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24 Honeymoon Destinations In Latin America That Are So Stunning You’ll Forget to Instagram

When it comes to planning a wedding, most couples today are a bit more focused on having a fantastic experience than just a big, expensive party. We millennials want something to remember, and that especially means a fantastic honeymoon that will surely be the best trip of our lives. That was certainly my thinking when my husband and I planned a small, intimate, family-only wedding last year and are now saving up money to have one expensive, blow-out honeymoon in Latin America.

The only problem? We can’t choose where to go! There are so many incredible honeymoon destinations in Latin America to consider, that it can be overwhelming when you are planning your own romantic getaway. But have no fear, because that’s where this list comes in. If you’re an adventurous couple, there’s something for you here. If you want to watch the mountains, then you’re set. If you just want to lay on the beach, then we’ve got you covered. And if you want to drink wine day and night, then I know exactly where you should go. For the perfect honeymoon destination in Latin America, check out these 24 incredible hotels and resorts. The choices are ones that will never disappoint, so don’t worry about making a wrong one. Besides, nobody ever said you can’t have TWO honeymoons… Wink wink.

1. Four Seasons Resort in Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica

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Located on the Pacific Ocean, this hillside resort is perfect for the adventurous couple that wants a bit more out of their honeymoon than just laying on the beach (though you can do that too). With this resort, you can spend a day zip lining, surfing, or hiking a volcano and then come back for an evening of farm and sea-to-table dining and swimming in one of the four swimming pools. 

2. Cavas Wine Lodge in Mendoza, Argentina

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If you’re the kind of couple who enjoys a class of vino at the end of a tough day, then you have come to the right place. Surrounded by the natural beauty of Mendoza and just at the food of the Andes Mountains, you’ll find a unique kind of lodge in South America. The lodge includes a spa and restaurant and, as you can imagine, the best of Argentina’s fantastic wines.

3. Belmond Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu, Peru

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You could probably spend a week exploring the Lost City and not be satisfied, but staying at this gorgeous lodge is a good way to start. After your time exploring Machu Picchu,you can unwind with a yoga session, take part in a traditional shaman ceremony, or sip a very special tea in their bar. You’ll find plenty of beauty and tranquility both here and during your daily exploration.

4. Delfin Amazon Cruises

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If you are thinking that you want to take the trip of a lifetime for your honeymoon, then I would definitely recommend an Amazon River cruise. This one in particular is known to be the best, with breathtaking sceneries, luxuriant forests, natural life at its finest, and the beautiful river. You can experience all of this on their cruise ships which feature first-rate service and a magical experience you’ll never forget.

5. Mukul, Auberge Resorts Collection, Nicaragua

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Located on the blossoming southwest Pacific Shore, this Nicaraguan coastal region is known as the Emerald Coast and you can probably see why. This gorgeous resort has luxury accommodations, a unique spa, and even golf for those that are into the sport. Oh, and did I mention that there are also villas that feature private plunge pools? Yeah, that’s definitely a pretty incredible way to have a honeymoon. 

6. Vila da Santa in Búzios, Brazil

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There are many beautiful places to visit in Brazil, and this is absolutely one of them. Situated right on the seaside and in the heart of historical Búzios, this boutique hotel and spa provides direct access to Ossos Beach and is next to Sant’Ana Church, which is a perfectly-preserved monument built in 1743. What you’ll really enjoy, however, is the colorful Mediterranean architecture of the hotel and the hip 60s style. 

7. Estancia Vik José Ignacio, Uruguay

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What can you enjoy in this gorgeous resort in Uruguay? From incredible dining to a fabulous wine cellar to a game room to a garden and spa and so much more, there’s nothing that you won’t enjoy, really. One of my favorites, though, is the gym and spa that provides just the right amount of luxury. You’ll exercise your troubles away, and maybe even get to indulge in a couples spa.

8. Awasi Atacama in Atacama Desert, Chile

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Have you ever seen anything as beautiful as the world’s driest desert? Probably not. This splendid lodge is located in the ancient trading town of San Pedro de Atacama and only has 10 rooms, but that’s plenty for you and bae to enjoy a phenomenal honeymoon. With each room, you will get an assigned private guide and a 4WD so that, as a guest, you can explore here at your own pace. And boy, is there plenty to explore! 

