Many blushing brides dream about saying their vows beside the Pacific Ocean and then enjoying all the pleasures that a tropical rainforest has to offer. Most of us only get married once, so it’s a time to splurge and create memories that will last forever, enjoying the best of everything we can afford.
There is truly no place better for a destination wedding than Costa Rica, where the weather is balmy all year round, and the forest teems with more animal species than nearly anywhere else on the planet. Despite having only 0.03% of the world’s landmass, this tiny country is home to 6% of Earth’s wildlife, due in no small part to the government setting aside almost a quarter of its acreage to national parks and biodiversity areas. It’s the perfect place for any honeymooner who loves nature and wants to share its bounty with their loved ones.
If you really want to do your Costa Rica wedding right, consider these luxury options that will wow your friends and family, making your special day all the more magical. Pack your bags for your tropical vacation and get ready for the time of your life!
A Costa Rica private villa is well worth the cost if you travel as a large group. You’ll get the entire property to yourself, with comfortable private bedrooms and spacious gathering areas that can accommodate everyone’s tastes. An infinity pool overlooks the Pacific Ocean so you can catch the most breathtaking sunsets, and you’ll also have a private chef to cook up traditional Costa Rican cuisine with local ingredients. This chef can also make special meals for nearly every dietary requirement, whether that is vegan, Kosher, or allergy-friendly.
Chartering your own sailboat allows you to enjoy the majesty of the Pacific Ocean with your closest loved ones. You’ll head off into the sunset, sit down to a delicious meal, and then take in the fresh ocean breezes while you reflect on all the happy years ahead of you. While the wind can get a bit chilly in the evening, Costa Rica has a very mild climate, and you’ll only need a light sweater, even once the sun sets.
Depending on the time of year, you may even be able to see some of the country’s most iconic species in the distance, including leatherback turtles and humpback whales.
If you’re of a more adventurous spirit and want to see Costa Rica’s biodiversity up close, consider booking a horseback riding tour; many agencies allow you to arrange an experience for small groups. Some of the best options include riding along breezy beach paths, where you’ll admire the majesty of the ocean by Jaco Beach, or trotting up the side of a volcano in the family-owned reserve of Mistico Park. If you want even more adrenaline, consider a full-day adventure tour by Tamarindo, which includes ziplining, horseback riding, and tubing.
By the end of the day, you’ll feel even closer to your intended, having seen them go flying past the forest trees and bumping along the fresh spray of the river.
Chocolate and Coffee Tour
If you have foodies in your group who aren’t up for a strenuous hike, you can still enjoy some of the best things that Costa Rica has to offer – and that would be chocolate and coffee! These delicious treats are two of Costa Rica’s top exports, as the rich volcano soil is perfect for growing cacao and coffee beans. On this tour, you’ll get to tour a sugarcane, coffee, and chocolate plantation, learning more about how these products get from the ground into your mouth. Of course, you’ll also get to taste some samples along the way!
Bus and Hot Springs Tour
When most people think of Costa Rica, they imagine lush forests, but you might not realize that the country also has a few hot springs near the volcanos. After a long few days of adventuring, you can kick back and relax on a bus tour of the country, learning more about its history and wildlife. Then, you’ll pull out your swimsuit and relax in the La Fortuna hot springs, where you can also pay for massages and other spa treatments if you so desire. This is the perfect way to unwind and beautify yourself for your wedding day, as well as an opportunity to appreciate the stunning scenery of Costa Rica along with your favorite people.
There’s so much to do in this small country, and there’s no better time to enjoy it than as you prepare to take your wedding vows in front of everyone you care about. Book a private villa for those crucial bonding moments after you’ve taken in the jaw-dropping scenery throughout the day; you can find experiences for every taste, ensuring that everyone in your wedding party has the time of their life.