When it comes to choosing a honeymoon destination or a vacation spot for a romantic trip with your loved one, you’re spoiled for choice, with amazing countries all around the world to choose from.
However, it’s well worth putting Costa Rica at the top of your list, since this nation has everything: beautiful beaches and sunsets, top dining spots, a friendly culture, excellent outdoor activities, wildlife spotting, pampering, high-end resorts and much more.
Read on for some things to put on your itinerary if you head to Costa Rica for a romantic trip of a lifetime.
3 Things to Do on a Romantic Trip to Costa Rica
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Enjoy the Hot Springs in Arenal
Located in the northern part of Costa Rica, Arenal is most famous for one of the country’s most popular attractions, the Arenal Volcano.
Rising up to just under 5,500 feet high, the volcano used to be one of the most active on the planet, but today its eruptive cycled has passed for now, and it is in a resting phase. However, because of the geothermal activity occurring beneath the volcano, Arenal also happens to be one of the top spots in Costa Rica to find hot springs.
You’ll find a wide variety of hot spring facilities here, each with slightly different offerings. Some have both hot and cool pools to relax, rejuvenate and snuggle in, while others have additional features such as swim-up bars, waterslides, restaurants, spas, souvenir shops, and fitness centers to lure in visitors.
If you want to spend more time in Arenal than just a few hours or a day, you’ll also find plenty of beautiful, romantic accommodation to choose from. In addition, if you’d like to be active before you head to the hot springs so that your muscles can really appreciate their soothing qualities, you’ll find many outdoor options nearby.
For example, have fun on the Sky Trek zipline tour, or go white-water rafting, hiking, or canyoneering, to name just a few pursuits.
Go Scuba Diving or Snorkeling
For many couples heading off to a tropical destination for a romantic holiday, snorkeling and/or scuba diving is a must. In Costa Rica, you don’t have to look far to find white, sandy beaches and clear, warm waters full of marine life to admire.
One of the top picks is Drake Bay (or “Bahia Drake” in Spanish), in the northern part of the Osa Peninsular. This is one of the most remote regions in Costa Rica, and was named after Sir Francis Drake who discovered it during his voyage around the world in the 16th century.
While in this area, for the best look at fish, coral, reef sharks, turtles, sting rays, eels, and more, head to nearby Cano Island, which sits just off the coast of Drake Bay (around 13 miles away).
It is quiet and uncrowded, and has a protected marine park, which means the area is teeming with sea creatures. Fishing is actually prohibited for three miles around Cano Island, and it is illegal to harvest marine life or shells here, too.
This part of the country has some of the best diving because seasonal rains in the region don’t affect visibility as they do elsewhere. Plus, because of the lack of development, you won’t be surrounded by other tourists and, what’s more, when diving you will also find a wide variety of stunning tunnels and archways to swim through.
Corcovado National Park
If you’re looking for other things to do while staying in the Drake Bay area, you’ll be spoiled for choice. For instance, the nearby Corcovado National Park is the perfect place to go hiking and birdwatching (not to mention spotting other native wildlife).
Plus, the region is the perfect spot to go kayaking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. You can also take mangrove tours or spend time at the Osa Wildlife Sanctuary.
Watch the Sunset
Costa Rica romantic vacations aren’t complete until you take in some of the beautiful sunsets the country has to offer. Whether the sun falls behind the rainforest canopy or you enjoy an ocean sunset, there are places all around the nation where you can see spectacular “artworks” in the sky.
For example, head to Santa Teresa, a small, laid-back town in Puntarenas Province (approximately 93 miles west of the capital city, San Jose), to watch the sun set over the waters of the Pacific coast.
You can park yourself on the beach to watch the display, or head to one of the bars or resorts in the area and sip on a cocktail as the sun sets. You’ll see the white sand turn rosy pink as the sun dips down over this stretch of the Nicoya Peninsula.
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