Don’t expect a quiet night on your honeymoon in Costa Rica. The canopy in the cloud forest is alive with a feathered-version of a Latin American Carnival - a delightful cacophony of squawks, complete with dancing manakins, vividly dressed quetzals and hordes of scarlet macaws. There are snoozing volcanos to explore, watch plumes of smoke rise above their dormant tops, and soak your feet in the hot springs,
found at the feet of these geothermal giants. For some post-wedding fun try zip-lining over the forest, or white-water rafting down rapids - to reach a romantic jungle hideaway. Collapse in a blissful Pacific beach retreat - think white sand, coconut palms and the sound of the waves, to lull you to sleep - a nice change from wedmin-hell. It’s a trip like no other, Costa Rica honeymoons are adventure, luxury hideaway and romantic romp, all rolled into one captivating country.
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What can you expect on Costa Rica honeymoons that you won't find anywhere else?
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 a honeymoon to 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 cloud forests 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 seriously romantic 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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