What could be more perfect than a dream wedding in Costa Rica?
It’s February, romance is in the air, couples are getting engaged ( a recent study found that six million couples are likely to make that commitment on Feb. 14th ), and would-be brides are planning their nuptials- even if only in their dreams.
For a tropical and exotic wedding, where else would you look but in the paradise that is Costa Rica? This year, the confluence of Valentine’s Day and Fat Tuesday sets the stage for exceptional opportunities for a romantic Costa Rican desination wedding. A luxury wedding at any one of these nine distinctive and elegant luxury hotels just might fit the bill.
Grano de Oro, San José
The Grano de Oro, formerly a tropical Victorian mansion, sits just off Paseo Colón, on a shady side street. Each room and suite is uniquely and luxuriously Costa Rican colonial, where newlyweds can relax on the rooftop terrace garden, soak in the Jacuzzis or luxuriate with a massage. The hotel is in the heart of the bustling city center, perfect for exploring the sights within easy walking distance while hand-in-hand with your valentine.
Peace Lodge, Central Valley
Less than an hour from Juan Santamaría Airport and only 20 minutes from Poas Volcano, Peace Lodge sits within La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park, a private wildlife refuge where the rooms’ upscale elegance and chic blend seamlessly with Costa Rica’s colorful and exotic wildlife. All rooms include a king-size canopy bed, waterfall shower, Jacuzzi, gas fireplace and balcony views of the La Paz River Valley and Poas Volcano. What could be better than an elegant garden wedding in the lodge’s exotic jungle venue.
Casa Turire, Turrialba, Cartago
Halfway to the Caribbean from San José, Casa Turire’s grand plantation style is one of comfort and elegance amidst Turrialba’s rural beauty. Literally translating as “fire” and “water,” Turrialba’s surrounding landscape is dramatic as the name implies. With only 16 rooms and suites, wedding parties seeking privacy in a secluded setting need look no further. Casa Turire offers secluded privacy, spa treatments and dozens of recreational activities, ranging from contemplative to exhilarating for the entire group.
Nicuesa, Golfo Dulce
Accessible only by boat, this unique eco-retreat gives weddings a distinctly wild and tropical flair. Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge’s adventure tour attitude combines with the comfortable sustainability of an eco-lodge for a memorably exotic wedding. Set within Piedras Blancas National Park and overlooking the Osa Peninsula on the Golfo Dulce, couples have access to outdoor adventures at their leisure or they can simply enjoy the benefits of Nicuesa’s wellness-oriented spa, restaurant and environment.
Cuna del Angel, Bahia Ballena
On the Costa Ballena, Cuna del Angel brings Old World influences to indigenous Costa Rican style for an extravagant couple’s weekend. Immersed in the romance of Dominical’s tropical laid-back paradise, including spectacular views, secluded beaches and impeccable service, the hotel provides an intimate atmosphere for romance on the Pacific. Its fine dining, luxurious rooms and relaxing spa services are the hallmarks of a successful wedding venue.
Villa Caletas, Golfo Nicoya
Perfectly positioned on a rainforest hilltop overlooking the Nicoya Gulf and the southern Nicoya Peninsula, a romantic stay at Villa Caletas includes first-class service, quality facilities and panoramic views of the breathtaking sunsets. From a wedding on the hotel’s private beach to a staider affair in one of the many, and varied, event venues on the property, Caletas is a beautiful place for romance.
The Belmar recreates a romantic, elegant heaven in the cloud forest, including stream, waterfall and fresh-water pond. From the moment they arrive, the happy couple and their friends and family can count on the creature comforts of faultless service. Floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies look over the forest and sea in spacious, airy comfort.
Florblanca, Santa Teresa, Nicoya Peninsula
Florblanca, overlooking the world-famous surf break at Playa Santa Teresa, sits within an unspoiled tropical jungle overlooking the world famous surf of Playa Santa Teresa. Incorporating open-air living areas, each room or villa nestles, seemingly solitary amongst the exotically colorful jungle vegetation. The result is quiet elegance and luxury for a romantic February wedding.
Capitán Suizo, Tamarindo, Guanacaste
A small oasis of sustainable luxury, Hotel Capitán Suizo is in harmonious sync with nature and the Tico philosophy of life—pura vida. Set outside of town on Tamarindo Beach, just outside of town, Capitán Suizo’s lush gardens and tropical green areas add an air of tranquility to the hotel’s atmosphere. The hotel restaurant’s relaxed environment naturally lends itself to a romantic Guanacaste wedding.
Weddings in Costa Rica are memories made in paradise; make them distinctively yours at any one of these amazing resorts or hotels.