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We hope your special day is beautiful and you have a wonderful time in Costa Rica! Lots of love!
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We're so lucky to have lived together for 3 years, and in doing so, have accumulated most of the things the typical bride and groom register for. We've created a HoneyMoon Fund so you can give us the gift of an experience, one that we will certainly treasure forever!
Many of you have been asking if the trip is all-inclusive. The short answer is no. There are a few all-inclusive resorts in Costa Rica, but they do not have nearly the charm and character that other venues have, and are typically "off the beaten path". Our location is in a town where you can walk everywhere, you won't ever need a car to check out all of the bars and restaurants the small town has to offer. The food is also, in my opinion, one of the greatest adventures in Costa Rica. Most of the seafood you'll find is caught fresh that morning, so menus change daily, and most of the produce is local and organic.
Breakfast is included at the hotel every morning (and if you choose to stay elsewhere, this is very common at most resorts). It is a very generous buffet, so Lou and I often times didn't eat lunch as we were stll full from our huge breakfast. A typical lunch at a restaurant in Tamarindo is between $7 and $12. A typical dinner is between $10 and $15. Even a surf and turf dinner is around $25. A "fruity" cocktail beverage is typically around $5 and a Costa Rican beer is between $3.50 and $5. There are dozens of restaurants and bars sprinkled along the beach, all with entertainment; dancers, fire shows, mariachi bands, etc. Lou and I often found ourselves shopping at the local grocery store in the morning for drinks and snacks that we would tote to the beach in a small cooler each day.
I encourage you to use the travel agency to book excursions. They will get you the best rates, and often times the excursions include meals. They nearly always include your transportaion from your hotel to the destination in the rate.
In the past two years, Lou and I went white water rafting, Zip-lining (twice), took a guided hike through the rain forest, did an ATV tour in the dry forest, took surf lessons, chartered a private boat to fish, and did a sunset sailing crusie on a catamaran.
Whether you use the travel agency to book, or book on your own, you'll have an amazing time with all of the fun things to do. You don't need to book in advance either, you can book day by day while you are there. I'll post more information on our favorite excusions as we get closer to the trip.
The travel agency does not assist with flights, so you'll have to book that part on your own. Lou and I have gotten great flight deals for both of our trips, at around $400 round trip each time. Several arilines fly there but we took Southwest and Delta and had pleasant experiences both times. You'll want to fly into Liberia airport (airport code LIR). This is about 45 minutes from the resort. If you plan to extend your trip and spend time in rainforest, you might want to fly out of San Jose (airport code SJO).
While you are able to rent a car in Costa Rica, it is very expensive, and I am told the insurance alone costs more than most car rentals in the United States. In addition, your credit card will not cover the liability of car rental insurance as in other countries.
I encourage you to use the travel agency for your transportation. It is private, air-conditioned and has WiFi on board. We found the cost to be very reasonable. If you know you will be traveling with a group, tell Jason, the travel agent, and he can book you all together to reduce the cost.
If you choose not to book your transportation in advance, you can always get a shuttle, take a bus, or hire a cab at the airport. On main travel days (Friday-Sunday), the airport is very busy and there will be hundreds of people waiting to book travel for arriving passengers. Do your research, and haggle with them for a fixed cost to your destination.
We have a block of rooms available at the Tamarindo Diria to accomodate our guests. Lou and I stayed here in March 2017 in one of the oceanfront rooms and it was spectacular. Brunch is included every day of your stay. Block closes October 31, 2017
To book a room in our block, please contact our travel agent, Jason Bateman, whose information you can find in the "Travel Agency" tab of this site.
Sunset Ocean View Rooms
$259 + 13% tax per night
Lagoon or Tropicana Pool View Rooms
$199 + 13% tax per night
As many of you know, Lou and I have been to Costa Rica twice, each time using Jason as our travel agent. He lives and works for a boutique travel agency in Costa Rica. Jason worked so hard for us on both of our trips to make the vacation spectacular, from private transportation to and from the airport (with WiFi!), booking our hotels, and booking every excursion we asked for. If your goal is simply to come to the wedding and enjoy relaxing on the beach, Jason will take care of booking you in our room block, and will handle transportation to and from the airport. He will get the best rates possible for our group, and you won't have to deal with the hassle of renting a car, or taking public (non-airconditioned, crowded) transportation or cabs. If you are looking to make this a more adventurous trip, just tell him what you are interested in and he will recommend as few or as many excursions as you'd like. You can even consider extending your trip, or leaving the beach early to head into the rain forest for some wild adventures. If you are unsure whether you can join us or not due to the cost associated with the trip, send him an email to get a custom itinerary and cost breakdown to better understand the all-in cost of the trip.
We are so excited to host our welcome party on a private catamaran. The boat will leave from an area that is about a 5 minute walk on the beach from the resort at 1:00 pm. The boat will sail for a few hours, and will park in a cove to allow for swimming and snorkeling. We will return to the bay as the sun is setting. A full meal will be served and there is an open bar aboard.
The wedding venue is about a 5 minutes walk from the resort. It can be accessed by either the beach or the road through town. The wedding will begin at 4:00 pm and end at 10:00 pm.
We will host our post-wedding celbratory brunch at a private site on the Tamrindo Diria resort. Brunch will begin at 8:00 am and go until 11:00 am.
This is tough since everyone has their own agenda. Depending on the types of activities you'll do, I would google packing items for Costa Rica to find specific items for the things you are going to do. I would definately pack a hat/sun hat for the Catamaran cruise. Outlets are the same in Costa Rica as in the US so you can bring your regular electronics.
