With its turquoise sea, stunning sandy shores, lush tropical jungles, and vibrant coral reefs, it’s no surprise the Mexican Caribbean is considered a honeymoon hotspot and romantic locale for couples seeking a beach getaway. Many of our hotels are made with couples in mind. Picture swim-up suites and villas suspended over the ocean, plus petal-strewn beds and welcome bottles of champagne.
All-inclusive resorts can be a great option for couples who plan to spend the majority of their time onsite and want the full package: dining, activities, and of course, pool- and beachside service. European plan hotels, on the other hand, may offer more extensive (and exclusive) dining options like private, in-suite chefs or decadent dinners for two under the stars in the jungle.
While some of the larger resorts and all-inclusive options in the Riviera Maya and Cancun boast adults-only pools, if you want to ensure an entirely kid-free experience, opt for a hotel that is specifically labeled “adults-only.”
The one question to ask when planning a romantic trip to the Mexican Caribbean is just how deep in nature do you want to be? If your answer is “completely,” look into glamping, a different spin on traditional camping. Couples can go as rustic or ritzy as they’d like, opting between comfortable bell tents on the beach or safari-style tents. For those who want to be even more secluded, treehouses are located throughout the jungle in Tulum.
The best hotels for couples in the Riviera Maya, meanwhile, feature a mix of cabanas, bungalows, and suites, and embrace the more bohemian vibe the destination has become known for.
This is the kind of spot you’re likely to find copper-standing tubs overlooking views of the surrounding jungle and plunge pools placed right in the sand.
If you’re looking for something even a bit more secluded, where you’ll fall asleep to the sound of the waves and practically have the beach all to yourself, consider one of the nearby islands like Cozumel, Holbox, or Isla Mujeres. Or find your very own relaxing bungalow in Bacalar.
Along the Riviera Maya, there are tons of things to do for couples on the adventurous side. Cycle through the jungle to Mayan archeological sites, such as the ancient city of Tulum or Coba, or dive through deep-water wrecks or colorful reefs at the world’s second-largest barrier reef. The jungle also offers plenty of opportunities to get your adrenaline pumping, from zip lines to snorkeling in some of the region’s largest cenotes, or limestone sinkholes.
Of course, couples can also sit back and relax in the comfort of their sumptuous suite, indulging in butler service and spa treatments, or they can bask under a cabana or thatched-roof hut on the beach, cocktail in hand.
Beachfront dining in the Mexican Caribbean is practically a given, but some hotels can also arrange romantic sunset cruises or candlelit dinners by the beach. If you want to be close to buzzy restaurants and nightlife, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum are the best spots to soak up this kind of entertainment.