There are lots of romantic destinations in Mexico to choose from if you are looking for a perfect couples getaway. Mexico offers something for everyone –  whether you like lively nightlife, deserted white sand beaches, watersports, nature, cultural experiences, historic sites, great architecture or diverse food. 

Whatever your budget and whichever time of year you choose to visit Mexico, you will find a romantic destination that is perfect for you and your partner. 

#1 Teotihuacan Pyramids Teotihuacan

Teotihuacan (translated as The City of the Gods) is a UNESCO-listed archaeological site near Mexico City. It’s one of the most important historical and cultural locations in Mexico. 

The ancient city ruins have over 2000 structures, including two of the largest pyramids in the world. You can explore the enormous site on foot, but to fully appreciate Teotihuacan’s size and scale, join one of the Teotihuacan tours, which offers a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the historic site.

The incredible views, plus the stillness and colours of dawn, create a romantic experience you and your partner will remember forever.

#2 Isla Mujeres

You can’t get more romantic than strolling hand in hand along a powdery white sand beach lined with palm trees and lapped by crystal clear turquoise waters. You will find this on Isla Mujeres, a 20-minute boat ride off the coast of the Yucatan peninsula.  

Couples can hike bikes and explore the small island to discover deserted, pristine beaches and cosy bars. Go snorkelling together over the atmospheric MUSA, the underwater sculpture gallery or join a boat trip to snorkel at Manchones Reef, one of the world’s top snorkelling locations. 

#3 Isla Holbox

Laid-back Isla Holbox offers amazing beaches and a cool island vibe. It’s perfect for a relaxing beachfront vacation. 

For a memorable couples experience, visit the island between June and September to swim with whale sharks. Swimming alongside these gentle giants of the ocean is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

#4 GuanajuatoGuanajuato

Picturesque Guanajuato is a city made for wandering hand in hand. Its cobblestone streets, colourful plazas and colonial architecture are best appreciated slowly on foot. 

Romantic things to do include a horse-drawn carriage ride around the old city (particularly at night), a boat ride on the Calderón de Agua canal, or visiting the 18th-century royal castle Hacienda La Erre. 

You could take a couples cooking class, join a food tour, catch a show at Teatro Principal or explore the Diego Rivera Museum. 

One unmissable thing for couples in Guanajuato is to visit El Callejon del Beso, translated as ‘the alley of the kiss.’ It is said that if you stand on the red step in this narrow alley and kiss your partner, you will have seven years of happiness together. 

#5 San Miguel de Allende

The UNESCO-listed San Miguel de Allende is the definition of romantic old-world charm. It is packed with cobbled streets lined with colourful colonial buildings and colonnades, perfect for evening strolls. There are leafy gardens and enchanting plazas around every corner.  

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Couples can visit the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel (which looks like it has stepped out of a fairytale), the 18th-century Oratorio de San Felipe Neri or pick up locally made souvenirs at the Mercado de Artesanías

San Miguel de Allende also has a thriving food scene, so there are lots of candlelit restaurants to choose from once night falls.

#6 Merida

Merida Cemetery

Merida Cemetery

If you want to visit the Yucatan but prefer a more cultural feel to the touristy coastal resorts, Merida is a perfect choice. 

Wander around the Centro Historico and go people-watching in Plaza Grande, visit San Ildefonso Catedral de Merida and see the Palacio de Gobierno and the pink Palacio Municipal. 

Admire the grand houses along Paseo de Montejo and learn about Mayan history and cultures at the striking Gran Museo del Mundo Maya

At night, take a romantic carriage ride in a white, horse-drawn calesa before enjoying dinner on the rooftop terrace at Picheta, overlooking Plaza Grande and Merida Cathedral. Pre-booking is essential at this romantic Merida location. 

#7 San Cristóbal de las Casas

San Cristóbal de las Casa, in the southern state of Chiapas, is a mountainous cultural destination with a large indigenous population. If you’re looking for something a little different, this is the place to come. 

Visit the ornate Cathedral of San Cristobal and the pink Templo Santo Domingo, or for great views of the city and surrounding area, climb to the hilltop churches of Iglesia de Guadalupe and Iglesia de San Cristóbal. A slow wander along the colourful Real de Guadalupe is also a must-do. 

If you have time, there are several romantic locations near San Cristóbal de las Casas that are worth visiting. Highlights include the impressive Sumidero Canyon, the gorgeous El Chiflon waterfalls (including the 120-metre-high Velo de Novia) and the idyllic Lagunas de Montebello National Park. 

