Couple kayaking on Lake Arenal

Costa Rica Adventure Honeymoon

13 days from £3,995pp (excl. international flights)

Central Valley  – Arenal  – Bagaces near Guanacaste  – Nosara

Honeymoon, adventure and wildlife, what a combination!

This magical Costa Rica honeymoon starts with the eco-luxury of Finca Rosa Blanca nestled in Heredia's verdant hills.

Enjoy intimate moments amidst lush surroundings before embarking on an adrenaline-pumping white-water rafting adventure on the Rio Sarapiqui.

Next, retreat to Amor Arenal, where private casitas offer stunning volcano vistas and romantic seclusion. Explore the local area with fun SUP or kayaking on Lake Arenal or hike the nearby trails.

Delight in thermal canyon springs at Rio Perdido, immersing yourselves in nature's embrace. Rejuvenate in the thermal waters, creating unforgettable memories together.

Conclude your journey at Lagarta Lodge, a premier luxury destination boasting breathtaking sunsets from its cliff-top infinity pool. Explore pristine beaches, partake in beach sports, or simply unwind at the spa complex.

Throughout your honeymoon, Costa Rica's natural wonders provide the perfect backdrop for romance and adventure. Whether biking through scenic landscapes, hiking lush trails, or savouring the backdrop of nature, Costa Rica is a magical destination.

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The itinerary…

Day 1: San Jose - Central Valley

Finca Rosa Blanca

Charming Finca Rosa Blanca

On arrival into San Jose, transfer to Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Inn, nestled in the hills of Heredia. This sustainable gem offers respite from the city's hustle, perfect for a tranquil start to your Costa Rica Honeymoon. Wander along lush pathways bordered by tropical flora to charming, whitewashed buildings with terracotta roofs. Discover beautiful gardens and a refreshing pool. Delight in El Tigre Vestido restaurant's farm-to-table delights, crafted by an innovative chef, promising a culinary journey.

Day 2: Coffee Tour

Couple on coffee tour

Coffee tour & tasting

Explore the lush 30-acre coffee plantation, thriving on fertile volcanic slopes shaded by lofty trees. Delve into the world of organic coffee production with a guided tour, detailing cultivation, harvesting, and roasting processes. Cap off your journey with a tasting session, sampling the rich flavours of freshly brewed beans. Witness the meticulous cleaning, drying, roasting, and packaging stages at the "Casita del Café". Engage in a cupping session alongside knowledgeable guides, mastering the art of discerning and grading gourmet coffee.

Day 3: White Water Rafting - Rio Sarapaqui

Balsa raft

Rio Sarapiqui white water rafting

Depart from the Central Valley towards the majestic Arenal volcano region. Along the way, brace yourself for an exhilarating rafting escapade on the Rio Sarapiqui, navigating through class II-III rapids spanning 13km. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking vistas of lush tropical rainforest as you conquer the rapids. Ideal for nature enthusiasts and all skill levels, this 2.5-hour adventure promises an unforgettable experience. Following the adrenaline rush, continue to the intimate Amor Arenal romantic retreat, where your private casita offers a relaxing plunge pool and double shower.

Day 4: Lake Arenal

Arenal kayak

Kayaking on Lake Arenal

Morning adventure to discover the untouched beauty of Lake Arenal. Opt for stand-up paddling (SUP) or kayaking, preceded by a brief safety briefing and instruction session. Glide across the serene waters with the imposing Arenal Volcano as your backdrop and watch out for diverse bird species like flycatchers, kingfishers, blue herons, and the Anhinga, amidst howler monkeys echoing through the trees. Later, trek to the breathtaking La Fortuna Waterfall, cascading 60 metres into crystalline pools, inviting you for a revitalising swim.

