With Mexico’s close proximity to the U.S., it’s no surprise that it’s a highly sought-after vacation spot. But did you know that it also happens to be the #1 honeymoon and wedding destination selected by American couples? According to a Travel Trends Research Survey conducted by Travel Leaders Group, 27 percent choose Mexico for their post-nuptial getaway and 30 percent choose it as the perfect place to say their “I Do’s” in front of family and friends. Here are the top 10 reasons why.
1. Multiple Direct Flights and Airline Options
With the number of airlines that fly to Mexico, it’s super easy to travel to – whether you live on the East or the West coast or anywhere in between. Many airports offer direct flights and multiple flights per day to some of the most popular spots in Mexico, which provide you more flexibility in planning your big event. And if you’re having your wedding in Mexico, this ease of travel will make your guests extremely happy.
2. All-Inclusive Rates Make Sticking to Your Budget Easier
One of the reasons Mexico is so popular with couples is the variety of all-inclusive resorts – offering choices that fulfill a variety of budgets, property sizes and family-friendly requirements – the range of options seem endless. The best part is that with one flat rate for all expenses, there are no surprise bills to pay at the end of your trip. Plus, you will appreciate all of the extras included in a package such as food, alcoholic beverages, and non-motorized sports and activities.
3. A Worry-Free Wedding Experience
Plan your big celebration in Mexico for an unforgettable stress-free experience. And if you’re planning your wedding, a package usually includes the ceremony and prized extras for the happy couple such as spa services, flowers & decorations, an event coordinator, professional video & photography, and entertainment like a Mariachi trio. An experienced travel agent can help you choose the perfect resort based on your travel style and preferences, and he/she can also tap into local contacts who can carry out your plans flawlessly.
4. World-Class Beaches
With the white sand and turquoise ocean as the backdrop, your honeymoon or wedding photos will be amazing! Everyone looks beautiful with the golden glow of the setting sun. With over 6,000 miles of pristine coastline, there is a Mexican beach with your name on it.
5. Luxury Resorts Are Plentiful
If a luxury vacation is what you’re after, you can find a blissful resort to relax and recharge after the craziness of your wedding. The finest resorts offer quiet seclusion and personalized service such as a 24-hour butler service, where they are quick to note your preferences and assist you with restaurant reservations, tee times, spa services and more! Let the staff pamper you as you prepare for your impending nuptials or decompress from the big event back home.
6. Taste Authentic Mexican Cuisine
The vibrant, flavorful dishes of Mexico are worth the visit. From carnitas tamales and fresh fish tacos to the world's best tequila and killer margaritas, you can experience the cultural heritage of Mexico at every meal. Discover why Mexican food is on UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as you sample delicious traditional dishes such as enchiladas, empanadas, coconut horchata, pozole, carne asada, sopa azteca, menudo and flautas with guacamole.
7. History Comes Alive
The cultural jewels of the Yucatan are an archeological show-stopper. Your wedding guests will never forget their daytrip to the mystical Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Spend an afternoon exploring Tulum’s preserved ancient site purportedly built near the Caribbean Sea as early as 550 BC. Mexico is a country thriving with unique culture and historic wonders. Take a tour of the agave fields in Jalisco to learn how to tequila is made. Visit the Teotihuacan pyramids outside of Mexico City, or explore the centuries-old artisans in Guadalajara to see how the finest handmade furniture and crafts are created. A Vacation travel expert can help customize your honeymoon and destination wedding to include these unique experiences to make your celebration unforgettable.
8. Vibrant Nightlife and Party Atmosphere
No matter if it’s just the two of you or the entire wedding crew, you can take your party to Mexico. It’s a blast! You’ll have plenty opportunities to be the life of the party and create memories of a lifetime! Among Americans, some cities in Mexico are known for their vibrant nightlife -- a perfect destination to celebrate this big life-changing event.
9. Create a True Adventure in Paradise
Amp up the adventure factor in your Mexican honeymoon. On the west coast, the warm waters of the Sea of Cortez are perfect for a snorkeling or scuba diving excursion – keep an eye out for sea turtles. A camel safari or an ATV ride through the desert are plentiful near Cabo San Lucas. And if you didn’t know it already, Mexico is a kayaker’s paradise, offering whitewater thrills and waterfalls in the Valles area. For those living life in the fast lane, book a speedboat tour in Cancun. Or take a secret swim in one of Quintana Roo’s cenotes – underground caverns filled with clear blue water. When you run out of energy, your beach cabana awaits.
10. Start Your New Chapter in an Undeniably Friendly Atmosphere
Begin your new chapter in life with good wishes and surrounded by friendly people with warm hearts and bright smiles. In Mexico, locals are genuinely friendly to tourists, and in most cases, happy to offer advice to make your stay better! It’s no surprise why cities in Mexico are getting special recognition for their “friendliness.” In fact, San Miguel de Allende, four hours northwest of Mexico City, was ranked #1 on Conde Nast’s list, “The 2017 Friendliest Cities in the World.” It’s a great reputation to have and another reason why Mexico is the ultimate honeymoon and wedding destination.
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