Los Cabos, perched at the tip of the 1,000-mile long Baja Peninsula, is known for pristine beaches, world-class golf courses, sports fishing tournaments, the Ironman Triathlon series, the Los Cabo International Film Festival, steadily growing eco-tourism, and much more. This paradise has so much to offer anyone who wants to have a winter wedding, especially one on the beach. There is so much going on here, that you and your guests will never lack for fun.
So whether you envision your nuptials as a glamorous event in one of the area’s elegant resorts or a simple ceremony on the beach, Cabo has it all.
Winter in Cabo is slightly cooler than in the other seasons, but by “cooler,” we mean an average of 80°F during the day and in the 60’s at night. That’s perfect for a winter wedding! A tropical dessert, Cabo enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine and an extremely low average annual rainfall that accumulates mostly during September and October. Oh, and how about the average year-round water temperature in the Sea of Cortez – a balmy 72°F.
The consistently gorgeous weather, abundant sunshine and warm seas add up to the perfect backdrop for the most important occasion of your life.
San Jose del Cabo International Airport (SJD) sports more than five hundred weekly flights from nonstop and connecting markets. This will net you easy access to Los Cabos. “Los Cabos” refers to the twenty-mile stretch that hugs the ocean on the tip of the Baja Peninsula between San Jose Del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, and usually gets shortened to simply “Cabo.”
Just a few of the US winter nonstops include American Airlines from Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) and Houston (IAH), United from San Francisco (SFO), Interjet from New York (JFK), Delta from Los Angeles (LAX), Denver (DEN), Sacramento (SMF) and San Jose (SJC), and Alaska from San Diego (SAN). Canadians enjoy seasonal nonstops from all major cities with airlines Westjet, Air Canada, and the charter airline Sunwing.
Recently, the world’s largest holiday company, TUI, announced nonstop charters from London, England to Los Cabos commencing in 2019.
Playa el Medano is Cabo’s most well-known beach. Sun seekers and adventurers frolic on the two-mile stretch of golden sand, hopping on panga boats, kayaks or paddleboards to visit Lover’s Beach, at the iconic El Arco (the Arch), which is only accessible by water.
Although a fun beach to visit, there are literally dozens of heavenly beaches more suitable for weddings. Santa Maria, Chileno, Palmilla, and Costa Azul are just a few. Many people choose a hotel along the corridor and have all of their events at the correspondingly gorgeous stretch of sand. With such a large selection of captivating coves to choose from, your winter wedding will be a dazzling spectacle.
The Cabo Corridor boasts some of the most magnificent resorts in all of Mexico. There are also numerous boutique hotels and private villas according to your needs. Outdoor ceremony venues are equally marvelous and due to the mild weather, can include lush gardens, terraces, gazebos, sandy beaches and courtyards brimming with magnificent flora and fauna. There are even farm type settings for more rustic styles and yachts for those with matrimonial sea legs.
RSVP Por Favor
Often fewer friends and family are able to attend a destination wedding than if it were back home. Luckily, Cabo is so accessible more guests than usual tend to say yes. There are so many ways to add fun activities onto the trip – the bride and pals can gorge on spa treatments, the guys can go sportfishing or championship golfing. The wedding party can enjoy a stunning sunset cruise at Land’s End and endless margarita fests on the beach.
The late Jacques Cousteau nicknamed the Sea of Cortez “The Aquarium of the World.” One of the most biologically diverse bodies of water on the planet, it is home to more than 900 species of fish, thousands of species of invertebrates, and a wide array of marine mammals like sea lions, dolphins and whales.
There are few things more awe-inspiring than getting up close and personal with migrating humpback and grey whales, which pass through our waters each winter to give birth and rear their young in Cabo bays and lagoons. Of the 11 whale species found across the globe, eight make their way to the waters off Los Cabos. Visitors can take a whale watching cruise on a local catamaran, but often they can be seen from your private terrace or beach.
