Watching wildlife in Costa Rica may be the most romantic way to spend the day for some, who get to witness howler monkeys and Scarlet Macaws in their natural habitat at Corcovado National Park. The year-long warmth of the Caribbean and the secluded coves of Playa Chiquita spark romance in visitors to Puerto Viejo de Limon, Costa Rica, and couples can dream of barefoot weddings on the white sand beaches. An enchanting blue grotto at Punta Uva is accessible from a cliff that separates the two sides of this beach; the climb to it alone makes the heart go pitter-pat. The Chocolate Forest Experience includes a walk through the cacao forest, samples of organic chocolate and culminates at sunset with a chocolate and wine tasting overlooking the Caribbean coast; romantic on so many levels. A breathtaking view and naturally thermal hot springs at Chucaras Hotsprings Estate make for some magical special occasions, while the hot springs at the base of the Arenal Volcano are a romantic attraction not to be missed. Near San Jose, an escape to La Paz Waterfall with lunch at Tortillas makes a perfect daytime date, as does wandering the flower gardens of the Lankester Botanical Gardens.
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