Written By: AVDW Wedding Specialist, Amanda Martin
Are you searching for the next up-and-coming destination for your big day? Somewhere where you and your guests can relax and explore without breaking the bank? Then look no further than that little country South of Mexico, Costa Rica!
Costa Rica has always been an amazing vacation spot for sun-bathers and thrill-seekers alike because of its exotic backdrop and unlimited activities, but it’s also the perfect location for couples looking to tie the knot! Lush rainforests, volcanoes and black sand beaches all make for a unique yet, gorgeous setting for pictures and ceremony venues.
AVDW Tip: Some of Costa Rica’s beaches have black sand, not because they are dirty, but because of all the volcanic ash produced by the volcanoes in the area. Make sure you are wearing a shorter wedding gown if you decide to have your nuptials on a black sand beach unless, of course, you don’t mind having the bottom of your dress covered in black sand (trust me, this stuff gets everywhere!).
I recently stayed at the Hilton Papagayo Resort in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica and had the opportunity to see the beauty this island has to offer. Let me tell you, the majestic mountains and colorful tropical rainforests truly distinguish this destination from the all the rest.
If the island’s stunning landscape doesn’t leave you in awe, then all of the activities surely will make this trip one to remember. If you’re an adventure seeker, like me, tours such as horseback riding, white water rafting and zip-lining are a great way to see the country while getting your adrenaline kick. For those who enjoy a calmer activity, there are always hanging bridge tours, hiking and river boats to enjoy. Don’t forget about the monkeys! They’re everywhere and most will even come up to you, if you come bearing treats.
Costa Rica is really increasing in popularity and with Apple Vacations Charter flights departing from Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver and New York (JFK) it’s easier than ever to get to! And while many all-inclusive resorts already call this destination home, we are excited about the addition of an AmResort property, Dreams Las Mareas, opening November 2014! This location is generating a lot of buzz and is sure to be a hit with wedding parties.
Whatever your reason, be it the lush landscape, the endless activities or the accessibility, Costa Rica is definitely the hidden gem of the destination wedding locations.
AVDW Tip: Invest in a digital camera that’s shock proof AND water proof so you can take it on these tours with you. You’ll want to document every moment because who knows the next time you’ll hold a tree frog in your hand or be that close to a howler monkey! Most tours have a photographer that follows you around and you can purchase the professional photos (and sometimes videos) as a package afterwards if you don’t have your own camera or left it at home. Either way, make sure you document it somehow, or you may regret it later when you’re wishing you had a photo of yourself zip lining through the rainforest.
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