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Getting Married in Los Cabos/Cabo San Lucas - Guide to Beach Weddings in Cabo San Lucas

Where the desert meets the sea, Cabo San Lucas is tropical paradise located on the Baja peninsula.  Cabo San Lucas and the Los Cabos area have abundant stunning coasts and, unlike much of the world, fewer crowds.  Here, beaches offer an abundance of variety, from the wild and windswept Pacific Ocean coast to calm Sea of Cortez bays and coves.

Newlyweds seeking adventure won’t be disappointed in Cabo San Lucas!  Visitors can choose from whale watching, a Baja racing experience or swimming with the dolphins to fulfill their wishes.  If looking for a laid-back approach, horseback riding is a romantic and scenic way to experience the beauty of the Cabo San Lucas.

The beauty of Cabo San Lucas is yours to enjoy, explore and remember forever!


Most Popular Los Cabos & Cabo San Lucas Beaches

Los Cabos is renowned for its spectacular beaches which meet the desert landscape in the 1,000-mile stretch of the southern Baja Peninsula.

Medano Beach – also known as "Dune Beach" extends along Cabo San Lucas to Villa del Palmar and is Cabo’s most popular beach.  If you plan to spend the day here, you will need to arrive early to get the best spot.  Shops, restaurants and vendors can be found along the streets of this diverse beach.

Leave behind the crowds by hopping on a water taxi to Lovers’ Beach, the famous Cabo landmark, a strip of sand between the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean.

Solmar Beach - This long, wide stretch of white sand beach is ideal for privacy and relaxation as most people prefer more popular swimmable beaches, but if you want to spend a quiet and peaceful day away from the crowd, this beach is perfect. 

Playa Cemetario - This beach is located Northeast of Cabo and welcomes you with beautiful soft, golden white sand and peaceful swimming without the crowds of Medano Beach.


Traveler Facts

Travel & Transportation - Cabo San Lucas is served by the Los Cabos International Airport.  Cabo San Lucas is also a popular port of call for many cruise ships.

Getting around - Taxis are readily available and rates are negotiable but a tourist favorite is to rent a motorcycle.  There are many car rental agencies in Cabo San Lucas, most of which have names familiar to travelers in the Americas.  If you are staying in a rental house or plan on many outings from your hotel that are not covered by the hotel then, motorcycle rental will likely be cost effective.

Entry Requirements - Traveling to Cabo San Lucas, México doesn’t require a passport only an official ID.  However, effective December 31, 2006, passports are required for all U.S. citizens traveling to or from the United States regardless of destination. 

If you are not a citizen of the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, or most Western European countries, you will need to have a visa. 

Languages Spoken / official language – Spanish is the official language spoken in Cabo San Lucas.

Currency – The Mexican Peso is the official currency in Cabo San Lucas.

Tipping - Since most travelers in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico come from the United States and Canada, it's generally the practice to tip the same as one would in the United States or Canada.  Ten to fifteen percent is a good tip for good service. 

Even though All-inclusive tours say that tips are included, it’s always appreciated if you tip for good service, whether in the bar, restaurant, or other service.  In an All-inclusive, it’s appreciated if you tip your maid a couple of dollars each and tip the bellboy $1 for each bag and tip your waiters $1 or $2 for each meal service.

Taxes – Sales tax in Mexico is known as IVA (Impuesto al Valor Agregado).  Mexico has two sales tax rates: Zero and 15 percent.  The current rate of sales tax on all goods and services classed for the application of IVA is 15 percent.

Electricity – 120V 60 Hz

2 parallel flat prongs - "American" type

Immunizations Health Issues - It’s highly recommended that you buy bottled water during your visit to Cabo San Lucas.  Bottled water, depending on size, typically costs 30 - 50 pesos ($2.77-$4.62 USD).  Otherwise, do not drink the water unless your hotel has a water purification system.  Most of the resorts in Cabo San Lucas have purified water at all of the facilities located inside the resorts including the bars and restaurants.  The upper-scale restaurants usually have purified water as well, but the water outside of these areas is not safe to drink.


Cabo Marriage Requirements, Licenses & Wedding Information

The required paperwork for a Mexican marriage is similar to that required in the U.S., with the difference being that the nearest Mexican consulate must validate all documents (your hotel wedding coordinator can assist with this).

Here are the basic requirements:

  • Current passport as proof of ID and marital status.
  • Certified copy of both party's birth certificates.
  • Tourist card (received upon arrival in Mexico) or visa.
  • Names, addresses, nationalities, occupations and ages of both parents.
  • Health certificate and blood test (hotels will help set up the tests, which must be done in Mexico).
  • Four witnesses (these can be provided by a wedding planner or the hotel locally for an extra fee). Will also need to provide their names, addresses, occupations, ages and photo ID.
  • 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 coordinator is involved.
  • In addition, previously married couples need verification that a minimum of one full year has elapsed from the date of one of the following:
  • Divorce: Final dissolution of marriage must be verified with a certified copy of the final divorce decree.
  • Widowed: Must be verified with a certified copy of the spouse's death certificate.

There are two forms of weddings performed in Mexico.  One is the Civil Wedding.  Your proof of marriage is recognized as legal throughout the world.  The Civil ceremony is performed by a Spanish-speaking Judge.  A wedding planner can be with you to translate for you. This can be compared to a ceremony performed by the Justice of the Peace in the United States or Canada.  The Judge’s vows are set and can not be altered. 

For the Civil Ceremony the following are mandatory:

  • Copy of your birth certificate.
  • Lab work completed in the state in which you are getting married.
  • Copy of your Tourist Visas (you receive these on the plane).
  • Divorce decree if applicable.  It’s necessary to be divorced one year in order to get married in Mexico.

