Heading to Costa Rica…

Nothing like the last minute…


Merelyn and I have been talking about what we want to do for our honeymoon for a long time.  We started out talking about Costa Rica but looked at many other options including Hawaii, Mexico and parts local.  We both have had so many things going on with work, finances, living situations, etc. that, for a while there, it looked like we weren’t going to get a honeymoon at all.

Finally, with much anxiety and great determination we decided to make it happen.

So, next month after our wedding in Lake Tahoe, will will be happily heading south to beautiful Costa Rica for a week at the Hilton Papagayo Hotel in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

Hilton Papagayo Hotel

from the Hilton Papagayo Hotel Website…

We are both very excited about this trip.  Neither of us has been to Costa Rica before and we are looking forward to getting to see as much of it as possible from our little bungalow on Bahia Culebra.  Looking over the activities offers everything from hiking the Arenal Volcano, Jungle Canopy Tours, Zip-lines, Kayaking, sailing and fishing, whitewater rafting and so much more.  We can’t wait to get there and explore and take TONS of photos.

Hilton Papagayo Hotel

from the Hilton Papagayo Hotel Website…

I’ve already found hints of pre-Columbian ruins near the hotel that I would love to check out.  The hotel has jogging and hiking trails and there are tons of activities to keep us busy even if we never left the property.

I’ve always been in love with the thought of going to Costa Rica, and nearly moved there several years ago.  I think this is an appropriate place to take my new bride to celebrate our new life together.  I would like to thank both of our parents for their help and support in pulling the wedding together, and financially helping us so we could be in a position to make this amazing honeymoon happen.

Hilton Papagayo Hotel

from the Hilton Papagayo Hotel Website…

If you’ve ever been to Costa Rica I would love to hear suggestions or ideas of things we should check out.  We will be on the Pacific side near Guanacaste.  And if you happen to know someone in the area, I love to meet locals who can get us off the beaten path and show us some of the real gems of the area.

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Dave Creech is a successful business owner and entrepreneur based in Phoenix, Arizona. He shares his personal story and lifelong passion for travel and rugged outdoor adventure through his blog at WildernessDave.com. David’s focus has been on trip stories, gear reviews, Wilderness Medicine and a series of articles aimed at introducing Yoga to hikers and backpackers as a path to staying fit, healthy and injury free.



  1. Hey there Dave!

    Alright, so I used to live in CR. While there, you guys should make it over to Playa brasilito and Playa Conchal (they are right next to one another). Brasilito doesn’t look like much, but Conchal is beautiful…and there are some great vendors there if you want to take home a souvenir or get your bride some beautiful jewelry. I have a few friends that work there as well…two with the cuad tours. There names are Eduardo and Rodrigo…they should be hangin on the beach on their four wheelers 🙂 tell them Mia sent you and to show you a good time like they showed me:) good luck!!

    • Mia,

      That doesn’t look too far away! Right by the Westin Resort…We will have to try to get down there and see Eduardo and Rodrigo.

      What were the quad tours like? Was it just down the beach or were there trails and such?

      Thanks for the tip!


  2. Never been to Costa Rica, but just wanted to say congrats and have a great trip! Looks like a stellar place to start a marriage.

  3. Sounds like you two are in for a sweet honeymoon!

    I was in CR eleven years ago, as I was for a social year in Honduras. Arenal is a great place to visit, definitely recommended. Any of the National Parks which are close to your hotel also could be worth a visit, I went to one a bit further in the north and it was superb – Howler and Spider monkeys, Kolibris and the jungle itself are something to see. Enjoy!

    • Awesome, Thanks Hendrik.

      I am definitely planning to visit the Volcano, I’m pretty excited about that. I’ve been reading about you and Brian Green and your new cameras and was planning to get one of my own before this trip, but the trip itself ended up costing more than expected. So, I’ll have to lug along my big DSLR if I want decent pictures…should still be fun though.

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