The fly and flop honeymoon is an increasingly endangered species, with newlyweds making the most of their time away to pack in a bit of adventure, an achievement or two and, of course, some well earned time on a beach. The good news is that Costa Rica offers all of the above, and in an itty-bitty little place that’s incredibly easy to get around. Whether it’s wildlife, surfing, trekking, volcano climbing, zip-wiring or a good old fashioned suntan/cocktail combo you’re after, this charming Central American country covers all the bases, with low key and romantic boutique hotels a particular speciality.

Honeymooners wanting a bit more than the classic sun lounger and cocktail combo (nothing wrong with that, mind) should look no further than this pocket rocket Central American destination: So what would we recommend? Working on the assumption that you have two weeks to play with, you could pretty much see the whole country - it's that small. The highlight of the eastern (Caribbean) coast is the wonderful Tortuguero National Park, home to dense wildlife filled rainforests and, in summer, nesting green turtles on the many beaches. Heading west, the centre of Costa Rica is basically a glorified range of volcanoes, some more extinct than others, and covered with lush cloudforests where the more adventurous honeymooner can enjoy activities from zip-wiring to canopy walks and volcano walks. Finally, the east coast is the place to enjoy some serious R&R at one of the many lovely beachfront boutique properties we know and recommend, but with yet more options for those with itchy feet, including excellent surf breaks and primary rainforests such as Corocvardo National Park to explore.


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With all these tempting activities on offer, just make sure you don’t come back more tired than after the wedding!

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Where to go

Costa Rican landscape

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a picture perfect and pocket-sized country with two beautiful coastlines separated by a spine of extremely active volcanoes.

Where to stay

Pacuare Jungle Lodge

Pacuare Jungle Lodge

Nestled within pristine rainforest on the banks of the Pacuare River, Pacuare Jungle Lodge aims to withdraw its guests from the modern world, and all its technological trappings, and bring them back to nature, in an idyllic setting.

Lapa Rios

Lapa Rios

Set in a private nature reserve spread over 1,000 acres of Central America's last remaining lowland tropical rainforest, Lapa Rios Ecolodge overlooks the point where the Golfo Dulce meets the Pacific.



Florblanca is a small resort, fast becoming the benchmark for upmarket properties on this stretch of the Pacific coast.

Harmony Hotel

Harmony Hotel

The rooms at the Harmony Hotel are dotted along a path through a tropical garden down towards the Pacific Ocean.

Punta Islita

Punta Islita

Punta Islita has a spectacular, hillside position with superb views across forest, beach and sea.

Latitude 10

Latitude 10

Located just outside the laidback town of Santa Teresa on the Nicoya Peninsula, Latitude 10 has a similarly relaxed and friendly vibe.

Original Travel's dossier (restaurants, sights, useful tips) arrived through our letterbox before we left, and we sacked off TripAdvisor for the entire trip.


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