HONEYMOON: COSTA RICA, the happiest place on earth #JunglesandBeaches

 

This country speaks to our hearts, first of all, because Costa Rica is known as the happiest place in the world, but also because it is a realm of extreme peace. Costa Ricans are so amicable, in fact, that they completely did away with their army in 1949. This is a place where a common saying among locals is “Pura Vida” which means “pure life.” This national mantra embodies the most beautiful philosophy. Pura Vida is about finding joy in each experience, and appreciating the beauty in the world no matter what else may be happening around you. Pura Vida is the soul of Costa Rica and if you embrace it, Costa Rica will surely embrace you. Even though you might experience a rainy day, or a long wait for supper, smile, relax, and remember Pura Vida. Peaceful, pure and happy is where we want to be! And we think you might just like it too!

Image result for pura vidaCosta Rica, roughly the size of West Virginia, is a ruggedly, rain-forested Central American country with coastlines on both the Caribbean AND the Pacific. Though its enchanting capital city, San Jose, is home to various cultural and urban enjoyments, Costa Rica is better known for its beaches, surf culture, volcanoes, and biodiversity.

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We can’t imagine a better way to start out your life together as a couple than visiting Costa Rica, honeymooning in a place filled with exotic jungles, gorgeous beaches, and friendly people! Where you can find your zen together in paradise!

A place of cloud forests, hot springs, beaches, rainforest and jungles, where you can snorkel, surf, hike, raft, explore and relax to your heart’s content. The natural beauty of this magical country is unsurpassed. Picture yourselves visiting the fairytale beauty of Rio Celeste Falls, where a powerful river tumbles down from the trees above into a dazzling pool of vivid, turquoise blue water. So spectacular it doesn’t look real:

Rio Celeste Falls

One of the top tourist attractions in Costa Rica, part of the Pacific Ring Fire Circle, are the numerous volcanoes –including several active ones like the Arenal Volcano.  If you spring for a stay at the fabulous hotel located base of the majestic Arenal Volcano, Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa, you can savor a sumptuous soak in the volcanic hot springs too:

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Wildlife is everywhere since roughly a quarter of its area is protected jungles. Quetzal birds, sloths, and the ever-popular monkeys are among native animals frequently seen in Costa Rica. The four species of monkeys in the country, Squirrel, Spider, Howler, and Capuchin, are so adorable and playful. Seeing the monkeys is a thrilling experience, but people absolutely need to resist the urge to feed them. Humans feeding monkeys has many harmful effects. To find out more about why you should avoid this behavior, please read “Ten Reasons Not to Feed The Monkeys” on Trip Advisor. The ocean is full of photo-worthy fish, whether you view them by boat, or up-close with your snorkel gear.

There are various unique choices for places to stay, from tree houses to rainforest retreats.

Tree House Lodge, a hidden jewel on the south Caribbean coast on Punta Uva Beach, offers utter privacy in a natural tranquil atmosphere. With your own beach access and 300-meter beach front, you won’t have to meet anybody else during your stay at this romantic hideaway. Besides, haven’t you always wanted to see how it feels to live in a tree house???

And, there is also a luxurious Secrets All-Inclusive Resort for those of you wanting a romantic retreat with all the details seen to.

Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica

What details, you ask?

  • Limitless access to gourmet à la carte dining options without reservations required
  • Unlimited international and domestic top-shelf spirits
  • Unlimited natural fruit juices and soft drinks
  • 24-hour room and concierge services
  • Pool and beach wait service
  • Daily refreshed mini-bar with soft drinks, juice, bottled water and beer
  • Daily maid service
  • Endless daytime activities and live nightly entertainment
  • Theme parties, oceanfront bars, and entertainment venues
  • No wristbands required
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For more places to stay, check out this list of 12 places to stay in Costa Rica that you won’t believe.

Of course, you’ll want to try the local cuisine on your vacay. Here is a great article on the best food to try in Costa Rica, including their most famous dish: gallo pinto, (Spanish for “spotted rooster.”) The name is said to originate from speckled appearance that results from cooking black beans and white rice together.

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Costa Rica is undoubtedly one of the most magnificent places in the world. It’s a natural playground for honeymooners, hikers, surfers, animal lovers, snorkelers, and anybody who feels happiest in nature. Costa Rica reminds us how it feels to be truly alive, and encourages us to accept life as it comes and appreciate every moment. A great state of mind to start a marriage in!

 

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