9. Punta Caracol Hotel in Bocas del Toro, Panama

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Have you ever dreamed of staying in one of those beautiful little huts in the middle of the Pacific Ocean in Tahiti or some such place? I have, but thankfully we don’t really have to travel that far thanks to these aqua lodges in the middle of the Caribbean. The bungalows are situated amid sparkling blue waters and are a perfect slice of paradise for anyone looking for a romantic getaway.

10. Casa Colonial in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

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If you want the kind of honeymoon that’s basically a perfect island retreat, then you should head to this five-star resort on the north shore of the Dominican Republic. There are pristine white sand beaches and an impossibly clear Atlantic water, along with old world charm in this restored colonial estate. This is a very romantic place to visit and regarded as one of the most stylish and luxurious hotels in the DR.

11. Barceló Los Cabos Palace Deluxe, Mexico

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If you’re looking for a five-star resort in sunny Mexico, then look no further than this premium complex that overlooks the waters on the Gulf of California. There are 350 rooms and suites that all overlook the Sea of Cortez, as well as a fantastic spa that you should probably check out ASAP. Oh, and did I mention that there are 5 restaurants and 3 bars at this all-inclusive property? Seriously, SO good.

12. Alvear Palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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The capital of Argentina is a beautiful place to honeymoon, and with good reason. But where to stay? Luckily, this is one of the most luxurious hotels in the world that features magnificent architecture and décor that will make you feel at home thanks to the hospitality and personalized service. You’ll be able to discover and enjoy the city from this spot, and the staff will make sure that you have a remarkable experience.

13. Explora Rapa Nui in Easter Island, Chile

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You should only go to Easter Island for your honeymoon if you are ready to experience one of the greatest wonders of the world, and you just might be. With this incredible hotel, you will be in the perfect place to explore everything that this Chilean island has to offer. You’ll be surrounded by trees, prairies, and views of the Pacific Ocean, but will also get perks like transportation to and from the airport, all of your meals and drinks, and more than 30 potential routes designed by their outdoor team to explore this island by bike, foot, and more.

14. Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Peru

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Machu Picchu is such an incredible destination, and such a popular spot for the adventurous honeymooner, that we had to name more than one hotel to visit here. With this one, you’ll stay in an intimate Andean village with terraced hills, waterfalls, stone pathways, and 83 whitewashed casitas tucked away in the cloud forest. You’ll be able to explore 12 acres of natural beauty, where you can do stuff like go bird watching for one of the 214 bird species that have been registered in this area. Talk about wonder!

15. Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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One of the world’s most iconic beaches simply wouldn’t be the same without this gem of an art deco resort that has been open since 1923 and has become a landmark hotel for the rich and famous. There is so much to do here, and also even more ways to relax. Soak in the sun with a caipirinha or two in your hand, and especially come here if you’d like to enjoy carnival or the fireworks for New Year.

16. Conrad Punta Del Este Resort & Casino, Uruguay

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You can have the best of a city and also easy beach access when you stay at this resort. If you and your sweetie like to gamble, then that’s even more perfect since you will have plenty to do in this casino as well. One of the best parts of the hotel, however, is the panoramic views of the sea that you will experience from your room, along with the comfort of a bidet and other special bathroom goodies. You can relax at the pool and get drinks at the poolside bar while enjoying those same views, too.

17. El Marqués in Cartagena, Colombia

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Discover the magic of Cartagena when you stay in this beautiful boutique hotel that has been home to many of the famous stars we all know (ahem, Robert de Niro…). But it’s not just about fame in this colonial house that was renovated in the 1970s and has now become of Colombia’s prettiest places to visit. Sleep in, relax, and make sure to explore the city at night for all that it has to offer.

18. Hotel Punta Islita, Costa Rica

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When you come to Costa Rica, then you simply must experience eco-luxury like at this hotel gem. They are known for creating completely amazing signature packages that are called Authentic Costa Rica Experiences that include a complimentary menu of hotel-led activities. You can do things such as art sessions, cooking lessons, horseback riding, and zip lining. You will be able to fully embrace Costa Rica’s eco adventures and cultures, plus you’l have one of the best ocean views in the entire country. And that infinity-edge pool makes for gorgeous memories and photos. 

19. Iberostar Cancún, Mexico

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This 5-star all-inclusive resort complex is located on one of the most incredible beaches in all of Mexico, and one that you are sure to enjoy in this modern, family-friendly hotel. If you’re not so into the family thing, however, they are currently completing a new resort tower that will be for adults-only, which means an incredibly luxe experience that is brand new if you plan to travel towards the end of 2018 and after. Plus you’re close to the city of Cancun itself if you want to go out and enjoy that, too.

