Guest Post By: Brandon, co-founder of Traveler’s Joy
In 2012, Costa Rica has continued its reign as one of the world’s top honeymoon destinations – and it’s easy to see why. With its vast array of natural wonders and lush terrain, the country is teeming with one-of-a-kind experiences.
Sun seekers and spa enthusiasts will find hundreds of top-notch resorts, spas, and beaches. Thrill seekers will discover countless active pursuits like diving, canopy tours, and whitewater rafting. Eco-travelers will also encounter some of the world’s most unique and diverse wildlife, terrain, and guided excursions.
The country’s diversity is truly exceptional, making it a magnet for newlyweds. Whether you’re looking for honeymoon inspiration this year or already heading to Costa Rica in the coming months, consider these ideas and destinations for your upcoming trip.
Into the Wild
Honeymooners pursuing an adventurous journey will find their perfect match in Costa Rica. No matter if you’re looking to ride rapids, go surfing, try out canyoning, or experience windsurfing on Lake Arenal, the options are practically endless.
The Pacuare River is widely regarded as one of the top destinations for whitewater rafting. Grab a paddle with Costa Rica Nature Adventures and head deep into the jungle before winding your way down class IV and V rapids through narrow gorges, past giant boulders, and next to cascading waterfalls. Keep an eye out for an active wildlife scene, complete with birds, monkeys, sloths, and jaguars.
Next, take to the trails and explore the country through a scenic hiking trip. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is a spectacular spot to go hiking with its grey mist, well-marked trails, and amazing biodiversity. Meanwhile, packed with rainforest terrain, waterfalls, and meandering lava flows, Arenal National Park is another can’t-miss hiking destination.
Experience guided tours of rainforest terrain, local villages, and exotic jungle rivers when you stay at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens. This elegant property along the Caribbean coast is widely considered one of the top eco-lodges in the country. Current packages include multi-day jungle expeditions and rafting adventures.
Costa Rica offers miles of spectacular beaches on both the Caribbean and Pacific Coasts.
On the Pacific side, Playa Samara is a long stretch of white-sand beach with shallow waters, a coral reef, and even a deserted island to explore just offshore. The spot is also popular for kayaking, bird watching, snorkeling, and a number of different boat excursions.
Situated on the eastern shore of the Nicoya Peninsula, Playa Montezuma is ideal for couples in search of peace and inspiration. In addition to desolate stretches of sand, this laid-back region boasts amazing waterfalls, yoga and spa retreats, and stunning wildlife preserves.
Rest and Relaxation
Located at the base of the active Arenal Volcano, the Grand Spa at Tabacon aims at completely immersing guests within nature. This remarkable resort features luxurious suites complete with outdoor terraces, handmade furniture from the region, and the backdrop of natural hot springs and tropical rainforest.
The world-renowned spa includes charming bungalows set within colorful gardens, plus open-air Jacuzzis that even draw water from the nearby thermal springs. For a unique treatment, sign up for the Temazcal experience, a traditional purifying ritual that’s often performed in a sweat lodge. Another invigorating option is the volcanic mud wrap, which uses mineral-rich clay from Costa Rica and helps the skin feel restored and healthy.
For beach lovers, it doesn’t get any better than the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica. The stunning five-star property is home to four pools, two beaches, a full-service spa, four restaurants, and one of the world’s top golf courses.
Brandon | co-founder of Traveler’s Joy
Brandon often found himself purchasing generic wedding gifts for friends and family who shared his passion for travel and preferred a once in a lifetime honeymoon experience. In 2004 he co-founded Traveler’s Joy honeymoon registry to help couples take the honeymoon of their dreams. After having his own honeymoon in northern Wisconsin and Zanzibar, he and his colleagues live vicariously through the couples that use Traveler’s Joy to have an unbelievable honeymoon. When Brandon isn’t researching new honeymoon spots, cycling, gardening, or working, you’ll likely find him on the back porch with family and friends cooking BBQ or playing with his daughter. Brandon spends his time in Wilmington, Delaware and Durham, North Carolina.