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Ideal Honeymoon Destinations

Neither of the two should solely choose where to go for the honeymoon. You two will be there with each other, right? Then why should the destination be opted single-handedly? Take some time out of the wedding preparations, sit down with this list, and decide on the destination together.
Aspen, Colorado

Aspen is a destination favored by adventure-loving couples who love winter sports like backcountry skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice skating, and dog sledding. However, you don’t necessarily have to visit Aspen during the winter. If you’re looking to travel here when the weather’s at its best, the months of summer provide gorgeous temperatures between 70s and 80s. There are many summer sports as well that you can take part in such as hiking (the Aspen Four-Pass Loop), llama trekking, river rafting, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Also, you can find the best prices on hotels, lodges, and B&B’s here in the months of September and October. The months from November to March and July to end of August (peak travel times) are also suitable. Traveling around Aspen is convenient as you can easily rent a car, taxi, shuttle, or travel by bus. There are tons of restaurants, clubs, and lounges in downtown Aspen where cuisines from around the world are served. You can also enjoy the day going on jeep tours, hot air balloon rides, visiting galleries, or spending time shopping.

Big Sur, California
If you’ve traveled around California, you know that the entire state has diverse attractions that bring millions of tourist from around the world. Although Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Sacramento are favored by many tourists, there are other gorgeous places to be seen in the state; and one such place is Big Sur. The 72-mile coastal highway hugs the Pacific coast, making this place one of the best scenic destinations in the United States. Big Sur is home to major attractions like Bixby Creek Bridge (a 714 feet long and 260 feet high single-span bridge), lunch at Nepenthe with a view of the 50-mile coastline, 9 national parks (one of which is Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park that has an 80-foot waterfall dropping from the cliffs and going into the ocean) where you can hike, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (267 miles of diverse marine ecosystem) where you can scuba dive, kayak, and see whales, and Caramel Mission Basilica (5-acre Roman Catholic mission church that has Spanish Colonial style architecture in Carmel).

Colombia’s Travel Tips

The tourism industry in Colombia, for decades, has been affected by unsafe conditions resulting from social unrest. The civil conflicts, guerrilla warfare, and frequent outbreaks of violence has rendered this country as one of South America’s most dangerous regions to travel to. The situation is however, slowly changing. The number of tourists visiting this country rose from 0.5 million in 2003 to 1.4 million in 2010. The efforts taken by the government for promoting peace are mainly responsible for this change. Before getting into the information about tourism and related aspects, let us find some general information about Colombia.

The main language spoken in Colombia is Spanish. Population of this nation is over 46 million. Mestizos (people of mixed Native American and European heritage) form around 50% of the population of Colombia, white people from European descent form 26% of the population. The remaining people are American and Afro-Colombian. Let us find some useful information regarding travel to Colombia.

Travel Guide for Columbia

It is said that travelers to Colombia need to be vigilant, as the crime rate in this country is quite high. Kidnapping and homicide are the crimes that take place frequently. However, if the tourists visiting Colombia take some precautions, they are less likely to get into any kind of trouble. Let us keep aside the issue of violence for now, and look at the brighter side. Colombia is a country known for its rich natural resources and scenic beauty. The mountainous region in the vicinity of Bogota, Cali and Medellin are known to attract tourists. The Caribbean beaches of the east coast possess a great potential for development in the tourism sector. It is observed that elder citizens of this country blame the activities of drug trafficking and violence for the underdeveloped tourism industry. According to the people of Colombia, this region has great potential for the development of tourism.

Travel Tips for Tourists
Tourists from Europe and America can use Colombia’s national airline, Avianca (AV) for traveling to this country. The Bogotá (El Dorado International Airport) (BOG) is situated 8 miles to the east of this capital city of Colombia. One can make use of buses and taxis to travel to the heart of Bogota.

