Palm trees. White sand beaches. Crystal clear blue waves gently lapping onto the shore. When you think of a honeymoon, you envision a tropical paradise. You want to go somewhere you can relax and forget the stress of life in general and wedding planning in particular. Somewhere exotic. Another country, perhaps. After all, it’s your honeymoon, so you might as well go big or go home.
Of course, you don’t want your honeymoon destination to be so exotic that you can’t find things like toilet paper and air conditioning. You want to go somewhere that has that special combination of luxury, beauty, and adventure. And where are such magical places found? Both Costa Rica and Thailand fit the bill. But which one to choose?
The Pros and Cons of a Thailand Honeymoon
There is no doubt that Thailand is a special place. It has become known for its beautiful beaches, mouthwatering food, and excellent hospitality. Thailand offers honeymooners unheard of luxuries for a fraction of the prices found in Hawaii or the Caribbean. This is a country that has built its economy almost entirely on the tourist industry. The Thais know how to treat visitors and make their stay as stress-free as possible. Even getting around Thailand is easy. The country is dotted with airports, and an abundance of ferries and boats make island hopping a fun and safe adventure. A honeymoon in Thailand is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
Of course getting to Thailand can be unforgettable, too. Flights from Los Angeles to Bangkok, Thailand are about 24 hours long. That’s right, the first 24 hours of your honeymoon would be spent scrunched up in an uncomfortable seat with no leg room, eating cold eggs and breathing recycled air. And while Bangkok is a modern city, complete with an Ethan Allen, it is still the capital of a developing country. It is loud and smelly and can be really stressful.
It is also important to remember that not all beaches are created equal. If you aren’t careful, you could be sharing your gorgeous Thai beach with thousands of ravers who have gathered for the Full Moon Party. Or, perhaps even worse, find yourself surrounded by hoards of Swedish families on vacation. Also keep in mind that Thailand is famous for its beaches, which means that you probably won’t get much seclusion no matter where you go. Only the most exclusive resorts have private beaches, and then you might as well have gone to Hawaii for your honeymoon the prices are so high. Thailand is definitely a paradise, but it is a paradise that you will most likely end up sharing with thousands of other sun worshipers.
The Pros and Cons of a Costa Rica Honeymoon
One of the wonderful things about Costa Rica is that it is so close to the United States. American honeymooners are able to hop on a plane from pretty much anywhere in the lower 48 states and find themselves lounging on the beach within six hours. Now that is the way to start a honeymoon!
Although getting around Costa Rica can be stressful due to less than stellar roads and public transportation, most honeymooners avoid problems by flying between destinations, hiring a driver, or taking tourist buses.
Costa Rican beaches may not be as well-known as those found in Thailand, but they are just as beautiful. In places like Santa Teresa, named one of the top ten best beaches in the world, you can enjoy the stunning scenery without tiptoeing through a maze of beach towels. In fact, it is quite easy for honeymooners to find their own private little spot on the beach where they can watch a breathtaking sunset while sharing a bottle of wine.
If you want to lounge on a gorgeous beach for a week, Costa Rica is a wonderful place to do it. For those honeymooners who want to mix things up a bit with a little adventure, however, Costa Rica is bursting with offerings ranging from surfing to ziplines to horseback riding. This is a country that knows how to serve up both relaxing and exhilarating luxury vacations.