As a newly married same-sex couple, it is important for us to feel welcomed and accepted during our honeymoon stay.
Honeymooning is easy, but choosing the location to honeymoon is not. If you are a young couple getting married, chances are there are countless places in the world that you have yet to experience. This was the case for my wife and myself. We hadn’t done much international travel so there is plenty of the world that we would like to see. I have always wanted to backpack through Ireland, and visiting Australia had been Mandi’s life long dream. Ironically, we chose neither of those locations. Once meeting with a travel agent, it was decided that we would spend our honeymoon in Central America. Apart from the beautiful weather, there were three main reasons my wife and I chose to honeymoon in Costa Rica.
I wouldn’t say that these reasons are in any particular order of importance, but not breaking the bank was definitely up there on our list. By visiting Costa Rica we were able to expand our 7-day honeymoon to a full 10-days, with hardly any extra expenses. After booking our trip we were left with further funds that we could use once we got to our destination. Definitely more bang for your buck.
The first 3 days began in the rainforest at the Arenal Nayara Hotel, in the city of La Fortuna. Upon arrival, we were greeted with a drink and upgraded to a private bungalow. The restaurant on-site served complementary breakfast, which was delicious authentic Costa Rican cuisine. However, lunch and dinner was reasonably priced and worth the purchase. I would recommend taking advantage of all excursions here, as it is right in the heart of the Arenal Volcano.
– Tip for honeymooners: book all excursions in the AM, any time after the morning you will be rained on. After all, it is the Rainforest!
They have the widest variety of everything from adventurous zip lining to laid-back bird watching. The last 7-days were spent on the beach of Playa Conchal at The Westin Resort and Spa. This all-inclusive resort had a total of 7 restaurants and you better believe we tried them all!
2. LGBTIQ+ friendly
As a newly married same-sex couple, it was important for us to feel welcomed and accepted during our honeymoon stay. Costa Rica is known as Central America’s most open and gay-friendly country. We traveled to and from both sides of the country and didn’t even experience a raised eyebrow. Upon checking into our hotels we were always greeted with a big “welcome and congratulations!”
– Tip for honeymooners: be sure to make notations when booking your trip, expressing that this is in fact a honeymoon. This will avoid any confusion or hesitation upon arrival.
It was nice to feel recognized as a couple both inside and outside of the resorts. Our safety was never an issue. With tourism being Costa Rica’s number one source of revenue, the native Costa Ricans are very attentive to the needs of tourists. For the first time in my life, I went an entire 10 days without encountering a rude/homophobic person.
3. Natural Beauty
Let’s just say that you don’t want to forget your camera on this trip. Our experience started with the remarkable rainforest, which was literally right outside the window of our bungalow. After setting eyes on its beauty, we booked the hanging bridges excursion to get a closer look. A total of fifteen bridges suspended from the tops of the highest trees viewed Lake Arenal and The Arenal Volcano. This was also a great chance to see Costa Rica’s wild life.
– Tip for Honeymooners: don’t skip this opportunity!
From rainforest to beach, we got the best of both worlds! The Playa Conchal beaches are made up of millions of crushed shells. This is the only beach on the pacific coast with crystal clear waters. With these breathtaking views, if you have a chance to take a night cruise, snorkel, or a swim, do not pass it up!
For anyone who is visiting this beautiful country you learn quickly the meaning of “pura vida”, which translates to English as “pure life”. This is a phrase that Costa Ricans use in their daily life, upon greeting and departing and everything in-between. It was described to us as “not just a saying, but a way of life”. Am I being too naïve when I say, what a lovely symbolic way to spend your honeymoon?
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