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Best Romantic Vacations - Mexico, Central & South America

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1Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta has the ideal setting for a luscious romantic escape. Banderas Bay, the site of Elizabeth Taylor's and Richard Burton's big romance, offers fabulous beaches, some of the country's best restaurants, proximity to Old Mexico and boat rides to the charming fishing village of Boca de Tomatlan.
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      Puerto Vallarta
      On the second-largest natural bay on the continent, Puerto Vallarta has miles and miles of world-class beaches. The coastline is dotted with quiet coves and spectacular islands, and the water caters to all sorts of beach activities, from sunbathing to snorkeling to windsurfing.
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      Puerto Vallarta
      Thanks to the steady stream of cruise ship passengers passing through its harbor, Puerto Vallarta is geared toward the shopper, with virtually anything Mexican-made being readily available. The marina boardwalk, its nearby market, and the surrounding streets are full of shopping opportunities.
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      Puerto Vallarta
      All the right ingredients for a fabulous family getaway are on offer in, Puerto Vallarta; wonderful weather, beautiful beaches, great resorts and welcoming people. Perched between the ocean and the jungle, PV offers all the sports and activities of a perfect Pacific playground.
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2Playa del Carmen, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
On the beautiful Mexican Riviera, Playa del Carmen is a place where you can spoil each other with an indulgent romantic getaway. Strolls or sunbathe on its alabaster-white beaches, swim or dive in sparkling clear waters, explore ancient Maya ruins and enjoy quiet sunsets together.
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      Playa del Carmen
      Bring your sunglasses and cool clothes to Playa del Carmen, where the hot sun lights up the white-sand beaches. This is heaven for beach-loving kids and those who enjoy swimming or just lounging under the sun.
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      Playa del Carmen
      Playa del Carmen, on the Mexican Caribbean, is home to sandy beaches, Mayan archaeological sites and child-centered theme parks. Kids and adults enjoy clambering through Discovery Jungle Park's authentic rope bridges and exploring Xcaret's underground rivers, butterfly pavilion and aquarium.
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3Cancun, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Blessed with a bounty of beaches, youthful, exuberant Cancun offers options for those seeking all sorts of romantic vacations. The resort city manages to boast both an energetic pulse and a laid-back ambience, with both party beaches and sands suitable for people preferring solitude and some time alone.
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      Cancun
      Cancun calls with its stunning aqua-blue waters and white-sand beaches. Despite its reputation as a spring-break paradise, anyone will find plenty to do here, too. Explore ancient Mayan ruins, the Xel-Ha waterpark and the thrilling Interactive Aquarium, or just enjoy beautiful beaches.
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      Cancun
      Cancun is one of Mexico's most famous destinations, and despite its reputation as a spring-break paradise, families will find plenty to do here, too. Explore ancient Mayan ruins, the Xel-Ha waterpark and the thrilling Interactive Aquarium, or just enjoy beautiful beaches.
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4Cozumel, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
The delicious ocean backdrop of Cozumel makes for a perfect romantic rendezvous for two. This Mexican Caribbean playground surrounded by coral reefs boasts golden beaches, turquoise waters, Mayan ruins, duty-free shopping and colorful festivals. Punta Celerain lighthouse is a beautiful spot for special moments.
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      Cozumel
      Going to the seashore at Cozumel is fascinating because of the island's diverse beach offerings. Although it has its fair share of typically beautiful white-sand beaches, it also boasts a number of rocky beaches that are not great for sunbathing or swimming but are ideal for snorkeling.
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5Buenos Aires, Capital Federal District, Argentina
The birthplace of the sensual tango is an incredibly romantic city to sashay to. Atmospheric old neighborhoods present captivating corners and enticing restaurants to linger in. Restaurants and nightlife options are appealingly priced, making it even easier to enjoy any number of romantic meals out.
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      Buenos Aires
      Latin America's shopping capital offers exciting experiences along its grand, wide boulevards. Galleria Pacifico and Patio Bullrich are upmarket malls, crammed with Argentine fashions. You'll find fabulous shoes, bags and other items for appealing prices throughout the city, known for its leather goods.
