Cancun, the glittering resort capital of the Mexican Caribbean, long ago outgrew its reputation as a Spring Break party town, and now boasts some of the most luxurious resorts in the Riviera Maya. Couples who choose a Cancun honeymoon will find still great nightlife, yes, as well as the broad sandy beaches that first attracted travelers to this once-remote area decades ago. But today’s Cancun is equally renowned for its five-star dining, high-end all-inclusive resorts, and pampering spas.

There are actually two Cancuns: the mainland Mexican town with its bullfighting stadium and other unique cultural attractions, and the Hotel Zone, where resorts both large and intimate share space along a narrow strip of land between the Cancun lagoon and the Caribbean. The Ritz-Carlton Cancun and JW Marriott Cancun Resort and Spa are internationally known honeymoon destinations offering a dizzying array of amenities to guests, while the Nizuc is an exclusive small beachfront hotel brimming with Mexican culture and style. Some of the best Cancun resorts, like the Le Blanc Spa Resort, the Live Aqua Cancun, and Secrets The Vine Resort, are strictly adults-only — perfect for newlyweds. The island of Cozumel, a popular day tripping destination, is just offshore, while down the coast you’ll find attractions like the Mayan ruins at Tulum and Chichen Itza, and the Xel Ha and Xcarat eco-parks.

>Written by: Bob Curley