What could be more romantic than a tropical island with endless beaches, relaxing days of frolicking on the sand, and watching the sunset hand-in-hand? A Caribbean honeymoon is on many of our wish lists, and really what could be more perfect?
A trip to the Caribbean with your new spouse can be as fancy, laid-back, relaxing, or adventurous as you like. This is the beauty of these exciting and versatile islands! The Caribbean is easily accessible with frequent flights from both the U.S. and Europe, and provides the perfect backdrop to spend your first vacation as a married couple. Warm days, cool ocean breezes, and tranquil seclusion are all within your reach when you plan your trip together here after the wedding festivities have wrapped up.
These are 10 of the most perfect honeymoon destinations in the Caribbean to consider for your special trip.
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Turks and Caicos
There are 40 islands that make up Turks and Caicos, so this is a fun honeymoon destination for couples who love the idea of exploring. The best way to explore this area of the Caribbean, if you’re willing to splurge, is to hire a private yacht to take you around to as many of the islands as possible. When you plan this trip, you can experience what a deserted island really feels like and then hop back on your catamaran for catered meals in style. Or get a bit more active by renting kayaks to explore the perimeter of your island of choice. Don’t expect lively nightclubs or lots of shops to explore here though. Just take advantage of the perfect weather and spend as much time outside as possible.
St. Kitts & Nevis
Some newlyweds haven’t heard of St. Kitts and Nevis, but that just means more seclusion for the ones who have! These South Caribbean islands are known for their picture-perfect landscapes and ultimate relaxation opportunities. St. Kitts is more lively with bars and restaurants, but Nevis has a more laid-back vibe. This is also a great destination for couples that like to golf, but consider shipping your clubs to the resort you’re staying at to avoid rental costs for ones that don’t fit as well. Peak season is December through April, so book your honeymoon here in the offseason to save money.
Anguilla is a wonderful honeymoon destination for couples who want a trip that’s more authentic than touristy. This isn’t the place to go in the Caribbean if you want easily accessible casinos and towering hotel chains. Instead, here you’ll find more low-key villas and roads that aren’t necessarily paved. Goats roam the street, and local barbecue buffets are perfect for lunch. If you want to save a little money, you can shop at local markets and cook intimate meals with your mate. People here are very friendly and relaxed, but also conservative, so bring some clothes with you to the beach so you don’t have to shop or eat in your swimwear.
If you and your new spouse are very social and love meeting new people, then perhaps a honeymoon to Curacao is perfect for you. This is a Caribbean island near Venezuela that draws an eclectic collection of visitors from all over the world. Because it has so much diversity, it has also evolved into an artsy area that’s popular among art and architecture lovers too. Curacao doesn’t necessarily have the best beaches in the Caribbean, but it does have some amazing art galleries and music clubs for couples who want a little culture in their tropical trip.
The Cayman Islands are an ideal spot for couples who are adventurous and love diving. One of the best ways to get active here with your sweetheart is to hike the Mastic Trail. This is a group of three islands that are full of resort options, many of which are all-inclusive with tour itineraries. That makes the Caymans a great place for couples who don’t want to plan anything but rather leave all the work to someone else and just relax. It’s also ideal for couples who appreciate the luxury of high-end resorts and want to feel safe and taken care of.
Dominica is a nature lover’s paradise and perfect for adventurous couples who love hiking and wildlife. Unlike some other Caribbean islands, Dominica is mostly still untouched rainforest that hasn’t been taken over by the tourism industry. There are lots of national parks, rainforests, and rivers here that are perfect for guided hikes, kayaking trips, and whale-watching boat rides. Since this isn’t a place for high-end resorts or fine dining, you can also make the most of this Caribbean trip on a budget.
British Virgin Islands
You can literally sail off into the sunset when you plan your honeymoon at the British Virgin Islands, which is one of the best places to sail in the Caribbean. This is an ideal destination for couples who have a little experience on the water or that want to learn the basics of sailing. Of course if you’re willing to splurge, you can let a crew do all that hard work for you while you enjoy each other’s company in peace and quiet. This is a top honeymoon pick for couples who have deep pockets. The Sandcastle Hotel on Jost Van Dyke Island is secluded and wonderful for honeymooners.
If you’re trying to decide between a honeymoon to the Caribbean and a honeymoon in Europe, the choose Barbados for your destination. With afternoon tea, cricket games, and other British traditions, Barbados is perhaps the most “English” of all the Caribbean islands. This is a great destination for sophisticated couples who are looking for culture and luxury more than a wild party scene. Bathsheba Beach is incredibly romantic for an evening stroll.
Grenada may be best known for growing spices, like nutmeg and cinnamon, but it’s also a very beautiful honeymoon destination that’s great for nature-loving couples. There are lots of outdoorsy and adventurous things to do here, especially when you visit Grand Etang National Park and hike to the Seven Sisters Waterfalls. Come to Grenada if you like action-packed trips with fun things to do like tubing and safari tours, as well as plenty of beach time. Grenada is the largest of several islands that are part of this commonwealth, so consider taking a private boat to Petit Martinique or Carriacou for fewer crowds. Many couples plan to stay along Grand Anse Beach to be right next to the ocean, and the area is served by minibuses, which helps save on transportation costs.
St. Lucia has remained quite undeveloped compared to many other Caribbean destinations, so this is a romantic honeymoon destination to get away from it all. Dramatic landscapes are the big draw to St. Lucia, as well as the dive sites with excellent views of coral reefs. Don’t come to St. Lucia if you’re looking for upscale resorts that are in the middle of exciting activity. Instead, come here to take a bike tour through the jungle and experience a technology-free honeymoon to celebrate your love and commitment.