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moderate resort hotels

Looking for something that provides good value, yet still has a few bells & whistles? 

Accommodations at these resorts are clean and comfy, but perhaps missing some of the more modern room amenities as newer resorts. 

We'd give a moderate resort a solid 4*, and although they've been around for a while, most moderate hotels offer a good range of restaurants, services and activities that fit most group demographics.  Perfect for laid-back groups all about the company and activities, or first-time travellers. 

Check out a few of the most popular moderate resort locations below!

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Riu Guanacaste

Resort Description
Riu Guanacaste is situated along the shores of Matapalo Beach and is surrounded by the exotic nature that Costa Rica is famous for. The beachfront resort offers something for all ages, whether you’re planning a family-friendly vacation, a romantic getaway or your destination wedding. 

Cool off by the sprawling pool complex’s swim-up bar or try out complimentary non-motorized water sports like sailing and kayaking down by the beach. Kids – and kids at heart – will love testing out the exciting slides at the brand-new ‘Splash Water World’ water park, with unlimited complimentary access included in your stay. 

The property is also perfect for nature and animal-lovers, with a sea-turtle hatching taking place seasonally, and many off-site adventures waiting to take place. 
Travel Costs
Travel costs will range based on the seasonality.  Lowest rates, excluding hurricane season, are often found in November and early December. Good winter pricing can be found in January & April, with the highest rates occuring over holidays (ie. Christmas, New Years, March Break) as well as the peak winter month of February. 

Getting Married in Costa Rica

The Requirements
Civil weddings in Costa Rica are presided by a lawyer.

• 2 witnesses to attest that they know the couple and that they are each entering marriage by their own will and are each legally able to be married 
• passports for the couple and each witness (valid throughout your stay in Costa Rica)
• occupations
• current address
• names and addresses of both of the couples’ parents
• if divorced, a Certificate of Divorce
• if widow/widower, a Certificate of Death for the former spouse

According to local law, women do not change their last name when they marry. In the legal documentation and in the marriage certificate, names will read as they currently appear on the passports. 

There is no minimum stay period for visitors to marry in Costa Rica. 

Once the marriage license is recorded, they must translate it to English and have it authenticated by the country of residence’s consulate, then mailed to the couple. One antiquated but still upheld law in Costa Rica to be wary of; there is a 300-day wait period between divorce and a new marriage for women.

Wedding Packages

Riu offers three main wedding packages, Classic, Royal and Caprice.  Riu weddings include semi-private dinners, often to a max of 40 guests, with the option of upgrading to a private event for an extra cost. 

Each package includes a set amount of guests (10/20/40) however, extra guests can be added for a fee.  
Free Weddings
Free weddings are available at Riu Resorts, subject to seasonality and some restrictions.  

Please note free weddings will still incur an administration fee as well as the legal fees for the judge and/or minister.  

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more moderate resort ideas

  • Catalonia Playa Maroma

    Nestled between lush jungle and the sparkling turquoise waters of the Caribbean, Catalonia Playa Maroma offers an ideal sun and sand getaway. 

    Guests can soak up the sun on the white-sand beach with a drink or lounge by the sparkling fresh water pool. Dining options range from casual food trucks, perfect for grabbing a mid-afternoon bite, to an elegant steakhouse and tapas restaurants.

    Guests can enjoy charming accommodations featuring authentic Mexican décor with vibrant colours or opt to upgrade to a Privileged room for added amenities including 24-hour room service, exclusive restaurant, private beach area and more.
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  • Jewel Runaway Bay

    Set on tropical grounds along Cardiff Hall Beach, this all-inclusive resort is 5 km from guided tours in the Green Grotto Caves.

    Featuring balconies or terraces, the casual rooms and suites offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffee making facilities. Some have minibars, sitting areas and/or private outdoor pools.

    Dining options consist of 7 restaurants, 2 bars and 2 snack bars. Other amenities include a nightclub, a spa and a water park, plus a private beach, 3 outdoor pools and play areas. Sports facilities include an 18-hole golf course, beach volleyball, and basketball and tennis courts.
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  • Iberostar Selection Varadero

    Overlooking a beautiful stretch of white-sand beach, the all inclusive Iberostar Selection Varadero offers convenient amenities in a picturesque tropical setting. 

    Spend sunny days lounging by one of the sparkling pools while kids have a blast at the on-site splash pad and the fun-filled kids club. 

    In the evenings, choose from a wide variety of dining options ranging from Mediterranean to Japanese, before heading back to your guest room. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, the resort offers a range of wedding & honeymoon packages to take your stay to the next level.
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  • Bahia Principe El Portillo

    This lively all-inclusive beachfront resort is 6 km from Diving Las Terrenas and 14 km from El Salto del Limón waterfall.

    Featuring balconies or terraces, the casual rooms have flat-screen TVs, mini fridges and coffeemakers. Suites add whirlpool tubs, and living rooms with pull-out sofas. Family suites come with 4-poster beds. 

    Limited water sports are included, as are meals and drinks at 8 bars and 6 restaurants. Other amenities include 2 pools and a gym, plus a spa and beach access. There’s also a kids’ club and a water park
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