Best Caribbean Honeymoons
Sorting through honeymoon destinations in the Caribbean can be a tall task. However, nothing can soothe the stress of wedding planning quite like the thought of relaxing on soft sand, swimming in crystal-clear ocean waters and soaking in a warm Caribbean breeze. That's why U.S. News relied on opinions from travelers, editors and experts to rank the best places in the Caribbean to enjoy post-wedding bliss. Cast your vote to help determine next year's ranking. And if you're interested in booking an all-inclusive Caribbean resort, check out our ranking of the best properties »
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Colorful Grenada appeals to honeymooners looking for a little bit of adventure and a little bit of downtime. Scuba diving and sailing are big here, but so is relaxing on the beach. In fact, there are 45 beaches to choose from. Plan to spend a day at the island's most popular shoreline, Grand Anse Beach, which boasts beautiful white sand and striking turquoise water. You'll also want to toast your new marriage with a sample of River Antoine Rum Distillery's rum.
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These enchanting islands play host to some pretty scenic beaches. Though while here, be sure to spend as much time under the sea: There are plenty of incredible snorkeling and diving spots to be found, including Salt Cay, which is home to one of the largest reef systems in the world. If being one with the fish isn't really your thing, try horseback riding on the beach or relaxing with a drink at one of the many resorts that dot the island.
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St. Kitts and Nevis is the place to go if you want to do nothing. This dual-island nation is awash with pristine beaches that invite couples to lounge for hours. Plus, there are a plethora of luxury resorts that cater to relaxation seekers with ample amenities, including golf courses and spas. If you're looking to explore a bit, hop on the St. Kitts Scenic Railway to take in the island's stunning scenery.
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If you and your new spouse are dreaming of a quintessential Caribbean getaway filled with white sand beaches, teal waters and plenty of upscale resorts, this remote island chain offers the perfect escape. Explore the Caribbean Sea's coral reefs or island hop to one or more of the 32 surrounding rural islands and cays. Mustique, Canouan and Bequia are some of the Grenadines' most exclusive (and luxurious) hideaways.
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Options to explore abound on this cluster of diverse islands. There are more than 60 islands that are part of the British Virgin Islands, though many honeymooners opt to visit Tortola, Anegada and Virgin Gorda. Tortola is known for housing some of the island's biggest attractions, while Virgin Gorda is home to plenty of luxe resorts and the famous Baths. Anegada, on the other hand, offers prime diving and snorkeling.
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An ideal retreat if you and your better half want a vacation with European flair without the long flight, the French Caribbean island of St. Barts offers a nice compromise. You'll have 14 beaches to choose from, with some of the most popular being Anse des Flamands, Baie de St-Jean and Anse de Grand Cul de Sac. If you want to canoodle with your dearest without the crowds, head to Anse de Colombier, a favored spot among locals.
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Couples who prefer to ditch their passports will find the U.S. Virgin Islands more than agreeable. Each of the three main islands – St. John (a favorite among honeymooners), St. Croix and St. Thomas – features awe-inspiring natural beauty, with stunning bays and lush landscapes. Visit St. John for Virgin Islands National Park, St. Croix for Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge and St. Thomas for a more cosmopolitan Caribbean experience.
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Travel to the beaches of St. Martin – St. Maarten to shed lingering wedding stress (and your swimsuit). This half-French, half-Dutch island offers miles of clothing-optional shoreline, as well as other distractions like casinos and the scenic Pic du Paradis mountain. When you and your sweetie need a break from the beach, sign up for a sailing tour to island hop or zip line through the trees at the lush Loterie Farm.
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Let the taste of Mount Gay Rum flavor your first trip as newlyweds while you dance to calypso music, sprawl on incredible beaches and embrace the island's British roots. Craving more action? Don snorkel or scuba gear and explore the various shipwrecks located off of Carlisle Bay. When you want to feel like a local, check out a polo or cricket match or simply indulge in a spot of afternoon tea.
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Despite its many luxurious resorts, this Leeward Island's calling card is its legion of beaches – all 365 of them. That means you and your other half can sprawl across a different stretch of sand each day of your honeymoon. If you and your beloved are craving seclusion, consider making the trek to Half Moon Bay, which sees fewer beachgoers than Antigua's more popular shorelines.
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This three-island archipelago has what it takes to suit any honeymooner's needs: resorts with amenities galore for a fun-filled trip, reefs and shipwrecks to explore while snorkeling and verdant hiking trails to tackle hand in hand. Breathtaking beaches abound as well, including the famous Seven Mile Beach. The only downside? You'll likely be sharing the sand with plenty of other travelers, as this is a popular excursion for cruise crowds.
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Guadeloupe is not your average honeymoon. This French-governed archipelago boasts a variety of sandy beaches, but it also offers its fair share of active pursuits, including Guadeloupe National Park. When you and your new spouse aren't tackling the trails, indulge your taste buds with some of the islands' tantalizing French-Creole cuisine. You'll also want to peruse the markets of Pointe-à-Pitre for unique souvenirs that'll remind you of your first trip as newlyweds.
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Couples looking for something a little different in their Caribbean experience will no doubt enjoy Curacao. In addition to picturesque beaches, the island enjoys a Dutch influence that is on full display in the colorful city of Willemstad. After admiring preserved colonial architecture, head to the popular Cas Abao Beach or the more secluded Playa Lagun. What's more, Curacao is positioned outside the hurricane belt, meaning you won't have to stress about weather-related interruptions during your postnuptial getaway.
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Anguilla radiates romance. Accommodations here are some of the region's most luxurious, and the spas are equally divine. Plus, there's an embargo on large cruise ships, casinos and high-rise hotels, which lends a more authentic feel to Anguilla compared to neighboring islands. As for beaches, you have to visit Rendezvous Bay to take advantage of calm waters and plenty of seclusion.
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Honeymooners should travel to Dominica if they're in search of an active vacation. This Caribbean island features an unspoiled landscape, including waterfalls and lush parks for photo ops and hiking. Even though there aren't many beaches here, water sports like scuba diving and snorkeling are popular. Plus, with the absence of chain resorts, the island is ideal for newlyweds in search of an authentic Caribbean getaway.
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The Bahamas features near-perfect beaches and lavish resorts that cater to all types of travelers. A honeymoon here should include some time spent at the pool and plenty of time resting on the beach. Once you've had your fill of lounging, sign up for a boat tour. Many cruises of the archipelago offer exclusive access to private islands, along with activities like spearfishing and swimming with wild pigs.
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This Caribbean honeymoon destination sits outside the hurricane belt, which means Aruba is an ideal post-wedding getaway year-round. Lovebirds can snuggle up in one of the island's all-inclusive resorts, sip cocktails by the pool and take a long walk on the beach. Feel like you've hit the jackpot with your new beau? See if your luck carries over at one of the island casinos.
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