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The Best Places to Get Married in Costa Rica

Picture of Jenn Parker
Updated: 31 March 2018
Costa Rica has long been a popular honeymoon and wedding destination. With two tropical coastlines, mystical cloud forests, magical rainforests, idyllic valleys, dramatic mountains, and plenty of all-inclusive resorts, boutique hotels, eco-lodges, and private villas and estates to rent — it’s easy to understand why lovers from around the world want to tie the knot here.

La Fortuna

La Fortuna is one of the most popular inland wedding destinations in Costa Rica. Between the iconic Arenal volcano, the towering La Fortuna waterfall, the lush tropical landscape that is bursting with flowers, hummingbirds, and butterflies, and the inviting variety of accommodations and venues, La Fortuna is a superb destination wedding location. Your special day will be truly picturesque and the rest of your time in La Fortuna will be full of adventure and romance.

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Love is always in the air in La Fortuna | Courtesy of Kaitlyn Shea Photography

Monteverde

Monteverde is one of Costa Rica’s most famous cloud forests. It is home to the resplendent quetzal, abundant orchids and other air plants, sensational nature hikes, and an environment perfectly suited for love, romance, and wedding festivities. If you’re a nature-loving couple, Monteverde offers the setting to get married in the midst of some of the most beautiful natural surroundings. This unique wedding destination will set the mood for the celebration of everlasting love.

Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio is located on the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. It is home to the world famous Manuel Antonio National Park, which includes several pristine beaches and an extraordinary collection of flora and fauna. There are opportunities to get married down by the sea or up in the hills behind the park overlooking the rainforest and the ocean. Manuel Antonio is a destination wedding location straight out of a fairy tale. Imagine getting married with scarlet macaws flying overhead, monkeys howling, the sea lapping against the shore, and a landscape enveloped in every shade of green.

Playa Langosta

A short jaunt south from the popular and lively beach town of Playa Tamarindo is Playa Langosta. Playa Langosta is a tiny upscale beach community that backs up to a beautiful estuary and an extensive soft sand beach. Everything in Playa Langosta is within easy walking distance, including an all-inclusive resort, a luxury boutique villa hotel, and dozens of high end vacation rentals. The beach here is a dreamy spot for your wedding ceremony. You are also just far enough away from Tamarindo as to not feel like you are in the middle of all the tourist and party action, but close enough to explore some of the amazing dining options, shops, spas, yoga studios, and bars.

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Ride away into the sunset with the love of your life in Langosta | Courtesy of Kaitlyn Shea Photography

Playa Pan de Azúcar

Playa Pan de Azúcar is harmoniously nestled away just 20 minutes from Playa Flamingo and 35 minutes from Playa Tamarindo. This secluded, tranquil, and stunning beach is the ideal setting for a private wedding destination. You will feel like the spot is all yours, which is what you probably want on your wedding day. There is an eco-friendly boutique hotel located right on the beach to host your wedding guests, ceremony, and celebration.

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Sweet love in paradise | Courtesy of Kaitlyn Shea Photography

Drake Bay

Drake Bay is a bit off the beaten path and ideal for adventure and nature loving couples. Drake Bay is an amazing snorkeling and scuba diving destination, as well as being home to the Corcovado National Park. There are plenty of boutique hotels and eco-lodges here to accommodate your guests. This scenic and biodiverse wedding destination is a top choice for those who want to tie the knot in nature and spend their wedding getaway in one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

San Isidro de El General

Tucked up into the Central Valley region of Costa Rica is San Isidro de El General. Getting married in the Central Valley offers cooler weather, spectacular vistas, plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities, waterfalls, volcanoes, incredible hiking and horse back riding adventures, and several unique venues for the big day. Hacienda Altagrecia is one of those venues that will take your destination wedding to the next level. This romanic luxury resort has weddings up here dialed in. Whether you want a classic fairy tale wedding or a more mountain country affair, San Isidro de El General is a lovely place to get hitched to the love of your life.