Mexico is a favourite destination for Destination Wedding Couples and Honeymooners alike. When you think of Mexico you might envision miles of beachfront all inclusive resorts. Absolutely, Mexico definitely has more than their fair share of those. That being said, there is so much more that Mexico has to offer. Mexico is home to 32 UNESCO Heritage sites – it can satisfy even the most sophisticated traveller. Prefer more of an adrenaline rush? There are several different parks and excursions in Mexico to give you whatever you are looking for. Mexico accommodations range from budget to luxury and they have a seemingly limitless amount of choices (usually all inclusive, but not always).

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Each city/town is a different but those places along the coastlines are definitely the most popular (we want the beach!). Mexico is one of my favorite places in the entire world so I could go on and on and on about the magic of some of these places but for the sake of this website I will stick to a few of the most popular destination.

The Pacific (Vancouver) Side of Mexico

 

Puerto Vallarta visitors visit and rave about the more authentic feel to this side of Mexico. Puerto Vallarta is a friendly city, and has established itself as a favorite among the LGBT community for more than 60 years. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west so you will enjoy some of the best sunsets from the Pacific side of Mexico. You really feel like you are in Mexico when you are in Puerto Vallarta and it is wonderful.

Becoming more popular with Canadians as a “hidden gem” is Huatulco which is in the southern part of Mexico and is known for its endless hot days. It is not a party destination but if you are looking for relaxing days, you should really consider Huatulco. Another wonderful destination to watch the sunset in, you should really consider a sunset cruise while you are visiting.

 

 

Los Cabos sits on the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula (right below California). Los Cabos is great for guests who love hot weather but don’t want the humidity – it is desert hot, not tropical. There are two towns that make up the Los Cabos region – San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. San Jose del Cabo is best suited for those who want to relax and Cabo San Lucas has a downtown feel for those looking for a party. Los Cabos is home to the arch which is a must-see while you visit.

The Caribbean (Newfoundland) Side of Mexico

 

Cancun is probably the most popular destination. The miles and miles of beachfront hotels you imagine will definitely be found here. Cancun has it’s own “hotel zone” which is a peninsula that is shaped like a “7”. The beaches are gorgeous and the water is turquoise – very instagrammable if I do say so myself. It seems like you could walk along the beach forever on the white powder sand Cancun is known for.

 

Cancun is home to the white sand beaches and turquoise water you have been missing in your life.

 

The Riviera Maya isn’t a city, it consists of the towns and cities that are just south of Cancun. Cancun and the Riviera Maya even share the same airport. The Riviera Maya consists of smaller towns but a few of the towns are growing rapidly (like Playa del Carmen). There is no shortage of things to do in the Riviera Maya. It is home Adventure parks and Chichen Itza (one of the new 7 wonders of the world!). Additionally, the Riviera Maya houses the first Overwater Bungalows in Mexico. Tgrust me, they are absolutely breathtaking.

Finally, we have Cozumel which is a short half hour ferry ride from Playa Del Carmen. It is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world. Cozumel is a great destination for Scuba diving enthusiasts! Cozumel makes a great DIY your own adventure destination if you just want to explore. The Ferry is only $6USD each way if you head to the dock (in Playa del Carmen) yourself.

 

Why Mexico is a Great Destination Wedding Choice

 

Location: Sandos Playacar Beach Resort
Image Credit: Sandos Hotels & Resorts

 

Mexico offers great value for both you and your guests. It is one of the most affordable destinations in the Caribbean. Mexico has the shortest flights from Canadian cities (often direct). Unfortunately, It is a little bit more complicated to get legally married here. Most couples that I work with choose to have a symbolic ceremony in Mexico. After the wedding, you can take care of the legalities back home. If you do desire a legal ceremony in Mexico, it is definitely possible.

Usually Destination Weddings take place at the resort couples and their guests are staying at. I always recommend an all inclusive for Canadians because we really love our all inclusive resorts here. Especially if some of your guests aren’t as comfortable with travelling, an all inclusive provides a sense of security. They never have to leave the resort (unless they want to). The wedding packages tend to be more affordable at all inclusives as well since you only pay for the service and not the actual food.

 

Location: NOW Sapphire
Image Credit: AM Resorts

 

If budget is less of a factor and you want something WOW worthy, you may consider going to an off site venue. There are a few absolutely spectacular choices for you. In Los Cabos, Sunset Monalisa is a Mediterranean restaurant with views of the arch that will literally take your breath away. Alux Restaurant in the Riviera Maya is located in an unbelievably unique underground cavern. The sky’s the limit. Let me know what you are thinking and we can bounce some ideas off each other till we find your vision.

 

Thinking about a Destination Wedding in Mexico?

Your VERY FIRST step should be downloading my FREE 9 Step Guide for Canadians Planning Destination Weddings here .

 

Resources:

Certified in Love Mexico Specialist by IADWP
Magic of Mexico Specialist Certificate
Cancun Specialist Certificate
Los Cabos Specialist Certificate
Mexico Tourism Website

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