Let’s admit it: a wedding can bring about the happiest and the most stressful days of your life. Months of planning, endless expenses, billions of details, and family drama can all be quite stressful. You want it all to be perfect and to enjoy every moment. Still, when it’s over, there is no better way to de-stress than to escape to the Caribbean with your one-and-only for a tropical paradise honeymoon. Soft sand, sparkling turquoise water, endless sunshine, and gentle sea breezes are the ideal ingredients for an unforgettable trip. What are the best places for a Caribbean honeymoon?
St. Kitts and Nevis
These two islands lie just southeast of Puerto Rico and offer a wide variety of landscapes and activities. Cloud-covered mountains, rain forests, and pristine beaches mean that both lazy and active days are on the docket. Enjoy hiking through the forest – you might spot a green vervet monkey or two – or hike to the top of Mt. Liamuiga, a dormant volcano and the highest point on the islands, where you can see the beautiful crater lake. Then take some time to relax. Put your feet in the velvety sand of the sun-drenched beaches. Visit St. Kitts for a more commercial atmosphere, and see Nevis for a much quieter, secluded getaway. U.S. News & World Report ranks this as the #1 honeymoon destination in the Caribbean.
Beach hotels, resorts, swimming, deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, and diving in stunning barrier reefs – this three-island archipelago has it all. The largest island, Grand Cayman, is jammed full of resorts, restaurants, bars, and activities. One of the main attractions is Seven Mile Beach; it’s where most of the action is, and definitely the largest draw for tourists. Venture off the beach into the crystal, warm water and dive with stingrays or explore a shipwreck. There are several, and these have become dynamic areas for colorful marine life.
If you want to escape all of the tourist traps, then Anguilla is for you. It’s a low-key but luxurious island east of Puerto Rico. Here you won’t see cruise ships, casinos, or high-rise hotels. Unspoiled beaches, sparkling, transparent water, and quaint beachfront villas allow you to enjoy the real Caribbean without all of the crowds, kitsch and commercialism. And if you want to be pampered, swanky resorts are definitely to be found on this island.
Also called the “Spice Isle,” Grenada’s capital of St. George is known for its picturesque horseshoe-shaped harbor with a rainbow-array of colors that create a striking contrast to the deep blue waters of the Caribbean. Life is a little more relaxed there, as the nightlife is a bit more subdued than the other Caribbean islands. It’s still one the world’s largest exporters of nutmeg and mace, and the air is often redolent with the rich aromas of these spices. You can tour a spice plantation, dive, or just relax on the sun-kissed beaches of this laid-back island.
Saint Martin-Sint Maarten
Get more bang for your buck by visiting two countries at once. This small island, just south of Anguilla, is governed by both France (the north side) and the Netherlands (the south side), and you’ll get a taste of both cultures here. Good restaurants, spectacular beaches, quiet lagoons, gorgeous mountains, colonial-style buildings, and great nightlife mean that there is something for everyone on this unique dual-nation island.