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Costa Rica Weddings at Crocodile Bay Resort

Read an excerpt from a recent press release about a surprise Costa Rica wedding at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica

costa rica weddingsFor Immediate Release – Just imagine…you receive a wedding invitation…and it is to your own wedding. This rare occurrence actually took place at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica in an area renowned to be the most biologically intense place on Earth – The Osa Peninsula.

All of us at one time or another have participated in or, perhaps it is more accurate to say has been the victim of, a surprise party or announcement.

Most popular are surprise birthday parties…followed by surprise anniversaries, or congratulatory receptions.

Of course there is also the risky business of surprising someone you love with a marriage proposal, this is usually done in all kinds of creative settings and manners; and we have seen these go very well…and sometimes we have seen these go horribly wrong.

But when is the last time you have actually witnessed a lady attending a surprise wedding…her own wedding? Now that’s a scenario that would take the proverbial cake…the wedding cake that is.

costa rica wedding destinationAs you can imagine; the logistics of pulling off a surprise wedding are paramount…and to complicate matters; the victim in this story, Silvie Spakova, has a 7 year old daughter (Sophie) who would never be able to keep such a secret from her mother…and the deal with the groom to be (David Belinko) has always been that Sophie must first grant permission for her mother’s hand. This was actually the weak link in the whole plot.

The first challenge was to convince Silvie to allow herself to be filmed in a whimsical setting walking along a beach in Costa Rica with Sophie. This supposedly was to be used for a promotional video to encourage family tourism to one of the most exotic destinations on Earth, and a fishing and adventure lodge that typically caters to professional anglers and adventure seekers. Silvie agreed and so the stage was set.

Dressed in smart casual tropical attire with the ocean as a backdrop Silvie is presented with an envelope which the director of the promotional video, Christopher Graham, gave to Sophie. When Silvie opens the envelop she realizes that she is reading the invitation to her wedding taking place at this exact hour and place; a beach appropriately named Plaja Preciosa or Precious Beach in English.P1000249

Just a few meters away friends and family are gathered in hiding; waiting for Silvie and Sophie to come upon the gathering; the rest is blissful history.

Crocodile Bay Resort is located on Costa Rica’s South Pacific Coast where the largets rainforest in the America’s meets the Pacific Ocean. In addition to hosting weddings on the beach or next to thundering waterfalls in the rainforest, Crocodile Bay offers some of the world’s best fishing, 30 eco adventure tours and a luxury rainforest spa. They have hosted weddings and corporate retreats with groups susch as Boston Whaler, The BBC, Yamaha, CNN, National Geographic, PENN Reels, Columbia Sportswear and others. They were also featured on Good Morning America and a prize vacation package on Wheel of Fortune. To learn more about hosting your Costa Rica wedding with Crocodile Bay Resort Click Here.

Costa Rica Summer Vacations

Crocodile Bay has long been known as one of the premier sport fishing destinations in the world. What is little known is that Crocodile Bay is a complete vacation destination located in the area of Costa Rica National Geographic Magazine has referred to as “The most biologically intense place on Earth.”  The other little known fact is that Crocodile Bay Resort offers 30 unique Costa Rica tour options that include zip lining, snorkeling, birding, hiking, biking, dolphin and whale watching, monkey tours, guided kayak fishing, surf casting, chocolate tour, botanical gardens, paddle boarding, surfing, sea turtle rescue and more.

It’s very common for elite anglers to wrap up a great Costa Rica vacation at Crocodile Bay Resort and say “Wow..I’m coming back here with the whole family”. With a luxury Spa to top off the experience, Crocodile Bay Resort truly is  a unique vacation destination that has something to offer those of all ages and skill levels.

We hope you enjoy this Costa Rica travel video designed to educate you about the magic you and your family or significant other can experience in one of the most amazing vacation destinations on Earth.

For reservation information call 1.800.733.1115 or visit

Getting Better With Time: Ecotourism

Ecotourism Costa Rica
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Countries such as Costa Rica, Kenya, New Zealand and Australia are known as ectourism hot spots.  Ecotourism requires that the footprint of the traveler on natural resources be a sustainable one. Nations with large undeveloped land bases became interested in ecotourism because it provides a way to generate income that benefits the local economy and at the same time protects the ecosystem.  In Costa Rica, tourism earnings surpass those of coffee and bananas.

The development of ecotourism dates back to the 1960s when public concern about environmental issues increased. Conservation groups formed to lobby governments to set aside land not just for tourists or endangered animals but to also preserve the natural integrity of the ecosystem. These groups found that support for conservation efforts was stronger if people experienced  endangered species first hand. In other words, people who have a direct experience with nature are more likely to be sensitive to environmental issues.  For those living in large urban areas in the west, there is a disconnect between the natural environment and the urban one.  As great as the latest developments in technology are, the opportunity to unplug for a week and connect with nature is good for our well-being and the planet.
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