Come Indulge in Costa Rica's Most Romantic Things to Do

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.

In the green Orosi Valley, Churacas Hotsprings Estate offers full day tours of its coffee plantation and includes a dip in its naturally thermal hot springs. Surrounded by mountains, this is an ideal place to relax and take in "la pura vida,"...  Read More

La Paz Waterfall and gardens is a delightful eco-excursion just outside the city of San Jose, and with a half or full day trip, you'll be treated to not only five rushing waterfalls, but lush tropical rain forest, exotic birds, butterflies,...  Read More

A visit to Parque Nacional Volac�n Arenal makes a great day trip from San Jos�. As this area of Costa Rica is known for its outstanding volcanoes, a visit to the area wouldn't be complete without seeing one. An active volcano, the...  Read More

After the sun sets in the rainforest in Monteverde, Costa Rica, a different set of species comes alive. To the untrained eye, and without experience, there may be little to see, but their eyes are watching you. The Hidden Valley Night Tour is...  Read More

The Lankester Botanical Gardens (Jardín Botánico Lankester) was created in 1973 as a center for the exhibition, conservation and research of orchids and tropical air plants. Recognized worldwide for its stunning collections of bromeliads, the...  Read More

The Monteverde Cloud forest is a lush preserve that remains largely intact. Most of the wildlife is rare and much of it is nocturnal, which is why a night hike of the preserve is such a stimulating attraction. The reserve is open daily from 7am...  Read More

The Caribbean's most precious beach could just be Punta Uva, or Grape Point. There are two sides to this beach, North and South, divided by a steep green cliff. On the south side lies a long sweeping stretch of white sand, dappled with coconut...  Read More

Caribeans Chocolate Forest Experience
Photo courtesy of Sophia LaMonica

Chocolate lovers, nature enthusiasts, and those looking to learn more about Costa Rica's rich history of cacao should indulge in the Chocolate Forest Experience. It's an in-depth exploration of chocolate from tree to bar, and it's a real treat...  Read More

Playa Chiquita
Photo courtesy of Sophia LaMonica

Playa Chiquita is a small stretch of coast with a narrow white sand beach and calm water that is often ideal for snorkeling in between the coral reef. This is the most hidden beach in the area, due to the dense rainforest that separates the...  Read More

The Corcovado National Park is Costa Rica's "crown jewel" of natural preserves. Located in Costa Rica's southwestern-most corner, the Osa Peninsula, Corcovado may be visited on a day trip. The most popular route is a long coastal path that may...  Read More


Meet Sophia LaMonica

On Sophia's first trip to Costa Rica, she came face to face with white-faced monkeys, gasped at the sight of giant purple crabs, and rode horseback through plunging waterfalls. Costa Rica...  More About Sophia
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