Wedding planners - Celebrations Costa Rica - Randy Gritz

Manuel Antonio Weddings

"If I know what love is, it is because of you" - Herman Hesse

Manuel Antonio, known for its beautiful beaches and hiking trails is the perfect destination for your wedding. In 2011, Manuel Antonio was listed by Forbes among the world's 12 most beautiful national parks. The impressive landscape has several coves with many white sand beaches and lush foliage amidst great mountains and forests that reach the beaches. Located in a Rain Forest it's not unusual to see howler, squirrel and capuchin monkeys. It has a large land and marine biodiversity with beautiful coral reefs.

The community strives to stay in harmony with nature. You'll find rope bridges crossing the roads to ensure safe passage for the monkeys. Fireworks have even been banned because of their impact to the environment.

There are few things more romantic than a sunset setting over the ocean in a tropical climate, seen from a glorious sandy beach. It stands to reason then that the same sort of location that leads people to fall in love is a perfect one to say their vows.

Manuel Antonio is becoming increasingly popular as a wedding destination for couples from around the world. From the backdrop of the majestic Pacific Ocean to the cool canopy of the rainforest, people are choosing the natural beauty and easy going style of Costa Rica to celebrate and begin their married life. There is a multitude of breathtaking scenic possibilities that evoke romance and can create spectacular photographs to treasure for a lifetime. Waterfalls, wide sandy beaches and azure rolling waves all provide perfect backdrops to the big day.

With its vibrant tourist trade, Manuel Antonio also has plenty of accommodation options for big parties. Many boutique hotels are happy to host weddings. Vacation rental home weddings are fast growing in popularity. The homes range in size from 1 to 10 bedrooms and provide a more private setting than a hotel. An amazingly high percentage of these homes have spectacular ocean views but only a scant few are located directly on the beach.

Local caterers can create international cuisine and there are plenty of facilities to host breakfasts, receptions and other wedding-related events.

With its warm weather and friendly people, Manuel Antonio weddings are relaxed and natural. What’s more, a wedding here means you don’t have to go elsewhere to enjoy a honeymoon in paradise! There are numerous resorts and private villas to enjoy and relax at after formalizing your vows, and plenty of activities to enjoy for thrill-seeking couples. From beachfront to lush hillside retreats, Manuel Antonio has it all. It’s the perfect place to seal your lifetime together.

Thanks to Evelyn Gallardo author of "Manuel Antonio Costa Rica Travel Guide, the best of Manuel Antonio & Quepos" for sharing her knowledge of the area.

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