best Costa Rica destinations for weddings

Costa Rica destinations are perfect for weddings both small and large – for just-the-two-of-you elopements, intimate ceremonies, and grand receptions that rival the most elegant you can dream up. Only here, they come with ocean views, sand between the toes, and tropical sunshine.

Here, they’re everything you dream. And often, more. So, welcome to wedding perfection – whether you’re doing some last-minute planning for 2021, or looking toward 2022, 2023, and beyond.

Our Wedding Specialists

Costa Rica destinations being what they are, and luxury villas being what they are, it is no surprise that we at Luxury Villas Costa Rica have been pulled into the world of destination weddings – and hosted our fair share over the years!

So much so, that we now have two dedicated wedding specialists on board: Nadine and Kate. They’ll work closely with you, every step of the way, to coordinate, perfect, and handle every detail, from furniture and flowers to photographers and catering.

What Do We Do?

Short answer: Anything you need us to!

Here’s the most important thing: We dedicate ourselves wholly to you and your wedding planning. Nadine and Kate are master planners and absolutely people-persons, and their passions lie in fulfilling your wedding vision, from pre-planning to honeymoon bliss.

It comes down to who we are: experts in Costa Rica’s wedding venues. So, first, we work to pair your personality and wedding vision with the best venue for you – be it beachfront or mountain hilltop, poolside or in the garden.

And, yes, we do elopements, too. Ceremonies and receptions, from the tiniest (you and your witnesses) to grand events, we specialize in your style, your guests, and your budget.

Where Do We Do It?

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Our wedding specialists – or rather, your wedding specialists – work closely with you to create the perfect where, what, and how

Thanks to our unique (and uniquely beneficial) market positioning, our wedding specialists can also help build your custom wedding venue: Be it a modern mansion, an ocean-view hilltop, or a solar-powered luxury estate, we can tailor Costa Rica’s luxury villas to meet your needs and vision.

We’ll also help get everyone accommodated. And we do mean everyone. Whether you’re eloping as just a couple or hosting a destination event and inviting everyone you’ve ever known, we’ll coordinate accommodations for you and your guests: spectacular ocean-view properties with private bungalows, sprawling mansions to sleep 25+, and even neighborhood / neighboring homes, villas, and compounds to accommodate all your guests in one general location.

So, go ahead – leverage our local expertise and Costa Rican connections to create a picture-perfect setting.

But Are You Wedding Planners?

Yes, and also no… We are wedding planners. We’re also team players. So, if you already have a wedding planner, especially one operating from abroad, we’ll work as their right hand – a perfect complement.

We are master coordinators of all things wedding, specialized in all the specific wheres and whats and hows of Costa Rica destinations: where to host your rehearsal dinner, how to coordinate the perfect vision-fulfilling I-dos, the what of everything receptions and, of course, the where to house your guests, spend your wedding night, and ride off into the honeymoon sunset.

We can also handle all the other details. Our networking, know-how, and seamless teamwork have evolved over the years into strong relationships with Costa Rica’s top wedding suppliers. So, once we’ve helped you choose your venues – rehearsal dinners and wedding-day brunches, quiet ceremonies, and luxe receptions – we can also coordinate with the best of the best to answer your imagination, fit your style, and complement your chosen location. All you have to do is ask.

Ready to start planning? Get in touch with Nadine and Kate, and then visit our sister site’s homepage to download our Tamarindo wedding guide!

Costa Rica Destinations: 4 Wedding Venues

There’s a lot to love about Tamarindo and Costa Rica destinations, generally. But, let’s get a little more specific, with four compelling reasons to host your wedding right here:

Casa de Luz

8 Beds | 7 Baths | Sleeps 23 Guests

Casa de Luz Costa Rica luxury villas

Steps from the ocean, Casa de Luz is the jewel of Playa Langosta: a solar-powered, on-the-sand, and fully staffed – a private venue that fulfills your every wedding dream.

One of the only Costa Rica destinations where every sleeping and living area opens onto the Pacific and sunset views, this superlative home pulls together almost every luxury and amenity available in the country, from an oceanfront and Pacific-panorama swimming pool and whole-home air-conditioning to private beach access and a separate beachfront casita perfect for honeymooners.

