Must-Do Experiences to Include in Your Honeymoon Itinerary
How Newlyweds Can Create Once-in-a-Lifetime Memories in Mexico
by Kwin Mosby
Planning your honeymoon with a travel agent is a stress-free process. Why? Because a travel agent can help you make the most of your time in your desired destination, while you dream of sipping cocktails and kicking back on a beach with your new spouse. Rely on a travel agent’s expertise to help you customize your post-nuptial getaway with unique experiences. And if you’re considering Mexico – here are six romantic experiences our travel experts recommend.
Romantic Sunset Sail
From the shores of Cabo San Lucas to the playful waters of Cancun, Mexico is a prime destination for private sunset cruises along its scenic coastline. Whether by yacht or catamaran, sit back, relax and share a kiss as you watch the sun dip below the horizon while gliding across the smooth blue waters. And while you’re in Cabo, don’t miss planning a romantic voyage to marvel at the fascinating rock formations, such as El Arco, near Lover’s Beach.
There may be no better way to explore Mexico’s diverse terrain than by horseback. Ride along the spectacular beaches of Cancun, where you can start your journey in desert terrain and end your trek on the coastline while watching a colorful sunset. If you're in Cabo San Lucas, head up into the mountains for a bird’s eye view of the landscape below. We recommend Cuadra San Francisco Equestrian Center on the Baja Peninsula, which has a variety of trails and offers lessons so you can brush up on your riding skills. And if you're visiting Playa del Carmen, newlyweds can take a quick 20-minute drive outside of the beach town to go horseback riding along the white sand on Maroma Beach. It's a honeymoon memory you both will remember for years!
Secret Swim in a Cenote
Swimming at one of Mexico’s pristine beaches is always a must-do, but newlyweds looking for a truly unique experience should take a dip in a cenote or natural swimming hole. Mayans settled around these “sacred wells” and believed that they were a portal to speak with gods. Not only do they have spiritual connotations, but also cenotes are known to have therapeutic qualities. Open-air cenotes are home to vitamin and mineral-rich algae that nourish and protect your skin. It’s a natural spa for couples looking for a place to cool off and rejuvenate after their nuptials. A few secluded cenotes to add to your honeymoon itinerary include Cenote Yokdozonot (20-minute drive from Chichén Itza), Cenote Dos Ojos (near Tulum), Cenote Azul (near Tulum and Play del Carmen), and Cenote Samulá (in Dzitnup). It’s usually 100 pesos ($8 USD) for the entrance fee, but it’s a small pittance for a unique excursion to melt the post-wedding day stress away.
Couple’s Spa Treatment
Nothing sounds better than getting a couple’s massage after dealing with the stress of planning a wedding. Most luxury resorts in Mexico provide excellent spa services that allow newlyweds to decompress and rejuvenate. After releasing toxins through a temazcal ritual, a masseuse can take you to the beach to meditate under the glow of the moon for a unique treatment. Massages and treatments may vary from spa to spa, but there always seems to be a few Mayan-inspired services on the menu. Enjoy true serenity in the spa’s extensive facilities, which typically include hot and cold plunge pools, relaxation pools, a whirlpool, sauna, steam room and a sun deck.
Private Ocean-Front Dining Experience
Share an unforgettable evening dining under the stars just steps from the ocean. Many beachfront resorts can arrange a fine dining candlelit experience on the beach under a canopy to give newlyweds privacy. Enjoy traditional Mexican cuisine in an open-aired, terraced restaurant along the bluffs that overlook the Sea of Cortez.
Explore an Offshore Island
Plan a romantic getaway to one of Mexico’s beautiful offshore islands. We suggest visiting the Marieta Islands off the coast of Puerto Vallarta and Isla Holbox, just north of the Yucatán Peninsula in Quintana Roo. In addition to snorkeling, hiking and birdwatching, your honeymoon itinerary may also call for swinging in hammocks or exploring coves and hidden beaches along the coastline. These are just a few reasons why you should consider a small-island excursion for a one-of-a-kind experience you’ll talk about for years to come.
Get the Local Artisan Experience
Find a local craftsman or artisan to create a special memento of your honeymoon. Every destination in Mexico has local artists who can create unique gifts such as a hand-painted portrait, custom silver jewelry or pottery. From artsy glassware blown at the Glass Factory in Cabo San Lucas to Talavera pottery with traditional Aztec designs in Puebla - you and your new spouse will have something to take home to remember the start of your lives together and your amazing days spent in Mexico.
Intimate Picnic on a Secluded Beach
Pack a bottle of champagne and some local decadent items to share with one of Mexico’s finest secluded beaches as your backdrop. A few serene spots include Playa Zipolite (between Huatulco and Puerto Escondido), Playa del Norte (Isla Mujeres), Playa Los Cerritos (outside of Todos Santos) and the beaches of the Cabo Pulmo National Park – approximately 60 miles from Cabo San Lucas. Ask your hotel concierge to recommend the best local delicacies to include in your picnic basket.
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