It’s not difficult to see why Caribbean islands are a popular destination when it comes to getaways in the name of love – for one thing, they’re remote, which means you and the love of your life literally get to press the time out button as you rediscover each other. Many couples from the U.S. and other regions travel to the islands every year for weddings, honeymoons, babymoons, vow renewals and anniversaries.
Caribbean people are known for their friendly and accommodating ways, which makes for a peaceful and all-embracing experience. Some of the scenery in the Caribbean as well is so unbelievable, that you’ll wonder how it is possible that you missed out for so long!
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Simply put, the islands were made for love.
If you want to get married in the Caribbean, you can choose from places like Saint Lucia, with everything from luxury resorts to fishing villages, The Bahamas, with 700 islands to stay and play, or even the Reggae inspired Jamaica.
Where marriage is concerned, some couples choose to travel to the region after their wedding, while others travel for their destination wedding, and stay for their honeymoon. If you’re planning a honeymoon and can’t decide which island to go to or which town or village will best suit you, we hope this article with the 12 best honeymoon destinations in the Caribbean makes it that much easier!
Picture: Located in Rodney Bay, find some of the best grilled island dishes at Gordon's on the Pier and let a global team of master chefs, cater to your endless culinary cravings.
Mood: Romantic honeymoon with an amazing natural backdrop for couples who’d like to enjoy some nightlife.
After you say “I do”, the next step is finding a getaway location which will bring to life the love you’ve just summed up in a single moment. Saint Lucia is a great choice not just because the island itself is stunning, but because there is no short supply of things to do – so much so that you may feel the need to extend your trip once you get there.
Rodney Bay in the north of Saint Lucia is one of the most popular places to stay while on the island. Accommodation near Rodney Bay ranges from posh resorts like Sandals Grande St. Lucian to villas, quaint inns and well-appointed condominiums. Honeymooners will love this part of Saint Lucia for its laidback and private feel, as well as for the opportunities for adventure, including at the Ramp, a popular beach on the strip.
Rodney Bay is known for its convenience, and there are many restaurants, bars, shops, plazas, and even a shopping mall. The area is small enough that you can walk around, but if you’d like, you can rent a car or go on a boat trip which will make it easy to check out some of the other island hot spots.
Picture: Located on its very own peninsula, Sandals Grande St. Lucian is often described as the "closest vacation to a picture-perfect postcard".
Best for: Travellers who want to relax in a comfortable, beautiful and romantic Caribbean haven. You’ll find everything you need in Rodney Bay, from great dining to nightly entertainment, from tropical beaches to beautiful natural backdrops.
Not for: Honeymooners who prefer staying in a more secluded area.
Highlights: While staying in this area, you can enjoy picnics or candlelit dinners on the beach, set out on a romantic catamaran sunset cruise, or indulge in some duty-free shopping. Whatever you choose to do, it will be against a backdrop of true Caribbean magnificence.
Mood: Laidback beach honeymoon for couples who like to relax and ‘go with the flow’.
Jamaica is central to the Caribbean; in that it has such a huge influence on the cultures of the other islands in everything from music to cuisine. On the romantic side, Jamaica has places like Ocho Rios, Negril, and Montego Bay, which are all great for getting in the mood to celebrate love.
Negril is among the most pristine of Caribbean resort towns. It is well known for its amazing accommodation options, beaches, restaurants and spectacular sunsets. If you want to stay somewhere truly romantic and laid back where you can bask in all things synonymous with a Caribbean vacay, like snorkeling, scuba-diving, Reggae music, and lounging on the beach, you’ll be quite at home in Negril.
While in this area, stroll down the extensive and festive Seven Mile Beach (the best beach of Jamaica!) which will get you into vacation mode in no time!
Picture: Here on sands of pure white kissed by a sea of aquamarine, Sandals Negril is nestled within lushly landscaped acres along the island's legendary Seven-Mile Beach, putting you closer to the water than anywhere else in Negril.
Best for: Music and nature lovers who like to take it easy. There are plenty of options when it comes to exploring the natural beauty of this tropical paradise. Not to mention the incredible sunsets!
Not for: People who aren’t willing to get out of their shell. To make the most of a vacation in Negril (or anywhere in Jamaica for that matter), you’ll need to be willing to open up and live in the moment.
Highlights: Seven Mile Beach, Mayfield Falls, Appleton Rum Estate, Martha Brae River, Rick’s Café. More things to do in and around Negril.
