5 Things Every Couple Should Do On Their Costa Rica Honeymoon

Posted by Adam Warner

Costa_Rica_Honeymoon_Waterfall_Cover.jpgIt's plain to see why Costa Rica remains one of the top honeymoon destinations in the world.

Sun-seekers and spa enthusiasts will discover countless top-notch resorts, luxurious spas, and sandy beaches. Thrill seekers will find an abundance of active pursuits like whitewater rafting, zip-lining, and surfing. And eco-travelers will also encounter some of the world's most unique and diverse wildlife, terrain, and guided excursions.

All in all, Costa Rica is teeming with one-of-a-kind honeymoon experiences.

Still deciding on what to see and do? Read on to learn about five essential Costa Rica experiences and activities for honeymoon couples.

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Stay at a Luxury Eco Lodge

Newlyweds can travel responsibly by booking a stay at one (or more) of Costa Rica's award-winning eco lodges. Many are adults-only hotels and all-inclusive properties, which is certainly ideal for a honeymoon getaway.

Lapa Rios Eco Lodge is a terrific choice for honeymooners. Situated along the scenic Osa Peninsula, this 17-bungalow boutique hotel is set within a 1,000-acre private rainforest reserve near Corcovado National Park. Expect plenty of rainforest expeditions, water activities, and animal encounters (on top of a first-rate luxury lodge experience).

Another favorite is Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort. Honeymoon couples will enjoy several fine dining options, two pools, a full-service spa, and even on-site boutique shopping. The hotel is also a perfect base to explore Manuel Antonio National Park and its incredible wildlife, rain forest, waterfalls, white sand beaches, hanging bridges, and much, much more.


Get Out On the Water

Home to mighty rivers and pristine lakes, plus flanked by the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, Costa Rica provides visitors with so many unique opportunities out on the water.

For instance, aspiring surfers can hang ten along the Pacific Coast at places like Nosara and Tamarindo. Book a private lesson with Coconut Harry's, where you'll find experienced and local ISA instructors. Meanwhile, kayakers can easily explore mazes of mangroves, rainforest rivers, lakes, or scenic shorelines through organized kayak tours.

Whale watching is also a must-do option for newlyweds, while sunset boat cruises guarantee a most memorable (and super romantic) honeymoon experience.


Hit the Beach

Costa Rica offers hundreds of miles of spectacular beaches on both the Caribbean and Pacific Coasts. On the Pacific side, Playa Samara on the Guanacaste coast is a long stretch of white-sand beach with shallow waters, a coral reef, and even a deserted island to explore just offshore. The region is also popular for kayaking, bird watching, snorkeling, and boat excursions.

Meanwhile, situated on the eastern shore of the Nicoya Peninsula, Playa Montezuma is ideal for couples in search of peace and inspiration. In addition to desolate stretches of sand, this laid-back region boasts amazing waterfalls, yoga and spa retreats, and stunning wildlife preserves.

Also, the laid-back town of Nosara is known for its surfing and gorgeous, secluded beaches. Playa Guiones is the main beach of the area and features wide, sandy shores and plenty of space to relax and enjoy the views.


Choose Your Own Adventure

A land of waterfalls, volcanoes, rainforest, and mountains, Costa Rica provides visitors with an endless list of once-in-a-lifetime experiences and adventure activities. Start your honeymoon adventure with a zipline canopy tour at Selvatura Park, located inside Monteverde Cloud Forest.

Next, grab a paddle with Rios Tropicales and head deep into the jungle on the Pacuare River. You'll wind your way down class IV and V rapids through narrow gorges and next to cascading waterfalls on the adventure of a lifetime.

For other unique things to do, learn how to surf along the Nosara coast, explore waterfalls and go rappelling on a canyoning excursion, or climb over lava rocks on a volcano trekking experience that ends with a relaxing soak in hot springs.


Visit National Parks and Other Amazing Terrain

A worldwide leader in ecotourism, Costa Rica is home to 29 national parks, which altogether make up roughly one quarter of the country's land. That's the highest percentage of protected land of any country in the world. From active volcanoes to gorgeous beaches to dense rainforest, there's so much to see and do.

As for top picks, you can't go wrong with a trip to Arenal Volcano National Park to see its active volcano up close. Book a stay at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa for a most romantic and memorable experience. Meanwhile, Manuel Antonio National Park is Costa Rica's most visited national park -- and it's easy to see why. The incredible park packs in beautiful beaches, an abundance of wildlife, and extraordinary rainforest terrain.

And don't forget about Corcovado National Park, situated on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula. The park -- Costa Rica's largest at 164 square miles -- is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. Couples can spot everything from sloths and howler monkeys to scarlet macaws and leatherback sea turtles.

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