Albertans are choosing destination weddings by the droves – to escape winter, keep nuptial costs down, and make lasting memories with friends and family in tow. Here are the best places to get married outside the country.
The Mayan Riviera is AMA’s No. 1 wedding destination, thanks to luxurious resorts with wedding packages galore, turquoise Caribbean waters, Mayan cultural sites and ecological parks.
2. Dominican Republic
This island nation in the West Indies is a white-sand paradise. Punta Cana, on the east coast, with its palm-lined, electric-blue waters, and powder-soft beaches, is especially sought-after for weddings.
Although more expensive than Mexico and the Dominican, Jamaica is chock-full of resorts with wedding packages to suit all budgets. Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Negril offer a dreamscape of beaches, parks, friendly local faces, and chilled-out culture.
The most budget-friendly wedding destination, Cuba entices with miles upon miles of white-sand beaches and eclectic local culture. Most couples marry at a Varadero resort and take day trips to Havana to explore the vibrant city streets.
5. Costa Rica
The spot for active couples and nature lovers who would rather sleep in a treehouse than set foot in an all-inclusive. Isolated beaches, volcanoes, and deep jungles packed with wildlife are all close at hand – and make for perfect diversions after an intimate oceanside ceremony.
Published in Westworld Alberta, Spring 2015