Engagement venues in Costa Rica
5 beautiful places for engagement sessions in Costa Rica
As a wedding photographer in this incredible country, Costa Rica, I have had the opportunity to know a lot of beautiful venues and places for engagement sessions! (if you want to check places to get married in Costa Rica, click here) One of the things my clients always struggle with while planning their sessions from abroad, is where to do the photos and it’s always a tricky question to answer. In a country like Costa Rica the choices with beaches and this incredibles landscape are endless and I know some places could be hard to get there, so I would love to share with you my favorite and easiest places for an engagement.
Costa Rica is an incredible place for having a destination wedding, engagement session and post wedding photos (trash the dress without hurting your bride dress) one of the most importa things to take in consideration is the weather, as a tropical country we have an unpredictable weather mainly in rainy season ( from May to October) and the rainiest months are September and October, for that reason many places could be hard to get there or to take photos for the rainy (sometimes storm wedding kind) the best months and not the high season ones are April, May, June, July and August (and don’t worry in case or rainy the best hour for sessions are 5:30 am, totally worth it, believe me).
I choose these place because the access is so easy, we can avoid to have a lot people around and the landscape is amazing, read until the end that I add some special mentions:
1.Los Llanos del Cortés Waterfall- Bagaces Guanacaste
This place is one of my favorite in Guanacaste, for engagement session, elopement and intimate wedding, what I love is the light and the waterfall location, so you can find an amazing light and just behind you the waterfall, tip: avoid weekends because it is imposible to have photos without people around you, but during week is the perfect place for engagement session in Costa Rica and one of the best things is located in Guanacaste in the driest ara in Costa Rica.
2.Tamarindo- Playa Langosta
Tamarindo is one of the most popular areas for weddings and engagement session and you can find a lot of people around, the good thing there is a close beach in Tamarindo, Playa Langosta where you can find incredible place between Sueños del Mar and Cala Luna and to have forest and beach without a lot people around you, amazing place to have the Costa Rica style.
3.Monteverde- Costa Rica Forest
One of the most beautiful areas in Costa Rica with this incredible forest, nature and green style is Monteverde and Monteverde is so rainy, in this area the best is to have the session between January to April.
4.Manuel Antonio- Dominical- South area beach
Manuel Antonio and Dominical are located in the south of Costa Rica, this area is perfect if you are looking for a jungle, beach style and more eco hotels, just consider the rainy season here is from May to November, even thought is amazing and always you can have this incredible light in the sunrise time :)
5.Papagayo Hotels- Andaz, Secrets or Four Season
This area of Costa Rica is one of the most expensive and luxury and you can find in this incredibles hoteles, amazing beaches, mountains and jungle, the advantage of Papagayo is the driest area of Costa Rica so the rainy season is different than the rest of the country, but dont worry you can fin this incredibles beaches and landscape in Tamarindo, Playa Hermosa, Samara and Nosara (Samara and Nosara are amazing the only thing is the road is difficult to get fast and comfortable).
Web: Hotel Andaz
Web: Secrets Hotel
La Paz Waterfall- Alajuela
La Paz waterfall hotel is a perfect place for intimate wedding, elopement or engagement session, the access to the waterfall is so easy, things to consider: tourists and rainy season (the weather is unpredictable).
Hacienda Sitio de Mata – Turrialba
This beautiful place located in Turrialba is amazing, you will find mountains and all the Cartago area.
If you want photos under this tree is so easy and located in the heart of Tamarindo, just need to verify that there is no wedding in the day of the session and to enjoy a meal or beer in Pangas beach club
Web: Pangas Beach Club
Las Catalinas is a new area in Costa Rica, the best option is to rent an apartament (they offer amazing options) and to have photos around this amazing place with incredibles buildings (look like mediterranean area in Costa Rica, which makes this place unique here, and then in the beach is next to las Catalinas, it is perfect!
The only thing the access is limited to the guests apartments or if you to stay in these beautiful hotels in Las Catalinas:
Web: Santarena Hotel
Web: Casa Chameleon