DISNEY CRUISE SHIP RETURNS TO PUERTO VALLARTA AT THE END OF 2021

The Disney Cruise Line company confirmed that the Disney Wonder cruise ship will return to the Mexican Pacific in October. Coming from San Diego, California, this cruise ship will arrive at our destination in November, on a 14-day route through the Panama Canal. As part of the itinerary, this ship will also visit Los Cabos, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.

As a preventive measure, Disney Cruise Line announced that all passengers over the age of 12 must be fully vaccinated to board, a measure that took effect on September 3rd, 2021.

In addition, passengers under the age of 12 can not be vaccinated should take a pre-trip rapid PCR test or laboratory PCR test for COVID-19, as well as a rapid COVID-19 test upon boarding.

This spectacular cruise line has capacity for 2,713 passengers, a length of 984 feet and its weight is 83,300 tons. In addition, it has helped position our port among the leading cruise destinations in the Pacific coast.


Los Cabos, Vallarta and Mazatlán receive more tourists than before the Covid-19

The airports of these three destinations achieved their best June in history; Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta serve mostly international travelers, while Mazatlán nationals

Recognized for being one of the main beach centers in the country, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlán already receive more tourists than before the Covid-19 pandemic.

The director of the Anáhuac Tourism Research and Competitiveness Center (Cicotur), Francisco Madrid, described the structural strength of tourism in these destinations as extraordinary.

The Cabo San Lucas airport received a total of 557 thousand passengers last month, being its best June in history, show data from Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP).

This figure is equivalent to more than nine times the volume registered in June of last year, when only 59 thousand tourists arrived and important restrictions were maintained by Covid-19.

The recent data also exceeds the 485 thousand travelers who arrived in June 2019, before the pandemic, and the 449 thousand who entered in the same month of 2018.

For its part, the Puerto Vallarta airport served a total of almost 381,000 passengers last month, 11 times more than a year earlier, according to the recent GAP report.

In addition, it is the first time that Vallarta reports a monthly flow of arrivals higher than it had before the pandemic, since in June 2019 370 thousand tourists entered, while in the same month of 2018 340 thousand arrived.

The majority of tourists who arrive by plane to Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta come from the United States, where the authorities continue to request a negative test of contagion of Covid-19 to all passengers who intend to travel to that country.

For its part, Canada declared that, as of July 5, international flights were reopened for people who are vaccinated and who meet certain conditions issued by the government of that nation.

Considered the Pearl of the Pacific, Mazatlán is another destination that also already receives more tourists than before the pandemic, but, unlike Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, this destination serves mostly national visitors.

The Mazatlán airport received a total of 91 thousand passengers last month and it is also its best June in history, according to information from Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte (OMA).

This figure is equivalent to more than five times the arrivals of a year ago, and exceeds the 89 thousand registered in June 2019, before the pandemic, and the 76 thousand of the same month of 2018.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) pointed out that by 2025 it expects the number of passengers transported in Mexico to be 10% higher than that registered in 2019, mentioning that it foresees a rapid recovery in passenger traffic levels. , since it is the only country in the world that never closed its borders.


3 STEAKHOUSES TO ENJOY DURING RESTAURANT WEEK 2021

For several years, Sonoran meat has stood out as a tradition in the domestic gastronomy and it has also positioned itself as a quality dish on the tables of many countries where it is exported. Fortunately, along Banderas Bay, we can find many restaurants that offer those delicious cuts with the typical flavor the grills print.

During the 17th edition of Restaurant Week (September 15th to October 10th, 2021) you can experience this exquisite gastronomic style in one of the following restaurants that will participate in this culinary festival.

Enjoy them!


Arrecifes Seafood & Steakhouse

Located within the facilities of The Westin Resort & Spa, in this restaurant you can enjoy juicy grilled meat, as well as delicious fish and seafood, while you can appreciate the Banderas Bay from the open-air beach club.


Serrano’s Meat House

This restaurant specializes in top-quality cuts grilled to perfection. From this vantage point, you can enjoy the sounds of live dancers and musicians that frequently appear at Plaza Lázaro Cárdenas.


Sonora House

In addition to Sonora cuts (flank steak, New York and rib eye), this Vallarta grill offers hamburgers, grills, meat broth, melted cheese, quesadillas, salads and even shrimp and meat skewers, among other ingredients.

