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As Valentine’s Day approaches, many couples start thinking of romantic getaways. And it’s no surprise that romance-minded globetrotters often find themselves in Mexico. With its historic towns, indulgent beach resorts and abundant natural beauty, the nation offers plenty of postcard-perfect places to steal a kiss. Here are a few places to do it.
In a GardenBeautifully manicured gardens provide an elegant backdrop for puckering up. In Mexico City, couples can wander the verdant Chapultepec Park, and perhaps stake a spot on a bench next to the National Museum of History, which is set in Chapultepec Castle. Gazing out at the city from this hilltop perch next to the former presidential residence, couples just might feel like they’re at the top of the world.
Also noteworthy for couples is the colonial town of Queretaro, where Hacienda Jurica is graced with historic ruins (it was founded in 1531 by Franciscan monks) as well as picturesque gardens. Couples can take a romantic stroll on the grounds, admiring statues and a 16th-century aqueduct before deciding on the perfect place to kiss.
At an Adults-Only Resort Sure, family-friendly hotels are great. But a swimming pool crowded with kids isn’t exactly the most conducive to romantic moments. Luckily, Mexico has a wide array of adults-only resorts, as well as hotels with adults-only sections.
For example, the all-inclusive Royal Hideaway Playacar, in Playa del Carmen, offers lots of space for couples. It features a variety of secluded pools and a beachfront that provides an idyllic, under-the-stars setting for after-dark massage treatments for couples. And at Beloved Playa Mujeres, located just north of Cancun, couples can choose from decidedly dreamy settings such as swim-up suites with private gardens and ocean-view terrace suites with private plunge pools.
Many destinations around Mexico are renowned for their sunset views. And the experience of watching the sun go down can be even more golden when you’re sneaking a kiss with someone special. Among the top spots to do so: the Heart of Mazatlan (sometimes called Lovers’ Crest), a lookout point that’s shaped appropriately like a heart, on Mazatlan’s waterfront. You can’t get a more commanding or romantic view of the Pacific Ocean in this historic city when the sun goes down.
When it comes to resort-based sunset vistas, couples fare well at Camino Huichol, an indigenous-inspired walkway at W Punta de Mita that leads from the resort’s Living Room bar to the Wet Deck pool area. As the sun dips over the Marietas Islands, couples can toast to their love and to the end of another lovely day together.
On a Scenic Mexican StreetMexico’s so-called Magical Towns and historic cities are laced with centuries-old streets that exude their own unique romanticism. Strolling hand in hand past the pristine architecture of San Miguel de Allende, couples might discover that every corner provides new visual treats, and you’re never far from a romantic restaurant or bar, which can also serve as worthwhile venues for a smooch.
In the Riviera Nayarit, meanwhile, the town of Bucerias is home to Paseo del Beso (literally, “walk of the kiss”), a narrow pedestrian passage with a name that invites couples to pose for a kiss.
At One with NatureMexico’s varied landscapes provide endless backdrops to foster romantic togetherness. Couples can share a kiss while riding horseback to the Cerro del Quemado Ceremonial Center, which was built by the Wixaritari people in San Luis Potosi, or while viewing dozens of colorful creatures at the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary in Toluca. Another memorable activity to consider is a boat ride at the Corrinchis Dam, a picturesque region in Mascota, Jalisco. Here, ducks and geese soar over the water as passengers glide peaceful toward a tiny island with an especially appropriate name for Valentine’s Day: El Beso — The Kiss.