So my big secret was that we FINALLY went on our honeymoon.
I haven’t mentioned it, because frankly, I didn’t want to jinx myself. Last year, I was THRILLED when I booked the flights, only to have to cancel a month later.
This is the girl who loves to travel, the girl who babysat countless Saturday nights throughout college to visit friends in Australia. But a honeymoon was just NOT in our cards for various reasons–like paying off debt, saving up, moving out of a shack…you know, the usual newlywed stuff.
I honestly have NO idea how other couples do it. Eric and I were flat broke when we got married. How do you all set up house, pay for a wedding and afford a honeymoon? Someone please tell me the secret, because I want to KNOW.
Anyway, without further adieu…our Costa Rican honeymoon…in pictures.
(I love this picture…pure terror!)
Taking cooking lessons in our hotel kitchen!
We had an absolute blast and it was EVERYTHING I could have ever asked for.
This was our itinerary:
Day 1: Spend all day traveling, arrive to our hotel at midnight!
Day 2-4: Stayed at Hotel Los Lagos in Arenal area. I cannot say enough good things about this hotel! It was a resort!! The service was amazing, they had hard-core slides at the pools, they even had their own farm on the premises, we got to see crocodiles, a butterfly garden, a frog garden, fish, an ant colony. They had their own hot springs which are amazing!The swim up bar..the horses…the private volcano observatory…seriously, uh-maz-ing! And totally within budget!
We also booked all our tours (river rafting, waterfall repelling, ziplining) through Desafio. Again, cannot say enough good things about this company. All their tours come with food, and it is DELICIOUS. Eric and I became huge fans of the Costa Rican lunch (black beans, rice, chicken and yuca) that we’ve actually made the meal twice since we’ve been home! The tour guides are all phenomenal.
Day 5-6: Monteverde Cloud Forest. We took the taxi-boat-taxi option from La Fortuna to Monteverde, which took about three or four hours. Monteverde is the famed cloud forest, but it’s located in this mountain town with no paved roads. The roads are so bad they call it the “Costa Rican massage,” because it leaves you all bumped and bruised. I wasn’t a huge fan of Monteverde, but Eric liked it. We stayed at the Monteverde Villa Lodge which was a steal. The owner is super nice and makes a wonderful breakfast!
Day 7-10: We spent the last portion of our trip at the luxurious five-star Gaia Hotel and Reserve. What can I say? This place was AMAZING, and definitely the “honeymoon” portion of our trip. We had massages, room service, the views were stunning, the service impeccable, the prices shocking. The only way we could afford this place was through a Travelzoo voucher I scored. We spent most of our days here eating, lounging at the four-level infinity pool, and drinking at the bar.
All in all, the trip went beyond what I could have hoped for. It felt SO great to finally be on vacation, and Eric and I had a wonderful time. It was definitely worth the wait.