Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Destination Wedding Trends for 2020

Many couples choose destination weddings because it cuts down on the hassle of planning. However, that doesn’t mean that destination weddings can’t be just as personal and customizable as any local ceremony, or that they can’t follow popular trends that will make the day that much more special. With these destination wedding trends for 2020, your wedding will be the perfect day you always imagined!

1. Off-Resort Weddings
One popular trend we’re seeing at Romantic Planet Vacations is the desire for off-resort weddings. All-inclusive resorts are charging more and more for their wedding packages, and an off-resort ceremony is one way to cut back on cost. By finding a local venue at your destination, you will also have a more intimate ceremony, as some resorts have no limits to the amount of weddings they do in a day. You don’t want to worry about another bride stealing your thunder! We can arrange to have your group bussed to the unique venue, where you can either have the ceremony before being bussed back to your resort, or you can stay and have your reception off-site as well. You can find off-resort beaches, restaurants, clubs, or other venues in Mayan Riviera, St. Lucia, Jamaica, and Dominican Republic.

Perfect Off-Resort Location: Alux Restaurant in Mexico

2. New Destinations
While tropical locations like Mexico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Jamaica have long been favourite destinations for Canadians, we’re seeing a larger variety of locations with our couples. Unique destinations like St. Lucia, Barbados, Costa Rica, Italy, Ireland, Thailand, and Bora Bora are on the rise, as are River Cruise weddings. These unique locales may cost a little extra, but not by much! While the typical all-inclusive beach destination costs around $2,000 per person for air, hotel, and transfers, you can find great deals for European destinations ranging around $3,000 to $4,000 per person. This might be the perfect solution for a couple looking for a more mature, unique feel with a more travel-experienced guest list.

3. Cultural Experience
Another trend we’re seeing is couples incorporating more of the local culture into their wedding ceremonies. Whether that means including Mayan customs such as traditional chanting, drumming, and dancing, being married by a Shaman at your Mexican wedding, or having traditional cigar rollers at your ceremony, many resorts are offering couples a more unique experience. This is a great way to blend your own traditions with those of the destination of your choosing. If you’re going to have a destination wedding, you might as well experience everything they have to offer, right?

Mayan Ceremony at Ocean Riviera Paradise in Riviera Maya

4. Larger Groups
While destination weddings can be quiet, intimate affairs, that doesn’t have to be the case. Though the average group size for a destination wedding is 28, many venues can accommodate much more than that. You can find beautiful spaces that can hold up to 70 to 100 guests, so long as the price is right for your friends and family. An added bonus to having larger groups is that the more people you have, the lower the price.

5. Boho-Chic Design
A very popular trend we’re seeing is a boho-chic theme for weddings. Many resorts have on-site wedding planners who will work with you before you arrive to make sure every aspect of your day goes smoothly. This includes determining the theme and colours. We’re hearing from a lot of wedding planners that boho-chic elements like macramé decorations, neutral colours with a splash of brightness, and geometric design elements are all big trends this year.

Boho-Chic Theme at Occidental at Xcaret Destination Resort

6. Photo Booths
Photo booths are a popular trend that shows no sign of slowing down. Whether you get married at home or abroad, this fun feature is a great way to help your guests remember your beautiful day. Get creative with backdrops, props, and come up with your own wedding hashtag so you can see all of the fun pictures on social media.

7. Rooftop Ceremony
One great thing about destination weddings is that they offer so many beautiful locations for couples to have their ceremony. While beach-side and ocean-front will always be popular choices, we’re seeing an increase in demand for more unique venues. Many resorts offer beautiful rooftop patios or venues so you can say your vows while standing in the clouds.

Rooftop Wedding Terrace at Majestic Mirage Resort, Punta Cana

Your perfect day will be that much better if you let yourself be inspired by these destination wedding trends for 2020!

If you’re ready to start planning your own destination wedding and want to learn more about your many on and off-resort options, please contact Romantic Planet Vacations at 1-866-247-8123 or  They have been specializing in destination weddings and honeymoons since 2004. 

