Want a unique honeymoon that's closer than most beach destinations? Try Mexico! South of the border, you will find all sorts of things to see and do, from strolling gorgeous beaches to dancing until dawn at local hot spots. We've found 5 Mexican destinations for you to consider for your romantic honeymoon!
Next, for couples looking to escape the throng of tourists, head to Playa Quieta. There you can enjoy the sounds of the ocean and an intimate picnic, without having to deal with a lot of vendors.
In Zihuatanejo Bay you'll find some respite from the larger waves and winds you'll encounter directly on the coast. The bay is dotted with fun beaches and plenty of restaurants and shops when you want a break from the sun!
Cabo San Lucas
No trip would be complete without a visit to the Arch of Cabo San Lucas (pictured above), a rock formation located at the tip of the Baja Peninsula. You can take a boat tour, or just a water taxi to the arch for a really reasonable fare. Plus, all sorts of sea life can tend to gather here – so you just might meet a sea lion or two!
Once you've explored Cabo San Lucas for a couple of days, venture out to San Jose del Cabo for a sophisticated mix of upscale shopping and trendy restaurants.
The one thing you absolutely cannot miss is a visit to Chichen Itza. Located in the center of the Yucatan Peninsula, it's about a two hour drive. And totally worth it. This pre-Columbian Mayan civilization features many structures from the 9th-12th centuries, including the most famous, El Castillo.
For another completely unique experience go to the Cancun Underwater Museum. You will need to be scuba certified (so make sure to do that before you leave) to visit the hundreds of stone statues collected here, 28 feet below the surface. You can also do a snorkeling tour, but you won't get to explore the statues in the same detail.
Expect lots of tourists, but also plenty of restaurants, shopping, and activities to make navigating the crowds worth the trouble. Art lovers will also appreciate the many statues and sculptures present on the promenade. During the day, it's a relaxing, family-friendly atmosphere. At night, the area transforms into more of an adults-only playground of bars and nightlife.
Also in Puerto Vallarta is the Zona Romantica, (also known as Old Town Vallarta, the Historic District, and the South Side). This neighborhood is full of cobblestone streets and beautiful buildings. You can get lost for the day in its tiny shops and sweet cafes. Last, make sure to stop by The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe. One of the most notable structures in Puerto Vallarta, this church was built in the early 20th century.
We could go on and on about the amazing collection of beaches and incredible views, but we also wanted to point out a couple of activities beyond the sand that shouldn't be skipped.
First, the Mayan Ruins of Tulum is one of the most well-preserved and dynamic Mayan archaeological sites on the coastline. If you are staying on Riviera Maya, and you don't want to undertake the drive to Chichen Itza (although, there is certainly plenty to see at both,) go to Tulum instead. Another great adventure in Riviera Maya is going a tour that allows you to experience sea caves, zip lining over the canopy, and other amazing natural wonders.Original article