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Honeymoon in Mexico
Coast to coast, Mexico delights honeymoon couples and other lovers with its warm sun and water, excellent resorts, and colorful culture.
Whether you favor a beach vacation... would love to spend time touring art galleries and museums... have an interest in architecture... find the mix of Mayan, Aztec, and Spanish cultures fascinating... care to shop for handicrafts... or want to experience authentic Mexican music and cookery, you can do it all here at one of Mexico's incredible resorts.
Read on to discover the very best of Mexico. You can choose from big-city resorts as well as beachside hideaways. All of these resorts offer the experience of a lifetime. Extraordinary amenities -- ranging from private swimming pools to private terraces where you can dine a deux on any delicacy you crave -- are available at the most romantic resorts in Mexico.
Check out the country's most popular places for couples to revel and their best hotels and resorts in this diverse and sultry land of sun-drenched beaches, turquoise bays, tropical jungles, and cities both ancient and new.
Keep in mind that the high season is December through February. Those who visit Mexico resorts in October, November, April, or May enjoy lower rates and still avoid the June-through-September rainy season. So select a destination and find the pleasures that await you.
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Honeymoon in Cancun
Mexico's most popular vacation destination, Cancún enjoys 240 days of sunshine a year, more than almost any other Caribbean location. A little more than 25 years ago, it was carved out of jungle. Today many vacationers venture back in to explore the Mayan archeological ruins at Tulum, Chichen Itza, and Uxmal-Merida.
At sunrise and sunset, there's no more breath-takingly beautiful place to be than this slender barrier island surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, Laguna Nichupté, and Bahía de Mujeres.
A water enthusiast's paradise, Cancún entices honeymooners to try all kinds of aquatic sports. There are places to wind-surf, jet ski, scuba dive, sail, snorkel, and deep-sea fish off the powdery-soft coastline lined with sparkling luxury hotels. Xcaret waterpark, 40 miles south, features an underground river 1,700 feet long and the chance to swim with dolphins.
Where to Stay in Cancun
Private beach fronts, swimming pools, tennis courts, and gym facilities are offered by most. Amenities such as daily buffet breakfasts and in-room bar are standard. While Cancún's Hotel Zone can be crowded and touristy, the following top resorts provide oases of serenity:
Ritz-Carlton Cancun - One of the most luxurious resorts in Cancun, away from the wildness and deep into luxury, guarantees that all rooms and suites face the ocean. The hotel offers fun cooking classes for small groups at the on-site Culinary Center. Although families are welcome, the few children brought to the property tend to be well-behaved and quiet.
Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun Resort & Spa - is among Cancun’s largest hotels, with 602 rooms. Unlike many Cancun hotels, this is not an all-inclusive—and that will inspire you to experience the nightlife, dining and shopping options right at your doorstep in the Cancun Hotel Zone. Also, its beach is set apart from Cancun’s main strip of beach hotels by a large rocky outcropping, creating a secluded and sheltered spot to sun and swim. All accommodations are suites, and its 40,000 foot spa offers more than the typical massage-and-whirlpool experience..
Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun - Located about 35 minutes south of Cancun International Airport this is an all-inclusive, adults-only beach resort with multiple restaurants and bars. Tip: reserve one of the honeymoon suites (these book up months in advance, so as soon as you pick the date, secure the room). It comes with a canopy bed, an expansive balcony perfect for room-service breakfast, and a Jacuzzi tub big enough for two.
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Acapulco, located on the Pacific coast of Mexico, is set on one of the world's most beautiful bays.
When flying was still considered glamorous, Acapulco was one of the original "jet-set" destinations, drawing celebrities from around the world to Mexico to experience the hot spot's beaches, hotels, and nightlife.
A drive along the Costera Miguel Alemán offers both a spectacular view of the bay and a quick study of major Acapulco attractions. These include San Diego Fort, originally built to protect Acapulco from pirates; Papagayo Park; and Casa de la Cultura, which contains an art gallery, crafts exhibition area, and small archaeological museum.
Although Acapulco attracts tourists year-round, many of its beaches remain fairly secluded. These include Pie de la Cuesta and the Coyuca lagoon, whose hidden coves and tiny islands can be reached by a small motorboat.
Puerto Marques is another beautiful, less-crowded beach, sheltered by a small bay.
This pristine spot east of Playa Icacos boasts the most tranquil waters in the area, gorgeous sunsets, and charming restaurants.
Unlike those early jet-setters, we know that too much sun isn't necessarily a good thing. So slathered with SPF, head for the zócalo, Acapulco's bustling central square. At its crafts market and town market, which are open daily, vendors sell everything from produce to love potions.
But don't spend all your money there: The silver mining town of Taxco is a two-hour drive northeast of Acapulco. Collectors of silver jewelry and other objects crafted of the shiny metal tout Taxco as the place to find the country's best selection of silver at the lowest prices.
