Married in Mexico
Destination daydreams come true in Puerto Vallarta
By Meghan Chalfant
Honeymoons in Puerto Vallarta are pretty spectacular. After all, this paradise is all about sun-kissed beaches, vibrant culture, and, of course, romance. Imagine a locale where infinite blue waters gracefully embrace stretches of white sand beaches, and clear skies give way to some of the most awe-inspiring sunsets that can instantly set your soul on fire. Whether you’re looking to tie the knot in paradise or escape to a honeymoon in paradise, you’ll find a perfect path to love, relaxation, and adventure in beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Located on Mexico’s Pacific Coast—just 670 miles from San Antonio, Texas, and 1,100 miles from San Diego, California—you’ll find a sun-kissed locale boasting 25 miles of romantic coastline and cobblestone-lined streets paired with the excitement of Latin flare. Before John Huston’s 1964 film, The Night of the Iguana, this destination was known as a peaceful fishing village, but when Liz Taylor went to keep an eye on her lover, Richard Burton, who was filming with Ava Gardner, word spread, quickly putting Puerto Vallarta on the tourist must-visit map. It’s here in Puerto Vallarta where several destinations with distinct characteristics roll into one, making this charming city a sight to be seen for more reasons than one.
With near perfect year-round weather, Puerto Vallarta is an ideal locale for romantic sun-drenched holidays. It’s also ideally located on the same latitude as the Hawaiian Islands, offering visitors similar weather with more than 300 days of sun a year and an average temperature of 77 degrees. While in Puerto Vallarta, you’ll meet some of the most hospitable people during your visit, so it’s no wonder this city welcomes an average of 3.7 million visitors to their town each year. Although most residents speak Spanish, the official language of the country, you’ll find that many people are multilingual and speak and understand English.
The Suite Life
Nestled on a sandy strip between the Sierra Madre Mountains and Banderas Bay―the 7th largest bay in the world, is a beachfront resort where sultry romance meets relaxed luxury with an authentic Mexican vibe. Catering to the discerning traveler, the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa is located just two miles from Puerto Vallarta’s international airport (Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport). Situated away from the crowded hotel zone, this upscale resort, just steps from the beach, boasts world-class accommodations and amenities. With 433 stylish guest rooms featuring private balconies or terrace, guests can peacefully sleep with luxe linens and fluffy pillows, while floor-to-ceiling windows reveal panoramic tropical views. Upgrade your room experience to one of 29 spacious suites that include a separate living area, or book the ambassador suite complete with a whirlpool Jacuzzi. Whatever accommodations you choose, rest assured you’ll have a private balcony or terrace with views of the bay beyond the infinity pool and colorful bougainvillea. Traveling between November and April? There’s a chance you can even spot humpback whales right from your balcony!
Home to one of Mexico’s best destinations for gastronomy, CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta will delight with culinary menu options. Whether you’re craving midday snacks or full-course meals, your palate is sure to be satisfied at any of the onsite restaurants. Dine at La Estancia for bountiful buffets and à la carte options, including traditional Mexican-inspired dishes like made-to-order chilaquiles with green sauce. Enjoy salads, prime-cut steaks, and fresh seafood at Las Casitas for breezy beachfront dining; casual all-American fare at Champions Sports Bar; or an authentic Japanese table-side hibachi dinner with a show at Mikado.
The City and the Sea
From beachside relaxation to island adventures and city scenes, travelers are in for an all-encompassing taste of Mexico. At CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa, bask under the warm Mexican sun on the pristine stretch of sandy golden beach or go for a swim in the infinity pool. Unwind at the 22,000-square-foot Ohtli Spa, offering guests a full menu of signature treatments. Jungle canopy zip-line tours, ATV jungle treks, horseback riding, deep-sea fishing, and boat tours to Las Caletas (a private cove for swimming with sea lions) or Marietas Islands for snorkeling are all exhilarating activities perfect for the thrill-seeker. Beyond the beach, winding cobblestone streets perfectly blend architecture and the vibrant culture highlighted by local festivals such as the Puerto Vallarta Gourmet Festival and the Guadalupe Processions, honoring the town’s patron saint.
Whether you dream of an intimate ceremony or a grand celebration with spectacular backdrops and famed sunsets, CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa can set the stage for an unforgettable destination wedding. Walk down the aisle on the jetty, where the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra Madre Mountains create a romantic ambiance; exchange vows within the Las Casitas Garden; or say “I do” beachside with your toes in the sand. The ballroom space at CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa also offers a state-of-the-art facility and a beach patio with exquisite views of the city. With impressive views, paired with the experience of the on-site certified wedding coordinator, the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta is sure to create wedding memories that will last forever. Delectable cuisine options, event signage, setup layout and table assignment, and your choice of table linens, silverware, and glassware are just some of the complimentary amenities you’ll receive when you host a destination wedding here.
Pack your Bags
Puerto Vallarta is known for its casual vibe and near-perfect tropical climate. When packing your bags, bring items you know you’ll use, such as swimwear, cover-ups, hats, sunglasses, shorts, T-shirts, cocktail attire for fine dining restaurants, and a pair of sandals that can easily be dressed up or down. Planning on going on an excursion or two? Don’t forget sneakers for off-road adventures or any other exhilarating activities. If you’ll be traveling during the cooler season, you may need a light jacket or sweater. You’ll also need your travel documents (passport, boarding passes, photo ID, and traveler’s insurance papers if purchased), basic toiletries, sunblock, and any medications or health supplements.
How to Get Here
Puerto Vallarta can be easily reached from most major cities on the Eastern Seaboard. Approximately a four-and-a-half-hour flight from the New York metro area, twelve major air carriers (Aeromexico, American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, and US Airways) fly into Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport. From miles of idyllic coastline to verdant rolling hills, endless activities, and diverse culture, it’s time to put Puerto Vallarta on your destination wedding or honeymoon radar. For more information about CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa or to book your honeymoon or destination wedding, visit www.puertovallartamarriott.com.