Do you crave a delicious combination of adventure, culture, relaxation and romance? As one of the world’s most perfect honeymoon destinations, Costa Rica is a diverse country of picturesque white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and lush tropical jungles teeming with wildlife. And volcanoes. But don’t worry, most of them aren’t active anymore but those that are, are spectacular to see.
Courtesy: GAIA Hotel & Reserve
Being as how Costa Rica is a fairly small country (roughly the size of Bosnia & Herzegovina), it makes it easy for holiday-makers to enjoy everything this eco-conscious has to offer even if you’re limited for time. In fact, you can drive from its Pacific Ocean coast to the shores of the Caribbean Sea in 3 hours time, give or take numerous potholes and photo-op stops.
Costa Rica has been called the ‘happiest’ country on earth’ where locals and visitors alike follow the mantra of ‘pura vida’ – pure or good life. Time slows down, every moment is enjoyed, and honeymoon memories are made to last a lifetime.
No trip to Costa Rica would be complete without several key adventure experiences:
- Volcanoes. Most notably Arenal, Barva, Cacho Negro, Congo, Irazú, Orosi, Miravalles, Poás, Rincón de la Vieja, Tenorio and Turrialba
- Rainforest. Trek, zip-line, take a tram but don’t miss it – take both day & night tours to explore the diversity
- Wildlife. Year-round sea turtle nesting, scarlet macaws at Parque Nacional Carara, and squirrel monkeys in Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio.
You may also enjoy surfing, bird watching, golfing, bungee jumping, biking, fishing, horseback riding, climbing, windsurfing, kayaking, and white water rafting at places like Sarapiqui which can be combined with the famous ‘chocolate tour’ at nearby Tirimbina Biological Reserve. Yum.
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Courtesy: Rain Forest Aerial Tram
Learn about Costa Rican culture by visiting the Museum of Costa Rican Art, Insect Museum, Museum of Native Cultures, Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and the Jade Museum. Take a Spanish class. Attend a performance at the historic Teatro Nacional theatre or a sporting event at the new 35,000-seat Estadio Nacional. Be sure to try a ‘typical Costa Rican dish’ of chicken, beans & rice, and vegetables from a ‘soda’, which are budget-friendly family run roadside restaurants located just about everywhere.
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Costa Rica has an abundance of beautiful beaches with sands ranging from white and cocoa brown to sparkling black with gold flecks. Soak up the rays, take a yoga class, snorkel or collect an array of seashells to give back to the ocean at the end of the day.
Many of Costa Rica’s deluxe five-star all inclusive resorts are located along the Pacific coast with popular choices being JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, Occidental Grand Papagayo, Hilton Papagayo Resort & Spa or the stunning Gaia Hotel & Reserve in Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio. For extraordinary honeymoon retreats, consider Lost Iguana Resort & Spa in La Fortuna with its perfect bedroom views of Arenal Volcano or the very private Ylang Ylang Beach Resort in Montezuma. Of course, all of the above properties offer honeymoon & spa packages.
Courtesy: Lost Iguana Resort and Spa
Costa Rica Travel Tips:
- Holiday-makers can choose to fly into the central capital city of San Jose at Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaría or to land at Daniel Oduber Quiros Aeropuerto Internacional in Liberia, a closer option if you’re looking at an all-inclusive resort.
- Costa Rica offers accommodations to suit any budget from backpacking hostels to five-star dream resorts and unique stays like a refurbished Boeing 727 at Hotel Costa Verde or high above the Costa Rican jungle at Tree Houses Hotel.
Connie Motz is a freelance writer and former certified travel consultant based in British Columbia, Canada. She’s been published in U.S. periodicals, Canadian newspapers, as well as online. See more at Travel Writer, My Favorite Things and RentOurCostaRicaCondo.com.
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