Romantic Honeymoon in Costa Rica
Spend 12 days away from it all in the wilds of Costa Rica, experiencing the sights and sounds of the cloudforests and coasts without compromising on comfort. This honeymoon in Costa Rica is the perfect introduction to married life, with a mix of adventure, culture, activities and pure relaxation in beautiful surroundings. On your honeymoon you’ll get to explore mangroves, jungle, beaches, active volcanoes and waterfalls – or just lie back and relax on your veranda and watch the wildlife go by.
- Stay in some of the country’s most luxurious eco-lodges throughout your honeymoon
- Sleep in the cloudforest and visit a relaxing spa utilising local fruit, mud and coffee in its treatments
- Explore the coast near the Osa Peninsula with kayaking, whale watching and beach lazing
- Discover the communities and countryside of the Nicoya Peninsula
- Unwind with romantic experiences such as private dinners for two
Day 1 – Arrive in Costa Rica
Fly to Costa Rica and land in the capital city, San Jose. On arrival you will be driven to Bajos del Toro, just over an hour from the capital. Here you’ll spend three nights at a luxury eco retreat, El Silencio Lodge and Spa. Set in the mountains surrounded by national parks and waterfalls, the lodge is secluded and romantic – perfect for honeymooners looking to escape it all. Choose from timber suites or villas poised in the jungle, with wide balconies for bird spotting and private hot tubs for relaxing in.
Days 2-3 – Stay in a luxury eco retreat
Spend two days in the lap of luxury, enjoying the breathtaking views from the lodge and a range of activities available locally. Walk the trails to the three tumbling waterfalls, explore the steamy cloudforest, or perhaps plant your own tree to offset the impact of travelling to Costa Rica. The Esencia Spa offers purifying massages and body wraps with tropical fruit, local volcanic mud and coffee. Nearby there are active volcano craters to explore, whitewater rafting, canopy walks through the forest and horse riding, as well as cooking classes and tasting sessions for both wine and coffee.
Day 4 – Fly to Puerto Jimenez
You will be driven back to San Jose for your domestic flight to Puerto Jimenez. From here it’s a 25-minute scenic boat transfer to Playa Cativo Lodge, where you’ll spend the next three nights. Surrounded by Piedras Blancas National Park just across from the Osa Peninsula, this eco-lodge has just seven elegantly furnished suites so you’ll feel like it’s just you and the beach. It even has an organic farm, where you can pick your own fresh vegetables for dinner.
Days 5-6 – Explore the Pacific Coast
During your time at Cativo Lodge you’ll have plenty of activities to choose from, including kayaking in the mangroves, taking dolphin and whale watching excursions, hiking in the surrounding national park and bird watching. Less active pursuits include sunning yourself on the sandy beach or around the freshwater swimming pool. Exploring the gardens should be high on your list too – they’re home to exotic birds, tropical mammals and butterflies.
Day 7 – Fly to Punta Islita
Take the boat back to Puerto Jimenez where you’ll board a charter flight to Punta Islita’s airstrip. Here you’ll spend four nights at Hotel Punta Islita, surrounded by the countryside of rural Guanacaste on the Nicoya Peninsula. The long secluded beach that sits below the hotel means you’ll wake to the sound of the waves – not to mention calling monkeys and whooping birds. Each bedroom has a private terrace overlooking the forested slopes that lead down to the Pacific Ocean. As one of Costa Rica’s most exclusive resorts you’ll find service to be exemplary, with the genuine Costa Rican hospitality that the country is famous for.
Days 8-10 – Relax on the Nicoya Peninsula
Start your stay with a guided destination tour around the local community, where you’ll view pretty painted cottages, the church and shop, as well as the arts centre – it’s the perfect way to get your bearings. There is plenty to suit the active traveller, including paddling river kayaks through the jungle, cantering on horseback along the rugged trails, learning to surf and walking through the forest on a guided sunrise tour. You’ll want to relax too, so make the most of the excellent spa, one of the best in Costa Rica – it’s your honeymoon after all. There are two traditionally styled restaurants to choose from, one open-sided with views of the ocean, the other set down by the beach alongside the swimming pool.
Day 11 – Fly to San Jose
Fly from Punta Islita airstrip to San Jose, where you’ll be taken to Xandari Resort. This colourful hotel overlooks the Central Valley in the foothills of Poas Volcano and offers a relaxing stay with a spa and open-air Jacuzzis; it’s the perfect place to unwind before your flight home. The hotel also has its own hiking trails, streams and waterfalls so you’ll have one last chance to enjoy Costa Rica’s beautiful scenery.