Imagine your dream beach wedding: You and your partner barefoot in the sand, a light ocean breeze ruffling your hair, your friends and family relaxed and smiling. Sounds amazing, right? But if you’re wondering how to decide which tropical beach location is right for you, read on to learn more about three idyllic destinations—Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, and Cancún—and the unique features that set them apart. When it comes to where to host your wedding, you can’t go wrong with Now Resorts. Each of their all-inclusive family-friendly properties offers plenty of stunning spots to say your vows and celebrate with your multigenerational guest list. Even better, the on-site wedding coordinators will handle all the logistics, so all you need to do is relax and get ready to say “I do.”
Find your dream wedding locale at one of these beautiful beach destinations.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Why You’ll Love It
Situated in the middle of horseshoe-shaped Banderas Bay on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, Puerto Vallarta is known for its beaches, nightlife, shopping, and charming cobblestone streets. Plus, its location between the bay and the Sierra Madre Mountains makes it a sweet spot for avoiding storms (one less thing to worry about if your ideal wedding date falls during hurricane season).
Where to Wed
For a destination equal parts relaxing and activity-filled: Now Amber Puerto Vallarta
Get the best of both worlds at this luxurious all-suite resort near the famous El Malecón boardwalk. Host welcome drinks or your rehearsal dinner at a spot like Capers, a romantic wine cellar where you can rent out a semi-private space with a dedicated sommelier. Then choose from four beautiful locations—including the beach and an oceanfront terrace—to hold your ceremony and reception. Guests of all ages will want to hang at the resort’s three pools or on the golden sand beach, where you can watch for whales from your lounge chair. Once the sun goes down, meet up at one of several on-site restaurants and bars, or take part in the Sip, Savor & See program (available at all Now Resorts) to explore a neighboring sister resort for drinks, dinner, and live entertainment.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Why You’ll Love It
Set where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea, Punta Cana is a beautiful and relaxing destination for guests of all ages. Not to mention, getting there is a breeze, with direct flights from many major US cities. Aside from the famous beaches that stretch for miles, you can also explore local seaside golf courses, go zip lining through the canopy, and more.
Where to Wed
For a spot in the center of the action: Now Larimar Punta Cana
Bavaro Beach, a bustling area just north of the airport, is home to the island’s highest concentration of world-class beaches, hotels, restaurants, and shops. Now Larimar is the perfect location to experience it all, with family suites that can accommodate up to six people. Organize a sunset sail or a lighthearted volleyball or bowling tournament for your wedding party, or catch up with friends and family at the swim-up bar. Take wedding photos in the resort’s botanical garden, say your vows overlooking the ocean, then end the night dancing and toasting under the stars on the aptly-named Tequila Terrace.
For a relaxing, laid-back vibe: Now Onyx
Located in the more remote beach area of Uvero Alto, Now Onyx is an ideal spot for quality time on your own and with your guests—including furry family members (dogs under 22 pounds are welcome at the resort). Each room is a spacious suite with either a whirlpool-equipped private terrace or balcony, or swim-out access, with five pools offering plenty of space for splashing in the sun. The beachfront resort has no shortage of romantic places to hold your wedding, indoors and out, and your crew can keep the after-party going at the nightclub at the adults-only sister resort next door.
Why You’ll Love It
A perennial vacation hot spot for good reason, Cancún’s white sand beaches and crystal blue waters make for a gorgeous destination wedding backdrop. Plus, it’s centrally located on the Yucatán Peninsula, so it’s convenient for most guests to fly into. If you’re looking to experience some local culture, don’t miss the ancient Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza or the archaeological sites in Tulum—just a couple of the guide-led excursions you can book at every Cancún-area Now Resort.
Where to Wed
For a romantic, but still family-friendly experience: Now Emerald Cancún
Set in the heart of Cancún’s hotel zone, the rooms and suites at the recently-opened Now Emerald look out on lush gardens, the Nichupte Lagoon, or the #nofilterneeded Caribbean Sea. There are plenty of land and water activities to keep guests of all ages busy, while designated adults-only public areas offer couples the opportunity for some quiet time. When it comes time to exchange vows, a romantic beachside sunset ceremony will be the perfect way to bring everyone together.
For an active and adventurous wedding weekend: Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun
Located between Cancún and Playa del Carmen, the newly-renovated Now Sapphire boasts roomy suites and intricate architecture and décor inspired by the region’s ancient Mayan culture. You’ll have five locations to consider for your wedding ceremony, including an elegant gazebo, beach-facing terrace, or tastefully appointed patio. Afterward, everyone from the best man to your ring bearer can enjoy the resort’s new water park and three swimming pools.
For a serene natural setting: Now Natura Riviera Cancún
Set amid the lush Mayan jungle and overlooking the Carribean Sea, the brand-new Now Natura has a relaxing lazy river, waterfalls, and grotto bar that nod to nature. And if you’re looking for other eco-adventures, take advantage of nearby excursions like jungle zip lining and cave snorkeling. When you’re ready for some downtime, an on-site infinity pool and spa will keep you super zen leading up to the big day. Speaking of, you can choose from equally stunning ceremony and reception locations on the beach or in a beautiful and spacious garden.
For the couple who wants plenty of options: Now Jade Riviera Cancún
With tequila tastings, movies on the beach, swim-up pool bars, and authentic Mexican cuisine, Now Jade—located further down the coast near the quaint fishing village of Puerto Morelos—is sure to keep you and your guests entertained. You’ll have your pick of five ceremony locations, including a whimsical fountain setting, sun-drenched pergola, or opulent ballroom. Plus, you can add even more spice to your wedding after-party with the resort’s nightly karaoke, fire breathers, and break dancers. Your guests will go home with plenty of memories—and you’ll have pulled off a wedding weekend you and your partner will cherish forever.