By Jared Benoff | Published on November 7, 2023

There are countless family-friendly resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean

Dreams Resorts delivers a high-quality experience for you and your guests, making them the perfect choice for a destination wedding. 

Whether you’re looking for a small beach ceremony or a big celebration with 50+ guests, Dreams Resorts can cater to weddings of all sizes. 

There are dozens of Dreams Resorts, so we’re sharing our top choices for destination wedding venues, and some frequently asked questions about the resorts and their wedding packages. 

Where are Dreams Resorts located?

Usually on a beach somewhere! 

Dreams Resorts boasts some of the best beach locations in the world. 

You will find them across Mexico, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and Panama. 

In Mexico, you will find them in and around Cancun, including idyllic spots like Riviera Maya, Playa Mujeres, and Tulum. 

There are also Dreams on the west coast of Mexico, near Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta.

Is Dreams a couples resort? 

Dreams Resorts are primarily family-friendly resorts.

While Dreams does offer plenty of amenities for the little ones, adults will find details catering to adults.

Each Dreams property often offers adults-only pools, restaurants, bars, and a beautiful spa. 

So, while we often don’t recommend a Dreams Resort for your honeymoon, if you’re planning a destination wedding with kids, Dreams will offer benefits for all ages.

If you’re looking for an adults-only equivalent to Dreams, I’d recommend Secrets Resorts

The same parent company owns Secrets Resorts and has many of the same benefits, amenities, and wedding packages I’ll share here.

Below is our list of some of our favorite Dreams Resorts for hosting your destination wedding. 

Dreams Playa Mujeres

Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort is situated along a private beach ten miles from Cancun.

Tucked away from the noise of Cancun, in a gated community with spectacular sea views, this expansive resort is an ideal choice for family-friendly weddings. 

You can expect beautiful venues, a detail-oriented wedding team, and a fantastic white sand beach. 

Within the resort, you will find seven restaurants, swimming pools, and a wide range of activities, from Caribbean dance classes to non-motorized watersports. 

Kids will love the onsite waterpark while the adults can escape to the spa, complete with a hydrotherapy circuit, sauna, steam room, and a selection of spa treatments – the perfect way to unwind after a busy day.

Dreams Playa Mujeres is also located directly next to Secrets Playa Mujeres, one of my top choices for an adults-only wedding venue in Mexico and one of my favorite Secrets resorts.

dreams playa mujeres destination wedding mexico

Key Amenities:

  • 500 rooms and suites, with something to suit all budgets and styles
  • Two infinity swimming pools, two children’s pools, a waterpark, and six outdoor hot tubs
  • The Dreams Spa by Pevonia, a tranquil wellness retreat where you can indulge in a couples massage or a revitalizing facial
  • Live shows and entertainment throughout the day

Wedding highlights:

  • An onsite wedding coordinator 
  • Five wedding packages personalized to your needs
  • Idyllic beachfront ceremonies and a selection of ballrooms for your wedding reception

Best for: Family-friendly destination weddings

Dreams Tulum

Surrounded by the Tulum jungle along a white-sand beach, Dreams Tulum is an impressive resort with something for everyone. 

Set along 44 acres of coastline, this AAA Four Diamond resort offers high-end accommodation and a fantastic all-inclusive dining program. 

Dreams Tulum offers the perfect blend of old and new with authentic Mexican designs and contemporary decor. 

The property is built in the shape of a hacienda, while each room features a private terrace with a hammock where you can unwind after a fun-filled day. 

Chill out by the trendy pool area or head to the beach for some thrilling watersports. When it’s time to explore, the hotel can organize various activities and excursions, from discovering ancient Mayan ruins to making a splash at the Xel-Há natural aquatic theme park.

If you’re looking for an adults-only, all-inclusive resort in Tulum, be sure to check out the brand new Secrets Tulum beach club and resort – one of my favorite Secrets Resorts.

dreams tulum secret garden destination wedding venue mexico

Key Amenities:

  • Luxurious accommodation with private hammocks where you can kick back in style
  • Onsite watersports, a kids’ club, and complimentary green fees at the Riviera Maya Golf Club
  • A state-of-the-art spa complete with beachfront treatment rooms and a traditional Temazcal for a Mayan-inspired ritual

Wedding Highlights:

  • Saying “I do” in the secret garden or town square for a unique wedding location
  • A wedding coordinator to take the stress out of planning your big day
  • A selection of venues with stunning views of the surrounding area

Best for: An all-inclusive wedding close to Tulum

Dreams Jade

Dotted along a pristine beach in Riviera Maya, Dreams Jade Resort & Spa is a popular choice for a destination wedding in Mexico

With mini golf, snorkeling, kayaking, swimming pools, and a tranquil spa area, you’ll find something for the whole family. When it’s time to eat, there are six a la carte restaurants. 

