Searching for your next child-free vacation package to Costa Rica can be hassle-free if you know where to look. By now you probably figured out there are many questions that pop into your head.
If this looks like you…
What are the best adults-only all-inclusive resorts in Costa Rica? What about small, secluded hotels? Maybe those are a better match for me? I don’t want it to be too noisy, but I don’t want to miss out on fun stuff in a big resort either. There are so many choices! And they all look great online. But which one is the best option for my Costa Rica vacation?
… then you’re spending a lot of time thinking about the Costa Rica adult-only experience, and just getting more and more overwhelmed. This is because, I’m afraid, you got yourself a case of the big, ol’ FOMO. How does one ever make a decision while sitting thousands of miles away from it all?
Well, you can put your deep-seated FOMO to rest. I’m sharing tips on the best Costa Rica all-inclusive adults-only resorts and other hotels that suit travelers who want to be in a kid-free environment.
Why take my word for it? Easy. As an independent Travel Consultant, I’ve seen them all and know their strengths and weaknesses. And my only mission here is to share that knowledge with you, so you can make a better decision for your own Costa Rica vacation.
Over the past five years, new Costa Rica adults-only resorts and hotels have been popping up all over the country. The concept of catering to travelers that want a complete calming experience, uninterrupted by happy screaming of a random five-year-old—two feet from your pool chair—proved to be a great success. Who knew?
And as more and more hotels are adopting the adults-only philosophy, it’s harder for them to stay on the top! The adult-only game is strong, and we wouldn’t want it any other way. Costa Rica is also very safe for all types of travelers, even solo ones, which makes it even a more attractive adult-only destination.
Discover which adult-only stay is the best for you, as well as a variety of topics that interest the child-free traveler like the perfect romantic escapade, activities and tours for those who want to take it easy, and my top picks of adult-only hotels so you can make an informed decision. Everything goes!
In this episode, Luke Angus and Victoria Rosado talk about all things adult-only in Costa Rica!
It’s a fun topic and we cover everything you need to know for how best to escape the kids, find some real peace and quiet, and be treated to some high-end luxury in little-known boutique hotels and resorts that cater to the adult-only experience.
Costa Rica offers a select set of options for all-inclusive hotels. That means looking for a Costa Rica adults-only all-inclusive resort turns up a shorter list that some might expect.
This also means each resort has its own unique atmosphere that you must take into account to make the right choice.
When you think of adult-only in Costa Rica, think more about being free from kids running around everywhere rather than the whole Jamaica-style, clothes-off Hedonism scene.
It’s worth mentioning in case that’s what you’re looking for. Even if it is, Costa Rica is still a world-class destination for those in search of romance, privacy, and high-end dining without children around. That’s the adult-only all-inclusive Costa Rica resort experience.
Of the handful of all-inclusive resorts in Costa Rica, there are two that are adult-only.
Secrets Papagayo and the Occidental Grand Papagayo are close to each other, around the Papagayo Bay in Guanacaste, with easy access to Liberia International Airport.
Secrets is more exclusive, designed more for that ultra-high-end, all-inclusive romantic escape. You’d definitely consider Secrets more for a honeymoon or special getaway with your better half.
There are also a couple of honorable mentions to discuss here. One is an all-inclusive resort with an adult-only section, and the other is a meal-inclusive, adult-only boutique option.
The Westin, about an hour South of the Papagayo Peninsula, isn’t a full adult-only place, but it does offer adult-only options. The Royal Beach service at the Westin is adult-only, with access to an adult-only pool area and club. You’ll still see children in other parts of the hotel, but if that doesn’t bother you, then the Westin offers a great option for you.
And this place is situated on one of the best beaches in Costa Rica. Many would even say Conchal Beach is the best beach in Costa Rica.
Villa Buena Onda is not an all-inclusive resort in the strictest sense. When thinking of “all-inclusive,” most people think “anything you want, whenever you want it.”
This extremely boutique includes all three meals a day and all drinks from a selected menu, including both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options. And if you’re looking for an adult-only break, this boutique, eight-room hotel is perfect. It’s the ideal balance between all-inclusive vacationing and a more intimate way of doing things.
