If you’re searching for the ultimate luxury honeymoon destination, look no further. Costa Rica has become a favorite honeymoon destination for couples dreaming of a place where sun, sea and sand combine with lush rainforest and exotic wildlife, for the perfectly indulgent vacation. Small Distinctive Hotels offers you the best collection of boutique hotels in Costa Rica. All our upscale properties guarantee an intimate ambience, exquisite food, outstanding facilities in distinctive locations, and top-notch service to make all your wishes come true. Make your Costa Rican honeymoon unforgettable, immersing yourselves in everything this beautiful country has to offer. Contemplate the abundance of the rainforest from the luxury of your own private hot tub. Be adventurous and plunge into the ocean; fly high over the canopy; experience the rush of whitewater rafting; or savor a glorious moment watching humpback whales and bottlenose dolphins from the deck of a boat. These experiences and many more will make your honeymoon one you will never forget.
A small and blessed country located in Central America, this green territory is just 51,100 km, approximately half the size of the state of Kentucky, or slightly larger than Switzerland. Costa Rica shares a border with Nicaragua to the North and Panama to the South, and to the east the Caribbean Sea and to the west the warm and exotic Pacific Ocean. The wonderful tropical weather is awaiting you in Costa Rica, where there are two seasons, the summer or dry season from December to April, and from May through November, the green season. The average temperature in the Central valley is 17°C, while on the beaches it ranges between 21°C to 27°C. In the national territory the tourists can enjoy a variety of microclimates. You can be tanning on the beach in the morning and walking in the rain forest that same afternoon.
From mouth-watering steaks in the cattle-ranching province of Guanacaste, to the coconut-infused Caribbean fare of Limón Province, Costa Rican cuisine will not fail to delight your palate. Make sure to sample traditional food, whether in the simple, ubiquitous Soda (a café-style restaurant invariably populated by locals) or in restaurants advertising a typical menu. In some locations, you may even find fusion restaurants offering a modern twist on typical Costa Rican fare. The diet is based on rice and beans, typically with gallo pinto (rice, beans and cilantro) served for breakfast, and a casado for lunch (rice, beans, salad, vegetables, sweet fried plantains and a protein of your choice). Rice-an’-beans, the Caribbean version of pinto, is cooked in coconut milk. Food is generally not spicy but if you prefer some heat, ask for the chilero, a homemade jar of chilies and diced vegetables to spoon over your dish. Traditional deserts are often milk-based, including arroz con leche (sweet rice pudding), tres leches cake or locally-made ice cream. Tropical fruits abound throughout Costa Rica, with juicy pineapple, papaya and watermelon typically served by hotels for breakfast. When travelling, street vendors may sell plastic bags containing slices of unripe mango with salt and lemon juice, or ice-cold pipas (young coconuts) that are sliced open roadside with a machete and served with a straw to access the thirst-quenching coconut water inside. Sprawling roadside markets offer an unparalleled sensory feast, and store-holders are often generous in educating you about their products and offering samples. This is often the best place to sample local, seasonal fruits. Guanabana (soursop) and sapote, with its blood-orange flesh, both native to Central America, are delicious in a fresco (fresh fruit juice), as is the pitaya (dragon fruit), the implausibly magenta-colored fruit of a Mexican cactus. Long guava pods (in English, pacay, or “ice-cream bean”) house velvety, flesh-covered seeds reminiscent of Turkish delight that are sucked before being spit out. Tamarindo (tamarind), imported from Africa in the 16th century, is commonly made into a sweet-and-sour fruit drink well worth sampling. Restaurants invariably offer a selection of these juices with your meal, so don’t be afraid to skip the soda and get adventurous! Local vegetables include the highly nutritious pejibaye (peach palm) that is harvested from tall, prickly palms, and the palmito (heart of palm) that is the tender core of the same tree, which can only be harvested when the tree is felled. Vine vegetables include chayote (vegetable pear) and the less common tacaco which, like the pejibaye, is peeled at the table and dipped in mayonnaise.
