Best of the Americas

As you may or may not already know, in 2013/14 we went on our ‘first’ honeymoon. We decided to take a six-month trip through North and South America. We visited the USA, the Bahamas, US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos Islands, Dominica, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, Jamaica, Cuba, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and Brazil. Each and every destination has so much beauty and so many adventures to offer, which makes it really hard to compare and evaluate them, but we’ll do our best. So, here they are – our 6-month honeymoon highlights. 😉

Top countries

These are the three countries we loved the most. The Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica, Costa Rica, and Brazil are the closest runner-ups.

Mexico 

Chichen Itza

Some people find Mexico to be overcrowded and therefore, overrated. We would have to disagree. We loved the nature, the beaches, the colorful cities, the happy people, the lively culture, the rich history, the delicious food, the lovely sounds, and the stunning wildlife. The weather was perfect, the prices are mostly reasonable, and during our stay, even the most touristy places weren’t overcrowded.

Peru

reed boat lake titicaca

We stayed in Peru for eleven amazing days and we fell in love with the country’s great archaeological monuments, colonial cities, breathtaking nature, rich history, and diverse culture. For us, Peru is one of the most amazing countries in the world.

The USA

New York Top of the Rock view

We have been to New York CityNiagara Falls, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Thousand Islands, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las VegasHoover Dam, Antelope Canyon, the Horseshoe Bend, Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon, and Miami. We have also visited Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, which are both territories of the U.S. It is amazing how much diverse beauty this country has to offer. Naturally, the USA is one of our favorite countries in the Americas. Warning: it’s also one of the most expensive countries on the American continents.

Top destinations

We have visited countless stunning places, therefore it is almost impossible to choose our favorite ones. Here are some honorable mentions: Niagara Falls (USA), Antelope Canyon (USA), Chichen Itza (Mexico), Guatapé (Colombia), Iguazu Falls (Argentina/Brazil), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), and many Caribbean beaches. 🙂

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni salt

Salar de Uyuni is the closest thing to heaven on Earth and therefore the perfect destination for an adventurous honeymoon.

Puerto Vallarta and the Hidden Beach, Mexico

Hidden beach Mexico

The magical place where everything went right – the rooftop breakfast, the close encounter with the dolphins and humpback whales, the snorkeling with tropical fish, the beach hidden inside a cave, and the mariachi parade in the evening. Pure joy! <3

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu

It’s no wonder that Machu Picchu was named one of the new wonders of the world. The sight of the ancient ruins surrounded by mountains, valleys, and water streams will blow your mind. 😉

Top beaches

We are big beach lovers, so we made sure to visit as many beaches as possible. Here are our top three beaches in the Americas, but first, the honorable mentions: Mullet Bay Beach (Sint Maarten), Seven-mile beach (Negril, Jamaica), Frenchman’s Cove Beach (Jamaica), Guardalavaca (Cuba), Playa Norte (Isla Mujeres, Mexico), Tulum (Mexico), Starfish Beach (Bocas, Panama), the beaches of Morrocoy National Park (Venezuela), and Copacabana (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).

St. John – somewhere between the Trunk Bay Beach and Cinnamon Bay Beach

us virgin islands honeymoon

Palm trees, beautiful flora, blue skies, white sand, crystal clear turquoise water and love. What more could you ask for? 🙂

The Bahamas – Half Moon Cay

cruise ship caribbean

We have never seen such a beautiful, crystal-clear, light blue sea. And the sand – it is as white and as soft as it gets. We loved it!

Barbados – Bottom Bay beach

barbados honeymoon

We have seen this beach at it’s worst but we loved it anyway – mostly due to its surrounding cliffs, the beautiful nature, and the distinctive Caribbean colors. 🙂

Top adventures

We’ve had our share of amazing adventures. There was the Niagara Falls boat ride, the Stratosphere sky jumping in Las Vegas, the Everglades tour, the waterfall climbing adventure at Dunn’s River Falls in Jamaica, the road trip through the Cuban countryside, the super exciting wildlife tour and snorkeling in Mexico, the crazy ‘chicken bus’ rides in Guatemala, horseback riding on the beach on Ometepe Island in Nicaragua, snorkeling at the Starfish Beach in Panama, the hike to Machu Picchu Mountain in Peru, the breathtaking ride through Salar de Uyuni, the hike through Iguazu National Park, and many more. These three were our favorite ones.

The Amazon rainforest adventure, Ecuador

Ecuador amazon caiman

Canoeing or hiking through the Amazon rainforest, searching for anacondas, dodging caimans, hanging with shamans, trying to attract poisonous snakes and insects, and scary sounds in the night. ‘Adventure’ may be an understatement. 😀

Arizona road trip, USA

wild west road trip

In Las Vegas, we rented a Mustang convertible and went on a three-day road trip through Arizona. It was an unforgettable experience! 🙂

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary tour in Belize

Belize river tubing

Hiking through a tropical rainforest is pretty exciting in itself, but when you add fresh jaguar footprints in the mud and river tubing, it becomes an awesome adventure! 🙂

Top romantic experiences

Even the craziest adventures are romantic if you share them with your loved one. For us, every sunrise, sunset, picnic, dinner, beautiful sight, and stroll along the beach is full of romance. <3 However, these three were the most memorable experiences.

Everything about Cuba

Trinidad Cuba

Vintage cars, colorful buildings, retro atmosphere, salsa dancing, gorgeous beaches, hot weather, beautiful art, sexy music, tasty food, and cocktails – in Cuba everything is romantic.

Hot springs at the Arenal Volcano

Rio Celeste waterfall

Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful countries in Central America. It offers numerous romantic sights and experiences. Our favorite one was the night dip in Tabacon hot springs.

Tango in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires Plaza de Mayo

Fine wine and good food, lovely sights, sexy sounds, and tango! Buenos Aires is the capital of passion and a great honeymoon destination.

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