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ublished on Wednesday, February 14, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Valentine's Day is celebrated today when couples and friends exchange greetings and presents to show their love.

However, the holiday did not start as a romantic day. The Roman Catholic Church claims that the origins of Valentine's Day may be traced back to St. Valentine, the patron saint of love.

Valentine was a Roman priest and physician who was martyred on February 14, AD 269, during Emperor Claudius II Gothicus' persecution of Christians. He signed letters "from your Valentine" to his jailer's daughter, whom he had befriended and cured of blindness. He also disobeyed the emperor's commands by secretly marrying couples to save the husbands from being recruited to fight in the war.

Valentine's Day is now mostly connected with romantic love. Couples are arranging romantic dates. Singles are hunting for dates or planning an anti-Valentine's Day. 

Whatever the occasion is celebrated, A.M. Costa Rica has compiled a list of places to enjoy the most romantic day of the year.

Los Sueños Resort & Marina in Herradura Beach, Puntarenas, offers "Love is in the Air Special Valentine's Dinner" at the Marina Village restaurants. The special dinner includes live music at the Bambu and Laterna restaurants. Special price on sparkling wine. Make reservations by calling these numbers 2630-4050, 2630-4111 or 2630-4333.

Romantic getaway to 
the Villas Palermo Resort in San Juan Sur, Nicaragua. The deal offers one villa for four people for $44.75 per person, which includes a welcome cocktail, taxes, and breakfast. For further information call 505 8838-8160.

The Barcelo Resort on Tambor Beach, Puntarenas, offers an all-inclusive romance vacation with a 10% discount this month. For bookings, contact 4600 9297.

The Country Inn Hotel in Cariari Canton, in San José, hosts the Love Weekend Special, which includes live music and a romantic dinner for $70 per couple, tax included. Make reservations by calling 2239-2272.

Riu Hotel at Matapalo Beach, Guanacaste offers Love Weekend Getaways for couples and families. Children receive a 50% discount on their accommodations, while adults receive a 20% discount. It also provides unique packages for $100 per person each night. This promotion is valid till February 16. For bookings, call 2681-2300.

The Radisson Hotel in San José hosts the Romantic Dinner Special, which includes dinner and one night's stay for two persons for $207 including taxes. The special offer is valid until February 17. Make reservations by calling 2010-6000.


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