Day 5: Mountain Biking – Arenal Volcano Lake Trail

Biking at Arenal

Biking at Lake Arenal

Embark on a thrilling bike journey to the magnificent Arenal volcano, accompanied by an expert guide, unraveling the wonders of its diverse natural landscape. Traverse through lush rainforests, rural farmlands, and vibrant wildlife habitats as you encircle Lake Arenal at the volcano's foothills. Delight in the serenity of the countryside, encountering an array of wildlife including monkeys, coatis, and toucans. Pedal onwards to the Caño Negro River in the quaint town of El Castillo, enveloped by the verdant embrace of the rainforest.

Day 6: Arenal – Rio Perdido, Bagaces Region

Rio Perdido picnic

Rio Perdido picnic

Travel overland to Rio Perdido, an idyllic retreat nestled in a pristine landscape adorned with a distinctive dwarf forest. Settle into the comfort of your bungalow, the gateway to an array of enriching experiences. Begin your exploration with a rejuvenating visit to the Rio Perdido Thermal Canyon & Springs, where the river's geothermal waters, born of volcanic origins, flow through a dramatic gorge. Unwind at the spa and savour delectable cuisine, replenishing your energy after a day of thrilling adventures.

Days 7 & 8: Rio Perdido

Rio Perdido tubing

Rio Perdido tubing

Río Perdido redefines the zipline experience with its Canyon Adventure, featuring 15 distinctive platforms, some rock-based and others suspended on canyon walls. Experience the thrill of a Tarzan Swing, navigate a Challenge Bridge, and conquer several Via Ferrata. Additional activities include white water tubing, hiking trails, trail running, mountain biking, yoga, and wildlife spotting. A diverse range of experiences.

Day 9: Rio Perdido – Lagarta Lodge, Nosara

Lagarta Lodge beach

Beach near Lagarta Lodge

Last stop is the coastal retreat at Lagarta Lodge, renowned as one of the nation's top luxury destinations. Perched atop a bluff, the hotel offers mesmerising sunsets and panoramic vistas from its infinity pool. Discover the adjacent Reserva Biológica, enjoy horseback rides along the shore, or catch waves while surfing. Surrounded by pristine beaches, the lodge invites relaxation. Unwind at the Gecko Bar, soaking in endless ocean vistas as the sun disappears below the horizon.

Days 10-12: Lagarta Lodge, Nosara

Sunset at Lagarta

Sunset over the Pacific Ocean

Enjoy three full days indulging in activities, from biking and hiking to beach sports or surfing. Alternatively, unwind with a good book amidst the soothing sounds of nature or pamper yourself at the spa complex, a haven of relaxation and rejuvenation. Explore the small art exhibition at the Gecko Lounge, showcasing artefacts of the Maleku tribe, steeped in magical thinking and cultural heritage. This idyllic hideaway, inspired by nature, awaits your discovery.

Day 13: Lagarta Lodge - Liberia

Lagarta beach 2

Beautiful Nosara beaches

After all the adventure, depart the lodge for the short transfer to Liberia for your onward flight.


Duration: 13 days

Location: Costa Rica Holidays, South and Central America Holidays

Price: £3995pp

From £3,995 pp based on two people sharing, excluding international flights.

The trip includes all accommodations, and activities specified above. Rooms and meals are as follows:

  • 2 nights at Finca Rosa Blanca - Junior Suite with breakfast
  • 3 nights at Amor Arenal – Canyon Casita with breakfast
  • 3 nights at Rio Perdido – East Bungalow with breakfast
  • 4 nights at Lagarta Lodge – Jungle Suite with breakfast & dinner

Also includes

  • All transfers, excusions as mentioned and fees where stated as included.

This trip excludes:

  • Single Supplements.
  • International flights to San Jose/ from Liberia
  • Meals not mentioned as included.
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January

January is the dry season in Costa Rica (although you can still expect the odd tropical shower) and so a fantastic time to visit, the only downside is it is peak season and so you can expect some crowds and peak season prices.

The dry season is ideal if you want to walk through the jungles of Manuel Antonio National Park. It is also an excellent time to visit the soft sandy beaches as you can see humpback whales, as well as green and leatherback sea turtles in the Pacific Ocean.

