Want a unique honeymoon that's closer than most beach destinations? Try Mexico! South of the border, you will find all sorts of things to see and do, from strolling gorgeous beaches to dancing until dawn at local hot spots. We've found 5 Mexican destinations for you to consider for your romantic honeymoon!
The resort town of Ixtapa is located less than 5 miles from Zihuatanejo in southwestern Mexico. If you are looking for luxurious resorts and plenty of surf and sand, Ixtapa is definitely for you! First, take a boat to Isla Ixtapa, there you will find some of the area's prettiest beaches, charming eateries, and opportunities to snorkel and jet ski. Next, for couples looking to escape the throng of tourists, head to Playa Quieta. There you can enjoy the sounds of the ocean and an intimate picnic, without having to deal with a lot of vendors. In Zihuantanejo Bay you'll find some respite from the larger waves and winds you'll encounter directly on the coast. The bay is dotted with fun beaches and plenty of restaurants and shops when you want a break from the sun!
Cabo San Lucas
This Mexico city is one of several known as a "party" destination. They definitely have a lively scene with great bars and clubs. Take advantage with a few late nights out. But that's not all Cabo San Lucas has to offer. No trip would be complete without a visit to the Arch of Cabo San Lucas (pictured above), a rock formation located at the tip of the Baja Peninsula. You can take a boat tour, or just a water taxi to the arch for a really reasonable fare. Plus, all sorts of sea life can tend to gather here--so you just might meet a sea lion or two! Once you've explored Cabo San Lucas for a couple of days, venture just out of town to San Jose del Cabo for a sophisticated mix of upscale shopping and trendy restaurants.
Don't listen to the naysayers who think Cancun is just for spring breakers. There is so much to do in this vibrant beach paradise for honeymooning couples. The one thing you absolutely cannot miss is a visit to Chichen Itza. Located in the center of the Yucatan Peninsula, it's about a two hour drive. And totally worth it. This pre-Columbian Mayan civilization features many structures from the 9th-12th centuries, including the most famous, El Castillo. For another completely unique experience go to the Cancun Underwater Museum. You will need to be scuba certified (so make sure to do that before you leave) to visit the hundreds of stone statues collected here, 28 feet below the surface. You can also do a snorkeling tour, but you won't get to explore the statues in the same detail.
You will not lack for things to do in the colorful resort town of Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific Coast. The El Malecon Boardwalk in Puerto Vallarta is a cheerful waterfront promenade, and one of the most famous boardwalks in Mexico. Expect lots of tourists, but also plenty of restaurants, shopping, and activities to make navigating the crowds worth the trouble. Art lovers will also appreciate the many statues and sculptures present on the promenade. During the day, it's a relaxing, family-friendly atmosphere. At night, the area transforms into more of an adults-only playground of bars and nightlife.
Also in Puerto Vallarta is the Zona Romantica, also known as Old Vallarta, the Historic District, and South Side). This neighborhood is full of cobblestone streets and beautiful buildings. You can get lost for the day in its tiny shops and sweet cafes. Last, make sure to stop by The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe (shown above). One of the most notable structures in Puerto Vallarta, this church was built in the early 20th century.
A region of coastline from Tulum to Playa Del Carmen on the Yucatan Peninsula, Riviera Maya is a beach lover's dream. You will find a seemingly endless number of waterfront and all-inclusive resorts here, from moderate to luxurious in scale. We could go on and on about the amazing collection of beaches and incredible views, but we also wanted to point out a couple of activities beyond the sand that shouldn't be skipped. First, the Mayan Ruins of Tulum (shown above) is one of the most well-preserved and dynamic Mayan archaeological sites on the coastline. If you are staying on Riviera Maya, and you don't want to undertake the drive to Chichen Itza (although, there is certainly plenty to see at both), go to Tulum instead. Another great adventure in Riviera Maya is going a tour that allows you to experience sea caves, ziplining over the canopy, and other amazing natural wonders.
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