Organized by Vallarta Lifestyles Media Group, Restaurant Week 2021 is sponsored by Cristalería del Pacífico and Vinoteca. In addition, it is supported in its national and international promotion by the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board, as well as by the Riviera Nayarit Conventions and Visitors Bureau.

Visit the Restaurant Week website and social networks to know the participating restaurants’ menus.


GRADUAL REACTIVATION OF CRUISES IN PUERTO VALLARTA BEGINS

Coming from Long Beach, California, the Carnival Panorama cruise ship arrived in Puerto Vallarta’s Administración Portuaria Integral this morning, which represents a great advance in the gradual reactivation of this industry in our destination.

Its seven-day travel itinerary includes Puerto Vallarta as the first Mexican destination this ship visits since it set sail from California last Saturday, August 21st, 2021. Later, it will continue its journey to Mazatlán, Sinaloa.

This cruise ship has a capacity for 3,500 people, but due to official regulations its capacity was reduced to 70 percent (2,450 people).

According to the shipping company information, 98 percent of passengers are vaccinated against COVID-19, the rest being minors. As a strict health protocols, people should have presented a proof of vaccination, as well as negative PCR tests prior to boarding.

During the health emergency, the Government of Jalisco, in coordination with the three levels of government, provided support to the cruise segment to repatriate passengers and crew through humanitarian bridges in Puerto Vallarta.


ESSENTIALS OF OUR DESTINATION: VIBRANT NIGHT SCENE

Living in or visiting Vallarta · Nayarit means enjoying life, and what better way to celebrate good times than with delicious signature cocktails, good music and excellent company! That said, the night scene in our destination is so varied that it has options to satisfy practically all tastes.

Nightclubs
Along the avenue that runs through the Hotel Zone, you will find some of the most popular nightclubs among young people, who dance and socialize in elegant settings that encourage you to leave your sandals and Bermuda shorts behind.

To Start and Extend the Party
Both the Malecón and its surrounding streets are a mosaic of possibilities. Here you can go from dancing salsa in a totally Cuban atmosphere, to listening to live rock bands in colorful establishments, as well as rocking to the rhythm of the best beats on bar turntables, motivating you to extend the party until dawn.

LGBT+ Entertainment
The Romantic Zone is the prime nightlife area for LGBT+ residents and visitors. Here, the options range from intimate bars with live music, to crowded clubs that stand out for their fun atmosphere, as well as nightclubs with a variety of performances.

With its attractions, vibrant atmosphere and countless options to enjoy the night, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit are a spectacular hotspot to experience high-quality entertainment.


Vallarta · Nayarit Restaurants are Ready for Restaurant Week 2021

From September 15th to October 10th, 2021, the 17th edition of Restaurant Week will take place in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. This important culinary event is organized by Vallarta Lifestyles Media Group and is supported in its national and international promotion by the Public Trust for the Promotion and Tourist Advertising of Puerto Vallarta, as well as by the Riviera Nayarit Conventions and Visitors Bureau.

This year, the Puerto Vallarta’s participating restaurants are Abbraccio Cucina Italiana, Arrecifes Seafood & Steakhouse, Azafrán, Basilio Comer & Beber, Café des Artistes, Casa 449, Di Vino Dante, Eclecticos Restaurante & Bar, Hacienda San Ángel Gourmet, IK Mixology Bar & Cuisine, Joe Jack’s Fish Shack, Kaiser Maximilian Restaurant & Café, La Cappella, La Leche, Le Kliff, Makal, Mikado, Opa Greek Bistro, Serrano’s Meat House, Sonora House, The Iguana Restaurant & Tequila Bar and Trattoria Di Nuovo.

On the other hand, the Riviera Nayarit’s participating restaurants are LOMA 42 BAHÍA, Mark’s Bar & Grill, Sabal Playa · Ocean Club and Casual Dining, Sandrina’s Cocina Mediterránea/Griega, Tuna Blanca and Venazú.

Restaurant Week 2021 will present three categories of menus: 299, 399 and 466 pesos per person. Rates do not include drinks nor tips.