20. Awasi Patagonia Hotel in Torres del Paine, Chile

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What incredibles views await you if you stay at this lodge, which has 14 villas as well as a main lodge on a private reserve that overlooks the Torres del Paine National Park. Each of these villas is a perfect place for you to take your new husband, so that the two of you can enjoy a private guide and a 4WD to explore everything this area has to offer. The exterior hot tubs are surely going to add to your experience, too. 

21. St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico

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Although the island is still recovering after Hurricane Maria, you should still travel here for your honeymoon and invest some much-needed tourism dollars into the economy. And what better way to do that than by staying at this AAA Five Diamond resort that’s full of romance and sophistication. It’s set on a Caribbean coconut plantation nestled between the sparkling sea and a lush national forest. Oh, and you will also receive their iconic Butler service during your stay, which just adds to the kind of pampering you will be having during your honeymoon trip. 

22. Pikaia Lodge in Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

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You probably remember the Galapagos Islands from science class in high school (Darwin, anyone?) but there is so much more to see here. Eco-friendly tourism begins with a stay at this lodge. You’re sure to discover a once-in-a-lifetime experience on the beaches, and especially because the animals on this paradise of an island are plenty. There is so much fun to be had and so many memories to be made.

23. Casa Arequipa Boutique Hotel in Arequipa, Peru

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This boutique hotel feels like a small, intimate space in an area that is an absolute wonder to explore. With differently themed rooms, you’ll feel super special no matter which one you pick for your romantic getaway. Situated in the middle of the city with gorgeous views, you will find it very difficult to resist all of the activity and splendor in this town. It’s both luxurious and affordable, so you can have a bit more cash in your pockets to explore the surrounding area.

24. Cacique Inacayal Lake & Spa Hotel in Patagonia, Argentina

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This hotel is all about rest and relaxation, which is especially ideal for anyone who had a crazy large wedding and now needs to take a BIG nap. Not that you’ll want to nap much where there are beautiful views to behold, couples massages to indulge in, and elegant rooms to lounge around in. You can have breakfast in bed with incredible scenery, or try the hotel’s restaurant. There is even a wine cellar, so you know that your evening beverage will be a tasty one.

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ANTM’s Eva Marcille Bravely Comes Forward With Her Story Of Having Hide In ‘Multiple Places’ To Evade Her Abusive Ex-Boyfriend

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ANTM’s Eva Marcille Bravely Comes Forward With Her Story Of Having Hide In ‘Multiple Places’ To Evade Her Abusive Ex-Boyfriend

Shade is often thrown around on any given episode of the Real Housewives franchises. Gossip is what makes the reality show interesting. Sometimes, however, when lies spread, the truth that is ultimately revealed can be hurtful and speak more about reality than what was intended.

On last night’s episode of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” one of the women, Marlo, tried to come for a castmate to poke fun at her financial woes. The shade turned out to expose longtime abuse.

Eva Marcille revealed on RHOA that the reason she has been moving from house to house isn’t that she’s lacking money but rather scared for her safety.

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“I still feel a sense of threat,” Marcille told her castmates on last night’s episode. “I have had to move five times, and I still feel a sense of uneasiness. He’s just so petty sometimes. I’ve walked outside of my balcony before, and he’s been standing in the dark. And it is the scariest feeling ever.”

Marcille is an American actress and former winner of the third cycle of America’s Next Top Model who is of Puerto Rican descent.

Marcille alleged that she has a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend, Kevin McCall due to stalking and domestic abuse.

The couple, who share a daughter together (though she refers to him as a “donor”), separated in 2015. She has since gone on to marry Atlanta lawyer Micheal T. Sterling; they too share a child.

Marcille dispelled gossip that she and Sterling have frequently moved around because of financial troubles.

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“Every time I move, he finds me,” Marcille said on the episode. “Because of that, I live in multiple places. Safety is a priority for me.”

Sterling took to social media to support his wife by saying “Everything we got, we earned the hard way. And every day that I wake up, I work for legacy, not labels. Motivational use only.”

Marcille told the women that a former friend, who she had a falling out with, began spreading lies about her. “The lies are real gross, and the hate is beyond,” she said on Instagram.

Her alleged abuser, who’s had a history of erratic behavior at least on social media, said Marcille is just using the claims against him as a fake storyline.

“It’s sad when she gotta keep using my name for her storyline if I was the husband I would be like “Real hoe of Atlanta is you out your mind, or is you still obsessed with your child’s Father? Why is he in our storyline so much ain’t I enuff headline for our relationship?” McCall said on Twitter.

