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When it comes to romance, you can’t go wrong with the Caribbean coast of Mexico. The white sand beaches, clear blue waters and rich Mayan culture create a naturally romantic backdrop. And with its prime location and wide selection of romantic hotels, one of the top spots for couples happens to be Cancun.
Here are our top picks for the most romantic things to do in Cancun for couples.
1. Swim in a Cenote or Underground River
Plunging into the silky waters of an underground cenote is one of the most romantic and unforgettable things to do in Cancun for couples. Float hand in hand through the emerald depths of Río Secreto. Or swim through vast caverns at Kantun-Chi, an eco-park where stalactites hang suspended over mystic waters.
Adventurous couples can explore four natural underground pools in one day on the Tour Xenotes Oasis Maya excursion. You can also go a bit further afield and visit beautiful cenotes in Tulum.
One cenote that will amaze you by its size is located in the heart of Valladolid, a colonial city that’s a super easy day trip from Cancun. Read about Why Valladolid is Mexico’s Next Best Destination
Insider Tip: Read our update on seaweed conditions in Cancun before choosing a resort or hotel for your romantic getaway. Since 2015, Mexico’s Caribbean coast (and many Caribbean islands) have been experiencing higher than normal quantities of sargasso seaweed. Get sargassum seaweed maps, safety tips and forecasts on Cancun and Riviera Maya seaweed before you book.
2. Sip Mexico’s Sexy Spirit
The Kama Sutra can’t be wrong–wild honey is a potent aphrodisiac. Rekindle your romance with a splash of Xtabentún, a regional liqueur made of anise and fermented honey.
One way to try this golden elixir is in a Xtabentun cocktail at Nizuc Resort and Spa, a sensual retreat set on a nature preserve in a secluded pocket of Cancun.
3. Bathe in Warm Chocolate at a Luxury Spa
Early Mayan hieroglyphs suggest cacao was prized for its aphrodisiac powers. Today’s visitors can enjoy the deep, rich, taste of fine Mexican chocolate at one of several Ah Cacoa Chocolate Cafes in Riviera Maya and Cancun.
At Secrets Spa by Pevonia at Secrets Playa Mujeres indulge in a sexy spa treatment that includes a full body chocolate and mint scrub. It will be followed by a luxe wrap so moisturizing you’ll feel as though you’ve been dipped in a chocolate fondue.
4. Float in a Gondola under the Moonlight
Be serenaded by traditional Mexican love ballads while gliding in a trajinera (gondola) along 7.4 kilometres of Venetian-like canals at Xoximilco Cancun. This attraction pays tribute to the legendary Xochimilco floating gardens of Mexico City with festive colours, folklore and cuisine.
This is definitely more of a fiesta than a solitary trip for two, but there’s nothing quite as romantic as dancing under the stars to live music. Impress your loved one by consulting our playlist of the most romantic mariachi songs to request from one of the roving mariachi bands.
5. Escape to a Romantic Hotel in Cancun
Booking a stay in a romantic hotel in Cancun is the key to the perfect couples getaway. Pamper yourselves at Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf Resort & Spa in Cancun, home to one of the best hydrotherapy circuits in Cancun.
You also can’t go wrong with Secrets The Vine, one of our top choices of the 5 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Cancun-Riviera Maya for 2019. With three infinity pools, curtained Bali beds and a ban on pesky all-inclusive wristbands, Secrets The Vine is made for romance. This adult-only hotel is located in the heart of Cancun’s hotel zone but is a world away from the raucous Spring Break crowd. With a no-reservations dinner policy, a 4,500 bottle wine cellar and 24-hour room service, you’re free to focus on each other.
Another very romantic hotel in Cancun is at Nizuc Resort and Spa, a sensual retreat tucked on a peninsula in a secluded pocket of Cancun. Although it’s also considered a family-friendly resort, it has an adults-only zone that’s ideal for couples.
For a luxury hotel that’s comes with its own beautiful beach, try the Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun. Upgrade to the concierge Club Floor level and enjoy the appetizers, snacks and treats along with the views.
6. Indulge in a Libido-Boosting Romantic Dinner for Two
For a night of seductive cuisine, take an adult-only sunset cruise of Cancun’s Nichupte Lagoon and dine on fresh lobster. Low in fat and high in protein, potassium and zinc, this decadent crustacean is packed with libido-boosting powers.
Another romantic spot to dine is within the restaurants located within the Hotel Grand Fiesta Americana Cancun. At the Five Diamond Le Basilic, you can watch a work of art be created by the hotel’s resident painter, dine on fresh ceviche and other fresh seafood at the oceanfront restaurant Isla Contoy.
For even more drama, opt for an evening of Mexican cuisine at the stylish La Joya restaurant where traditional mariachi players serenade at dinner along with a spectacular light and sound show.
The light and sound spectacle at La Joya is an unforgettable, high-tech show. It draws on Mexican motifs, traditions and history for inspiration. It’s quite unlike anything you’ll else you’ll find in Cancun and memorably romantic. Be sure to book in advance.
7. Visit the Smart is Sexy Museo de Cancun
For a day of intrigue, spend an afternoon at the stylish Museo Maya de Cancun designed by Mexican architect Alberto Garcia Lascurain. The building’s sexy curves hold a treasure trove of art collected by the National Institute of Anthropology and History.
The Mayan Museum of Cancun and the Archaeological Zone of San Miguelito is located in the heart of the Hotel Zone at Km 16 on Boulevard Kukulcán. It’s also a bargain as the admission cost per person is just 70 MXN pesos (less than $4 USD). Note that museum is closed on Mondays.
More Romantic Things to Do in Cancun, Mexico
And that’s not the end of things to do in Cancun! Read these posts for more information on hotels, beaches, things to do and day trips in the Riviera Maya.
Book Tour Xenotes Oasis Maya visit four different cenotes and enjoy fun activities like Kayak, Zip-line, Rappel and Snorkel.
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