Mexico Honeymoon: Where to Splurge vs. Save

Whether you’re planning to splurge or save, an ultimate tropical holiday is yours to have and to hold at Mexico’s dream beach retreats.

From rustic bungalows to luxurious resorts, from gourmet dining to street tacos, Mexico’s idyllic beach destinations have something for every type of honeymooner. Whatever your budget, plan for the soul-satisfying trip of a lifetime.

Riviera Maya

Best-known for its cerulean seas, white sand beaches, and sprawling resorts, Riviera Maya is also a gateway to Mexico’s ancient world.


Where to Stay: Set on 1,600 acres, the luxurious 130-suite Rosewood Mayakoba sits between a lush lagoon and a mile-long stretch of pristine Caribbean coast. The oversized suites are incredibly private, with gardens, outdoor showers and plunge pools, plus impeccable butler service. Room rates start at $515 a night.

rosewood mayakoba
Photo courtesy of Rosewood Mayakoba

What to Do: Take a guided tour of the pre-Hispanic cities of Cobá and Tulúm, or head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chichén Itzá, the Mayan city where architectural wonders include an 11th-century pyramid.

Where to Eat: Aldea Corazón’s menu is a bonanza of upscale Mexican dishes — from fresh ceviche to shrimp tacos in jicama tortillas. And this Playa del Carmen restaurant’s location in tropical gardens overlooking a cenote (water-filled cave) is as dramatic as it is romantic, and especially magical at night.


Where to Stay: On a quiet Playa del Carmen street, the adults-only Hotel La Semilla has just nine guestrooms, decorated in a Mexican heritage style with global touches, courtesy of vintage finds from the globetrotting owners. Room rates start at $150 a night.

hotel la semilla
Photo courtesy of Design Hotels

What to Do: Rent a car or take a minivan to the cenotes in Tulum. Less than an hour south, you can swim and snorkel in the breathtaking Cenote Dos Ojos for an entrance fee of just a few dollars.

Where to Eat: Fresh fish with mole over guava and banana sauce is on the menu at relaxed La Cueva del Chango in Playa del Carmen. Surrounded by lush foliage, the restaurant serves local produce and has a large and varied selection of Mexican wines.

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