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For honeymooners who are looking to flee to Mexico straight after the ceremony, there are a wealth of options – both city centre and beachside – when it comes to picking that perfect post-wedding destination. Whether you like cultural immersion, pueblo exploration or lounging by the pool relaxation, here are our top picks for where to honeymoon in Mexico.
A classic honeymoon destination, Playa del Carmen offers the perfect combination of white sand beaches, proximity to uber-cool nature reserves and world famous nightlife. You can wander the famed Quinta Avenida, get off the tourist strip and wander the backstreets, or simply take a dip in the azure ocean. As if that weren’t enough, Playa is also filled to the brim with luxury hotels that are ideal for the recently married couple who want to indulge in some five-star treatment.
A little further up the coast is Cancún, a massively romantic tourist destination ideal for those of you who don’t fancy doing all that much on your relaxing week-long getaway. Instead, take advantage of your proximity to some of the world’s best beaches, with white sand and crystal-clear waters practically unrivaled throughout Mexico. If you did fancy a change of pace, stay in the center rather than on the beach, where you’ll be a stone’s throw from the area’s legendary nightlife.
UNESCO-listed San Miguel de Allende wasn’t named Mexico’s most beautiful town for nothing, yet the town’s undeniably quaint charm and beauty is only part of the appeal when it comes to honeymooners. Art fans will not fail to be blown away by the artsy heritage of San Miguel, and coffee lovers will find plenty of cafés to keep them energised for lazy days filled with strolling the cobbled streets, people watching in El Jardín and sampling the cuisine at the region’s traditional food markets. What’s not to love?
The honeymoon destination to the stars, Cabo San Lucas, on the very tip of the Baja Peninsula, has long been a celeb favorite with everyone from Jennifer Aniston to George Clooney holidaying there. So, if you fancy some celeb spotting mixed in with your romance and five-star treatment, there is really no better destination. Plus, what better place to go on your honeymoon than a destination with a world-class beach called Playa del Amor (Lover’s Beach). Just stay away from the bordering, uh, Playa del Divorcio (Divorce Beach).
Zipping to the other side of the Mexican coastline for a second, Puerto Vallarta would be perfect for couples who want the best of both worlds – this coastal favorite has beaches and jungles, quiet cocktail bars and killer clubs, some of the freshest seafood as well as stellar international cuisine. On top of all that, there are so many activities in the surrounding areas that you will truly never be stuck for things to do, whether you like street art, markets or even ziplining.
Cute Oaxaca City is the foodie destination for adventurous travelers who want to sample all the best parts of Mexican culture in one handy package. Easily among the most traditional areas of Mexico, in and around Oaxaca City you can get up close and personal with indigenous culture, typical handicrafts and some of the most delightful natural wonders in the country, like Hierve el Agua. Don’t forget to dig in to the indulgent cuisine to be found in Oaxaca, such as mole, tamales and tlayudas.
Despite kissing in public once being illegal in Guanajuato, this outstanding colonial town is a gem for honeymooning couples who aren’t bothered about the beach. Instead, you can stroll the winding, cobbled streets of Guanajuato and enjoy the unique architectural features that make this multi-colored town so appealing. The subterranean roads, the Pípila statue and the bustling central market are all unmissable highlights of this quaint Mexican honeymoon destination.
If you’d prefer to stay within stone’s throw of the Mexican capital, for ease of access, then popular Puebla is ideal. The capital city is the ideal base for adventurous honeymooners who like day trips, especially as the state of Puebla is filled with gorgeous pueblos mágicos that are more than worth exploring. Fill up on the traditional sweets of the region, be taken aback by the modernist masterpiece that is the Puebla’s International Barroque Museum and enjoy the tiled buildings in the historic center.
Finally, if you just want to escape it all, head to Yelapa, the tranquil seaside town tucked away in Jalisco state, right on the beach but enveloped by the jungle and entirely road-less. This quiet spot is known for having luxurious yet rustic retreats that are eco-friendly and jaw-dropping all at the same time, although the best is the super cool Verana. However, even if all that solitude becomes tiresome, you’re still just down the coast from buzzing Puerto Vallarta and its diverse nightlife.