It's no surprise that Mexico is one of the top destination wedding locations in the Americas. With its warm weather, beautiful beaches, authentic food, and free-flowing tequila, Mexico has a lot going for it. While most couples head to Cabo or Cancun, it's worth considering a few off the beaten path destinations that your guests will most certainly enjoy. Here are a few scenic hideaways that will be perfect for a Mexico destination wedding.
Valle De Guadalupe is located just two hours south of San Diego on the Baja Peninsula. It is known as Mexico’s wine country. Guadalupe has over 100 wineries, many of which produce world-class wines. Valle De Guadalupe has also become a foodie destination thanks to its unique “mexiterranean” cuisine. These qualities, along with the great scenery, make this an ideal spot for a Mexico destination wedding weekend.
Encuentro Guadalupe is a luxury eco-resort with 20 "eco-pod" suites and a five-room villa spread out along a hillside. All these accommodations have panoramic views of the valley. Encuentro Guadalupe is ideal for a small wedding with under 100 guests. This is a totally unique Baja experience. You can have your ceremony overlooking the valley and then head to Encuentro's wine cellar for an intimate reception.
Hacienda de San Antonio is a historical coffee plantation estate located two hours from Guadalajara. The traditional Spanish architecture and beautiful courtyards and gardens give this venue a classic and authentic appeal that will make your guests catch their breath as soon as they enter. There are 25 guest rooms at the Hacienda.
In addition, would-be newlyweds will find enough space to host a large-scale celebration. Before and after the wedding, your guests can ride horses, go swimming, take a hike, and play tennis.
Hacienda El Carmen is located in the village of Ahualulco del Mercado in Jalisco State. It is a mere 90 minutes from Guadalajara. Hacienda El Carmen sits on 400 acres. It used to be a thriving sugarcane plantation, but today it is a vacation estate with 26 guest rooms. The property can accommodate 65 guests for overnight use and 200 for a daytime event.
Hacienda El Carmen is in Mexico's “tequila region.” You could potentially plan a tequila tasting tour with all of your wedding guests or even hop on board the Jose Cuervo Tequila Train for a luxury land cruise and tequila tasting expedition.
Just outside the main stretch of Los Cabos, down a hidden dirt road, you will come upon Flora Farms. This exclusive property is a working 10-acre organic farm. It has a restaurant, bar, and organic grocery. There are also cottages where guests can stay overnight. Flora hosts romantic ceremonies and receptions in its mango groves and gardens.
Hacienda Sac Chic is located in the town of Merida on the Yucatan Peninsula. It is near Merida's historic ruins and its beautiful beaches. Hacienda Sac Chic is actually three separate estates on one property. The villas are characterized by high ceilings, open air living spaces, expansive gardens, and a perfectly serene setting. You can host a reception dinner in the sweeping loggia or dine under the stars in the courtyard gardens. Hacienda Sac Chic has a total of nine bedrooms.
Sweeping ocean views, white sand beaches, and tropical gardens surround the stunning Cuixmala estate in Jalisco, Mexico. Cuixmala is a 25,000-acre nature preserve just two hours from Puerto Vallarta. The entire estate can be rented to host events. The onsite staff will take care of every detail to help you create a seamless and stress-free Mexico destination wedding.
With so many off the beaten path destinations and venues to consider, why would you choose a standard hotel for your wedding?
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