MANUEL ANTONIO Manuel Antonio boasts some of the most spectacular beaches in Costa Rica and arguably, the world. Nestled within Manuel Antonio National Park, perfect horseshoe bays are bordered by soft white sands, dazzling blue-green waters, and hilltops graced with jungle and streaming waterfalls. Local business offer opportunities to dive, snorkel, surf, kayak, hike, or zipline – but you may prefer to simply relax and enjoy the unforgettable views. PLAYA DOMINICAL About 30 miles south of Manuel Antonio National Park, Playa Dominical is widely recognized as one of Costa Rica’s best surfing beaches. A number of surf camps and surf shops have sprung up to take advantage of the lively lefts and rights. But even if you don't surf, you'll adore Playa Dominical's lush green landscape, nightlife and relatively uncrowded sands. JACO Right in the center of Costa Rica's Pacific coasts lies Jaco Beach, a surfer's paradise with no shortage of attractions for travelers. An easy two-hour car ride from San José, Jaco is bursting with nightlife, international dining options, and even casinos. Nearby Playa Hermosa attracts the most experienced and adventurous surfers during the day, but the after-party is in Jaco. SOUTHERN NICOYA PENINSULA MONTEZUMA Located on the inner base of the Nicoya peninsula, the tiny surfer town of Montezuma attracts the alternative crowd, with its organic restaurants, yoga studios and annual independent film festival. Dreadlocked Rastafarians, tattooed bohemians and sun-kissed surfers are the norm at this picturesque beach, which also boasts tide pools, forested waterfalls and abundant wildlife (capuchin monkeys, iguanas and crocodiles, to name just a few). MALPAIS Surf culture is the principle philosophy in Malpais and its close coastal neighbor, Santa Teresa. If you're not a wave-worshiper, book a boat tour to look for dolphins, manta rays, and other creatures thriving in the area's protected waters. Travelers can also hike to the Montezuma waterfalls, where the more reckless may dare to plunge forty feet into a freshwater pool, or conquer the four-hour trek through the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve to its pristine, white-sand beach. For lazy days, Malpais's own beaches are perfect for stringing up a hammock and swaying in the sun. PLAYA SANTA TERESA Close to the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, Playa Santa Teresa is part of a coastline that attracts surfers from all over the world. Like many of the beaches in this area, it is also a yoga and wellness destination, offering classes and retreats in spectacular surroundings that are guaranteed to calm the mind. Private and secluded, this beach has all the perfect ingredients for relaxed sunbathing, as well as a variety of activities nearby such as horseback riding, hiking, or canopy tours. ISLA TORTUGA Translated as Turtle Island, this diminutive paradise lies within a cluster of islands to the south of the Nicoya Peninsula. Adorned with palm trees, white-sand beaches and crystal clear water, this really is your picture-perfect tropical island. If you get tired of sunbathing, you can spend your days kayaking, hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving or exotic bird and wildlife watching. This island will be an unforgettable stop on your Costa Rican holiday. GUANACASTE PLAYA NOSARA Nosara is a small, peaceful beach community in the province of Guanacaste, offering everything you need for a relaxing stay. Somewhat off the beaten track, Nosara has become a mecca for yoga, massage and wellness retreats. From home-made gelato to hand-sewn bikinis, browsing and shopping opportunities abound. The beach also combines beautiful natural surroundings with world-class surfing, catering for nature and surf lovers alike. PLAYA OSTIONAL North of Playa Nosara lies a long, dark-sand beach frequented by surfers. Playa Ostional’s most famous visitors, however, are the Olive Ridley Sea Turtles who arrive here annually by the hundreds of thousands in order to lay their eggs. These events, known as arribadas (“arrivals”, in Spanish), occurring mostly between July and December, are an unforgettable experience, should you be fortunate enough to witness one. A unique egg harvesting program operates here successfully: in return for regulated access to this valuable food item, locals clean the beach and protect turtles and hatchlings, even chasing away predatory vultures as the tiny turtles make a run for the ocean. PLAYA TAMARINDO Tamarindo has all the amenities of a Costa Rican