You might be eying Mexico as the perfect elopement destination and you would be TOTALLY on target. Mexico is basically the most romantic place to be and is cheap to travel there. Instead of spending your elopement budget on travel, you can spend more of it on experience and documentation. If you’re wondering where to elope in Mexico, we have our favorite spots and how to get there. You could go just the two of you or spend a tropical vacation with your closest family and friends for a micro wedding.
We were lucky enough to explore the charming little Mexico town of Sayulita. The sunshine, beaches, margaritas, and tacos al pastor were complete paradise. The cheapest way to get to Sayulita is through Puerto Vallarta International Airport.
Our cute little bungalow in Sayulita, Mi Casita, was the perfect little place to hole up for a few weeks. We were on the same block as amazing restaurants, bars, and cute little shops. We were also on the same block as our favorite restaurants, best tacos in the world, and even Oreo popsicles.
One of our favorite places just a short walk from Sayulita, was La Playa de Carricitos. The beach was mostly deserted and the rocky shore was one of the most beautiful in Sayulita. We would go there with our books, a picnic lunch and a beach blanket to soak in the sun. One of my favorite things about Mexico was the time to just relax and read. I read more books in 2.5 weeks than I usually do in a year!
Our favorite taco spot in town was Ivan’s Tacos – they had the BEST taco al pastor! Eating tacos in the states will never be the same.
If you’re looking for an all-inclusive resort to take care of all of your elopement plans, Cancun has loads of resorts to choose from.
Cancun is known as the “party town,” with high energy night life, drinks at the pool, and of course the white sand beaches. Cancun also sits on the second largest reef in the world. The Maya Reef attracts scuba divers from all over the world. The reef is home to over 65 species of coral.
elopement venues in Cancun
Banyan Tree Mayakoba is an elegant wedding venue with tall rock pilars in the main lobby and is just steps from the beach. Have your ceremony right on the beach, in a garden or on the rooftop terrace. You can swim in fresh water lagoons and snorkel on the coral reef.
You can find minimal white villas and pristine beaches at Belmond Maroma Resort and Spa. In the center of the venue is a large pool surrounded by palm trees. Reception spaces offer accommodations for a large group for a sophisticated event. Accommodations include minimalistic suites. You can snorkel, take an underwater photography class, yoga retreat or go to the spa for some much deserved relaxation.
The Diving Lodge Puerto Moreles Downtown integrates the natural settings with practicality, using local materials like old boats to turn them into dinner tables. Each property has it’s own charm and can host up to 13 people in one villa. The ocean is just a few steps away and conveniently located within walking distance of restaurants, bars and shops. Private yoga classes, massage and the beach bar will keep you relaxed.
El Dorado Maroma is a paradise unlike any other. Over the water villas are located in the ocean, where you could jump of the porch and into the ocean. The in-house catering offers authentic Mexican cuisine and American favorites. This adults-only escape gives an all-inclusive experience and was voted one of the top four resorts in the world. You can enjoy the spa, stand up paddle boarding, and the all-inclusive dining experience.
Downtown Cancun (which is situated away from the hotel zone) is where all of the great restaurants are! You’ll want to escape there for authentic Mexican couisine. La Parrilla, Los Pericos and Los Arcos are the best.
Peak season in Cancun is from December to April, so prices in airfare and hotel dramatically increase during these months. It is cheaper to travel to Cancun in summer or early autumn. Hurricanes are common in the summer months.
Be warned, you will likely be spending your elopement with many other tourists. You can find rooms that are less crowded, but with equally stunning beaches along the coast, just an hour or two south of Cancun.
Isla Mujeres is a little island located just 8 miles off the coast near Cancun. Isla Mujeres was once a small village, but now it has officially been discovered by tourists.
Isla Mujeres is a quieter place than Cancun and offers extraordinary scuba diving. The Maya Reef sits right beneath the island. The Underwater Sculpture Museum is a great activity for the family and you could even watch sea turtles.
Peak season is during the winter, so expect higher tourist crowds and better weather during the months of December-March. If you go during the off season (mid-May through September), you can see whale sharks.
Something that sets Isla Mujeres apart is the intricate cave system of Cenote Taak Bi Ha. You can snorkel in the caves in crystal blue water. The entry level for this cave is easy and a great place to explore for first time snorkelers.
To get to Isla Mujeres, you will need to take a boat from Cancun. Ferries leave from four different locations in Cancun: Puerto Jaurez, Playa Tortugas, Playa Caracol and El Embarcadero. Ferry Schedule Here.
Tulum is located about two hours away from Cancun. It is a popular tourist destination because it is a tropical paradise with a small ruin on the shore. To avoid the crowds, visit the ruins early in the morning for the sunrise. Tulum has some really great wedding venues that you can take advantage of for just the two of you or your closest family and friends. Tulum is a great place for a micro wedding.
elopement venues in Tulum
This minimal hideaway is perfect place for those couples looking for gorgeous swimming pools, fire pits, and space to accommodate a range of guest lists. Couples can rent out the villa for a large group (16 people) or hold their intimate wedding in a suite. The concierge services make this a high class place where you can get all you need for your elopement or intimate wedding.
Nest is a natural setting right on the ocean with gorgeous villas with sophisticated design. Nest pledges sustainable travel and pledges to protect the environment. You can reserve the entire property (12 rooms and 1 villa) for your event, creating a tranquil place for you and your guests.
Espacio Chechen is for couples who want a jungle vibe. This natural oasis features dense forest with peaceful pools spread throughout. The Mayan culture is seeped into this paradise. You can expect culinary favorites of the region and sustainable practices. The Mayan food restaurant nestled onsite and pool area (and soon a boutique hotel) offer an all-inclusive escape.
Papaya Playa Project embodies the spiritual side of relaxation. They’re traditional Mayan architecture blends with the jungle and sits right on the coast. They offer spiritual retreats with their long private beach. Music concerts are also a regular offering. Wedding experiences at Papaya Playa Project include the venue, food, and music. Couples can stay in oceanfront Casas while guests can stay in Mayan inspired villas.
Habitas Tulum embraces the minimal style that we come to love about Mexico. The three-story lobby includes a restaurant and rooftop for yoga or meditation. The accommodations for your guests vary with ocean views and jungle views, including 32 glamping tents and all with assistance from an in-house concierge. A large reception space allows for comfy floor seating, standing cocktail tables, and lots of space for dancing.
Be Tulum offers several types of accommodation ranging from suites of 550 sqft to several villas offering guests 1,400 sqft. Wedding guests will be comfortable knowing that Be Tulum stands on a commitment of sustainability. With unparalled design and pooled speckled throughout the property, this is an intimate wedding paradise.
Tulum has three zones: Downtown, Ruins and the Hotel Zone. Downtown has the least tourists and has restaurants to explore. Note that credit cards aren’t taken in some places, so take cash from the ATMs around.
You’ll land at the Cancun National Airport and take a bus, rental car or booking a transfer from the airport.
Mexico Marriage requirements
That you have a valid passport
Original plus copies of birth cirtificates, annotated and translated bu an authorized translater certified in Spanish
Death and divorce decrees, if applicable
discounts available for Mexico elopements
We are always looking for couples who are eloping in magical places! Right now we offer a HUGE discount on photography and videography for the right couple in the right location! Sooo…. Mexico anyone?!
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