Quaint, pastel-painted buildings dating to the 17th century, blooming
cascades of tropical flowers and a sky full of fluttering monarch
butterflies – what more could set the stage for a romantic retreat in
one of the most spellbindingly striking locations in the world? If
you're looking for a place to sneak off to with your sweetheart,
consider traveling to one of Central America's most romantic cities.
ShutterstockGranada, Nicaragua |
One look at the white-columned buildings in Grenada Town Square and it’s not
hard to recognize the colonial past of this popular Nicaraguan town. Founded in
the mid-1550s, Granada has spent centuries as a bustling commerce hub, most
notably for timber, silver and gold. The colorful local market hums with sounds
of farmers and other vendors selling fresh produce and wares, while Central
Park provides sightseers with a place to rest and watch as life goes by in
Nicaragua's fourth largest city.
Antigua, Guatemala |
Vibrantly painted facades, bougainvillea-covered walls and cobblestone roadways
sit below three towering volcanoes in Guatemala in the city of Antiqua. This
enchanting Central American destination is known for its Spanish Baroque-style
architecture and colonial ruins, offering travelers to Antigua a glimpse at
what life looked like hundreds of years ago. In addition to its bygone beauty,
Antigua is also recognized for its delicious chocolate and coffee.
Viejo, Panama City, Panama | In the heart of Panama City you’ll find the
historic district, Casco Viejo (Spanish for “Old Quarter”). The area was
rebuilt in the late 1600s after a major pirate attack, and today serves as the
home of some of the first buildings of modern Panama. The majestic Catedral
Metropolitana and the other striking, centuries-old structures add to the
charming atmosphere, making it easy to fall in love in (and with!) Casco Viejo.
ShutterstockZarcero, Costa Rica |
Sitting above the Los Angeles Cloud forest at nearly 5,700 feet about sea level
is the alluring mountain town of Zarcero. Its elevated location in the Costa
Rica’s Cordillera Central volcanic mountain range gives Alajuela province’s
capital city a dreamlike ambiance that is only amplified by the whimsical
topiary garden in the Parque Francisco Alvarado.
ShutterstockMorelia, Mexico |
Beauty comes in all forms in the State of Michoacán’s capital city. In addition
to the carefully preserved colonial buildings (including the 18th-century
Cathedral of the Divine Savior of Morelia), Morelia is the gateway to the
winter home of more than 60 billion monarch butterflies that journey from
Canada and the U.S. each year. The butterflies hibernate in the forests of the
Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve from late October through April. The entire
city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site approximately 30 years ago.
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