If you’re dreaming of a destination wedding, you’re not alone. nearly a quarter of all couples who wed last year opted for a far-off location. Looking for some inspiration on the best destination weddings? Search no further. Since there are so many gorgeous locations around the world to hold your nuptials, we’ve rounded up our top best destination wedding locations below.
Los Cabos Villas Mexico
Fun in the surf and sun is what Los Cabos—which stretches from the town of Cabo San Lucas to the west over to San Jose del Cabo to the east—one of the best destination wedding spots in the world. In between the two is the Corridor, a 20-mile string of cozy hotels, championship golf courses, winding horse trails and white-sand beaches. Lively Cabo San Lucas draws plenty of celebrities, meaning there’s no shortage of uber-exclusive beach clubs and villas, plus plenty of fuss-free all-inclusives, so finding a venue and accommodations for your guests will be a breeze. You can also take a boat ride to a private beach or cove to say your vows (how’s that for special?). Looking for something a little different? Enter your beach ceremony by horse, or make the release of baby sea turtles part of your wedding program. Cabo San Lucas is also home to the region’s iconic giant rock arch at Land’s End, where the deep-blue waters of the Pacific and the Sea of Cortez meet for some spectacular waves (kind of like your relationship, no?).
When to Wed: You’ll want to schedule your wedding during the dry season, from late December through April, except on the Caribbean coast, where it rains throughout the year (the Pacific coast is drier). The temperature and humidity vary with altitude but are much higher along the coasts.
Cozumel Villas Mexico
Set just off the Yucatan Peninsula, this peaceful island in the Caribbean is framed by one of the largest coral reef systems in the world, surrounded by turquoise waters and home to wildlife-filled nature reserves, which spells P-A-R-A-D-I-S-E for outdoorsy couples looking for a quiet spot (read: away from the tourist crowds) to tie the knot. Expect lush grounds and pristine swaths of sand, plus a range of resorts (including many luxe all-inclusives) with impeccable service and on-site wedding planners and vendors to help you plan your perfect party. Nature-loving couples and their guests will love Cozumel’s Chankanaab National Park, where you can check out a lagoon, botanical gardens and a replica of a Mayan village, and find incredible snorkeling. When the more laid-back guests tire of sipping cocktails and sunning themselves on the beach, they can hit up the shops and restaurants of downtown San Miguel.
Riviera Maya Villas
This coastal stretch of the Yucatan Peninsula along the Mexican Caribbean mixes ancient Mayan ruins with palm-fringed beaches to give your wedding a real tropical feel. Farther north, seemingly carved out of the jungle, Cancun sits at the tip of the peninsula, twinkling with big resorts and a boisterous nightlife. Choose a property in Cancun’s hopping Hotel Zone, book an entire boutique hotel or go for a hacienda-style wedding in a Mayan village near one of the ancient archaeological sites. The ruins of the ancient Mayan empire in seaside Tulum provide a stunning backdrop. For a slower-paced setting, try Playa del Carmen, which displays an authentic rustic charm and is home to some gorgeous beaches. And there’s no shortage of natural settings here, either: Say “I do” in a lush, tropical garden, in a beautiful eco-park or among the cenotes, or freshwater pools, the Riviera Maya is famous for.
Anguilla Island Villas
Anguilla, just 16 miles long and three miles wide, is one of the most exclusive spots in the Caribbean, and it’s peppered with upscale resorts, four-star restaurants, unspoiled scenery and pristine white beaches (no cruise ships, high-rises or casinos allowed). You won’t get a direct flight from the States (you’ll have to take a boat from St. Martin), but we promise you and your guests will consider the destination well worth the extra travel time. As a bonus, native Anguillans are known for their hospitality, and the island is one of the region’s safest. It’s also known for its delicious food (some of the best in the Caribbean), so you can rest assured your guests will be well fed. Any Anguilla agenda should include swimming, snorkeling and savoring the chance to wear shoes as infrequently as possible (barefoot ceremony, much?), but guests who are less beach-focused will enjoy exploring the island’s archaeological and cultural sites.
