How to Plan Romantic Costa Rica Trip in Guanacaste

couple in hidden beach in Guanacaste costa rica

This post was last updated on July 7th, 2021 at 02:45 am

Whether you are planning a Costa Rica honeymoon or simply looking to spend a small romantic getaway there, you will not be disappointed! From the wild adventures in the Arenal to tropical beach life in Guanacaste, there is a lot to do there. In this post, I am sharing how to plan the most romantic Costa Rica getaway in Guanacaste Province. I highly recommend combining your Guanacaste trip with a few days in Arenal.

A Few Things To Know About Guanacaste, Costa Rica

  • It is one of the most popular provinces of Costa Rica.
  • Liberia International Airport is the closest airport.
  • It is mostly known for the coastal life and beautiful beaches.
  • The weather is mostly sunny, hot, and dry.
  • The driest season is during the spring months and the rainy season falls during the fall.
  • The dry season attracts more tourists and it is more expensive. However, if you choose to save and visit during the rainy season, you can still expect a lot of sunshine given the dry climate in the area.
  • It is home to the most luxurious resorts in the country, located in the Papagayo Peninsula.
  • Due to the extremely dry and hot climate, there is not much greenery and wildlife around. Expect dry forest views and clear skies.
  • In terms of natural disasters, Guanacaste is ranked as a safe destination to visit overall.
  • Be aware that If you do not take care of your belongings, they will most likely be stolen.
  • Guanacaste is perfect for 3-5 days of getaway. If you are interested to dive into more culture, wild adventures, hot springs, or waterfalls, I recommend visiting other areas in Costa Rica such as Arenal or Monteverde.

Here is my list of top things to do for couples in Guanacaste to make the most of your romantic Costa Rica trip.

Stay in a Romantic Hotel in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

If you are looking for Costa Rica honeymoon resorts or simply a more couples-friendly space, stay in the adults-only resorts in Guanacaste. There are plenty of choices when you get there and it all depends on your budget. If you are planning to spend around 3-4 nights, I highly recommend indulging in privacy. Here are some of the options to choose from. Villa Buena Onda, Casa Chameleon, Las Catalinas, Secrets Papagayo.

Our Stay At The Villa Buena Onda Resort

When it comes to choosing the most romantic adults-only hotels in Costa Rica, Villa Buena Onda is one the best. This is an all-inclusive resort in the province of Playa Del Coco. Having only 7 guest suits already speaks how private and romantic this hotel is. We spent half of our honeymoon here. Therefore, I can speak from my own experience that it was worth every penny. Below you can read top highlights of staying in this hotel.

Honeymoon resort in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Hotel Highlights

Location. Even if you are focused on a romantic Costa Rica retreat inside the resort, choosing a convenient location is always a win-win when visiting a touristy place. This resort is only 30 minutes away from the Liberia Airport. Villa is not located on the beach but on the hill of the Coco beach town. However, the resort offers a free shuttle to all nearby beaches in Guanacaste. It only takes 7 minutes to get to Playa Del Coco, 13 minutes to Playa Hermosa, and 15 minutes to Playa Ocotal.

poolside view at Villa Buena Onda romantic hotel in guanacaste, costa rica

Adults only. Whether you are traveling on your honeymoon, or need a kid-free environment to unwind, this place will offer the most relaxing and rejuvenating experience. The hotel offers On-site outdoor dining, Infiniti pool, ocean and forest views, outdoor yoga, and spa.

in the pool at villa buena onda

The food is amazing. When you think of all-inclusive hotels, you may think of buffet-style meals available for you all day. It is a bit different at Villa Buena Onda. Here you are getting meals, A La Carte. 3 times a day. Every dish we were served looked exquisite and tasted absolutely delicious.

The best part of meals at Villa Buena Onda is the setting. You will be sitting outside on the patio overlooking the infinity pool, dry forest, and the ocean. Since the food is served at the same time for every guest, you will have an opportunity to socialize with other couples. It was extremely nice to get to know others and learn their traveling experiences.

Yoga Space

Book Romantic Hidden Beach tour in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

When it comes to researching romantic places in Costa Rica, a tour of the private island should be at the top of your list. Romantic getaways scream for unforgettable memories so make sure to plan something extraordinary when in Guanacaste. Does private BBQ at the hidden beach sound exotic? You will not be dissapointed.

Couple in romantic Guanacaste Costa Rica Hidden beach tour

This tour offers a half-day motorboat adventure to the private island along the Peninsula Papagayo. The team will take you on to cruise around the ocean before stopping at one of the hidden beaches. If you are lucky, you may even spot dolphins and whales on your way there.

