Honeymoon in Costa Rica: Everlasting Memories in a Tropical Paradise
Costa Rica is an absolutely breathtaking destination in Central America. You’ll have the best honeymoon here, experiencing the rainforest with its tropical plants and wildlife, and the coast with its beautiful beaches. Soak in the picturesque scenery this laid back country has to offer and make everlasting memories with the great experiences this destination has for honeymooners. Their motto is “pura vida,” and pure life is exactly what you’ll experience here!
Costa Rica Geography
Costa Rica is sandwiched between Nicaragua, to the north, and Panama, to the south in Central America. It’s north of the equator, with the Caribbean Sea to its east and Pacific Ocean to the west. This peaceful nation does not have a national army and it comprises seven provinces. Its capital city, San José, is centrally located in the foothills.
The center of the country has various volcanoes, mountain ranges, and cloud forests. The coasts bring beaches and water activities. There’s no shortage of nature and national parks in Costa Rica. Be sure to visit the Osa Peninsula, which National Geographic magazine determined is the most ecologically diverse in the world!
Weather in Costa Rica and Peak Times to Visit
The weather in Costa Rica is fairly warm, year round. On average, it’s between 70 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. But expect to experience some microclimates during your honeymoon in the cloud forests and higher elevations if you visit.
Their rainy season is during summer into fall (around May through November) but this is also the low season for tourists. It’s typical for it to rain a little bit everyday during the rainy season but not the entire day. Things are incredibly lush and green during these months. You may also find better deals during summer than during peak season in winter, whether honeymoon packages, hotels or adventure activities for your trip.
Time Zone, Currency and Language of Costa Rica
Costa Rica is on Central Standard Time (CST) and they do not observe Daylight Savings.
The official language of Costa Rica is Spanish. Yet most people you will encounter in the tourism world during your Costa Rica Honeymoon – from hotels and resorts to tour guides – speak English. Communication shouldn’t be an issue even if you don’t speak Spanish.
The currency in Costa Rica is called colones, with $1 USD equally about ₡600 Costa Rican colones. If something cost ₡3600 it’s about $6.00 USD.
Getting to Costa Rica
Costa Rica is south of North America, and just a flight or two away. You’ll be relaxing on your honeymoon in Costa Rica after about a half day or full day of travel, depending on your point of departure.
Airports for your Costa Rica Honeymoon
You’ll likely travel to your honeymoon destination from the nearest airport and fly into SJO airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose.
Here’s three sample flight paths from major metropolitan areas in the United States and associated costs during for flights the last week of April:
- LAX: $325 (13 hour of travel, 1 stop)
- NYC: $256 (just under 6 hours, non-stop)
- IAH: $400 (10 hours of travel, including 1 stop)
Family and friends can easily help contribute to your Costa Rica honeymoon airfare with the help of a Honeyfund Costa Rica honeymoon registry.
Visa and Passport Information for Your Costa Rica Honeymoon
You don’t need a visa to visit Costa Rica, but you will need a valid passport with one available page for stamps for the length of your honeymoon visit. You’ll also need proof of a return flight or onward trip leaving the country. (Even if you fall in love with the country – which we suspect you will – you can’t stay!)
Vaccinations Needed for Your Honeymoon in Costa Rica
Routine vaccines (including Chicken Pox, Polio, and the Flu) are recommended for your honeymoon, plus some additional vaccines.
It’s advised most travelers get Hepatitis A and Typhoid, and potentially Yellow Fever and Malaria vaccines if you’re traveling to certain parts of the country.
Covid-19 Considerations Traveling to Costa Rica
Americans traveling to Costa Rica must fill out a Health Pass form prior to their arrival. Additionally, visitors must have travel insurance of at least $50,000 USD coverage, that would potentially take care of medical expenses in Costa Rica should COVID-19 related illnesses arise.
Costa Rica LGBTQ+ Considerations
Costa Rica was a Central American leader in the gay rights movement, as the first in the region to legalize gay marriage in spring 2020.
While the progress may be slow it’s certainly at the forefront of the country’s priorities. LGBTQ+ couples honeymooning in Costa Rica can expect to have a relaxing getaway.
Food to try in Costa Rica during your Honeymoon Trip
The food in Costa Rica is delicious! Here’s five things you should be sure to try while on your Costa Rica honeymoon:
- Gallo pinto: Rice and beans, eaten for any meal, including breakfast.
- Salsa Lizano: This delicious brand name condiment is on nearly every table in Costa Rica.
- Tamales: Typically including rice, beans, vegetables and a protein (like beef or chicken) wrapped in banana leaves. They are a popular dish in Costa Rica during Christmas time, especially.
- Casado: This is simply a combination plate typical of any Costa Rican home or restaurant.
- Ceviche: Mild white fish is cooked while marinating in lime juice in this refreshing and healthy dish.
