(Closed) Puerto Vallarta or Riviera Maya? Travel Agent?

posted 5 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 2
482 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I was a travel agent for many years up until last year, so I will say yes go to an agent. 

Puerto Vallarta will not have white sandy beaches, and aquamarine water, for a beach snob like me this is a deal breaker. 

I suggest you have a peek around online and see what’s out there, then ask around and get  a good travel agent’s name from friends. A good aganet is a good friend to have if the unthinkable happens, and there’s no reason you should have to pay more to use one. Good luck!

Post # 3
239 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

ColoradoNikki:  I thought Riviera Maya had much prettier beaches but they are both beautiful places! 

puerto vallarta has a really nice little town, I loved it 🙂 riviera maya has lots of cool Mayan ruins nearby. I really liked both, but if I had to choose, I’d pick riviera maya for the beaches and ruins. There’s also snorkeling in cenotes which was awesome, if you’re not afraid of bats hehe

i would check travel sites like expedia, Travelocity, and orbitz. That’s how I usually book….you can typically get good deals if you book a flight and hotel package. 

Have a great honeymoon!!

Post # 4
2573 posts
Sugar bee

We have been to both Cancun and Puerto Vallarta I really didn’t care for PV. Cancun is way nicer and we found a good deal and it wasn’t even really that much more.

The beaches are amazing in Cancun!

We both also got really sick in PV and I have heard from many people that they did as well. 

I forgot to add that I wouldn’t say you need a travel agent just read reviews lots of them and i wouldn’t stay anywhere that isn’t atleast a 4 star. Mexicos 4 star is not out 4 star so that’s why I say that would be the minimum. 

Post # 5
592 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

We’re going to PV b/c the flight is shorter/cheaper from CA. I hope we have a good time! We’re staying at Casa Velas. I just want to eat, drink, and sit by the pool… 

Post # 6
509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015


we are considering Riveria Maya for our honeymoon 🙂

Post # 7
419 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

We’re getting married in Cancun. I will second what PP said, the beaches in the Mayan Riviera are WAY better than the ones in Puerto Vallarta! ALthough both destinations are beautiful.

If you’re concerned about the price for guests, I would absolutely go through a travel agent and try to get a group rate. We went through a travel agent and I can’t imagine having to deal with everyone’s bookings etc…We had flight changes and our travel agent took care of everything for us, dealing with each individual guest and the airline.

We had originally looked into getting a group rate directly without a travel agent, but this would have meant that my finance and I would have been responsible for making all the bookings, getting everyone’s credit card information etc…this would have been hell for me! It’s stresful enough to plan a wedding without having to run after everyone’s credit card info.

Are you in Canada by any chance? I can PM you my travel agent who did an amazing job for us!

Post # 8
2014 posts
Buzzing bee

The Cancun/Riviera Maya area is much more beautiful and I believe there is more to do than Puerto Vallarta. If PV is much cheaper and you are on the west coast I would consider PV but otherwise stick to Riviera Maya.

I haven’t used a travel agent in 15 years since there is so much information on the internet. I would recommend doing research on tripadvisor and then comparing prices with travelocity/orbitz/expedia but I haven’t used a travel agent in so long that I don’t know if there might be some advantages.

Post # 9
2014 posts
Buzzing bee

I would also recommend not getting involved at all in booking travel for your guests. You don’t want to spend the time or be responsible for collecting money and dealing with changes. Also, they will have their own ideas of how they want to book their vacation.

Post # 10
308 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

I’m getting married in a town north of PV and love the area. We have also been to the Riveria Maya and enjoyed it as well. On the Mayan side we stayed at the resort most of the time, to get anywhere (we stayed down by Akumal) seemed like it took forever. The water and beaches were gorgeous and the places we visited (Playa Del Carmen, Xel Ha, Tulum and Akumal Beach) were all amazing and I’d go back in a heartbeat.

We go to the PV area every year, a lot of my family own property in the area and my Fiance and I both have fallen in love with the whole area. Everything is relatively close so you can see a lot of things without traveling far. There are some amzing resorts and things to do in the area.

To me they are two completely different places, Cancun side is more modern and PV is more laid back you just need to pick your style!

Post # 12
6300 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

ColoradoNikki:  I’ve not been to PV but have been to the RM area 4 times, staying at 5 different hotels; if you’d like any info, give me a shout.

PV is much smaller than the RM and has less going on, and far fewer hotels. In that regard, the RM might be the better bet as it gives guests a much wider variety of hotels to choose from, which I personally would appreciate as if we were attending a Destination Wedding, we would want to choose our own accommodation (preferably that other guests weren’t staying at), and RM provides the scope to o this (although you may need to pay for day passes for guests that don’t choose to stay on the resort you’re marrying at). There are also lots of activities on offer in the RM area, so plenty to keep people occupied.

That said, PV looks very nice and were it not for the fact that only one airline currently flies there direct from the UK, so dates, durations and hotels are limited, we would probably have been before now. From my research though it seems very different to the RM: it doesn’t have the same beaches or water (fine with us as we’re not beach people), and seems much quieter and more low-key, and almost more ‘European’ with lots of cobbled streets and small restaurants etc. Basically a totally different vibe.

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