Saturday, June 7, 2008

Would You Like A South American Destination Wedding?

In response to Aleta’s comment, I’ve researched three of the most popular honeymoon and wedding destinations in Central and South America.

Costa Rica. Located in Central America, Costa Rica boasts of two beautiful coastlines (the Pacific and Atlantic or the Carribean) and has been a favourite destination for marrying couples and honeymooners. Beaches, rainforests, leatherback sea turtles, waterfalls and volcanic mud massages are the highlights of the place.

Traditional Costa Rican weddings usually has the groom wearing an embroidered shirt made by his bride and the bride wearing a black dress and comes with a live band playing steel drums or Reggae music.

You may consider choosing a hotel or a resort or hire a wedding planner from Costa Rica to help you with your wedding arrangements.

Peak seasons (dry season) are from December to April.Incidentally, these months are also filled with local holidays so you’ll want to make early reservations if you plan to wed on these dates.

May to December are known as “wet” or “green” season with fewer tourists in the place which is your chance to grab discounts from hotels and car rental operators.

Here is a list of possible hotels and resorts to check out: (Please right-click to open the link in a new window)

New Hilton Papagayo Resort (Guanacaste, Costa Rica)
The Four Seasons Resort
The Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas (Tamarindo, Costa Rica)
Sueño del Mar bed and breakfast
Paradisus Playa Conchal
The Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort (near Arenal Volcano)
The Arenal Observatory Lodge
La Mansion Inn
Tropico Latino
Tortuga Lodge (The Caribbean Coast)
Samasati Nature
Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge

Belize. Found in northeast Central America, Belize is also considered as a romantic getaway for a honeymoon or wedding with waterfalls, fresh water springs, rainforests, mud massages and for the more adventurous couples- cave explorations.

The months of December to April are Peak Seasons so it’s best to book early. June to August months are Off-peak or rainy season when low travel package rates abound.

Here’s a list of Belize hotels that you can check on:

Hidden Valley Inn (Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve)
Maruba Resort Jungle Spa (famous for its Mood Mud Massages)
Ian Anderson's Caves Branch
Mountain Pine Ridge
Capricorn Resort (Ambergris Caye)
Kitty's Place (Placencia Peninsula)
Turtle Inn and Blancaneaux Lodge This one is owned by Francis Ford Coppola. I LOVE the design and layout of their website!

Ecuador.This South American country is located in the Andes mountain range and is home to the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon rainforest.

If you want a dream wedding in the “highlands”, Ecuador is the place to go for a trully exotic, ecological, destination wedding. Here is a list of possible inns and lodges that you can consider:

Hacienda Pinsaqui (Otavalo, Ecuador)
Contact info: (+593 6) 2946 116 / 2946 117 info@haciendapinsaqui .com

Casa Mojanda (Otavalo, Ecuador)
Contact info:

San Jorge Eco-Lodge (Quito, Ecuador)
Contact info: (877) 565-2596 Toll Free USA & Canada

Hosteria La Barquita (Manabi, Ecuador)
Contact info: 593-4-2780-051

Hacienda Cusin (Imbabura, Ecuador)
Contact info: (800) 670-6984 / 593-6-291-8013

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1 comment:

Aleta said...

These are absolutely lovely for destination weddings! I was thinking about Costa Rica for a honeymoon and one of my cousins is going there this summer. I've heard how beautiful it is! Thank you for the information.

Greg and I decided that in order to keep expenses down and yet have it where family can attend, we're going to do a Home Wedding - with Ceremony and Reception at our home.

Any ideas for being a Budget Bride and suggestions for Home Weddings or things to be aware of?