5 Popular Areas of Costa Rica, Things to do there for your Honeymoon, and Where to Stay
Arenal and La Fortuna
The stars of the destination in Arenal and La Fortuna are two things: Arenal volcano and natural hot springs, resulting from the active volcano.
Sign up for an excursion to go whitewater rafting on the Toro River, or visit La Fortuna Waterfall, with a natural pool at its base. The waterfall at La Paz is also a must-see in the area. If you’re into agritourism head to North Fields Cafe for a coffee farm tour.
Resorts in this area make it possible to stay somewhere that also has natural hot springs. Look into Nayara Springs for a honeymoon suite with its own personal plunge pool or Tabacon Hot Springs on the Tabacon River, complete with a luxurious spa onsite.
If your heart is set on seeing a rainforest, a cloud forest in Costa Rica may be what you’re craving. The Monteverde Cloud Forest (a rainforest at a higher elevation) is rich with wildlife, both flora and fauna. Hike through the forest to enjoy a romantic adventure on your honeymoon.
You can also take a zip line canopy tour in Monteverde, a unique way to experience the cloud forest.
Stay in the thick of the tropical paradise at a treehouse boutique hotel, in one of six rooms at Hidden Canopy Treehouses. Or if you want to stay in something a bit more upscale and luxurious Koora Hotel could be an ideal honeymoon resort in the heart of nature. Poco a Poco is a Hotel & Spa is an all-encompassing resort, with multiple pools, stunning walkways throughout the property and spa treatments available on the property.
Puntarenas and the Osa Peninsula
One of the most well known national parks in Costa Rica is Manuel Antonio. It’s on the western Pacific Ocean side of the country; the ocean views from its beaches are stunning. Honeymooners who visit can hike its nature trails for a break from the beach. It’s also fun to try to spot sloths, monkeys and birds along the journey. Manuel Antonio National Park is incredibly popular and sometimes has a wait to get in because they control the population visiting throughout the day.
One of the honeymoon resorts in the area to consider, just about an hour away, is Vista Celestial. Guests can partake in yoga classes, spa treatments, snorkeling, dolphin watching, horseback riding and much more from this resort with both rainforest and ocean views.
Also close by is the Osa Peninsula. This area is a wildlife and nature haven where you can see colorful red, yellow and blue Macaws flying overhead as you enjoy beach sand between your toes.
A beautiful resort to consider for your Costa Rica honeymoon in the Osa Peninsula is Lapa Rios, which offers guests honeymoon packages. It’s at the southeast tip of the peninsula with easy access to the beach for things like surfing lessons, horseback riding, or wildlife tours. Ask for the deluxe bungalow facing East, where you wake up every day with a view of the sunrise from your pillow.
This popular province of Costa Rica has plenty to do on your Costa Rica honeymoon. Go whitewater tubing on the Rio Negro (or Black River), enjoy the beach at Playa Tamarindo, or take surfing lessons at Hermosa Beach.
Visit Liberia in Guanacaste, nicknamed the “White City” because of its white-painted architecture. (There’s also an international airport in Liberia, formally named Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport, code LIR. It’s a little smaller than the country’s main international airport in San Jose. If you want to quickly get from San Jose to Liberia, consider a short domestic flight.)
Resorts here carry more familiar names, like a JW Marriott and Andaz Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo. The eco-friendly beachfront resort, Hotel Punta Islita, is part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection of hotels. If your Costa Rica honeymoon calls for a splurge, you may want to stay at the Four Seasons at Peninsula Papgayo in Guanacaste, across from Playa Virador.
Consider visiting one of the many national parks on the Papagayo Peninsula, including:
- Marino Las Baulas National Park
- Diria National Park
- Barra Honda National Park
- Palo Verde National Park
Tortuguero is on the northeast coast of Costa Rica. It’s famous for Tortuguero National Park, where sea turtles crawl onto the beach to lay their eggs and nest from June to mid-October. It’s an adventure for the turtles and for visitors – but you should sign up for a tour with a professional guide as to ensure you’re respecting nature, the beach and animals. Seeing the turtles nest at night is an unforgettable experience.
You and your spouse can sign up for a kayaking excursion to spot wildlife in the intracoastal waterways, or go sport fishing on the Caribbean Sea.
Honeymooners should stay at a hotel with a pool if you love to swim, since the waters along the northeast coast aren’t suitable for swimming. This is due to strong currents and sharks.
Laguna Lodge is an eco-friendly hotel. Tortuga Lodge and Gardens is one of the hotels in the area with views of the rainforest and Tortuga River, as well as waterfront dining.
Costa Rica Honeymoon Registry
Don’t forget to start your honeymoon registry for your adventures in Central America with Honeyfund. Begin with our sample Costa Rica Honeymoon Registry.
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