Mexico offers a wide variety of destination wedding and honeymoon offerings. To help you get ready for next wedding season, here's a list of popular wedding destinations in Mexico and what's available in each.
Perfect for dive enthusiasts, Cozumel's underwater attractions can add a touch of adventure to a destination wedding. Divers can explore a sunken plane in front of La Ceiba Hotel or explore Palancar, Colombia Wall, Santa Rosa Wall, Punta Tunich and Paradise. Advanced divers can visit Punta Sur, Barracurda and Maracaibo.
Chankanaab Park is a lagoon that was once occupied by Maya settlements. Visitors can swim with dolphins, observe sea lions and other wildlife and visit a mini museum.
El Malecon is Cozumel's seawall, and it is a popular spot for a romantic sunset stroll to cap the day.
Cancun is renowned for its beaches, which makes it an excellent spot for a beach wedding. Additionally, couples can tour archaeological sites such as El Rey, Chichen Itza, Tulum and Coba. The nightlife in the clubs and disco's of Cancun's hotel zone is world-famous, and several nearby casinos offer more entertainment opportunities.
Nicknamed "The Pearl of the West," Guadalajara offers the chance to experience Mexican culture and tradition for history buffs. Honeymooners can see Charreria, a local-style display of horsemanship, in local venues called "lienzos." The historic downtown section offers colonial plazas, museums, and the Instituto Cultural Cabanas, a former orphanage built by famous architect Manuel Tolsa and now a museum with the walls decorated my Mexican muralist Jose Clemente Orozco. Finally, Tequila - birthplace of the famous liquor- is an easy day trip destination. A train excursion service is available.
Mexico's Pacific side, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo offers weather similar to Acapulco but with fewer crowds. Bicycle riding is a popular activity, weather along the town's Seaside Promenade or along the five-mile circuit of the "ciclopista," which crosses through the Aztlan Park natural reserve. The area offers many spas for a wedding or couple's treatment, including Loma del Mar, Capella Ixtapa, Barcelo and Club Med. Top sunset spots: the Westin lobby bar; the seaside promenade in Zihuatanejo, the tiny bar at Puerto Mio hotel in Zihuatanejo.
One of Los Cabos' main attractions is its fishing and yachting. Couples can catch swordfish, dorado, wahoo and marlin on rentals which range from basic 28' to luxury 50-80' yachts. The destination's golf courses are also well-known. Popular options are Cabo del Sol, Querencia, El Dorado, Palmilla and Diamante Cabo San Lucas. For a day trip, try recommending Todos Santos, 46 miles north of Cabo San Lucas. A picturesque small town, it is widely believed to be the inspiration for the Eagles song "Hotel California."
For more information on planning a destination wedding in Mexico, visit www.visitmexico.com/en/weddings