A Cancun Honeymoon Guide for an All-Inclusive Getaway

All-inclusive resorts make honeymoon planning a breeze.
Cancun, Mexico
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Beth Ann Mayer
by Beth Ann Mayer
Updated Sep 16, 2021
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Beautiful white-sand beaches along the Caribbean and all-inclusive resorts with ocean views make Cancun a popular getaway option for newlyweds. Whether it's a minimoon or an extended honeymoon in Mexico, couples who prefer to sit back and enjoy a pre-planned schedule will enjoy the various honeymoon packages offered by local resorts.

If you're up for an adventure with a healthy dose of relaxation, Cancun is one of the best honeymoon destinations for both. Honeymooners will spend days getting couple's massages, relaxing in cabanas, and snorkeling. Evenings will involve romantic dinners at sunset, followed by a lively nightlife scene for newlyweds who want to get dressed up and dance under the stars.

Relatively speaking, the flight from the U.S. to Cancun, Mexico, is much shorter than New Zealand, for example. From New York, it's a four-hour, non-stop flight, while the trek is about five hours from San Francisco. Couples traveling from Dallas can expect to arrive in fewer than 3 hours.

The U.S. Department of State is currently recommending people avoid travel to Mexico because of COVID-19, though the country is open. It's also vital couples read up on their property's security measures as the area is subject to violence beyond the resorts. The U.S. Embassy requires a negative PCR test taken no more than three calendar days before their departure flight from Mexico. Here's what to do during your Cancun honeymoon.

Is Cancun Good for a Honeymoon?

Pros of a Cancun Honeymoon

Cancun is a honeymoon destination for couples who want a paradise-like locale with convenience. There, you'll find white sand, the Caribbean Sea, golf courses, water sports and historic sites like the Mayan ruins. The first-class concierge service at your resort can help you make the most of your stay.

Cons of a Cancun Honeymoon

Cancun's beauty and the ease of all-inclusive resorts attract people from around the world. The downside is it's touristy, and you're not going to get a truly authentic Mexican experience, particularly if you stay on the resort grounds the whole time. Couples who want to get to know the beauty of the country may want to pick a different spot. It can also get extra crowded and raucous during Spring Break, which may not be your thing.

The Best Times of Year to Go on a Cancun Honeymoon for Good Weather

Cancun is gorgeous year-round, but summers are often too hot for honeymooners to handle. The area is prone to storms during the fall's hurricane season, while summer is subject to sargassum seaweed season, where large mats of seaweed dry up on the shore. Aim to escape the winter chill in the US by heading to Cancun from December through April, when the weather is most comfortable.

Things to Do During a Cancun Honeymoon

Though you'll find plenty to do from check-in to departure at your Cancun resort, it's fun to take a day trip or two. Ditch the room service for a few hours and explore these destinations.

Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is a gorgeous coastal resort town located in Riviera Maya and a little more than an hour from Cancun's Hotel Zone. Though you're probably enjoying beautiful beaches at your resort, a change of location is nice. It's an ideal spot to go snorkeling or scuba diving. Coralina Daylight Club is famed for its live entertainment, outdoor pool and nightlife.

Tulum

Tulum is a must-see for history buffs. Couples can explore Mayan ruins while peering out at the pristine waters. Snorkeling, swimming with turtles and ziplining are also popular adventures in these parts. It's about two hours from Cancun, and many resorts may be able to arrange transportation. Ask your concierge.

Chichen Itza

Another favorite stop for history-loving honeymooners, Chichen Itza is home to Mayan ruins too. Its heyday was 600 to 1200 AD, but couples can explore the ancient city today. Catch a glimpse of the El Castillo or Temple of Kukulcan, a towering pyramid. You can swim in the crystal-clear cenote waters and sip Mexican tequila.

Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres is a breathtaking Mexican island situated on the Caribbean Sea. It's about an hour from Cancun, and people come for its under-the-sea adventures. See beautiful coral reefs as you snorkel or scuba dive in the Caribbean. The northern Playa Norte is a popular beach.

