Riviera Maya

Looking for classy, sophisticated and quietly romantic? The Riviera Maya seems to be the most popular Mexican destination for weddings and part of that is due to the incredible resorts choices. It is a little less flashy than the fast pace of Cancun but more famous for its large scale all inclusive resorts – the kind that have absolutely everything so most tend to stay right on the resort. There are some great day trips for those looking to do a little sightseeing or take an excursion.

Tulum offers the perfect blend of total relaxation and seclusion mixed with little interesting activities to experience. The Mayan ruins are undoubtedly one of the most spectacular settings of any city past or present and one of Tulum’s greatest attractions. ‘Tulum’ meaning “Wall” in Maya, is one of the very few ancients ever built and one of the best preserved coastal Maya sites.

We highly recommend a visit to the parks at Xel-Ha and Xcaret located north of Tulum. Xel-Ha is Mayan for ‘clear water’ and the park is a series of interconnected crystal clear-water lagoons and a natural habitat for many including angelfish, lobster, barracudas and parrotfish. After some swimming and snorkeling fun, relax in a comfy hammock shaded by coconut palms, then head off for a bite to eat at one of the park’s five restaurants. The park also provides lockers, showers and changing rooms.

‘Xcaret’ or “small inlet” also has Mayan ruins but the big feature here is the Xcaret Eco Theme Park. Sure there are the rides as in any other theme park, but add an awesome waterpark, underground river systems to explore, dolphin swimm and even a beach – makes for a great day trip.