BELIZE In this friendly, Englishspeaking Central American nation, one Belizean dollar equals $.50 in U.S. currency. GAÃA Riverlodge, set on a hilltop overlooking the Five Sisters waterfall, is ideal for eco-loving couples who prefer mountain mist to sea spray. The property, featuring 16 rustic-chic cabanas that were beautifully renovated in 2012, can accommodate up to 32 people; a gazebo by the waterfall is a memorable spot for vows.
A three-night total takeover is $8,950 in low season (May 1 to December 15), including breakfast.
Wedding arrangements and reception costs are a la carte. Rooms from $165, plus 19 percent tax and service charge. Or wow a dozen guests with intimate I do’s at the ancient Maya ruins at Xunantunich. Ka’ana Resort, a 17-room hotel in nearby San Ignacio, can make it happen in high style: Accommodations for three nights with daily breakfast, preparation of all marriage documents, a ceremony at the ruins, and a reception dinner at the resort for 10 to 25 guests (excluding beverages) is $1,000 per person.