42 Tips for a Cancun Honeymoon

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Every room at the Viceroy Riviera Maya has its own small pool and hammock, including those on the beach. – Photo by James Riswick

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13. We recommend most honeymooners stay at one of the all-inclusive resorts along the Riviera Maya. For one, paying ahead of time for virtually everything simply removes the hassle of keeping track of your food/drink budget. Fewer real-world worries on your honeymoon is always better. We recommend the Riviera Maya for several reasons. First, many of the resorts are bigger and often connected with sister resorts. As a result, your food, bar and pool choices are greater. Second, even in smaller resorts, there is a greater sense of seclusion, as resorts are more spread out and separated by swaths of jungle. Honeymooners are also less likely to take advantage of the Hotel Zone’s malls and clubs.

14. Some all-inclusive resorts are adults-only, so consider seeking one out. Nothing ruins a romantic moment in the pool quite like an 8-year-old’s cannonball.

15. Highly rated adult-only resorts in Cancun include Royal CancunSecrets the Vine and two resorts we got a chance to tour:

Scouting Cancun: Le Blanc Spa Resort

Scouting Cancun: Live Aqua Hotel

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This standard room at Le Blanc Spa Resort in Cancun features a bathtub with a view and like many all-inclusive resorts, a fully stocked bar – Photo by James Riswick

16. Highly rated adult-only resorts along the Riviera Maya include the Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso, Excellence Riviera Cancun, Catalonia Royal Tulum, the Secrets resorts and all but one of the El Dorado resorts. We also got a chance to scout the smaller more intimate Maroma Resort and Spa.

17. If you want to explore or be in a livelier environment, the Cancun Hotel Zone is a better choice. Simply taking a walk up the beach will be a more varied experience, while there’s a good chance the wealth of quality restaurants will surpass that of your all-inclusive. The Hotel Zone is also home to higher-end resorts like the Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott and Live Aqua.

18. The north coast of the Cancun Hotel Zone has more tranquil beaches, but there are fewer hotels and they are generally smaller and older buildings. “Our hotel on the northern point of the Cancun strip didn’t get a lot of sun when we went in November,” said Sam Rowe, who stayed at the RIU Palace Las Americas in November 2012. “It came over the top of the hotel late and disappeared early. As such it got a little bit chilly in the evening.”

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A standard suite in the Zen section of the Riviera Maya’s Grand Velas Resort. Yep, both Oreos and a bottle of tequila are included! – Photos by James Riswick

19. The west coast resorts are generally superior and the sun will stay on the beach for more of the day, especially in winter, when the sun typically won’t set over your hotel (depends on design, of course) until between 4 and 6 p.m. On the downside, you’re more likely to experience choppy, red flag surf. If you imagine the Cancun Hotel Zone as an outstretched arm bent down at the elbow, the west coast would be your forearm and hand.

20. AllInclusiveOutlet.com is an excellent source of information about all-inclusive resorts in Cancun and the Riviera Maya. In addition to brief reviews and booking services, they also provide yearly lists of their Top All-Inclusive Resort Picks that call out the best choices for honeymoons and destination weddings.

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