5 Off The Beaten Path Wedding Spots In Mexico

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Mex­i­co is full of sur­pris­es. There’s the food (imag­ine hav­ing bur­ri­tos on your wed­ding night), the rel­a­tive afford­abil­i­ty (¡olé!), the sun, sea and rump-shak­ing after-hours par­ties (dou­ble olé), and the very real chance of hav­ing one of the most off-the-hook bach­e­lor par­ties ever. Bet­ter yet, because it’s a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding, the invite list can be cut in half, the drink bud­get can be dou­bled, and the hon­ey­moon… well, that’s includ­ed. Sure, there’s Can­cún, Puer­to Val­lar­ta, and Baja, but these off-the-chart loca­tions are well worth the look.

PUERTO ESCONDIDO

Way south on the Pacif­ic Coast, the vil­lage of Puer­to Escon­di­do is one of the coolest places you’ll ever vis­it in your life­time. There’s awe­some surf, plen­ty of laid-back vaca­tion rentals and bou­tique resorts and some of the best food the entire coast has to offer. Puer­to Escon­di­do was devel­oped pri­mar­i­ly by Ital­ians, so you have a great mix of Ital­ian and con­ti­nen­tal food offer­ings, plus local glances into Oax­a­can cooking—that’s right, you get to try chile-crust­ed cha­pu­lines (grasshop­pers) and drink the worm at the bot­tom of a bot­tle of fiery mescal.

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS

Most of our off­beat rec­om­men­da­tions sit on the coast. But we brought this Chi­a­pas charmer into the fold because it’s just total­ly badass. The pre­served colo­nial town is as roman­tic as you can get with cob­ble­stone streets, tow­er­ing church­es, and a unique indige­nous cul­tur­al imprint not seen in oth­er parts of Mex­i­co. The food is amaz­ing, the hotels are cheap and you have a won­der­world of water­falls, rain­for­est and off­beat indige­nous vil­lages at your doorstep. Your styled look for most of Mex­i­co should trend toward casu­al chic.

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TULUM

A few hours south of Can­cún, Tulum has every­thing a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding requires. The bou­tique hotels and vaca­tion rentals are small enough to accom­mo­date a par­ty of 20 or 30, there are close­by Mayan ruins for your wed­ding shot. Plus, the water here is as heav­en-blue deli­cious as you could ever want. Not far enough? Cruise even fur­ther south to Mahahual and Lagu­na Bacalar for remote locales on the bor­der of par­adise. We rec­om­mend this part of Mex­i­co for scu­ba and snor­kel­ing enthu­si­asts.

SAYULITA

As big Mex­i­co resort towns go, Puer­to Val­lar­ta is pret­ty sweet. The old town is charm­ing, the beach is glo­ri­ous, and gen­er­al­ly speak­ing, the hotels are a lit­tle cheap­er than in oth­er parts of the coun­try. It’s also a great spot for gay wed­dings. This said, go just 20 min­utes north of here to the lit­tle vil­lage of Sayuli­ta for a hid­den-away beach wed­ding par excel­lence. Sayuli­ta is main­ly known as a surfer spot, but beyond the fish taco stands and bro­hemes, there’s a num­ber of high-qual­i­ty bou­tiques and plen­ty of oppor­tu­ni­ties to cus­tomize your wed­ding.

ZIPOLITE

Ras­tas, gurus and the rare-but-ever-beau­ti­ful ras­ta-guru-in-a-tutu are the main­stays of this throw­back hip­pie vil­lage. The beach here is gor­geous. Peo­ple still run around naked (like Lord of the Flies but with­out the Conch) and there’s good surf. Lodg­ing could be a chal­lenge (as could naked ras­ta-gurus pho­to-bomb­ing your wed­ding pic), but if you want an Age of Aquar­ius wed­ding with tacos and tequi­la, this may just be your spot.

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