Sponsors

Once again, Restaurant Week 2021 will be sponsored by two renowned and important companies for the regional and national restaurant industry: Cristalería del Pacífico, a Vallarta’s company with more than 30 years of experience, which has been recognized as one of the best distributors of supplies for restaurants and hotel chains of international prestige; as well as by Vinoteca, a Mexican company with more than 20 branches in the country that, since 2015, was established in Puerto Vallarta to offer the highest quality wines and spirits from different parts of the world.

About Restaurant Week

Since its launch in 2004, Restaurant Week has offered the opportunity to enjoy innovative three-course menus at reduced prices in some of the most prestigious restaurants in the destination.


ESSENTIALS OF OUR DESTINATION: TYPICAL FOOD ON THE BEACHES

In addition to getting a perfect tan, enjoying exciting activities and/or relaxing to the rhythm of the waves, on the coasts of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit you can discover the folklore and variety of the local gastronomy, especially through some meals with unique presentations. Although they are not complex dishes, they are part of the Vallarta experience and the flavors of everyday life.

Fish and Shrimp “Embarazados” (“Pregnant”)
This is our destination’s most emblematic snack. Its name is a modification of the phrase “en vara asado” (“grilled on a stick”), and its preparation consists of marinating the meat of the fish or shrimp with a sauce of guajillo chile, garlic, butter and achiote, and then grilling it, to be eaten directly from the stick.

Oysters
Throughout Banderas Bay there is a special devotion to this mollusk. The oyster is similar to the clam, but it has a very distinct flavor and texture. Generally, it is eaten directly from the shell, accompanied by lime and hot sauce.

Ceviche Tostadas
There are several types of ceviche, but the most common is made with ground fish (marinated with lime juice), coriander, salt to taste, oregano, lime, cucumber, tomato, carrot, onion and serrano chile. It is served with avocado and a variety of sauces.

Corn and/or Banana Bread
Due to their sweet flavor and tender texture, homemade corn and/or banana bread are a temptation to the palate. This dessert is one of the most traditional in Vallarta · Nayarit, as well as the different flavors of pies that can be found on the South Shore.

Popsicles
These refreshing desserts are made from water or milk and are available in a wide variety of flavors. Their fun colors have captured the attention of local foodies, who, in addition to savoring them, take the opportunity for a picture of them with the scenery in the background.


When to go to Puerto Vallarta

Timing can make all the difference when visiting Puerto Vallarta, a wildly popular resort known for its sublime jungle-backed beaches and emerald waters, tucked onto Mexico’s Pacific coast. The pleasantly cool and dry winter and spring months can cost you a pretty peso, but an epic whale-watching experience might warrant the peak-season splurge.

The sultry summer months, in contrast, are a bargain hunter’s dream, if you don’t mind the heat and more frequent rainy days. The fall brings Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead), a uniquely atmospheric Mexican tradition in which families pay respect to deceased loved ones by laying out colorful altars decked with offerings for the departed, coinciding with low prices and increasingly sunny weather.

Deciding when to visit Puerto Vallarta will depend on your budget, the experiences on your bucket list, and how much sunshine you expect for your peso. When traveling with kids, you may want to consider the drier peak or shoulder seasons to maximize time on Puerto Vallarta’s sandy beaches. Here’s the lowdown on the best times to go.

High Season: December to April

Best time for whale-watching

Many folks make a point of visiting Puerto Vallarta from December to March when thousands of humpback whales migrate to the warm waters of Banderas Bay for the mating season. There’s a definite wow factor in getting up close to these majestic 30-ton creatures as they leap out of the sea. Tour company Ecotours de México runs four-hour whale-watching outings using boats equipped with hydrophones (underwater microphones that let you listen in on the whales’ mesmerizing mating calls). There’s even a small chance of spotting a whale shark or gray whale this time of year.

Weather-wise, these are the coolest and driest months, providing ideal conditions for outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. And with warm but not scorching daytime temperatures, this is prime time for lolling on those lovely sandy beaches. A winter visit comes at a price, however. Travel can get downright expensive as snowbirds flock to the city from the north, and hotels and airlines hike their rates considerably. The influx turns into a flood for Spring Break in March.

