Honeymoons in Costa Rica
Honeymoons in Costa Rica

Honeymoon spots, like weddings, go through different trends. Whereas in the olden days Vegas and Niagara Falls were the hip trips, nowadays Costa Rica’s become one of the most popular getaway destinations. The reasons vary: Costa Rica is relatively untouched, which means less tourists and more nature; it’s still considered cheap by other destination standards; and, of course, it’s beautiful.

Cost to Costa.

Costa Rica is partly on the Caribbean Coast, which means gorgeous greenery and year-round warmth. Rainfall is common across the country, but December through April tend to be the driest months (so if your planning a winter wedding partly to save money, Costa Rica may be ideal for you!).

One thing to be wary of: bugs. The rainy summer season will bring the most of them, but don’t arrive in this country without a lot of insect repellent. While we’re on the subject of things to bring, make sure you have loads of sunscreen and a good sunhat. Costa Rica is extremely unique in that, in addition to the Caribbean, the Pacific Ocean is on the other side, and there are rain forests, mountains, and an active volcano range. You can scuba dive one day, and hike through jungle the next!

Nightlife and day trips.

The couples who seem to be most attracted to Costa Rica are adventure-seekers. Trips to the 9,000-foot volcanic peak are common, as are safari tours and horseback riding. (Not that you can’t sip cocktails on the beach or take sunset cruises as well.) The capital city of San Jose is known for good bargains on handmade crafts and (especially popular) coffee. You should pack comfortable clothing—sneakers are a must for all that walking—but do make sure to bring along slacks and long-sleeve shirts. Some restaurants will not let you in if you’re wearing shorts and sandals.

Honeymoon with howlers.

Since there is so much to see and do, most honeymooners go for longer stays than usual—10 days is common. Guided tours are also very popular, as are destination packages that include a few nights on the Caribbean, then a stay on the Pacific side, and maybe a day in the jungle. (If you’re the types who insist on going it alone, do your homework. You don’t want to miss out on anything once you get arrive.) Costa Rica’s official language is Spanish, but English is fairly well understood. Like any major city, San Jose does have crime, which simply means play it safe. Take taxis for nightlife trips, don’t carry around bundles of cash, and always ask your hotel or resort representative if there are any extra precautions you need to be aware of.

Oh yeah, and bring your camera. If there’s anything more fun than waking up to the sound of a howler monkey in the tree, it’s getting a shot of him to take back home.