If you know you want to get married somewhere warm and tropical, you can’t go wrong with Mexico. You’ll get to experience is beautiful beaches, rich culture, and excellent food. Plus, the resorts there have top-notch amenities and nowadays you’ll find that many of them have experience with South Asian weddings. But what are your options when it comes to locations?
In this two-part series, we’ll learn about some of the popular places to get married starting with Cancun, Riviera Maya and Playa Del Carmen.
Cancun: Cancun is undoubtedly one of the most well-known cities in Mexico for vacation goers, honeymooners and everyone in between and has more than 2 million visitors a year. It’s on the northeast coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. It’s right on the Caribbean Sea which means you’ll have beautiful views of the ocean for the celebrations you choose to have outdoors.
It has an entire area called “The Hotel Zone” where there are nearly 14 miles of resorts and hotels so there are many options. However, not all of them are well-versed in South Asian weddings so having help in finding the right one for you will be crucial. The temperature is typically around 80 degrees most of the year and breezes from the sea help keep the temperature from getting too warm.
Many couples who have weddings here choose to delve into the history and culture by visiting the nearby Mayan ruins.
You and your guests will enjoy some of the best golf courses with excellent views of the ocean and eco-parks with underground rivers and cavern tours. Cancun International Airport (CUN) is just six miles from most of the resorts so it will be easy for your guests to quickly enjoy all the amenities. Because of its location, you’ll find plenty of chances to do enjoy water sports such as windsurfing, parasailing, jet-skiing, water skiing and kayaking.
Cancun is famous for its nightlife and you’ll find impressive clubs, lounges and bars there. Visit The Interactive Aquarium of Cancun where you can swim with fish, play with dolphin in the water, touch star fish, sting rays, urchins and more. It’s a worthwhile visit that will entertain everyone regardless of their age.
Riviera Maya: Riviera Maya is a tourism and resort district has everything that makes Mexico such a magical place. The area includes several cities including Playa Del Carmen (mentioned below) and Tulum which is known for its archaeological sites.
And when you have a wedding there, you’ll know for sure that your guests will never be bored! You’ll see crystal turquoise waters and white-sand beaches of course. But look deeper and you’ll also discover that it has many beautiful cenotes which are underground chambers or caves that have permanent water. They are popular among visitors as places to get away, relax and have a swim.
You’ll also love seeing the rich archaeological sites in Tulum, Chichen Itza and Coba. And for the nature lovers, there are exceptional natural parks and eco-tourism packages that let you go ziplining, kayaking or just wandering through the beautiful jungles there.
Playa Del Carmen: While Cancun is known for adventure, and excitement, Playa Del Carmen has a slightly calmer vibe. It is located about 25 minutes north of Cancun’s airport. It was once a fishing village known as Xaman Há but has transformed over the years to now be known as a modern and diverse beach town with a variety of delicious regional foods to try and entertainment options.
You won’t want to miss a trip to 5th Avenue, for excellent shopping options for everything from clothing, perfumes, makeup and jewelry and quality high-end products. And when you get hungry during your shopping spree, you’ll see restaurants and bars that won’t leave you disappointed. There are also art galleries and boutiques selling hand-crafted goods.
Playa Del Carmen also has L’Aquarium, an aquarium that supports the reforestation of the reefs there and educates visitors on the different ecosystems in the region. And for museum lovers, there’s the famous Frida Kahlo Museum. If anyone in your party likes golf, they’ll want to try the Playa Mujeres Golf Club which is one of the top ones in the region.
Ready to plan out your wedding in Mexico or the Caribbean? We’ll help you find the right resort for you and bring together all the travel details for you and your guests. And we’ll even connect you with vendors that specialize in South Asian weddings so you can shorten your wedding to-do list.