As a family man with a bunch of kids, I don’t get to stay in adult-only places too much. I’m that guy you see in the pool with children hanging off every limb, jumping and screaming. And you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way.
But sometimes even I want to take a break from them. It’s nothing personal. I want some romance time with my wife to decompress and recharge our relationship. Luckily, I live in Costa Rica and work as a travel agent. That means I don’t need to go too far to find a place, and I’ve checked them all out over the years.
So when I’m feeling romantic and want a peaceful weekend away from the kids, where do I go? What are my favorite adult-only hotels in Costa Rica? My top three include Villa Buena Onda, Nayara Springs, and Kura.
Whether you’re coming to Costa Rica on your honeymoon or you want to get away from the children, let me know. These three places are my personal favorites, but I can point you in the direction of many other hotels, too!
This boutique, eight-bedroom hotel in Guanacaste offers a perfect mix of all-inclusive and intimate. The decor is classy and the views across the forest to the Pacific Ocean is amazing.
I love the pool and the swim-up bar (vital for me when the kids aren’t around), and the food is to die for. Whenever I get a kids-free weekend, Villa Buena Onda is my go-to hideaway.
Located in the Arenal Volcano area, this boutique hotel could well be the best honeymoon spot in Costa Rica. I wish I’d honeymooned there. Nayara Springs oozes class and exclusivity, with 35 private villas, each with its own plunge pool.
The spa here is outstanding, as is the restaurant. The Arenal Volcano area is the activity and adventure center of Costa Rica. Because of this, it attracts lots of families. Nayara Springs is where you can unwind and get away from all that family stuff. When the kids are old enough and get jobs, they can come here if they want. Until then, it’s all mine!
Another adult-only hotel I love to escape to when I want to give ourselves a treat is Kura. With incredible views of the Pacific, this place knows how to mix the best of Costa Rica. The service, the decorations, and the infinity pool are all perfect to enjoy some quiet time together.
It’s a little away from the beach, perched atop a hill, but it’s surrounded by trees and vegetation and that makes it ideal for when you want to forget about the noises of everyday life.
Costa Rica is a romantic paradise. Swaying palms, green mountains, volcanic hot springs, and tropical sunsets bring out the lover in us all. Not to mention that sultry Latin vibe. You know, the sounds of salsa music and the warm nights covered in moonlight.
Whether you’re looking for an all-inclusive, adults-only honeymoon, or a personalized experience that specializes in intimacy, there is something for everyone.
So to keep in step with the romance of Costa Rica, it’s obvious the country needs romantic hotels. Here are some of the best:
The most romantic hotel in Costa Rica right now, this hotel offers a perfect mixture of high-end, boutique luxury with absolute privacy. Guests here stay in their own exquisite villa with a personal plunge pool. It’s the perfect place to connect with the surrounding rainforest and each other.
Down in the South of Costa Rica, on a hill overlooking the Pacific Coast of Uvita and the Marino Ballena National Park, is one of the most romantic, secluded hotels you’ll find anywhere on Earth. Forbes called Kura the most romantic hotel in Costa Rica, and for a reason. Comprising six villas, Kura is all about privacy. When this hotel is full, we’re talking a maximum of 12 guests—the perfect place to indulge in each other.
Although not adult-only, Villa Blanca doesn’t lack for romance of any kind. You’ll find this place about an hour out of San Jose, in the cloud forest of San Ramon. People come here to hike and get close to nature. The birdwatching is top class. But there’s also something super romantic about cuddling up together as the mists roll in and the temperature drops.
Manuel Antonio is about the most popular and visited destination in Costa Rica, but those looking for privacy and romance still have options. There are romantic hotels here where you can get away from the crowds. One such place is La Mansion Inn. This 25-room boutique hotel might not be adult-only, but it focuses on quality of service and catering to couples.
An old favorite for romance in Costa Rica, Villa Caletas is one of the closest hotels to San Jose while still at the beach. You can be here in an hour from the capital. Villa Caletas sits over the Pacific Ocean, with one of the best infinity pools you’ll ever swim in, and offers a luxurious, high-end experience to everyone who comes. It’s all about classic, old-world styles here.