Insider tip: Stay at any of the six (!) Sandals all-inclusive beach resorts in Jamaica (including Sandals Negril) and get access to all of them – this includes transfers. It’s like having five honeymoons in one. Plus, unlimited fine dining and signature cocktails are included in your stay!
Mood: Intimate honeymoon surrounded by nature and friendly people.
Grenada is known as the spice isle, and it is deserving of its moniker. Here, ‘untouched beauty meets warm people content with a simple life’. It is pure romance and adventure in Grenada, from exploring beautiful beaches and getting familiar with the historical capital of St. George’s, to experiencing the world’s first underwater sculpture park.
You can also trek the rugged trails in the center of the island, with the love of your life, as you both bring out your inner wild side. Grenada is a great choice not just because the island itself is stunning, but there are nearby islands you can visit if you feel like exploring. Accommodation in Grenada ranges from posh resorts and villas, to quaint inns and well-appointed condominiums. If you’re looking for some excitement, visit Grenada during the month of August to get a taste of the island’s carnival celebrations known as Spice Mas!
Insider tip: All-inclusive vacations are the way to go in Grenada. Find out more about what’s included in Sandals Grenada’s all-inclusive package.
Picture: Defying every convention of traditional design, Sandals Grenada takes innovation beyond the realm of imagination to create an extraordinary adults-only resort unlike anything you have ever experienced.
Best for: The adventurous, who like a more off-the-beaten track experience.
Not for: Couples who desire a wild party scene. While entertainment in Grenada picks up at key points in the year, this is a largely understated Caribbean territory where the focus is more on appreciating nature.
Highlights: World’s first underwater sculpture park and Grand Etang National Park, where you can find the Seven Sisters Waterfalls. A scenic hike will take you there, and you can spend the rest of your time swimming in the refreshing waters of the falls. See more things to do in Grenada.
What is the best Sandals Resort for honeymoons? All Sandals Resorts are adults-only, designed for couples in love. It depends what you want out of a honeymoon as a couple. If you are looking for an intimate experience, try Sandals Royal Plantation or Sandals Halcyon Beach. If you’d love to party, try ‘Ochi’, Sandals Montego Bay or Sandals Grande St. Lucian. Looking for a secluded retreat? Try Sandals South Coast, Sandals Regency La Toc or Sandals Grenada.
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Mood: Romantic honeymoon for couples who’d love to explore Saint Lucia’s beautiful nature trails.
Saint Lucia is quickly developing into a luxury Caribbean destination. To date, the island remains one of the most romantic paradises for nature lovers. From the minute you land, you’ll be surrounded by rich greenery and breathtaking mountain views. Most people arrive on the island via the southern airport and make their way to Castries, the capital.
This area is part of the reason Saint Lucia has won so many awards over the years for being a standout honeymoon destination – it’s refreshing, relaxed, and romantic. Castries also has the most all-inclusive resorts on the island, including Sandals Halcyon Beach and Sandals Regency La Toc. Whether you want an experience where you can focus on health and wellness and indulge in world-class spa treatments, or you want to focus on exploring nature, national parks and historical sites, you will find experiences to suit in Castries. Another plus of staying around the Castries area is that it makes it easy to travel and explore both the north and south of the island.
Picture: Sandals Regency La Toc features the most innovative and luxurious rooms and suites. The Sunset Bluff Village is home to two-story villas with magnificent ocean views, butler service and many feature their own private pool.
Best for: Newlyweds who want to be at the center of it all, while being surrounded by breathtaking nature. The island country is known for its friendly people and you’ll feel nothing but special at one of the all-inclusive resorts in Saint Lucia.
Not for: Honeymooners that prefer to stay in the middle of nowhere.
Highlights: Romantic catamaran cruises, sipping on coconut water on the beach, amazing scuba diving and having an all-out amazing time. Be sure to take in the views from the top of Morne Fortune.
Insider tip: Stay at one of the Sandals all-inclusive resorts in Saint Lucia and get access to all three! Sandals Grande St Lucian, Sandals Halcyon Beach and Sandals Regency La Toc are some of the most romantic luxury resorts of the island, located right on the beach. Expect some amazing sunsets!
Picture: Set on a 2-mile stretch of Jamaica's south coast's most pristine white-sand beach and nestled within a 500-acre nature preserve, Sandals South Coast features three distinctive European Villages.
Mood: Secluded and laidback honeymoon for couples who like to be surrounded by nature.
A perfect Caribbean vacation doesn’t have to be a dream anymore when you can spend time in places like the South Coast in Jamaica. Couples who love adventure and seek for seclusion appreciate this experience most.
