plan a costa rica couples vacation

How to Plan a Costa Rica Couples Vacation

Mani & Cindi
Mani & Cindi

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If you are looking to plan a romantic getaway and have your sights set on Costa Rica, then have a review of this guide to help you understand what to think about in preparation for an intimate getaway with your special someone.

You could not have chosen a better destination than Costa Rica to bring your loved one for some much-needed time alone. Beautiful sandy beaches, intimate sunsets, colorful rainforests and a variety of wildlife are just a few things that will have you and your partner remembering this trip forever. Have a read below to understand what to bring, where to visit and where to stay so that you create memories that you both will never forget.

What to Know Before Getting on the Flight to Costa Rica:

You are probably aware that you will find much of anything and everything in Costa Rica. Therefore, you want to make sure you come prepared to ensure you and your partner are stress-free and all smiles the entire time. Whether you go hiking through the rainforest or swimming in the ocean, make sure you pack the items below. Be sure to also bring a useful waterproof bag that you can carry around in Costa Rica to hold these listed essentials.

  • Insect Repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Flashlight, Binoculars, Camera and Battery Packs
  • Light Jacket and Long Pants
  • Waterproof Backpack
  • Cash
  • Copies of ID and Passport
  • Selfie-Stick

You definitely do not want to forget the selfie-stick during this romantic getaway, which will help to ensure you capture all the intimate moments without a third wheel.

How to Choose Transportation in Costa Rica

If you are flying into Costa Rica at an international airport, you will have the option to rent your own vehicle or take public transportation. Many tourists show up expecting to catch an Uber, but that might not always be the most accessible or available option. Common modes of transportation include:

  • Public Buses
  • Tourist Minibuses
  • Tour Groups
  • Taxis and Cabs
  • Rent a Car/SUV

The most economical mode of transportation for traveling as a couple would be by bus. Costs range from around one to twenty dollars and can be the easiest way to get around, especially without kids. Keep in mind, however, that these buses are usually not air-conditioned, though they are comfortable.

bus in costa rica

If you are looking for something a bit more comfortable and quick, then check out the Tourist Minibuses. These options offer service to most all the major hotels and do offer air-conditioned accommodations. This might serve as a smoother ride for a couple because it does not require frequently changing bus routes like the normal bus service does.

If you are feeling extra adventurous and prefer renting your own vehicle, then driver beware, it can be intimidating for a first time traveler to Costa Rica. Not all roads are finished or have proper lighting at night. However, having your own vehicle will give you and your loved one all the privacy you will desire plus full control of managing your travel time.

Make sure you have your Driver’s License from your home country. Most roads around major cities, like the capital of San Jose, have nicely paved roads. Do not be fooled, however, as going off road will likely require four-wheel drive.

Beaches in Guanacaste for Two

If you are looking to get lost in love, then put the Guanacaste province first on your destination list. This province has some of the most amazing beaches that Costa Rica has to offer with eye-catching sunsets to keep you and your partner in sync the entire time.

Many couples will spend their time together taking long walks on the sandy beaches together, or they may even opt to take it one level up for some Horseback riding into the sunset. If you are looking to get in the water, then numerous options are available like a snorkel tour, surfing lessons, whale watching and more.

Tourists often find themselves wandering off to beaches in Tamarindo or Playa Samara, two popular beach towns in Guanacaste.

beach area in costa rica for couples

Tamarindo is the largest town and is ideal for a couple looking for a lively beach atmosphere. Many people come here to surf, but you can also catch many tours as well, such as wildlife boat tours and catamaran tours. Make sure to spoil your partner in crime with a little shopping in town, and end the night with a nice meal at one of many restaurants and bars to choose from.

If you are staying in town, then you likely will not need a rental car since most everything is walking distance. Nevertheless, if you are venturing out to places like Rincon de la Vieja National Park or other similar sites, then a car is necessary.

To the south, you will find Playa Samara. This town in Guanacaste province is located in a rural part of Costa Rica. Quite the opposite of Tamarindo, the town of Playa Samara offers a sense of serenity and peace that is perfect for a couple looking to romance in silence and privacy.

Couples can find a variety of quality bars and restaurants where they can have a romantic meal while taking in the beautiful ocean views together. If you are up for an activity, then choose from hiking, diving, kayaking or paddle boarding together.

Other Places to See with Your Significant Other

While there are far too many sites in Costa Rica to mention in one guide, have a look at some of the most sought after destinations that you may want to experience with your significant other.

  • La Fortuna Waterfall
  • Arenal Volcano
  • Corcovado National Park
  • Bahia Drake
  • Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Tortuguero
  • Monteverde
  • Paos Volcano
  • Santa Teresa

Where to Stay on Your Costa Rica Couples Vacation

You can find a myriad of options for accommodations on all ends of the spectrum – inexpensive to costly, standard to luxurious. However, if you are trying to leave an impression on your significant other, then Hacienda Pinilla might be the resort for you.

A luxury resort, Hacienda Pinilla was built to preserve the natural 4,500-acre historic land along more than three miles of untouched shoreline and a native tropical forest just adjacent. The Golf Course at Hacienda Pinilla is across the north Pacific coast of Costa Rica and surrounded by the majestic views of the tropics and the breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.

Popular options for accommodations for couples include the famous JW Marriot located right within the resort as well as The Pura Vida House. While the JW Marriot gives you everything that you would expect from a top-tier hotel, if you are looking for something a little bit more intimate, private, catered and customized, then you will want to check out The Pura Vida House.

We look forward to seeing you and your special someone soon here with us in Costa Rica!

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