Shoulder Season: May to August

Best time for diving

The hot summer months bring warm water temperatures and excellent visibility to Banderas Bay, making it arguably the best time to explore Puerto Vallarta’s prime diving sites, though rain becomes more common from June onwards. Dive shops such as Banderas Scuba Republic run snorkeling excursions to serene palm-fringed coves and scuba outings to remote islands, where you can glide in the company of giant manta rays, hawksbill turtles and pods of wild dolphins.

Once the city gets spring break out of its system in March, prices become more manageable. You can score good hotel deals throughout May and June, except for the last week of May, when the spirited Vallarta Pride fest takes over the city. Hotels fill up particularly fast in the LGBTIQ-friendly Zona Romántica, Mexico’s most thriving gay beach destination. In July and August, hotel rates gradually increase over the Mexican vacation period, though they’re still well down on the winter peak season.

Low Season: September to November

Best time for local flavor

Not only is fall one of the most affordable times to visit, but it’s also the most colorful as Mexicans celebrate the nation’s Independence Day on September 16 (and the evening before) and Día de Muertos on the first days of November. Even Halloween on 31 October gets some love in Puerto Vallarta’s gringo-friendly restaurants and bars. Note that inbound flights to Mexico can be more expensive during the celebrations.

The weather remains hot and sticky, but the warm waters and increasingly sunny days are highly conducive to swimming and snorkeling, and best of all, you get to enjoy them without the crowds. Be ready for some disruption to travel as locals switch their attention from catering to tourists to spending time with family during this time.

Here’s a monthly guide to what you can expect through the year in Puerto Vallarta (but note that all events are subject to change).

January

Relatively cool weather makes this one of the best times of the year to visit, with the caveat that it comes with a hefty high-season price tag. Don’t miss the annual fiesta in the nearby mountain town of San Sebastián del Oeste.

February

Temperatures remain delightfully cool (while still warm enough for time on the beach). February marks the height of whale-watching season, as both humpback and gray whales congregate on Banderas Bay for mating.  

March

The really busy season arrives with the warmer weather as Puerto Vallarta gears up for spring break madness in March and April.

April

The mercury continues to rise, but it remains fairly dry. Semana Santa (Holy Week) sees crowded beaches and exorbitant hotel and airline prices.  

May

Visitors come from far and wide for Vallarta Pride in late May, a weeklong fiesta with parades, wild street parties and entertaining drag shows. Hotels in the gay-friendly Zona Romántica are often booked out months in advance.    

June

The rainy season begins, bringing heavy afternoon downpours but mostly sunny mornings. A great month to snag bargain hotel deals.

July

The muggy summer heat carries over into July as the busy Mexican vacation season starts, bringing many local tourists. From July through December, you can participate in sea turtle releases.

August

Ready for some steamy nights? August is one of Vallarta’s hottest and wettest months, and domestic tourists continue to pour in for the summer Mexican vacation period.

September

Always up for a fiesta, Vallarta celebrates Independence Day with a bang as fireworks light up the sky and bars and nightclubs rage into the wee hours on September 16.

October

The heat is still on, but the rainfall begins to diminish. A visit at the end of the month allows you to compare and contrast Halloween on 31 October and the Día de Muertos celebrations on the first few days of November.

November

As the rainy season winds down and colorful Día de Muertos altars pop up in plazas and cemeteries across town, it’s hard to imagine a better spot to soak up one of Mexico’s richest traditions.

December

The temperature begins to drop a few notches with the winter holiday season in sight. You can still find decent hotel deals in the first few weeks of December.


Travel 2021: These are some of the top travel destinations Canadians are researching

Canadians are dreaming of wild places close to home and warm places far away

With restrictions on travel gradually lifting as more of Canada’s population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, a growing number of Canadians are daydreaming about travel in the not-too-distant future.

According to data from Expedia, the travel website saw an almost 15 per cent spike in searches for domestic and international hotels during the week of June 7 to 13. That same week, on June 9, the federal government announced it was prepared to relax some travel restrictions for fully vaccinated Canadians beginning in July.

“I think this really comes back to there being so much pent-up travel demand over the last year and a half,” said Expedia spokesperson Mary Zajac. “Canadians are definitely eager and excited for the future and to get away once possible again.”

