There are some incredible wedding venues in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica! It is by far my favorite area of the country for many reasons. Besides the amazing beaches, and unique culture, the dry climate is fantastic. It is much drier than other parts of the country which makes it a great option for weddings, especially If you are considering a green season event. This area will provide you with the highest probability of sunny skies during the rainiest part of the year. In Guanacaste, the rainy season is generally from mid-April to mid-December. What’s pretty incredible is that from mid-December to mid-April we typically don’t see a single drop of rain!
This list is an overview of the venues available in Guanacaste to get you started on your search. I have not personally worked with many of the venues on this list and cannot speak to the quality of each.
Overhead view of the Papagayo Peninsula
Great Wedding Venues In Guanacaste
The Gulf of Papagayo is located in the northwest region of Costa Rica and is easily accessible due to its proximity to the Liberia International Airport (LIR). Most major airlines fly into this airport and the drive to the entrance of the Peninsula is only 25 minutes. The area is best known for its stunning beaches and also provides a variety of exciting activities such as ziplining, volcanos, waterfalls, surfing, snorkeling, and fishing. Small, nearby beach towns are easily accessible by boat including Playa Panamá, Playa Hermosa, and Playas del Coco. This area provides some of the most high-end and beautiful resorts in the country. In this area, you’ll find venues located at the beach and up in the hills with ocean views.
For more information visit www.peninsulapapagayo.com.
Four Seasons Resort at Peninsula Papagayo
Andaz & the Andaz Beach House
Private villas *Inquire directly to see if they allow events
Virador Beach at the Four Seasons on Peninsula Papagayo. Photo by Sylvia Guardia Photography.
Playa Conchal, Playa Flamingo, and Las Catalinas
Down the coast from Papagayo are Playa Conchal, Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Sugar Beach. Each beach has a very small town and has a more remote and private feel to them. Be aware that accommodation options in these areas will be somewhat limited.
Reserva Conchal – located/connected to the Westin Resort
Hotel Sugar Beach
Bahia del Sol Resort
Private Villas at The Palms
El Mangroove Boutique Hotel
Secrets *Adults only
Playas del Coco
Pacifico Beach Club
Father Rooster (located nearby in Playa Ocotal)
Located just a little over an hour from the Liberia International Airport, this beach town gained popularity after the surf movie, Endless Summer 2, was released in 1994. The lively town has a beautiful beach and offers a variety of shopping, activities, and plenty of restaurants.
Pangas Beach Club
Casa Puro Dieces
Casa Alang Alang
Located just a 5-minute drive or 15-minute walk from Playa Tamarindo, is Playa Langosta, a quiet beach town that is home to many of the residents of Tamarindo. The white sand beach has an abundance of tidal pools, where swimming pools can form during high tide.
Langosta Beach Club
Hotel Capitan Suizo
Sueño del Mar
Cala Luna in Playa Langosta
Hacienda Pinilla is located 20 minutes outside of Tamarindo. This gated community is home to the JW Marriott hotel and luxury homes suitable for events.
Located 45 minutes south of Tamarindo, Junquillal is a sleepy town with great beaches and surfing. This area is perfect for small groups who want a remote setting with a local feel. Note that you’ll need a 4×4 vehicle to reach this location.
Diosa Del Mar
Diosa del Mar in Junquillal
Farther south, Nosara is a charming beach town known for surfing and yoga. It is rustic and is a bit difficult to reach given the unpaved roads but it has the quintessential Costa Rican beach town vibe.
Casa de Alces
Harmony Hotel *accommodation only, no room blocks or events
Finca Austria in Nosara
You probably noticed that a lot of these venues are suited for sunny weather. Curious when the rainy season is? Take a look at my blog post What is the difference between rainy season and dry season in Costa Rica?