Best Hotels and Resorts in Cancun for a Honeymoon

Secrets the Vine Cancun

Secrets the Vine Cancun is ideal for couples who don't want to share a beach with little ones. The resort is adults-only and combines the natural beauty of the Caribbean with modern luxury. Friendly staffers will bring you a fruity cocktail while you recline on the beach. Plus, couples will find gourmet dining and top-shelf spirits. Rooms come with private balconies, and the resort boasts two infinity pools.

Marriott Cancun Resort

Impeccable service from check-in and on draws travelers from all over the world to the Marriott Cancun Resort. Couples can roll out of their comfy featherbeds and take in the gorgeous Atlantic Ocean views from behind their floor-to-ceiling windows. Spa treatments are also available on-site. This resort is close to downtown Cancun and fun nightlife options like Coco Bongo.

Paradisus Cancun

True to its name, Paradisus Cancun is like a tropical paradise. The white-sand beaches and palm trees will immediately put honeymooners in a relaxed state of mind. The on-site spa is an ideal spot for a couple's massage. Guests can snorkel or scuba dive too. Beyond the beach, Paradisus Cancun's unique architecture is a nod to the country's history. The five glass-roofed buildings are shaped like pyramids, paying homage to Mexico's Mayan roots.

The Grand at Moon Palace

This all-inclusive resort is ideal for couples who want beautiful views, chic accommodations and a little adventure. The Grand at Moon Palace Nizuc has top-notch dining choices, glimmering pools and water sports. Sunrise is known for its lively nightlife scene. Or, you could book a suite with a view of a 27-hole golf course, which comes complete with a personal golf cart. Regardless of where you stay, room service is available all day, every day.

Excellence Playa Mujeres

Every suite comes with an oversized jacuzzi, rainforest shower and private balcony or terrace at Excellence Playa Mujeres. The staff is also known for being friendly and accommodating. But you'll want to get out of bed and take in the views often at this spot—they're gorgeous and serene. Activities to consider for your itinerary include kayaking, cooking lessons, beach soccer and, of course, plenty of relaxation.

Hyatt Zilara

This beachfront resort in the heart of Hotel Zone ensures your honeymoon will be an adults-only affair. The luxurious rooms feature plush beds, hammocks and well-stocked minibars. During your stay at Hyatt Zilara, you can also wine and dine at seven restaurants and two beach bars.

Live Aqua Beach Resort

Liva Aqua Beach Resort is a six-minute stroll from the Underwater Museum of Art and boasts plenty of luxury on-site as well. Located along the Caribbean, the private balconies give way to ocean views. A stay at the all-inclusive resort comes complete with meals and drinks at its seven on-site restaurants.

Fiesta Americana Condesa

Situated on a white-sand beach, Fiesta Americana Condesa is an ideal spot for honeymooners who want their first vacation to be to heaven on earth. Palm trees surround the swimming pools, and the restaurants offer something for every tastebud, from sushi to pizza. Experiences include museum trips, couple's massages and romantic dinners by candlelight.

What to Pack for a Cancun Honeymoon

Beachwear is always en vogue in Cancun. You'll want a couple of bathing suits, a beach towel or two, a cute cover-up and plenty of SPF. When you're not lounging on the beach, you'll want outfits for casual days and fancier nights. We suggest sundresses, flip-flops or comfortable sandals, shorts and light-weight shirts for days. Little black dresses, heels, nice slacks and polo shirts will have you feeling cute and confident during romantic dinners.

If you plan to leave the resort to walk through historical sites like those in Chichen Itza, you'll want to pack comfortable shoes and clothes.

Best Cancun All-Inclusive Honeymoon Packages

You just planned the biggest party of your life. You may not have the time to add mapping out a memorable vacation to your list. One major perk of taking a Cancun honeymoon is that you don't have to. Services, like Costco Travel and Expedia, can help you find all-inclusive honeymoon resorts and honeymoon packages to fit the experience you crave.

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