Costa Rica Adventure Honeymoon Guide

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Today we're stepping away from Savannah's iconic charm and southern weddings to a relaxing honeymoon in Costa Rica! Beloved Vendor, Samba to the Sea, is giving us the scope on her top 4 places to visit in northwest Costa Rica. Enjoy!

Wedding Planner? Booked! Venue, florist, photographer, caterer, dress? All under control! Now comes the relaxing part… where do you go on your honeymoon? I may be slightly biased since I split time living between Tamarindo, Costa Rica and Savannah (could a gal be any luckier?!), BUT Costa Rica is an amazing country to pick for your honeymoon. 

Want to spend your honeymoon relaxing at a beautiful beach? Costa Rica has two coastlines with nearly 300 beaches. Or are you and your finance adventurers? Costa Rica is a nature lovers dream, with five active volcanoes, rain forests, waterfalls, (oh my!) and, if you are in love with surfing like me, Costa Rica offers some of the best waves in the world for all levels. Although Costa Rica is only about the size of the state of West Virginia, there is so much to do in this beautiful country! 

So now that I have you hooked on this country, where do you even start for your Costa Rica honeymoon planning? With some local knowledge from yours truly

Top 4 places to visit in Northwest Costa Rica!

Tamarindo

The second largest beach town in Costa Rica, Tamarindo offers something for everyone. Surfing, yoga, nightlife, great restaurants, plethora of hotels, amazing sunsets, and of course, a beautiful beach! Tamarindo also is my Costa Rican home base! If you have a rental car, be sure to check out Lola’s at Playa Avellanas and Playa Conchal for its turquoise waters. 

Stay: Cala Luna Boutique Hotel, Hotel Capitan Suizo, Casa Andalucía B&B, Tamarindo Breeze

Eat: La Baula, Green Papaya, Café Tico, Patagonia Argentinian Grill & Restaurant, Shrimp Hole, Café Nordico, Bamboo Sushi Club, Nogui’s, Sprout, Panga’s Beach Club

Activities: Surf Lessons with Salty Sols, Yoga at Mermaids & Sailors or Ser Om Shanti, Ziplining with Pura Aventura, ATV tours, Horseback riding, Tamarindo Estuary nature tour

Bonus: Honeymoon photos with yours truly! 

Nosara

Although the dirt road into Nosara can be a bit bumpy, Nosara is a Surf and yoga lovers beach town paradise! You can spend as many days as you like relaxing, practicing yoga, surfing beautiful waves, and eating delicious food. If you have a rental car, be sure to checkout Playa Ostional, where thousands of sea turtles come every year to lay their eggs. 

Stay: Harmony Hotel, Bodhi Tree, Olas Verdes, Casa Romantica

Eat: El Chivo, Harmony Hotel, La Luna, Go Juice Nosara, Nosara Pura Vida

Activities: Yoga at Bodhi Tree or Nosara Yoga Institute. If you really, really want to learn how to surf, Surf Simply offers a week long program that is top notch. 

Rio Celeste

Within a three-hour car ride from Tamarindo, Costa Rica there lies one of Costa Rica’s natural wonders, Rio Celeste. This celestial, aquamarine colored river winds through one of Costa Rica’s numerous national parks, Tenorio Volcano National Park, and is most famous for its beautiful waterfall. 

Stay and Eat: La Carolina Lodge, Hideaway Hotel

Activities: Hiking to Rio Celeste, Horseback riding

Rincon de la Vieja

One of Costa Rica’s active volcanoes, Rincon de la Vieja geothermal activity produces heat for hot springs and bubbling mud pools. Rincon de la Vieja offers a plethora of adventure activities. 

Stay and Eat: Blue River Resort, Hotel Borinquen, Hacienda Guachipelin

Activities: Hiking, mud baths, thermal springs, horseback riding, tubing, waterfalls 

Additional Tips:

  • Costa Rica has two international airports, San Jose (SJO) and Liberia (LIR). For Northwest Costa Rica, fly into LIR. If flying from SAV, also checkout airfares from JAX and CHS as these two airports tend to offer much lower fares.
  • Rental Cars: This honestly is the best way to explore Costa Rica. Hotels can help arrange shuttle services, but they tend to be expensive and honestly the shuttles limit how much you can explore. If you are planning to go to volcanoes, you must rent a 4x4 SUV.
  • Costa Rica’s currency is the Colon. As the exchange rate has fluctuated over the past couple of years, if you can pay with your credit card, use it in order to get the best exchange rate. If you are paying with cash, pay in Colones if the price is quoted in Colones and vice versa. DO NOT exchange currency at the airport as they offer a horrible exchange rate – use your bank card to withdraw cash from Costa Rican bank ATM