Cuddling with young Namu, optional — Photo courtesy of Jaguar Rescue Center
With more direct flights and new puddle jumpers to the Caribbean coast, it's easier than ever to savor la pura vida with a romantic escape into Costa Rica. A treasure trove of treats awaits for lovers in this fertile green crescent at the very heart of Central America.
Blessed with an unabashed abundance of Mother Nature’s gifts, Costa Rica’s cornucopia coalesces to create a magical environment that is undeniably conducive to love, lovers, and loving.
Perfect weddings on the beach — Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
Whether you’re a couple considering the popping of certain questions, fiancées scouting out a special place to exchange nuptials, newlyweds on honeymoon, or a new family on babymoon, Costa Rica offers a panoply of choices.
On the Pacific coast at The Four Seasons at Peninsula Papagayo, couples can indulge in a luxurious, sustainable resort experience seemingly designed for lovers.
Honeymooners in Costa Rica — Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
Seventeen custom-designed villas are nestled into the rainforest, overlooking a golden sand beach. Slip into your private infinity pool, pad around your spacious two- or three-bedroom suite, and join the Poro Poro Clubhouse for exclusive perks.
The Prieta Beach Club & Spa offers snorkeling sessions, tasty dishes crafted by the talented Chef Nicholas, and rejuvenating body treatments inspired by elements of the rainforest.
Getaway here at Playa Cativo — Photo courtesy of Playa Cativo
Playa Cativo, a luxury resort accessible only by boat, is ideal for couples seeking solitude. Instead of humans, you'll overhear the bustle of toucans, monkeys, dolphins, and hundreds of other local animals in this remote area of the Osa Penninsula.
Sleep deeply after days of exploring the adjacent Piedras Blancas National Park and dining at El Gavilan, where the kitchen turns out delicious creations straight from Playa Cativo's own organic farm and garden.
Worshipped by the Mayans, gentle howlers are among the few monkeys to nest — Photo courtesy of Sophia LaMonica
Those who prefer roads less traveled will appreciate the raw beauty of the wild rainforest along the six-mile stretch from Puerto Viejo de Limon to Manzanillo, which offers one after another of pristine beaches and romantic hideaways.
Daring couples can seek out a steep path leading up from the coastal trail near Cocles beach, climb out onto to a picture-perfect landing, and take in a sweeping view of the coast. Further south at the idyllic Punta Uva, there’s a real blue grotto formed under the cliff that separates the two sides of this breathtaking beach.
Majestic Leatherbacks feed soley on jellyfish, and come ashore to lay eggs — Photo courtesy of Leatherback Trust
On the Caribbean, leatherback sea turtles still lay their eggs onshore as they have for thousands of years, three-toed sloths sidle by during dinner, and monkeys howl soulfully from the trees.