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Spicy Mexican Honeymoons

Pool at nightAfter you’ve tied the pink knot in culture hub Mexico City, it’s time for a romantic gay honeymoon on one of the country’s famed beaches. With hundreds of possibilities, here are my taste-y tips for a lavender getaway.

Riviera Maya. This area on the Caribbean in the Yucatan Peninsula, between Cancun and Tulum, is bustling with activities and developments. If you are looking for uber-luxury, pampering, and seclusion, try the Banyan Tree Mayakoba.

The first outpost in the Americas from the famed Asian chain has all their hallmarks—outstanding service, sleek design, and generous touches of Mexican hospitality. Rates start around $600 per night, but that’s for a romantic villa with a private plunge pool and hammock for relaxation.

Banyan Tree

If you and your spouse are looking for more action (outside the room), check into the Deseo Hotel in Playa del Carmen. This chic boutique property from the Grupo Habita folks is a magnet for stylish travelers from Mexico City who enjoy lounging poolside. The hotel is not on the beach but in the pedestrian street filled with restaurants and shops, with minimalist but stylish rooms starting at around $150 per night. Scheduled to open in January 2011, the Adonis Tulum is an all-suite resort catering exclusively to gay men, with rates starting around $500 per night, that seem to be all-inclusive.

Unlike other recommendations on this site that I have visited personally, this one I haven’t, but thought it newsworthy enough that readers should at least know about it. For

eating in Playa, don’t miss the Senor Tacombi taco truck on Calle Oche—the crowds line up there at night after the disco.  Make sure to head to Tulum for the spectacular pyramid right on the ocean, and then grab a great meal on the beach at Que Fresco at the Zamas Hotel. On your way back, stop off for a swim in a cenote—a fresh water, natural occurring pool inside a cave.

Acapulco. The “Pearl of the Pacific” has gotten a bad rap of late as the scene of drug-trafficking violence—which mainly happens outside the city, and no international tourists have been affected.  I’m just back from the city first made famous in Elvis’ 1963 film Fun in Acapulco, and later by guest appearances in the Love Boat.  With several new hotels and some renovated classics, Acapulco and its sparkling sands are working hard to stage a comeback.

Boca ChicaOnce again, the boys of Grupo Habita have opened a renovated outpost called Hotel Boca Chica, in Acapulco’s old town. The rooms are simple but glamorous, and start around $150 per night. But it’s your honeymoon, so upgrade to a Sunset Suite that will nab you double balconies.

FairmontOn the complete opposite side of town (across a mountain and two bays), the grand dame of Acapulco, The Fairmont Princess, has gotten a bit of a facelift.  The advantage here is direct access to miles of sandy beaches, and a topnotch spa.  It’s big—so you’ll be rubbing shoulders with many families.  For something a little more exclusive, upgrade to the sister property just next door The

Fairmont Pierre Marques.

The rooms have stunning views of the beaches and elegant, beach-themed décor. For activity, you definitely want to see the world famous cliff divers—it may sound cheesy, but it’s totally worth it.

If you’re staying at the Hotel Boca Chica, ask them to shuttle you over in their cute cigarette boat.  Otherwise, you’ll want to book dinner at the famous La Perla restaurant that has direct views of the divers, and a wall filled with photos of visiting celebrities.

For a an elegant view of Acapulco at night, head to Zibu that serves traditional Mexican with a Thai influence.

Lucky enough to have traveled all over Mexico, I could go on and on with advice for other popular LGBT spots like Puerto Vallarta, Cabo, and interior towns like Oaxaca. So let me hear from you—I’d love to provide further spice-y and taste-y tips.

Jon Paul Buchmeyer is the author of the award-winning humorous memoir Alphabet City: My So-Called Sitcom Life and writes frequently for Condé Nast Traveler and Bon Appétit magazines. In addition, he is the author of his own popular blogs: ABCityblog.com and Poptimistic.com.