Generally though, bring a lot of sunscreen - we are very close to the equator. Lip balm is also a must - it is hot and windy. If you are staying on the resort, you do not need towels - both shower and beach towels will be provided by the resort.
Using money in Costa Rica is so easy! They accept American money almost everywhere, and if you go to an ATM you can choose American or Costa Rica money.
1 US Dollar is equal to about 550 Costa Rica Colones.
Personally, I like to use my credit card as it has no international charges (check with your credit card company).
If you pay in American money and are owed change back, they will give you change in colones.
I always tip the bag handlers, drivers, and tour guides. They don't make a lot of money and they almost always go out of their way to make your experience special. Bag Handlers will be happy with a dollar. I usually tip the driver about $5/hour or more if they are really excellent (some speak no English some are fluent and are very involved in your trip and will make it extra special). For tour guides, I tip based on how expensive the activity is and how great the guides were. Use your judgement - they are really happy to get anything. You don't need to tip in restaurants - the gratuity is built into the check.
Lou and I have never felt unsafe in this country. However, especially when you are under the influence, be smart, travel in pairs at night, and keep your money and valuable secure.
God forbid you were in need of medical services, the concierge at the hotel will provide you with transportation to the local hospital.
If your doctor will allow it, I suggest asking for a prescription for an antibiotic (I do this for every trip we take and although I have never had to use it, I always feel better knowing I have it in case on of us gets sicks).
You don't need any shots. Although if you haven't had a tetanus shot in over 10 years, I suggest you get one.
The electric outlets in Costa Rica are the same as the US - no adapter is required.
There will be free wifi in the transportation vehicles provided by the travel agent, as well as on the resort. As long as you are not too far out on the beach, you'll have wifi reception. As far as cellular reception goes - you'll need to contact your cellphone provider to understand what your plan allows - they are all different.
2/4/18 - Super Bowl Sunday
Sunday is the super bowl so regardless of who is playing - we will be somewhere at a beach bar watching. Come join us (location TBD), wear something in support of your favorite team, and join our super bowl pool (to be coordinated by Bill Sim). Face paint is suggested, your game face is required.
2/5/18 - Private Catamaran Welcome Party
We suggest a bathing suit with a beach coverup or light, quick dry clothing. You can swim and snorkle. You'll want sunglasses, a hat, a towel and sunscreen. Feel free to bring cameras, you can stow them safely inside the boat when not using. You will get wet, there is no avoiding it so dress accordingly. We will be put in power boats to get on to the big boat, so you'll get wet before the adventure even starts. No shoes allowed on board - they will store them in a locker upon entering the boat.
2/6/18 Wedding Day!
The wedding will start at 4:00 pm which is basically the hottest time of the day, so be comfortable! We suggest light flowy dresses for the ladies, and flat front shorts and short sleeve button-ups for the guys. The ceremony and reception are in the sand so you won't want heels or shoes that will get full of sand. The cocktail hour and dancing will be on the pooldeck so you'll still need shoes for that - we suggest something lightweight and open.
2/7/18 Post Wedding Brunch
This event will be hosted in a private area on the Diria resort. It is in full shade. Full shade or sun, it is still hot so be comfortable. Wear whatever you'd like - this is not formal.
Most excursions that you book will provide you with details of clothing suggestions and items to bring.
If you are going to spend any time in the rain forest. I would suggest a light rain jacket, bugspray, lightweight waterproof footwear (Lou and I swear by the brand Keens), a long sleeve lightweight quickdry shirt and a either pants or capris that will dry easily.
Hey everyone! We are just two short weeks away. Lou and I are getting so excited and hope you all are too. Check out our page updates for some helpful tips. If anyone has questions, or needs info for the upcoming trip, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.
Chelsea & Lou
Hey all. Flights seem a bit expensive at the moment. It is still early so don't feel like you need to book the expensive flights now. I'll be checking every week to look for deals and will add updates here as I see lower fares.
Wedding inviations are officially in the mail. I personally witnessed the incredibly patient worker at the post office hand cancel every single one of them. Please note, the hotel block closes on October 31st. We are asking for your response by October 25th so we can begin planning all of the festivities in more detail. Please do not hesitate to call, text, or email either of us if you have ANY questions. We love you all and can't wait to celebrate in paradise!
Good news! Southwest has begun booking for our wedding week, and I know a lot of you have points to use. They only fly on Saturdays so if you plan on spending less than a week there, you'll want to use another airline. Tickets from Buffalo to Liberia round trip are currently $425 which is close to what Lou and I have paid in the past. And free baggage!
Delta, United and Jet Blue are also booking and those tickets are starting at $430. Their flights are bookinge every day of the week so you can use these airlines for more flexibility if you are planning either less, or more than one week. Remember to factor in baggage costs with other airlines.
Chelsea Blasch and Louis Milazzo launch their personal wedsite at chelseaandlousayido.wedsite.com
Welcome to our wedding website! We created this space as a special way for friends and family to participate and celebrate with us - anytime, from anywhere. While we hope that each and every one of you can join us for our special day in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, we understand that a destination wedding will limit many of our loved ones from joining us. For those that are able to join us, we have put together several pages in our website to help make your trip as easy as possible, so all you have to worry about is having a good time! If you have already decided on whether or not you can join us, please RSVP using the website so we can begin planning (this is not required at this time, only a request if you are sure). For those that can't join us, we hope that you'll enjoy our website to celebrate with us from afar. We will continually update our website with new information, tips, suggestions, etc. so please stop back to see what's new. I encourage you to reach out to our travel agent, Jason (info on travel agency page) to request an itinerary. There is no cost to make a request, and he will be able to give you an up-front cost of the entire trip to help with planning. Enjoy our website and please contact us with ANY questions!
Chelsea and Lou