So you are engaged and ready to receive your bride at the altar, but there is a part of you that is holding out just a little bit! Don’t feel jittery at all. This is natural and that is why every groom gets a provision of having an awesome bachelor party.
Inspired by this guide, I thought it was a good idea to give a run down of ideas for bachelor parties in Costa Rica. While these ideas may not be for everyone, it’s a guide you can work off of. Pura Vida!
A bachelor party is fun and officially bids farewell to your pre-wedding partying ways! So why not make the most of it? Though there are literally dozens upon dozens of choices available, Costa Rica tops the list to have a fun and adventurous bachelor party. And honestly, what is there to not like about Costa Rica?
I’ve had countless friends come down to Costa Rica for their bachelor party. I’ve been involved in parties that consist of chilling at the beach all the way down to the getting wild in strip clubs and beyond. So here’s my take after witnessing dozens of these live in Costa Rica!
Why a Bachelor Party in Costa Rica?
Costa Rica is a country in Central America and boasts beautiful, sandy beaches. It is these beaches and the beautiful, lush forests that make it a perfect holiday destination. It was under the Spanish Rule and you can still see the Spanish elements in Costa Rica. Here are a few interesting things to know about Costa Rica, before you embark on your journey!
- Costa Rica is famous for its sandy beaches and natural beauty.
- A quarter of its land is dedicated to conservation of wild life.
- Costa Rica is home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as The Stone Spheres, Cocos Island National Park and La Amistad National Park.
- Costa Rica boasts of over 50 species of Hummingbirds and 66% of neo-tropical butterflies in the world.
Bachelor Party Destinations in Costa Rica
When it comes to organizing a bachelor party in Costa Rica, be mindful that you will be combining fun and adventure together and it wont be a typical bachelor party. Costa Rica has two beautiful destinations to offer: Jaco and Tamarindo. Of the two, Jaco has become very popular for bachelor parties. Let us take a look at both of the destinations and let the fun begin!
Jaco is a bustling beach town in Costa Rica. It has recently become very popular because of its night time party atmosphere. Efforts have been made to make it an appealing beach town for everyone, including children. That said, for bachelor parties, Jaco still tops the list! Here are a few activities that are available in Jaco and that you can include in your bachelor party itinerary.
Downing Cocktails with Friends
The scenic Gulf of Nicoya and Pacific Ocean is a sight to behold. And what is better than to enjoy the sunset, over a tropical drink, with your buddies? Hotel Villa Caletas has a beautiful outdoor amphitheater, built on to the side of the ridge, overlooking the scenic Gulf of Nicoya.
You don’t have to be a stay-in-guest to enjoy the ambiance. You can just inform the staff that you are there for the sunset, grab your cocktails and enjoy the beautiful scenery!
Riding the Waves
If you and your buddies are adrenaline junkies and water is what they crave for, then Jaco is the best place to be! This is a world class surfing beach with consistent waves that are perfect for surfing.
Surf shops are spread up all over the beach and it is easy to rent out surf boards and any other equipment that you need. So you can travel light and surf! If you haven’t surfed in a while, Playa Jaco has smaller waves that are not too overwhelming.
Carara National Park
It is hard to imagine a national park so close to a bustling beach town, but believe it or not, Carara National Park is one of the best places for bird-spotting. Adding a bit of adventure to your bachelor party can bring a surprising and welcoming twist for your pals.
It is located on the north and stretches into the mountains. Along the nature trails, you can observe monkeys, leaf-cutter ants and numerous species of birds. This is a beautiful place for photography, so make sure you have your cameras with you.
Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling
Snorkeling and sea kayaking are one of the most popular activities in Jaco, besides surfing. Booking it prior to your arrival is the best way to do it. The awe-inspiring scenery of the Pacific Ocean and paddling on the undulating waves are enough to make your trip a memorable one.
Snorkeling is another activity where you can get close to the tropical and colorful fish. If the weather is good, then swimming in the warm water is just what you need!
