Nassau, Bahamas has recently been named as one of the Marriott Hotel chain's list of the top 10 most romantic wedding destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America. Specifically Atlantis, Paradise Island is listed as number 9. The list has British Virgin Islands as first, followed by Huatulco, Mexico, and
then Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
"Looking for the perfect destination to tie the knot? We’ve discovered the most romantic places around the world for your wedding.
From an upscale, sophisticated ceremony in the Bahamas to a laid-back, green celebration in Costa Rica, here is our guide to the best locations that will suit every couple’s style."
Here's their list:
1. British Virgin Islands
How does celebrating your wedding on your own private island
sound? If you envision yourself walking down the aisle while the sun sets
against an orangey purple sky, then Scrub Island is the perfect destination for
you. Experience your Caribbean dream wedding at Scrub
Island Resort, Spa & Marina, where the atmosphere is peaceful, breezy
and relaxing. You can choose to have your wedding in a breathtaking ballroom,
an intimate garden gazebo or on the sand. The average temperature there ranges
from 80 to 92° F, so plan for a very nice and warm celebration.
2. Huatulco, Mexico
For couples seeking something a bit more off the beaten
path, Huatulco is an excellent choice. Roughly 430 miles southeast of Acapulco,
this destination is perfect if you want to avoid the obvious targets in Mexico,
such as Cancun or Los Cabos. The zip-lining expeditions through the jungle are
very popular, as are rafting, kayaking, bird watching and fishing. For a
magnificent wedding, consider booking at the Secrets Resorts &
Spa, tucked away on the secluded coastline of Conejos Bay. While you’re there,
try to make some time to visit La Crucecita, the Main Square and heart of the
small city of Huatulco.
3. Guanacaste, Costa Rica
This country truly has something for every type of couple.
Guanacaste is the perfect destination for couples who are looking for an
unspoiled tropical background for their nuptials, but also want to explore
Costa Rica’s natural beauty. Enjoy the rugged splendor of the rainforest and
mountain views, secluded beaches and amazing waterfalls. These naturally
stunning sights are perfect for adventurous couples to say “I do.” Have a
beautiful hacienda wedding at the luxurious JW
Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, close to Tamarindo village. It’s an
intimate, diverse community with an exciting nightlife that’s sure to please
4. Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico
This gorgeous destination offers a nice mix of both
traditional beachy relaxation and unique historic sights for the culture
lovers. Couples seeking for a dreamed, sophisticated wedding should stay at the
Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, considered to be one of the most exclusive
resorts in the Caribbean. Many
celebrities including Eva Longoria, Khloe Kardashian and Mark Anthony, –have
stayed here. The actor and musician, Duane McLaughlin and his now wife, Amber
Ridinger, also exchanged their “I dos” here in Puerto Rico.
5. Turks & Caicos Islands
Famous couples such as Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner and
Bruce Willis and Emma Heming, were married at the Alexandra
Resort. With 600 feet of beachfront and 10
acres of lush, landscaped grounds, this resort presents a beautiful venue for a
Turks and Caicos wedding. You are
guaranteed to have warm weather year-round, with winter lows averaging a
comfortable 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
6. Renaissance Island, Aruba
If you are looking for a magical and private island oasis,
your search has ended. Come to the Renaissance Aruba Resort &
Casino where you can enjoy wide, long, beaches and stunning aqua-blue
waters. The extensive sandy stretches provide gorgeous venues for a ceremony by
the waves. You will also find beautiful pink birds, pelicans and gentle
amphibious creatures along the resort’s nature walk. It’s a great place to take
in the beautiful sunset and make unforgettable memories with your significant
7. Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
If you decide to have your wedding in the vibrant and ever
changing south of Brazil, consider holding your ceremony at the Hotel
& Spa do Vinho. This hotel is one of the best spots for wine-tasting in
the region, so your guests will have something else to enjoy after the wedding
festivities. While you’re there, consider traveling the Romantic Route, a
collection of highways between Porto Alegre – the capital and largest city in
the state - and the scenic towns of Gramado and Canela. The highways boast lush
landscapes and beautiful blue hydrangea bushes.
8. Pucon, Chile
If the groom is an outdoorsman at heart, but you want the
destination to be farther than Colorado, an ideal compromise could be the Hotel Antumalal, settled on a wooded
cliff-top overseeing Lake Villarrica, in southern Chile. This region is
considered to be the Switzerland of South America. This region offers guests an
array of activities, from exploring local cuisine to volcano trekking. Because
Pucon is so far south, the winter season (June through September) expands
activities to include skiing and dog sledding.
9. Nassau, Bahamas
One of the Caribbean’s most popular destinations, Atlantis, Paradise Island,
is a family-friendly option with an array of activities suitable for all ages. From the moment you arrive, you’ll discover a fabled
world full of enchantments, luxury and pleasure that will make your dream
wedding an unforgettable event.
The 55-minute plane trip from Miami, Florida, is an easy
journey for guests and makes for a great excuse to spend a few extra days
vacationing and scuba diving around Andros Island (the third-largest barrier
reef in the world). Your guests can also stroll the white-sand beaches, tour the
historic homes of Nassau and sip Goombay Smashes (a rum based beverage in the
Bahamas). The high season lasts from mid-December to mid-April, while summers
are sleepier. Although hurricanes are infrequent, they can occur, so it's best
to avoid the area June through November.
10. Galapagos Islands
Located on the shores of Santa Catalina Island, the Finch Bay Eco Hotel is perfectly
situated to visit everything the Galapagos have to offer. Its beautiful
surroundings are well worth the extensive travel for a destination wedding.
This unique accommodation is actually one of South America’s most popular
Although the weddings here are only symbolic, (to make them
legal you have to go to Guayaquil or Quito), no other Ecuadorian city can provide
you with a ceremony accompanied by a chorus of sea lions.