If thoughts of Central America conjure up visions of exhilarating outdoor adventures such as zip-line canopy tours above rain forests teeming with exotic flora and fauna, or diving excursions to shimmering waters with colorful undersea creatures, you wouldn't be off the mark. Central America is a great option for an adventure-filled experience in an exotic setting.
PANAMA - ROMANCE BETWEEN TWO SEAS
From the glitzy, cosmopolitan metropolis of Panama City, to the dense jungles on the mystical Azuero coast to the dense jungles on the mystical Azuero coast, and its 1,500 lush islands, Panama is a land of many “personalities.” With great shopping, luxury hotels, jazz clubs, casinos and a killer skyline, Panama City has a vibe reminiscent of Miami.
The Old Quarter, “Casco Viejo” - a blend of Old Havana and New Orleans’ French Quarter - boasts many appealing wedding venues in 16th and 17th century colonial Spanish mansions dotting the cobblestone streets of its walled city. One of Panama’s most intriguing destinations - Bocas del Toro - is recognized as both a Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site. Its colorful rooftops, jungle islands and towns built on stilts over transparent waters, have made it a “hot spot” for couples wanting to run away to a postcard paradise.
The exquisite San Blas islands offer yet another beguiling experience. Rich with mystique, there are many unique and romantic locales here for memorable marriage ceremonies. Soft, moonlit beaches or chartered sunset sailboat receptions promise couples an unforgettable wedding experience.
SAY “I DO” IN BELIZE
They say that a visit to this fascinating Central American destination is best described as an "experience," not just a getaway. From ancient Maya temples and dense rain forests to jaw-dropping beach settings and jungle waterfalls, a wedding in Belize takes exotic to the next level. Couples can exchange vows atop a sacred Maya temple overlooking the rainforest. Or say “I Do” in a ceremony housed within one of Belize’s many limestone cave systems. Friendly and laid- back, it is the only Central American country where English is the official language. From its famous dive spot at Blue Hotel to the chilled-out Creole culture and the opportunity to skip from Caye to Caye, Belize is a favorite with pleasure seekers. Resorts range from plantation houses in Ambergis Caye amid lush tropical gardens with sweeping views of white sand beaches, to luxurious resorts on Cayo Epanto, a private island located off the coast of San Pedro.
Belize’s Cayo District - set on a steep pine-forested hillside overlooking the Privassion River and a series of gentle waterfalls - offers an exceptional vantage point for any wedding. What could be more romantic than exchanging vows from a hillside perch overlooking the soft shores of the Caribbean Sea?
For active travelers, chic eco-retreats tucked into tropical terrain in private reserves offer endless natural attractions and astounding views of the ocean in a more intimate setting.
FIND LOVE IN COSTA RICA
Nestled between Nicaragua and Panama, Costa Rica is considered one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world. Dotted with majestic volcanoes, dense rain forests and endless beaches, it promises eco-tourism explorations, magical undersea adventures and endless romantic wedding settings.
Lodging options run the gamut from cozy mountain retreats and boutique hotels to luxurious 5-Star resorts on the beach, in the city or in the mountains. A romantic jungle setting at the base of the majestic Arenal Volcano, close to ancient hot springs, or along any one of the pristine beaches stretching along either coast offer many options. Pleasant year-round weather makes getting married here ideal any time of year.