Monday, March 25, 2019

Top Ten Rooftop Destination Wedding Venues

One of the hardest parts of planning a destination wedding is deciding where exactly you want to get married. There are so many beautiful locations around the world and so many venues to choose from. You’ve probably already thought about whether you want to get married on the beach looking out at the ocean, under a lovely gazebo, or in a charming chapel, but have you ever wondered about getting married in the sky? Take a look at our Top Ten Rooftop Destination Wedding Venues so you can get married while floating on air.

1. Sandos Cancun Lifestyle Resort – Martiniere Rooftop Terrace

If you choose the oceanfront Martiniere Rooftop Terrace at the Sandos Cancun Lifestyle Resort in Cancun, Mexico, you will be guaranteed a five-star experience. This spacious terrace can accommodate up to 300 guests and provides stellar views of the turquoise Caribbean Sea below.  At the Sandos Resorts, you can even earn up to US$3,000 credit to be used towards your wedding, based on the size of your group and the duration of your stay.

Martiniere Rooftop Terrace - Sandos Cancun Lifestyle Resort

2. Ocean Coral & Turquesa Resort – Roof Top Terrace
This affordable all-inclusive resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico offers wedding services on their stunning Roof Top Terrace. We love how the bright yellow colour of Ocean & Turquesa’s terrace looks against the blue sky. This venue holds a maximum of 250 people and has a curfew of 11:00 PM, so you can have your ceremony and reception all in one place. Catholic ceremonies are also available at this venue.

If you want a similar feel to a rooftop reception but would prefer to be a little closer to earth, Ocean Coral & Turquesa has an equally gorgeous Lobby Terrace. The Lobby Terrace has a slightly smaller capacity at 200, but has the benefit of a later curfew of 1:00 AM, so you and your guests can celebrate well into the evening.

3. Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort & Spa  Purple Rooftop

The VIP Purple Rooftop at Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort & Spa is impressive enough when it serves as a luxury bar, but it will truly take your breath away when it is transformed into a wedding venue. We love the romantic aesthetic of this terrace, which can fit up to 100 guests who will get to look out over the water as they watch you say ‘I do.’
Purple Rooftop - Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort & Spa 

Royalton Negril – Sky Terrace
With its beautiful stone archway, the Sky Terrace at the Royalton Negril is the perfect setting for a luxurious, sophisticated ceremony. This rooftop venue is the only private ceremony location at the Jamaican resort, and offers everything you could need for your perfect day—a private bar, private washroom, and bridal suite, on top of the gorgeous panoramic views. It can fit up to 80 people.

5. The Fives Azul Beach Resort - Sky Deck 

The Fives Azul Beach Resort, located in the heart of the Mayan Riviera, Mexico, offers Sky Weddings with romantic rooftop ceremonies. Choose from six expertly designed wedding packages from ‘Coastal Bliss’ to ‘Pure Glamour’ or customize your own to suit your personal tastes. The views of the Caribbean Sea below doesn’t get better than this. 

Sky Deck - The Fives Azul Beach Resort, Mayan Riviera Mexico

Wedding Terrace - Majestic Mirage Resort
6. Majestic Mirage Punta Cana – Wedding Terrace
Have your ceremony while surrounded by towering trees and a lovely view of the white sand beaches by choosing the Wedding Terrace at Majestic Mirage Punta Cana. The Wedding Terrace can hold up to 50 guests for a private ceremony, cocktail hour, and dinner reception.

7. Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta Resort & Spa – Gohan Sky Bar
This is another bar-turned-venue that could be the perfect spot for your wedding. Overlooking the beautiful water of Banderas Bay in Mexico, this venue has a bit of a more casual feel, while still delivering all of the excitement of a rooftop experience. The Gohan Sky Bar can accommodate up to 90 guests.

Sunset Rooftop - Dreams Tulum Resort, Mexico
8. Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa – Sunset Rooftop 
The breathtaking Sunset Rooftop at Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa can hold up to 140 to 160 guests. Located in the Riviera Maya, this tropical getaway offers a rooftop venue with unimpeded views of the gorgeous beachfront. You won’t regret sharing your special day with family and friends at this gorgeous location.

9. Grand Hyatt Baha Mar – 25th Floor Terrace
The Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas might not have a rooftop venue, but its 25th Floor Terrace offers the same wow-factor. This venue offers a great view not only of the beach, but of the nearby downtown area, giving you the best of both worlds—luxurious beachfront and exciting cityscape. The space can hold up to 80 guests and includes an area for dancing.

