You don’t need to choose between the Caribbean, the Pacific, or Central America for your honeymoon: in Panama and Costa Rica, you can enjoy the relaxation of a coastal getaway or private-island resort alongside history and culture at the crossroads of the Americas.

One of the safest and most beautiful countries in Central America, Costa Rica is a melting pot of Native American, Spanish, and African cultures. Beach resorts can be found on both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, and the interior is home to extensive and remarkably biodiverse jungles as well as the smoldering Arenal volcano, all accessible from luxurious and secluded eco-lodges. The Andaz Peninsula Papagayo resort in the province of Guanacaste is set between the sea and mountains, convenient to both gold-sand beaches and some of Costa Rica’s many beautiful national parks; the boutique El Mangroove provides a more low-key beachfront escape in the same region.

The Panama Canal is a must-see for anyone visiting Panama. The canal cuts through the heart of Panama City as it connects two oceans, and honeymooners can enjoy sweeping views of this modern wonder of the world from the Intercontinental Miramar Panama or the Waldorf Astoria Panama, two of the city’s finest addresses for visitors. When you’re ready to shift your honeymoon from urban to unexplored, set course for Panama’s San Blas Islands, a Caribbean archipelago east of the canal entrance that is home to the Kuna Indians as well as a number of exclusive private island resorts.

>Written by: Bob Curley