Destination Wedding Hotspot: Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is a small country packing a lot of punch, with lush rainforests, waterfalls, volcanoes, and black and white-sand beaches filling the land between its Caribbean and Pacific Coasts. Driving coast to coast takes only three hours by car, so 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.


Marriage Requirements
Couples wishing to marry in Costa Rica are required to provide original birth certificates, single status affidavits, and a valid passport. Divorce and death decrees are required if necessary.

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Travel Documents
Passports are required for entry into Costa Rica. If you are a citizen of the US, visit travel.state.gov for more information on travel documents needed. For Canadian travelers, visit travel.gc.ca for relevant travel information.

Language
Spanish is the official language of Costa Rica, but English is widely spoken and understood at resort and tourist hubs.

Currency
The official currency of Costa Rican is the colon, but US dollars are widely accepted.


Climate
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.

Beaches
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
Costa Rica is known for its eco-excursions, so hiking, surfing, zip lining, waterfall rappelling and horseback riding are all popular. The country also has a mind-boggling array of furry friends to mingle with in the rainforest, including over 900 species of birds. The Arenal Volcano is a sleeping giant nestled in the northern lowlands with beautiful views. Tamarindo is a laidback beach town with untouched beaches and sport fishing excursions, while San Jose is a bustling city with old Victorian mansions lining its cobbled streets. Jaco has verdant mountaintops and volcanic sand beaches for horseback rides and hiking.


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