10. Planet Hollywood Beach Resort, Costa Rica
The Signature Sky Terrace at the new Planet Hollywood Beach Resort in Costa Rica has everyone talking. There is partial shade provided and an abundance of airy space. We recommend a ceremony or wedding reception during the sunset hours to capture the awe-inspiring changing of the colors of the sky above.

Signature Sky Terrace, Planet Hollywood Beach Resort

If you’d like more information on any of these rooftop destination wedding venues or advice on how to plan the perfect destination wedding, please contact Romantic Planet Vacations at 1-866-247-8123 or They have been specializing in planning destination weddings since 2004.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Local Burlington Travel Agency Earns Top Growth Award

Romantic Planet Vacations of Burlington, ON was recently honoured with the “Highest Growth Award” from Ensemble Travel® Group, one of the premier travel agency organizations in the travel industry. The full-service agency earned the award for achieving the highest year-over-year growth (regionally) based on its 2017 preferred partner sales compared to 2016, including cruise lines, tour operators, hotels, airlines, rental car, and travel insurance companies.

Laurie Keith accepts the Highest Growth Award presented by Ensemble Travel Group

              The sales award was presented to Laurie Keith, owner of Romantic Planet Vacations, by Ensemble Travel Group Co-Presidents Lindsay Pearlman and Libbie Rice last month during the organization’s annual international conference held at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in Nassau, the Bahamas. More than 850 travel executives attended the key industry meeting. 

"Congratulations to the team of highly skilled travel professionals from Romantic Planet Vacations!” said Pearlman. “This award honours a few select agencies that have demonstrated their strong business expertise through impressive gains with our global network of travel providers as well as by delivering extraordinary customer service to their growing base of customers.”

Romantic Planet Vacations has been specializing in destination weddings and honeymoons since 2004 and has always been a leader in this niche travel market since it's conception. The company has been a member of Ensemble Travel Group for 3 years. Clients of the travel agency enjoy a number of exclusive travel perks and services because of its affiliation with Ensemble Travel Group. Please visit for more information.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

15 Top Destination Wedding Resorts of 2018

They say the most difficult part of planning a destination wedding is choosing which resort in which to wed. To help you get started, we've come out with the top 15 Destination Wedding Resorts of 2017.

Sandos Caracol Resort, Cenote Trash-the-Dress
1. Sandos Caracol Resort - This friendly beachfront Mayan Riviera gem is ideal for those on a budget who want a green eco-friendly resort with on-site cenotes (cave watering holes) and ancient Mayan ruins surrounded by acres of jungles teaming with wildlife. Get married on the beach, by a cenote, or in nature.

Coconut Bay Beach Resort, St. Lucia
2. Coconut Bay Beach Resort, St. Lucia - This all-inclusive resort is situated on the beautiful island of St. Lucia and has everything to make destination wedding dreams come true. One side is adult-only and the other side is family friendly so there is something for everyone. St. Lucia is renowned for its romance and this resort is sure to please.

3. Grand Bahia Principle Jamaica Resort - This white palace sits on the North Coast of the island of Jamaica and has a variety of room categories to suit the variety of all wedding guests budgets. It's gorgeous beach is affectionately known by its locals as the best beach on the island.

4. Hard Rock Vallarta - Surround yourself with rock and roll paraphernalia in a fun and lively atmosphere at this beachfront resort near Puerto Vallarta - the heart of Mexican culture and tradition. As a bonus, each room here receives a $1800 resort credit!

Melia Nassau Beach Resort, Bahamas
5. Melia Nassau Beach Resort - This newly renovated chic resort is situated only a short drive from the port city of Nassau, Bahamas with its rich history, happening nightlife and incredible shopping. Watch the cruiseships go by at this quaint and friendly oasis.

6. Dreams Huatulco, Mexico - This all-inclusive luxury-inclusive resort is located in Tangolunda Bay, Huatulco Mexico surrounded by the greenery of rolling hills and deep blue of the Pacific Ocean. It's family-friendly amenities are fun for all.

Sky Wedding at Azul Fives Resort, Mayan Riviera
7. Azul Fives - This modern Mayan Riviera gourmet-inclusive 5-star resort is all about food. It's creative and gourmet dining options are bountiful, pleasing even the most discerning guest. The designer wedding collections are also awe-inspiring.

