Costa Rica Destination Weddings

Tie the knot in Costa Rica!

Home to lush jungles, cascading waterfalls and breathtaking beaches, Costa Rica’s natural beauty makes it an ideal choice for a destination wedding. This eco-paradise offers breathtaking wedding backdrops where couples can say “I do” on a gorgeous beach overlooking the Sierra Madre mountains or on a gazebo nestled in a verdant rainforest. Couples can choose from a wide range of resorts with adults only accommodations, family-friendly properties with options to suit all tastes and budgets. This bio-diverse destination offers a wide selection of excursions for destination wedding couples and their guests to explore the area. Thrill-seekers can embark on an ATV adventure or zipline excursion while those looking to relax can take a scenic boat ride or a guided nature trek with the chance of spotting exotic wildlife such as sea turtles, sloths, iguanas and spider monkeys.

Travel Tips
  • Language: Spanish. While the local language is Spanish, English is widely spoken in resorts and tourist destinations.
  • Currency: CRC (Costa Rica Colón). We recommend travelers bring USD (United States Dollar).
  • Voltage: 110V
  • Time Zone: Costa Rica’s time zone is Central Standard Time, two hours behind of Canadian ET (Eastern Time Zone) and one hour ahead of Canadian PT (Pacific Standard Zone).
  • Tipping: A 10% gratuity is automatically applied to restaurant tabs and tipping on top of this gratuity is optional. It is customary to tip all hotel staff that may assist you (waiters, cleaning staff, baggage carriers, transfer drivers, etc.), tour guides and taxi drivers.
  • Health: Most resorts have hotel doctors that can treat minor issues. Tourists can also visit local pharmacies that will accept CRC and have a range of prescription and non-prescription drugs.
Legal Requirements

Checklist Overview:

  • Valid passports
  • Certified birth certificates
  • The marriage certificate must be notarized and signed by the Embassy’s Consular Section
  • First weddings: the couple must go to the Embassy’s Consular Section and make a sworn statement. This certificate must also be authenticated by the Ministry of Foreign Relations
  • Second weddings: Proof of divorce or death certificate is required
  • Application: Must be completed in person
  • Notice Period: None
  • Residency Period: None
  • Waiting Period: None
  • Fees: Marriage license: $250USD
Top Three Excursions

Looking to take an excursion during your destination wedding week? Check out our top three excursions in Costa Rica:

Tortuga Island Tour

This excursion is perfect for bachelor/bachelorette parties in paradise. Set sail on sparkling seas as you make your way to the picturesque Tortuga Island. Once you arrive at the island, embark on a spectacular snorkelling adventure where you’ll discover exceptional underwater landscapes and schools of colorful fish. Afterwards, sunbathe on the island’s white-sand shores and if you’re lucky, you may even spot dolphins in the horizon.

Blue River:

This exciting excursion is a must for destination weddings in Costa Rica. Discover the region’s beautiful biodiversity on a nature trek through a lush rainforest where you’ll spot exotic wildlife such as monkeys. This eco-adventure takes you the base of a majestic waterfall and the botanical gardens, where you can admire the island’s exotic flora and fauna! Afterwards, you’ll unwind in the hot springs – nature’s very own spa!

Aerial Pass:

Adventure-seeking wedding guests will love soaring through the skies at Diamante Eco Adventure Park! Home to Costa Rica’s most incredible zip line circuit, this thrilling excursion offers breathtaking coastal views from unparalleled heights! Swing like Tarzan from a 30-foot tower above the trees, ride beside your bestie on a mile-long dual zipline, defy gravity with the Quick Jump free fall and more!

More Wedding & Honeymoon Destinations

In addition to Costa Rica, there are a number of other breathtaking destinations throughout the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America perfect for your dream wedding including:

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