Top Ten Destination Wedding Locations

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

5. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Emerging as the most popular international locale for Americans getting hitched, Cabo San Lucas has quite the repertoire of factors that make it so. For one, the wedding is legal in the United States as long as it's performed by a judge (civil unions are legally recognized, religious ones are not). The paperwork for the license is extremely easy: You just fill it out ahead of time, arrive a few days early to do a blood test, and you're all set. Most places in Cabo accept American dollars, and nearly everyone speaks English. There are a variety of hotels in the area, so you can accommodate all your guests' budgets. Plus, you're almost guaranteed perfect weather, no matter the time of year.

Consider the swanky Capella Pedregal as the venue for your big weekend. Each of the 66 guestrooms is equipped with its own private plunge pool for soaks anytime of the day. The Auriga spa offers treatments that are both indigenous in nature (calling on authentic Mexican healing traditions of the Baja region) and based on the phases of the moon (a nod to the Capella brand's "star-studded" origins). Couples can book a number of couple's treatments in the 12,000-square-foot spa, which holds ten treatment suites, including eight treatment pods and two deluxe suites, fashioned into round, pod-like dwellings. Each floating pod and suite opens to the outdoor spa pool area, offering views of the endless sky and shimmering sea. Furthermore, famed hair designer, Julien Farel of Madison Avenue, has just signed on to open his first remote location in the world at the new Capella Pedregal. Julien Farel Cabo San Lucas will provide the perfect outlet for bridal parties in need of hair styling and other beauty treatments.

Additionally, past couples to wed in Cabo have even had the delight of surprise guests showing up unannounced: humpback whales bobbing playfully just off the shore of Playa Grande. Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo both offer countless dining choices and activities for sightseers and explorers, too—from golf, jet skiing, surfing, hiking, snorkeling, whale-watching, and more. If you prefer somewhere in Mexico more intimate and less touristy, check into the quaint fishing village of Zihuatanejo further south instead.

Published: 7 Dec 2009 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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