Costa Rica is a magical destination for honeymooners, with its beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, and exciting adventures. Here are 10 honeymoon destinations perfect for a romantic Central America stay with your new spouse.
Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio National Park is a combination of rainforests, spectacular beaches, and coral reefs. It’s perfect for couples seeking both adventure and relaxation. The park is open from 7 am to 4 pm all week (except Tuesdays).
- Where to Stay: While you can’t stay in the park itself, honeymooners are invited to rent one of the private luxury villas in Manuel Antonio Estates. The villas are within walking distance of the national park and boast mesmerizing views. Choose a 1 to 7-bedroom villa, depending on how luxurious you want your honeymoon to be. This is the spot for private couples looking to get away from it all.
Manuel Antonio Estates is a picturesque resort nestled along Costa Rica's Pacific coast, offering travelers a serene tropical paradise. With lush rainforest surroundings and easy access to Manuel Antonio National Park, it's an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts and those seeking a tranquil escape in the heart of nature.
- Highlights: Hiking trails, diverse wildlife (including monkeys and sloths), and stunning beaches await. You can book a guided tour through the park, and even visit at night for the Educational Night Walk. Enjoy a romantic dinner at one of the seaside restaurants or take a stroll on the Manuel Antonio beach.
Known for its vibrant nightlife and gorgeous beaches, Tamarindo is ideal for couples looking to surf and socialize. This small beach town has big energy and is a tourist hot spot year-round.
- Where to Stay: Ocho Artisan Bungalows offer a unique private Tamarindo living experience in a luxury resort. Rent a beachfront property or poolside bungalow, and enjoy a private terrace complete with a hammock, indoor-outdoor shower, and a jacuzzi tub.
Ocho Artisan Bungalows is a boutique retreat where rustic charm meets modern luxury in Tulum, Mexico. Nestled in a tropical paradise, these beautifully designed bungalows offer a tranquil haven for those seeking a unique and immersive experience on the Riviera Maya.
- Highlights: Surfing, beach bars, infinity pools, and beautiful sunsets. Check out Witch’s Rock for a surf lesson or other adventure activities. For active couples, Tamarindo is the perfect fit.
Experience the majesty of an active volcano and the surrounding lush landscapes. Arenal Volcano resides in the La Fortuna district of San Carlos, Costa Rica.
- Where to Stay: Of course, you can’t honeymoon directly on the volcano, but Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa is one of the best honeymoon resorts in the area. It’s built around Costa Rica’s natural thermal mineral springs. Tabacon is situated in a private rainforest reserve, offering guests access to several river pools heated by the Arenal Volcano.
Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa is a world-renowned oasis of relaxation nestled in the lush rainforests of Costa Rica. With its natural hot springs, stunning views, and luxurious spa treatments, it's a premier destination for travelers seeking the ultimate in wellness and rejuvenation.
- Highlights: Check out the hot springs, hike the trails, and take in the La Fortuna Waterfall. Whether you want to be active, or out on the town, the Arenal Volcano National Park and the surrounding area have you covered.
Monteverde Cloud Forest
Monteverde Cloud Forest is a misty and magical woodland offering a unique and romantic experience. The tropical forest merging with mountains creates a constant cover of clouds.
- Where to Stay: Belmar Hotel is nestled in the Monteverde mountainside. Stay in a luxurious suite with a view of the rainforest.
- Highlights: Suspension bridges, zip-lining, and diverse flora and fauna make Monteverde Cloud Forest an exciting and beautiful place to honeymoon. Don’t miss the hummingbird gardens.
Why: A laid-back beach town with bohemian vibes, perfect for relaxing together. Santa Teresa is situated at the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica.
The city has been growing in popularity, drawing crowds with public beach parties, trendy restaurants, and hot dance vibes.
- Where to Stay: Nantipa has a prime beachfront location, offering a luxurious escape in Santa Teresa. Visit the hotel’s Numu wellness center, experience one of Costa Rica’s greatest culinary experiences at Manzu restaurant, and more.
Hotel Nantipa is a beachfront haven in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, where pristine sands meet modern comfort. With its sustainable design, oceanfront accommodations, and a laid-back atmosphere, it's the perfect destination for travelers looking to immerse themselves in the natural beauty.