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      Buenos Aires
      Buenos Aires' European heritage is evident in its architecture, boulevards and parks. Recoleta Cemetery is the final resting place of many of the city's tycoons and presidents, as well as still-beloved first lady Eva Peron. Cafe Tortoni, the city's oldest bar, will transport you back to 1858, and the spectacular Teatro Colon impresses just as it did in 1908.
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6San Jose del Cabo, Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico
Laid-back colonial gem San Jose Del Cabo, is picture postcard perfect. This gorgeous getaway, with its palm-lined lagoons on the hem of the ocean, is full of the magic of Old Baja, where secret courtyards and unhurried days are full of intrigue and romance. Fine hotels abound, including the elegant, world-renowned Palmilla.
7Acapulco, Pacific Coast, Mexico
With its magnificent bay, stately mountains, sun-soaked beaches and vibrant nightlife, Acapulco has been a top romantic destination for many decades. Lovers who choose this dazzling tropical resort on the Pacific Coast of Mexico follow in the footsteps of JFK and Jackie, Liz Taylor and countless other icons of glamour and stardom.
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      Acapulco
      Acapulco's wild nightlife is matched by its wild beaches--the waters can be wavy and dangerous, but that also makes them great for surfing. However, there are lots of places with calmer waters where swimming is safe and fun, especially Caleta Beach, a favorite among families.
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8Mazatlan, Pacific Coast, Mexico
If you are looking for casual elegance in a romantic setting, check out Mazatlan in Western Mexico. The resort town, on a peninsula that juts into the Pacific Ocean, is framed by the majestic Sierra Madre mountains and offers golden beaches, fresh seafood and natural beauty.
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      Mazatlan
      With one of the longest stretches of beach in Mexico, it's no wonder Mazatlan can offer such an enviable variety of beach experiences. Surfers can find big waves, sunbathers can relax on secluded swaths of golden sand and everyone can party or dine at casual palapa restaurants and bars.
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9Margarita Island, Coastal Islands, Insular Region, Venezuela
Once a pirate hideaway, this relatively undiscovered Venezuelan island in the Caribbean is now an ideal lover's retreat. Sunny practically all year-round, Margarita Island offers secluded beaches, exotic vegetation, spectacular sunsets from La Galera fortress and peace and tranquility under a tropical sky.
10Manzanillo, Pacific Coast, Mexico
Golden sands, mouthwatering tropical fruits, swaying palms and the sounds of salsa spell romance in the Mexican Pacific Coast resort town of Manzanillo. You can find unspoiled beaches and private bliss, and if fishing is your fancy, remember they also call this place the Sailfish capital of the world.
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      Manzanillo
      Manzanillo remains as beautiful as when it was "discovered" by the jet set in the 1970s, but its beaches are now largely deserted. Sport fishers will be in heaven, and the International Sailfish Tournament takes place twice a year. Underwater visibility is high, making snorkeling and scuba diving memorable.
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11Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Lively, exuberant Rio de Janeiro is an excellent choice for an active romantic escape. The city pulses with the throb of sensual samba rhythms, the beaches teem with life, the nightlife scene is searing hot and there's a palpable air of excitement in this vivacious city of seven million.
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      Rio de Janeiro
      A proliferation of malls makes shopping a breeze in affordable Rio. Try Barrashopping, a vast complex of more than 600 stores. At Galleria River in Arpoador, a dozen stores cater to surfers and skaters. Alternatively, get a taste for Brazilian beach life and score souvenirs from vendors strolling the sands.
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      Rio de Janeiro
      Perhaps nowhere on earth is the beach so crucial to a big city's culture as in Rio, with its two most popular strips having even been immortalized in song. Of the two, Copacabana is bigger and livelier, Ipanema a bit more upscale and relaxed. For even greater Žlan, try Leblon just to their west.
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12Foz do Iguacu, State of Parana, Brazil
Dramatically spanning the border between Argentina and Brazil, thunderous Iguacu Falls sits amid lush rainforest, home to a thrilling array of brilliantly colored birds and exotic butterflies. Rappel together from the rainforest canopy or soak up the waterfall's energy by flightseeing above.