8. Sandals Barbados - This private adult-only hideaway is ideally situated on the high-end Caribbean island of Barbados and is most suited for those who want the taste of luxury in a modest setting.

9. Majestic Elegance Resort, Punta Cana - This has been a favorite for destination weddings in Punta Cana for years. The resort staff are super friendly and the setting is modern elegant with a gorgeous and expansive beach.

Barceló Grand Faro Los Cabos, San Jose Del Cabo
10. Barcelo Grand Faro Los Cabos - This ultra quaint and friendly 4-star resort is situated in the desert-like setting of Los Cabos, Mexico, within walking distance to the artsy town of San Jose Del Cabo. It's a fan favorite destination with many returning guests year after year.

11. Beach Palace Cancun - There's just something about this place that allows you to simply unwind and enjoy its 5-star quality food, service and amenities in the heart of lively Cancun, Mexico. They also have the most expansive and private rooftop venue for weddings and/or receptions. Each room also receives a $1500 resort credit!

12. Paradisus Varadero - This 5-star eco-resort has been a favorite in Cuba for years and is located in Varadero's ecological reserve. Upgrade to the 'Royal Service' for even more pampering - something every wedding couple deserves.

Barceló Aruba Resort
13. Barcelo Aruba - if you're looking for the whitest sand, look no further than the Dutch island of Aruba. This all-inclusive resort has everything a wedding group is looking for in a Caribbean island paradise setting.

14. Hotel RIU Playa Blanca Panama - If you're looking for a totally unique destination, try Panama! This all-inclusive family-friendly reosrt is located on an expansive beach minutes from the airport and offers free wedding packages.

15.  Sunscapes Splash Jamaica - If you're looking for one of the least expensive options in the Caribbean but don't want to give up on service and amenities, this all-inclusive resort will be sure to please. 

For more information on any of these resorts and how to plan a perfect destination wedding away, please contact the experts at Romantic Planet Vacations at 1-866-247-8123 or for your free destination wedding quote and consultation.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Five Top Travel Tips You Can't Live Without When Traveling With An Infant

My greatest fear when I found out that I was pregnant was that my worldly travels would come to a dead halt once I had a baby. As a travel entrepreneur and owner of travel-related businesses since I was 20 years old, and living over-seas and exploring 5 of the 6 continents by the age of 30, the continued need for travel was a part of my DNA. It's probably why I waited until I was 40 to be blessed with the new role of mom.

There was never such a relief to have experienced when I saw the first smile from my infant daughter's three month old lips, while boarded on her first flight outside the womb. When her face lit up with the rumbling sounds of the jet engines as we taxied onto the runway, I knew she was going to be my new travel partner for life.

My daughter, now 19 months old, has already traveled to 3 continents and logged over 50,000 kms! Although she is a natural happy traveler, there are always things to be prepared for when traveling with an infant. Here are my top five best tips when stringing your little one in tow;

1) PACKING ESSENTIALS: Who knew that babies come with a lot of baggage as soon as they arrive into the world? And can they live without their essentials? The answer is no, not without your sanity.
One of the very best benefits of traveling with an infant aged 0 - 24 months when they sit on your lap is they travel for free! However, their luggage is not. After a few trips of trying to jam in 50 diapers, food, clothing, wipes, toys and more, into my already stuffed suitcase (yes, you still need 5 pairs of shoes and a case full of make-up to travel even as a mom), I decided it was well worth the extra $30 to pay for an extra suitcase. It's the best $30 you could ever spend. No cramming required and things are much easier to find, especially if you get some luggage organizers such as the Air Canada Travel Packing Cubes found at Walmart. These are great for keeping those itsy little socks and shoes together and also to be pool or beach ready in seconds.

Most airlines will allow one extra carry-on for items for the baby such as a diaper bag. Here you will need a few diapers and wipes, a mixture of toys including some high concentration ones that captivate their attention for awhile and distraction toys that you can whip out anytime you need their focus. Make sure they are not prized-possession toys as it's not uncommon to lose a toy or two in the abyss between the seats or the floor.

Image result for "baby gourmet" cereal pouchesDon't forget a change of clothing for both your baby AND for you. You seriously never know what could happen when you're 40,000 feet up in the sky and you don't want to have to sit through the remainder of a flight with baby vomit or diarrhea all over yourself (and yes, I had to learn this the hard way).

