La Costa de Papito is what Costa Rica is all about. Near a surf town just a 10 min bike ride up the road, it's nestled among it's own slice of jungle set across from Playa Cocles. Authenticity, great service, character, quality and laid back fun is all I've ever had the 3 times I stayed here (twice in 2010). This last time was in February for about two weeks, including a three-day wedding celebration.
If you're considering a beach wedding, email Kitty and Eddie and they'll handle everything. The 3-min video of our wedding speaks for itself. It was a dream and totally laid-back for us planning-wise and in the execution, thanks to Kitty and Eddie and their team, who took care of everything.
Our guests really enjoyed themselves. There was something for everyone of all ages and health, so ideal for a gathering of family and friends who need to spend some time together.
We had the rehearsal dinner at the restaurant, as well as the reception. LCdP set up the wedding in a coconut grove, so that the wedding party could surprise the guests with a special entrance (that we made up essentially the morning of the wedding). It was phenomenal. See the video of photos, taken by the incredible photographer Kitty arranged for us.
Just a word on accommodations, shuttles, food: The bungalows are still all great. We rented all but 2 of them for our party of 25 (4 guests booked late and stayed nearby). Handmade of beautiful local dark salt caramel hardwood and stuccoed bathrooms, each bungalow is different. Kitty thoughtfully arranged all shuttles for guests coming in from Europe and the States (Belgium, Washington DC, New York, Arizona, LA and Detroit). Kitty's selection of bungalows for our parents, elders and friends were dead on. The elders didn't love the 4.5 hr ride from San Jose, until they got there We ate frequently at the restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner - all excellent. Truthfully, my mom says she prefers the pristine, manicured beach of Kihei, Maui in Hawaii. That's okay. It was our wedding and we wanted something authentic, a bit wild, somewhere non-contrived where we could ride in on horses wearing leis, with our best friends holding local flowers, taking video on their Google Glass, while others blew conch horns. This place and wedding was freedom. It couldn't have been any better, and we are grateful for the La Costa de Papito family -- our Costa Rica family -- for making our vision come to life so perfectly. THANK YOU EDDIE, KITTY and everyone. We <3 you.
PHOTOS/IMAGES: All rights reserved. Copyright 2014 Brian Ong.
VIDEO: 3 min photo montage of La Costa de Papito's preparations of the wedding: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBkpTA2mOcg (Photo Credits: Lucas Iturrizza)
Credits: All wedding day photography by *Lucas Iturrizza* and his awesome wife. Not to be copied, duplicated or redistributed for any commercial use.
Link to Lucas Iturizza's site (though Eddie and Kitty will make arrangements for you): http://lucasiturriza.com/somos.html
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Awarded 5 coconuts from Caribbean Travel Magazine for style, service and setting. Rustically elegant, hard crafted bungalows are privately set apart in a lush five acre tropical garden on the edge of the jungle. In front or the gorgeous white sand Cocles Beach, winner of Costa Rica`s blue flag for pristine beach. An idyllic romantic hideaway with a family friendly double occupancy price for a family of four. Que Rico Papito Restaurant specializes in food fit for jungle royalty. Massage, facials and delicious body treatments at our Indulgence Spa. Rest easy! Secure Lodging with Safes & Secure Parking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Costa De Papito Hotel
- Hotel La Costa De Papito Costa Rica/Limon