It’s the age-old question in the travel and tourism community. What’s better, boutique hotels or all-inclusive resorts?
The answer is that it depends on what you want from your getaway to Costa Rica. Is it an all-inclusive, adults-only honeymoon at the beach, or a private escapade to an extremely boutique hotel in the mountains?
If you are unsure, this is how I see it:
All-inclusive and resort proponents say a true vacation is about relaxing and chilling out, doing nothing except for finding a suitable pool lounger to park on every day.
They say that the true pleasure of a vacation comes from emptying your mind and blissing out in a tropical place without worrying about where to eat or how to order a beer in a foreign language.
There’s merit to this argument. If you’re on your honeymoon, why not dedicate all your precious time to each other rather than worry about day-to-day stuff? Just relax right now and have someone else look after every aspect of your being!
Those on the boutique side see things in a different way.
To them, travel is more about the experience than the relaxation. The idea is to get out of your comfort zone a little and share a more authentic time together.
It’s about learning and exploring together and making some memories outside of the swimming pool. Staying in a smaller, boutique hotel, a place that doesn’t offer all food and drink on tap, encourages you to get out more. Also, smaller places are often far more intimate and private.
The truth is, that one way of vacationing is no better or worse than another. Those who enjoy all-inclusive resorts are not set to have less of a good time than those who prefer a little more independence.
I say live and let live, that’s the meaning of Pura Vida! There’s room in this world for all sorts, so here’s a thought. Why not combine both types of vacation? Costa Rica is perfect for that! You can split your honeymoon between a few days boutique and a few days resort.
During the boutique part, you’ll be in the rainforest, exploring the outdoors, getting active, and trying out different restaurants and foods and experiences. Stay in a very nice, intimate hotel—we’ll help you decide which one.
And then afterward, over to the beach for some all-inclusive rest and relaxation with nothing to decide apart from beachside or poolside. How does that sound? This gets you the essence of a typical Costa Rican vacation.
So don’t beat yourself up over what is best for adult-only romance and privacy when on vacation here in Costa Rica. The real answer is that everything is best, as long as it’s exactly what you want!
Costa Rica is one of the best destinations for honeymooners. That’s not hype. Living here has taught me that there’s no other country that comes close to being the perfect honeymoon destination.
I’m married to a Costa Rican but I didn’t honeymoon in Costa Rica. I honeymooned elsewhere. Now don’t get me wrong, I had a wonderful honeymoon and don’t regret it for the world. But I spend my working day organizing honeymoons for other people in Costa Rica and I admit I get a twinge sometimes, a yearning for what could have been.
It could be the experience of living here combined with the lack of experience of actually honeymooning here that allows me my perspective. I can see how great this country is for the most important vacation in many people’s lives.
Whether you want a Costa Rica all-inclusive adults-only honeymoon or a family gathering at a boutique hotel, this is the perfect backdrop for your event.
One factor is the sheer physical beauty of this country. One thing clients tell me once they’re home from their vacation is that Costa Rica is the most beautiful country they’ve ever seen.
They’re not wrong. I’m still blown away by the mountains, jungles, and beaches here. Misty cloud forests rising into the sky and palmed fringed beaches make for a romantic dream come true.
The tropical climate is another perk, as it’s never cold and is almost always swimsuit weather. There’s nothing more romantic than warm weather and the sun caressing your skin.
If you want to search for a cooler place, go higher into the mountains, where the wind and mist appear. The lush vegetation changes, but it follows you everywhere as well.
Costa Rica has so much to do. In what world do couples need to take it easy when on their honeymoon? Doesn’t the idea of whitewater rafting, zip lining, kayaking, and rappelling with your life partner thrill you? Why not start things on the right foot?
And then there’s always great relaxation time afterward! Soak together in thermal hot springs or enjoy world-class spa services to rejuvenate your skin and soothe sore muscles.
Anyone thinking of a tropical honeymoon should put Costa Rica on their list. And it’s not the only place to offer great weather scenery, activities, and hotels. But it is one of the only places that offers all this diversity in one compact place. And if you’re coming from North America, it’s not too far to travel, either.