When packing baby food, remember that security will not allow liquids, and this includes the squeezable food packs, unless it's under 100 ml. For this reason be sure to bring only small packs onboard and the rest in your luggage. Sometimes the baby bottle gets the pass and sometimes I've been told to dump it out so it depends on the individual screener. Powdered foods/formulas are best as you can add water on the plane. I absolutely love the new Baby Gourmet @babygourmet Individual cereal pouches. You don't need a bowl! You just pour in the water to the line and stir it with a spoon and voila, your little one has a healthy and filling meal in seconds.
Swimways Baby Spring Float W Canopy Whale Blue
If you're headed to a place with a swimming pool, then I suggest investing in a good baby pool floatie. I don't leave home without ours. It's important to get one that collapses, compresses and packs well and one with a sun visor is a bonus. These are available at Canadian Tires and Bed, Bath and Beyond and stores of the like. Remember however, they are a seasonal item in Canada so be sure to get it while you can in the summer months.

Of course you never leave home without your baby sunscreen, bug juice, children medicine, first baby passport, and a sun hat and be sure to always keep them hydrated.

2) COMFORT IS BEST: Throw away those glitzy-glam tu-tus and tight blue-jeans and dress your baby in comfort. Breathable cottons and even pajamas work for those flights where you want them to relax and/or sleep. It's always good to dress them in layers as well as temperatures between air conditioned airplanes and hotel rooms and the outside can range from 20 degrees upward. Trust me, they are going to thank you for their comfort in their many special ways with happy naps and smiling and giggling squeals.

Try to save the drinking for take-off and landing (and in between). It's best to nurse or drink from a bottle during these times to help their little ears adjust with the quick elevation change as swallowing helps clear the ears. Even munching on snacks works. Now that my daughter is older, we bring raisins, crackers, yogurt drops and more.

3) WORK YOUR LITTLE MIRACLE: I'm not going to say pimp out your baby.....well, yes I am. Once you travel with your baby a whole world of extra spoiling just automatically occurs. Suddenly people are giving up their seats for you on the airport shuttle, helping you lift your suitcase to the overhead bin, and words cannot even begin to describe the feeling when you hear that heavenly announcement come on the airport intercom advising, "Pre-boarding is now commencing for flight 4356 with service to Lisbon. All those traveling with small children or those needing assistance, please make your way to the front of the line..." It's a euphoric feeling similar to holding that first class ticket, like you're someone important. Yes, I get why they do it is because it takes us parents an extra five minutes to get sorted and settled on the airplane and so they can hurry the rest of the 'sardins' in but it feels awesome never-the-less to surpass that long line of weary travelers.

But there are other things you can do to enhance your traveling-with-an-infant benefits. I always ask at the airline check-in desk and again at the gate if there are any empty seats and if so, if we could be moved to one next to it in the event my daughter could sit there. Of the 30 flights or so we've taken together so far, I would say she's gotten her own seat about half of the time. It was only a matter of asking. Although you do still have to hold your infant during take-off, landing and at time of turbulence, it allows for an easier and deeper nap or play space and for stretching out your own body and comfort. If you can get it, some airlines even provide baby bassinets in the bulk head (first row) of the aircraft. This is attached to the wall directly in front of your seat and is possible for infants up to 8 months old and usually 26 lbs. This has to be booked well in advance as it's often a hot commodity, especially on long-haul or overnight flights.

Utilizing your little one for preferred room locations and possible upgrades also often works too. Put in that special request to the resort in advance and also at the front desk for a room close to the pool or ocean as weary parents certainly can't walk as far as non-parents....especially with a stroller that 'drags' you down. (Are you sensing my sarcasm yet?) But in fairness it does help a lot when you don't have to lug all of your baby paraphernalia half way across the resort or have to hike miles to your room because you forgot your baby sunscreen. I found the best rooms are ground level with a patio over-looking the pool or ocean and close to the amenities that way you can still hang out outside on your patio while your baby naps inside safely, quietly and close to you. For this reason, it's great to also bring your baby monitor and camera.