It’s a little slice of heaven and a complete VIP experience. And here are just a few of our favorite things:

  • Beachfront Location: Beachfront is the ultimate amenity for Costa Rica destinations. Whereas most homes and venues are ocean-view or ocean access, Casa de Luz is right on the beach. A few steps and you’re there!
  • WorldFamous Sunset + Ocean Views: There are some amenities that cannot be installed, added, or otherwise supplemented. This view – this incredible, nearly 180º, sweeping Pacific view – is one of them.
  • Infinity-Edge Pool: Before, after, and even during your wedding, you’ll be able to spend your mornings, afternoons, and evenings by the pool – a drink in your hand your eyes to the sea.
  • Beachfront Pool Casita: Reserve some private time for the nuptial couple in the home’s private, beachfront casita, separated from the main home.
  • Solar-Powered: One of the first homes in the region to install solar, Casa de Luz is a pioneer in eco-friendly, Mother Nature-powered events.
  • Daily Housekeeping: We’ll keep your vacation home and event venue sparkling, throughout your stay! And we’ll even include daily breakfast prep.
  • Fast WiFi: Upload photos and livestream your event for friends and family who couldn’t make it to Costa Rica. Our fast fiber-optic internet has you covered!

Casa Costa Blanca

7 Beds | 7 Baths | Sleeps 24 Guests

beachfront Costa Rica destinations for weddings and events

There are Costa Rica destinations, and then there is Costa Rican beachfront – a hard amenity to come by. That is, unless you host your wedding at Casa Costa Blanca!

A beachfront wedding venue that easily hosts 60-70 guests, Casa Costa Blanca is one of our top venues for many good reasons.

Infused with the energy of the sea and kissed by soft sands, this luxurious home is both incredibly photogenic and one of a very elite crowd: BEACHFRONT venues. Because in Costa Rica, the beachfront isn’t easy to come by. In fact, most beachfront venues are hosted at restaurants and beach clubs. But at Casa Costa Blanca, your beachfront venue is yours and yours alone – no passersby, no gawkers, no wedding crashers. Just your new spouse, the Pacific, and up 70 of your nearest and dearest.

Of course, there’s a lot more to love about Casa Costa Blanca. To wit:

  • The Oceanfront Lifestyle: Imagine lounging on an ocean-view sofa, beneath the shady respite of your own private palapa. A signature wedding cocktail in hand, you catch some rays – and the view.
  • Oceanfront Pool & Hot Tub: It’s not just the sofa: At Casa Costa Blanca, [almost] everything is oceanfront! And that includes the giant infinity pool, expansive sun terrace, and bubbling Jacuzzi… all, leading out of your so-quiet-it’s-almost-private beach.
  • Ocean-view Bedrooms + Living Areas: Again, it’s all about location for your beachside wedding. And here, you’ll be happy to know that every guest common area – from the outdoor terraces to the indoor living room – is all graced with Pacific vistas. And so, too, are each of Casa Costa Blanca’s seven private bedrooms.
  • Dedicated Staff: Even the most spectacular bones require a little beautification. Here, dedicated gardening and cleaning staff keep Casa Costa Blanca pristine at all times, so your wedding venue will be picture perfect.
  • Two Kitchens: Even larger weddings have enough prep space, thanks to the home’s two kitchens. Your caterers can prepare a feast and you can rest easy knowing there will be seamless event preparations and execution.
  • Fast WiFi: Upload photos and livestream your event for friends and family who couldn’t make it to Costa Rica. Our fast fiber-optic internet has you covered!

Additionally, when you stay at Casa Costa Blanca, you’ll have exclusive access to the Hacienda Pinilla Beach Club – dining, swimming, and more – plus access to the community’s immaculate beaches (Playa Avellanas, Playa Langosta, and Playa Mansita), championship golf course, hiking and biking trails, tennis courts, and equestrian center.

Villa Tranquila

8 Beds | 10 Baths | Sleeps 24 Guests

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Designed as a bed-and-breakfast, now an exclusive mansion and one of our top Costa Rica destinations for weddings both intimate and grand, Villa Tranquila embodies its name: Tranquila, Spanish not just for serene, but as a tranquil lifestyle that defines the atmosphere here.

With no noise restrictions – you can dance long into the night! – and one of the grandest double staircases in the country, Villa Tranquila delivers unparalleled experience: Look out onto palm trees, bask by your own private pool, and drink in the ambiance of this tropical respite, offering everything you want (and much you didn’t even expect) in your destination wedding venue.

