When it comes to honeymoon destinations, the Riviera Maya has it all: fun, adventure and romance.
Stretching along Mexico’s Gulf Coast, the Riviera Maya runs from Playa del Carmen to Tulum. It’s fun in the sun year round, and is packed with things to do for all kinds of honeymooners.
WHERE TO STAY:
When looking for the perfect place to honeymoon in Riviera Maya, Puerto Aventuras, Mexico boasts upscale condominium rentals and upscale resorts, much of which surround this town’s romantic marina area. Some of the vacation rentals are nestled in the marina, yet still have beach access (with great snorkeling), as well as swimming pools.
WHERE TO EAT:
The marina at Puerto Aventuras hosts multiple restaurants that have fantastic food of all sorts, but I highly recommend The Pub. While the name may scream “British,” this restaurant serves some of the best Mexican food in the marina. Quite frankly, their ceviche is out of this world. It’s one of those meals that has people coming back for more.
Plus, honeymooners who go on fishing excursions are able to have the chefs at this restaurant prepare their personal catch. Here patrons are able to enjoy El Dorado (or whatever their catch was) served three ways, and each are just as fantastic as the other.
For some spectacular fresh fish, prepared amazingly well, be sure to enjoy the Mahi Mahi at Dos Chiles. Their authentic Mexican food is excellent too, like their incredible Shrimp Fajitas. What pairs well with their food is their beautiful al fresco dining overlooking the marina.
After dinner, honeymooners may enjoy an evening stroll with some velvety gelato from Jessie’s Gelato, through the marina, and may even get a glimpse or two of late night swimming dolphins and sea lions. (When visiting Jessie’s, be sure to meet Martin, the owner, and ask for the secret flavor, “Whoops.” He only makes that by special request!)
WHAT TO DO:
For honeymooners who are into adventure, there are countless places to explore:
A quick 20 minute drive south to Tulum will have honeymooners exploring the ancient Mayan ruins and discovering that the Mayans were geniuses in establishing “beachfront property.” The views are astounding, and visitors should bring their bathing suits if they dare to descend the cliffs and go for a dip in the turquoise waters below.
(For those who enjoy the ruins, make it a longer day and drive out to Coba. These inland ruins are a drastic contrast to the Tulum ruins, and just as impressive).
Dos Ojos Cenotes
Not far from the marina area of Puerto Aventuras is Dos Ojos Cenotes (Two Eyes Sinkholes-roughly translated). Here, adventurous honeymooners can explore the cenotes from underwater. Both snorkeling and diving options are available. This is a spectacular place to visit for first-time and repeat cenote explorers, alike.
(For those who love this excursion and want more, they can enjoy a mostly underwater/cave guided experience in Playa del Carmen at: Cenote Chaak Tun)
Playa del Carmen
A short drive north from Puerto Aventuras brings honeymooners to Playa del Carmen. For those looking for fun, but not so inclined for dark spooky places, hiking, climbing or water sports, here couples can enjoy a stroll along the beach, as well as along the “outdoor shopping mall” that is 5th Avenue. 5th Avenue has shops galore, restaurants and some rather good gelato shops. Visitors wanting a culinary thrill should go eat where the locals eat, Antojitos Sandra. (Located at the corner of 4 Calle Nte and 20 Avenida Nte-walking distance from 5th Avenue). We’re talking dive restaurant with amazing authentic Mexican food, and it won’t break the budget!
The Riviera Maya is a gorgeous honeymooners paradise with much to do for those couples who like to be on the go, and beautiful blue water-ebbed beaches for those who just want to relax and take in the scenery. It’s a place that has it all, for all who visit.