The banking services in Bogota and Cartagena take care of tourists’ needs . The tourists can use ATMs which, in most cases, are located inside the banks (for safety).
The country telephone code for Colombia is +57. Along with telephone centers, travelers can communicate via Internet cafes too. Hotels in the major cities also provide Internet services to their customers.
Tourists can purchase gold, platinum and other precious items, however, they have to present the proof of this purchase at the time of leaving the country. It is not allowed to take away pre-Colonial artifacts from this country.
It is important to take precautionary measures pertaining to healthcare before leaving for any foreign country. The environment in Colombia doesn’t pose any major health problem for tourists. However, getting a tetanus and hepatitis booster is always recommended.
The mannerism and etiquette of Colombians are greatly influenced by the Europeans. A handshake is commonly used for greeting. While traveling in public transport, people give up their seats for elderly citizens and women.

Popular Tourists Destinations
Here is some useful information on the tourist destinations in Colombia. There are many places one can visit in this country. The important Colombia vacation spots are given below.

La Candelaria
This place lies in the downtown of Bogota. It is famous for the Baroque and Colonial architectural buildings. Important places to visit in La Candelaria are the Botero Museum, Colon Theater, Gold Museum, etc.

Cartagena
This place is famous for its beaches. The Walls of Cartagena too are worth visiting. Construction of these walls started in the 16th century, and was completed by the end of 18th century. Thickness of these walls is up to 20 meters.

The knowledge of dos and don’ts during a trip to Colombia should make you aware of the precautionary measures to be followed. Colombia is a beautiful country with all the natural resources it possesses. With a little bit of caution and vigilance, you can make your Colombia traveling experience risk-free and very enjoyable.

Best Honeymoon Destinations in Central America

Some of the Best Honeymoon Destinations in Central America

Central America, called a subcontinent under some definitions, can be roughly described as the region between the two continents, namely North and South America. It includes the states of Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Belize, Panama, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic as well. All these destinations have in turn, multiple spots for you to visit. On the west of Central America lies the North Pacific Ocean, while on the east lies the Caribbean Sea, giving you some great options in respect to beaches.

Destinations in Costa Rica
Undoubtedly, you will find some of the best honeymoon destinations here, as the main industry of the Republic of Costa Rica is tourism, which also gives us an idea about the number of options we have here. The first thing you need to do, if you’re on a long holiday, is to visit all the 7 natural wonders of Costa Rica, which are Cocos Island, Arenal Volcano (Alajuela), Chirripo Mountain, Light Blue River, Tortuguero Canals, Poás Volcano and the Monteverde Reserve. At the Poás Volcano, the main attraction is the crater. Other attractions that make Costa Rica one of the best honeymoon destinations are the coffee plantations at Orosi Valley, the Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels, and Manuel Antonio National Park. The Cocos Island is an eco-tourism spot, nominated for the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

Destinations in El Salvador
El Salvador is the smallest country by area in Central America, but has some of the top honeymoon destinations. A country famous for its nightlife and numerous beaches, this should be your choice if you are looking for some absolute fun and nothing else. Every year, the country hosts a number of European and North American tourists. Some of the attractions you should visit together include the Coatepeque Lake, Laguna de Alegria and Moncagua (San Miguel). The beaches in El Salvador are renowned as Surfers Paradise, as they are among the top ten beaches globally, and have the best waves for surfing. Some of the best beaches here are La Libertad, Suchitoto, Playa Las Flores, Ruta Las Flores, Santa Ana, and La Palma. Also make sure you visit the village of Concepcion de Ataco and the San Diego Volcano.

Destinations in Belize
This is another nation were you will find some of the best honeymoon destinations in Central America. Although it is the northern most nation in Central America, Belize doesn’t get too many tourists as compared to its neighbor nations. If you’re looking for some peace and quiet, you should finalize coming down to this nation. It is the least populated country in all of Central America. Two major attractions here that you can’t afford to miss are the Great Blue Hole (Ambergris Caye) and the Ruins of Xunantunich (San Ignacio Town). Other places worth a visit are Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Reserve and Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Temple of the Masonry Altars, the highest temple pyramid of Altun Ha, is another wonderful tourist spot along with the archaeological site of Lamanai. While at Belize, don’t forget the Placencia Peninsula in Stann Creek District.

