Although Valentine’s Day is believed to have its origins in medieval Europe, it has become a day recognized on the calendar in many different nations around the world. Here in Mexico, El Dia del Amor y la Amistad (Spanish for The Day of Love and Friendship), isn’t just a celebration for those who are romantically involved. It is a day set aside on the calendar to show love and appreciation for everyone who holds a special place in your life.
Like many others, most Mexicans concern themselves with finding the perfect way to show their loved ones they care. While a wealth of flowers and cards reach the hands of awaiting lovers, friends, and family members, others look for the more romantic side of all that Mexico has to offer. When it comes to romance, there is an overabundance of options to sooth the soul and warm the heart.
In Cancun, lovers get an early start by watching the sunrise, which is something no one should miss. Each new day brings an elaborate painting, handcrafted by the heavens, offering the perfect beginning for a romantic journey. Couples love discovering the secret world of the cenotes (fresh water springs), and exploring the ruins of the ancient Mayas. All around, lovers and friends can be seen sharing in the natural beauty that exudes from Cancun’s landscape.
On the other side of the country, in Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta, couples can spend the day visiting the secret beach of Las Marietas Island, exploring the secluded town of Yelapa, or by simply jumping on a panga and watching the majestic pods of whales and dolphins that constantly are putting on a grand show for audiences around the bay. Without a doubt, each experience leaves you with a feeling of love and appreciation that will last a lifetime.
Further to the north, the Islands of Loreto offer a multitude of romantic options that take your breath away. As one of Mexico’s best kept secrets, the Islands of Loreto provide the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway, where lovers can embrace not only each other, but the extreme beauty that surrounds the place. Visits to the natural aquarium and walks along one of the most beautiful beaches in the world are among the many aspects that leave lovers in awe.
You don’t have to be a local to indulge in the romance that radiates from all over Mexico on February 14th each year. However you do need to be open to magical experiences and have an unending appreciation for life, love and eternal happiness.