Your honeymoon in Santa Teresa will probably be filled with surfing, excursions to Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve, and other tours of the area. After the excitement of the wedding, however, it is important to remember to take time to slow down and relax. Lay out a towel on the beach or at the hotel pool and enjoy your beautiful surroundings while digging into a good book.
Books to Read on Your Costa Rica Honeymoon that are about the Country
Some people visit Costa Rica without ever knowing anything about it beyond their own little piece of paradise. This is fine, but bringing a book on your honeymoon that also teaches you a little bit about the country can add a whole other dimension to your visit.
Bananas: How the United Fruit Company Shaped the World by Peter Chapman tells the story of the banana industry in Costa Rica, Honduras, and Nicaragua. It is as fascinating as it is entertaining, and you are guaranteed never to look at bananas in the same way ever again. Although the sections about Costa Rica focus primarily on the Caribbean Coast, the entire country was affected by the banana industry. Bananas is a great way to learn a little about Costa Rica without getting bogged down in a dry history lesson.
The Scent of Jade by Dee DeTarsio is a fun little novel that is as light as a beach read can get. Although it is entirely fictional and the writing isn’t exactly Hemmingway, its Costa Rica setting makes it a great book to read on the beach during a Costa Rica honeymoon. Dee DeTarsio writes for television, and the quick pace of The Scent of Jade is much like a TV show or movie. In fact, it is often compared to the 1980s adventure-romance classic, Romancing the Stone.
Books about Marriage and Love to Read on Your Costa Rica Honeymoon
What better way to start out your marriage than to read a book about marriage? Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray, Love fame followed up her bestseller with Committed. The book finds Gilbert and her boyfriend, Phillipe, deported by Homeland Security with marriage being their only option for a permanent reunion. As the two wander around Southeast Asia while waiting for the paperwork to go through, Gilbert ponders the beliefs and traditions surrounding marriage in different cultures. It is an interesting, heartwarming, complex, and often times hilarious examination that every new couple should give a read.
While The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho isn’t exactly about marriage, it is about journeys. It’s about finding what you actually want from life and not just what you think you want. Coelho is a wonderful storyteller and an insightful writer who always leaves the reader entertained and thoughtful. The Alchemist is probably his most famous novel favored by travelers all over the world. It is an quick and easy read, but one that will linger with you for quite some time.
Looking for a romantic beach read to add some spice to your Costa Rica honeymoon, but not interested in the run-of-the-mill romance novels so readily found on grocery store shelves? Pick up a copy of Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses by Isabel Allende and you will not be disappointed. Allende is a fabulous storyteller who does not shy away from artfully portraying love, sex, and passion in her books. Aphrodite is a collection of stories, poems, recipes, paintings, and other fascinating little tidbits that reveal the sensuality of food and drink.
There are literally millions of good books that would be fun to bring on your Costa Rica adventure, but these are just a few that you may find particularly poignant.