Mexico, Baja, C. America
Blessed with a beautiful bay and honeymoon history -- John and Jackie retreated here, as did Bill and Hillary -- this port city on Mexico's southwest coast attracts sun and fun seekers of every stripe.
Deciding between an adventure and a beach retreat can be tough, especially if you each want a different kind of trip. The good news is that in Belize, you can work in both types of activities without losing a day to traveling. It's an exercise in blissful compromise -- spend a few days lazing by the water with a rum punch in hand, then spend a few more hiking along a jungle trail in the wilds of a beautiful, exotic country. And don't worry -- you can get a cocktail in the jungle too.
Buenos Aires Honeymoons
Find the ultimate blend of sophistication and culture in this port city by the sea, which stretches along the Rio de la Plata. Dine on freshly grilled meats, tango through the streets, and explore the city's many neighborhoods, from Spanish Colonial-style architecture to quaint tin houses painted in every color imaginable. While you're there, don't miss out on watching rowdy football game or sipping a cup of South American coffee -- two staples of Buenos Aires.
Costa Rica Honeymoons
With two breathtaking coasts only a short plane ride away from each other -- one on the Pacific, the other on the Caribbean -- Costa Rica is the perfect destination for couples looking for an adventure/beach mix. The country, slightly smaller than West Virginia, includes amazing mountaintop views and volcanic cones in its interior (there are four major volcanoes in Costa Rica, only two of which are active), and sun-baked stretches of white-sand beaches as well as verdant jungles alive with exotic wildlife on the coasts.
Unlike its bustling neighbor Cancun, Cozumel is relatively quiet -- only 3% of this 189-square-mile island has been developed. Located 12 miles off the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula and fringed by beautiful reefs, "the land of the swallows" offers clear turquoise waters and wide, white-sand beaches.
Galapagos Islands Honeymoon
Head to these volcanic Pacific Ocean islands for close encounters with the awe-inspiring creatures that inspired Darwin's theory of evolution. The best plan is to book an 8- to 11-day yacht trip that will sweep you through the islands.
Los Cabos Honeymoons
Fun in the surf and sun is the life of Los Cabos, an area that stretches between the town of Cabo San Lucas to the west and San Jose del Cabo to the east along the southernmost coast of Baja, California and Mexico. In between lies the "Corridor," a string of cozy hotels, championship golf courses, winding horse trails, and white-sand beaches (note: a sneaky undertow renders many of them too rough for swimming).