Marlo also said on last night’s episode that Marcille was using old claims to back up her current financial situation.

Last year on “The Wendy Williams Show,” Marcille said that McCall has never been a part of her daughter’s life.

“He thinks that biology is more important than being present,” Marcille said of McCall. “He’s extremely dysfunctional, and he’s not at a place where it’s safe for himself or for others.”

Fans of Marcille were quick to offer her support on Twitter.

The less reasonable are demanding more details.

Others were quick to highlight their favorite and most empowering quotes from Eva on the episode.


READ: News Of This Woman Killing Her 11-Year-Old Daughter Because She Suspected Her of ‘Having Sex’ Is Proof Of The Perils Of Purity Culture

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🤩 20 Remarkable Mementos You’ll See at the Selena Museum

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🤩 20 Remarkable Mementos You’ll See at the Selena Museum

In 1995, the world lost the Queen of Tejano music, Selena Quintanilla Perez. Immediately following her death, mass vigils were held around the Latinidad to honor our lost reina. After her death, fans turned to her music for consolation and relief as they mourned the musician. Even after 24 years, the superstar is still grieved and celebrated by her fans.

Festivals are held around the world each year in honor of Selena’s birthday, life and death. Murals of the Queen of Tejano still grace neighborhoods from Texas to California to Mexico. Even international brands like MAC Cosmetics, Forever 21 and Target still collaborate with Selena’s estate to bring fans new merchandise.

While these all immortalize Selena’s legacy, there’s only one museum in the world dedicated to the Queen of Tejano.

In Selena’s hometown of Corpus Christi Texas — only a few miles from her final resting place — is Q Productions. Founded in 1993, Q Productions is the actual studio Selena recorded in with her father, Abraham, and Los Dinos. While it’s still an operating studio, the big draw of the location is the Selena Quintanilla Museum. Featuring mementos, collectables and memories from the iconic Latina’s life and career, it’s a visit that every Selena fan should make.

Here are some of the remarkable artifacts you will find at the Selena Museum.

1. Selena’s red convertible

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It’s now over 30 years old, but this racy red convertible was Selena’s favorite car. In fact, before she bought the 1986 Porsche, she purchased a new black Porsche hatchback instead. However, something just didn’t vibe for the Queen of Tejano and she traded that one in for this older model. It could be because it’s paint job matches the Latina’s signature red lip but this ride just says, “Selena.”

2. The entire Selena MAC makeup line

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In 2016, international makeup company MAC Cosmetics launched a line inspired by Selena. The Selena MAC collection was so well received that it sold out online within HOURS. The full line is on display at the Selena Museum — sporting products with names like “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” “Missing My Baby” and “No Me Queda Mas.”

3. Selena’s fashion sketches

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Anyone who has seen Selena knows that the musician had an incredible sense of style. She had first-hand input in her styling because she designed many of her most iconic looks. Had she not become a musician, Selena wanted to become a fashion designer. In fact, before her death, Selena had opened two boutiques — one in Corpus Christi and one in San Antonio. Another was planned for Monterrey, Mexico however it was never built. Following her death, both locations closed but you can still see the sketches that started it all.

4. Selena’s childhood dolls

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It’s easy to forget that the legendary Queen of Tejano started off as a little girl, singing songs to her father’s guitar. These sweet reminders of her childhood give us a glimpse into the Selena that only her family know. The baby doll and old Raggedy Anne are toys saved by Selena’s parents and immortalized in the museum. To them, she will always be their little girl.

5. Fan mail from around the world

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Selena got her start in South Texas but soon achieved stardom that reached around the world. At the Selena Museum, you’ll find devoted fan mail from places like Japan, Uruguay, Peru, Hungary and New Zealand. You can still send fan mail to Q Productions and share your own love and appreciation for Selena.

6. An original manuscript for “Selena”

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Soon after Selena’s death in 1995, studios began vying for the rights to Selena’s life. The Quintanilla Family wanted to make sure Selena’s spirit was especially respected in any depiction of the departed musician. With this in mind, they became very involved in the film of her life. In 1997, “Selena” debuted to critical acclaim and would arguably be the role that made Jennifer Lopez’s career. At the Selena Museum, you’ll find an original manuscript for the screenplay that would become “Selena.”

