Honeymoons are an interesting type of travel because on one hand, you want privacy and seclusion to enjoy some alone time with your partner, but on the other hand, you want activities to be able to enjoy the destination and appreciate the beauty of where you are. There are plenty of locations with great beaches and full service resorts where you’ll never have to leave the room, but if you’re someone like me who gets bored easily, there are places that offer the best of both worlds.
If you’re in search of a romantic, exotic escape that’s not halfway across the globe and tired of the Caribbean, look no further than Central America.
Ultimate Seclusion: Ambergris Caye
The largest of Belize’s hundred islands, golf carts are the primary mode of transportation on dreamy Ambergris Caye. From the beautiful beaches and azure waters of the Caribbean to the Maya Mountains and the Pine Ridge, there are ancient Mayan ruins to tempt you, or zip lines to zoom through the forest cover. With the second largest coral reef system in the world, it’s a scuba diver’s dream, but at the end of the day, returning to your ocean-front bungalow will be just as rewarding.
Scuba Paradise: Roatan
The largest of Honduras' Bay Islands, Roatan is both exotic and well developed. Dive attractions include sea walls, shipwrecks, and even a submerged airplane, but the adventures don’t end under the water. Parrots, iguanas, and monkeys all call the island home so feel free to run wild and roam among them. A playground for watersports and eco-lovers, Roatan epitomizes raw nature with flora and fauna wherever you look.
Get Surfside: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Once a sleepy fishing village with whitewashed houses, Nicaragua’s Pacific coast offers a number of surfing and cultural opportunities coupled with legendary nightlife. With rows of unspoiled beaches to fish, whale watch, do yoga, or go for a horseback ride, Nicaragua isn't the most relaxing trip ever, but you certainly won't run out of things to do.
Luxe Life: Tamarindo, Costa Rica
You can do Costa Rica the rugged, surfer way, or you can go to paradise. Tamarindo on the Pacific Northwest coast is more the latter. Full of ritzy resorts and five-star accommodations, the area’s evolved into the country’s most developed tourist destination. Simply head to the white sand beaches of the Playa Langosta near the Río San Francisco for a memorable romantic getaway.