With the wedding plans sorted, your next challenge is to make the honeymoon something to remember. You’re lucky enough to be able to take that dream trip south, but there’s still the question of where exactly to spend your first few weeks together as life partners.
Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best regions, resorts, all-inclusive packages and romantic spots on offer in the Estados Unidos Mexicanos (or United Mexican States – its official name). First, let’s look at a few of the most popular regions within the country for Mexico honeymoons.
Mexico offers several destinations that seem to have been designed for newlyweds. Mexican honeymoon packages aren’t just about the romance angle, either. Your dual interests in Mexican history, culture, beaches, food, and all things Central American can be piqued. Take a look at these amazing spots, catering for personalities and interests of all types.
The big city experience isn’t necessarily a bad one. If you’re serious about a honeymoon in Mexico, you might as well consider spending at least a few days in its major center. Trivia note: The country of Mexico is named after the capital, and not the other way round, as most might assume.
Mexico City is home to eight million people. It has, museums, shopping, and important landmarks. Most importantly for us, it’s within reach of beaches, forests, and other leisurely, honeymoony things, like The Pyramid of the Sun – Teotihuacan – the third-largest Pyramid in the world! That can be incredibly romantic, for the right couple.
The resort city of Puerto Vallarta is split up into many zones, which seems to help when deciding what you want from your trip. The Marina attracts those after luxury, while the Centro districts can provide budget options for backpackers and casual travelers.
The most important thing to remember when considering Puerto Vallarta is that this will be a walking holiday – you can literally walk everywhere in the city. Just beyond the limits are other options, of course, including San Pancho and the Playa las Gemelas.
Golden-age glamour and beaches! It’s what Acapulco seems to be known for. It’s the legendary playground of the rich and famous from years gone by. Today, it’s trying to reclaim its spot as one of the best places to honeymoon in Mexico.
What everybody probably knows about Acapulco is the world-famous cliff-diving at La Quebrada. But Acapulco also has the Punta Diamante, a new-ish holiday zone that rolls along long, shallow beaches. And don’t ignore Barra Vieja’s golf courses, the islands, ecotours in the Tres Palos lagoon and several beautiful historical sites.
You’ve probably heard of “Cabo”. That’s the short name for The Los Cabos Corridor, 30km of beaches, resorts and leisure activities between San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas.
You might want to be aware that there’s a beach in Cabo San Lucas that opens onto both the eastern bay and Pacific coasts. The east side is called Lovers’ beach. The Pacific side is called Divorce beach. Make sure you’re on the right one!
The Mayan Riviera broadly includes Cancún, Playa del Carmen, and Cozumel. The area is known for its reefs and wildlife, as well as canopy tours and ziplining… and beaches, of course.
Tulum is a noteworthy mention; it’s an ancient city fortress at the edge of the jungle, but with beaches! The walled city was built by the Maya for protection from invaders and lasted until the Spanish conquests.
If you fancy going offshore, The island of Cozumel is a short boat ride from Playa del Carmen. Also in the area is Xel-Ha, the world’s largest natural aquarium and an aquatic park. There are several accommodation options to choose from in the area, whether more casually-inclined glamping or the up-market suite life.
Some say Guanajuato is the most beautiful city in Mexico. That’s a bold claim that other towns will want to dispute. But it does have a reputation as an Art city, so if you’re looking for a colorful, slow-paced wander through a less touristy part of Mexico, this might be for you.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to the Museum of Quixote, which celebrates the work of writer Miguel de Cervantes. If you’re up for a thrill, visit the Mummies of Guanajuato exhibit, where you can see what a naturally mummified happens to look like. You may need a tall cocktail afterward.
Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo are relatively small towns, but will still offer beaches and accommodations you’re looking for, whatever your budget or desired feel. What sets them apart is the smart strategy they have employed to accommodate tourists and visitors. There are fine hotels, bars, and restaurants, but the towns have not lost their intimate atmosphere of traditional coconut, mangroves and fishing towns.