When we arrived we could not believe the whole beach was just for us. The beach was very beautiful turquoise water and light sand. Here you can paddle, test your fishing skill, snorkel, or just relax at the beach as the crew is making your dinner.

Romantic beach in Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Spraying water In the ocean in guanacaste

After the most romantic lunch at the beach, we headed back to our villa and caught the stunning sunset while still in the ocean. Sunsets are always the most romantic parts of a Costa Rica trip. Hands down to the most exotic tour we have ever signed up for. Find out more about the deal here.

romantic beach dinner in guanacaste costa rica
BBQ at the hidden beach in costa rica

What to Bring on Your Romantic Beach Adventure

Here is what you will need to bring with you during this tour. Also, keep in mind that this list applies to every beach you visit in Guanacaste Costa Rica.

  • Swimwear
  • Short and tank top
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Towel
  • Book (In case you want to relax under an umbrella)
  • Camera
  • Chapstick
  • Mosquito repellent (They are found in most hot and dry spots in Guanacaste)

Explore Gulf of Papagayo

If you want to see the best part of the beaches in Guanacaste, explore the Gulf of Papagayo. This is a very popular destination off Guanacaste Province. Popular beaches in the Gulf include Playa Hermosa (my favorite), Playa Del Coco (main beach town), Playa Ocotal, and Playa Panama. These beaches are conveniently located from Liberia Airport so you should expect an average of 30 minutes of drive time to make it to these beaches.

paddle board in the hidden beach in guanacaste
gulf of papagayo beach

If you want to take it to the most luxurious and most romantic spot in the area of Guanacaste, Costa Rica, consider visiting Peninsula Papagaio. It is the most developed part of the Gulf of Papagayo. Here you will see the most luxurious resorts lined up such as Four Seasons, Andaz Costa Rica Resort, Kasiiya Papagayo Luxury Wilderness Retreat, and others.

Spend A Romantic Day at The Four Seasons Resort

Have you ever wondered what it is like to stay at one of the top luxurious resorts out there? I have and constantly dream of an opportunity to stay at the Four Seasons Resorts. While we are not planning to stay here overnight anytime soon, we are planning on purchasing a day pass next time we travel somewhere as romantic as Costa Rica.

A day pass is an amazing offer that we discovered not very long ago. Plan a romantic full day at the most stunning resort and enjoy their luxurious amenities and beautiful views overlooking beaches along the Gulf of Papagayo. I recommend checking with the resort itself about the pricing and availability!

Head Over Playa Hermosa

If you are looking to have a romantic public beach experience after the most exotic day out on the hidden beach, I would suggest heading to the Playa Hermosa. The name derives from Spanish and it means “Beautiful beach”. Out of the 3 beaches that we explored in Guanacaste (Hermosa, Coco, Ocotal), Playa Hermosa was certainly my personal favorite. It is located only 13 minutes away from the Villa Buena Onda Resort. The sand here is softer and lighter compared to other beaches in Guanacaste.

walking on the beach at playa hermosa

You can find many food spots here including Roberto’s Bar & Restaurant and Aqua Sports Bar. The latest also has lounge chairs to relax on the beach and also the cutest swing hanging just in front of the bar overlooking the ocean. We came here twice during our costa rica honeymoon adventure.

swinging on the swing in playa hermosa guanacaste

Explore Playa Del Coco

If you want to experience a bit more local ambiance in Guanacaste, head over to Playa Del Coco. Playa del Coco is one of the oldest beach communities in Guanacaste. What you can expect here is both the high number of tourists and the place for the local hangout. This beach town is mostly known as a fishing village for locals. However, it has many tours and activities to offer the tourists so expect this place to be a lot more crowded than other beaches nearby.

watching the ocean on playa del coco

Things to do at Playa Del Coco

When you get to the Playa del Coco, head over the main street for some souvenir shops. Take a walk on the beach, watch the sunset, kayak, fish, or take a sunset sailing tour. If you get bored (unlikely) with romantic relaxing activities, Playa Del Coco offers the most nightlife in Guanacaste. If you are into hanging out in night bars and the restaurants, this is the place where you can find them.

Indulge in a Couples Massage

Looking for more activity-free ways to relax during your costa Rica honeymoon or a romantic getaway? Consider getting a couples massage. In addition to lifting the spirits and decreasing stress, couples massage may increase feelings of affection according to saratoga sports massage and it is a great bonding experience. For the best results, I would recommend opting for the outdoor session with the sound of ocean waves. I had the pleasure to experience beachfront massage in Costa Rica and it was so rejuvenating. Check out Secreto Spa at Playa Del Coco.

While this only included some of the top romantic things to do when in Guanacaste, you can certainly add more! Comment below your favorite activity from my list. Also, if you have any other ideas, let me know!

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