When the Sun Goes Down in Acapulco
The most famous athletes in Acapulco are the trained cliff divers at La Quebrada. They plunge 130 feet into a narrow cove that holds only 11 feet of water and is safe only when a wave has come in.
Acapulco lodgings range from inexpensive posadas to luxury hotels. Many consider Las Brisas resort the most romantic: It features private or semi-private swimming pools and casitas with fantastic views of Acapulco Bay or the Pacific Ocean.
Imagine having your own private swimming pool, right outside your bedroom door, at a mountaintop resort. This particular amenity, available to those who book Royal Beach Club casitas and Junior or Master Suites at this Acapulco hotel, has long appealed to couples who like their privacy. Located on a steep hilltop, Las Brisas supplies pink jeeps to help you get around the property.
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Honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta
Pretty Puerto Vallarta is the country's biggest city that still retains the charm of old Mexico. Cobblestone streets and white-stucco buildings bedecked with colorful flowersare part of the charm of the Zona Romantica in the old part of Puerto Vallarta.
Puerto Vallarta is located on Banderas Bay (Bay of Flags), which is the second largest bay on the American continent. From its marina boats of all sizes sail into Pacific Ocean waters. Malecón, Puerto Vallarta’s broad waterfront, features a boardwalk lined with restaurants, outdoor cafés, artwork, and places that scoop scrumptious ice cream.
This destination has 25 miles of golden beaches on the Mexican Pacific. The best ones for snorkeling and scuba diving are Quimixto, Punta Mita, and los Arcos.
Close to Puerto Vallarta you can steal away to peaceful coves or rent a car and travel steep mountain roads through miles of palm trees and jungle vegetation.
Where to Stay in Puerto Vallarta
Casa Velas Puerto Vallarta - This intimate, 80-room, adults-only all-inclusive gets high marks from everyone from TripAdvisor to Expedia to the couples who visit themselves. Two pools, a spa, an on-site golf course and two others nearby, are all part of the appeal of this place fifteen minutes from downtown. The only drawback: Accommodations are not beachfront. You'll need to catch the complimentary shuttle to travel to and from the sand, a three-minute drive.
Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita - Seven miles from Puerto Vallarta on a peninsula within a secure, gated community, the property includes a 1,500-acre nature reserve. Behind it are the jungle peaks of the Sierra Madre Mountains., this resort features 141 ocean-view guest rooms and suites. Most include private plunge pools. Honeymoon couples shouldn't be surprised to receive a romantic turn-down service with rose petals, chocolate fondue, candles, and a bottle of bubbly. The resort has a fine obsession with top-quality tequilas and Mexican wines and foodies will appreciate a namesake Richard Sandoval restaurant on the premises.
St. Regis Punta Mita - neighbor to the Four Seasons, this pampering place boasts a private beach club, with attendants bearing amenities such as cool sprays and smoothies as well as drink/food service. With several infinity pools and a clutch of dining options, a duo need not stray far for fun. Water lovers will also appreciate that all rooms come with sexy outdoor showers and indoor tubs flanked by candles. The hotel spa has two couples’ treatment rooms and a private Deluxe Spa Suite.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Honeymoon in Los Cabos
Great beaches, golfing, almost-guaranteed daily sunshine, and a laid-back atmosphere draw vacationers to Los Cabos at the tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula for honeymoons and other romantic pursuits.
Los Cabos consists of two towns, so depending on whether you venture to San José del Cabo or Cabo San Lucas, you'll encounter a vision of old-time Mexico... or a trendy destination jumping with high-rise hotels and night spots.
Where to Stay in Los Cabos
One&Only Palmilla - Celebrities (Gwyneth honeymooned here) love it and those on honeymoons call it heaven. Unique delights such as a "floating bed" on the beach, a loveseat on the lawn and an outdoor spa daybed make Palmilla a most memorable romantic destination.
Marquis Los Cabos - This artistically designed hotel’s slogan, “a resort for all senses,” reflects its appeal to couples rather than families. It’s a don’t-leave-the-property kind of place, with lovely rooms, alluring pools and patios, fine dining, and an excellent spa and gym.
Las Ventanas al Paraiso - "Windows on paradise" await couples at this luxurious Cabo Real resort. Extra-large rooms offer desirable amenities such as marble showers, tequila bars, and authentic adobe fireplaces. And a Director of Romance can make special dreams come true for couples on honeymoons.
Hotel Casa Natalia - Utterly romantic and secluded, Casa Natalia is set amongst a lush landscape in the heart of San Jose del Cabo's art district. Every guestroom is individually decorated ike a fine, contemporary Mexican home with local artwork. The deluxe honeymoon package includes five nights for the cost of four, a tasting dinner for two, a tequila testing, full breakfast daily, and other perks.