TEN WEDDING DESTINATIONS WITH PRIVATE BEACHES
Whether you’ve always dreamed of getting married in Mexico, Cuba, or the Caribbean, chances are your daydreams have also included a gorgeous beach wedding under the sun and beside crystal clear turquoise waters.
There are a few things to keep in mind when planning your beach wedding [link to planning your beach wedding blog] - Perhaps one of the most difficult decisions to make is, where? In making your decision, a resort with a private beach can be a large deciding factor. A private beach means you don’t have to worry about having a lot of strangers in your wedding shots (can someone say, “photobomb!”) or having your ceremony rudely interrupted.
While a fully private beach in most popular all-inclusive resorts may be hard to find, there are some properties that offer something close to the real deal. You can be sure that with these resorts, your wedding is undisturbed and photo-ops remain focused on you and your big day.
Most of the time, resorts with private beaches will also reserve your wedding spot on the beach so that even people staying at the resort will not have access to the area for a set amount of time. Choosing a resort with a private beach may seem like a minor detail, but it can make a world of a difference. Here are some of the most beautiful and luxurious spots to have a private beach wedding, curated and hand-picked by some of our Wedding Specialists.
Located on tropical Las Estacas Beach, the Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta boasts luxury of the highest calibre. Their private secluded beachfront is surrounded by gorgeous cliffs and the sound of waves lapping the shore. Whether you’re looking for peace and quiet by the adults-only quiet pool, or the excitement of vibrant nighttime entertainment, the Ziva Puerto Vallarta offers something for everyone.
Located in an intimate setting on the beautiful Caribbean sea, the Hyatt Ziva Cancun is an elevated all-inclusive experience. Allow your personal wedding planner to take care of all the details while you relax in style at one of the infinity pools, or have some drinks at one of the swim up bars. If you’d prefer to be in the company of your peers, check out Turquoize, the newest section of Hyatt Ziva Cancun that is open to adults only (18+). Framed by the ocean on three sides, this beachfront resort is perfect for beach weddings, down to the garden gazebo.
The Royalton Riviera Cancun and Spa is a perfect spot for couples looking for a quieter more relaxed beach atmosphere. This resort is situated away from the main hotel zone on a quiet beach with gorgeous views and stunning white sand. The wedding couple and their guests have the option of staying in one of the family-friendly sections, or in Hideaways, the adults only section of the resort. An added bonus? This resort features a stunning and unique beach gazebo to make your ceremony extra memorable.With undisturbed views of the beach from inside the gorgeous architecture of the gazebo, your wedding photos will be lovely.
With a quiet atmosphere and tranquil pace, the Royalton Cayo Santa Maria is a perfect venue for those wanting a peaceful and elegant destination beach wedding. The Royalton Cayo Santa Maria is an adults-only resort situated on secluded beachfront. This is the perfect location if you want to feel like it’s just you, your spouse, the sun-drenched sand, and the sounds of the surf.
Located on the Northern portion of the Varadero Peninsula, the Royalton Hicacos is one of the gems of Cuba. With the golden sand of the private beach literally at your doorstep, the Royalton Hicacos is hard to beat when it comes to elegance and style. Before or after your beach ceremony, there are a variety of watersports to choose from such as kayaking, snorkeling, and sailing. This 5-star adults only resort is definitely worth the trip.
Situated on the pristine and famous 7 Mile Beach in Negril, Azul Sensatori by Karisma Resorts will transform your wedding into a tropical paradise. With an extensive amount of wedding themes and customizable packages to choose from, your wedding coordinator will help you plan everything right down to the smallest details so that you don’t have to worry about it. Instead, take advantage of all the amenities this resort has to offer. The best part? The Azul Sensatori only holds one wedding per day--so you’re guaranteed to have your big day be all about you!
Spread out over a lushly wooded 20-acre site, Beaches Negril is a great place to have your destination beach wedding. Enjoy the icing sugar sand of the beaches and the brilliant sun and sky. A hit with adults and children alike, Beaches Negril boasts a lazy river pool, waterpark, and verdant gardens right by the beach. For a more adult experience, be sure to check out the nightlife at Liquid by Beaches nightclub. On top of the full-service wedding planning that comes with the ceremony, this resort also has romantic garden and beachfront gazebos for you to choose from when it comes to your big day.
The stunning Dreams Punta Cana Resort is sure to make all your wishes for a perfect wedding day come true. With pristine beaches and nearby coral reefs as well as gorgeous tropical surroundings including a river meandering throughout the property, it’s easy to see why Dreams Punta Cana is one of the top choices for destination weddings in the Dominican Republic. This opulent resort also boasts one of the largest free-form swimming pools--stretching all the way from the lobby to the beach. Dreams also notes that they only perform one wedding at a time--making sure your ceremony is truly special.
For the ultimate in destination wedding luxury, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Punta Cana is sure to take your beach wedding to the next level. The Hard Rock is now offering wedding packages designed by celebrity event designer, Colin Cowie--sure to make your wedding day a day of opulent perfection. Choose to have your wedding on gorgeous white sand at the water’s edge, or have a magical ceremony aboard one of their floating wedding gazebos. At the Hard Rock Punta Cana, your wedding is sure to be unforgettable.
Featuring romantic wedding gazebos right on the beach with stunning views of the water, the Now Larimar Punta Cana is an excellent option for your beach wedding. The onsite wedding coordinator will have everything planned out with you down to the last detail, including a back up plan in case the weather is less than optimal. Furthermore, the Now Larimar has an excellently groomed beach that is attended to each day to make sure the sand is just as white and clean as can be. Top it off with gorgeous rooms and a variety of amenities catering to everyone from children, to teenagers, to adults over 18, and the Now Larimar is definitely a good choice for a beach destination wedding.
Whether you have a destination beach in mind or don't know where to begin, Weddings by Escapes is the perfect place to start planning and get the help of the experts. Ask us about any of our destinations--we’ve been there!
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We’ve all seen pictures before of that gorgeous destination wedding--the bride and groom standing in the surf at sunset gazing into each other's eyes, azure water lapping at beaches of smooth white sand, and palm trees swaying tranquilly in the breeze.
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