Rolling beaches, a festive atmosphere and as many margaritas as you can get your hands on?
What better way to unwind after months of wedding planning? If you want your honeymoon to be a party full of languid days and unforgettable nights, then set your sights on Mexico. Swim in turquoise waters or lounge on the white sandy beaches with a tropical drink in your hand. Snorkel through gorgeous reefs or take a sexy salsa class. Days tend to be very leisurely when vacationing south of the border and your most important decision the whole time will be whether you want salt or no salt. The possibilities are endless in Mexico where your next adventure is just around the corner.
When should you visit?
Visitors flock to Mexico all year round, sticking to the highlands in summer and the coasts in winter. November is probably the ideal time to visit, with the rains over, the land still fresh and the peak season not yet begun. There are also significant discounts in late spring, summer and fall, but Cancun summers are sweltering and the fall months are prone to bad storms. Late winter is the traditional tourist season, and from December to April the big resorts like Acapulco and Cancun are usually at their busiest. Even though the crowds are heavier, you’ll experience near-perfect weather and find some of the cheapest flight and room rates for a winter getaway at the beach. Just try to avoid traveling from mid-March to early April if you don’t want to mix and mingle with the spring breakers that are primed to descend upon the sandy shores.
There are 101 airports in Mexico so you should have no problem finding a good flight as close to
your destination as possible. The biggest are Juarez International Airport in Mexico City, the Cancun Airport and the Miguel Hidal Airport in Guadalajara. Over thirty airlines operate out of each so you have plenty of options. Depending on when and where you decide to go, there are a bevy of discounts and packages you can buy to make your arrival and departure as smooth as possible.
Where should you go?
There are a ton of all-inclusive resorts and honeymoon spots scattered all over Mexico. The obvious destination if you want to have a rip roaring good time is Cancun. Understandably, the beaches and nightlife here are the main draw for most Cancun vacationers. But the area also has some more relaxing activities like golfing at the Cancun Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok, or exploring the turtle farms of Isla Mujeres. If Mayan ruins are your thing, you can discover Chichén Itzá, a vast Mayan architectural sitem or take a day trip to nearby Tulum to see some of the most well preserved Mayan ruins in all of Mexico.
Another fun Mexican honeymoon destination is Puerto Vallarta, a scenic resort town known for its beaches, water sports and energetic nightlife scene. Its historic, cobblestoned center is home to the ornate church Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, or Our Lady of Guadalupe, and a wide range of restaurants and boutiques. El Malecón, a beachside promenade that runs parallel to Banderas Bay, is lined with contemporary sculptures, bars, lounges and nightclubs. Then, if you have more than a day to spare, plan on spending a few hours at the breathtaking Botanical Gardens of Vallarta to explore their assortment of wildflowers and insects during a romantic stroll, or head to the northern seaside town of Bucerías for an afternoon of fishing, swimming, art gallery-gazing and beachside dining.
If you’re still feeling in the party mood, finish your romantic honeymoon getaway in Cabo San Lucas. Once just a serene fishing village, the town has blossomed into one of Mexico’s most famous spots for sunbathing, beautiful scenery, snorkeling and, of course, parties. El Squid Roe is one of the clubs that defines the nightlife in Cabo. Waiters dance shirtless on tables and conga lines snake through the crowd as people boogie their little hearts out. The next morning, head on over to Lover’s Beach, one of Cabo’s most fabled spots, a strip of glorious white sand only accessible by boat. It’s incredibly remote and the perfect place to have a romantic picnic with the love of your life.
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