Honeymoon itinerary

Jun 30th, 2008, 07:30 AM
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Honeymoon itinerary

OK I know that EVEYONE ask this question. But I have done some research and I think this is what I want to do for our honeymoon. We'll leave Peace Lodge after staying there 3 days. I plan on transfers for the whole trip since neither of us feels comfortable driving in a place we've never been. Transfer to Arenal and stay at the Aernal observatory Lodge for 2 nights. My fiance isn't a fan of pre-planning so I have consented to not planning tours until we are there with the exception of the Skytram-sky-trek tour which I really want to do in Arenal. From there off to Monteverde to stay at Belmar for 2 nights. Not sure what we should do there but maybe just winging it will work. Then down to Dominical for the relaxation part of the honeymoon. We'll stay at the Villas Rio Mar for 3 nights and maybe do the spa thing and just relax and swim although I really want a surfing lesson. Then our last night in San Jose for our early flight out. So is there anything that I'm going to be missing by not pre-booking? Anything we should try in these 3 places. Great places to eat? I'm hoping that this is just our first trip to CR and that maybe we can plan anniversary trips to relive the magic moments.
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Jun 30th, 2008, 09:12 AM
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Are you sure you want to move around that much - staying at 5 different places doesn't give you much time to settle in. I might drop Monteverde this trip if I were you unless you have your heart set on it; it's a pain to get there and driving between spots takes a long time.

For Arenal restaurants, we really liked El Novillo for steaks and La Choza de Laurel, known for their rotisserie chicken. We stayed at the Lost Iguana and loved it. I'd really recommend that you do the Cano Negro tour; it was the highlight of our trip. Sunset Tours is a great group.

Grano de Oro is a nice spot in San Jose, and it has a wonderful restaurant on site.
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Jun 30th, 2008, 09:27 AM
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What time of year will you be traveling? For the most part, you'd be fine not to pre-book tours, but if you'll be traveling around Christmas or Easter, you might want to lock in the things that you're most interested in.

VG makes a good point about hopping quickly from Arenal to Monteverde. It's doable, but you won't have much time to enjoy either place. Something to consider...

I would also recommend the Cano Negro tour from Arenal. Lots of fun!
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Jun 30th, 2008, 11:58 AM
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We are traveling the first week of March for the honeymoon. I had thought that we might not have enogh time for both Arenal and Monteverde. Arenal is where we want to see so maybe we'll just stay there an extra day and do 1 extra on the beach. I'll have to look into the Cano Negro tour. Maybe this way we can do that and the hot springs. I wish we didn't have to stay in San Jose overnight but the flight is early so not much choice. I had hoped to get to the museums but we'll be there on Sunday over night and I believe they close early. Anything else to do in San Jose besides eat drink and gamble on a Sunday Night?
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Jul 1st, 2008, 09:42 AM
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Hi Bride,

I don't think you'll regret spending extra time in Arenal and cutting out Monteverde. There's a lot to do in Arenal. If you fall in love with Costa Rica like so many of us have, you can check Monteverde out on a subsequent visit.

As for San Jose, if you won't be there early enough to check out the museums, you might want to consider just staying in Alajuela closer to the airport. You might enjoy just vegging at the hotel pool/hot tub for your final evening. Many of the better known hotels have nice grounds to enjoy; some have spa services...
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Jul 1st, 2008, 11:01 AM
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Thanks cmerrell, any suggestions for hotels near the airport? I may try to just have a late transfer to that area so that we can maximize the time in Dominical. Or is there anything we should see on the drive back. I think we have to take a private transfer so we can make stops on the way back if we like. Any suggestions?
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Jul 1st, 2008, 12:55 PM
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Lots of people enjoy Orquideas Inn. It's about 15-20 minutes from the airport depending on traffic. It's not a real fancy place but has comfortable rooms, lovely grounds, pool, hot tub, spa services, and a nice restaurant and fun bar area (good food too ). The staff was very nice. We enjoyed our stay there last year.


If you want something a bit more upscale (as this is your honeymoon, afterall!). I've heard good things about Xandari. I believe it's out in the same general vicinity as Orquideas.


Others may chime in with additional good suggestions, but these are the first 2 that pop into my mind...

Regarding the drive back from Dominical, I think there are 2 possible routes; one that goes up the coast through Quepos and past Jaco, and the other that goes east through San Isidro and then heads north. I haven't done the San Isidro route, but hear it's quite scenic. You could always go down to Dominical via one route and back up through San Jose on the other for a chance to see more of the countryside. I think it will be about a 5-ish hour drive either way; maybe longer on the San Isidro route.

Hope this helps!
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Jul 1st, 2008, 01:10 PM
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For hotels near the airport you might consider the Doubletree Cariari. It has spa, great pool, casino, and several restaurants from which to choose. The beds are really comfy, too. At Arenal, consider Eco Termales for hot springs with dinner. That time of year you may need to reserve early, but can do so online.
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Jul 1st, 2008, 04:28 PM
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Xandari would be fab for a honeymoon, may want to look into Vista del Valle too. If you won't have much time though Orquideas is a great place, great bar & food too. Think it would be great to take both routes to Dominical coming/going, the road from MA to Dominical is rough but part of the adventure.
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