So which destinations are people eyeing for their first proper vacations since the beginning of the pandemic?

This summer, predictably, Canadians are mostly planning to stay within Canada. Search data from travel platform Airbnb shows the top trending destinations are those near access points to natural features. Among Airbnb users, British Columbia, Quebec, Ontario and Saskatchewan have seen the biggest increases in searches for summer stays over the past month. 

According to search data from Expedia, the top domestic summer travel destinations people are researching are, in order of popularity: Banff, Alta.; Kelowna, B.C.; Vancouver, B.C.; Jasper, Alta.; Osoyoos, B.C.; Tobermory, Ont.; Tofino, B.C.; Niagara Falls, Ont.; Quebec City, Que. and Mont-Tremblant, Que. 

Search data from Expedia shows that when it comes to fall and winter travel plans, Canadians are interested in visiting more cities and urban centres. The top domestic fall and winter destinations are: Banff, Alta., Whistler, B.C., Niagara Falls, Ont.; Vancouver, B.C.; Toronto, Ont.; Canmore, Alta.; Montreal, Que.; Jasper, Alta.; Victoria, B.C. and Quebec City, Que. 

As for international travel destinations, Expedia’s data shows Canadians are interested in visiting the following places — mostly in the U.S., México and the Dominican Republic — later this year or early next year, once travel restrictions lift: Las Vegas, Nevada; Honolulu, Hawaii; Cancún, México; Puerto Vallarta, México; Maui, Hawaii; Cabo San Lucas, México; Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic; Orlando, Florida; Miami, Florida and Scottsdale, Arizona.

“Canadians are craving sun, beach, pools and warm weather,” Zajac said, “and we’re seeing this with México and U.S. sun destinations topping the charts with interest for the back end of the year.”


32 Dreamy Destination Wedding Ideas to Help You Find the Perfect Locale

The beauty of wedding planning is that you truly have infinite options to make your big day your own. And while many couples opt to plan their wedding in their hometown or the city they reside in, some look to far-off destinations.

Whether you’re looking for incredible seaside or mountain views, historical architecture, or simply hoping to incorporate the element of travel and adventure into your celebration, a destination wedding may be the ideal choice. However, a destination wedding doesn’t always have to mean hours of travel time. From stateside gems spanning from the Pacific Northwest to the Southwest to trans-Atlantic dream spots, we’ve put together the ultimate list.

1. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Hoping for a beach setting with a tropical vibe? Puerto Vallarta, nestled right on the Pacific Coast, offers the option of renting private villas or hosting your nuptials at a hotel for an all-inclusive experience. Either way, your photos will be absolutely stunning.

2. Shiraz, Texas

Shiraz, Texas

This is not your typical destination wedding location. However, if you’re in the Southwest and looking for a gorgeous destination without traveling too far, Shiraz is the perfect spot to say “I do” overlooking Texas Hill Country.

3. Lake Como, Italy

Lake Como, Italy

Lake Como boasts beautiful scenery in Northern Italy as it borders the foothills of the Alps. Because this spot has become so popular, there are plenty of venue options to choose from, including luxury options right on the lake to charming villas with historic architecture.

4. Joshua Tree, California

Joshua Tree, California

Few places in North America offer as distinctive of a landscape as Joshua Tree National Park. Two deserts meet at the park, making it a picturesque locale boasting incredible desert views, rock formations, and the unique shape of the Joshua Tree. Book a venue featuring this dreamy backdrop, or hunt for an Airbnb to accommodate a smaller guest list. Either way, you’ll have the most gorgeous desert wedding photos to look back on.

5. Samui Island, Thailand

Samui Island, Thailand

What if you could jet off for a private island stay in Thailand? Sounds like an amazing adventure, right? Choosing Samui Island in Thailand will offer just that. This couple tied the knot at Cape Fahn Hotel, which offers a lush, gorgeous setting with water views and 22 private villas for your guests.

6. Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, Arizona

For those who love a desert vibe, Sedona can’t be beat. The breathtaking Northern Arizona landscape shows off with tall red rock buttes, dotted with pine trees and agave. And another bonus of this gorgeous spot? You can easily plan a wedding at any time of the year because of its mild climate.

7. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende is known for its architecture and charm, so if that’s what you’re hunting for as your photo backdrop, it’s sure to be the right spot. Incredible pink church towers can be found in the main plaza, while the streets are still lined with beautiful cobblestone. And the best part? There’s plenty of hacienda options to choose from for hosting your destination wedding nuptials.

8. Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany, Italy

One of the most romantic destination wedding options? Whisking off to Tuscany. This North-Central region of Italy is known for its cultural heritage, from Renaissance art to historic architecture. Opt for an alfresco option in a rural setting, or embrace the history of the area by tying the knot in an extraordinary cathedral.

9. Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco

Want to invite your guests to a magical setting? Marrakech is the perfect option for those looking for a boho-desert vibe. Surrounded by desert landscapes, paired with dramatic architecture and intricate patterns, this is one of the most unique options for those hoping to jet off for a destination wedding.

10. Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua, Guatemala

Located in South-Central Guatemala, Antigua is primed for vibrant wedding photos. The charm of Spanish colonial buildings remains intact, while incredible volcano views surround the city. Tie the knot and then waltz through the historic city or opt for an outdoor location to embrace the magical landscape. Either way, it’s sure to be stunning.

11. Montego Bay, Jamaica

Montego Bay, Jamaica

When Jamaica comes to mind, it’s all about the tropics. And if you’re hoping for a beautiful destination surrounded by turquoise-hued water, white sandy beaches, and palm trees, this is it. Multiple resorts offer stunning beach wedding options, or you can opt to hunt for a private Airbnb retreat on the beach. Just be sure they allow weddings!

12. Capri, Italy

Capri, Italy

Italy’s island of Capri is known for its extraordinary cuisine (including Amalfi lemons!) along with picturesque views. Its jaw-dropping coastline and colorful buildings nestled in the cliffside make for the perfect wedding destination. Couples can find historic churches or venues with seaside views for the ideal spot to tie the knot.

13. New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is known for its vibrancy, with a nightlife that never sleeps, not to mention delicious food and wonderful music. If a parade down the streets is what you’re hoping for after you and your partner say “I do,” this is definitely the stateside locale for you. Plus, it’s legal to have a drink in your hand while walking down the street, so a signature cocktail can be incorporated into your parade for even more fun.

14. Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale, Arizona

Want an option in the Southwest that’s not remotely in the desert? Scottsdale boasts gorgeous Southwest architecture, paired with palm trees, cacti, and dramatic mountain views. And the best part? There are plenty of resort options with stunning backdrops to choose from, so finding a venue won’t cause any added stress.

15. Newport, Rhode Island

Newport, Rhode Island

For those hoping for a coastal destination on the east coast without traveling too far, Newport has plenty to offer. From the magnificent Newport bridge to the plentiful sailboats dotting the water, this is truly a lovely escape for those who love a nautical vibe.

16. Franschhoek, South Africa

Franschhoek, South Africa

When it comes to wine regions, Napa comes to mind. Or, perhaps Burgundy or Bordeaux in France. But Franschhoek, South Africa is quickly rising to the top of the list as well when it comes to breathtaking wine regions. Known as South Africa’s food and wine capital, the region is beaming with vineyard views surrounded by dramatic mountain backdrops for the perfect ceremony location to say “I do.”  

17. Seville, Spain

Seville, Spain

In Spain’s capital city, Seville, you’ll discover breathtaking architecture, including grand Andalusian palaces, epic churches, and beautiful haciendas. Plenty of cobblestone streets remain intact, further boasting this city’s old-world charm.

18. Cancun, Mexico

Cancun, Mexico

Nothing compares to the bright turquoise-hued water in Cancun as it’s nestled along the Caribbean sea. And that’s exactly why this city on the Yucatán Peninsula has become so popular. Choose from hundreds of venue options, including all-inclusive resorts, and host your ceremony and reception on the beach with a stunning seaside backdrop.

19. Provence, France

Provence, France

Hoping to jet off to a jaw-dropping chateau nestled in France? Provence is the place to go. Provence is known for its elegance, along with its beautiful vineyards, lavender fields, and olive groves, not to mention remarkable architecture and mountain views. Book a chateau and host an al fresco dinner under romantic string lights for an unforgettable celebration.

