Ideas and tips for a surprise proposal in Cancun.

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Publisher: Elena Fedorova photography
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Will you marry me? Four simple words that every girl wants to hear at some point of her life and dreams about while occasionally looking through romantic photos taken during someone else’s proposal. Every time she imagines this moment, she sees herself and her beloved one in an unusual place, far away from everything that is connected to her everyday life. Maybe its 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 you girlfriend will be very happy! Do you need assistance in organizing your surprise proposal? Continue reading and you will find some useful tips that will help you to 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 is being advertised for more than 30 years as a tropical paradise, and 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.

When it comes to privacy, serenity and minimum people around then your choice is Isla Mujeres or Tulum. If you initially planned to propose in Cancun, but still not sure about the exact locations take a look at the following photos taken during the sunset photo session in Isla Mujeres.

couple photos made during sunset

romantic photo shoot beach

sunset photography isla

lovely sunset photo shoot

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 on in Isla Mujeres or Cozumel, although 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 it’s eco hotels “Las Cabanas” where everything including restaurants, stores, bars are decorated in boho chic 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.

What are the most popular locations for a surprise proposal ?

-Beach restaurant


surprise proposal cancun

proposing on the beach cancun

Beach is without no doubt the most popular location for a for a proposal in Cancun or other city in Mexico. After all that´s why you coming here, for a beach vacation, right? Hotel Zone in Cancun is built between a Caribbean Sea and lagoon Nichupte. So, as you can assume that means that beaches available for a proposal photo session can be found everywhere around the Hotel Zone. Although some of them are more beautiful and aesthetically look more appealing in terms of 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?

romantic proposal yachtThen you should opt for a yacht, which will take you around Cancun and bring you to Isla Mujeres where you will ask your girlfriend that very important question. Take a look at this Cancun proposal on the yacht. And here is a list of companies that can help you with yacht rent.

Isla Mujeres apart from the beach has rocks (Punta Sur), located on the opposite side of the island. This amazing location is for those who wants privacy, loves mountains/rocks and want to add some exclusiveness to a proposal. The drone view of this place is included in the video at the end of the article.

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

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

cancun proposal at dreams puerto aventuras

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 a 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 all-inclusive resorts charge and outside vendor fee, that varies from the resort to resort.


  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.


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