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Lapa Rios

Costa Rica

Property: Lapa Rios

Country: Costa Rica

Region: The Osa Peninsula near Corcovado National Park, one of the most biodiverse areas in the world

Time difference: GMT -6 hours

Property size: 17 luxury bungalows on a private 900-acre nature reserve

Best time to travel: December to April marks Costa Rica’s dry season, which means more tourists but generally favorable weather. Honeymooners in Costa Rica during the green season, May to November, tend to experience brief downpours in the late afternoon but fewer crowds and reduced prices.

Flight time: Minneapolis to San Jose, roughly eight hours with a short layover and connecting flight. Lapa Rios requires an additional one-hour flight from San Jose to Puerto Jiménez and a 45-minute drive from Puerto Jiménez to Lapa Rios.

Why I’m smitten: Intentionally disconnected and off the beaten path, the luxurious Lapa Rios offers honeymooners unprecedented opportunities for relaxation and adventure.

Couples can choose to curl up on their private verandas and listen to the ocean below and howler monkeys above, spending the day rejuvenating after a whirlwind wedding and hours of travel. Or they can rappel down a waterfall, hike the wilds of Corcovado National Park, reachable only by small plane, foot, or horseback, and enjoy countless other thrills.

We recommend a little of both.

Travel tip: Because of Lapa Rios’ remote location on the Osa Peninsula and the travel time required to get to the luxe eco-lodge, plan to stay no fewer than four nights. While there, up the romance ante with a private three-course luncheon overlooking a pristine waterfall in the rainforest.

(All photos courtesy of the Cayuga Collection)