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Costa Rica for All Seasons

In case you haven’t heard, Costa Rica has become a premier destination, not only for honeymooners, but for anyone in search of some adventure along with romance and relaxation. Whether you want to catch a wave, climb a volcano, loll around in a host of luxurious resorts…or partake in a more rustic experience in the middle of a lush rainforest, this Central American country seems to have it all.

Nestled between Nicaragua and Panama, Costa Rica is the ultimate ecotourism paradise and the array of creatures seen in their natural habitat here seems endless. Monkeys, tapirs, big cats and a plethora of birds, rare frogs and reptiles are sure to delight wildlife watchers.

Pleasant year-round weather promotes yet more outdoor fun ranging from golf and fishing to snorkeling, exhilarating canopy tours through the cloud forest and hiking along slumbering volcanic craters.

Lodging options include cozy mountain retreats, boutique hotels and luxurious five- star beach and city hotels.

Located at the base of the Arenal volcano, Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort, for instance, is known not only for its posh accommodations but for its beneficial hot springs, award-winning spa and wide selection of excursions and ecological activities around the volcano.

Newest kid on the block of upscale resorts,the Lost Iguana Resort is surrounded by 100 acres of lush rainforest and offers wide balconies with sweeping vistas of the active Arenal and the lava flow – at a safe distance, of course.

One of the country’s most luxurious resort complexes is Los Sueños Resort & Marina. Located on Herradura Bay on the Central Pacific coast it is an all-encompassing resort and residential community anchored by the Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort. Luxurious villas, luxe condominiums and home sites share the scene with an 18-hole golf course, beach club, marina and private village.

El Silencio Lodge and Spa in Bajos del Toro promotes a head in the clouds feeling with 16 guest cabins with private decks offering river or cloud forest vistas. Nearby activities include white river rafting, hiking, bird watching and canopy zip lining.

Spread out over some 2,000 acres, Punta Dominical in the southern Pacific zone is currently one of the hottest real estate developments, should you wish to honeymoon in a “home away from home” type atmosphere. The unique combination of rainforest covered mountains meeting the sea provides a stunning natural backdrop for beachfront villas or mountain-side “casitas” with sweeping views, many of which can be rented on a short-term basis.

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