Ideas and tips for a surprise proposal in Cancun.

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Will you marry me? Those are four simple words every girl wants to hear at some point in her life and dreams about while occasionally looking through romantic photos taken during someone else’s proposal. Yet, whenever she imagines this moment, she sees herself and her beloved in an unusual place, far away from everything connected to her everyday life. Maybe it’s a beach escape in a tropical paradise?

Are you one of those lucky guys who plan to propose in Cancun or Riviera Maya? Congratulations! I am sure your girlfriend will be excited! Do you need assistance in organizing your surprise proposal? Continue reading, and you will find useful tips to help you plan your surprise Cancun proposal.

Cancun proposal or where else?

1. Cancun

2. Isla Mujeres

3. Tulum

4. Cozumel

5. Playa del Carmen

Cancun is for sure number 1 in popularity. It is the major resort in Quintana Roo state that has been advertised for more than 30 years as a tropical paradise. It sure is one of the best places for a beach vacation. All the main resorts are conveniently located in the Hotel Zone, just 25 min away from the International Airport.

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Surprise marriage proposal in Cancun

When it comes to privacy, serenity, and a minimum number of people around, your choice is Isla Mujeres or Tulum. If you initially planned to propose in Cancun, but are still unsure about the exact locations, take a look at the following photos during the sunset photo session in Isla Mujeres.

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Looking for a privacy? Propose in Isla Mujeres beach in the morning 7.30 AM

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Marriage proposal on Punta Sur in Isla Mujeres

What do you think about this gorgeous location? Does it look like the ideal spot for your surprise proposal? Direct sunset is possible to admire in Isla Mujeres or Cozumel. However, this second island is farther from Cancun and requires more time to travel around it. A trip to Isla Mujeres takes only 20 min on a comfortable ferry. Tulum is famous for its eco-hotels, “Las Cabanas” where everything, including restaurants, stores, and bars, is decorated in chic boho style. Apart from this unique design, the other important attraction is Tulum beach, where you are surrounded only by miles of white sand, turquoise water, and tropical nature.

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Private proposal in Nizuc Hotel Cancun

What are the most popular locations for a surprise proposal ?

-Beach restaurant

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Proposal at the beach during sunset in Playa del Carmen

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Proposal in Playa del Carmen.

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Beach is undoubtedly the most popular location for a proposal in Cancun or other cities in Mexico. After all, that´s why you are coming here, for a beach vacation. Hotel Zone in Cancun is built between the Caribbean Sea and lagoon Nichupte. So, as you can assume, beaches available for a proposal photo session can be found everywhere around the Hotel Zone. However, some are more beautiful and aesthetically look more appealing in taking photos there. In a video at the end of this article, I will show you some drone views of the most popular beach in Cancun.

Do you want to have a luxury-style proposal?

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Marriage proposal on the yacht near Isla Mujeres

Then it would be best to opt for a yacht, which will take you around Cancun and bring you to Isla Mujeres where you will ask your girlfriend that exciting question. So take a look at this Cancun proposal on the yacht. And here is a list of companies that can help you with yacht rent.

Apart from the beach, Isla Mujeres has rocks (Punta Sur), located on the opposite side of the island. This fantastic location is for those who want privacy, love mountains/rocks, and want to add some exclusiveness to a proposal. You can see the drone view of this place in the video at the end of the article.

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Proposal on the yacht near Isla Mujeres.

Cenote is also a fantastic location for a proposal, a good alternative if you are looking for something extraordinary.

A beach restaurant is a good option for a Cancun proposal if you plan a dinner right after a proposal and want to have a unique decoration like marquee letters with light, which will require electricity usage.

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Proposal at Punta Sur in Isla Mujeres in the morning.

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Beach proposal in Akumal

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The best time of the day to propose in Cancun, Isla Mujeres, Riviera Maya?

In Cancun, the best time of the day for a proposal photo session is late afternoon, from 5-7.30 pm. The exact time depends on the season of the year. The same applies for Isla Mujeres and Riviera Maya (Tulum, Playa del Carmen included).

