Located on the southern tip of Mexico's Riviera Maya, Tulum weddings and honeymoons combine stunning beaches, ancient civilizations, fascinating eco-parks, and natural Mexican Caribbean treasures. From the biological to the archaeological, there's so much tropical fun to discover here. Add in perfect weather and incredible scenery, and you have the perfect equation for wedded bliss!
Snorkel Tulum's reefs before a sun-soaked cocktail on the beach, indulge at posh all-inclusive resorts and decadent restaurants, be pampered at world-class spas offering indigenous scrubs and hot stone massages, and cool off in dazzling cave cenotes. Tulum is a tropical playland in an area with enough fun to last for a hundred dream honeymoons and beyond.
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- GETTING IN: Tulum is usually reached via Playa del Carmen, by bus, by van, or by car. There are ADO buses which have excellent amenities, as well as cheaper bus services, but a private transfer is the luxurious option honeymooners should strive for.
- GETTING AROUND: Taxis are good for getting around the city of Tulum, as well as all the fun in the surrounding area. Private vans and shuttles are an amenity at many local hotels. And, as usual, private car service is the most luxurious and private, but also the most expensive.
- WHEN TO GO: November through December are the best months to honeymoon in Tulum. January to around March has the biggest crowds, and June through October has more rain, so November through December is the sweet spot.
- WITNESS AN ANCIENT CIVILIZATION: Tulum's ancient villages from the Mayan civilization are a must-visit sight. Explore towering pyramids overlooking the Mayan jungle. Then discover temples, guard towers, and castles set above the Mexican Caribbean. They're one of the only ruins in the world that sit on a cliff overlooking the sea, and in addition to the intriguing history, the views are world-class.
- TAKE A COOKING CLASS: Learn traditional local cooking methods -- a skill you can take home to surprise your other half with home-cooked Mexican delicacies.
- SWIM LIKE A MAYAN: Swim beneath the ancient Mayan civilization at a beach right beneath the ancient castle of Tulum. You can hit up this fun little beach after exploring the archaeological ruins to your heart's content.
- DISCOVER DAZZLING CENOTES: Cenotes are natural sinkholes created where a cave ceiling has collapsed. These dazzling pools are fed underground through the world's largest underground river system, the Great Maya Aquifer, which runs throughout the Mexican Caribbean. D'znot, as they were known by the Mayas, were sacred places that Mayans believed they were connected with a underworld called Xibalbá, where their gods and spirits resided after death.
- SEE THE RIVIERA MAYA: The greater Riviera Maya is just a short ride away, and its wonders are endless. Hidden beaches, jungle treks, and thrilling eco-parks are all just waiting for honeymooners adventurous enough to discover them.
- ECO-PARKS GALORE: Speaking of the Riviera Maya's eco parks, there is a honeymoon handful here. Xcaret's group of parks is king: from ziplining across a turquoise lagoon at Xel-Ha to kayaking through glimmering cenotes at Xenotes park, couples can find plenty of action at Xcaret. That's only where the fun begins, however. For lots more to see and do, check out the incredible experiences at Emotions Native Park, Aktun Chen, Kantun Chi!
- Bride, Groom & Witnesses must arrive 3 business days prior to the wedding day (Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays do not count). Symbolic and non-legal ceremonies allow flexibility for arrival date.
- 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.
- The names, addresses, nationalities, ages, occupation, relationship, copy of a tourist card and a valid identification of the four witnesses. The Wedding Coordinator will fill out the legal form. The witnesses can be relatives, friends or anyone who has a valid passport.
- Blood test: $300 USD + taxes (per couple) fee for blood test must be taken in Mexico. To be considered valid, the test should not be taken more than 14 days prior to the ceremony. The blood will be tested for HIV, STD’s (sexually transmitted diseases) and blood type. The results will be ready in 24 hours together with a certificate of the blood test. Your Wedding Coordinator will make those arrangements for you, usually early morning the day after arrival.
- $500 USD + taxes for the city hall court fees and application process.
- 4 Witnesses with valid passport & tourist card. The names, addresses, nationalities, ages, occupation, relationship, copy of a tourist card and a valid passport of the 4 witnesses. Wedding Coordinator will send you the legal form. The witnesses can be relatives, friends or anyone with a valid passport. If you don´t provide witnesses we can provide them at $25 USD + taxes each.
- The Marriage Certificate is only valid in Mexico. To make the Marriage Certificate legal internationally, you need a Wedding Coordinator to send a copy of your License to the Validation Processing office. The fee will be $165 USD + taxes. The process will take 2-3 months. Once the document is apostilled, the resort will send all documentation to couple's home address. Documents will be in Spanish but can be translated for an additional $100 USD + taxes (shipping fee is included).