Some Other Destinations in Central America

While the ones mentioned above are some of the most unique and best honeymoon destinations, there are a few more, that might just interest you. The other nations in Central America may not have such a huge number of destinations, but they’re unique and globally renowned nonetheless. If you plan to visit Panama, do visit the numerous national parks it hosts, and of course, the Panama Canal, which is an example of exceptional engineering the world has ever seen. While in Guatemala, you can visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Anitgua and the famous Mayan Ruins in Tikal. The Mombacho Volcano in Nicaragua, and the beaches in Honduras such as Roatan and Utila, are also worth a visit or a stay. A visit to Corn Island in Nicaragua is also a must.

These were some of the best honeymoon destinations in Central America, which you can research about more and then zero in on one. These top vacation spots in Central America offer you lots of adventure, some great time on the beaches, unique natural formations, a great diversity in flora and fauna, a mystic culture, and some great food cooked in world famous spices. It is perhaps the only subcontinent that has abundance in every aspect you can think of. Plan well ahead of time to make the most out of your trip.

Nice Place in Puerto Rico

The island of Puerto Rico has some of the gorgeous sunrises and sunsets to offer those looking for a breathtaking vacation. This archipelago, which has one main island of Puerto Rico and number of smaller isles, are scenic beyond belief. This beautiful location caters to the needs of a romantic, adventurous and relaxing vacation. To experience this magical vacation you need to know the right places to visit in Puerto Rico, so that you make the best of each day. Dump all those tourist guides and trash the guide books, for they will only show you the cliches.

Tourist Attractions in Puerto Rico

Rio Camuy Caves
In you are in a mood for a little bit of adventure, you have got to see these caves. Archaeologists discovered them in 1950s near Lares. They were made by Taino Indians, which were the indigenous tribe in the ancient region. These caves have huge deposits of limestone. There are over 220 caves and 17 entrances, which makes it the biggest network of caves in the world. These caves are also a home for 13 species of bats. An interesting fact about this location is that there are over 800 caves still left to be discovered. So, there’s quite a chance you might lead another exploration whilst you are on your tour!

Lagoon Tortuguero
If something relaxing and soothing is your idea of this Puerto Rican vacation, look no further. Lagoon Tortuguero, a natural water reserve, which is a home to over 700 species of plants is one of the places filled with views, which are sure to leave you looking for words! One can go hiking, kayaking and boating to see the diverse ecological reserve of this lagoon closely. If nothing else, watching the sunset at this lagoon is a totally enigmatic experience.

El Arsenal
One cannot miss out on a lesson in history, while visiting Puerto Rico. The military base of Old San Juan, which was built in 1800 by the Spaniards after the Spanish-American war is a historical site worth a visit. Its Roman architecture, has been turned into an Institute of Puerto Rican culture. The historically significant place is a home to Puerto Rican art and culture.

El Yunque
Get a glimpse of Puerto Rican rainforest at El Yunque, which is elevated by the Rocky Mountains. Walk the lush green trails and climb a few peaks to experience the beautifully preserved rainforest. The forest is actually known as ‘Yuquiyu’, which means ‘Forest of Clouds’. Spanning over 28,000 acres, this place is home to 240 species of plants.

Culebra Island
The literal translation of this island is ‘Snake Island’. It is named so, only because of its shape. This beautiful tourist destination has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Flamenco beach, which ranks number two amongst world’s exotic beaches is a must see. You can see some of the rare under water reefs by scuba diving at the beach.

Make sure you carry a camera along with you to capture the priceless moments you are likely to experience there. Puerto Rico is known as La Isla de Encanto, or the Island of Enchantment. With great weather and exceptionally well-maintained landscapes, a trip to this island is definitely going to be the most rewarding one. To experience the best of this place, visit the pubs and restaurants and befriend a few locals. There is no greater way to explore a place than doing it with the natives. Besides the places, try out the coastal cuisines and delicacies to get the real flavor of Puerto Rico!