#8 Cozumel

playa chen rio in Cozumel

Couples visiting Cozumel can sunbathe on the white sands of Playa Palancar, shop in San Miguel or learn about Mexican history at the archaeological ruins at San Gervasio. 

Thrill-seeking couples should visit Chankanaab Park, famous for its adrenaline-pumping water rides. Cozumel is also one of Mexico’s top diving spots, so for the ultimate couples’ experience, learn to scuba dive together.

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#9 BacalarBacalar

Bacalar is a perfect destination for couples who want to slow down and get off the beaten track. 

It is best known for its picturesque alkaline ‘lake of seven colours’ Laguna Bacalar. 

The warm, calm lake is ideal for swimming, snorkelling, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding.

Couples on a romantic getaway can stay off the grid in over-water bungalows and completely relax and recharge surrounded by nature. 

If you want to do day trips in the local area, you could visit scenic swimming spots such as Cenote Cocalitos, Cenote Negro and Cenote Azul. 

#10 Valladolid

The beautiful colonial city of Valladolid has justifiably earned the title of ‘Pueblo Mágico’. It is crammed with colourful colonial buildings, arched colonnades, ornate churches and well-designed leafy parks and plazas. 

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Highlights include the Iglesia de San Servacio, the 16th century Calzada de los Frailes, browsing the stalls at Mercado Municipal and the museum at the former San Bernardino Convent. 

Make sure you time your visit to Francisco Canton Rosado Park in the main plaza to catch the daily traditional dance performance. 

You can also go swimming in a cenote in, or near, Valladolid. The most popular nearby include Cenote Suytun, the centrally located Cenote Zaci, Cenote Saamal and Cenote San Lorenzo Oxman.

#11 OaxacaOaxaca, Mexico

Oaxaca draws tourists from all over the world. Many fall in love with the city and never leave. It is something special.

This colourful, vibrant city has a strong, proud indigenous culture. If you are a foodie couple, this is the destination for you. Check out this post to find out what to eat in Oaxaca

Go shopping at the local markets, join a food tour or a cooking class to learn how to make mole, an Oaxacan speciality. Walk the pedestrianised Macedonio Alcalà, stopping for a coffee – or mezcal – on the route. 

Explore the 14 rooms packed with artefacts at Museo de Las Culturas or wander the gorgeous El Jardín botanical gardens. 

At night, head to the zócalo to listen to the brass band and watch the locals enjoy a dance. Pluck up the courage and join in, whisking your partner around an unforgettable impromptu dance floor. 

#12 Los CabosLos Cabos Trip

If you want sun, sea and sand for your romantic Mexico break, head to Los Cabo on the Baja Peninsula. 

Go sunbathing  – or partying – at Playa El Médano or take a water taxi to isolated Playa del Amor (Lover’s Beach). Enjoy snorkelling, tandem kayaking, horse riding on the beach, or joining a romantic sunset sailing trip to see the iconic El Arco rock formations.

Take a day trip to Todos Santos, a quaint village with the prized ‘Pueblo Mágico’ title. Go whale watching or, if you time your visit between October and April, grasp the opportunity to go swimming with whale sharks. 

#13 Tulum

Tulum in the Yucatan

Coastal Tulum offers something for everyone – Mayan ruins, Instagram-worthy white sand beaches and idyllic cenotes. 

Visit Tulum’s 13th-century clifftop Mayan ruins which include a stunning seven-metre high pyramid (El Castillo) overlooking the ocean. Nature-loving couples can visit Sian Ka’an Biosphere, a UNESCO World Heritage site noted for its wildlife spotting opportunities. Alternatively, simply relax and snorkel off one of Tulum’s gorgeous beaches such as Playa Paraiso.

If you want to go for a romantic swim in a cenote, the best in the local area are 

Gran Cenote or the Dos Ojos Cenote. 

#14 Cancun

Live Aqua Cancun

Cancun is a great destination for party-loving couples on a romantic break. Sunbathe on Playa Delfines or go snorkelling or diving at Punta Nizuc, the Manchones Reef or the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. 

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Swim in the picture-perfect Cenote Azul or Cenote Cristalino, or take a day trip to nearby Isla Mujeres or Isla Holbox. 

Cancun is a lively, busy destination with a vibrant nightlife. It also offers several high-quality hotels that cater specifically to couples.  

Final Word

Any of the Mexico locations mentioned above will provide you and your partner with a perfect and memorable romantic getaway. Mexico has something for everyone, no matter what your gender, travel style or vacation preferences may be. 

The only problem you face is which one of the fabulous Mexico destinations listed above to choose! 

Guest Author: Mal of Let’s Travel To Mexico City       

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