With white sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise oceans and palm trees swaying in the cool ocean breeze, Mexico is a honeymooning couple’s paradise. Scattered with resort towns such as Cabo San Lucas, Cancún and Playa del Carmen, honeymooners are in for an indulgent experience with luxury accommodation, restaurants and spas serving to your every need.
Most resorts in these resort towns are all-inclusive making your vacation so much simplier. With everything taken care of, you can simply kickback and enjoy your first few days as a married couple, or take some time out and explore the rich culture and heritage of this beautiful country.
With two distinct seasons – dry and wet season – honeymooners can plan their getaway accordingly.
Dry season runs from February through to May, and is by far the most beautiful time in Mexico. With flowers blooming everywhere and very little rainfall, guests to the country can enjoy warm, calm seas and temperature averaging around 27°C. The humidity is also very low around this time of year.
The wet season is from June to November, with with the most rainfall happening in July and August. Honeymooners who visit the country over this period of time can expect sunny days and high humidity with the occasional downpour. Wet season is also mosquito season so bring along your repellant.
The best time to visit Mexico is during the months of December and January, as it is coolest.
There is plenty to see and do in Mexico. From spending a day snorkeling at Akumal with its calm waters and giant turtles to visiting one of 7000 cenotes (sinkholes) scattered around around the country where you can dive, snorkel or swim. If you’re a fan of the water, there are plenty of water activities to partake in.
If you’d prefer to learn a bit more about the history of Mexico, rent a car and head to the Mayan Ruins of Chichen Itza or Uxmal. The ruins are well preserved and stunning to look at.
When in Mexico, you have to eat Mexican and Mayan cuisine. From tacos to enchiladas, tuck into authentic goodness makes up a huge part of Mexican culture.
Mayan cuisine makes up a huge part of Mexican cuisine too with ingredients such as black beans, corn, carrots, and onions. A favourite Mayan dish is Mexico is puerco pibil – slow roasted pork marinated in lime juice with added achiote chili seeds wrapped in banana leaves and cooked underground.
A few must-try dishes are ceviche – raw seafood such as shrimp, fish and octopus marinated in lime juice, and chilaquiles – heated corn tortillas, onions, salsa and cheese topped with cream. Almost little, side of the road restaurant also served the most delicious fried shrimp tacos, tostadas with fresh cooked tuna and tamarind salsa, and the best guacamole you’ll ever taste.
The main form of transport is Mexico is by bus. With Highway 307 running along the coast from Cancun to Chetumal, it is the most convenient way to get to many of the beaches and attractions. Buses run several times daily along this route which makes it easy to get to and from your resort. Colectivos (a collective name used for buses) also run between Playa del Carmen and Cancun.
Taxis are readily available from almost everywhere in Mexico and can be hailed by raising your hand and waving them down. If you’d prefer to be independant and rent a vehicle like car or motorbike, you can as there are many rental companies available all over the country.
Since Mexico is home to various islands, ferries are available and travel between Puerto Juarez in Cancun to the island of Isla Mujeres, and between Cozumel and Playa del Carmen on a daily basis.
One of the most popular tourist shopping destinations in Mexico is Fifth Avenue in Playa del Carmen. With high-end boutiques selling designer clothing and brand name clothing, as well as shops selling local handicrafts and souvenirs, it is the perfect place to pick up gifts for families and friends back home.
If you are looking for a bargain, head to one of local markets where haggling is common. At these markets you can pick up some authentic blankets, hammocks and tequila.
Whether you’re visiting Mexico on your honeymoon – or just enjoying a holiday – you want it to be as hassle-free as possible, so be sure to purchase travel insurance before leaving home. It will make your special time away even more enjoyable as you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you and your belongings are covered (within your policy’s limits, of course) should anything go wrong.
As they say in the travel industry, if you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel!
Purchase your travel insurance when you book your trip and, depending on the policy you choose, you should be covered for theft, injury or illness. Some travel insurance policies do not cover certain activities such as diving, hiking, parasailing, or renting a motorcycle, so ensure you read it before signing up so that you’re aware of what it does and doesn’t cover. Take a copy of your travel insurance documents with you when travelling.
The currency in Mexico is the Peso.
With credit card accepted at most restaurants, hotels, resorts, and larger gift shops, paying your bill is easy.
Most smaller shops take cash only, but also do accept US Dollars. If you’d like to have some cash on hand, there are plenty of ATMs around, but they don’t always work. You can also exchange your native currency at any bank or a Casa del Cambio (Exchange House).
If you’re bringing an sort of electrical appliance or electronics, be sure to check the voltage as it is 110v in Mexico. This especially applies to European honeymooners as they would need an adaptor.
With Mexico’s warm and humid climate, especially during the wet season, we’d advise you to pack in mosquito repellent and long, but light pants. During the dry season T-shirts, shorts and dresses that are comfortable and light is perfect. For fine dining and partying at nightclubs, pack in something a bit more dressy. Also pack in a comfortable pair of walking shoes.
And don’t for your beachwear essentials like sandals, thongs, sunglasses, hats, and sunscreen.
Tipping is essential in Mexico. Visitors to the country should spend about US$100 just on tipping over a seven-day period. Tips are greatly appreciated although you’ll probably receive the same great service with or without tipping.
At your hotel you should tip around $2 a day for cleaning staff and 10 to 15 percent of your bill to your waiter and bartender. At an all-inclusive hotel or resort, you should tip housekeeping $2 to $3 daily. Waiters should be tipped $2 for breakfast or lunch, and up to $5 for dinner.
Bartenders are also tipped $1 per drink.