7. Selena’s famous bustiers

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Before pop stars’ became more open with baring a little skin, Selena made the bustier a staple for her wardrobe. Much to her dad Abraham’s dismay, Selena came up with design herself. The fashionista would sow sequins onto regular bras for a show-stopping look. It’s a good thing that Abe eased his anti-bustier stance. They’re further proof that Selena was a star ahead of her time.

8. Selena’s egg collection

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If you’ve seen “Selena,” you know the Queen of Tejano had an odd little collection. She liked to collect eggs; specifically, Faberge eggs. The Russian treasures are a luxury that Selena adored and the singer had plenty in her collection. In case you’re curious, the collection DOES NOT include that egg ring from She-Who-Will-Not-Be-Named.

9. Selena’s Grammy dress

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Since fashion is such an essential part of who she was, the Selena Museum has several of the late star’s iconic outfits. One that’s exceptionally gorgeous is the Lillie Rubin white sequin dress she wore to the Grammys. You might remember that legendary scene in “Selena” with the rude boutique clerk and swarm of fans. That scene was inspired by a memorable shopping trip in Houston to buy that dress.

10. Collectable Selena dolls

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Raise your hand if you had one of these babies as a kid. Selena has been memorialized in several different ways but the different collectable dolls made in her image may be the most awesome. At the Selena Museum, there is a collection of six Selena dolls — all sporting one of her signature looks.

11. The studio Selena used to record her final album

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Q Productions has been a working studio since it’s opening in the 90s. To this day, it still accommodates musicians but Selena was their first ever recording artist. Infact, Selena recorded her final album — “Dreaming of You” — at Q Productions.

12. And the very microphone she used, too

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Including Suzette’s first drum kit and Abraham’s prized piano, Q Productions has many treasures on display. One you’ll be able to see is the very mic Selena used to record “Dreaming of You.” The album debuted number 1 on the Billboard 200; the first ever predominantly Spanish-language album to do so.

13. The outfit from the cover of “Amor Prohibido”

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One of Selena’s most iconic looks is the fierce leather and lace outfit featured on the album cover for “Amor Prohibido.” This album proved to be one of Selena’s biggest. Besides being a solid listen from start to finish, it also features hits “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” “Yo Me Queda Más” and “Techno Cumbia.” The popularity of this album ensured that Selena will forever be remembered for this look.

14. Selena’s Grammy

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For all of Selena’s talent and popularity, she was honored with many awards in her career. The prize of that collection is the 1994 Grammy she won for Best Mexican/American Album. This Grammy made history for the first win by a female Tejano singer. There’s no telling how many more of these she would have won had her life not been cut tragically short.

15. The plaque honoring Selena’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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In 2017, Selena was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony drew 4,500 fans — the largest gathering to ever attend an unveiling. This plaque was presented to the Quintanilla family to commemorate the historic event and moreover recognize Selena’s legacy.

16. Buckles celebrating Selena’s Houston Rodeo preformances

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Selena played the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo a total of three times. While all three concerts drew huge crowds, her 1995 appearance broke attendance records for the Houston Astrodome. Following the concerts, these commemorative belt buckles were presented to Selena to celebrate her successful shows.

17. A custom Selena guitar from the Fiesta de la Flor

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Every year, celebrations of Selena’s life happen all over the world. One such event happens in Corpus Christi. Since 2014, Fiesta de la Flor — an event with music, food, a mercado and all things Chicano — has been held for Selena’s memory. At the Selena Museum, you can see a custom guitar that bares the Queen of Tejano’s face from the event.

18. Selena’s jewelry collection

As someone who lived for fashion, it’s only natural that Selena would love a good accessory. The Selena Museum has on display a large collection of jewelry owned and worn by the musician herself. Some items were gifts from loved ones like husband Chris, while others were gifted by fans.

19. Condolence letters from world figures

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When Selena passed away, the whole world mourned. The loss of such a vibrant, beautiful and kind young woman was such a tragedy that even world leaders took notice. On display at the Selena Museum are several noted condolence letters from the likes of Larry King, President Bill Clinton, and then-Texas Governor George W. Bush.

20. Selena’s famous purple jumpsuit

Remember that record-breaking performance at the Houston Rodeo? Even if you’ve never seen footage of the big event, there’s no doubt that you’ve seen Selena’s look from that night. The famous purple jumpsuit she wore to the 1995 Houston Rodeo has become the most recognizable outfit from Selena’s memorable wardrobe. At the Selena Museum, you can take a selfie with it and immortalize your love for the Queen of Tejano.

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