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February

The dry season continues in February with hot, dry conditions but fewer visitor numbers than in January making it a wonderful time to visit Costa Rica.

If you're hoping to see turtles or humpback whales you want to head to the Pacific Coast, or if you are looking to surf, both the Atlantic and Pacific Coast are great this time of year.

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March

March is still the dry season in Costa Rica, and with fewer crowds, it is a fantastic time of year to visit. March kicks off with Monteverde Music Fest where National and international musicians gather in the cloudforest town for a month of song and dance.

You can see Loggerhead turtles at Parque Nacionale Tortuguero and Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Reserve from March to May.

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April

April is the final month of the dry season, and also one of the hottest meaning many visitors prefer the breezy Pacific coast or visit higher mountainous areas. Easter holidays mean that Costa Rica does get busy, but it quietens after Easter.

Every two years (even numbers), San José plays host to the International Arts Festival where you can expect ten days of theatre shows, concerts, dance performances and art exhibitions.

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May

May is the start of the rainy season, but with it, you benefit from fewer visitors, lower prices and still plenty of good weather. Although there are rain showers, these tend to be in the afternoon, meaning you've bright, sunny mornings to explore - watch wildlife for longer, uninterrupted by other tourists.

Surfers will love this time of year with an increasing swell on the Pacific coast and empty beaches.

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June

June is still part of the rainy or green season, meaning there are tropical showers, but also plenty of lush, vivid vegetation. June is when surfing is at its peak on the Pacific coast.

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July

Whilst July is still part of the rainy season, there is a letup in the volume of rain making it a fantastic time to spot wildlife without the crowds and with amazing plush vegetation.

July is also when green turtles return to their favoured nesting grounds in Tortuguero, with some turtles travelling 2000km to reach their breeding beaches. More turtles can be found at Playa Nancite in Santa Rosa and Ostional Wildlife Reserve, where olive ridleys lay millions of eggs in the black sand, often in the middle of the day.

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August

August still forms part of the wet season, but this doesn't put off families visiting Costa Rica who bring children during the school holidays for the plethora of activities available.

It is a good month to see both green and Hawksbill turtles nesting around Tortuguero. Further up the Pacific coast, olive ridley turtles storm the sands in a synchronized mass nesting event known as arribada which will continue until November. The northern part of the Pacific coast receives the least rain so is ideal for those hunting sunshine.

If you're looking to party, the Virgin of the Seas Fiesta takes place in the Gulf of Nicoya to remember a time when the desperate prayers of storm-shocked sailors were answered.

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September

September and October are the wettest months of the green season meaning that remote areas of Costa Rica can become inaccessible due to the roads and spotting wildlife can be more challenging. The East of the country is the driest so visitors willing to brave the rain head to Tortuguero National Park.

Independence Day occurs on the 15th September which is a big fiesta - across the country, you can expect big patriotic parades celebrating the country’s independence from Spain in 1821.

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October

October is another very wet month in Costa Rica, especially on the west coast which is the best place to see whales and turtles at this time of year.

October is an important month for festivals with Limón Carnival happening. Expect week-long celebrations to mark Christopher Columbus’s landing at Isla Uvita, but be aware these can have an impact on local services.

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November

November marks the end of the wet season - although the exact end date can be difficult to pinpoint, so travel this month can be a gamble, with the upside being lower prices and fewer crowds, plus the potential for glorious sunshine! If you get lucky, November can be the best month to visit.

The Caribbean Coast on the East gets the dry weather first, and if there is rain, it tends to fall in the afternoon so you can easily plan your day around it.

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December

December marks the return of the dry season with visitors flocking to the beaches of sea, sun and sand.

It also means wetter areas of the country reopen with Arenal National Park being one of the most popular for its volcano, hanging bridges and zipwire through the forest, and its magnificent waterfalls.

On the 27th December, there is San José Carnival where you can see huge parades with colourful floats, vibrant music and lots of dancing.

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