If you’re in search of an international adventure complete with beaches, volcanoes, and jungle terrain, a Costa Rica bachelor party will deliver on all of the above. Play your cards right, and your thrill-seeking crew will embark on the trip of a lifetime while properly celebrating the groom-to-be in the process.
Whether you and your buddies prefer coastline surfing or rainforest hiking, consider this your guide to a Costa Rica bachelor party that takes any “guys’ trip” to the next level.
What to Do
You can’t possibly cover all there is to do in Costa Rica with one single visit, but a little research upfront will give you a solid start. If you plan on traveling throughout the region to thoroughly explore this Central American wonder, rent a vehicle and GPS for the easiest way to get around. A car will also give your group a chance to discover both the coastal and inland sites so you can experience the best of both worlds.
Costa Rica is an adrenaline junkie’s paradise with endless outdoor activities to get your heart rate soaring. Hiking, biking, ziplining, and river rafting are just a few tourist favorites, and there’s no shortage of quality tour groups to guide your excursions. ADR Adventure Park near Manuel Antonio National Park offers a ten-part adventure during their 7-hour excursions, including waterfall rappel and canyoning line, just to name a few. Or, in the Jaco Beach area you can get behind the wheel of an ATV for a combined jungle and beach tour with ATV Backcountry Tours.
Roughly 25 percent of Costa Rica is made up of protected land reserves and the country boasts a whopping 26 national parks, making it a spot on nearly every traveler’s bucket list. Manuel Antonio, Tortuguero, Corcovado, and Arenal Volcano rank as some of the best national parks in the country, each with its own unique offerings. The Arenal Volcano in Arenal Volcano National Park is one of Costa Rica’s most popular destinations, as visitors catch a glimpse at this active stratovolcano in addition to visiting the park’s hot springs, waterfall, and wildlife refuge.
Break up the inland explorations with some time at the beach during your Costa Rica bachelor party. Surfers will love catching waves at Playa Negra or Puerto Viejo, but you can’t go wrong hanging out on nearly any part of the coastline. Tamarindo is another popular spot for both sunbathers and surfers, with plenty of nearby restaurants and taco shops to keep you fueled throughout the day.
Where to Eat
Experiencing the local cuisine is a must in Costa Rica, so make sure to order a traditional casado during your trip. Made up of rice, beans, plantains, and a choice of meat, this Costa Rican dish will give you a taste of the flavors unique to this country.
In Manuel Antonio, the El Mirador Restaurant will provide all that aforementioned local flavor along with incredible ocean views. This resort-set restaurant (which is open to the public) boasts a regionally-inspired menu and includes a mix of open-air, covering dining area, and outdoor seating options.
If you’re traveling around Lake Arenal, be sure to spot in route at Cafe y Macadamia for a delicious lunch and a quality cup of coffee. It’s important to note that Costa Rica takes its coffee seriously, and this place serves a fantastic local selection.
If a barefoot beach bar sounds right up your alley, plan a night at LocosCocos during your Costa Rica bachelor party. Set directly on Flamingo Beach, this spot is widely-known for its sunset cocktail hour that draws tourists and locals alike.
Where to Stay
The Tulemar Resort is widely regarded as one of the top accommodations in Manuel Antonio, particularly for its award-winning bungalows and villas. Their bungalows sleep up to four guests, while their 3-bedroom villas will accommodate up to 10, so your entire crew can conveniently stay under one roof. In addition to lodging, the resort also offers four pools, four restaurants, and a sweet beach bar so you can kick back and vacation like a king.
If hitting the links is a high priority during your Costa Rica bachelor party, a stay at The Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal is just the ticket. This five-star, all-inclusive resort includes 10 on-site restaurants, a lagoon-style pool, and is set just three minutes from the Reserva Conchal Golf Course.