beach town: surf, sand and sun. Its proximity to the Liberia airport has caused it to develop into a busy destination with a thriving night life. Boasting world-class hotels and restaurants, it is often the destination of choice for honeymoons and weddings. The beach is a family-friendly, two-mile stretch of white sand, surrounded by national parks to the north and south, and mountains with breathtaking views to the east. Leatherback Turtles lay their eggs on Playa Grande, in the northern part of the bay. PLAYA HERMOSA Equally accessible from the Liberia airport, but less developed than Playa Tamarindo, Playa Hermosa is one of the best maintained beaches in the country. Its crystal clear waters and gorgeous scenery make it an attractive destination for tourists seeking a tranquil escape. It has earned the Bandera Azul or “Blue Flag,” a prize given to beaches that demonstrate high environmental standards and excellent safety facilities. CARIBBEAN COAST PLAYA BONITA Playa Bonita is easy to access from Limon, the main town on the Caribbean side of the country, and as such, is often used by locals for volleyball and beach football. It also has a point/reef break that attracts surfers to tackle its powerful and sometimes dangerous left-breaking waves. Access roads are in good condition, and Playa Bonita offers some level of tourist development, with hotels, cabins, camping areas and restaurants. PUERTO VIEJO DE TALAMANCA Puerto Viejo is a former fishing town which has now slowly transformed into the number-one Caribbean hotspot for beach lovers and surfers alike. The area is rich in flora and fauna, with stunning beaches and adventurous waves, and is the ultimate destination for those who would like to get to know the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. The food is good, reggae music plays all day from beach-front restaurants, and the laid-back vibe is perfect to help you unwind and take it slow. PLAYA MANZANILLO Located in the far south of the province of Limón, this beach is at the end of the road – literally. Bordered by coconut palms, it is so long you could be mistaken in thinking that the white sand extends forever. The sea is shallow, with coral reefs extending 600 feet (200m) offshore and plentiful opportunities for snorkeling. Completely surrounded by a nature reserve, the beach ends in a spectacular coastal walk in the direction of Panama. Shaded by coconut palms, the path meanders up and down coves and cliffs, offering breathtaking views around every corner
With over 25% of all land designated as protected areas of one type or another, Costa Rica offers a lush, varied landscape. The extensive National Park System includes both land and marine ecosystems, protecting habitats and with them, many rare and endangered plant and animal species. Costa Rica's progressive policies on environmental protection and sustainable ecotourism have been lauded as a model for other countries. The infrastructure and support provided by the parks system has allowed for extensive studies to be conducted in the country’s forests, marine areas and wetlands, contributing to the world’s knowledge of these unique tropical ecosystems. The country’s largest mass of protected areas is in the Cordillera de Talamanca, including La Amistad International Park, which extends into northern Panama. On the South Pacific coast, the Osa Peninsula is home to the internationally renowned Corcovado National Park, which preserves a sizeable remnant of lowland tropical rainforest that is unique in the world. On the North Caribbean side, Tortugero is a maze of waterways, with boat trips allowing for close-up viewing of wildlife including caimans, manatees and turtles. Finally, don´t miss the opportunity to visit the Monteverde Cloud Forest, considered it as the most important cloud forest in the world for its wide variety of biodiversity, important conservation contributions and scientific researches. Costa Rica has an established national training program for nature guides and their level of knowledge is generally excellent. Some may also work as “parataxonomists”, engaging in regular species identification studies and contributing to national databases. Hiring a guide is recommended, as not only are they trained to tune into animal sounds but their high-resolution scopes allow you to appreciate Costa Rica’s spectacular tropical birds in a way that is impossible with the naked eye. The guides will also know where to look for certain territorial animals, such as nesting birds, snakes or tarantulas.
