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Say ‘I Do’ in Paradise: 5 Outstanding Destinations for Beach Weddings

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Planning a destination wedding? Get ready for an adventure filled with sun, sand and the vibrant flavours of local cultures. From picturesque beaches to lush rainforests, these five tropical hotspots offer stunning backdrops and unique customs that will make your wedding truly memorable. Embrace openness, respect local traditions and create meaningful experiences with your loved ones in these exotic locations.

Riviera Maya, Mexico

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Perfect for couples who love history and beaches

If you dream of combining relaxation on pristine beaches with the exploration of ancient civilisations, the Riviera Maya is the perfect place. With its rich history and breathtaking scenery, it’s no wonder so many couples choose Mexico to celebrate their love. The palm-fringed, white-sand beaches provide an idyllic setting for seaside ceremonies, while the historic sites add a touch of mystery and grandeur to every moment.

Local Riviera Maya customs to enhance your celebration

Hire a traditional mariachi band to add a romantic touch with classic songs like ‘Amorcito Corazón’ and ‘Amor, Amor, Amor’. To keep guests cool, serve kegs of agua fresca, non-alcoholic flavoured water with cinnamon, tamarind or lime, and set up a tequila tasting bar with exclusive Mexican brands.

Riviera Maya fun facts

The Riviera Maya is home to some of the longest underground rivers in the world. Accessible through cenotes (stunning limestone sinkholes), these underground rivers are perfect for swimming and snorkelling in sparkling azure waters.

Liberia, Costa Rica

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Perfect for nature lovers

For couples seeking nature and beauty, Liberia in Costa Rica is the ideal destination. With its lush tropical forests and pristine beaches, this natural paradise provides a magical backdrop for an unforgettable wedding. The picturesque atmosphere and the splendour of the surrounding nature make Liberia a popular choice for many lovers to celebrate their union.

Embrace local Costa Rica traditions

Costa Rican grooms traditionally serenade their brides before the ceremony. Hire a brass band or ocarina player to play love songs at a pre-wedding event. For the cocktail hour, serve bocas (appetisers) such as gallos, ceviche, tamales and patacones.

Costa Rica fun facts

Costa Rica is an ecological wonderland, with a quarter of its land set aside as national parks and protected areas. It boasts 5% of the planet’s biodiversity and 10% of the world’s butterfly population. A nature tour here is a must!

Varadero, Cuba

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Perfect for relaxation and culture

For an unforgettable wedding, Varadero, Cuba is the destination of choice. With its magnificent beaches, turquoise waters and vibrant cultural atmosphere, Varadero offers an idyllic setting in which to celebrate your union. The region’s breathtaking scenery and warm hospitality make it the perfect place to create lasting memories with your loved ones.

Local Varadero customs to include

No Cuban wedding is complete without world-famous cigars. Set up a cigar lounge on the beach with cigar sommeliers. Add a festive touch with son cubano music, creating a lively atmosphere with experienced island musicians.

Varadero fun facts

Varadero is only a two-hour drive from Havana. Consider a day trip or overnight stay to explore the historic streets and vibrant nightlife of Cuba’s capital in a 1950s vintage car.

Montego Bay, Jamaica

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Perfect for laid-back couples

Montego Bay, Jamaica is the perfect destination for a wedding, with its pristine beaches, crystal clear waters and warm atmosphere. Couples can incorporate local elements such as reggae music and Jamaican cuisine for an authentic and festive celebration. Spectacular scenery, such as lush mountains and waterfalls, provides a dream backdrop for unforgettable wedding photos. What’s more, Jamaica’s renowned hospitality will ensure that you and your guests feel pampered and welcomed throughout your stay, making every moment unforgettable.

Add a local Jamaica flavour to your celebration

Incorporate rum and reggae into your reception to immerse your guests in Jamaican culture. Offer a menu filled with local delicacies like jerk chicken, fried plantains and gizzada.

Jamaica fun Fact

A visit to the Blue Lagoon in Port Antonio is a must. This legendary spot, featured in the famous film, is said to have aphrodisiac properties. The mix of fresh and salt water creates perfect swimming conditions and a stunning blue hue that changes with the sun.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Perfect for beach-loving couples

For a seaside ceremony, Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic has a wealth of all-inclusive hotels offering complete wedding packages. Imagine saying ‘I do’ without having to worry about the logistical details! These hotels offer personalised services, from floral decorations and gourmet menus to music and photography. What’s more, your guests can take advantage of the many amenities on offer, from lavish pools to relaxing spas and water activities.

Celebrate with local Dominican traditions

Sweeten your reception with dulce de leche, coconut and tropical fruit mini-desserts from local patisseries. After your first dance, invite local dancers to perform the merengue and teach your guests a few steps to get everyone moving.

Punta Cana fun facts

Dominican amber and larimar are unique to the region. Consider incorporating these stones into your wedding favours, welcome bags or thank you gifts for a special touch.

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