4) BOOK WITH THE RIGHT PEEPS: Not every resort or airline caters to babies so it's important to work with a travel agent who knows the right travel providers from the not-so-right ones and get you the right seats and the right rooms. This can really make or break your family travel experience. If your child is daycare friendly, there are a handful of all-inclusive resorts that now have baby clubs for those younger than 4 years of age, including Melia, Memories, Beaches, Palladium and Karisma. These play rooms are secured, managed by a team of certified childcare providers and equipped with infant toys, cribs, games and so much more.

The Azul Hotels by Karisma @AzulHotels takes their infant offerings it to the next level by providing strollers, baby monitors, bottle warmers, sterilizers, baby baths, change tables, high chairs and even gourmet baby food.

Air Transat @AirTransat offers a Kids Club wherein if you pre-register the kids online, they (and you in tow) will get access to the Kids Club or Club check-in counter, priority luggage, free seat selection, free onboard snacks, an young travelers profile logging their flight history and more.

5) DON'T STRESS: If this is your first time traveling with an infant, don't stress. I think babies can sense when you're under distress so if you're relaxed, they will be relaxed. It can and will be a fun experience if you let it be. Of course use precautions and be safe wherever you go but strap them along for the ride of life. I can assure you that they'll love to travel as much as you do, so get them started early.

By: Laurie Keith
Travel Specialist and Agent Extrodinaire Since 1994.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Mexico's First and Only Over-Water Suites Now Officially Open

El Dorado Maroma, a Beachfront Resort by Karisma, opened Mexico’s first and only over-water suites in Riviera Maya on September 1st. The new Palafitos offer discerning adult-only travelers a once-in-a-lifetime getaway in paradise that is much closer to home than the traditional over-water bungalow destinations of Bora Bora and The Maldives.

The 30 Over-Water Suites have glass-bottom floors, direct ladder access to the ocean, outdoor ‘Aguas del Amor’ showers, private infinity pools and oversized decks with lounge chairs that look out onto the ocean horizon, perfect for that romantic getaway or truly unique honeymoon experience. Guests can also dine at the Over Water Ocean Grill & Wine Bar, and spa treatments at Náay Spa Over the Ocean.

Rates start at US$950 per adult, per night, including Karisma’s Gourmet Inclusive Experience. 

Contact Romantic Planet Vacations today at or 1-866-247-8123 for your travel quote.

Air Canada Vacations Adds Three New Ocean Resorts To It's Sun Product!

Air Canada Vacations and Ocean Chain has added (3) NEW! hotels to our Sun Product Line up.

1. Ocean Riviera Paradise (Cancun, Mexico) is an all-inclusive 4.5 star property. It is located in Playa del Carmen on the beach and has 974 rooms in 4 sections; Daisy section – for families and children, Privilege section - an exclusive section with VIP services, El Beso Section - an area for over 18 years, Eden section- an area closer to the beach.

2. Ocean Cas Del Mar (Santa Clara, Cuba) is an al- inclusive 4.5 star property. It is located 60km from Caibarien and is 1 hr and 45 minutes from Santa Clara International Airport. It is in a privileged location on a white sandy beach . The hotel has 800 rooms and includes a Privileged section with VIP services.

3. Ocean Vista Azul (Varadero, Cuba) is an all-inclusive 4 star resort. It is located in Varadero within 25 minutes from Varadero International Airport. It has an amazing view of the ocean and has direct access to a white sandy beach. The hotel has 470 rooms that include Exclusive Privilege rooms and services.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Top 10 Romantic Destinations for the LGTB Traveler

Top 10 Romantic Destinations for the LGTB Traveler.