Here are just a few things to love:

  • Ceremony + Reception Space: An expansive yard and pool terrace mark a picturesque spot for pre-wedding festivities, and a spectacular venue for your ceremony and reception.
  • The Staircase: We know – it’s strange to list a staircase. Well, until you’ve seen this Welcome to what may be the best indoor photo backdrop in Costa Rica!
  • No Noise Restrictions: As we mentioned before, you can dance into the wee hours at Villa Tranquila! (Many Costa Rican venues impose restrictions at 10 p.m.)
  • Saltwater Pool: If your destination wedding dreams are accompanied by visions at the poolside, then you’ll quickly fall for Villa Tranquila’s lovely saltwater pool, surrounded by exotic flowers and waving palms.
  • Eight Ensuite Bedrooms: You and your guests will appreciate the villa’s eight private and luxurious suites, each with its own bathroom.
  • Lush Views: No matter the season, Villa Tranquila overlooks lush, green views – Hacienda Pinilla’s green fairway views, to be precise! The course and its surrounding nature preserve are a wonderful backdrop for destination wedding photos.
  • Fast WiFi: Upload photos and livestream your event for friends and family who couldn’t make it to Costa Rica. Our fast fiber-optic internet has you covered!
  • Daily Housekeeping: We’ll keep Villa Tranquila in pristine condition, throughout your event and stay.

Additionally, when you stay at Villa Tranquila, you’ll have exclusive access to the Hacienda Pinilla Beach Club – dining, swimming, and more – plus access to the community’s immaculate beaches (Playa Avellanas, Playa Langosta, and Playa Mansita), championship golf course, hiking and biking trails, tennis courts, and equestrian center.

Costa Rica Destinations: Weddings at Hacienda Pinilla

Hacienda Pinilla Beach Club

Hacienda Pinilla is home to 4,500 acres of luxury, a pristine golf course, walking and biking trails, and an oceanfront Beach Club (pictured)

Costa Rica is one of the top destination wedding choices in the world, and Hacienda Pinilla is one of the top destination wedding choices in Costa Rica.

A combination of factors – our climate, our sunsets, our friendly culture, our beaches, and even the ease and proximity of travel to/from the U.S. and Canada – make Costa Rica destinations so appealing. Hacienda Pinilla – a 4,500-acre historic ranch and exclusive gated community, nature preserve, and golf resort located just four miles from downtown Tamarindo – embody all that, and more. It’s a superlative of a superlative!

At Luxury Villas Costa Rica, we often recommend Hacienda Pinilla to our wedding clients. This is that dreams-really-do-come-true kind of place – a destination wedding local that is both a private wedding venue and once-in-a-lifetime vacation.

If your wedding vision tends toward pristine beaches and Spanish colonial ambiance, master-planned everything, and first-class venue spaces, then Hacienda Pinilla could be an excellent fit. Not only can we accommodate your entire guest list – we offer nearly two-dozen Hacienda Pinilla vacation rentals with 104+ bedrooms – but we are the foremost specialists in Hacienda Pinilla weddings and venues.

Here are a few of our favorites:

Las Palapas

Idyllic and atmospheric, these twin thatched ranchos by the beach are perfect for a beach wedding at sunset – and cocktails, to follow!

Hacienda Pinilla Beach Club

Go big at the Hacienda Beach Club, where you can as soon have your toes in the sand as you can host a catered multi-course meal. Poolside, if you’d like!

JW Marriott

Pull out all the stops and book one of four exclusive and exquisite event spaces at Hacienda Pinilla’s onsite JW Marriott.

The Chapel

Add a touch of the traditional at one of our favorite Costa Rica destinations for wedding ceremonies: The Hacienda Pinilla chapel is built in the colonial style and is open to all religions. (No permanent religious symbols are in place; feel free to decorate in the way most meaningful to you!)

Mandarina Lounge

Located on the second-floor terrace of the Hacienda Pinilla Beach Club, this ultra-private venue delivers all amenities of the Beach Club with added intimacy for smaller-scale weddings.

Start Planning your Costa Rica Wedding

Now’s the perfect time to begin narrowing down Costa Rica destinations and planning your wedding, whether you’re on a tight timeline or have years until wedded bliss. Contact our wedding specialists to start down the path to worry-free planning and wedding bliss.