Lucy’s Costa Rica Elopement Locations
I’ve just come back from a glorious jungle filled adventure, and now I can’t wait to share my favorite Costa Rica Elopement Locations with you! Costa Rica is paradise for honeymooners, adventure seekers, engaged couples and those who want to elope and honeymoon at the same time! In this guide I’ll share some of my favorite places that I had the pleasure of visiting and hopefully inspire you to choose a tropical destination elopement!
Costa Rica is well known for being a hotspot for eco tourism. The country has 28 national parks and 28% of it’s land is protected in reserves. However, unlike USA National Parks, there is no national park pass that allows you entry to all of them. Every Costa Rica national park only has single day passes, so keep this in mind when planning. The costs can add up if you plan to visit a lot of them! Often, there are hidden gems nearby that can be accessed for less 🙂
Finding amazing places to stay in Costa Rica is easy! Tons of unique options are available. Hot spring resorts are a must! There are cabins, glamping tents, treehouses, modern pads, and beachfront villas. You will be spoiled for choice here, and it will be easy to create a one of a kind experience. I can’t wait to hear about what you’re dreaming up!
The food in Costa Rica is hit and miss. It takes some time to understand what to order and what not to order here. Let’s just say “steak” is a term used loosely. Pizza shops are everywhere, yet the pizza makers seemingly have not ever had pizza themselves. Great coffee and authentic local dishes, Guayabana smoothies, plantains and cassava were highlights! If you’re a fish eater, this can be paradise.
Waterfall Elopement Locations in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is well known for its beautiful waterfalls. There are hundreds of waterfalls in this Central American country, it would be impossible to visit or list them all. Ranging from grand drops in valleys with developed overlook decks to secret falls tucked away in the jungle, these provide incredible focal points for an elopement ceremony. Whether you want to hike or not, I’ve got a waterfall for you! See my steamy couples waterfall shoot in Costa Rica here!
Pacific Coast Elopements in Costa Rica
The pacific coast of Costa Rica is pretty diverse. The dry province of Guanacaste to the north is a world renowned site for diving and snorkeling. If you are a water lover, look no further. In the central coast, Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park are a scorching hot and humid jungle-meets beach paradise. Monkeys, parrots, and beautiful vistas dominate this area with tons of opportunity for adventures. White Water rafting, rappelling, horseback riding – you name it, they have it! Further down on the south coast, Dominical, Uvita and the Marino Balleno National Park make that palm tree dream come true. Black sand beaches provide ultimate relaxation. The best thing about the west coast might just be the unforgettable sunsets over the the ocean. Also – don’t miss the airplane bar!
La Fortuna Elopement Locations
You’d be hard pressed to find a more magical place in Costa Rica than the town of La Fortuna at the base of Volcan Arenal. The cone shaped volcano dominates the area, and while it’s often shrouded in low cloud, it’s always enjoyable. We could have spent a month here! My favorite part was the Mistico hanging bridges, where we were able to shoot a little honeymoon session for Bayun and Ahmed! The massive suspension bridges are so incredibly cool. We saw some of the best wildlife here: Coatamundis, Sloth, Treefrogs, Peccaries, Spider Monkeys, Pit vipers, a Giant Curassow and the 95 other bird species I spotted! Seeing a wild Neotropical Otter in Lake Arenal, as well as a 400 year old Banyan tree, totally capped off the experience for me. Don’t miss the hot springs and thermal caves here, as Nour and Stan will tell you!
Monteverde, Costa Rica Elopement Locations
Monteverde and the cloud forest are legendary and for good reason. These primary rainforests are some of the most biodiverse spots on the planet. There is nothing like a hike in these jungles. If it’s raining, even better! While the road up there is gnarly, there are incredible elopement locations in Monteverde if you know where to look. And there is so much to do here – ziplining, chocolate and coffee tours, and of course night tours to really experience the jungle. A hiking elopement here could take you to so many incredible places and lookouts. Plus the best ice cream spot in the country is nearby!
Thinking about eloping in Costa Rica?
If you’re thinking about a tropical elopement, look no further than Costa Rica! Get started with my free map download. All my photos are pinned to this custom map of my favorite elopement locations in Costa Rica. Don’t be a stranger – let me know if you have any questions!