No matter which one you choose, each of our luxury hotels offers the perfect backdrop to your Costa Rican honeymoon. Four of our hotels are located in exotic mountain and valley destinations, while five offer ocean-front locations or easy access to spectacular beaches, for the essential backdrop to every honeymoon. MOUNTAIN RESORTS In the capital of this tropical paradise, the Grano de Oro Boutique Hotel is a sanctuary in the heart of the city. The hotel’s signature Vista de Oro Suite, reached by a private staircase, commands breathtaking views of the Central Valley skyline. Individually handmade tiles in hues of ochre and sienna cover the walls and are complemented by rich wood paneling. A large in-room Jacuzzi is the ideal vantage point from which to savor a glass of champagne and watch the lights of the city twinkle below. Just to the south-east of San José, designed in the style of a grand plantation home, Casa Turire receives its guests in the ultimate elegance and comfort. Set within rolling hills of sugar cane & coffee plantations, Casa Turire is bordered by the Angostura Lake and the imposing presence of the Turrialba Mountains. The hotel offers a dedicated weddings service and a luxurious honeymoon suite. The magical, two-story Master Suite features a Jacuzzi in the bedroom and two balconies with magnificent panoramic views. To the north-east of the Central Valley, lounge beside a fireplace against a backdrop of rainforest and volcano, tucked into the mountains at Peace Lodge. Located within the private wildlife refuge of La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park, the Peace Lodge’s ultra-upscale accommodations are uniquely themed to complement the inherent beauty of its rainforest setting. The detailed architecture exudes a natural elegance and sophistication, with every room boasting a Jacuzzi tub and stone fireplace, together with showers that transform into waterfalls with the turn of a knob. Further north along the central mountain range, and offering sunset ocean views from the heart of the cloud forest, the Swiss chalet-style Hotel Belmar provides its guests with the highest levels of elegance and comfort. Enjoy the restaurant’s farm-to-table philosophy and artisanal cocktails in a romantic evening on the terrace, overlooking the Nicoya Gulf. The Sunset Room, featuring a grand terrace with an outdoor hot-tub and spacious bathroom, has been nominated as one of the top 50 honeymoon suites in the entire world. BEACH RESORTS (agregar enlaces a Sitio web hoteles (enlaces externos) y a cada playa (enlaces internos) In an exclusive location just outside the town, at the end of Tamarindo Bay, Capitán Suizo Beachfront Boutique Hotel rests on one of the most popular swimming beaches of the Pacific coast, making it a perfect location for a romantic getaway. The bay offers warm waters, a beautiful beach and is ideal for swimming, surfing, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, or simply sunbathing. Hide away in a secluded, exotic villa at Florblanca, nestled in Santa Teresa beach, on the southern Nicoya Peninsula. Stay in one of ten unique villas overlooking the seven acres of golden sand. Float in the ocean, treat yourselves to a couples session in the hotel’s spa, or try your hand at surfing. Private and secluded, this beach has all the perfect ingredients for relaxed sunbathing, as well as nearby activities such as horseback riding, hiking, or canopy tours. Relax in the privacy of your own private pool, while lapping up spectacular ocean views at Villa Caletas, on the central Pacific coast. Nestled 1150 feet above the ocean, this spectacular hotel offers a truly unique combination of mountain and seaside resort, offering spectacular 360-degree panoramic views including the Nicoya Gulf and the crescent beaches of Jaco and Herradura Bay. At the bottom of the mountain, Villa Caletas offers its own very private beach. Continuing south along the Pacific Ocean, overlooking the Costa Ballena, or whale coast, Cuna del Angel is an exclusive boutique hotel that will transport you to a state of deep relaxation. From here you can easily explore Playa Dominical, one of Costa Rica’s best surfing beaches, or book a boat tour to explore the coastal waters, where humpback whales and four types of dolphin regularly swim. Near the Panama border, located directly on the Golfo Dulce, one of the deepest gulfs in the world, the Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge can be reached only by boat. The secluded Lodge embraces harmony with nature, boasting lush, green vegetation as far as the eye can see, open-air showers and delicious meals sourced fresh from the hotel’s gardens. Watch the sunset on the jetty, contemplate the crystal clear waters, kayak to nearby hidden coves, or watch the dolphins swimming in the bay.