Thoughts of honeymooning in Mexico usually conjure up visions of tropical beaches, tangy margaritas and snuggling with your “significant other” in a hammock made for two, ensconced on a private verandah of a posh hotel, overlooking the sea.
And while luxurious seaside accommodations are just a few of the reasons Mexico constantly makes the “Top 10” list worldwide for romantic getaways and honeymoons, our neighbor south of the border is more than just a pretty beach. Some of Mexico’s historic colonial towns promise some of the country’s greatest getaways.
Take Oaxaca, for instance. The city of Oaxaca (in the state of Oaxaca), located in a valley surrounded by the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains, boasts a superb climate year-round. Once the center of the Mixtec and Zapotec civilizations, the town houses a blend of pre-conquest, colonial, and modern influences -- and some of the best food in Mexico.
The city’s village streets are lined with baroque colonial architecture, which have earned it a World Heritage Site designation by the United Nations. And while Oaxaca contains plenty of ancient treasures from the Old World, it combines a unique synergy, which draws visitors back time and time again.
The Historic Center is comprised of the main plaza, the government palace, the Catedral de Oaxaca (Cathedral) and the city market. Dotting the small downtown area are myriad churches bursting with Spanish baroque décor, ancient saints and ornate altars.
Throughout town are cozy cafes, secluded restaurants -- some in venerable haciendas -- and an array of typical eateries. Nearby villages abound with colorful handicrafts, unique markets and folkloric festivals. Nearby, the ancient archaeological sites of Monte Alban and Mitla beckon.
Some of the most unique hotel accommodations can be found in old colonial villas and in ex-convents, with courtyards, fountains, arcades, and centuries old ironworks forming a backdrop for one of the best spots to enjoy an unforgettable visit to Oaxaca.