In case you plan to have a proposal at the resort and you want to invite me as a photographer, note that most of the all-inclusive resorts charge an outside vendor fee that varies from resort to resort.

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  1. Andrew Colman
    August 5, 2019


    I’m planning to propose to my girlfriend on September 1, 2019. But I have no idea where in Cancun. We are staying at the Hyatt Zilara. Any ideas or recommendation. Also I would like a photographer so we can have it memorable. Please email back and the prices.


    • Elena Fedorova
      August 6, 2019

      Hello, I sent you an email.

  2. Declan smith
    August 12, 2019

    Good morning, I am coming to cancun next week and would love to propose on a yacht. Could you tell me about going about this.

    Kind regards

    • Elena Fedorova
      August 13, 2019

      Hello, I sent you an email.

  3. Unanimous
    October 8, 2019

    Hey I’m staying at the Hyatt this week and planning a proposal this week I.n cancun

    • Elena Fedorova
      October 9, 2019

      Hi, I answered you in email.

  4. José
    October 30, 2019

    I’m planning to propose this weekend in Playa del Carmen, how to make it special? Any suggestion?

    • Elena Fedorova
      October 31, 2019

      Hi Jose, I answered you in email

  5. Lee
    October 31, 2019

    Hi, im planning on proposing between the 6th and 10th november. Will be staying at vine secrets.
    I love the idea of tulum, anywhere abit more private and special and with photographer would be extra special.
    What kind of prices is it and how do i plan it all.

    • Elena Fedorova
      November 1, 2019

      Hi Lee, I sent you an email

  6. Unanimous 2
    November 3, 2019

    Hello I’m staying in Cancun in November, and I need some proposal ideas.

    • Elena Fedorova
      November 4, 2019

      Hi, I sent you an email

  7. roni
    November 4, 2019

    hi , i will be at the the Hyatt Any ideas or recommendation

    • Elena Fedorova
      November 4, 2019

      Hi Roni, I tried to email you, but it says your mail doesn’t exist. Can you email me

  8. Tierra Bennett
    November 6, 2019

    Hello I am coming to Cancun December 3rd-8th and plan on proposing to my girlfriend . We will be with her sister and girlfriend as well and are staying at the Grand Fiesta Americana in the hotel zone and I was hoping you could help me with a plan. After reading your blog, I thought going to Isla Mujeres on a yacht and proposing on a yacht. I am also interested in a photo shoot. Please email me when you have some time.

    Thank you!

    • Elena Fedorova
      November 7, 2019

      Hello, sent you an email.

  9. Will
    December 16, 2019

    Hi Elena,

    Thank you for the great suggestions! I’m planning to propose next Saturday. It would be great to be in playa de carmen, but I’m open to more areas around . I have 2 quick questions,
    1. any suggestions in playa de carmen?
    2. I saw it would be raining for the next week. How does the rain look like in cancun, keep raining all the time, or sometimes it can be sunny still?


    • Elena Fedorova
      December 17, 2019

      Hello, I sent you an email.

  10. Osbaldo Soto
    February 13, 2020

    Hello Elena I’m Osbaldo I’m planning a trip to Cancun with a splash surprise of a proposal to the most amazing women I know. I’m looking to have a beach front proposal with photographs. Is that something you can help me set up? July 2020

    • Elena Fedorova
      February 14, 2020

      Hello Osbaldo, I have sent you an email.

  11. Zachary Householder
    May 7, 2020

    I am planning on proposing to my girlfriend in Cancun on 8/24/2020 we are staying at the temptation resort was looking for ideas

    • Elena Fedorova
      May 8, 2020

      Hello Zachary, I have sent you an email.

  12. James
    August 27, 2022

    Hi Elena,

    I arrive on 20th September and am wanting to propose, have reached out to the hotel bit no response, would love to book you as a photographer to make it special as well as any other tips for setting something up in isla?

    • Elena Fedorova
      August 30, 2022

      Hi James, I sent you an email.


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