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Cabo versus Tulum, Which Is Best To Get Married?

Young woman tourist in sunglasses sitting on swing seat of coconut shop with drink menu at roadside, Tulum

How do you know which is best for your wedding when both destinations are enticing? We compare some differences to help you decide the best location for your wedding venue.

Is It Cheaper To Go to Cabo or Tulum?

View across bay Sea of Cortez, Los Cabos
Sea of Cortés, view from Los Cabos, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Comparable, but Tulum can be cheaper. There are more budget-friendly options available in Tulum than in Cabo.

Considering flights might be essential to determine which destination is best for your wedding. At the time of writing, flying from Los Angeles (U.S.) to Cabo was cheaper. In November, prices were from $220.00 (€220.78) compared with flying to Tulum, $511.00 (€512.81).

From the U.K., flying to Tulum is the cheaper option, with prices from $1050.00 (€1053.73) compared with flying to Cabo, $1266.00 (€1270.49).

Cabo stands out as a celebrated luxury resort. It is a bustling location, and its popularity pushes up prices. It is expensive by Mexican standards. However, it remains cheaper than most US cities.

San José del Cabo is the neighboring town to Cabo San Lucas. A quiet residential area frequented by locals. It has excellent accommodation and eating-out options to suit all budgets.

If you are confused by the different Cabos, check out our wedding guide Mexico - Cabo.

Prices are comparable between Cabo and Tulum, although Tulum has the edge in being easier to find a cheaper wedding venue compared to Cabo. It is possible to have an intimate elopement for US$999 (€1004.65) at the Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa.

Is Cabo or Tulum Safer?

They are both safe destinations for tourists. There are risks when traveling abroad, and you must take extra caution in unknown areas. Our Mexico wedding guide provides more information on precautions concerning tourism-related crime. The crime that you will often encounter, is pick-pocketing, so make sure you know and keep your valuables close to you.

When traveling abroad, check your government’s website for advice.

U.S. Mexico Travel Advisory

UK Foreign Travel Advice - Mexico

The Best Months To Get Married

sun rising over sea with silhouette of palm dress, Cabo San Lucas
Sunrise in Cab San Lucas

Cabo has excellent year-round weather. Even in the winter, temperatures only drop to 78.8°F (26°) during the day.

This premier resort is busiest during March and April when tourists take advantage of the Spring Break. Prices can be higher during this period.

May and June are fantastic months for a destination wedding in Mexico. Daily temperatures range from 77°F - 90°F (25°C - 32°C). Sea temperatures are an inviting 74.3°F (23.5°C).

Tulum is at its liveliest from January to March, and venue prices reflect this peak.

Mid-October through December is perfect for a Tulum wedding venue. The hurricane season is over, and daytime temperatures are 80.6°F - 86°F (27°C - 30°C).

October can be wet at the beginning of the month in Tulum, only for one to two hours.

The Vibe in Cabo versus Tulum

Both locations are beautiful and make excellent wedding destinations. It comes down to which one has the right atmosphere for you.

Cabo has a trendy feel with an air of luxury. Tourism is Cabo’s most significant industry and is a favored destination for those traveling from the U.S. Cabo prides itself on catering to the wishes of travelers seeking luxury. 

Suppose you desire a wedding destination with personalized service and delight in the extravagance provided by an exceptionally high standard of customer service. Cabo offers this in abundance.

In comparison, Tulum caters to all travelers. You can still find unlimited luxury, but the trend is towards a more laid-back atmosphere. Barefoot is an accepted dress code. 

Hippy and bohemian are terms used to describe this eco-friendly location. Tulum could be your gem if your dream destination is to explore spectacular natural scenery, laze on pristine beaches, or relax in a wellness spa in an area with a local feel.

What Is the Atmosphere in Cabo?

Cabo is famous for its high-end resorts and vibrant nightlife. You will find plenty of options to dance the night away.

