When most people think of a Costa Rica wedding destination, the first thing that usually comes to mind is an exotic Costa Rica beach wedding. But what if you don’t want to set foot in the sand, yet still dream of a destination that’s unique, memorable and awe-inspiring? Well, you’ve come to the right place! This is our guide to unique settings and backdrops for Costa Rica destination weddings.
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If you want a Costa Rica wedding destination that’s completely unique, out of the ordinary and with a WOW effect, round up your guests, take them to Arenal and exchange vows with an erupting volcano as your wedding backdrop.
It really doesn’t get much more unique and adventurous than that! Arenal is Costa Rica’s most active volcano, frequently erupting into beautiful fireworks. It’s no wonder that some of the most luxurious hotels have set up shop in this area.
This region is one of the most popular tourist locations because it has so much to offer. Aside from the impressive and very active Arenal, you can also take in some stunning waterfalls, rivers, and rainforests. There are many resorts in every price range with great views of the volcano that are perfect for Costa Rica weddings. Below are just a few suggestions to get you started.
Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort
Tabacon is a luxury hotel located at the base of the volcano. They are a member of the Leading Hotels of The World, and have been recognized by publications as one of the top resorts in Costa Rica to honeymoon!
They have pre-set packages and an on-site coordinator who can arrange an intimate celebration for up to 30 guests. You can have your ceremony in an outdoor tent in the middle of the rainforest, in an open-air bungalow on their gardens or in the Temazcal area (a spiritual center of the Spa). You can have your reception in the pool area, a secluded bar, or have a lively celebration amid the hot springs. Check out their website or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org to get more info.
Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens
This romantic hotel is in the outskirts of Arenal and is made up of 40 casitas surrounded by rainforests. They have a wedding team that will help you plan all the details of your special day. Arenal Springs Resort and Arenal Kioro are some other hotels in the area that can host your big day. You can request packages by visiting each of their websites.
Waterfall & Rainforest Costa Rica Wedding Destination
There’s something really magical about tying the knot with waterfalls as your backdrop. It’s just such a beautiful, unique, and natural way to start your new life.
If that’s the Costa Rica Wedding destination you’re dreaming of, make sure you check out these venues:
The Peace Lodge at La Paz Waterfalls Gardens
You’ll fall in love all over again with their 5 stunning waterfalls surrounded by tropical rainforest, exotic flowers, and colorful birds. They’re located about an hour away from San Jose and have an on-site coordinator that can help you plan your dream ceremony.
If you want to steer clear of the water but have been dreaming of releasing butterflies at your ceremony, start dreaming a little bigger! Because here you can even tie the knot in their butterfly observatory surrounded by thousands of butterflies! Visit their site for destination wedding packages and more info.
This is another fantastic Costa Rica wedding destination, especially for the eco-minded couple. This eco-friendly & wellness boutique resort is located in Dominical and has private waterfalls for guests only. They host small intimate spiritual or Christian ceremonies and have on-site coordinators to help you plan. Check out their different packages at waterfallvillas.com
If you haven’t already done so, make sure you check out my guide to the best venues for destination weddings in Costa Rica.
Check out my other sections 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
- Check out this guide to Costa Rica Beach Wedding Locations
I hope you find your perfect Costa Rica Wedding Destination!