The Mexican state of Guerrero aims to host more weddings in The Sun Triangle region. © // 2014 The Sun Triangle
The three distinct Pacific Coast destinations of Acapulco, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo and Taxco have been attracting leisure travelers for decades with their own unique attributes and appeal. Now the state of Guerrero is promoting them under its regional identity as The Sun Triangle in a bid to attract a bigger share of Mexico’s lucrative destination wedding market.
"The Sun Triangle destinations offer year-round warm weather and the ideal backdrop for destination weddings,” said Javier Aluni, Secretary of Tourism of the State of Guerrero. “Couples seeking an exotic yet accessible location to get married can find it in Taxco, Acapulco and Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. From breathtaking historic churches in the colonial town of Taxco to beachfront resorts renowned for romance in Acapulco or the luxury hotels in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, The Sun Triangle offers something for everyone."
Acapulco is often referred to as Mexico's original beach resort, and the destination has an array of venue choices for exchanging vows, including hilltop chapels, oceanfront venues and private cliff-side villas. Many of these wedding venues feature Acapulco’s stunning and iconic bay views, which are outrageously impressive at night.
Acapulco’s pink and white Las Brisas resort has a history of hosting celebs and other well-heeled guests. The property offers 263 bungalows, each with a shared or private pool, as well as a Chapel of Peace and views overlooking Acapulco Bay. The beachfront Fairmont Acapulco Princess has a pyramid-shaped main building evocative of Mexico's pre-Hispanic Aztec heritage. The boutique Hotel Boca Chica, suitable for smaller wedding parties, has been garnering rave reviews for its retro-chic 1950s style.
While Acapulco may have seen its heyday in the 1970s, The Banyan Tree Cabo Marques is one of a new generation of luxury resorts putting the destination back on the upscale map. The Asian-inspired resort is perched on the cliffs of a peninsula overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The Banyan Tree is also far from the hustle and bustle of Acapulco and would make a good choice for clients who want a more secluded wedding venue.
Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is a dual destination up the Pacific Coast from Acapulco. The modern beach resorts in Ixtapa and the low-key fishing village charm of Zihuatanejo provide a range of resorts and wedding venues.
The five-star Capella Ixtapa is a 59-suite property that has designed a package to keep couples returning after they tie the knot at the resort. The package includes a complimentary room night and bottle of champagne each year for returning couples celebrating their anniversary. The beachfront Viceroy Zihuatanejo has an on-site wedding coordinator to make sure destination weddings run smoothly.
Landlocked Taxco is a colonial treasure heavily associated with the silver trade. Silver jewelry merchants, shops and internationally known designers open their shops to a steady stream of visitors. Taxco also is one of Mexico’s Pueblo Magicos or "Magic Towns." These are smaller cities throughout the country singled out for their historic and cultural significance and carefully preserved heritage.
Taxco is a great choice for couples that want to incorporate an aspect of authentic Mexico in their wedding ceremony, including horse-drawn carriages and cable car rides above the city. The Hotel Monte Taxco and the Posada de la Mision are two of Taxco’s top wedding venues.
Access to The Sun Triangle from the West Coast includes numerous non-stop and direct flights into Acapulco and Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. Agents should advise clients planning a destination wedding in Mexico to provide ample time for guests and members of the wedding party who are U.S. citizens to apply for passports.