I often get asked about getting married in Costa Rica. And why not? For all the reasons Costa Rica is perfect for a honeymoon, it’s also a wonderful place to get hitched in. Imagine saying “I do” barefoot on a tropical beach or in front of a towering volcano.
From large, ornate weddings where you bring down all your family and friends, to intimate affairs for the two of you, getting married in Costa Rica will always be a cherished memory. It’ll be a perfect way to start a new life chapter.
And it’s not difficult to do, either.
Many think that getting married down here is a complicated nightmare, but if you prepare well and follow the requisites, it’s no more difficult than showing up in that Elvis Chapel in Las Vegas.
Most of the more romantic hotels in Costa Rica—and the larger resorts—offer wedding packages. They usually have an on-site wedding coordinator to help you with everything. You deal with them, and they’ll make it happen.
If you’d rather have someone else do the planning and discussions for you, that’s also possible. We can help arranging everything, and you won’t even lift a finger!
Getting married in Costa Rica is a case of signing a legal document and all you need is a lawyer to do that. In addition, you need to provide an ID and proof that you’re not married to someone else, and that’s about it.
There are some other details that you can run through with a wedding expert in Costa Rica. Luckily we can help you with that too!
Any religious or other ceremony you might want is also incidental and it can be arranged to your taste.
If you want many guests to attend your wedding, there are more logistics involved. To fit everyone, you need a larger hotel, or at least to be in an area with lots of smaller hotels. There’s also need for transportation, catering, and entertainment if you want it. You have to choose if you want the Costa Rica adults-only experience, a family-friendly location, or a combination of both.
That’s where you might need a travel agency like us to help you.
If you are serious about getting married in Costa Rica, please let us know and we’ll help you. We can offer great advice on the best hotels to get married in the best areas, depending on what you’re looking for.
We can also introduce you to your wedding coordinator and work with them to get your travel plans perfect.
Having your dream wedding in Costa Rica doesn’t have to be difficult. Let experts provide you with support and advice as you plan the most important day of your life!
With all the hardcore adventure activities available in Costa Rica, you’d think this country is only for the young.
Not only would that be ageist, it would be wrong. There is plenty for senior citizens to do in Costa Rica. After all, there is a reason many pensioners move here.
First, if you’re over-60 and still fit and healthy, there’s nothing stopping you from whitewater rafting or doing any of the energetic and adventurous activities that Costa Rica is famous for. If you can hike, swim, or climb, you’ll have a blast here the same as any younger person.
In addition, part of Costa Rica lies in a Blue Zone. That’s one of those areas where people live much longer than average. Many Ticos are in their 80s and 90s or hitting the big 100 and still fit as fiddles. So if you are too, don’t let age stop you from trying anything.
If the years have caught up with you and you can’t move around as much as you used to, don’t worry. Costa Rica is not off-limits. You can still have a wonderful vacation. And we can plan some great trips for you to give you the best impression of Costa Rica.
Let us know about any physical limitations you have and we’ll tailor a perfect vacation package for you. There are hotels without steps and staircases, and there are tours that give you a great impression of the country, even if a little less high-octane.
On a hanging bridge you can walk through the rainforest or cloud forest canopy at your own pace. Actually, for birders and wildlife enthusiasts, doing it this way is better. Same with an aerial tram. Think of a cable car in a ski resort, except this time through the jungle.
Down on the ground, you have hiking trails galore, all over the country, some easier than others. A perfect hike for the over-60s is the Manuel Antonio National Park hike. This is flat for the most part, and it offers the chance to see monkeys, sloths, and other animals. And you can take a refreshing dip in the ocean, too.
And in the ocean, if you can kayak, go for it. If you prefer something calmer, then take a boat tour looking for whales and turtles and dolphins. Or go fishing. On land, we also offer boat tours through rainforest rivers and mangroves, where you’ll spot birds and crocodiles.
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Traveling off the beaten path is one of my passions, and Costa Rica has provided me with plenty of opportunities to do so. I’ve been exploring the country for over 15 years, living here for five, and as a family man (with three kids) I know the importance of both quiet and fun times. Spotting wildlife and spending as much time as I can in the ocean with my three kids are some of my favorite pastimes.
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