Belize often gets drowned out in the chat surrounding noisier neighbour Mexico, but when it comes to planning a luxury Central American honeymoon, little Belize has a lot to offer.
In fact, and in a lot of ways, Belize is the perfect
distillation of all that Central America has to offer; be that
beautiful beaches, superb diving, Mayan cultural sites, wildlife in
abundance and chic boutique hotels in which to lay your newly-wed
heads. If you absolutely must combine your luxury Belize honeymoon
with anywhere else, then Guatemala next door is home to the
legendary Mayan city of Tikal (and more), while Mexico beckons.
But back to the main event here - beautiful Belize. Starting
inland, the rainforests are home to the full range of Central
America's central casting wildlife characters, from howler monkeys
and tapirs to the (admittedly more elusive) jaguar, and these
amazing animals - and extraordinary birdlife to boot - can be
viewed from charming romantic rainforest lodges.
Another ecosystem - this time almost exclusive to Belize - is the
country's pine forests region. It can be a strange sensation
staying in a coniferous forest in a tropical region, but again
there are some sumptuous places to stay and lovely potential for
romantic walks and picnics.
The icing on the Belizean honeymoon cake, however, is the stunning
stretch of coastline and the cayes (islands) off shore. The cayes
form part of the Great Mayan Reef system which extends along the
entire coastline of Belize (and beyond) and makes this a superb
snorkelling and diving destination for subaquatic spouses. Chic
boutique hotels such as El Secreto on Ambergis Caye complete a very
pretty honeymoon picture.