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Best Riviera Maya Wedding Venues

If your mind is set on a Mexico destination wedding, you will not be disappointed. The most difficult part of planning your big day will be selecting a location from the countless idyllic sites.

Mexico’s Riviera Maya is an 80-mile stretch of Caribbean coastline between the resorts of Cancun in the north and the Mayan ruins of Tulum in the south. This Yucatan Peninsula boasts some of the best destination wedding venues in the world. Along the mainland, choose from venues in Cancun, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Venturas, Akumal and Tulum. Or maybe your ideal destination wedding is on an island. Then you have Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, Holbox and Passion Island to choose from.

Venues are as diverse as their locations. Choose from a white sand beach with swaying palm trees, a romantic boutique hotel, a historic hacienda, an eco-friendly setting, a mysterious jungle location or the luxury of an all-inclusive resort and spa.

Cancun has earned its reputation as a party hotspot with large, mega resorts. It is also known for some of Mexico’s premier beach tourist destinations and romantic and luxurious wedding venues along it’s 14-mile long island that houses the Hotel Zone. There are too many wedding venues to list here, but a few top locations include: Now Jade, Now Sapphire, Riu Palace, Le Blanc, Beach Palace, Moon Palace, Dreams Riviera Cancun, Secrets, Villa Del Palmar, Iberostar Grand Paraiso, Grand Sirenis and Al Cielo.

Isla Mujeres still maintains much of its small-town charm and laid-back attitude it did when it was a sleepy fishing village. Located a short 15 minute ferry ride from Cancun, this island is the perfect destination wedding location for a true Mexico experience. Although small in size, this island is diverse in geological character and is home to Playa Norte, the 10th best beach in the world, according to Trip Advisor. If you are considering Isla Mujeres for your destination, you have any options to choose from. You can rent a private home or villa, have your wedding on a secluded sandy beach at sunset, a luxury resort and at a small, boutique hotel. For the best wedding venues on Isla Mujeres, click here.

Puerto Morelos is a quaint fishing village and is one of the oldest communities on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. Located just 15 miles south of the Cancun Airport, this is an optimal spot for relaxation in a charming atmosphere. The areas is perfect for diving, snorkeling and windsurfing due to the massive Grand Mayan barrier reef. Puerto Morelos is also home to a few luxury all-inclusive resorts that can host your destination wedding.

Playa del Carmen is the chic and cosmopolitan heart of the Riviera Maya. Located 75 miles south of Cancun and 40 miles north of Tulum, it is ideal for just about every activity from lying on the beach to shopping, dining and dancing. A global mix of travelers visit Playa to soak up the international atmosphere. There are so many incredible venues to choose from in and around Playa del Carmen, but a few you must look at are The Royal, Maroma, Riu Palace, Le Reve, Viceroy, El Jaj, and Grand Coral Beach Club.

The island of Cozumel is a short ferry ride off the coast from Playa del Carmen. This island is a haven for scuba divers and snorkelers with numerous reefs to explore. A Cozumel wedding is for those looking for a relaxing experience and an island vibe.

Passion Island is a small, private island off Cozumel. If you are looking for a completely private and secluded destination wedding location, then you must consider Passion Island.

Akumal has two names, “The Place of the Turtles” and “The Place of Magic” and is primarily found by those in search of adventure. Akumal is a small community with sandy white beaches, swaying palums, sun, surf and a feeling of paradise. Three amazing bays call Akumal home – Half Moon Bay, greater Akumal Bay and Aventuras Akumal Bay – with equally incredible wedding venues to choose from.

Tulum is a sustainable community with pristine beaches and steep in Mayan history. In ancient times, Tulum served as a point of defense and a port for the thriving maritime commerce. Today, US News Travel calls Tulum the #1 beach in Mexico. The combination of thriving eco-tourism activities and the only major Mayan ruin found on Mexico’s Caribbean coastline makes Tulum a magical getaway and the ultimate destination for a bohemian style vacation and laid back destination wedding. Picture perfect, white sandy beaches and open-air palapa structures will greet your guests. If Tulum is your destination, then consider one of these incredible venues: Dreams Tulum, La Zebra, Akiin Beach Club, Cabanas La Luna, Ahau Tulum, Casa Violeta, Casa Maya Kaan, or Ana y Jose.

Away from the hustle and bustle and tourists of the mainland is the island of Holbox. Located to the northwest of Cancun, this island is just 26 miles long and is separated from the mainland coast of Mexico by a shallow lagoon that gives sanctuary to thousands of flamingos, pelicans and other exotic birds and creatures. Streets in Holbox are still made of sand and most people make their living fishing. If you are looking for a unique, laid back experience for your destination wedding, you most consider the unspoiled natural beauty of Holbox.