Jamaica’s South Coast area offers the authentic Jamaican experience, featuring incredible natural backdrops, untouched beaches and remote driftwood bars. Whether you’re going for a honeymoon, babymoon, anniversary or destination wedding, you’ll be able to tweak your experience to suit the South Coast.
Spend your time there exploring secluded swimming spots on Treasure Beach, going on rum tasting tours, island excursions, or visiting the renowned Floyd’s Pelican Bar. Floyd’s Pelican Bar is perfect for a day trip with someone special, but be prepared to literally go with the flow when you get there – this is a floating bar about a mile from land. Bring along a licence plate or flag to have it incorporated into the bar’s décor – it’s a fun way to leave your mark in an amazing place! All in all, this less explored area of Jamaica promises an amazing experience, and delivers.
Picture: Relax by one of three pools, including Jamaica's largest, or dine at the new Sushi on the Sand restaurant.
Best for: Sun seekers who want to be surrounded by nature. If that’s you, the all-inclusive Sandals South Coast includes unlimited cocktails at the swim-up bar and is surrounded by a 500-acre nature preserve. This resort could well be the beginning of your great honeymoon story.
Not for: Couples looking for bustling nightlife.
Highlights: Floyd’s Pelican Bar, YS Falls, Appleton Rum Estate, Treasure Beach, Black River.
Mood: Relaxing beach honeymoon in paradise for couples who love to explore the waters.
You can’t go wrong when selecting the Turks & Caicos for your island honeymoon – it is one of the destinations in closest proximity to the United States. In fact, it takes just about an hour to get from Miami to the Turks & Caicos islands.
Turks & Caicos, a British territory, is made up of 40 cays and islands, some of which are completely uninhabited. In the Turks & Caicos you can find a mixture of luxury, seclusion, simplicity, world’s most beautiful powdery white sand beaches and turquoise waters. All of the islands are accessible through the hub, Providenciales (Provo), which is one of the main islands tourists choose to stay on.
Grand Turk and Providenciales are the most populated islands, and most of the locals live there. You’ll find many natural attractions in Provo including Chalk Sound, a lake with mesmerizing turquoise waters, and Grace Bay beach – voted the most beautiful beach in the world. There are a few great resorts along Grace Bay Beach including all-inclusive resort Beaches Turks & Caicos.
Picture: Beaches Turks & Caicos features a 45,000 square-foot waterpark; five magnificent villages, boasting the architecture and ambiance of Italy, France, the Caribbean and Key West.
Best for: The adventurous who like to be in and around the water. You’ll be mesmerized by the beautiful turquoise waters and find plenty of things to do on both land and sea. The Turks & Caicos is a tropical paradise with plenty of secluded beaches, ideal for honeymooners.
Not for: Shopaholics. While you may find one or two must-buy items in this territory, the shopping center in Turks and Caicos isn’t known for its wide variety. Neither is the island known for its hopping nightlife, but if you choose the right resort, you won’t have to worry much about that.
Highlights: Island hopping to barely inhabited islands, interacting with wild flamingos, snorkeling, and sunbathing on powdery white sands. Turks & Caicos is an absolute gem! See more things to do in Turks and Caicos.
Picture: Located in St. Lawrence Gap, Sandals Royal Barbados features Skypool Suites, Millionaire Suites and Swim-up Suites – all featuring Tranquility Soaking Tubs™ for two.
Mood: Luxurious honeymoon for couples who like to get pampered at the resort.
Barbados is one of the more developed Caribbean islands and it is known most for being the birthplace of mega-star Rihanna. It is home of Crop Over, a carnival-like celebration that takes over the island every summer, culminating in August.
The island is mostly flat, which means you can get from one end to the other in no time, but there is plenty to do in between. Barbados has an English feel to it, which can be attributed to the colorful history of the islands, most of which have hints of Spanish, French, or English influences.
The island has some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean to watch some spectacular waves and some offer opportunities to learn how to surf. While in Barbados you and your beau can take in a polo match (whether you know anything about the game or not), which is always a fun way to spend a sunny afternoon, drink in hand.
St. Lawrence Gap is a great place to stay in Barbados and it is located along the south coast. In this area you’ll be able to find the luxurious all-inclusive resorts Sandals Barbados and Sandals Royal Barbados, designed for couples only!
Picture: Stunning ocean views, Butler Elite service and a 15,000-sq.-ft. spa define the new Luxury Included® experience. All of this complemented with Sandal's first Rooftop Pool overlooking the ocean and it's first 4-lane Bowling Alley.
Best for: Couples who want an idyllic Caribbean vacation with a hint of British flair.
