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    Best Honeymoons in the Americas

    By Jane Anderson, Editor of 101 Honeymoons

    From the world’s greatest cities to rainforest, desert, mountains and beaches, North and South America pack in so much that you’re guaranteed to find the perfect honeymoon somewhere.

    And while some spots feature among the world’s most popular destinations, it’s just as easy to find a road less travelled. With low-cost airlines now flying to some of North America’s cities, along with plenty of scheduled routes to capitals and key destinations, it’s one of the most straightforward long-haul destinations to reach from the UK … whatever your honeymoon budget.

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    North America highlights

    There’s a reason America is the home of the road trip. Not just the wide open spaces and love of the automobile but the fact there’s so much to discover, you won’t want to be restricted to a single location.

    Coast to coast on the old Route 66 or watching the crashing Pacific surf from Highway 1 might be best known, such as this classic 13-night Flagship California holiday, but there are also the National Parks, including the Yellowstone and Teton, a rather different beach scene in Miami and the Florida Keys and the glamour of The Great Gatsby.

    Even a single state can be home to more than you could fit into a single honeymoon. Florida alone mixes the bling and buzz of Miami’s South Beach with the chilled-out traditional atmosphere of the Gulf Coast, where you’ll find manatees and dolphins swimming off the coast for a rather different beach honeymoon. Or hop along the necklace of the Keys, each one a jewel of a destination with romantic resorts to match, from Cheeca Lodge on Islamorada to Ocean Key Resort & Spa on Key West.

    America is the perfect honeymoon destination if you’re travelling with kids too, with the temptations of Walt Disney World Resort as well as family-friendly holiday houses, such as the Disney Area Executive Homes, each with its own private swimming pool. Specialists such as American Sky can also tailormake itineraries mixing Florida with the Caribbean and Mexico, or as the starting point for a cruise.

    On the opposite coast, the Golden State of California is just as diverse, with Yosemite National Park, the laid-back city style of San Francisco and the celebrity appeal of Los Angeles. Throw in wine routes, surfing, theme parks and some dramatic beaches, including stunning Big Sur, and a fortnight almost certainly won’t be enough.

    Hawaii is one of the world’s most sought-after honeymoon destinations. It’s a long flight from the UK, but a spectacular and romantic place. You can go island-hopping or combine Hawaii with Las Vegas or San Francisco. See the top ten things to do.

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    South America adventure

    If the thought of flying half way round the world to lie on a beach isn’t appealing, there are adventure honeymoons galore in South America. Abercrombie & Kent has a great range of honeymoons in PeruClassic Peru takes in the best of the country in two weeks, or if you have less time to explore, Highlights of Peru packs the key sights into eight days. For something more adventurous, the Active Peru trip whisks you deep into the jungle and to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Or choose your own adventure and team it with Bolivia or the Galapagos for a twin-centre honeymoon.

    If ancient sites and jungle adventures top your list, Peru is far from your only choice. Guatemala and Belize have their own mix of Mayan culture, colonial heritage, lakes, volcanoes, diving and jungle exploration. There’s plenty of honeymoon luxury to treat yourself between adventures too.

    La Lancha Lodge, founded by Francis Ford Coppola, is one of the most luxurious jungle experiences you can have, or Casa Santo Domingo in the atmospheric, colonial city of Antigua in Guatemala, is a restored 17th-century monastery.

    Finish up on the gorgeous Caribbean coast of Belize, at Ambergris Caye where the snorkelling at Matachica Beach Resort is as outstanding as the accommodation. Journey Latin America has a two-week Volcanoes, Lakes & Desert Islands honeymoon and can tailor make your perfect trip from among their honeymoon ideas.

    Or look further south to Argentina with its gauchos and tango, the spectacular glaciers and stunning lake scenery of Patagonia, and the elegant style of Buenos Aires before exploring the country’s famous vineyards. Local specialists Dehouche have offices in the country for insider gems to transform your trip.

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    Beach and nature

    Costa Rica might be small but this Central American country has an astonishing range of natural attractions. Lush rainforest canopies and cloudforest, volcanoes and vivid lakes, coffee plantations and fantastic surf beaches – and now a lot more boutique hotels joining the string of rustic hideaways. The Wildlife Discovery tour from Journey Latin America will take you into the jungle and snorkelling off the coast, or head off together on a self-drive tour travelling from the Caribbean to the Pacific coast.

    You needn’t forgo adventure along the way. The adrenaline-fuelled Active Costa Rica and Nicaragua trip lets you discover the country from a zip line and while rafting through white water, with neighbouring Nicaragua adding the extra wow factor. And if you’ve always dreamed of this once-in-a-lifetime destination but have always assumed it’s out of your price range, there’s even a Value Costa Rica option.

    But for a beach break with a difference, Brazil is hard to beat. There’s rainforest and colonial history, mesmerising waterfalls and the wildlife of the Pantanal too, but with over 4,500 miles of coast, there’s a reason the country’s famous for its bikinis and flip-flops. Don’t miss Rio de Janeiro, including Ipanema and Copacabana but cast your eyes further to Bahia and beyond too, especially the unspoiled island of Fernando de Noronha with a five-star itinerary from Dehouche.

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    An American wedding

    Las Vegas may be the wedding capital of the world, but if you want a destination wedding along with your honeymoon, it’s far from the only place to tie the knot in the USA. With a dedicated weddings teamTropical Sky arranges ceremonies from New York’s Central Park to the idyllic beaches of Hawaii.

    Last updated: 12 May 2017

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