There are so many intimate and special spots in Costa Rica that it is actually very hard to choose only 5 spectacular Costa Rica Wedding Destinations for your dreamy day. So let´s start with the following amazing choices and we promise to recommend more in the future.
Santa Teresa and Malpais Costa Rica
Behold the best surfers and yogis Costa Rica beach in our Central Pacific Coast: Santa Teresa and Malpais are two little towns where you will find many Costa Rica boutique beachfront hotels, white sand and deep blue seas. This location is perfect for smaller, intimate and bohemian Costa Rica weddings.
Now, best avoid having your wedding at Santa Teresa and Malpais during the months of September and October, when you will get the most rain. The rest of the year you will have fantastic climate.
Arenal Volcano and its surroundings
From the beach we head towards the Costa Rica´s Northern Plains, where the majestic Arenal Volcano will serve as the backdrop for your wedding. Here, just like at Santa Teresa and Malpais, all the hotels will hold a smaller size and intimate wedding. The greatest attraction of this area are the Arenal Hot Springs and the Arenal Volcano, of course. And a wedding here should definitely include both elements. And the Arenal Volcano surroundings is the perfect place to start your Costa Rica Honeymoon: so you have 2 events at the same location.
Because this is a rainy area year long, we do recommend that both the bride and groom and their guests wear comfortable easy to dry clothes. You may even take advantage of Arenal Hot Springs setting and have your ceremony right there, at the springs.
Pacuare River for the best Costa Rica rafting wedding
If uniqueness is what you are looking for, a wedding besides the Pacuare River will most definitely be an experience to tell your grandchildren and great grandchildren. Imagine arriving at your wedding destination by rafting down a level II-III river. Pacuare Lodge, one of our beloved Costa Rica boutique hotels, will welcome you and your friends and family for a remote and intimate stay.
The Lodge may host up to 38 adults and then children. And so, you may as well take over Pacuare and have your ceremony either during the day within this Costa Rica Eco Lodge garden, or at sunset with candles placed all over the property. There is no electricity at Pacuare Lodge, and so your Costa Rica wedding will certainly be romantic from start to end.
Papagayo Peninsula – home of the best Resorts in Costa Rica
We now go back to the Costa Rica beaches. If a luxury resort and a larger wedding is what you actually want, then the Papagayo Peninsula will offer at least three great settings. Our Northern Pacific Coasts boasts 4.5 to 5 starts hotels such as: the Four Seasons Papagayo, the Andaz Papagayo by Hyatt and the Mangroove by Autograph Collection. Each one of these Costa Rica hotels offers deliciously gourmet food, astounding bay views and architectural rooms with great personality. Oh, and top notch service as well.
We recommend avoiding a March wedding. It is the hottest month of the year at Papagayo and nature has turned brown: your pictures will not come out as photogenic.
Perez Zeledon- far away from the crowds within Costa Rica farm country
If your style is actually more urban and yet you want to feel as if you are surrounded by an authentic Costa Rica ambience: then Perez Zeledon is your best choice and Hacienda Alta Gracia should be your choice of a Costa Rica Wedding Destination. Alta Gracia offers a marvelous location with an exquisite winery, beautiful horses and the largest Spa in Central America. It offers 50 strikingly decorated rooms that share a great view and the mountains.
Do take into account that there are only two ways to reach Perez Zeledon: either by a 3 hour drive or by flying on small 4-5 people planes. If you choose to fly your guests, your wedding rates may greatly increase.
There are so many spectacular Costa Rica Wedding Destinations that it is indeed quite hard to choose. Start your planning by deciding your type of wedding and budget. Or better yet: ask us for our free advice!