Not for: Those seeking a Las Vegas meetings Caribbean experience. There are lots of things to do in Barbados, but the bulk of the island’s nightlife activities are reserved for the weekends.
Highlights: Beaches like Carlisle Bay and the top-rated Bathsheba Beach made famous by Queen Elizabeth II, who explored this beach in her youth! Barbados offers some amazing snorkeling and scuba diving. See more things to do in Barbados.
Picture: It's exciting and it's happening - but only when you want it to be. All the things that make Jamaica such a uniquely spectacular destination are at the heart of Ocho Rios.
Mood: Active and adventurous honeymoon for couples who love a fun party.
Ocho Rios Jamaica is perfect for rejuvenation, exploration, and love. It is best for super chill honeymooners, who also like a dose of extravagance. Ocho Rios features some of the best all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica, amongst them the largest Sandals Resorts (Sandals Ochi) and the best Sandals Resort if you’re looking for a more secluded and authentic experience (Sandals Royal Plantation).
This area in Jamaica is perfect for honeymooners who want to get in touch with their adventurous side as this is the home to the most popular waterfall (Dunn’s River Falls) and best-rated attraction in general (Ocho Rios Blue Hole).
Couples can stay active with activities like ATV tours, horseback riding, or swimming with dolphins in Dolphin Cove. The history and charm alone is reason enough to visit Ocho Rios, but you’ll find more than just that in this port town on the northern coast of Jamaica.
Picture: Embrace the rhythmic beat of a Caribbean night as you gently sway to a steel band. Night shows feature the excitement of top-rate entertainers and the thrill of authentic island culture.
Best for: Couples who want to go out and explore some of the best natural attractions Jamaica has to offer, while at the same time looking to get to know other couples.
Not for: Couples looking for a more secluded experience.
Highlights: Ocho Rios Blue Hole, Dunn’s River Falls, Konoko Falls, Mystic Mountain, Dolphin Cove and White River Tubing Safari. See more things to do in Ocho Rios.
Insider tip: Sandals Ochi has 16 world-class restaurants to choose from, which means you can have date night somewhere different every night of your stay! All food and (alcoholic) drinks are always included, always unlimited. In addition, this resort features ‘The Rabbit Hole’, the Caribbean’s first speak-easy!
Mood: Luxurious beach honeymoon for couples who love a fun party.
Luxury is an action word in Montego Bay. This is one of the go-to places if you’re travelling to Jamaica for the first time, where you’re bound to have an unforgettable introduction to the island. In Montego Bay there are numerous vacation villas and opulent all-inclusive resorts to choose from. The intimacy and exclusive feel of Montego Bay is what keeps visitors coming, and here you’ll find the typical white sand beaches and Caribbean ambiance, with lots and lots of happy people!
Sandals Montego Bay or Sandals Royal Caribbean? Both all-inclusive resorts are located in Montego Bay, minimizing airport transfers. Sandals Montego Bay is Sandals flagship resort, has an amazing beach and tends to have a lively atmosphere. Sandals Royal Caribbean comes with a private offshore island and is more intimate. Guests of both resorts have unlimited access to all amenities on both resorts (this includes all 20 (!) world-class restaurants and transfers between the two resorts).
Top-rated beaches in Montego Bay include Mahee Bay Beach, Doctor’s Cave Beach, and Tropical Bliss Beach. Aside from the beaches, you’ll definitely want to get out and about in Montego Bay which promises experiences that will leave a lasting impression.
Picture: Innovative and luxurious, Sandals Montego Bay is nestled along the unending shoreline of the most exclusive, private white-sand beach in Jamaica, where offshore reefs create the calmest waters for leisure swims.
Best for: Life of the party types who also want to explore. Night or day, there’s always something happening in Montego Bay – it’s the perfect place for an action-packed vacation!
Not for: People who won’t be able to get into the Caribbean rhythm in this lively Jamaican locale.
Highlights: Ras Natango Gallery and Garden, Rocklands Bird Sanctuary, Martha Brae River and the Rose Hall Great House. The Jazz and Blues Festival in Montego Bay in January every year. Also, don’t miss an opportunity to go snorkeling in Montego Bay’s marine park. See more things to do in Montego Bay.
Picture: From the swimming pigs of Exuma to deep-sea dives and island-hopping, Exuma has a wide range of Bahamas tours and excursions to choose from.
Mood: Secluded and relaxing beach honeymoon in paradise for couples who love island-hopping.
