Just last year, Costa Rica was ranked Latin America’s premier spot for a destination wedding. And with its gorgeous beaches, romantic ambiance and convenient proximity to the States, it’s not hard to see why. Imagine floating down the aisle on a balmy tropical evening as the sun dips below the horizon, lighting up the sky in a rainbow of Technicolor hues. Your intimate sunset beach ceremony is set against a backdrop so spectacular… so perfect in every way that it remains forever etched in your mind. This dreamy scenario is just one of many reasons to plan a wedding in Costa Rica, and here are a few more incentives to inspire you!
A Costa Rica wedding and honeymoon to exceed all expectations
Simply put, there’s no better country to experience the drama and beauty of pristine beaches, verdant jungles and bubbling volcanoes– all within a few hour’s drive. Though only the size of West Virginia, Costa Rica’s diverse countryside equal more sightseeing opportunities, wildlife encounters and places to enjoy your ultimate wedding day celebration – and honeymoon excursions! For those who want to enjoy some indulgent relaxation overlooking Manuel Antonio’s famed coastline, the lavish Casa Fantastica promises unbridled luxury for your wedding ceremony, reception and vacation.
Just a short trek for all wedding guests
Forget about jet lag! Costa Rica is a short hop from many major hubs in the U.S., with most flights under six hours in duration. Fly directly into the San Jose International airport where you’re less than a three-hour drive from the Central Pacific coast. Delta, JetBlue, TACA and American Airlines are just some of the carriers offering inexpensive, non-stop flights. The upside: your guests can hop on a plane at 6 am and be sipping mojitos by the beach at 3 pm!
Hospitable people and a friendly culture
The people of Costa Rica, affectionately known as “Ticos,” are some of the most gracious and welcoming you’ll meet. All residents live by the country’s unofficial motto “pura vida” – meaning pure life. Once here, you’ll see why Costa Rica is consistently rated one of the happiest countries in the world. It’s hard not to grin when you’re surrounded by such exceptional natural beauty – emerald green cloud forest, sun-kissed beaches, undulating waves and sultry jungle – all begging to be explored.
Weddings in Costa Rica offer activities for everyone
A large wedding guest list means visitors of all ages, interests and physical abilities. Costa Rica truly shines in the activity department, with eco and adventure excursions that cater to everyone from toddlers to seniors. Low-impact birding and nature tours are ideal for the older set, while zip-lines, parasailing and bungee jumping may appeal to teenagers and adventuresome adults. Deep sea fishing is always a favorite among the guys, while the bridal party can unwind with pampering facials, body scrubs and massages at one of numerous full-service spas.
Spend more quality time with your guests
A Costa Rica destination wedding offers ample time to spend with your guests, as most will want to stay at least 2 or 3 days to maximize their journey. By contrast, most ceremonies held in your hometown would offer a mere afternoon or evening with loved ones.