Imagine exchanging your vows on the beach at sunset with whales spouting in the background!
Full on Fun
Few destinations know fun like Cabo. No matter your style or that of your attendees, there are a dizzying array of activities awaiting you in Los Cabos.
- Sports Fishing – Cabo is home to the world’s richest fishing tournament, Bisbee’s Black and Blue, and big-game sportfishing is one of the area’s most popular pursuits. Hundreds of hearty fisherman search the Sea of Cortez for marlin, tuna, and other deep-sea denizens.
- Golf – Los Cabos has been a premier golfing destination since the early 1990s, and some local courses have been ranked among the 100 best in the world, hosting PGA Grand Slam events.
- Spas – Love being pampered with manicures and beachside massages? Cabo has dozens of first-class spas, including the Spa at Esperanza which was rated as the best in all of Latin America. Romantic couples treatments are an area specialty.
- Art – San Jose del Cabo’s Art Walks, each Thursday evening of the high season, with many great galleries showcasing work from the country’s best contemporary artists as well as traditional Mexican folk art. Music and food round out this festive and fun night.
- Kiteboarding – Every winter, the El Norte winds blow down the Sea of Cortez, and the East Cape becomes a kiteboarding and windsurfing paradise. In January, and you can watch (or join) the world’s best in the annual Lord of the Wind competition. Parasailing is also popular, and you can soar above the Arch alone or with a friend!
- Diving – Although great diving can happen in a number of places in Los Cabos, Cabo Pulmo is a spot along the East Cape that makes a superb day trip. It is actually the oldest and largest living coral reef in North America, and the waters boast the highest concentration of fish anywhere in the entire Sea of Cortez.
The party never really ends in Cabo. Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo, Mandala, The Pink Kitty, and El Squid Row are some of the areas’ top nightspots. In any resort, you can expect plenty of live music, margaritas, and uninhibited, free-spirited fun after the sun goes down.
Since the Sea of Cortes is home to at least 40 percent of all known marine phyla around the world, as well as nearly 5,000 species of shellfish and those 900 species of fish, you can bet you will enjoy the absolute ultimate of seafood.
Some of the most common eating fish species found off the Baja coast are Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Sierra, Amberjack, Sea Bass, Snapper, Swordfish, and Grouper. Shellfish Crustaceans include Clams, Shrimp, Lobster, Squid, and Crab. Mollusks include Clam, Oyster, Octopus, Stingray, Scallop, and Abalone.
From sushi to sashimi, ceviche to chowder and dozens of more choices, your tastebuds with never forget the culinary adventures you treat them to here.
Too Legit to Quit
The “red tape” for getting married in Mexico is similar to that of the US or Canada, the significant difference being that you must have several documents validated at the nearest Mexican consulate in your country before you bring them to Mexico.
Many couples choose to conduct a Symbolic Ceremony here in Mexico void of religious and legal requirements and are married in a civil ceremony either before or after the actual Mexico ceremony.
Here are the basic requirements:
- A current passport as proof of ID and marital status for both parties.
- A copy of both parties’ birth certificates.
- A tourist immigration card (received upon arrival in Mexico) or visa.
- The names, addresses, nationalities, occupations, and ages of both parties’ parents.
- Four witnesses (these can be provided by a wedding planner for an extra fee). The witnesses will also need to provide their names, addresses, occupations, ages and photo ID.
- Also, previously married couples need verification that a minimum of one full year has elapsed from the date of one of the following:
- Divorced? The Final dissolution of marriage must be verified with a certified copy of the final divorce decree.
- Widowed? This must be verified with a certified copy of the spouse’s death certificate.
- You will require a health certificate and blood test for both parties that must be done in Mexico.
Typically, two to four days must be spent in Cabo San Lucas to complete the requirements, although less time may be required when a wedding planner is involved. Ahem, hello Del Cabo Weddings…
There are many more reasons to plan your wedding in Cabo, but we’re too busy planning weddings right now to think of any more. Did we miss anything? Let us know!