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Do you want to have a Costa Rica Beach Wedding? This guide will break down some of the most popular areas to tie the knot, but also some unusual and off-the-beaten-path regions that will allow you to truly take in all the nature and culture of this beautiful country.
Central Pacific & Nicoya Peninsula
Couples love this region of the country because of the mountainous coastlines, cliffs, national parks and exotic plant & wildlife. You can say your vows with the most beautiful and colorful sunsets as your backdrop. As an added plus, it’s less humid than the Caribbean & South Pacific regions.
This is a really popular wedding destination. You’ll find many hilltop venues with amazing views of the white sands, blue ocean and jungles. And there’s no shortage of things to do from nightlife to adventure, hiking, surfing, wildlife and more.
There are plenty of accommodations to suit every taste- including hilltop hotels, all-inclusive, bungalows, villas and private home rentals. This region has become popular for couples and they’ve responded to the demand with some really breathtaking venues.
A few venue options in this area include:
- Si Como No
- Arenas del Mar
- Los Altos
- Hotel Parador
- Casa Fantastica
- La Mariposa
- Casa Nova Estate
The black sand, aqua/green water, and palm trees all set against a horseshoe bay make this one of the most amazing locations for a Costa Rica Beach wedding. They have some really stunning cliff/hilltop venues overlooking the ocean & hills. A few favorites among couples tying the knot here are the Villa Caletas, Zephyr Palace, and Marriott Los Suenos.
This surf town is off the beaten path, quaint and laid back. Although it’s a bit remote and out of the way, many couples love it because of its deep-blue ocean water, palm trees, lush green forests, and cliffs. Your best bet in this area will be a lodge or hilltop private home/villa. Casa Ramon (www.casaramoncr.com) is a favorite among couples having a destination wedding in this area.
Mal Pais – Santa Teresa
This off the beaten path, peaceful, laid back community has a beautiful shaded beachfront with long sandy, rocky stretches, and lush vegetation. Here are some popular venues for couples tying the knot in this area – Hotel Milarepa, Latitude 10 Resort, Flor Blanca.
This is a laid back, charming village town surrounded by forested hills and secluded arch-shaped coastlines. High bluffs surround the crystal clear aquamarine water making it a gorgeous sight to see. If you’re traveling to Tambor, your Costa Rica beach wedding can be hosted in the intimate boutique hotel, Tambor Tropical, the all-inclusive Barcelo Tambor Beach, or the Tango Mar Beach & Golf Resort.
Southern Pacific Costa Rica Beach Wedding
One of the most biologically diverse areas on earth, this is a great place to see wildlife, exotic plant life, and active rainforests. It’s very isolated, hard to get to and with limited modern amenities, you get the feel of being away from civilization.
Osa Penninsula (Corcovado, Drake Bay, Puerto Jimenez)
With virgin coastlines surrounded by lush, exotic rainforests and wildlife, this area is ideal for elopements or a very small laid back Costa Rica beach wedding. It is truly an unusual and unique place to get married but it will allow you to really experience the culture. Once there, you can enjoy hiking, surfing, fishing, snorkeling, kayaking, eco-tours, and much more.
If you’re traveling to this region for your Costa Rica destination wedding, you should look into the Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, Bosque del Cabo Lodge, Lapa Rios.
Caribbean Costa Rica Beach Wedding
Although it has some beautiful beaches, the Caribbean coast of the country is not as popular, in part due to its reportedly higher crime rates and hot/muggy climate. They also don’t have as many destination wedding resources as other parts of Costa Rica and you won’t get the same colorful sunsets you’ll find in the Pacific. You might be drawn to this region if you’re looking for a truly unique, more rustic experience and beautiful crystal clear ocean water.
Playa Cocles & Puerto Viejo
This community has a reputation for having a fun vibe with local bands playing at night. They also have a variety of hotel options and restaurants. The beaches are quiet and laid back with white sand and turquoise water surrounded by lush green jungles. The most common accommodations are condo rentals and boutique hotels.
La Cameleon is a popular venue for a Costa Rica Beach wedding in the area.
This is a small community with a strong Jamaican and Reggae culture. They’re known for the unusual black sand and warm calm waters, but the main attraction is the Cahuita National Park with lush coastal rainforest. You can put your guests up in bungalows, private homes, bed & breakfast, or smaller mid-range hotels.
Most couples traveling here for their destination wedding choose Hotel La Diosa or a private home/villa as their venue.
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Check out my other posts on Costa Rica Destination Weddings:
- Check out our Costa Rica Destination Wedding Planning Guide to see real wedding photos, vendors, tips & advice.
- Costa Rica Wedding Vendor and Venue Directory
Go to our Costa Rica Wedding Vendor Directory to find venues, planners, photographers, and more.