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How To Plan Your Costa Rica Honeymoon
Honeymoon in Costa Rica
Romance awaits you in Costa Rica.
You've both decided on Costa Rica for your honeymoon. Great decision!
Costa Rica is not only a magical wonderland full of nature, adventure and beautiful scenery - it is also extremely romantic! After all the stress of planning your wedding and the excitement of the big day, Costa Rica is the perfect place for the two of you to slow down and really enjoy the best that married life has to offer - each other!
Costa Rica offers a wide variety of options for an unforgettable honeymoon. Two coastlines with miles of gorgeous beaches, volcanoes, waterfalls and vibrant wildlife. It's people are friendly and it's culture is rich.
Whether you are looking for a pampering all inclusive beach resort, an action packed adrenaline pumping adventure or just to spend sometime alone together in a secluded beach bungalow, Costa Rica is sure to deliver.
Here are some tips and hints to help you decide what trip is right for you and to help you get the process started.
Where do you want to go?
There are a few things to consider when deciding what areas of Costa Rica you want to visit for your honeymoon.
Although Costa Rica is known as being a country with year round tropical weather, due to it's geography it also offers a variety of micro-climates. Costa Rica is a small country (the size of West Virginia) which means that you can find yourself experiencing very different weather conditions all in one day.
The mountain regions offer a warm day time temperature with weather cooling off in the evenings.
If you are in the rainforest or cloud forest regions, the weather can get quite chilly due to the higher elevation and thick cloud coverage. In these areas there is usually an almost constant wetness in the air if not a light mist.
The beaches on both the Pacific and Caribbean coast offer a hot, humid climate with warm waters. The beaches have two distinct seasons - rainy and dry. Dry season is 6 months of no rain, which can get very hot and dry. Rainy season is also warm however the afternoon showers tend to bring down the air temperatures makes the evenings cooler.
If you are looking for an all-inclusive resort look to the norther Pacific beach areas of Guanacaste. There are also a few options in the Central Pacific region.
If you are interested in heading to the beach on Caribbean side, your hotel options will be limited to smaller boutique hotels or renting a beach bungalow.
The La Fortuna/Arenal area specializes in hot spring resorts. A few of the hotels in this area do offer an all inclusive plan during the low season. There are also smaller boutique hotels in this area.
If you are looking for a secluded jungle hideaway - check out the Osa Peninsula or contact Finca Bellavista to rent one of their amazing tree houses.
What do you want to do and how much can you spend?
Take the time to sit down with your partner to discuss what both of you are most looking forward to on your honeymoon to Costa Rica.
Maybe you are imagining being pampered in the spa, lying on the beach and eat decadent food. However, your partner is really looking forward to zip-lining and white water rafting. Sit down and write a list of each partners top three "wishes".
Next determine your budget and how long you would ideally like your honeymoon to be.
Once you know what is most important to each of your for your trip, it's time to think about how much you want to spend. By knowing what is most important to each of you for your dream honeymoon, you can determine the areas where you can cut costs.
This information will be the most important thing you can give to your travel agent when planning your trip.
What does your ideal honeymoon look like?
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Select or contact your travel agent.
Hopefully, you will only get one honeymoon and to guarantee that everything goes smooth make sure you work with a travel agent. I would highly recommend using a travel agent that specializes in Costa Rica.
A travel agent will not cost you anymore then "booking it yourself" and more often then not, they can and will save you not only time but money. The last thing a couple needs during the hectic wedding planning stage is to have to worry about figuring out the honeymoon!
Once you have decided what area of Costa Rica you would like to visit and have given some thought as to what your "honeymoon wish list" is call your travel agent. Give them the information about the regions you are interested in visiting, what activities you'd like to do as well as your budget.
Then they can then get to work on putting together a honeymoon package that will be perfectly planned just for you!
Our Costa Rican Honeymoon
If you don't already have passports, start the process to get them! You can find all the information needed here.
Costa Rica requires that traveler's passports be valid for 6 months past the dates of travel to their country. If you already have passports, check the expiration dates and make sure that you won't need to renew your passport before the trip.
Congratulations! Your perfect honeymoon in Costa Rica awaits you. For now, you can relax and look forward to the big day!
Here are a few other helpful honeymoon resources:
Here is AOL's recommendations of the Top Three Romantic Hotels in Costa Rica.
For those on a tight budget: There are a ton of free, helpful websites like Honeyfund that can help you to set up your honeymoon gift registry. Have your friends and family chip in to make your honeymoon dreams a reality!
Last but not least, here is a honeymoon countdown checklist from the Knot.
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding and enjoy your honeymoon in Costa Rica!
Going to the chapel
Things To Know Before You Go: Costa Rica
- Costa Rica is not an island! (A lot of people think that it is.) Costa Rica is a small country in Central America. It is bordered between Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south.
- The currency is the colon however, American dollars are widely accepted throughout the country.
- Costa Rica is a very safe country and has the lowest crime rate in Central America. You should however, use your head and common sense. Most crime occurs in the larger metropolitan areas of the country - in those area don't walk around at night and lock up valuables.
- The official language is Spanish, although a lot of locals also speak some English. Most of the doctors, lawyers and tourism employees speak English as well.
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