Laid-back and care-free, Mexico, Caribbean, Canada and USA offer some idyllic locations for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender travellers. Add in striking beaches, awe-inspiring settings, entertaining day & night activities and a fun-in-the-sun attitude and you will have everything needed for the perfect holiday.
Below are some of our top ten most romantic recommendations:
Named the ‘San Francisco of Mexico’, Puerto Vallarta has long been one of the most popular gay travel destinations. Its friendly environment, once voted the #1 friendliest tourist destination in the world by readers of Conde Nast magazine, great weather, lively beach scene and LGTB venues are just a few of its top draws. Incorporate the many cultural festivals, kitschy cafés, gourmet restaurants and vivacious nightlife and there is no question on how it earned its nickname.
#2) CANCUN, Mexico
Besides the gorgeous aqua blue of the Caribbean Sea setting, 5-star resorts and pristine beaches, Cancun offers fantastic gay-pride celebrations including The Cancun International Gay Festival in May and Paradiso International  Festival in November. These draw a free-spirited, diverse crowd with one major agenda … to let loose. Activities during this non-stop party week include a Welcome Party, Caribbean Cruise, Bar Hopping and a Beach Barbecue.
In November 2014, it was announced that a bill to officially legalize same-sex marriage in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo (Cancun and Mayan Riviera) would be approved.
#3) ST. MARTIN/ST. MAARTENGay beach destination wedding
Half Dutch and half French, a vacation to the tiny island of St. Martin is like visiting two amazing European countries at once. It is a hip combination of cosmopolitan attitude (both sides) paired with fantastic shopping, incomparable dining experiences and a range of activities that will keep you going long past seven days.
For a couple wishing to marry in St. Martin, birth certificates, IDs, and copies of proof of address are required. Divorce and death decrees are also required if applicable. Check with your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist for more details.
Bora Bora gay honeymoon specialist#4) TAHITI/BORA BORA – French Polynesia
Polynesians are known for their warm welcome. They are some of the some of the most kind, gentle, and open-minded people in the world. They embrace any opportunity to share their culture and heritage with visitors, as well as the mesmerizing beauty and tranquility of their islands.  The islands of French Polynesia such as Moorea, Bora Bora and Tahiti, are one of the most romantic places on earth, whether you’re gay or straight, the islands of Tahiti are a couples’ paradise, offering something for every traveler – white-sand beaches, vibrant marine life, rugged mountains, and colorful history.
The term “mahu” originally referred to transvestites in pre-colonial Polynesia. Much like the native American cultures, throughout Polynesia, the mahu were not only accepted in their communities, but they were also regarded as gifted and divine, possessing the qualities of both the male and female gender. Since the islands were colonized, mahu has broadened to include cross-dressers, drag queens, female impersonators, and transsexuals.  Local Tahitian prefer the term “Rae rae” which is to describe transvestites. The rae rae in the islands are pretty well respected. They tend to have jobs in the service industry and you’ll definitely come across them in the hotels, restaurants, in dance performances, and on the airlines.
#5) KAUAI, HawaiiSame sex destination wedding specialist
Hawaii has always had the reputation as a quintessential honeymoon destination for gay couples but when the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act was passed in 2013, it further solidified this with it’s legalization of same-sex marriages.  Those looking for an exciting gay-friendly nightlife may opt for the busting beach city of Honolulu but those couples seeking a more secluded relaxation experience, Maui, or better yet, Kauai, are great options.
Perhaps stemming from Ancient Greece and depictions of homosexuality in it’s art and literature, the country remains a gay travel hotspot. Though LGBT activists in Greece are still fighting for marriage equality, couples can still have a symbolic ceremony and/or honeymoon. We recommend a package to incorporate the history of Athens, and ferry transfers to see the Greek Islands of Mykonos, Santorini and more.
Curacao gay-friendly honeymoon#7) CURACAO
This beautiful Dutch Caribbean island is widely promoted as the “live and let live” island.  Although gay marriage is still not recognized here, the island is generally known to be the most tolerant of the ABC Islands, with growing annual Pride activities.
We cannot write this list without including the first country to legalize same-sex marriages. The country took the plunge in 2000 and set the precedence for countries around the world to follow.
Romance travel not only exists in our own backyard, it is flourishing! A trip to Quebec City makes you feel like you’re in a far, far away land. Or Halifax to take in the beauty and fun of the Atlantic Canada culture. The Rocky Mountains will always take your breath away. There are so many pockets of paradise’s in Canada that it’s important to explore what we have to offer, and we were the third country to legalize same-sex marriages in the world.
#10) PARIS, France
Romance is taken as seriously here as food, wine and art. No wonder ‘Gay Paree’ is a top destination for LGTB romance. France passed legal same-sex marriage in 2013 and if that weren’t enough, the french fashion scene and flourishing gay nightlife keep this city’s pulse positively pink.
Romantic Planet Vacations specializes in destination weddings and honeymoons. Contact one of their LGTB Certified Destination Wedding and Honeymoon Specialists today.