The other ceremony is the Religious Ceremony.  This ceremony is not considered a legal ceremony in Mexico and will not be legally recognized in your home country.  If you want to perform the civil ceremony at your home either before or after your Cabo San Lucas wedding you can, or you can do both the civil ceremony and the religious / Non-denominational wedding in Cabo San Lucas. Click on the Loscaboguide to read more about weddings in Cabo.


Tourism Office Information

Blvd. Mauricio Castro s/n, Plaza San José, Locales 3 y 4
San José del Cabo. Baja California Sur,   C.P. 23400 México.
Tel(s): (624) 146-9628
Website: http://www.loscabos.gob.mx


Other Cabo Related Websites

 

Climate Information & the Best Time to Travel

The weather in Cabo San Lucas is comparable to Palm Springs.  Most days are hot and sunny with low humidity.

Average highs range from the mid-70s in the winter months to the mid-90s in the summer months, mid – 80’s in the spring and fall.

High & Low Season for travel - The increasing popularity of Los Cabos has made its high season run all the way from October through July.  During the brief low season, August through September, rates are discounted ~ 25%. The area is considered the second fastest growing resort destination in all of Mexico and particularly busy with visitors during the winter high season, November to February.


Map of Cabo San Lucas

Map of Cabo San Lucas or Map of Cabo Hotel Zone


Local Attractions & Must Do’s

For those looking to have fun on the shore, Médano Beach, Cabo’s best swimming beach, boasts popular happy hour hotspots including Billygan’s, Mango Deck, Baja Cantina.

By night, Cabo is one of the hottest party towns in North America with glittering nightlife and a plethora of dining options that make it a favorite.  Also called just Cabo, it has a reputation as the party center of the Baja Peninsula.  With bars such as Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo, the Nowhere Bar and El Squid Roe, you can party and dance the night away.

Cabo San Lucas is also a bustling hub for sport fishermen and for travelers looking for outdoor adventure. Try Cabo Adventures for a zip line adventure, swimming with dolphins or a desert safari.

Cabo also boasts some great shopping areas and markets that are perfect for browsing the many artisan goods and handicrafts from all over Mexico.


Most Popular Hotels

The best sites to use to get a list of all the hotels in Cabo are:  TripAdvisor, Apple Vacations, FunJet Vacations.  But below are a few of our favorites.

The Best European Plan (not all-inclusive) hotels are:

The Hotel at Esperanza features 50 ocean view rooms and six luxury suites, ranging from 925 to 3,000 square feet with large outdoor terraces and views of the ocean.  Rooms are furnished with fine linens, plush robes and oversized bathrooms. In-room amenities include televisions, stereos and DVD players. Esperanza’s ocean-view space can accommodate everything from small intimate gatherings, to lavish beach front weddings of up to 100 guests.  Its attentive staff can help you plan the ceremony of your dreams, from flowers to music and everything in-between.  Whether your destination wedding includes a group of 100 or just the two of you, the Hotel Esperanza can help you make it your dream wedding.  This hotel is best booked through a travel agent.

Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos is located at the tip of the Baja called Lands End, and there you will find a luxury beachfront resort surrounded by the desert, abundant sea life and inspiring coastline. This beautiful hotel offers the perfect combination of fun and solitude.  Situated on Médano beach, Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos offers safe swimming and easy access to a multitude of water sports. This hotel is best booked through a travel agent.

The Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort is an elegant resort with amazing luxury and service. The hotel is located on a beach safe for swimming. Wedding packages start at $2,200 and all the information on their services including packages, locations for the ceremony and a really great FAQ can be found here.  This hotel is best booked through FunJet.com however using a travel agent to book for you can just save you time in your search. It won’t cost you any extra to do it this way.

Perched on five acres of pristine Medano Beach shoreline, just steps from Cabo’s hottest dining and nightlife destinations, Casa Dorada Los Cabos, Resort & Spa sets an exquisite stage for Cabo San Lucas weddings. Allow their professional staff to craft every detail - from menu suggestions, decorations, and flowers to photography and live entertainment. Choose from a range of alluring settings – including the pool deck, breezy terraces, or our private beach club - each the perfect reflection of the Mexican coast’s breathtaking natural beauty. With fabulous oceanfront suites and inspired cuisine, Casa Dorada will design the perfect Cabo San Lucas destination wedding, just the way you dreamt it

Westin Los Cabos is a great family and large group vacation hotel, the award-winning resort provides the perfect setting for an unforgettable vacation. Each room has a private balcony and ocean view. The hotel offers a private beach, kid’s club, gourmet restaurants and an award-winning spa.  Wedding Package information is found by contacting the hotel directly.  This hotel can be book through a Travel Agent or FunJet Vacations.

The Best All-Inclusive Hotels in Cabo are:

The Hotel Riu Palace in Cabo San Lucas is a fantastic All-Inclusive hotel (and there aren’t that many great ones in Cabo). It’s just a few miles from town which you will still want to enjoy even though you may stay at an all inclusive.  Rated 6 apples with Apple Vacations and 5 stars with FunJet you can’t go wrong with this hotel. Wedding’s are a daily event and packages start at $770 for a religious ceremony.

Dreams Los Cabos is Apple Vacations ‘best luxury hotel on Cabo’ and they give it a 6 golden apple rating.  Click here to see pictures.  Dreams Los Cabos is the ultimate in an All-Inclusive with all suite rooms, daily activities, three pools, kids club and gourmet dining to name just a few of the amenities.  They have a variety of wedding packages and the least expensive package is free if you book a junior suite ocean view room or higher.  This package is about $800 so you will want to compare other packages & your overall travel costs to see if getting it ‘free’ is really worth it.