Whether you’re looking for traditional Mexican flavors, sumptuous Italian cuisine, or refreshing delicacies from the Mediterranean, you’ll have tons of choices at Dreams Jade.

As the sun goes down, the resort comes to life with trendy bars and live entertainment. 

dreams jade destination wedding mexico

Key Amenities:

  • Three heated swimming pools and a luxury spa 
  • Non-stop entertainment, including movies under the stars and live musical performances
  • Six restaurants and seven bars, with options to suit everyone
  • Mini golf, tennis, dance lessons, and more

Wedding Highlights:

  • A gorgeous setting with sandy beaches and tranquil gardens
  • Feeling the sand beneath your toes with a barefoot ceremony on the beach
  • A pre-wedding visit package for couples who want to view the venue in person 

Best for: Affordable luxury beachfront weddings

Dreams Bahia Mita

With an idyllic location in Banderas Bay, just 35 minutes from Nuevo Vallarta, Dreams Bahia Mita Surf & Spa is another fantastic option for a destination wedding in Mexico.

With state-of-the-art facilities, this family-friendly hotel offers a wide range of activities. 

Make a splash with water sports during the day and head to a beach party as the sun goes down. 

The resort has eight restaurants and seven bars to choose from.

When it’s time to relax and recharge, the spa awaits with a couples’ massage and aromatherapy salt glow.

destination wedding los cabos - dreams bahia mita

Key Amenities:

  • Eight restaurants and seven bars, including the Barefoot Grill and the Sea Legs swim-up bar
  • Three swimming pools and a hot tub
  • Surf lessons, paddle boarding, kayaking, water aerobics, and more 
  • A world-class spa with a waterfall pool, hydro-tub, hydrotherapy circuit, and hydro massage showers

Wedding highlights:

  • Eight wedding venues, including the Moon Deck (120 guests) and Beach Terrace (200 guests)
  • Wedding guests can choose to stay at the Secrets Bahia Mita Surf & Spa Resort, an adults-only resort next to the property
  • Intimate receptions on the Sand Terrace, for up to 30 guests

Best for: Destination wedding in a trendy location

Dreams Vista

Offering a prime location in Puerta del Mar, the Dreams Vista is an AAA Four Diamond Resort set along a picture-perfect beach. 

Contemporary architecture and world-class facilities define this luxury resort, with a golf course, rooftop swimming pool, and an exquisite spa.

Take a walk along the beach, enjoy family fun at the splash park, or learn how to ride the waves at one of the surf pools. 

Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly wedding or something more intimate, this hotel has something for everyone. 

If you’re looking for peace and quiet, head to the beautiful spa area, complete with a hydrotherapy circuit, plunge pool, sauna, and steam room. 

When it’s time to explore the surrounding area, the hotel’s concierge team can arrange various trips and excursions, including a water shuttle to Puerto Cancun Shopping Mall.

dreams vista cancun

Key Amenities:

  • Three heated swimming pools and a rooftop pool for Preferred Club members 
  • A world-renowned spa with a couples cabin where you can indulge in pampering wellness treatments
  • Six restaurants, including four a la carte options, one buffet restaurant, and an international food court
  • Unique facilities including a climbing wall, golf course, surf pools and more

Wedding Highlights:

  • Brand new wedding locations, including the rooftop infinity pool
  • Wedding guests have full access to the hotel’s facilities, including the Spa by Pevonia, swimming pools, and entertainment
  • A dedicated wedding planner to create a personalized package just for you

Best for: Destination wedding near the Cancun hotel zone

Dreams Macao Beach

For a destination wedding in the Dominican Republic, Dreams Macao Beach ticks all the boxes. 

Set within Playa Macao in Punta Cana, you can expect a beautiful wedding in an unforgettable location. 

Families can spend time in the onsite waterpark with a lazy river and numerous slides. 

You can chill out by the infinity pool or escape to the spa for a soothing massage or reviving facial. 

There’s also a Kid’s Club and daily entertainment for guests of all ages.

As the sun goes down, you can enjoy cocktails at the Barracuda beach bar or live performances at the theater bar, Show Time, for a memorable way to end your day.

