Costa Rica is a honeymooner's paradise
A honeymoon in Costa Rica’s tropical paradise is a time for celebration and giddiness as a couple begins their new lives together. From bijou to boutique, resort to eco-lodge, sophistication, luxury and first-class service are the distinctive qualities that make Costa Rica a go-to honeymoon destination.
Our favorite nine hoteliers consistently meet and exceed high standards for excellence, each with a unique approach to pura vida—the essential ingredient for a memorable honeymoon. From standard room to master suite, each hotel delivers on luxury with a style all its own.
Costa Rica’s Central Valley is often the first stop on many visitors’ way to other parts of the country. In and around San José, there are two standout options: The Grano de Oro, an exquisite boutique hotel on a shady side street off Paseo Colón, in the heart of San José. Once a Victorian mansion in the tropical colonial tradition, each room is uniquely and luxuriously furnished. Within easy walking distance of the National Theatre, Mercado Central and vibrant nightlife just around the corner, newlyweds can soak up San José’s vibrant energy at their leisure.
On the outskirts of San José and minutes from Poas Volcano, Peace Lodge blends chic elegance with natural beauty that honeymooners will appreciate. Set within La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park, guests can enjoy afterhours access to the gardens via well-paved trails. All rooms include a king-size canopy bed, waterfall shower, Jacuzzi, gas fireplace and views of the La Paz River Valley and Poas Volcano from the private balconies.
Two hours east of San José, Casa Turire’s grand plantation style is one of comfort and elegance amidst Turrialba’s rural beauty. Literally meaning “fire” and “water,” Turrialba’s surrounding landscape is dramatic as its name. With only 16 rooms, honeymooners seeking seclusion can also try several area activities as they begin a new life together.
The Belmar recreates a romantic, elegant heaven in Monteverde’s cloud forest. Impeccable luxury and service await newlyweds at the Belmar. Floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies in very room overlook the forest and the not-too distant ocean that inspired the hotel’s name. Nearby Monteverde National Park’s miles of trails invite discovery of the cloud forest’s richly diverse ecosystem and inhabitants.
Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast is a diverse as it is popular. Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge on Golfo Dulce requires honeymooners to boat in; the award-winning eco-retreat is sandwiched between forest and sea. Famous for their biodiversity, Piedras Blancas National Park and Corcovado National Park are just out the backdoor, while humpback whales and dolphins play in the gulf’s calm waters. Lodge staff offer standard and customized tours or honeymooners can enjoy Nicuesa’s wellness-oriented spa, restaurant and surroundings in their own time.
A bit further north, Cuna del Angel, on the Costa Ballena, mixes European influences with the local lifestyle for an unparalleled luxurious honeymoon in a tropical paradise. Jungle meets ocean for a mix of panoramic ocean views and secluded beaches to rival the fine dining, luxurious rooms and spa services that define newly wedded bliss. The comforting and intimate atmosphere of tropical splendor is unforgettable heaven.
Only the perfection of its perch overlooking the Nicoya Gulf and the southern Nicoya Peninsula rivals Villa Caletas’ dedication to luxury and first-class service. Honeymooning couples can soak up the sun on the hotel’s private beach, with beachside food and beverage service, curtained sun beds for two and the clear blue ocean. With Jacó just down the road, hotel staff can easily arrange nightlife, shopping and outdoors adventure.
Overlooking the world-famous Playa Santa Teresa, Florblanca overlooks the Pacific from its vantage point on the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. The open-air rooms, seemingly solitary, sit amongst the exotic and colorful jungle. The quiet elegance and nature’s close proximity create an atmosphere of romantic luxury for an unforgettable honeymoon in paradise.
Hotel Capitán Suizo is an oasis of nature and Tico lifestyle where all is tranquilo. Lush gardens and tropical green areas belie the tourist throngs at Tamarindo Beach, near the hotel. With live music almost nightly at the restaurant, newlyweds can dine in open-air, candlelit elegance. Sustainable and eco-friendly Capitán Suizo naturally lends itself to honeymoon romance in Guanacaste.
Costa Rica’s top hotels and resorts offer newlyweds honeymoons made in heaven. Make them distinctively yours at any one of these exceptional resorts or hotels.