Cancún is Mexico's premier tourist destination. Few places in the world offer honeymooners such exciting and accessible diversity. From ancient civilizations to modern resorts, Cancún has it all.
Romance and excitement are at your fingertips along the 14 mile-long stretch of sand that houses the Hotel Zone. Beautiful beaches — the kind that travel posters promise but seldom deliver — are right outside your door. The peninsula is bordered by the aquamarine waters and white sand beaches of the Mexican Caribbean on one side and the green waters of Nichupte Lagoon on the other.
Sophisticated comforts, up-to-the-minute hotels and a spectacular array of activities surround you. Pristine nature preserves and archaeological sites stand beside ultra-modern hotels and mega malls. Clear blue waters with high visibility invite divers and snorkelers to be awestruck by the colorful reefs and marine life. Ancient Mayan cultures are also on display. The archaelogical site of of El Rey lies near Playa Mujeres Golf Club. Famous ancient archaelogical sites such as Tulum and Cobá are located a few miles away, in the Riviera Maya. Then there's Muyil, a land of archaelogical wonders located in the Mexican Caribbean´s newest destination, Maya Ka´an.
You’ll love it all!
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- CURRENCY: The peso. U.S. dollars are accepted everywhere but change will likely be in pesos.
- ELECTRICITY: 110 volts, 60 cycles. Bring a power surge protector for your computer.
- AVERAGE YEAR ROUND TEMPERATURE: 80 degrees F.
- GETTING AROUND: Taxis are unmetered, charge by Zone, and are generally expensive. You can take a bus along the main avenue of the Hotel Zone for a few pesos.
- GETTING THERE: Flights are convenient from most major US airports.
- EMERGENCY NUMBERS: The most important emergency number, as in the US and Canada, is 911. For less critical situations, the Hotel Zone police can be reached at 998-885-0569. The Red Cross is at 998-884-1616.
- GET THE SCOOP: Use the Mexican Caribbean's newly-relaunched website to get the scoop on weather, activities, hotel ideas, and more!
HELPFUL HONEYMOON HINTS
- WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES: Hotels are especially large so you'll walk a lot. Also, they usually stand a good distance from the main road where bus stops are located.
- BRING SUNSCREEN & TOILETRIES: The sun is very strong and you can get a bad burn in a short time.
- DON'T LOSE YOUR TOURIST CARD: The remainder of the Tourist Card you receive upon arrival has to be turned in when you leave the country. Keep it with your Passport.
Cancun offers an outrageous array of honeymoon delights. You will never be able to fit them into one trip, so you’ll have to come back for your anniversaries! History, culture, ecological reserves, nature preserves, sports, shopping and dining are integral parts of a Cancun honeymoon. There is so much to choose from that you can plan each day to fit your mood. Don’t forget to take time to relax on the white sand beach!
- SNORKELING & SCUBA DIVING: Cancun and environs are world renowned for aquamarine waters and extensive coral reefs with extraordinary visibility. In some places, you can just don a mask and stand in the water to watch colorful tropical marine life swim by. If you want to see it all but don’t want to get wet, sign up for a submarine or a glass bottom boat ride.
- VISIT AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE: You’re in the heart of Mayaland where an ancient civilization flourished. Get out to see the magnificent pyramids at Tulum or Coba. Or, visit smaller El Rey archaeological site, with its entrance is near the Iberostar Cancun golf course. These sites make you feel as if the ancient Mayans left just minutes ago. Your Concierge can arrange it all.
- FLEA MARKET MANIA: Check out Flea market Coral Negro (hotel zone), Mercado 28, (downtown Cancun) and Downtown Plaza 28 (downtown Cancun). They're all fantastic flea markets where you can shop, haggle, and find incredible bargains on authentic goods.
- PARTY HARDY: Have a wild and crazy night at Coco Bongo or one of the other famous clubs or discos in Cancun’s party area. The action lasts till dawn and there will never be a dull moment. Disco dancing, elaborate shows, and lively music are just part of the action packed scene.
- GET AN OVERALL VIEW of Cancun and surroundings at the Torre Panoramica at the Embarcadero. Travel up the tower and get oriented as you overlook the Hotel Zone and the ocean from a revolving platform. The small Entry Fee is well worth it!
- HIT UP THE THEATER LIKE A VIP: For a unique experience, see a movie in at Plaza Las Americas or Marina Puerto Cancun VIP theatres.
- SEE NATURE AT ITS BEST: Cancun has many biospheres and nature preserves. Take a boat ride through canals to see the birds, flora and fauna of Punta Nizuc. Feed the sharks from an underwater cage at the Aquarium in Plaza La Isla.
- SHOP, SHOP, SHOP: Cancun is an amazing place to shop your heart out! Downtown open markets like Ki Huic and Mercado Ventiocho offer just about every Mexican souvenir under the sun. Here, bargaining for a lower price is part of the fun. For vast modern malls, check out Fashion Harbour at La Isla, Luxury Avenue Boutique Mall, Kukulcán Plaza, and Marina Puerto Cancun, the newest mall in Cancun. Downtown malls include Malecón Américas and Plaza Las Américas. If you forget something, chances are you’ll find it in one of the chic airport shops. To make things even better, it’s all duty free!
- LEARN TO COOK A MEAL TOGETHER: Cooking classes at the Ritz Carlton Hotel are open to all. You’ll learn cooking basics and how to prepare dinner for two together in a state-of-the art kitchen. You’ll learn plenty of cooking tips and the meals you prepare back home will remind you of your happy honeymoon.
- SEE XCARET: This is one of the most outrageous and unusual eco parks you’ll ever visit! An easy day trip away from Cancun, it offers a host of memorable things to do. Visit a fabulous folkloric museum, see flamingoes and tropical parrots in their natural habitat, and much more. This is truly an adventure, ripe for a full day of exploration!
- Bride, Groom & Witnesses should arrive early by 3-4 business days to fulfill all the wedding requirements
- Valid passports: Make sure passports are current and accurate. Brides who have been divorced need to use a passport with their maiden name, rather than any married names they held.
- Record the names, addresses, nationalities, ages, occupation, relationship, copy of a tourist card and a valid identification of all four witnesses. Your wedding planner or resort wedding coordinator can fill out the legal form. Your witnesses can be anyone who has a valid passport.
- Blood test: A blood test is required. It costs $300 USD plus taxes (per couple), and it must be taken in Mexico. Take the test within 10 to a maximum of 12 days prior to your ceremony, or it may not be considered valid. The purpose is to test for HIV, STD’s (sexually transmitted diseases) and blood type, . The results will be ready in 24 hours, along with a certificate of completion. Talk to your wedding planner or resort wedding coordinator to arrange the blood test for you as soon as possible after your arrival in Mexico.
- It costs around $500 USD + taxes for the city hall court fees and application process.
- Ensure that your four witnesses all have a valid passport & tourist card along with their names, addresses, nationalities, ages, occupation, and your relationship to them. Your wedding planner can give you all required forms.
- Your Marriage Certificate is only valid in Mexico. To ensure it will be recognized internationally, you need to send a copy to Mexico's Validation Processing office. The fee is $165 USD + taxes, and processing can take anywhere from 1-3 months. Once the document is apostilled, the resort will send all documentation to your home address. Documents will be in Spanish, and many resorts offer translation services for an additional fee.