If you’re looking to rekindle your relationship or want to spend a vacation of a lifetime with your loved one, Costa Rica offers the perfect mix of intimacy and adventure. With plenty of romantic things to do in Costa Rica, it tops the list of top honeymoon countries. (Read our guide to planning the perfect Costa Rica honeymoon).
So what are you waiting for?
Find out which one of these romantic destinations in Costa Rica is the perfect one for you and your special someone!
La Fortuna is one of the top romantic destinations in Costa Rica due to the handful of luxury hotels, sultry hot springs and plethora of outdoor adventure. Compared to other places, La Fortuna is one of the best for couples who want high end hotels and unforgettable rainforest and volcano views.
All the luxury hotels offer spectacular volcano views, have spa services and amenities like hot springs, Jacuzzis, and luxury rooms. They’ll pamper you and your loved one like you’ve never been pampered before!
Go on an exciting adventure together like ziplining, hiking and rappeling in the jungle and end the day relaxing in the beautiful hot springs at night. If you go in the off season, you can even have the hot springs all to yourselves!
Looking for a luxury hotel in Arenal? Check our list of best luxury hotels in Arenal for more recommendations (we personally love the adult only Nayara Springs). Want to know more? Read our La Fortuna guide for more information about this area.
Manuel Antonio is a top romantic destination in Costa Rica, especially for gay couples. The beaches are some of the most beautiful with bright blue waters and soft white sand. Couples will have a blast at Manuel Antonio National Park as they hike through beach and jungle surrounded by wildlife.
Manuel Antonio also has some of the most luxurious hotels in Costa Rica, perfect for romantic getaways. Many of them have infinity pools with ocean views, spas and honeymoon packages.
Gulf of Papagayo
The Gulf of Papagayo is one of the most romantic places in Costa Rica. It boasts the best of everything Costa Rica has to offer: beaches, adventure and great weather. Snorkel with sea turtles in the morning and have a drink on the beach for the sunset.
For the beach loving couple, the Gulf of Papagayo is the place to go in Costa Rica as it has many hidden beaches in Guanacaste. It also has the best weather in Costa Rica with the most sunny and clear days!
This is where you will find several beachfront all-inclusive resorts, many with their own beach access. Some are Secrets, Four Seasons, Andaz Papagayo, Occidental Papagayo and Hotel Riu Guanacaste. For the ultimate luxury beach honeymoon or romantic getaway, the Gulf of Papagayo has the best resort options.
Our favorite couple activity is taking a private boating tour from Playas del Coco. Since it is a private tour, you get the boat all to yourself and it is the best way to see all the boat access only white sand beaches and the best snorkel spots!
Santa Teresa is a very romantic place in Costa Rica for couples looking for a laid back yoga and surf beach town. Since this undeveloped corner in the Nicoya Peninsula has over 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) of coastline, you can easily have a piece of the beach all to yourselves. Explore the wild side of Costa Rica with your significant over in Santa Teresa!
There’s a little bit of everything for couples, especially those who want to experience a less touristic beach. There aren’t too many high end or luxury hotels in this area however. The most romantic hotels are Casa Chameleon Mal Pais and Florblanca.
Conchal beach, with its clear baby blue waters and sparkling white sand beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. It has one more special characteristic with little pieces of shells instead of sand!
Behind Playa Conchal is the all-inclusive Westin and brand new W Reserve, so it is a popular place for weddings, anniversaries and honeymoons. With such stunning water and scenery, Conchal is one of the most romantic places in Costa Rica.
The only downside is that this beach has become widely popular in the last few years and gets extremely crowded. Unless you go in the off season, it will be hard to find a spot on the beach all to yourself.
With a funky Caribbean vibe, empty white sand beaches and snoozing sloths, Puerto Viejo offers a different Costa Rica experience. What Puerto Viejo lacks in luxury hotels and fine dining is made up with picturesque beaches and abundant wildlife.
This is where Yeison took me for my first trip to Costa Rica and I absolutely fell in love with it at first sight. I loved it for a romantic escape because we stayed in a private cabina on Playa Chiquita with nobody else around. It felt like we had our own private beach!
For another beach and jungle escape away from crowds, head down to Uvita. Uvita is a small town famous for the Marino Ballena National Park, unspoiled jungles and dark sand beaches. It’s also one of the best places for humpback whale watching in Costa Rica!
Due to the undeveloped nature of Uvita, you’ll can find beautiful hotels and boutique inns tucked in the jungle with stunning beach views. Most of them are adult only boutiques, so you and your loved one can enjoy the jungle in bliss.
We stayed at one exclusive adult only boutique, Oxygen Jungle Villas (click to get 15% off) that is perfect for couples with glass villas and ocean views. Or if you’re a couple looking for something more adventurous and out of the norm, try glamping. We went glamping at Manoas Resort (click to get 10% off) and had a wonderful time close to nature but still in style.
Map of Romantic Destinations in Costa Rica
Here is a map of all the romantic places in Costa Rica mentioned above.
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