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A Destination Wedding in Cabo San Lucas: Choosing a Venue

Planning any kind of wedding in 2020-2021 has been extremely difficult for engaged couples. In the era of COVID-19 and social distancing, most weddings have been put on hold or rescheduled. We had held off planning for a year and now feel comfortable planning our big day!

I have always dreamt of having a beautiful destination wedding; and I ironically met my future husband in a Mexican pool bar. We thought where better to hold our nuptials than the city where it all started; Cabo San Lucas. With the vaccine roll out, and a hopeful end to travel restrictions we have begun our wedding journey.

Besides our love for travel and actually meeting in Cabo, Mexico in 2016, we wanted to be sure that our wedding reflected what is most important: our marriage. The idea of turning our wedding into a vacation is undeniably alluring, the unfortunate reality of cost and logistics often derails destination wedding plans.

Just like any wedding, proper preparation can mean the difference between a memorable event and an absolute nightmare. Therefore, I contacted multiple resort wedding agents and packed our bags to explore a handful of wedding options in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. When initially looking at venues we had a small list of credentials: all inclusive, affordable accomodations, kid friendly, and a venue to accomodate 100+ guests. Overall, it was very important that our friends and family would have an amazing time too.

Nestled in the mountains of the Baja Peninsula, this stunning all-inclusive resort provides incredible views overlooking the sparkling blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. With extensive grounds and a magnificent large private beach, Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach offered most of what we would need for our wedding. Recognized as one of the “Top 10 Resorts in Mexico,” this spectacular getaway is located just 10 minutes from the action and nightlife of Cabo San Lucas and 40 minutes from the SJD airport. Karen was our contact at Sunset and I truly cannot put into words how amazing her communication, professional manner, and special touches were to us.

The Rooms at Pueblo Bonito Sunset

Junior Ocean View Suites, Executive Queen View Suites, and Super Executive Suites $187-$552


  • Complimentary WiFi

  • 24-hour room service

  • In-room massage (fee)

  • Twice-daily housekeeping

  • Fully equipped kitchenette

  • Television with premium cable

  • Feather-top mattress and pillow menu

  • Premium bath amenities

  • Plush bathrobes

  • In-room safe

  • Wake-up calls

  • Secluded hotel beach *Where we want our ceremony

  • Pool decks *Sky Pool- Where we want our cocktail hour and reception

  • Oceanfront terraces

  • Ballrooms

  • Hotel Gardens


The Market at Quivira is a one stop shopping and dining experience. Inspired by the great food halls of Europe, this urban marketplace is a food-lover’s dream offering on-the-go favorites and full-service dining from early morning to late night.

Open Daily | 7 am – 10 pm

Pueblo Bonito Rose' and Los Cobos Downtown

Located in downtown Cabo, this busy smaller resort is overlooking the sparkling blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and the arch of Cabo. Rose' has distinctive rosé-tinted walls, gleaming domes, marble busts and a towering statue of Neptune set the Greco-Roman theme of this upscale, full-service resort. Next door you can stay at the Los Cabos Downtown resort. This side portrays a Mediterranean-style, withe full-service amenities and boutique services. Noted for casual elegance and all-inclusive ease, oceanfront Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos overlooks El Médano Beach and the Sea of Cortez, affording its guests stunning views of the arch.

The Rooms at Pueblo Bonito Rose'

Junior Suite and Luxury Suite $161-$407


  • Two Terraces for less than 100 people: Paloma Terrace and Belavita Terrace

  • Sea of Cortez Terrace on the Los Cabos side *Where we would have the reception

  • Public/ Private Beach *We want our wedding on the beach, but a lot of vendors around

These properties are a 10 minute drive from downtown nightlife and has some of the best views of the arch of Cabo San Lucas. The Riu Santa Fe is very nastalgic as it is where Kelly and I met. Since 2016, the hotel added two additions: Baja California which is adults only and the Riu Palace, which is family friendly and an upgrade from the Santa Fe Party side. If you stay at either of these resorts your wristband allows you to go to the others. Even though we toured the whole property, if we were to have the wedding at the Riu we would choose the Palace. At the hotel RIU Palace Cabo San Lucas you can take advantage of the Renova Spa equipped with a gym, sauna, the RiuLand Kids club, and sporting activities. In addition to the 24-hour room service, there are a handful of food options on site: Mexican, Japanese and Indian cuisine, incredible buffets with show cooking stations.

The Rooms at The Riu Palace

Junior Ocean View Suites, Executive Queen View Suites, and Super Executive Suites $122-$499


  • Baja Norte Private Beach wedding *Where we would do the ceremony

  • Palm Tree Beach Wedding

  • Beach Terrace *Where we would do the cocktail and reception

  • Upper Terrace

  • Welcome Party Lobby Bar

Barcelo Grand Faro is situated on the sands overlooking the Sea of Cortez and about 20 minutes away from the historic downtown area, world class golf courses, and the new marina at Puerto Los Cabos. This all-inclusive resort offers over 300 deluxe rooms and suites, five swimming pools, and 7 restaurants. Barcelo Grand Faro is best known for its indoor landmark lighthouse where you can sip a cocktail while taking in an unforgettable 360-degree view of the breathtaking beachside landscape. Unfortunately when we arrived for our tour the wedding planner I had originally had contact with had since left, so it was a bit of a scramble.

The Rooms at Barcelo Grand Faro $183-$500

Superior room, Superior room with sea view, Deluxe sea view premium level room, Superioir beach front premium level, Junior suite beach front, Suite ocean front premium level, Presidential Suite


  • Private Beach wedding *Where we would do the ceremony

  • 360 Light House

  • Beach Terrace *Where we would do the reception

This all inclusive resort has the best location in town with Ocean and Bay views. The hotel is a short walk away from downtown Cabo San Lucas, the arch, and the marina. The beach resort features luxurious views, a top notch spa and a collection of exciting bars and elegant restaurants.