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If you’re looking for an Instagram-worthy destination wedding location, look no further than the Riviera Maya. This 82-mile strip of white sand beaches, turquoise water and low tropical jungles along the Yucatan Peninsula is a beautiful choice for a destination wedding in Mexico. You and your guests will be spoiled by variety in this sun-kissed paradise, with each village and town offering up its own unique local vibe. Pre and post wedding activities are plentiful – guests can visit Tulum, the only Mayan seaside city and the tiny villages around it where Mayan culture is preserved in the modern day. If you prefer to kick back, you can also lounge on the beach, swim or snorkel in the crystal clear water, and enjoy the exotic nature of unspoiled ecological parks nearby. After a sundrenched day, make the retreat back to your choice of ultra modern resorts, each one providing any luxury you desire right at your fingertips. Destination weddings in Riviera Maya are the very definition of beach perfection.
NEED TO KNOW:
Getting married in Riviera Maya will require some documentation. You and your bride or groom-to-be will need to supply your valid passports, originals and copies of your birth certificates translated by an authorized translator, and death and divorce certificates if applicable.
- GETTING THERE:Cancun International Airport is your gateway to the Riviera Maya. Flights are convenient from most major US airports. The approximate flight times are: New York:5 hours Boston: 5.5 hours Philadelphia: 4 hours Miami: 2 hours Atlanta: 3 hours Baltimore: 4 hours Los Angeles: 5 hours Chicago: 3.5 hours Houston: 2.5 hours Denver: 4 hours
- CURRENCY:The Mexican peso. Rather than changing money at your home bank or at the airport, wait until you find an ATM in Mexico. They offer the best exchange rates!
- LANGUAGE: Spanish is Mexico’s official language, but English is widely understood in tourist areas.
- ELECTRICITY:110 volts, same as the US.
- WEATHER:The average annual temperature is around 80 degrees. However, evenings can be cool, so pack a sweater, jacket or scarf.
- TIPPING: Here are a few guidelines in US dollars. Airport porters and taxi drivers: 50 cents to $1 per bag. Hotel bellmen $1 per bag; Hotel maids $1-$2/day; Waiters 10-20% of the bill before tax; Fishing charter captains $10-$25/person.
- BRING SUNSCREEN:The sun is very strong and you can get a bad burn in a short time.
- DON’T LOSE YOUR TOURIST CARD:The remainder of the Tourist Card you receive upon arrival has to be turned in when you leave the country. Keep it with your Passport.
- GETTING AROUND:Pre-planning will help you navigate the busy airport. Once you have passed customs, the airport can be chaotic. Avoid confusion by contacting your hotel before you leave home to arrange transportation to your hotel. The person who will greet you should carry a sign with your name. To arrange transportation on the spot, buy a taxi ticket at an official kiosk or arrange to board a colectivo (a bus that carries other passengers.)