The islands of the Bahamas have much to offer for honeymooners. In this tropical archipelago you’ll find the Exuma islands, the largest of which is Great Exuma. These islands are perfect for couples who want that stranded on a desert paradise island feel, while being well connected to a cozy Caribbean lifestyle.
Pencil in some beach time on the powdery white sand beaches of Great Exuma with your newly minted spouse. You can even go swimming with the famous Bahamian pigs, which allows for some unique photo moments! The Exumas are quieter than some other parts of the Bahamas, which means plenty of bonding opportunities with your lover, as you walk blissfully into your happily-ever-after.
Picture: Sandals Emerald Bay. Secluded within 500 tropical acres along a pristine, mile-long beach, civilized pleasure coexists with exotic adventures, from three impressive pools — including a half-acre, zero-entry pool with a dramatic fire pit in the middle — to 11 exceptional restaurants and an award-winning golf course.
Best for: Those looking for an experience that includes some of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the world, and amazing luxury accommodation.
Not for: Couples who won’t be able to make the most of their time in a secluded paradise.
Highlights: Island hopping, swimming with the pigs, or going on a fishing adventure. Explore the beautiful turquoise waters and relax on some of the most incredible beaches in the world.
Insider tip: Sandals Emerald Bay on Exuma is a 500-acre beachfront resort that is perfect for a luxury beach escape. Guests love the swimming pool and the large secluded beach. Get a beachfront suite to wake up to the beautiful turquoise waters of this paradise island.
Picture: Enjoy Dickenson Bay, an oasis graced majestic palms and cooling Trade winds.
Mood: Romantic and beautiful tropical beach honeymoon.
Much like Dominica is famous for its 365 rivers, Antigua promotes itself as having 365 beaches – one for every day of the year. The island is home to the most romantic resort in the world and is known to be one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean.
Beaches in this territory range from populated, to completely secluded… which means you’ll find opportunities to skinny dip, if you so choose! In terms of finding the best area to stay in Antigua, look no further than Dickenson Bay, a phenomenal strand that has been voted one of the best beaches in the world.
Resorts like Sandals Grande Antigua are located on Dickenson Bay, so honeymooners get to relax in the lap of luxury. The overall atmosphere in Antigua is welcoming and fun and you won’t regret making it your choice for a honeymoon destination.
Picture: With six freshwater pools, including the 15,000–sq.–ft. Mediterranean Pool, and six whirlpools, Sandals Grande Antigua is an aquatic paradise by the sea. Plus, guests can enjoy two of Sandals signature Swim–up Pool Bars.
Best for: Couples who want the ultimate tropical island getaway, complete with endless options of amazing beaches. Explore the waters and go on a romantic sunset cruise!
Not for: Honeymooners who don’t like exploring the waters.
Highlights: Charter a sailboat and sail towards the sunset. Don’t forget to book some outdoor adventures like those that can be found at Stingray City (where you can swim with and feed the rays), rainforest zipline tours and sugar plantation tours at authentic mills, some of which are almost 300 years old. See more things to do in Antigua.
Mood: Romantic resort honeymoon for couples who love to explore the waters.
Variety is the spice of life, and it can certainly be found in Nassau, the capital of The Bahamas. Honeymooners like this Caribbean destination because there’s always something going on, and if not, they can simply catch a ferry over to another nearby island.
In Nassau, the accommodation options range from luxurious resorts, to relaxed tropical villas. There are lots of interesting things to do including diving into the history of the island visiting places like The Queen’s Staircase or historic forts including Fort Charlotte built in 1789.
As the Bahamas has for years been promoted as the ultimate Caribbean holiday, Nassau the capital is a true reflection. It is one of the areas in the Bahamas where you can enjoy the perks of luxury living or have a more understated but still memorable honeymoon.
Picture: During your all inclusive Bahamas vacation, you can escape by launch in minutes to the resort’s exclusive Sandals Island, an authentic offshore adventure with two secluded beaches where you can relax, go for a leisure swim or explore the Bahamas’ best snorkeling.
Best for: Couples who love to spend time exploring Nassau’s waters. Whether you go on a snorkeling trip, scuba diving trip, fishing trip or simply like to island-hop - the Bahamas is the place to be.
Not for: Honeymooners who prefer a more off-the-beaten track experience.
Highlights: Snorkeling, fishing, scuba diving it top-notch in the Bahamas. Enjoy the beach, go on a food tour and wander through the historical city center of Nassau. See more things to do in Nassau.
No matter which Caribbean island you choose as your honeymoon destination, you’re bound to have an amazing time in a region that slows down just enough for you to enjoy the most beautiful parts of life, with the one you love!
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