then Belize.  We actually didn’t like Placencia, where we stayed in Belize, so I suggest researching other locations, overall it was a great trip and we really loved hiking around the ruins in the jungle.

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