Costa Rica is a small country packing a lot of punch, with lush rainforests, waterfalls, volcanos, and black and white-sand beaches filling the land between its Caribbean and Pacific Coasts. Known as one of the more welcoming Central American countries to gay travelers, Costa Rica takes only three hours to drive coast to coast, meaning it’s possible to surf or unwind on the black sand beaches of the Pacific and then snorkel through the calm Caribbean waters on one vacation. Horseback riding, hiking, fishing, and exploring the diverse and colorful ecosystems are also popular excursions.
Same-sex marriage is not currently recognized under the law in the Costa Rica. For information about symbolic ceremonies, check with your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist.
Climate & Beaches
Costa Rica has a year-round tropical climate and an average temperature of 81 degrees F. Costa Rican summer is from December to April and the rainy season is May to November.
Costa Rica has both Caribbean and Pacific beaches and sand that ranges from powdery and white to ashed, volcanic rock. Cahuita is a colorful Afro-Caribbean village that has calm and warm waters. In the south pacific region, Corcovado has virgin beaches on the edges of national park forests. If you’re looking to surf, Pavones is a legendary stretch on the Pacific with the world’s longest left-hand surf break.
Activities & Tourist Attractions
Costa Rica is known for its eco-excursions, so hiking, surfing, zip lining and waterfall rappelling all make for memorable and romantic excursions. The country also has a mind-boggling array of furry friends to mingle with in the rainforest, including over 900 species of birds. For travelers looking to explore Costa Rica’s gay scene, San Jose’s cobbled streets and thriving metropolis host a number of gay-friendly bars and hotels. For a true hideaway, visit Jaco, known for its verdant mountaintops, volcanic sand beaches and horseback riding.