Here’s a selection of personal recommendations for the best places to honeymoon in Latin / South America. I suggest various romantic islands and regions with wonderful, peaceful beaches, in addition to the top romantic cities and the best outdoor activity destinations in the region. In this article I’ll focus on the best places to honeymoon, and offer suggestions of nearby other places that would make a suitable combination. I hope you get some great ideas for destinations to visit - happy honeymoon planning…..
Islands & Beaches
I would suggest that the four best romantic beach based vacation destinations in Latin America are Fernando de Noronha, Los Roques, the Maya Riviera and Providencia.
Los Roques, a set of lovely Caribbean islands owned by Venezuela, are an equally romantic place to honeymoon. The islands have a chic feel to them, with a handful of boutique style posadas that are particularly popular with Italians - a good sign if you ask me! (Combine with the rainforests of the Orinoco Delta, or Angel Falls and the Canaima National Park).
The Maya Riviera, on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, is where one will find some of Latin America’s most expensive, luxurious, romantic getaways. There’s plenty of spas here - it’s a great place to get pampered. Whatever you do, just avoid the awfully tacky Cancun. (Combine with colonial cities near Mexico City, or Aztec ruins found throughout Mexico).
Providencia Island is owned by Colombia and is found slap bang in the middle of the Caribbean. It’s a romantic honeymoon destination because it’s quite so beautiful and undeveloped - this is how the Caribbean was 30 years ago. The island is much unchanged by tourism - a real little gem. (Combine with Cartagena - see following section on romantic cities).
Fernando de Noronha is a beautiful island in North East Brazil, where one finds the country’s most beautiful (and undeveloped) beaches. It’s not a cheap place to visit, but it is very special indeed - Brazilians say that the countries best beaches are found here. (Combine with other beach destinations near Salvador, or possibly the Amazon).
Fernando de Noronha - Brazil’s best beaches?
Many, including myself, would argue that the most romantic city in South America is Cartagena, on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. It’s a stunningly beautiful colonial city, however it can get very hot and humid at times. (Combine with a trip to the nearby Rosario Islands, or Park Tayrona’s amazing beaches, or head inland to more peaceful colonial towns such as the charmingly tranquil Villa de Leiva).
Buenos Aires is another wonderfully romantic city, and is often refered to as the Paris of South America due to it’s elegance and beauty. This is a wonderful, relaxing and peaceful city to enjoy on honeymoon. (Combine with beaches in Florianopolis, or outdoor activities in Patagonia).
Buenos Aires - Argentina
Outdoor destinations, nature, and wild and remote places
For those who prefer a more active honeymoon, Patagonia has some of South America’s most beautiful landscapes and a wide range of outdoor activities available. Patagonia spans both Argentina and Chile, the most spectacular region being that of Torres del Paine National Park in Southern Chile. (Combine with Buenos Aires, or perhaps Iguasu Falls, or even the Atacama Desert).
Torres del Paine - Chile
If you prefer a wild and remote honeymoon, consider visiting either the Pantanal or the Amazon rainforest. The pantanal (Brazil) is an enormous region of wetlands, and is one of the best places for wildlife watching. The Amazon has plenty of wildlife too, and is a very special and unique place to experience. The Amazon might be visited from Brazil, Ecuador or Peru - all have luxurious jungle lodges suitable for a honeymoon.
I hope this article has given you ideas and helped anyone planning a honeymoon in South America - enjoy your trip! Here’s a few links to luxurious and romantic hotels suitable for a honeymoon.
Faena Hotel - Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Explora en Patagonia - Torres del Paine, Chile.
La Balsas - Patagonia, Argentina.
A few extra suggestions, very romantic beach hotels in Brazil, follow:
Ponta dos Ganchos - Florianopolis, Brazil.
Kiaroa - Bahia, Brazil.
Estrella D’Agua - Trancoso, Brazil.
Pestana Angra dos Reis - Costa Verde, Brazil.