Guanacaste, Bijagua, La Fortuna, Catarata del Toro, San Jose
Dates are customizable for private departures.
From romantic river rides to waterfalls and brunch, this is the ideal 8-day journey through Costa Rica for couples. Costa Rica is where private plunge pools are situated on beautiful beaches, and indulgent spas hide in cloud forests. Explore Pacific Guanacaste, walk hand in hand on Tenorio Volcano, lounge in the hot springs of La Fortuna, and gaze upon Catarata del Toro. Featuring wildlife, waterfalls, and plenty of spas, this is a private getaway that is designed just for two.
Guanacaste – Beach Escape
After flying into Liberia’s International Airport, you will be met by a local guide for the short transfer to Guanacaste, which is Costa Rica’s Pacific beach hangout. Your suite will be perched above the sand and will feature a private plunge pool with Pacific views. As the sky turns purple and pink, you will cruise in the wind to explore some calm Pacific Ocean waters. This is an afternoon for popping a cork and toasting to yourselves while Costa Rica’s colors lead you on a journey through all the hues and shades. Most couples prefer to sail on the wind, but you can choose for the captain to use the motor, which allows you to cover more of the coastline.
Guanacaste – Private Plunge Pool
Today has been left completely free. In a destination like Las Catalinas, you do not need to make a plan. You can wake up late and order breakfast to your balcony. A private plunge pool will be waiting for you for, especially after the sun has gone down. Guanacaste’s white beaches are perfect for a hand in hand stroll and will have you gazing out on the volcanic forest. Las Catalinas is on the quieter side of Guanacaste, so you will not come across many other people although there are still a few beach shacks and bars to stop at on any walk. Various activities can be arranged after you arrive in Guanacaste, and these can be tailored to your mood.
Bijagua – Hideaway on Rio Celeste
Volcanoes will provide you with a backdrop as you ascend into the cloud forest this morning. The beach time will be over, and you will have an hour and a half private transfer to Bijagua, which is a charming village in a spellbinding location. Today will be flexible, so you can choose whether to spend another day on the beach or venture to Bijagua to explore Miravalles Volcano. While the crowds descend on Arenal Volcano, Miravalles has stayed off the beaten track. You can indulge in a stroll upon its trails, and you can find natural hot springs, hidden waterfalls, and the opportunity to walk around a crater. Your accommodation will be on the edge of Bijagua village, which is at a boutique lodge with uninterrupted views toward the volcanoes.
Bijagua – Tenorio Volcano National Park
Tenorio Volcano National Park is Costa Rica’s next big destination. It was mostly undiscovered until 2018, but a long-term infrastructure project has created an asphalt road that runs to the park gate. Now, they have imposed quotas on visitors in order to maintain a quiet visitor experience. After a leisurely breakfast at your lodge, your guide will outline a number of different options for the day. There are many ways to explore this national park, and it all depends on how far you want to walk and what you want to see. Celeste Waterfall has become the iconic highlight, and it is a breathtaking experience that will lead you through dense rainforest to find an azure-colored cataract.
La Fortuna – Waterfalls and Volcanoes
La Fortuna is Costa Rica’s most famous destination and has come to define the country’s visitor experience. Here, forest trails lead to crater lakes, and there are so many natural attractions that you can get lost just thinking about them. Such a magnificent, natural scene attracts plenty of visitors, but there are still plenty of places where you can be alone in La Fortuna. After a private transfer from Bijagua, you can choose from a wide variety of afternoon activities. Your guide will explain your options, which will include a short hike to a crater lake, ziplining in the cloud forest, and strolling to some romantic viewpoints upon Arenal Volcano’s slopes.
La Fortuna – Romantic River Safari
This reserve is one of the most accessible places for intimate encounters with Costa Rica’s wildlife. You can encounter the full variety of animals in a relatively small space, and best of all, you do not need to walk or drive anywhere. You can drift down a river in a raft, occasionally paddling so you are cruising in the right direction. A river safari will be perfect for immersing yourself with Costa Rica’s iconic species. You can be silent on the water, so the animals do not perceive you as a threat. On walking safaris, the wildlife sometimes stays away from the trails because they are more open and provide fewer places to hide.
Catarata del Toro – Remote Spa Relaxation
After a relaxed morning, you will have an hour and a half drive to Catarata del Toro, which is a small town that acts as a gateway to the waterfall that shares the same name. Your lodge for tonight will be complete with its own spa, which is a feature that you will come to expect during your vacation in Costa Rica. After checking-in to your hotel, your guide will lead you through a small park to the waterfall for an activity that will absorb most of the afternoon. After entering the park, you will first explore gardens that come to life with hummingbirds. Venturing to the waterfall requires a steep descent, but there are many superb viewpoints along the way, so you can stop regularly and marvel at Catarata del Toro from many perspectives.
San Jose – Departure
It will be less than 50 miles to San Jose and your outbound flight, so that leaves time for a leisurely start to your day and an indulgent brunch in the old-world city center. You will dine in style at a restaurant of faded colonial grandeur, which will be a final treat to celebrate your eight days in Costa Rica. Afterward, you will be escorted to the airport for your flight home.
- Drift away on the beautiful Pacific beaches of Guanacaste, where you will have a private plunge pool that is perched above the sand
- Explore waterfalls and volcanoes around La Fortuna before retreating to a private hot spring for the evening
- Indulge in a romantic river safari through Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve with close-up toucan encounters being just one of the highlights
- Sail around Pacific waters on a private Guanacaste sunset cruise
- Discover Catarata del Toro, which is a 270-foot waterfall that cascades into an extinct volcanic crater deep in the rainforest
- Enjoy luxurious suites and spas along some of Costa Rica’s blue rivers
- Delight in brunch in San Jose, which will be a farewell treat to culminate your eight days in Costa Rica
Romantic Costa Rica vacations are all about the location. You can always find space to be alone in this country of wild nature and breathtaking vistas, but no two destinations have the same allure. In Guanacaste, you can lounge on quiet Pacific beaches, which is where the water sparkles and the sand is soft beneath your feet. Bijagua is backdropped by Tenorio Volcano, which is a landscape for vibrant adventure and jumping into pools. La Fortuna is famous as Costa Rica’s adventure capital and is where you will rest in private hot springs after a day with wildlife and cloud forest.
Then, you will marvel at Catarata del Toro, which is a 270-foot waterfall that cascades down into an extinct volcanic crater deep in the rainforest. These destinations may have found some fame on Instagram, but they remain wonderfully secluded. You will be sleeping in spa lodges that are located along blissful rivers or in the ancient cloud forest. There will be couple’s treatments and all the seclusion that is necessary for an amorous vacation. For most of these eight days, you can be alone amid Costa Rica’s nature deep inside landscapes, which insist that you relax and slow down. Yes, Costa Rica has volcanos, ziplines, and a sense of adventure, but at heart, it is a country where you can relax and unwind.
The call is Pure Vida here, which translates “pure life” in Spanish. That is what it will feel like as you explore the country’s special landscapes. Few countries can make you feel as alive while simultaneously encouraging you to take it easy. Every transfer and activity will be privately guided, and all of your accommodations have been handpicked to maximize romance. You will stay at a lodge with waterfalls on its own property before indulging in the private hot springs that are near Arenal Volcano. There will even be an old-world brunch in San Jose before you depart Costa Rica after eight days that have been defined by intimate moments.
$1,435 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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