The Best Destination Wedding in Ixtapa

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April 11, 2022

Leave the wedding planning to the pros and spend your destination wedding in Ixtapa

Ixtapa is a beach town on Mexico’s Pacific coast just around four hours north of Acapulco. Its oceanside location allows for fun, outdoor activities and photo opportunities of all kinds. If you’re looking to get away from the crowds of the nearby resort towns, Ixtapa is a pleasant and relaxing alternative for a beachside destination wedding. From all-inclusive resorts and sailboat sunset rides to countryside tours and fresh-caught seafood, Ixtapa has it all.

For a unique destination wedding in Mexico, Ixtapa is the spot for you and your soon-to-be spouse. Ixtapa has a handful of top-tier hotels and resorts that offer venues and wedding packages to make your special day not only memorable, but also easy. All you have to do is book your flight, pick one of these all-inclusive hotels, and make your way to the beach with family and friends to make memories that last a lifetime.

Here are our top hotel and resort selections in Ixtapa:


Azul Ixtapa Grand

Azul Ixtapa Grand is the quintessential resort. It has amenities for every type of guest, it’s family-friendly, and has options for you to choose where on the premises you want to get married. Opt for a grand ballroom for larger groups, or an outdoor terrace on the grass for smaller gatherings. Either choice will be photographed beautifully by Ixtapa professional photographers. Spend the day before your wedding lounging at one of the resort's pools with a cool drink in hand or indulging in a full body massage at the spa. The resort is also a 20-minute drive from the Ixtapa Marina Golf Club and a 30-minute ride from the nearest international airport.

Cala de Mar Resort & Spa

Cala de Mar Resort & Spa was rated as one of Mexico’s best resorts by Travel + Leisure Magazine in 2020. One step onto the premises, and it’s easy to see why it was given a top rating. Cala de Mar is located on the cliffs of Ixtapa, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The seemingly hidden resort is a welcome location for a more private getaway and a romantically intimate destination wedding. The cliffside location offers a stunning backdrop to some of the best views in Ixtapa, making it a dream destination for wedding photographers.

Cala De Mar in Ixtapa, Mexico.

Club Med Ixtapa Pacific

Located walking distance away from the nearest swimmable beach, Playa Quieta, Club Med Ixtapa Pacific offers beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, relaxing suites, and plenty of amenities. The resort has many pools and places to dine on-site. You and your wedding party can enjoy outdoor activities like tennis, archery, and trapeze arts, all provided in the resort’s hotel package. Club Med offers wedding services to make your day easier. The package includes everything from the ceremony decor to wine for the wedding toast. Club Med Ixtapa Pacific is also one of the top-rated resorts close to Isla Ixtapa. Gather your wedding party to sail to the island for an unforgettable day trip, or book a romantic sailboat dinner for two.

La Casa Que Canta

Located steps away from La Ropa Beach, La Casa Que Canta is a luxury hotel that caters to all of your beachside needs. It was named one of the best small luxury hotels in the world, and the suites offer an intimate setting for a smaller wedding. The oceanfront suites with views of the Zihuatanejo Bay will give you the perfect night’s rest for your big day. Exchange your vows on a decorated deck overlooking the bay or under a romantic canopy by the beach, both of which are prime spots for photos taken by Ixtapa’s professional photographers. La Casa Que Canta also offers complimentary wedding coordinator services to assure that your special day will run smoothly.

RESTAURANTS

When taking a trip to Mexico, you can be sure that you will experience the best cuisine the country has to offer. Ixtapa is no different. Enjoy fresh caught seafood and fusion cuisine with beautiful views in each of these restaurants.

Bogart’s

Bogart’s is a picture-perfect spot for dinner in Ixtapa. It is inside of the Krystal Beach Resort and its Moroccan-inspired design stands out from the other spots in the area. Bogart’s serves up dishes like red snapper and French onion soup. The interior of the restaurant is colorful and unique. Tip: bring your wedding group and a professional wedding photographer to capture the best moments against the artistic Moroccan tiles.

Mar y Cielo

Located at the award-winning hotel, La Casa Que Canta, Mar y Cielo serves up traditional Mexican flavors and fresh seafood. Try the seafood pozole or the French duck confit tacos. The views of the water alone are enough to make it a 5-star dining experience.

El Faro

El Faro is nestled in the Pacifica Resort and serves up traditional Mexican food and locally caught seafood. Indulge in dishes from various cultures and enjoy the amazing views of the bay and nearby Zihuatanejo.

Kau Kan

Kau Kan is another restaurant in the area with views that can’t be beat. Your dining experience first starts with taking an elevator up to the restaurant, which is located on the cliffs. Once you’re up top, take in the lush views of the ocean and enjoy the fresh flavors of dishes like tuna tartar and whitefish ceviche.

THINGS TO DO IN IXTAPA

In addition to your special day, a destination wedding would not be complete without excursions and activities. Given its oceanfront location, Ixtapa has plenty of outdoor activities for couples, families, and invited guests. Ixtapa has a handful of beaches that are perfect for romantic strolls, swimming, and capturing wedding photos.

You can take your pick of beaches like Playa Quieta, Playa Contramar, or Playa Las Gatas. Each has different backdrops to stage scenes with your professional wedding photographer. Go traditional and gather your bridesmaids and groomsmen on the sand for a group photo, or stage your iconic “trash the dress” photos on any of the beaches in Ixtapa.

Downtown Ixtapa is the colorful heart of the town with authentic street food, artisan shops, and historic architecture. Get lost at the outdoor markets or venture out into the quieter streets for a look at the old buildings that remain. Stop at the facade of the historic buildings to take wedding photos and mark memories of your stay in Ixtapa.

honeymooners touring Ixtapa.

The Xihuacan Archeological Site is a mere hours drive away from the Ixtapa oceanfront. A trip to this site shows you all you need to know about the wonders of an ancient Mayan civilization. Spend the day learning about Mexico’s Mayan culture, spot local wildlife, and end the trip with a hearty local meal in the nearby town. Photos are allowed at Xihuacan, so your professional Ixtapa photographer can come along to capture you and your loved one surrounded by culture.

Drone view of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo beach.

Isla Ixtapa is a small island near Ixtapa. Just a short boat ride away and you can experience activities like snorkeling and swimming. Most resorts in the area offer excursions that include the main activity, along with a guide, lunch, and transportation to and from the island. The island is also the perfect spot for photos to capture the joy of the island in all its beauty.

Mexico has many beachside locations for destination weddings. Ixtapa is perfect for those wanting a more intimate wedding location who still want to have access to all of the wonders of a beachside town. The resorts, ceremony venues, and natural landscape of Ixtapa make it a beloved spot for couples and wedding photographers.


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