CANCUN, QUINTANA ROO - As micro-weddings, minimonies, and elopements continue to trend, the Mexican Caribbean and its dream destinations are among the best to celebrate love in a safe and unforgettable way, from cenotes and remote beaches to underwater settings.
In the past three years, the romance segment has grown at an accelerated pace in the region. The Mexican Caribbean hosted about 90,000 weddings per year and an average 50 guests per wedding before the current pandemic. Now as smaller ceremonies are on the rise, destinations like Bacalar, Cozumel, Puerto Morelos, Riviera Maya, and Tulum are great options for a tropical destination wedding.
“With the safety of locals and guests as the top priority, our destinations have evolved our natural settings to continue accommodating dream weddings, on a smaller scale,” said Dario Flota, director of the Quintana Roo Tourism Board. “The natural splendor of the Mexican Caribbean offers miles of outdoor space for couples seeking a tropical ceremony.”
Outdoor venues overlooking the sea or lagoons, boats and catamarans, cenotes, golf courses, natural parks, and secluded beaches host breathtaking, socially distanced views across the destinations. Punta Venado in Riviera Maya is an exclusive beachside venue in the middle of a protected area. For couples who prefer to honor a more spiritual commitment, Spirituality Riviera Maya provides tailored experiences like full moon weddings and traditional Mayan ceremonies.
Tulum, a bohemian and romantic destination by nature, is a laid-back haven ideal for an intimate ceremony in the middle of the jungle or by the sea. Open spaces such as Espacio Chechen thrive in the lush jungle, and boutique properties like Ahau Collection offer charming design and upscale amenities.
On the Cenotes Route of Puerto Morelos lies mystic caverns for adventurous couples who want anything but the ordinary. Sites like Aktun-Ha offer special packages for intimate groups; with a private cenote and a rustic cabin with floor-to-ceiling windows, couples can disconnect in the serenity of the jungle.
Bacalar has plentiful natural spaces and enviable locations, such as Bakhalar, which lies on the banks of the famed Lagoon of Seven Colors. The venue also offers a charming garden and a pier where a dinner for two can be arranged. The quiet, casual vibe of the destination is well-suited for newlyweds.
Saying “I do” 100 feet under the sea is possible in Cozumel, where Atlantis Submarines Cozumel can make this romantic dream come true in a surrounding of exotic species and fish and incredible coral.