If you are dreaming of a wedding at a beach destination in the Caribbean, you are probably considering Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum or another of the beautiful areas of the Riviera Maya. Not only will you have the most gorgeous scenery for your wedding photos, but you and your wedding guests will have plenty of opportunities for fun and adventure while you’re in town.
Cancun is a world-famous beach destination that has plenty to do for everyone, whether it’s relaxing in the sunshine, getting pampered, eating delicious food, going dancing, exploring ancient history, or sampling a new culture. Check out everything Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum and the rest of the Riviera Maya have to offer!
Cancun is a part of the Riviera Maya region, located on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, bordering the Caribbean Sea. It is known around the world as a travel destination with postcard-perfect beaches, ancient Mayan roots, and a lively resort, nightlife, and restaurant scene. Just off the coast of the Riviera Maya lives the world’s second largest barrier reef. Along with Cancun, popular beach and resort destinations of the Riviera Maya include Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and Coba.
The pre-Columbian historical roots of this region run deep. The ancient Mayan civilization once called this beautiful region home, and the traces of their culture and architecture still remain. Visitors to Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya love to explore the archaeological ruins, including Chichen Itza, one of the largest Mayan cities dominated by a pyramid-shaped temple. You and your history-loving guests will also enjoy excursions to Tulum, Ek Balam, and El Meco.
Along with its storied past, Cancun features geographical features found nowhere else in the world. The Riviera Maya is known for cenotes: a natural pit that exposes fresh groundwater. Anciently, the cenotes were sacred to the Mayan people, who considered them passageways to the underworld. Today, there are many beautiful and mysterious cenotes to explore in this area. The waters are fresh, cool, and fed by underground rivers and rainwater. Visitors can swim, snorkel, or scuba dive in the refreshing water while exploring otherworldly cave formations.
Weather in Cancun
The weather in Cancun makes it a great year-round destination. July and August are the hottest months, with average temperatures in the high 80s. The summer months are also very humid. The winter weather in Cancun sees temperatures in the low 80s, with less humidity. December to April is peak tourist season due to the lower temperatures and mild humidity.
Cancun has two seasons: dry and rainy. The dry season spans from November to April, and with pleasant temperatures and warm waters, is a great time to plan a wedding. May to October is the rainy season, featuring heat and humidity. You can expect plenty of sunshine during these months, as the storms are quick but intense.
Couples should be aware that Cancun’s hurricane season runs from August to November. We recommend planning a wedding in Cancun in any month except September, when rain showers can be expected nearly every afternoon.
Cancun is truly a foodie’s paradise, with dishes that combine both the Mayan and Spanish heritage of the Quintana Roo and Yucatan regions. The cuisine takes its flavor from local ingredients including cilantro, oregano, chili peppers, and achiote and chilmole paste.
If you’re looking for local fare, be sure to order the soft and creamy papadzules, spicy cochinita pibil, or huevos motulenos, a Yucatan twist on huevos rancheros. Plus, the fresh seafood is amazing! Foodies will be in gastronomic paradise in Cancun. Some must-try dishes include:
- Cochinita Pibil: Pork meat flavored with garlic, cinnamon, sour orange juice, and achiote paste results in a delicious, melt-in-your mouth meal after cooking in a banana leaf for around three hours.
- Tikin-Xic (tik-n-chik): Fish and delicious seasonings from cloves, pepper, and cumin combine with pepper, onions, tomatoes, olive oil, and beer to make a delicious and savory dish popular in the region.
- Panuchos de Pavo: Black bean paste and hard-boiled eggs make up the filling for these fried corn tortillas you can’t miss.
- Poc-Chuc: Thyme, oregano, sour orange juice, and achiote paste make these grilled pork steaks the star of the show when paired with corn tortillas and pickled red onions.
- Chocolomo: This spicy meal combines habanero chilies, mild peppers, lime, onion, and garlic with veal to create a memorable meal.
- Marquesitas: This delicious dessert combines crispy crepes that are rolled up and traditionally filled with melted shredded cheese and a sweet filling of your choice.
Cancun, Playa del Carmen and the whole Riviera Maya offer a wide variety of dining options, from taco trucks to luxurious fine dining. Plus, if you or your wedding guests have less exotic palates or are looking for a taste of home, you can find dishes from around the world in Cancun.
As a popular tourist hub, Cancun is easy to reach. You or your guests could come via cruise ship, or take one of the many direct flights from North America. Direct flights on major airlines to Cancun come in from many US cities including: Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Detroit, Nashville, New York City, Boston, Baltimore, Boston, and Atlanta.
Visitors from Canada can easily get to Cancun as well, with direct flights from Calgary, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Winnipeg.
Cancun Private Wedding Venues
Your dream Cancun beach wedding will become a reality at our exclusive wedding venue. Punta Venado is a private beach that offers fun, luxury, and stress-free wedding planning. Say your vows under a white canopy, barefoot in the white sand, surrounded by loved ones and the vibrant turquoise ocean as witnesses.
Cancun, Playa del Carmen and the whole Riviera Maya have so much to offer you and your guests as a beach wedding destination. A lively nightlife, pristine beaches, exciting things to do and amazing food—plus a paradise wedding venue such as Punta Venado— can all be part of your memorable wedding celebration. At Adventure Weddings, we are dedicated to creating the wedding you have always dreamed of. We know you’ll love Cancun, and we can’t wait to help you start planning your special day. Give us a call today!