Cayman Island Villas
Discerning couples who want more than a destination-wedding-in-a-box head to the Cayman Islands for the ultimate in hospitality and tropical romance. If you choose to marry at one of our luxury villas, we have the resources to cater to every couple’s personal style and guest-list size. Not to mention the backdrop is absolutely gorgeous (think: tranquil turquoise waters and sugary white-sand beaches dotted with palm and pine trees). All three islands are home to a wealth of wedding venues and pros, so there’s little need to bring your own pros. And your guests will have plenty of options for how to spend their downtime, including swimming, snorkeling and visiting historic George Town, where sparkling-jewelry retailers abound. Keep in mind: There’s no live/outdoor music allowed on the island on Sundays, which means if you’re saying “I do” beneath a tent on the beach or poolside on a Saturday, your band or DJ must wrap it up by midnight.
United Kingdom Castles
If the words “fairy tale” define your idea of a dream wedding, get thee and thine (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves!) to Ireland. Amid the mist, not only does your chariot await, but so do your rolling hills, oceanside cliffs, quaint seaside villages, lush gardens, grand castles and country manors. The combination of the symbolic traditions, the genuine hospitality of the Irish people and the natural beauty of this richly romantic country make it an amazingly memorable spot to say your “I dos.” And dramatic settings for your walk down the aisle abound, from breathtaking cliffs to Tudor-style churches and the hallowed splendor of a 15th-century castle. Meanwhile, the mix of culture, museums, pubs and golfing will keep guests busy between wedding events.
There’s a reason why locals commonly describe this Southeast Asian kingdom as sanuk, or “fun.” From the ornate palaces to the rich coral reefs and other wildlife—not to mention the tasty cuisine—guests will be thrilled to have an excuse to visit this exotic gem. For an exciting urban experience rivaling the pace of New York City, suggest that guests stop in Bangkok en route to your chosen wedding locale. The huge metropolis consists of kitschy souvenir shops, dance clubs, the must-see Grand Palace and the notorious red-light district. For nature lovers, northwestern Thailand is where it’s at, but the beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters and luxe resorts of destinations like Phuket (the largest and poshest island) and Koh Samui are why couples make the long trek to Thailand to get hitched.
Costa Careyes Mexico Villas
Costa Careyes is also exceptionally private. Paparazzi simply does not exist in this most magical part of the world. Likewise, the more permanent inhabitants of the resort are never to be found star struck. Everyone is equally someone and no one. In addition, the entire resort can be booked for one’s private use and celebration and for as great a span as you wish. Every Ocean Castle, Private Villa, Casita, Bungalow, restaurant and event space is completely at your disposal. A 300 person wedding is easily accommodated.
If you can dream it, Costa Careyes can create it. No cuisine is too exotic, nor wedding too grand. Any menu request will happily be met by our exceptionally talented culinary team. Music, live performances, entertainment of all kinds, fabulous floral arrangements, décor and/or the transformation of any event space can happily be arranged for you and your guests on your most special day.
Punta Mita Mexico Villas
It is sophisticated, elegant and private. Your senses open up to a different dimension, the infinite turquoise ocean, the white sanded secluded beaches, and the marvelous sunsets.
Amenities such as golf, spa and a personal butler, willing to make your wildest dreams a reality are signature to Punta Mita, the luxuriest Mexican destination.
It is located 45 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta airport, nestled between jungle hills and the white sanded beaches bathed by the Pacific Turquoise Ocean. The weather is very gentle year-round, being my favorite season mid-November through April.
If you are looking for the best service, not on a budget, this is your destination.
Puerto Vallarta Mexico Villas
Puerto Vallarta, on the Pacific coast, is one of Mexico’s top resort destinations.
In town, in the ocean, or in forest, there’s plenty to entertain visitors. Boardwalks in town are worth a stroll to see sculptors and artisans at work. On the water, active visitors enjoy snorkeling, diving and kayaking, and less active guests can to get on boats to spot whales and dolphins. Thrill seekers head to the jungle for zip lining and bungee jumping adventures.
With something for every travel style, it’s no surprise that this town on the Pacific coast of Mexico is also one of the country’s top destinations for weddings, honeymoons, and vow renewals. With a gorgeous ocean bay and mountain views, an outdoor ceremony is guaranteed stunning photos.
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