I wouldn’t be surprised if within the next few years, Oaxaca developed into one of the most sought-out travel destinations around the world. As a Mexico destination wedding photographer, I would say Oaxaca has just as much, if not more, to offer in terms of beauty than any one of the beach towns in the Yucatan or Baja California which often get more attention than their Pacific neighbors. The mountains, the beaches, the city, all in the same place coexist and thrive in a way that complements and diversifies the state into an absolutely magical place. That special quality translates into a wealth of different locations where any couple, Mexican or foreign, could have an incredible wedding. Here are my personal suggestions for the best beaches to say I do in Oaxaca.
Oaxaca Beach Wedding Locations
I have to say, the coast is really how Oaxaca came to hold a special place in my heart. The verdant jungle combined with the gorgeous beaches makes for a paradise that’s hard to find anywhere else. It also makes for the perfect elopement or wedding ceremony as the waves calmly crash behind you. Here are the beaches I’d recommend for any Mexico destination wedding!
The first words said to me as we sat down at this stunning beach were, “welcome to paradise,” and the description could not have been more apt. A more perfect jungle paradise couldn’t be dreamt up and for a Mexico destination wedding photographer, the way the vibrant green hugs the shore and envelops the surrounding area. The sunset here nearly brought me to tears and I couldn’t help but picture a couple having this beach for this friends and family to commit their lives to each other in such a beautiful place. A sunset wedding with a reception at one of the nearby hotels would give you and everyone in attendance a lovely, romantic story to tell as soon as they got back home. I recommend this beach for someone who loves hidden beaches and loves to vacation in the south of France or Italy but wants to spend half the money and still have as beautiful of an experience.
This beach is best known for its incredible waves and it just so happens that my first visit to Puerto Escondido was lined up with a globally known surf competition with surfers from Australia, Peru, and several other coastal countries around the world. My camera battery died when we came to this beach which kills me because for a Mexico destination wedding photographer, every pink sunset is an opportunity to capture beauty. We even watched the waves hit the sand with a few friends who were couples and the perfect light accompanied by a huge beach to work with made me shake my head in regret. Next time I visit, I’ll make sure to bring my camera along! Zicatela is honestly a better fit for a Mexico elopement than a wedding but if you’re thinking of keeping it intimate, this Oaxaca beach would serve all your needs. Zicatela is a great option if you and your future spouse both get psyched about surf trips and like to spend more time inside the ocean than outside of it!
It’s hard to really isolate a feeling or vibe when a place feels so unique and this Puerto Escondido gem is no exception. A beach where baby turtles get released every day is bound to feel magical which is why Bacocho makes for the perfect Mexico beach wedding. I have yet to hear from another Mexico wedding photographer who has had a client shoot here which means it’s open for possibilities and creative freedom! This beach is even more isolated than Carrizalillo which provides for an even more intimate setting with a green jungle backdrop. Incorporating releasing turtles into the ceremony would make for an incredible and unique experience. I live for stories you can tell for generations and that would certainly make for one. Bacocho is the right choice for a Mexico destination wedding if you’re a couple who love animals, care about conversation, or are vegetarian!
Mexico Beach Wedding Tips
Every region in Mexico has something for a particular personality type but I suggest Oaxaca for everything I mentioned above as well as one unifying characteristic beyond that: lovers of sunsets. As great as some of the other typical Mexico destination wedding cities are like Cabo, Playa Del Carmen, etc, there’s something special about Oaxaca that’s unlike anything else. I could and have gone on about places in the Yucatan, like Tulum, because they have an unbelievable amount to offer but that makes them more popular and therefore more expensive places to have a Mexico destination wedding. What I love about Puerto Escondido and Oaxaca as a whole is that it’s a bit less well known which makes it less in demand a big help for budget.
All that was really just a preface to mention my actual favorite attribute which is its position on the pacific coast and the unthinkable sunsets that follow as a result of being on the west coast. The hostel we stayed at the first time we visited Puerto Escondido as travelers, called Puerto Dreams which I highly recommend, had a rooftop that allowed us to marvel at the sunset every evening. Incredibly, what matched the rooftop view in terms of beauty was watching the sunset on the sandy shores of Zicatela, which takes the number one spot for raw natural beauty of any beach I’ve been to in Oaxaca. What I like about Zicatela is its simplicity and how so few ingredients (15 foot waves, colorful sky, warm water) can create such a romantic setting. In summary, Zicatela would be my ideal spot for a Mexico destination wedding, with Carrizalillo following closely behind and Bacocho at a close third. It’s hard to rank these amazing places because I’m choosing between 3 near-perfect options but if any of these have sparked inspiration or ideas for your wedding, I’d love to hear about it. Getting to help a couple choose which beach they want to tie the knot in for their wedding is a dream for a Mexico destination wedding photographer and something I’d be happy to do! If any questions come up or any aspect of these beaches is left in question, give me a call or shoot me a text at 786-270-8527 and we can iron out the details. No matter what, if you’re choosing a beach in Oaxaca for your wedding, it’s going to turn out beautiful and it’ll be the event of a lifetime.