Costa Rica honeymoons
Depends on choice of beach hotel, room, meal plan and season (see below).
Includes transfers between locations, B&B accommodation (Tortuguero, full board).
We can arrange flights from the UK.
Description of Costa Rica honeymoons
With its wildlife, pristine beaches and gorgeous scenery, Costa Rica has all the ingredients for a wonderful honeymoon. Beautiful sunsets, candlelit jungle rooms, private jacuzzis and wild, romantic beaches are the backdrop to your perfect honeymoon. The country’s extraordinary biodiversity means you can visit several different habitats, from beaches and rainforest, to volcanic landscapes. Costa Rica also boasts some really special accommodation, whether you are looking for luxury, a small boutique experience or some budget options. Costa Rica is also perfect for adventurous honeymooners who want to do more than lie on a beach.
This proposed 13-day honeymoon itinerary includes hand-picked accommodation, chosen with seclusion, relaxation and romance in mind. You start with a relaxing stay at a spa resort set in the midst of a 40-acre coffee and fruit plantation in Costa Rica’s central valley, from where you can also visit the Volcan Poás and La Paz Waterfall Gardens. From here, fly to Tortuguero National Park on the north Caribbean coast, where flooded forests are brimming with wildlife. A boat takes you to your lodge, set among landscaped gardens on the bank of the river near the national park. You will then move on to the Pacific coast for five days of rest and relaxation at the beach hotel of your choice on the Nicoya Peninsula. This area boasts the best weather in the drier season, from December to April.
1 Reviews of Costa Rica honeymoons
Reviewed on 15 Jan 2022 by Lauren Pavitt
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
There were so many highlights it is hard to choose but if we had to pick one, it would be seeing pumas and an anteater up close in the Corcovado National
Park. It was an incredible day that will stay with us for ever.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Take warm clothes if you are going to the cloud forest as the temperature there is about 15 degrees lower than in the rainforest and it gets particularly chilly at
night. Also, if you are moving around, we would recommend at least 3 nights in each location to really get the most of the experience as there is so much to see
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
All the guides were local people who had extensive knowledge of the areas and all the lodges had environmental initiatives to support conservation and reduce environmental impacts.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Having waited nearly two years to go on our honeymoon after having to postpone due to the Covid pandemic, we had high hopes for the trip and we can
honestly say it was worth the wait. If you love nature and want to experience life in the rainforest, a trip to Costa Rica is ideal. The people are really friendly and passionate about preserving the beauty of their country and everywhere we went we enjoyed great food and hospitality. The trip was so well organised by the operator making it completely stress-free and all the lodges that we stayed at were unique.
Planet and peopleAs an in depth specialist tour operator to Costa Rica responsible tourism is at the very heart of what we do. To us, this means much more than a simple donation to a charity for each client. We try to build long and constructive involvements with local guides, guest houses, wildlife lodges, and hotels, in the course of which we, and our clients, can make lasting wide-ranging contributions to the wonderful places and people we engage with.
In this itinerary we use several lodges that fit with this philosophy perfectly, employing local guides and bringing long-term benefits to the local community. We are the first tour operator in the UK to form a partnership with the Rainforest Alliance to work towards the implementation of best management practices in sustainable tourism. In real terms this means that we are working with hotels who are making a positive impact on their local community – socially, environmentally and economically.
Outlined below are hotels we use that employ sustainable tourism methods:
Xandari’s goal is to diminish the environmental impact of their hotel operations and to protect the invaluable natural resources of the area. Xandari has a comprehensive recycling program. Waste byproducts are composted and used to fertilize the gardens. Fruits and vegetables are to a large extent grown organically. Laundry is dried outdoors in the sun as often as possible to conserve energy. They have a program to encourage and preserve the local culture of the surrounding villages. When the land where Xandari Resort is now located was purchased in 1989, the property was almost entirely planted with coffee, except for those areas too steep to harvest. There were few birds or butterflies as there were no trees, bushes or flowers to attract them. Slowly, they began to replace areas of coffee with trees and tropical plants in an effort to return the land closer to its natural state. As part of this effort, guests are invited to plant a native tree during their stay. As the many varieties of plants have grown and the gardens extended, increasing numbers of birds are now nesting. They research which trees, bushes and flowers especially attract, feed and provide shelter to the various types of birds and butterflies that inhabit Costa Rica and are constantly adding new varieties to their gardens. As part of their dedication to preserving the environment, a large area of the 40 acre property is being set aside in perpetuity as a nature reserve.
Hotel Punta Islita has pioneered a Responsible Tourism programme that encourages the preservation of local cultures and rational use of natural resources. Community, art, responsibility and environment all underpin the Punta Islita Model. These are pivotal to the hotel´s unique charm and character. Many of these initiatives are important "regional firsts" and include a public library, a composting station, and a recycling programme. The most innovative feature of the Responsible Tourism Model is the visionary emphasis placed on creativity and the Islita Contemporary Art Museum. Self-expression has fostered a heightened sense of empowerment, optimism, and entrepreneurship. The nearby beach of Camaronal is the natural nesting area for hundreds of sea turtles. Threatened by poachers, their numbers had been dwindling at an alarming rate. In collaboration with the Costa Rican Ministry of Environment (MINAE), the Hotel provides resources to guarantee a safe haven during the egg-laying ritual and hatching period of these endangered creatures. The 50 acre area of tropical dry forest situated at the northeast of the Hotel’s property has been designated as a private reserve to promote the conservation and rehabilitation of local species, including the Scarlet Macaw (Ara macau), the Toledo bird (Chiroxipia linearis), and the Pochote tree (Pochota quinata). Hotel Punta Islita participates in the Costa Rican tourism board’s Certification in Sustainable Tourism program (CST). This initiative evaluates travel services companies according to their level of compliance with responsible tourism practices.