Caribbean islands are popular destinations for honeymooners. It can be a fantastic place to go! Here are my top two recommendations for that first trip as a married couple:
- Saint Lucia. It is gorgeous, lush, tropical, and yet remains one of the lesser known islands, so it is not as crowded as places like Jamaica can be. It has rainforests, verdant tropical peaks, and picture perfect beaches. This former French and British colony has a multitude of old forts to explore, colorful fishing villages full of charming locals, storybook forests teeming with vibrant wildlife, and some of the most photogenic beaches around. I highly recommend staying in Castries, the island’s capital, because the beaches are beautiful and you have plenty of resort options. However, one of my favorite properties is the AnseChastenet, located in the historic town of Soufriere. This gorgeous hotel rises up from a pristine beach straight into a luscious rainforest and offers such romantic treats as a private dinner on the beach and couples’ massages.
- The Bahamas. I love these islands because the temperatures are very consistent—fabulous any time of year! When you think of tropical islands, chances are you are visualizing somewhere in the Bahamas. The islands are dotted with brightly colored resorts, light sand beaches, and gorgeously blue water. There are the more showy places like Atlantis, but if you want a truly romantic getaway, I can’t say enough good things about Kamalame Cay. It is the only resort on a secluded island, so it is not built up or packed. The romantically cozy rooms in the main resort and fabulous island villas will make you feel like a celebrity on your own private island! Every year, I have clients who actually come back into my office to tell me how much they loved it there.
The best part about the Caribbean is that there are a tremendous amount of options as far as locations and accommodations to fit a variety of tastes and budgets. If you are considering the Caribbean, definitely visit a knowledgeable travel agent who can create the honeymoon of your dreams for you. Seriously, we live for this stuff!
I also have a little advice: think about the time of year you are getting married. The one drawback to the Caribbean is hurricane season, generally considered to be from June 1st through November 30th; more realistically think mid-August through mid-September, especially for Eastern Caribbean locations. But, two things to understand about hurricane season: the first is if you get married that time of year, a hurricane may affect your travel plans even if you aren’t going to an affected area. How many times have you been delayed at an airport because of weather somewhere else because that’s where your plane was coming from? The second thing is that hurricane season is basically what travel insurance was MADE for. It can be a serious stress reducer to purchase it, and it is actually a benefit on some of the credit cards you may already have. Something to think about.