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Wedding Guide Mexico – Cabo

A view across the bay to the cape of the bay of sea of cortez in Los Cabos, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo is a destination for everyone. With fantastic year-round weather, beautiful beaches, and spectacular rock formations. It’s not hard to see why it is a favorite wedding venue. It also comes with  tantalizing cuisine, where traditional Mexican fuses with international plates, like Korean Tacos, and Mexican tacos with Korean-style fillings, such as Kimchi or bulgogi, or Korean BBQ beef.

Is Los Cabos and Cabo the Same Place? Weather and Climate
Highlights Culture and Etiquette
Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos Food and Drink
Nobu Hotel Los Cabos Money and Wedding Costs
One & Only Palmilla Legal Requirements for Marrying in Mexico

After your wedding, you can continue your honeymoon right here. Cabo boasts some of the world’s best hotels, where you can enjoy a luxurious stay and be pampered. There are endless activities, including scuba-diving, sailing, horseback riding, golf, and ATV tours.

Is Los Cabos and Cabo the Same Place?

Here is a guide to solving the puzzle.

Los Cabos is the Region that includes the towns of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo. It is in the state of Baja California Sur. It’s located on the peninsula tip on the west coast of Mexico.

Cabo San Lucas is typically known as Cabo. The main tourist town of the region. The place to be for a lively vibe with exciting nightlife, luxury hotels, and various activities.

San José del Cabo is 20 miles (32 km) from Cabo San Lucas. Typically known as the ‘Old Town.’ It offers a laid-back atmosphere and is full of history and colonial architecture. It is a residential area and home to the seat of the government.

Los Cabos Tourist Corridor or El Corredor to the locals. It is a 20-mile stretch of beaches and luxurious resorts. It links Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo.

Highlights

If you are considering a foreign wedding, there is a good choice of wedding venues in Cabo. Here are a few on offer.

Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Los Cabos Wedding Venues, Mexico, Hyatt Ziva, Los Cabos
As featured on Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, Cabo San Lucas wedding packages

If you dream of a Los Cabos wedding but you’re looking for a wedding package and an all-inclusive resort, then the Hyatt Ziva is well worth considering.

The Hyatt Ziva offers an oceanfront setting and a grand theater with a capacity for 1,078 guests.

The resort arranges Cabo wedding packages for symbolic weddings. There is a wedding planner, sparkling wine toast, and wedding cake. A massage and dinner are complimentary for the wedding couple.

Hyatt Ziva takes you on an around-the-world dining experience, from Mexico to France to Japan. You can experience the spirit of the 1968 Olympics when Mexico was the host, in an authentic sports bar.

Your stay includes an array of swimming pool spots, a modern gym, daily activities, and live entertainment.

Nobu Hotel Los Cabos

Wedding venue cabo, Mexico, Nobu hotel Los Cabos
As featured on Nobu Hotel Los Cabos, wedding venue Cabo

The hotel offers a unique wedding venue in Cabo, located on the Baja Peninsula’s southernmost tip. The Nobu Hotel provides Cabo wedding packages, from small intimate elopements to larger wedding parties. It provides accommodation with 200 guest rooms and suites.

The hotel presents culinary delights, with rock shrimp tempura and miso black cod specialties. You can choose one of six cocktail bars, where you can immerse yourself in ocean views and sounds.

For something different, the hotel presents an ‘experience menu’. You can choose from tequila tasting, a Mexican cooking class, or enjoy s’mores around a private bonfire, a real campfire treat of gooey toasted marshmallows sandwiched between chocolate biscuits.

One & Only Palmilla

wedding venue cabo, Mexico, One & Only Palmilla Los Cabos
As featured on One & Only Palmilla, Wedding venue Cabo

This stylish hotel maintains a Spanish colonial style with whitewashed walls and red roof tiles. Inside furnishing is modern Mexican. The Palmilla is located at the quieter end of El Corredor, closer to San José del Cabo.

A stay at the One & Only Palmilla will mean you are in famous company. Celebrities that have stayed within these rooms, include John Travolta and Jennifer Aniston.

The hotel holds ceremonies on the lawned gardens, the beach, or in the ballroom. Guest capacity is up to 350 people. Palmilla has a stunning chapel, and a wedding planner is available.

There are 173 rooms and luxury villas to accommodate guests, all with terraces, some with ocean views, and a private pool.

The Palmilla is a luxury hotel, and indulgence flows into the dining experience, as the restaurant is run by an accomplished Michelin-star chef. Enjoy egg toast with caviar and Maine lobster. Other options include Japanese, Mexican, Beach Grill, and private dining.

Weather and Climate

Sunrise in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Sunrise in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo has a good climate year-round. Summer is from June to October. Average temperatures are 79°F - 91.5°F (26°C - 33°C).

August is the hottest month, 92.5°F (33.6°C).

January is the coldest month. Temperatures fall to 61°F - 79°F (16°C - 26°C).

The rainiest month is September. There is an average of 5.6 days with at least 0.05 inches (1mm) of rain.

April is the driest month. There is a possibility of 0.3 days of rain and less than 0.05 inches (1mm).

Cabo experiences tropical storms rather than hurricanes but occasionally a hurricane hits land. Typically the hurricane season is from August to October.

Culture and Etiquette

Cabo might not feel like Mexico, with luxurious American feel-like hotels, a glitzy lifestyle, and an English-speaking crowd. However, you only need to head downtown, and you will find local families gathering in traditional plazas.

Locals love to get out, enjoy their surroundings, and head to the beach for a stroll or surf. Off-roading is a local sport, and people from the area take part in local races.

Locals celebrate festivals in style, and the area’s history and culture attract artists, musicians, and travelers.

Food and Drink

Chocolate clams are a favorite local delicacy from the Sea of Cortez, Baja California. They are enjoyed lightly marinated in lime juice and spices and served cold on an oyster shell. Some diners like to add cheese, garlic, or chili.

Damiana liqueur is a light liqueur made with the locally-grown Damiana herb. The taste is sweet with a hint of herb. The herbs’ dried leaves have a long history of aphrodisiac properties used in medicine.

Money and Wedding Costs

couple on beach at night in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Looking towards one of the many rock formations from the beach, Cabo San Lucas

The Peso is the local currency. However, many establishments accept U.S. dollars.

Cabo wedding destinations are a top choice for weddings abroad. Due to popularity, Cabo wedding venues are not the cheapest in the country. Check out the other Mexican States, for ideas of where to get married in Mexico.

Weddings can range from US$20,000 to US$180,000 (€20,533 to €184802), and you can keep spending.

It is possible to save on costs by reducing guest numbers. Many Cabo wedding venues are flexible with their services, allowing for savvy budgeting.

Legal Requirements for Marrying in Mexico

To get married in Cabo, Mexico, you must complete a marriage application from the civil registry. The Registro Civil Office for San José del Cabo explains how you can get married in Cabo.

Other useful websites with information for foreigners marrying in Mexico are:

Relaciones Exteriores – Foreign nationals wishing to get Married in Mexico

Your home country's embassy should also provide information on the legal requirements for marriage in Mexico.

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