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Manuel Antonio and Jaco

Get married on the beach with spectacular sunsets and lush forest

Central Pacific

The Manuel Antonio and Jaco areas in Costa Rica's Central Pacific Coast are the country's most visited tourist destinations. It is famous for the national park that is the region's namesake, the abundant wildlife, and well developed town and destination. It is accessible from either International Airport by land (2 to 3 and ½ hour drive) or on a 20 minute flight from San Jose.

Manuel Antonio has become a preferred site for Costa Rica destination weddings. It features a number of advantages over other regions, including the large and diverse number of hotels at all price ranges, the myriad of inland and ocean activities, suited for guests of all ages, outstanding restaurants, lush vegetation and stunning sunsets. Most hotels have wedding coordinators and offer wedding packages, but only a handful can cater to a beachfront wedding. Most sit up on the hills with spectacular views, which invite to a late afternoon affair followed by a private event at the hotel.

One of the few disadvantages to a wedding in Manuel Antonio is that, with very few exceptions, beaches are normally visited by a large number of guests that can interfere with a private ceremony as unwanted onlookers. As most beaches are public with easy access, and regulated by the local municipality, securing permits to conduct an event on the beach can require dealing with the local bureaucracy and can be cumbersome. For a more excluisive setting, couples may want to consider Los Suenos or Esterillos Beach for their Destination Wedding in Costa Rica.

For your wedding party, Manuel Antonio has an exquisite range of activities including horseback riding, hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, parasailing, ATVs, Jetskis, white water rafting, canopy tours and sports fishing.

A Costa Rica wedding in Manuel Antonio and Jaco is:

Ideal for: ocean view romantic weddings, small and mid size wedding parties, sunset weddings, groups that require multiple accommodation options and activities for their stay

Not suited for: weddings that require large ballrooms (available in Los Suenos), private beach ceremonies

Please contact our Costa Rica weddings coordinator by calling toll free (888) 928-3688 from the United States and Canada, or email us at info@costaricadestinationweddings.com. We have the expertise and local connections to plan a unique and memorable wedding in Costa Rica in Manuel Antonio, at any of the popular hotels and resorts. Our long list of reputable and reliable suppliers will give you unique ideas on flowers, photography, dinners, location and set ups.


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