When Bill & Amy contacted me they asked for beaches, local culture, day trips and great food. Based on this description I put together a variety of custom options and they decided on Costa Rica, which ended up being the perfect honeymoon location for them!
They split their honeymoon between two resorts, and two different areas of Costa Rica. They started at Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort located at the base of the Arenal Volcano. Then they stayed at the Four Seasons Resort at Peninsula Papagayo in the Guanacaste Region. This was a great way to experience the different areas of Costa Rica, and they had a rental car so they could explore the areas on their own.
I hope you enjoy reading about their fabulous honeymoon!
- Please provide a brief description of the two of you.
Bill and I are both architects who met at graduate school in New York City. We had worked on several projects together after graduation and one thing let to another.. five years after graduation we got married in Brooklyn NY. We had been working so much over those last five years, we had never been out of the country together, so our honeymoon was a great opportunity for us to take a break.
- What did you want for your honeymoon?
We wanted to relax, but we wanted to have the option to be active. We haven’t spent a great deal of time “relaxing” so we were excited to see if we could do it! It was a personal challenge for us to let go and enjoy a beach/mountain vacation.
- What made you want to go to Costa Rica?
Costa Rica to us, was the right distance from NYC, it had warm weather in April and we had heard wonderful things about it over the years. We had thought that the option to be in mountains and the beach would keep us occupied for the ten days.
- So how was it?
Everything we had hoped for! It was so easy to unwind, the people we met were so friendly and helpful. The atmosphere was laid back, perfect for us to really get in tune with the lush surroundings.
- What was your favorite part about your honeymoon?
Bill and I really enjoyed the drive to La Fortuna, we loved the activities near the volcano Arenal and especially the hot springs, super lush surroundings! Honestly, we LOVED the beach on the Papagayo Peninsula too. We ended up seeing a lot of monkey’s on the beach and it doesn’t hurt to have your beach chair prepped every morning. It would be hard to choose.
- What did you think of each hotel?
So much luxury, almost too much luxury!! Tabacon was a wonderful place to start, as it was very intimate and felt culturally … Costa Rican. We took advantage of the spa at Tabacon and had the most relaxing outdoor lava treatments, massage and mud masks, with the sounds of the spring in the background. I would say that would be the absolutely highlight of the hotel.
- Did you like splitting your time between two resorts and areas?
Absolutely! We are fairly active people and like to move around. Moving from one region to next felt like two vacations. When one location was over, you really had time to reflect and enjoy the next place. We enjoyed the arrangement as well, mountains first then beach, perfect combination.
- Did you do any activities?
Bill and I hiked, we kayaked, we hung out on hanging bridges, we had guided wildlife tours, we went to the spa, but our favorite activity seemed to be eating, the food was incredible!
- What advice would you give others want to go to Costa Rica for their honeymoon?
Absolutely use a car, but get a sporty 4x4! If you want an adventure that is varied then Costa Rica is for you. There is so much to do and it is all quite accessible. The country is so oriented to tourism it is really hard not to enjoy every moment. The Costa Ricans seem very proud of their country and want to share the beauty.
- Describe your honeymoon in 3 words.
Lush, extravagant and alluring!