The nine most romantic destinations in Mexico

4) Mazatlan

Mazatlan is located in the Sinaloa State in western Mexico, about 650 miles northwest of Mexico City and is Mexico’s second largest city. Here, the wet season extends from June to October. Flights are few and far between and you have to rely on charters. It hosts three carnivals as well as marathons and triathlons that are a major attraction.

The Plazuela Machado is at the center, with many quaint seafood restaurants and the 19th century Angela Peralta Theater on either side. Honeymooners can either take in the sights or indulge in water sports as varied as jet skiing, parasailing, snorkelling,windsurfing, sailing or sport fishing. The La Posta Trailer Park can be ideal for a quiet, romantic night, camping by the sea, while among the beaches, Sabalo Beach and Cerritos Beach are great draws for honeymooners, as they tend to be less crowded than other beach resorts of Mexico.

The other things to do are to go on a city tour and harbor cruise or check out the Malecon, a scenic walkway and one of Mexico’s largest. For those with a bent for fun, there is Mazagua, a waterworld with wave pools, water slides, etc. The Aquarium and Botanical gardens house varieties of sealife, a sea museum, a trained seal show, a zoo and the botanical gardens.

5) Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta lies on the Pacific Coast of western Mexico, south of Mazatlan and is situated on the Bahia de Banderas, surrounded by the magnificent Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains. It has a wet season from May to November. It has long stretches of beautiful beaches, where honeymooners can indulge in water sports, like Bah’a de Banderas, or Punta Mita, famous for its diving and Los Arcos, which has a rock formation with caves beneath, is famous for its snorkelling. You can take a boat ride around the bay with your loved one and enjoy the interplay of dolphins and humpback whales. Downtown has an old-world charm with its cobblestone streets, red-tiled roofs and wrought-iron balconies. Further inland is the oldest mining town of San Sebastian, steeped in history, or the Museum of Archaeology with its pre-Colombian artifacts.

6) Acapulco

Acapulco is a major port and coastal resort. It is thought to be one of the best harbors on the Pacific coast of what is almost southwestern Mexico, further south of Ixtapa and is located on a semi-circular bay. It became famous thanks to its lure for Hollywood stars, with its coves, beaches and cliffs, the romance and adventure of which still attracts honeymooners. The must-see sights include the La Quebrada Cliff Divers performing their impressive jumps from cliffs that are about 130 ft. high into a cove that is opportune for dives only when the tide comes in. If you want to relax and take in this spectacular sight, you can do so from El Mirador, which has a restobar called La Perla. Or treat your loved one to an evening of first-class style and entertainment at the Diamante area or take in the magnificent bay view or watch the sunset on the Pie de la Cuesta, a strip of land that has the Pacific Ocean on one side and a freshwater lake on the other, about six miles northwest of Acapulco’s center. Also popular are an amusement park, Parque Papagayo, two beaches, Playa Hornos and Playa Hornitos or swimming with the dolphins at the CICI Water Park or Condesa Beach.