Where to Elope in Riviera Maya, Mexico
I have just returned from Cancun, Cozumel and Tulum and I’m ready to share my favorite spots to help you decide where to elope in Riviera Maya. The Riviera Maya is an area within the Quintana Roo province of Mexico on the Caribbean coast just north of Belize. It’s home to the Mayan ruins of Tulum, endless jungle, tropical islands, action-packed adventure and miles of beautiful beaches. The access to amazing excursions, tours, and adventures is unmatched, so if you’re into adventure, you should definitely consider eloping in Riviera Maya.
When to Elope in Riviera Maya
When considering an elopement location, the When is very important. You want to be comfortable, right? So take my advice: elope here in the off-season! This area is very, very, very hot in the summer months. So unless you plan to marry at sunset and be out after dark.. try for a late fall or winter elopement here. November and December are perfect months to elope in the Riviera Maya. It’s hot enough to swim at those gorgeous beaches, but not as crowded with spring breakers as March and April.
I was fortunate enough to visit three of the islands around the north part of the coastline. Each one different and spectacular in unique ways. I hope you love white sand beaches and crystal clear water, because they all have that in common! An island elopement in the Riviera Maya would work well for you if you don’t need to invite guests. There aren’t many venues or natural areas that would accommodate even a group of 10. The advantage to that is that chartering a boat out to the island you desire and exploring everywhere you want to is more affordable when its just you two. Guys, there is a pirate ship you can charter. Enough said!
An Elopement on Cozumel
A short ferry ride takes you to the island of Cozumel. It’s got a quaint downtown and colorful streets printed with a bird motif. It’s more casual and laid back than the towns on the mainland. If you love beaches, consider an elopement on the sandy shores of Cozumel. The east coast on the gulf is less visited. Although it is just a short taxi ride across the interior. The beaches are beautiful, with palms, breeze, and rocky formations. The channel side of the island has plenty of vibrant opportunities for excursions, dining, and more well known beaches. Don’t miss the amazing lodging in the center of the island, where jungle villas with amazing jacuzzis await. There are even Mayan ruins if you know where to look! And take the Ultramar ferry to Cozumel instead of the Winjet ferry – it’s more stable on the water.
Eloping in Tulum
Tulum has long been a destination elopement spot and for good reason. The Mayan ruins by the seashore combines two gorgeous elements that are just breathtaking, and were built between the 13th and 15th centuries. There are cenotes (more on that later), the ruins of Coba, and my favorite elopement venue probably ever: Arcadia Events. This amazing spot is nestled in the jungle and gives you that feeling of being surrounded by ruins. One look at Arcadia’s instagram will have you drooling. While in Tulum, I snorkeled in a freshwater mangrove that had an American Crocodile in it.. I’ll let you know where *not* to go in Tulum too 🙂
Where to eat when you Elope
One of my favorite parts of my trip to the Riviera Maya was the amazing food! There are NO drive-thru’s, and it’s easy to find family owned restaurants. Even better, the street food is tasty, cheap, and packed with flavor. If you love spicy food, head to the street carts for some tacos: campechano, aracherra, arabe and of course al pastor. If you have a milder palette, fear not. You can easily opt out of the habenero salsas and picante pico de gallo. Two distinctive desserts characterize the Yucutan Peninsula of Mexico, and you have to try both! Marquesitas are crispy crepes filled with your choice of chocolate, fruit, and cream cheese and sold at street carts. And Churros – hot, fresh, and filled with nutella or dulce de leche – are waiting for you around every corner.
Adventures in the Riviera Maya to include when you elope
This is where Mexico’s Riviera Maya area really shines. Because it’s a big tourist destination, there are plenty of activities for getting your blood pumping. Whether you’re into jet skiing, horseback riding, zip lining, ATVing, tequila tasting, parasailing, snorkeling and diving, laying on the beach or drinking on a boat – you can find so much awesomeness here. My personal favorite is a visit to the cenotes. A cenote (se-note-ay) is a limestone sinkhole, and there are thousands in the Yucutan peninsula of Mexico. These freshwater systems are home to some limited aquatic life and fossilized ancient coral reefs. This unique ecosystem is worth visiting. If you’re a scuba diver, you already know this area is home to world’s second largest reef, and cannot be missed!
Hooked on a Riviera Maya Elopement?
Not sure where to elope? If you’re dreaming of a tropical elopement in the Riviera Maya, I would love to help you on that journey. I can assist in finding the perfect spot for you depending on your specific needs, y yo hablo espanol! So don’t hesitate to get in touch with me! Your elopement is about to be tropical as heck!
I’m a nomadic and colorful elopement photographer with an obsession for mountains, hiking, and my cats. My photography style emphasizes the epic landscape of your dreams and the authentic moments that make you two.. well, you two! I love my job and my nature-loving clients. The Riviera Maya and its waters holds a piece of my heart. Maybe I’ll see you there!
I offer full day, 1.5 day and 2 day elopement photography in National Parks and the wild lands outside of them. See my pricing and package details here. I would love to chat with you and help see if an elopement with me is what you’ve been dreaming of. Get in touch below!
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