The Crocodile Trip!
On your way to Jaco, you will cross a bridge. Make time to visit this area. This bridge is built over famous Tarcoles River, which houses the hugest crocodiles you might have ever seen.
Even better is to take a boat tour of the Tarcoles River, where you can get up, close and personal to the crocodiles. It is not just the crocodiles, but you can also see a lot of birds and other wildlife, too!
Jaco is a bustling town with a nightlife! There are a number of bars, offering everything from drinks to game nights and whatnot! Music, dance, drinks, everything is available. Make sure you have your ID and passport with you.
Tamarindo is in the province of Guanacaste, along the Nicoya Peninsula. It is a small town, but during the tourist season, it can swell up, literally! This is a testament to its tourist-friendly ambiance.
It is one of the most accessible places, with the provision of an airstrip and daily bus services. As compared to Jaco, it is considered a mellow spot, but it still has a lot to offer to the party-goers!
And don’t get us Started on the downtown San Jose night life. (Full guide coming soon.) San Jose, Costa Rica, is a pretty bustling area of sin.
The waves at Tamarindo beach are perfect for surfing, in fact Tamarindo is famous for it surf breaks. However, if you or your pals are not that great at surfing, you can hop along to Playa Langosta.
It is only a short walk away and offers smaller waves for amateurs. That said, whether you are an amateur or skilled surfer, you will end up having fun!
Swinging Like a Tarzan!
Now this is one activity that you wouldn’t want to miss. New Monkey Jungle has around 7 zip lines, with a Tarzan swing at the end! It quenches your thirst for adventure and gives you that adrenaline rush that you need! The zip lining and swinging ends with a fresh watermelon juice!
Turtle Love, Maybe?
If you and your buddies like to take things at a slower pace, then spending some time on a moon-lit beach is perfect for you. And if you are in luck, you might even get to observe the endangered Leatherback turtle laying her eggs!
The Bustling Nightlife
The night life is not as upbeat as the one found in Jaco, but don’t let this get you down. Monkey in the Best Western Hotel and Aqua are some of the best night places to party in. Monkey in the Best Western offers a ladie’s night, as well! The Cocal Casino and hotel is the current hot spot, with late night partying at Le Loft being a staple for many locals and tourists alike.
The Cocal is a hub for prostitution, just as an FYI.
Sunset Sailing and Beaching
Sunset sailing has to be one of the most relaxing activities. Depending on your needs, you can hire a smaller or bigger boat. If you are not interested in sailing, then relax on the beach and take in the breath-taking sunset!
Caving in Barra Handa National Park
Caving may not seem like an activity for a bachelor or bachelorette party, but it is a relaxing activity. Just outside of Tamarindo is the Barra Handa National Park, which boasts around 42 caves. A hike through the dry forest leads you the cave-site. It is a truly unique experience, an experience that you would want to share with your best buddies.
Miravalles Volcano Tour
Miravellas Volcano tour, like caving, may not seem like an ideal part of a bachelor party, but it is a relaxing experience. On your way to the volcano site, you soak in the scenic beauty of Guanacaste.
Although this volcano has not erupted in a long time, some geysers and gas expels can be seen near the base. You end the trip with a soak in natural hot springs!
All in all, these activities may not seem to be the typical activities that you imagine for a bachelor or bachelorette party, but keep in mind the main reason you hold such a party. A bachelor/ bachelorette party is a way of spending some quality time with your closest friends. It can be any way.
There is no definition of how you have to or how you should spend it. If you and your friends are hard on clubbing, then so be it. If you are not, then you have other options too. The purpose is to relax and enjoy. Once you get married, your responsibilities increase and your life takes a U-turn, literally!
So enjoy and relax with your friends, calm down your nerves and step on to the altar with a confident smile!
Costa Rica is a naturally beautiful and scenic place to be, to calm your nerves and relax before your big day. So head off to Costa Rica and relax!
As you can see, there are plenty of things to do in Costa Rica. Enjoy your bachelor party!