Location: Costa Rica Duration: 12 nights Price: From £5,050 per person in low season based on two adults travelling together and including all flights in economy class, accommodation, most meals, private transfers, boat transportation and taxes

This honeymoon in Costa Rica will introduce you to all of the country’s classic sights, from its fascinating rainforests brimming with exotic wildlife to its glorious stretches of pristine shores ideal for water sports. If it’s adventure you are after, then it’s adventure you’ll get, with hotel transfers that take you rafting down rivers, hikes that cross steaming active volcanoes and days spent in snorkelling gear swimming with whales and dolphins. At the end of each day, you can return to your luxurious eco-lodge or boutique waterfront hotel for divine cuisine, great views and a pampering spa treatment – after all it is your honeymoon.

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Honeymooners looking for lush jungle adventures, exotic wildlife and dreamy beach sunsets.

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Adding a few days to visit Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast; watch turtles hatch, snorkel and dive, and enjoy the laid-back reggae vibe.

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POAS – 2 nights

Heading north from San Jose, you’ll start your adventurous honeymoon in Costa Rica’s Central Valley, nestled between the Poas and Barva volcanoes at an elevation of 6,000ft. Delve right into the action by visiting the active crater in the Poas Volcano National Park, watching the steam rise from the turquoise lakes, before pulling on your hiking boots and exploring the forested trails that weave through the beautiful La Paz Waterfall Gardens. When you start to flag, join the Doka Coffee tour for a fragrant pick-me-up as you learn about the production and process of coffee, and then bird watch in the nearby national parks, where you might spot wild pheasants, sparrows, hummingbirds and tangaras. Your hotel, the intimate Poas Volcano Lodge, is located on a working farm, so you can also tour the farm, learning the ins-and-outs of dairy production, before dining in the restaurant, with most of its ingredients coming from the lodge’s own land.

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PACUARE – 3 nights

Today, you’ll head south to the uber luxurious Pacuare Lodge, beautifully set in the heart of Costa Rica’s central rainforests, with plenty of activities on offer if you get itchy feet. For starters; opt for the adventurous choice of arrival – an exhilarating rafting journey down the Pacuare River’s swirling rapids will bring you to the lodge’s palm-thatched bungalow suites, poking out amidst leafy jungle. In the mornings, relax by your private spring fed pool or in a hammock swinging by the river, listening to the sounds of the tropical rain forest. During the day, hike to scenic waterfalls, fly over the canopy on a zipline or explore the rainforest on horseback. As night falls, hundreds of twinkling candles form a magical setting for romantic al fresco dining at the hotel’s excellent restaurant.

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TORTUGUERO – 3 nights

Next, you’ll be driven past cocoa plants, leafy vegetation and massive banana plantations to hop on a boat that will wind its way through a system of wildlife rich rivers and lagoons to the isolated village of Tortuguero. Placed along the Caribbean coast, you will stay at the waterside lodge, Manatus, where you can head down to the beach to watch green, leatherback, hawksbill and loggerhead turtles nesting in the sand. Staying at the hotel for three nights, make sure to grab a specially trained tour guide for a boat cruise along the waterways of the national park, spotting the three-toed sloths, playful river otters, and dangerously beautiful poison dart frogs.

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PIEDRAS BLANCAS NATIONAL PARK – 3 nights

From the Caribbean coast to the Pacific Ocean, you’ll head to Costa Rica’s incredible Osa Peninsula for three nights. Here, you can be as active or inactive as you like during your stay at the beachfront boutique hotel, Playa Cativo; however, with the beach just steps away from your room, why not hit the hotel’s activity-list hard? Some of the best snorkelling in the Golfo Dulce is located right near the lodge, where you spend whole days exploring the brain coral reefs at low tide and the underwater rock pinnacles, home to a multitude of tropical fish, at high tide. This tropical fjord also has large mangrove areas and many rivers flowing into the gulf, providing a popular food source for dolphins, humpback whales, manta rays and whale sharks. If you’d prefer to stay above the water, you can follow the mangroves either in a boat or kayak, to see the incredible terrain and the diverse birdlife at sunrise or sunset, or go in search of the elusive jaguar and two-toed sloth in the Piedras Blancas National Park.

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ALAJUELA – 1 night

A quirky yet stylish retreat, the Xandari Plantation will be your final stop before catching your return flight home. A mashup of original paintings, colourful mosaics, stained glass walls and superb views over the Central Valley, take some time to enjoy the artistic accommodation with a leisurely breakfast in the garden or a scenic swim in the pool. If you have time, you could squeeze in a round of golf in the nearby course or pay a visit to the Zoo Ave, which cares for injured or orphaned wildlife including crocodiles, white-tailed deer, snakes, monkeys, cougars and iguanas.

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