20. Pacific City, Oregon

Pacific City, Oregon

Tucked away on the Oregon Coast, Pacific City is the perfect beach town for a Pacific Northwest wedding. This destination boasts expansive beaches with uniquely carved cliffs and sandstone caves due to its mountainous terrain, offering dramatic backdrops for any couple.

21. Sintra, Portugal

Sintra, Portugal

Royal palaces? Historic estates? Romantic architecture? If you’re searching for all of this and more, Sintra, located in Western Portugal, is certainly the spot. This couple said “I do” in an incredible coral-colored chapel before hosting their reception at one of Sintra’s popular destinations, Penha Longa Resort.

22. Cartegena, Colombia

Cartegena, Colombia

An incredibly vibrant destination? Cartegena, Colombia. The colonial buildings boast plenty of color all nestled amongst expansive seaside views. From the city to the beaches, this tropical locale is perfect for the couple hoping to jet off somewhere bold and beautiful.

23. Uluwatu, Bali

Uluwatu, Bali

Uluwatu is located on Bali’s most Southwestern tip. With that comes magnificent views of the Indian Ocean, along with the intrigue that limestone cliffs offer. Plan a destination wedding weekend of adventure for your guests, exploring the clifftop lookouts, and don’t forget to pencil in a visit to the Uluwatu temple, an incredible beacon of architecture perched high on a steep cliff.

24. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

While Croatia may not be the first locale that comes to mind when destination wedding planning, maybe it should be. Located in Southern Croatia along the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik boasts gorgeous baroque architecture, unique stone walls, and streets paved with limestone. Not to mention the breathtaking seaside views, of course.

25. Suffolk, England

Suffolk, England

If nothing sounds more charming than a weekend in the English countryside, then Suffolk is the place for you. This picture-perfect area is where history meets elegance, making for the most delightful location to host your nuptials. Choose from gorgeous mansion venues with beautifully manicured grounds to jaw-dropping historic hotels nestled in the countryside.

26. Tulum, Mexico

Tulum, Mexico

Tulum has become well-known as an up-and-coming vacation spot, as it’s nestled on the Caribbean. And while it certainly offers remarkable beaches and dreamy seaside views, Tulum is also jam-packed with history. From the ancient Mayan ruins to the mangroves, there’s beauty and history in Tulum no matter where you look.

27. Aspen, Colorado

Aspen, Colorado

For those hunting for a mountain getaway, put Aspen at the top of your list. Of course, this ski resort in town is known for its winter sports, but it’s also the most picturesque destination for a wedding, whether you’re hoping for a dreamy winter celebration or hunting for a dramatic mountain backdrop to say “I do.”

28. Pretoria, South Africa

Pretoria, South Africa

Pretoria is one of the three capital cities of South Africa boasting gorgeous architecture, history, and culture. Pretoria is also well-known for its magical Jacaranda trees, which make the city simply radiate in purple from September to January.

29. Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai, Hawaii

Want your wedding on island time? Kauai is the perfect fit. This tropical destination is covered with rainforest, paired with magnificent cliffs along the sea. Talk about the best of both worlds for a beautiful destination wedding.

30. Walland, Tennessee

Walland, Tennessee

For those looking for classic Southern charm, the area of Walland, Tennessee should be on the list. A quick drive from Knoxville, this locale boasts a number of farm and barn-style wedding venues in the area to host a gorgeous party. Luscious green countryside backdrops, string lights, and mountains in the distance? This is the ideal spot for a quintessential country wedding.

31. East Hampton, New York

East Hampton, New York

For New Yorkers, heading to the Hamptons is classic. And while it’s a gorgeous, nearby option for New Yorkers, it may also make for the perfect location for any east coaster looking for a destination. This locale is dotted with stunning venues, spanning from luxury hotels to picturesque seaside escapes. Or, for those who love a nautical vibe, you can even hunt down a view with a lighthouse standing tall in the background for truly dreamy photos.

32. Limerick, Ireland

Limerick, Ireland

While many destination wedding couples opt for beautiful beach vibes, for others, it’s all about living a magical fairytale. And if you’re on the hunt for a spot to fulfill that dream, Ireland is certainly it. Look to Limerick, Ireland where you can literally get married in a castle.

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