Secrets Tides – a brand new adults-only resort is opening about 15 minutes away from Dreams Macao beach, if you’re looking for an adults-only alternative in Punta Cana.

dreams macao beach punta cana destination wedding

Key Amenities:

  • 500 luxury suites, each with a private terrace
  • A waterpark, infinity pool, family pool, and an adults-only rooftop pool for Preferred Club members
  • Nine dining options, including an elegant French restaurant, a seafood restaurant, and a beachfront grill

Wedding highlights:

  • A stunning beachfront location for a romantic ceremony with a view
  • Your choice of finishing touches, from the flowers to entertainment
  • A specially dedicated wedding team to ensure that your big day goes to plan

Best for: Destination wedding on a stunning beach in Punta Cana

Dreams Los Cabos

Dreams Los Cabos is designed to delight with plush interiors and outstanding facilities. 

Located along a picturesque beach in Los Cabos, Mexico, this expansive resort boasts a unique colonial style and exceptional customer service.

Close by, you will find eight championship golf courses and spectacular scenery. 

The hotel features a whole host of activities, from tennis to tequila tasting and everything in between. 

With a spa, swimming pools, yoga classes, Spanish lessons, and more, you’ll always have things to do.

Chill out on the private beach area or escape to the spa, complete with two hydrotherapy circuits, a sauna, and steam room.

dreams los cabos poolside wedding venue

Key Amenities:

  • Two swimming pools, a hot tub, and a dedicated beach area
  • Movies under the stars, live shows, and themed parties
  • A spa with two hydrotherapy areas and a beach palapa for couple’s massages
  • Four a la carte restaurants, including Bordeaux, for French fine dining and a wine cellar with an impressive collection of bottles

Wedding highlights:

  • Beautiful terraces and garden venues, including the Ocean Pool Terrace (80 guests) and the Cascades Pool Terrace (200 guests)
  • Unforgettable beach weddings for up to 300 guests
  • Two diverse menus to choose from, with an extravagant lobster menu for an additional fee

Best for: Weddings with a view 

Is a destination wedding more affordable? 

Couples often ask us how much they can save by hosting their destination wedding in Mexico or the Caribbean. 

Generally speaking, destination weddings are more affordable than a wedding you’d plan at home. 

From the flowers to the entertainment, every detail comes with a price tag, which can certainly add up. 

But those items tend to be less money than at home. 

For example, we see the average destination wedding costs $15,000 to $20,000.

Most resorts offer a wide range of wedding packages, so the overall cost will depend on what you are looking for and how many guests attend.

Wedding packages at Dreams Resorts

If you’ve watched any of our YouTube videos, you know we love Dreams Resorts for a variety of reasons.

Yes, the resorts are stunning, offering spacious suites, delicious food, stunning spas, and plenty of activities for a multi-generational event like a destination wedding.

But what separates Dreams Resorts from other resorts is their on-site wedding teams and wedding packages.

The wedding packages are pretty consistent across all Dreams Resorts.

Each wedding package is designed with the couple in mind and to ease any potential stress in the planning process.

By now, you may already know that we love the Beyond Memorable wedding package – one of the best wedding packages around.

It’s changed a bit, but we still think the inclusions for the price make it worthwhile in many instances, especially if you’re hosting a larger destination wedding.

If you’re having a smaller wedding (less than 50 guests), the Dreams Ultimate package tends to be quite popular with couples.

Here are the common wedding packages you’ll find at Dreams resorts:

  • Elope in Luxury – starting at $1,100
  • Wedding in Paradise – starting at $999 (or complimentary)
  • Dreams of Love – Starting at $3,199
  • Dreams Ultimate – Starting at $3,899
  • Beyond Memorable – Starting at $10,999

What’s the best way to plan a destination wedding? 

There are so many destination wedding venues and packages it can be quite overwhelming.

Our recommendation is to find a trusted travel advisor who knows and understands the nuanced differences between each resort, wedding venue, and wedding package.

We’re, of course, biased, but we think our team of expert travel advisors has planned hundreds of destination weddings and would love to be a part of your celebration.

If you do want help planning, call us at 215-454-2070 or get in touch with us here

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About The Author

Jared Benoff

Jared is a certified destination wedding travel advisor and has been recognized as a top agent by Palace Resorts, Karisma Resorts, Lomas Hospitality, and Hyatt Inclusive Collection.

He caught the travel bug early in his life as his parents (the founders of Vacationeeze!) instilled a passion for travel and adventure in him and his siblings.


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