Finally, we should mention that Sayulita is thought by many to provide one of the best Mexican honeymoons in Mexico. This could be because there’s a multicultural feel to the area and a laid-back vibe associated with the surfing culture that seems to be in the air.
It maintains an off-the-beaten-track feel (the town only has 5000 residents), and there’s light surfing to be had. That said, you’re likely to run into and socialize with travelers from around the world here. So if you’re into having fun that’s not too culture or sightseeing-heavy, Sayulita is worth checking out.
Many Mexican honeymoon resorts offer all-inclusive packages that make costing your honeymoon a lot easier. The typical Mexico all-inclusive honeymoon usually includes all food and drink at the many restaurants within the resort. With other facilities like concierge services, beach and pool activities, and spas thrown into the fee.
You’ll be pleased to know that some resorts do add amazing little unique extras over and above that. Here are some of the most widely-praised all-inclusive honeymoon packages Mexico has to offer:
Secrets offers access to seven restaurants and seven bars, and rooms with “swimout access”. It also happens to be situated on Travel Channel’s “Best Beach in the World”. So it’s got that going for it.
Take advantage of the Secrets Box room service option, where your orders are delivered to a box from the outside, while you access it from the inside. This way, you don’t have to answer the door and can enjoy your privacy.
You’ve probably wondered about what it might be like to stay in those bungalows that are actually over the water. Here’s where you can try that.
A nice touch is that these palafitos have glass floors, which allow you to see some of the marine life activity below. This makes it one of the most attractive all-inclusive honeymoon resorts Mexico has to offer.
Also, El Dorado’s pitch is that it’s a luxury adults-only honeymoon deal. They counter boast that it’s on one of the Discovery Channel’s top ten beaches in the world, too.
We mentioned Lover’s Beach and Divorce Beach earlier. You can easily access these points from here. Honeymooners make the trek to Lover’s Beach, a popular patch of sand at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula (go early).
There’s a sandy link to the Pacific side of the sandbar where the waves are a bit rougher. This side is known as Divorce Beach.
Otherwise, you can choose from a number of restaurants, nightly shows, regular holiday activities and nightclubbing – all included.
This resort earned AAA’s five-diamond rating for four years in a row, so the standard is high. Most reviews draw attention to the outstanding guest care by the concierges and waiting staff. Be advised that this is a family resort, so you’re likely to see lots of kids engaging in the activities on the beach and throughout the resort.
Besides the expected fine dining, gorgeous rooms and beach, there are some extra touches like whirlpool tubs and all-inclusive stocked minibars in all the rooms. You can also try cooking classes, stargazing and beach picnics.
ut one of the most romantic attractions is the movie night on a remote beach under the stars. There are also caves and sinkholes to explore around the resort, and a world-class spa to spoil yourself in.
Live Aqua accommodates adults only, so if you’re looking to avoid families with kids, this resort might be more your pace. Nearly a dozen bars and restaurant options, eight swimming pools, and a nightclub mean there’s no shortage of refreshments on offer. Trips to Mayan ruins like Tulum are also often included in all-inclusive packages.
King-sized beds, private jacuzzis and furnished balconies and patios in every room, all neighboring a wetland preserve! Sign us up! Catamarans, sea kayaking, scuba lessons, and even dance lessons are on offer in the packages. This could very well be the best honeymoon spot in Mexico.
Hacienda Encantada Resort & Residences offers an all-inclusive romantic retreat for honeymooners. But one of the unique offerings is the “Dine Out Privileges” plan. It allows guests unlimited food and drinks à la cart on site, or at selected restaurants Golden Zone at the Cabo San Lucas Marina.
It’s clearly no mystery as to why Mexico’s resorts, packages, and romantic spots are so popular with honeymooners. Even a relatively short list like this one offers plenty of reasons to just go.
Whatever option you choose, you’ll need plenty of beachwear and sunscreen. And a taste for great food and tasty drinks won’t hurt either.
Just one final note: It’s a universal rule that even if your holiday is all-inclusive, a strategic tip for a staff member here and there can go a long way. Stick a little extra in your pocket, and have a wonderful honeymoon!