If you’re seeking a memorable start to married life, fewer destinations are more enticing than the Caribbean. This honeymoon hotspot is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway, complete with swaying palm trees and white, sugary beaches. There are plenty of islands to choose from, but here are five of the best for newlyweds.
This paradise for adventure lovers is ideally suited for the active couple who prefer hair-raising pursuits to beachside relaxation. Watersports are especially popular, with a selection at the island’s most famous stretch of coast, Palm Beach. Aside from windsurfing, visitors can scuba dive the crystal waters or admire the island from above on an exhilarating skydive. After all that excitement, a private catamaran cruise at sunset is a lovely way to unwind.
The jewel of the Caribbean has long been attracting the most discerning of visitors and remains a favourite for its adult-only resorts. St Lawrence Gap is the place to be seen, an area famed for its boutique shopping and laidback cocktail bars. There is also a selection of eateries and sophisticated nightclubs. On the east coast, many romantics head to the picturesque beaches of Bathsheba — a strikingly beautiful stretch of coast with mineral pools and dramatic rock formations.
Home to spectacular natural wonders, lively beachside bars and, of course, the delicious internationally renowned rum, Jamaica is guaranteed to overwhelm the senses. Once you’ve relaxed at the beaches of Montego Bay, explore the island’s many sights. Dunn’s River Falls is amongst the most impressive, where you can bathe in cascading waterfalls and plunge pools. Other must-see attractions include hiking to the summit of the 700ft Mystic Mountain, swimming in the ‘rejuvenating’ waters of Doctor’s Cave beach and spotting crocodiles on a guided boat tour of the Black River.
Travel to the resort town of Varadero which lies on Cuba’s narrow Hicacos Peninsula for a truly indulgent escape. The region is famed for its luxury resorts offering a pampering all-inclusive service. Many of these provide access to extensive spa facilities and include fine dining restaurants for that romantic candle-lit meal. If you can drag yourself away from the serene beaches, visit the nearby town of Cardenas. Offering an authentic taste of the region, the colonial architecture and old world charm is best enjoyed aboard a horse-drawn carriage.
Although this remains the most visited island in the Caribbean, there are still plenty of secluded spots to explore. Its diverse landscape offers some thrilling attractions for fans of the outdoors. From mountain biking to rock climbing and wind-surfing, this is one adventure you won’t forget. The evening entertainment is equally impressive where couples can try the intimate national dance, known as Merengue. Check in to the resort town of Punta Cana which is home to a selection of romantic boutiques offering honeymoon suites complete with your own private plunge pool.
Wherever you choose to stay, the Caribbean will leave a lasting impression. Enjoy your post-wedding celebrations in this paradise and you won’t regret it.