5 Things To Do On Your Riviera Maya Honeymoon

Thanks to its many white-sand beaches, jungle terrain, awe-inspiring historic attractions, and countless luxury resorts, Mexico’s Riviera Maya remains an ever-popular honeymoon destination.

Below we’ve listed five of our can’t-miss activities and experiences while visiting on your honeymoon trip of a lifetime.

Where to Eat

Hartwood – You’ll dine under the stars beneath swaying palm trees at this picturesque spot. The restaurant uses wood burning ovens and open grills to prepare fresh, local food (from grilled fish to pork belly). Meanwhile, the beach huts, whitewashed roofs, wooden tables, and candles all add to the romantic atmosphere.

Where to Drink

Gitano – The jungle merges with a club atmosphere at Gitano, one of Tulum’s hottest restaurants. Overall, it’s a terrific choice for capping off the night with mixed drinks and light snacks. Couples have a long list of terrific cocktails to choose from, however our favorite is the Stardust, made with mezcal, dark rum, pineapple, papaya and a homemade coconut cream.

Where to Stay

Habitas Tulum – We’re huge fans of this boutique hotel, which just opened in 2017. The eco-friendly retreat — situated on one of most spectacular stretches of sand in the region — features an elegant bohemian design and glamping-style accommodations. Among the top highlights: fantastic dining on the beach, a seafront infinity pool, nature trails through the jungle, and a private beach.

What to Do

Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve – This massive reserve was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is an astounding home to thousands of species of fauna and flora. Couples can take part in snorkel tours, fly fishing, sunset birdwatching, and even an ancient Mayan tour that combines visits to historic sites with unique outdoor activities like snorkeling.

Bike Tour – With countless historical sites, dreamy beach scenes and ample jungle terrain, the Riviera Maya is a fantastic place to embark on a bicycle tour. Many excursions such as Tulum Bike Tours incorporate food stops, unique shopping detours, and even a dip in a breathtaking cenote along the route.

 

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Hotels We Love for a Honeymoon: Rosewood Baha Mar, Bahamas

The megaresort complex of Baha Mar is the hottest new development in the Caribbean (with a $4.2-billion price tag).

While it’s composed of three different resorts, the forthcoming Rosewood Baha Mar — which is situated on the incredible white sands of Nassau’s Cable Beach — promises to be the most luxe.

Post up in your residential-style room before testing your luck at the 100,000 square-foot casino, playing a round on the Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, getting massages at the ESPA spa, or dining at one of 20 different restaurants and bars.

We promise nowhere else in the Caribbean will you eat sushi as delicious as at Katsuya by Starck Baha Mar.

Are turquoise waters and soft white sands calling your name? This incredible property will be the perfect fit for your once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon getaway.

5 Instagram Photos that Prove St. Lucia is the Best Honeymoon Destination

Check out a selection of incredible Instagram images highlighting the fabulous island nation of St. Lucia, also one of our most popular Caribbean honeymoon destinations.

Featured photo picks include white-sand beaches at Sandals Halcyon Beach, the gorgeous scenery of Marigot Bay, and front row views of the famous Pitons from Ladera Resort.

Follow us on Instagram (@wanderable) for travel inspiration and incredible honeymoon moments.

1. Sugar Beach

Cue the nature sounds. Today, we’re in paradise. #SugarBeachResidences

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2. Jade Mountain

3. Marigot Bay

4. Halcyon Beach

5. The Pitons

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Top Hotel Picks for a Honeymoon to the Dominican Republic

It’s easy to see why the Dominican Republic ranks as one of our most popular Caribbean honeymoon destinations. With white-sand beaches, affordable but luxurious resorts, and fabulous natural attractions, the options for newlyweds are endless.

Still deciding on where to stay for your trip? Here’s a list of our top hotel picks for this honeymoon-worthy spot.

Sanctuary Cap Cana

If there’s one hotel to splurge during your once-in-a-lifetime trip, the Sanctuary Cap Cana is it. Built on the edge of a cliff, this 176-room Spanish Colonial style resort is completely couples-oriented and ideal for a romantic getaway.

The property features four pools, a terrific spa, an excellent white-sand beach, and has access to renowned Punta Espada golf course. The resort is masterfully decorated with modern rooms and offers five excellent restaurants (ranging from Asian to French and to steak). It became an all-inclusive back in 2010.

Majestic Elegance Punta Cana

This impressive oceanfront resort is one of the region’s newest and most luxurious all-inclusive offerings. The 600-room property features a giant pool, sensational white-sand beach, seven restaurants, name-brand liquor (at no extra cost), and large rooms with comfy beds and Jacuzzis.

Newlyweds looking for intimacy and sophistication will likely find it here. The resort’s Elegance Club is an adults-only section that provides guests with access to private pool areas, oceanfront rooftop bars, VIP lounges, 24-hour room service, an in-room bar selection, and 13 bars located throughout the property.

Iberostar Grand Bavaro Hotel

Set on the gorgeous shores of Playa Bavaro with its white-sand beach, this highly regarded resort features an excellent spa and wellness center, five restaurants, and endless entertainment options like kayaking, tennis, yoga, archery, golf, and more. Suites include a marble bath, hydro-massage bathtub, fully stocked minibar, 24-hour room service, and contemporary design.

Grand Palladium Bavaro Resort & Spa

Set in the midst of a coconut plantation, the Grand Palladium features a long stretch of white-sand beach and has a coral reef just off shore, perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling.

All rooms have Jacuzzis, iPod docks, and overall modern and bright colors. This resort is part of a mega-complex of resorts, so there’s a never-ending supply of activities nearby like four large pools, swim-up bars, fitness center, casino, and a huge sports center complete with tennis courts, soccer field, basketball, and mini-golf.

 

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Best Bars for a Honeymoon Cocktail: Bayside Bar, St. Lucia

Sunset views, expertly mixed libations, and a stunning beachside location all make the Bayside Bar at Sugar Beach one of the Caribbean’s top overall spots for cocktails.

With drinks in hand, honeymoon couples can relax under the shade of almond trees on the shores of Anse des Pitons, one of Saint Lucia’s most picturesque beaches.

Popular cocktails include pomelo-basil mojitos, ginger-honey caipirinhas, and mango-mint margaritas. The bar also has an impressive menu complete with delicious wood-fired pizza; you may be tempted to stick around for dinner.

What’s your honeymoon cocktail of choice? Share your pick with fellow honeymooners over on Facebook.

 

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Image courtesy of Viceroy Sugar Beach