With everything from pounding Pacific surf to crystal Caribbean waters, and from swathes of virgin rainforest to dramatic volcanic peaks, Central America isn’t short of incredible settings for tying the knot. However, with so much on offer, choosing the best resort for your big day can be tricky. But fret not – we’ve hand-picked some of the top spots in the region for your nuptials, whether you want to be on a golden beach or even atop a Mayan ruin.
Set on the long strip of golden sand that skirts the southern coast of Baja California, this adults-only resort has everything you need for a truly five-star wedding. This upscale hotel is well set up for ceremonies, with a rooftop terrace that provides spectacular Pacific panoramas during the exchanging of vows. Gold pedestal stands, white Louis XV-style chairs and themed flower arrangements all add to the magic. The resort even does preview packages with loads of complimentary perks so you can fully experience the hotel and chat with planners before taking the plunge.
Nowhere says romantic paradise quite like a Caribbean island, making this dreamy spot on the western tip of Roatán an ideal pick for nuptials. Paradise Beach Hotel is set in tropical gardens, just steps from a long stretch of white sand – which make an oh-so-romantic place to hold your ceremony. Leave all the details – and stress – to their dedicated wedding planners while you just concentrate on enjoying your big day. And when it’s over, the honeymoon suite comes complete with a bubble tub big enough for two.
If your idea of romance is being hidden away deep in the heart of the jungle, plan your union at Ka’ana Resort. Tucked away deep in the tropical rainforest of Belize, this five-star boutique hotel offers a spectacular backdrop for your wedding day – but that’s not all. Belize is the only country in the world that allows the ceremony to take place atop Maya ruins, and here you can do just that, with the ancient Mayan city of Ka’ana right on your doorstep – which aptly means Heavenly Place.
Light mist blanketing the rainforest canopy, with the majestic Arenal Volcano looming in the distance – few resorts in the world can claim such dramatic views, and this high-end hilltop hotel is one of the best places to tie the knot in Costa Rica. Choose to get hitched surrounded by tropical flowers and with a backdrop of jungle rivers and cascading mineral waterfalls. The next day, you can find your own hot spring to soak in – great for detoxing after a night of celebrations.
Picture the perfect paradise island – chances are it looks just like the isles of Bocas del Toro, off the northern coast of Panama. And in a prime position overlooking swoon-inducing golden beaches is the Red Frog Beach Island Resort. Staring into each others’ eyes to the sound of the Caribbean lapping against the sand and exotic birds chirruping in the jungle backdrop is as magical as it gets. Book the honeymoon suite to soak up the ocean views from your very own private plunge pool.
While Antigua may not be on most people’s shortlist for wedding destinations, there are plenty of reasons why this Guatemalan town should be in the running, and one is the Porta Hotel. With its exotic gardens and charming 16th-century architecture, it encapsulates the wonderfully preserved colonial history and lush volcanic surroundings of Antigua. A spacious terrace features a backdrop of the San José El Viejo monument, while inside a rustic banquet hall offers space for bands and dancing. And it’s all in the heart of one of the most enchanting locales in Central America.
Positioned on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Hotel Los Farallones offers seriously spectacular sea views, and sunsets guaranteed to set the mood for romance. A tiered terrace cut out of the rock makes a superb setting for the ceremony, which can be held on a platform hovering over cascading pools. Bride, groom and guests can banquet under the stars before taking to the dance floor to salsa into the night.
Sandwiched between tropical rainforest sierra and the shimmering expanse of the Mexican Pacific, this five-star cliffside resort has a setting to rival some of the most romantic in the world. You can choose from five areas around the resort for the special occasion, but most favor the spectacular waterfront terrace. In-house wedding planners can completely customize your day – with the option of typical Mexican flourishes such as a mariachi band and coin ceremony. Wake up the next day in your suite and share your private infinity plunge pool with your shiny new spouse.
Set on the hillside of a lush Costa Rican jungle, the Los Altos Resort has the Manuel Antonio National Park on one side and sweeping Pacific views on the other. The infinity pool patio provides a fabulous spot for getting hitched, while a team of wedding specialists ensures your day goes on without a hitch. The secluded beach is ideal for romantic strolls along the sand, while the penthouse suites are the perfect honeymoon splurge.
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