The Plaza Bonita Mall, located next to the marina, is a shopper’s paradise with over 40 retailers. When the sun goes down, you can shake things up during cocktail hour while you decide on Mexican, Japanese, Italian, or American cuisine.

Cabo is a mecca for outdoor adventures. Try sailing, zip-lining, scuba diving, swimming with dolphins, camel riding, ATV tours, and many more.

Cabo has beautiful beaches, although only some are safe for swimming. The Pacific Ocean has strong waves and undercurrents. Check for the blue flag to show the beach meets stringent safety standards.

What Is the Atmosphere in Tulum?

White Mayan face statue on beach looking out to Caribbean sea, Tulum
Caribbean Tulum, Mexico beach mayan face statue

Tulum also has pristine beaches, and the waters are calm and inviting. It is a destination where the jungle meets the sea. Tulum's natural wonders attract eco-travelers worldwide to witness the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.

Artists and historians love to visit the Mayan ruins that display the art and traditions of the Mayan culture.

Tulum has a laidback vibe and is well-known for its wellness spas. Resorts offer treatments based on Mayan rituals. Yoga, meditation, and fitness classes are well-catered.

Once your soul is rested and dined on healthy eating. The town is a fun-filled nighttime destination. However, it is localized in certain areas, so easy to avoid if you prefer a quieter evening.

Types of Wedding Venues in Cabo

Cabo provides better for couples looking for luxurious or unique wedding venues. This can be seen in the nature of accommodation and wedding venues, as the below choices show.

Loveshack Cruises

Cabo, Mexico wedding destination options, Loveshack cruises
As featured on Loveshack, Cabo wedding destinations

Try something different and get married on a private yacht. It can be a casual occasion or scale it right up to a black-tie event.

For around US$1,598 (€1607.26), the price includes up to 14 passengers and the following:

Two hours onboard include:

  • Mexican buffet or Ceviche, a South American seafood dish
  • An open bar
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Two paddleboards

The boat has a maximum capacity of 45 guests. Extra hours are available at an additional cost.

The charter company can arrange an event organizer, minister, photographer, private chef, and DJ.

Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort and Spa

wedding & honeymoon packages, Breathless Cabo San Lucas resort & Spa
As featured on Breathless, wedding & honeymoon packages, Cabo San Lucas

Breathless is on the swimmable Medano Beach, next to the marina. The venue is lively and elegant and offers packages for intimate weddings from US$999 (€1004.88) to US$11,999 (€12069.61) for up to 100 guests.

The resort is adult-only and encourages mingling, appealing to those who enjoy a social atmosphere.

Types of Wedding Venues in Tulum

Tulum wedding venues offer a feeling of intimacy and off-the-beaten-track, such as:

Cabanas La Luna

Cabanas La Luna, wedding venue option, Tulum, Mexico
As featured on Cabanas La Luna exclusive weddings, small intimate weddings & honeymoon packages, Tulum

The resort appeals to those seeking a relaxed vibe, a haven away from it all. Couples can choose from an intimate package of up to 30 guests, or you can hire the hotel and villa for your wedding, which caters to 80 guests.

The hotel creates an easygoing atmosphere where anything is possible for your perfect day.

A Cenote Wedding Ceremony

For a truly magical wedding venue, Wash the Dress organizes wedding ceremonies in a cenote, natural deep-water sinkholes surrounded by the jungle.

Follow your spiritual ceremony with an Aquatic Trash the Dress underwater photoshoot.

For other ideas on Tulum and wedding destinations, check out our Wedding Guide Mexico - Tulum.

Conclusion

Cabo and Tulum are both popular wedding destinations in Mexico, with no apparent victor. It depends on the couple’s personality.

Cabo is fun and lively, with plenty of glitz and glamour. It could turn out to be more suitable if you want a more ‘party’ vibe.

Tulum is relaxed and offers a back-to-nature vibe in a natural and romantic setting. Besides the sea it has the other Mayan pyramids and cenotes around, so provides a real immersion into culture and nature.

Both will provide a remarkable backdrop to suit your personality for your special day.

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