- Highlights: Yoga retreats, beachside bungalows, and surf spots. Try the fresh seafood at local restaurants. Santa Teresa is the place to honeymoon if you want to party at night and indulge in self-care during the day.
Tortuguero National Park
Secluded and remote, Tortuguero National Park is perfect for couples wanting a unique adventure. The park is a diverse ecosystem of rivers, springs, and ocean water wetlands. Tortuguero National Park is famous for its turtle watching.
- Where to Stay: Tortuga Lodge and Gardens offers the ideal spot to stay to enjoy the national park on your honeymoon. Relax with your new spouse and take in views of the stunning rainforest, beach, and palm trees. 29 guest rooms offer high-quality amenities, a nightly turndown, and everything you need to hike the forest, including rain boots and walking sticks.
- Highlights: Canoe trips, white water rafting, turtle watching, and jungle lodges. Experience the annual sea turtle nesting.
Why: Famous for its all-inclusive resorts and golden beaches. If you’re looking for that romantic getaway with a tropical beach vacation vibe, this is it.
Sit back with a mojito on white sand with blue water lapping your toes. This is the best Costa Rican spot for relaxation and rejuvenation!
- Where to Stay: Hotel Bosque Del Mar‘s jungle landscape takes you straight into nature. For honeymooners hoping to capture the unique feeling of Costa Rica, this is it. Enjoy first-class gastronomy, private beach access, and honeymoon luxury suites. Of all the boutique hotels in Guanacaste Province, Hotel Bosque Del Mar has the most intriguing honeymoon packages.
Hotel Bosque Del Mar Playa Hermosa is a tropical sanctuary located on the pristine Playa Hermosa beach in Costa Rica. With its beachfront bungalows, lush gardens, and oceanfront dining, it offers a tranquil and luxurious escape for travelers looking to unwind in a serene coastal paradise.
- Highlights: Snorkeling, diving, and horseback riding. Visit the Rincon de la Vieja National Park for hot springs and mud baths.
An energetic coastal town perfect for couples wanting both beach time and nightlife. If you want to dive into Costa Rican culture and explore the local life here, Jaco is the top spot to honeymoon. Pristine beaches and private plunge pools make for a memorable getaway!
- Where to Stay: Selina Jacó & Surf School is a truly unique Costa Rica experience. The niche hotel is designed with tourists in mind, offering trendy modern decor, aquatic-themed rooms, and gorgeous beachfront views.
Selina Jaco is a vibrant and trendy beachfront destination in Jaco, Costa Rica. Offering a unique blend of comfortable accommodations, a lively social atmosphere, and easy access to the beach, it's an ideal choice for travelers seeking a dynamic and memorable experience on the Pacific coast.
- Highlights: Surfing, nightlife, and proximity to national parks make this the perfect honeymoon location. Try local Costa Rican cuisine at the beachside eateries, or take a night dip in an outdoor pool.
A tranquil beach town renowned for yoga and wellness. This is the place for low-key couples to honeymoon and melt their stress away.
Nosara is a gorgeous town on the water, providing picturesque mile-long beaches with far fewer tourists than other Costa Rican hot spots.
- Where to Stay: The Gilded Iguana is the place to stay in Nosara. The family-friendly hotel is perfect for newlyweds with children or for honeymooning alone in romantic splendor.
The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel is an iconic surf retreat in Nosara, Costa Rica, known for its bohemian charm and surf-centric vibes. With proximity to renowned surf breaks, comfortable accommodations, and a laid-back atmosphere, it's a haven for surf enthusiasts.
- Highlights: Yoga retreats, organic cafes, and stunning beaches. Indulge in a couples’ spa day.
Ideal for couples seeking off-the-beaten-path beaches and surfing. Domincal is a honeymooners paradise.
Relax on the beach, head out on the many tropical hiking trails, take a guided bird-watching tour, or sip cocktails at the hotel. Dominical has it all!
- Where to Stay: Tiki Villas Rainforest Lodge & Spa mixes curated couple spa time with luxury linens, gourmet food, and the unique vibes of Dominical culture. This is an adults-only (16 and up) hotel, making it the perfect spot for honeymooners looking for a purely romantic feel. Rest easy in your honeymoon tiki villa set against the backdrop of a tropical rainforest.
- Highlights: Whale watching, waterfalls, and artisan markets. Taste the local “ceviche” from beach vendors.