Hi, I would greatly appreciate any tips on planning our upcoming 8 day honeymoon in Costa Rica...
Any dream itinerary suggestions?
My husband has never been there. I have been there before but had a limited trip staying in San Jose, Arenal, and then Monteverde.
We will definitely include both Arenal and Monteverde again but would love to spend some days on coasts at a beach resort. Both comfortable traveling in the past at many different levels of accomodation. Enjoyed Let's Go series hotels to more luxe chains Ritz/mandarin oriental/aman/taj/oberois or independent luxury hotels as well... This time want luxury wherever available since it is our honeymoon even if days devoted primarily to active pursuits ... hiking to LF waterfall, zip lines, hot springs. We really want to do a coastal segment at somewhere as resorty/honeymooney as possible set directly on a post-card type beach. Suggestions?
I have perused the T.A. site but still want advice from people who have checked out both coasts and possibly who have done multiple trips and thus had a chance to compare some places.
We would love:
1) Recommendations on which coastal location/beaches. We don't care about nightlife but would like suggestions on places with soft sand beaches and shallow (turquoise)water that stretches pretty far from the shore since we don't swim. We were considering caribbean side but didn't see many beaches with resorty hotels... If the beaches on that side meet above description better then we are willing to go less resorty but want as much mosquito control as possible. Insects inevitable(travel to south-asia every other year) but we are both mosquito-targets-despite-deet and want resorts with good screens in the bedrooms if not actual climate control. Manzanillo, puerto viejo look beautiful in photos but want help deciding those areas vs areas of guanacaste or manuel anotnio or area near Four seasons peninsula papagayo where resorts seem more honeymoonish... Want warm water... Carribean warmer than pacific?
2) We would like suggestions for some resort type hotels. Warm water heated pools/jacuzzis as part of the resort would be great.
3) I had a great experience at the tabacon last time but wondered if any of the newer resorts were a little more luxurious/pristine. I would appreciate knowing how people who previously stayed at the tabacon would compare some of the newer offerings in the arenal area. We would love someplace potentially a little newer/fancier if that hotel also has equally great or superior volcano views and ideally a hotspring or hotspring-fed pool on the grounds.
Thanks very much to anyone who reponds for sharing your wisdom...