Once you’ve shared your vows, exchanged rings, and said ‘I do,’ it’s time to celebrate in style. But while your ceremony and reception may be magical, nothing compares to a honeymoon on the beach. Finally, after months of planning, you can kick back and enjoy yourself as you begin your new life with your sweetheart.
Wedding planning is a time of decision-making, so it’s easy to see why selecting a honeymoon destination is so difficult for so many spouses — it’s another decision stacked on a pile of difficult choices. In reality, however, this all-important choice doesn’t have to be difficult. One destination offers the relaxation, romance, and nightlife you desire: Mexico. Once you’ve chosen this honeymoon hotspot, you can embrace the excitement of planning your ultimate newlywed getaway.
Where to Honeymoon in Mexico
From the famed nightlife of Cancun to the adult playground of Cabo San Lucas and the quiet intimacy of Isla Mujeres, Mexico honeymoon options are available for every type of couple. The following are among the nation’s most popular honeymoon destinations:
Long known for its oceanfront all-inclusive resorts, Cancun remains a go-to destination for newlyweds. The resort town boasts some of the world’s most beautiful stretches of beach, along with a renowned nightlife. No matter the hours you keep, you’ll find excitement and romance around every corner in Cancun.
Water is all around you in Riviera Maya — and we’re not just talking about the beach. Explore the area briefly, and you’ll discover mystical cenotes and underground rivers. Riviera Maya is also known for its proximity to multiple ancient archeological sites — and for its authentic Mayan cuisine. For adventure seekers and history buffs alike, this locale is the perfect spot!
Cabo San Lucas
Prized for its water sports and nightlife, Cabo is the perfect destination for couples who crave excitement above all else. This tourism hot spot boasts a majestic combination of desert and ocean scenery. Don’t forget to set aside time for a trip to Cabo’s famed landmark arch. Referred to as ‘El Arco’ by locals, this rocky outcrop marks the southernmost tip of the Baja California Peninsula. We recommend taking a romantic sunset cruise to see it yourselves!
If you demand a serene and secluded honeymoon experience, you’ll appreciate the peace and quiet of Isla Mujeres. This picturesque island is situated just over eight miles from the Yucatán Peninsula. Nearby coral reefs can be explored while snorkeling, scuba diving, or touring the area in glass bottom boats. And, since the island is so small and intimate, you can enjoy watching both the sunrise and sunset by walking just a few minutes to either side!
A bustling resort town on the west coast, Puerto Vallarta combines the beauty of Banderas Bay with awe-inspiring mountains to provide some of the most memorable scenery in all of Mexico. Locals and tourists alike find themselves drawn to the cobblestones of the Malecón, which provides endless shopping opportunities by day and an enticing nightlife once the sun sets. This LGBT-friendly town welcomes couples from all walks of life to enjoy an authentic experience.
Mexico’s Most Romantic Honeymoon Resorts
Once you’ve selected your dream destination, it’s time to take a closer look at top Mexico honeymoon resorts. Each location offers something unique, as exemplified by the examples we’ve highlighted below:
El Dorado Spa Resorts
This chain of adult-only resorts includes beachfront locations throughout Riviera Maya. It’s an excellent option for couples who prioritize exclusivity and sophistication — and for those who appreciate fine dining. Their Gourmet-Inclusive concept ensures you’ll receive top-notch service with extra romantic touches throughout your stay, as well as 5-star cuisine to satisfy even the most discerning foodie.
Favorite locations include the Palafitos Overwater Bungalows at El Dorado Maroma, and El Dorado Casitas Royale, where your private thatch-roofed casita awaits.
Secrets Resorts & Spas
A serene adults-only experience beckons newlyweds at Mexico’s many Secrets resorts. Whether you hope to stay on the east or west coast, you’ll never be far from a luxurious Secrets destination. Their Unlimited-Luxury ® all-inclusive concept offers you and your spouse the chance to bask in amenities such as pool and beach wait service, endless daytime activities and nightly entertainment, and much more.
Customer favorites include Secrets The Vine Cancun and Secrets Vallarta Bay, where you may be able to spot a whale in the distance right off your balcony.
The Excellence locations in Cancun and Riviera Maya easily live up to their name. These resorts should top your list if you insist on staying in a spacious suite with tasteful decor. When you’re not relaxing on your private rooftop, you’ll be immersed in the sun and sand on your resort’s lovely stretch of beach.
The best part? Your honeymoon package, which includes exclusive spa discounts and more, could be free if you stay in a qualifying room category!
Hyatt Zilara Resorts
While Hyatt operates both Ziva and Zilara locations in Mexico, the adults-only Zilara property in Cancun tends to be the preferred choice for newlyweds in search of sophistication. All suites overlook the ocean, with some offering the convenience of swim-up access. No matter your accommodations, you’ll love the endless drinks and live entertainment.
Your romance concierge will be available to book romantic activities from a couples massage to a candlelit dinner on the beach.
Mexico Honeymoon Packages to Consider
Several Mexico resorts offer affordable packages specifically designed for honeymooning couples. Depending on the resort, these packages may be complimentary if you book a certain number of nights or a certain type of suite. Keep in mind, however, that if you get married onsite, your wedding resort may offer a complimentary honeymoon package already!
While honeymoon packages in Mexico can vary considerably, many include:
- Spa discounts
- Breakfast in bed
- Romantic dinners on the beach
- Fresh floral arrangements
- Turndown service
- Late checkout
- Suite upgrades
Some honeymoon resorts offer different packages with varying levels of luxury. Complimentary packages, for example, may simply cover nightly turndown and a late checkout, while upscale packages may add special services or experiences to your trip.
Must-Do Activities for Couples Honeymooning in Mexico
There’s more to visiting Mexico than relaxing on the beach. As much as you’ll love soaking in the sun, you’ll also want to make the most of the country’s unique cultural and recreational opportunities.
Many non-motorized water sports are complimentary for guests at Mexico all-inclusive honeymoon resorts. Other offsite excursions are within easy reach. Newlywed favorites include:
- Sunset catamaran cruises
- Glass bottom boat tours
- ATVing or ziplining through the jungle
- Whale watching
- Visiting ancient Mayan ruins
- And much more!
Tips For Planning Your Mexico Honeymoon
A little effort early on can pay dividends as you enjoy the most luxurious and cost-effective honeymoon possible. Keep these suggestions in mind as you plan your tropical getaway:
Consider Your Budget (And Opportunities For Savings)
Prices can vary considerably not only between resorts, but also at the same resort depending on when and how long you stay. Several resorts in Mexico, for example, offer discounts to those who stay at least four or five nights.
Additional savings may be available if you book your honeymoon during the off-season. In an effort to attract more business during the months of September and October, many resorts in Mexico offer steep discounts or complimentary room upgrades. Keep in mind, however, that in booking during the off-season, you risk less-than-ideal weather.
A Certified Specialist should be able to find you the best location at the best price while taking into consideration all your preferences for the perfect honeymoon in Mexico.
Plan to Treat Yourself
With the money you save on accommodations, you can treat yourself to special experiences. Many couples choose to unwind with massages, hydrotherapy, and other spa services. Day trips to local sites can expose you to intriguing traditions. Resorts situated near shopping streets allow you to invest in stylish outfits or accessories. Make room in your budget for a few splurges — you’ll thank yourself later.
If your idea of the perfect honeymoon includes sunshine, sand, and exposure to a vibrant, welcoming culture, you’ll find plenty to love about your romantic escape to Mexico. As you plan your getaway, consider upping the ante for the entirety of your wedding experience; your all-inclusive resort could form the perfect backdrop to your wedding ceremony in paradise, too!