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
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.