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Costa Rica Destination Weddings at Crocodile Bay Resort

costa rica weddingsImagine walking down a remote stretch of beach on Costa Rica’s pristine South Pacific coast. Scarlet macaws fly overhead, the waves are crashing on the beach, then you receive an envelope… an invitation, to your own wedding! Enjoy this video to view a bride’s “real” reaction to an “actual” surprise wedding in Costa Rica – yes, she almost collapses.

Our Resort The rustic elegance that Crocodile Bay Resort represents is the ideal setting for a multitude of wedding themes ranging from our most popular “The Magic of Simplicity” to a variety that includes formal and traditional. Customization is not a problem for our on-site wedding planners. Wedding Overview Crocodile Bay Resort is located in a region renowned to be the most biologically intense place on Earth. With a backdrop that features one of only 4 natural tropical fjords in the world, you are sure to experience a unique wedding guaranteed to create a lifetime of memories. Reciting your wedding vows where the rainforest meets the ocean, amid a multitude of wildlife, is indeed for those that search for natural landscapes for those important moments. Ceremony Locations Let your imagination run wild! Whether it be zip lining across the jungle amidst 4 different species of monkeys and the tallest trees in the world, or cruising the Golfe Dulce and witnessing super pods of dolphins numbering in the thousands, or observing whales from both hemispheres teaching their young to swim and dive; there is no shortage of wild and beautiful vistas to say “I do”. Of course we also have beaches, patios, halls, and traditional settings for those who wish a tamer place to say “I do”. Receptions Once again; from tame to wild…a location to meet the needs of any couple; and with our traditional cuisines and professional staff of waiters and chefs, when it comes to your dining experience we will not let you down.

Crocodile Bay Resort Wedding Packages Include:

  • Romantic ceremony location
  • Ceremony officiant
  • Tropical bridal bouquet
  • Tropical boutonnière for groom
  • Chairs of various tropical or elegant decor
  • Basic ceremony set-up
  • Medium floral arch
  • Mixed colour floral petals aisle scatter
  • Wedding gown pressing
  • Bridal suite mixed colour petal scattering
  • Champagne for two in your bridal suite


Please contact us so we may tailor your wedding package just for you (see contact form below)

Getting married in Costa Rica is a simple process with very few requirements. By law two witnesses are required to attest that they know the couple and that the bride and groom are getting married of their free will and are each legally able to be married (they are both single). Costa Rica law does require that you present the following legal documents from your country of origin. The time required for document processing, which includes translation and authentication by the consulate of your country of residence, varies, but will take a minimum of two months. Please contact us for details.

Legal Documents Required

  • Passports
  • Birth Certificate
  • Marital Status
  • Certificate of Non-Impediment

Note: All documents must be stamped/notarized and translated in Spanish. Filing of your marriage documents in Costa Rica can take a minimum of two weeks

Reception Options

  • Reception Dinner and Party
  • Reception Setup on Lawn, Conference Center or Restaurant
  • Three Course Dinner
  • Appetizers
  • Wedding Cake
  • Open Bar (several options available)
  • Champagne Toast
  • Wedding Cake
  • Party Setup – DJ With Sound Setup and or Live Music Available

Costa Rica Group Activities and Expeditions

  • Rainforest Canopy Zip-Line
  • Waterfall Rappelling
  • Gulf Tours and Snorkeling
  • Mangrove and Jungle Kayaking
  • Surfing Costa Rica’s Best Breaks
  • Sport Fishing – Inshore/Offshore or Kayak
  • Dolphin and Whale Watching(seasonal)
  • Primate Tour and Wildlife Photography
  • See a full list of tours and options here


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Additional Information About Destination Weddings at Crocodile Bay Resort

Wedding Specialist

Your Crocodile Bay Resort wedding planner will arrange all the details – from scheduling events and coordinating your officiant, to securing accommodations during your stay.

Wedding Details

The key to a dream wedding is attention to the details, and your Crocodile Bay Resort Wedding Planner holds that key. Whether you’re looking for traditional Costa Rican flair or something adventurous or even on the water, the sky is the limit on your special day

License for ceremony

Our Crocodile Bay Resort staff and legal team is happy to help you coordinate the paperwork required to hold your wedding ceremony in Costa Rica. At your request, our wedding planner will help you obtain the paperwork and help you to understand the process for the certification of your marriage. You will be asked to complete the form, bring us the appropriate documentation, and your wedding planner will handle the rest. The time required for document processing, which includes translation and authentication by the consulate of your country of residence, varies, but will take a minimum of two months. Please contact us for details


Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula has been referred to as one of “the most biologically intense places on Earth”. Our region offers sweeping views of the largest coastal rainforest in Central Americas. We offer a variety of photographers and packages. Please contact us for details.

Floral Arrangements

Orchids, birds of paradise and all types of bamboo are the most popular local flowers. Use these blooms to enhance your wedding décor, or choose from a wide range of other flowers and arrangements for your special day.

Lighting and Effects

Tiki torches are available for all outdoor events. Other lighting options available on request

Your wedding professional can help you choose the music for your ceremony and reception – live

  • DJ with Music/lights
  • Live Violinist
  • Live Local Musicians – Reception and or After Party


Spa and Beauty

  • The Spa at Crocodile Bay Resort in Costa Rica´s Osa Peninsula offers a uniquely Costa Rican experience in a natural, calming setting.
  • Bridal parties can book the Spa for select hours of the day, and can enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine and beverages, including champagne, during their appointments. We offer over 30 all natural treatments as well as hair, makeup and nails.


Tandem Couples Massage

Enjoy your choice of one of our romantic couples massages and use of our private luxury spa facilities

  • Swedish
  • Bamboo
  • Hot Rocks
  • Chocolate


Costa Rica Group Activities and Expeditions

  • Rainforest Canopy Zip-Line
  • Mangrove and Jungle Kayaking
  • Surfing Costa Rica’s Best Breaks
  • Sport Fishing
  • Dolphin and Whale Watching(seasonal)
  • Primate Tour and Wildlife Photography
  • See a full list of tours and options here


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

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. For more information contact us here

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