There are locations all over the globe where couples can go to when they are looking for a place to celebrate as newlyweds. New couples like to take a trip, or honeymoons, as a way for them to get away, enjoy the company of each other and celebrate the new life that they are setting out on. There are popular destinations that are frequented time and time again by honeymooners and one of those destinations is the islands that make up the Caribbean. While there are many islands that make up what is known as the Caribbean, they all have the same great weather that many people are looking for. While the weather is great, that is not the only perk of taking a vacation to the Caribbean.
The Caribbean islands are a tourist destination and that can be felt all throughout the islands. The locals who live and work there will go out of their way to make sure that all tourists are enjoying themselves all during their trip. The service on the island is typically above par and when there is good service, it should be rewarded. The tipping customs in the Caribbean line up with tipping customs in the United States. If the service is good, a good tip should be left. If the service was poor, the tip should reflect that as well.
The Caribbean islands are known for their beauty and for their great weather. In addition to the warm climate, there is an abundance of activities to keep anyone busy. From swimming to snorkeling to scuba diving, there is an activity that can be enjoyed by anyone. There are qualified individuals that are able to teach you how to do an activity if you have never done it before and these individuals can also point you in the direction of where the best areas are.
Some people think that the Caribbean is too far away of a place to go. This is not the case. By plane, the Caribbean is only a 5 hour plane ride from Los Angeles. Even if the flight does seem like it would be long, once you step off of the plane and into the beautiful weather of the Caribbean, the flight will have been worth every minute. The average temperature of the islands hangs around 80 degrees all year round. There is a breeze that can be felt and this helps to keep the weather very comfortable and not get too hot.
The Caribbean is one of the world’s most beautiful places. With so many places to go and so many things to do, it’s impossible to do everything in the course of one vacation. Here’s a list of the top ten attractions that you can’t miss if you head to the Caribbean.
10. Dunn’s River Falls, Jamaica. No Jamaican vacation is complete without a visit to Jamaica’s most popular tourist attraction. Visitors can climb the slippery steps by the 600-foot waterfall with the help of a guide to the outdoor marketplace at the top.
9. Palm Beach, Aruba. Listed as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches in Condé Nast Traveler, Palm Beach’s crystal clear water and laid-back atmosphere make it an in-demand destination for winter travel.
8. Buck Island Reef, St. Croix. The sea around this reef is teeming with life. Boasting a rainbow of fish and coral, Buck Island defines “biodiversity.”
7. St. John National Park, U.S. Virgin Islands. This national park is an island paradise largely untouched by civilization. There are several hiking trails, including one marked underwater trail for scuba divers and snorkelers.
6. Virgin Gorda Baths, British Virgin Islands. These “baths” were formed when volcanoes deposited giant granite boulders on the beach. They eroded into the caverns, pools, and grottoes that exist today.
5. Stingray City, Cayman Islands. This reef teems with placid stingrays. You can scuba dive down to 12 feet and swim amongst them or snorkel on a nearby sand bar.
4. Bio Bay, Vieques. Also known as Mosquito Bay, this mangrove forest may seem deceptively calm. But stir the waters and you’ll see an amazing sight. The water is filled with microscopic organisms that emit light when disturbed. Swimming here has been likened to swimming in fireworks.
3. Harrison’s Cave, Barbados. The largest limestone cave in the Caribbean provides a truly unique experience for those looking for a vacation off the beaten path. An electric tram takes visitors through the caves, past a 40-foot waterfall and a spectacular array of stalactites and stalagmites.
When couples take time for romantic getaways every now and then, they almost always start to realize how much fun they can have together, and the quality time allows them to create a deeper connection that will stay strong through the hard times.
If you’re ready to invest in making your relationship even stronger, but don’t really have the budget for an exotic vacation to Dubai or the South Pacific, you should know that there are plenty of romantic getaways in the Caribbean that can be experienced closer to home and for a much more affordable rate.
Another way to plan romantic getaways that you truly can afford is to look into all inclusive packages that will allow you to know up front what everything on your trip is going to cost, right down to the meals and the entertainment. Now, there aren’t really any vacation packages that include shopping, but as long as you are on the resort grounds, all dining, activities, classes and entertainment is usually included in the one price that you were quoted for the trip. This is a great way to set a realistic goal for saving vacation funds that won’t go out the window as soon as you arrive.
Where: Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos. A plate of flavored sea salts is placed before diners at Seven, not just as seasoning, but as an homage to the island’s history of cultivating the mineral. Executive chef Kyle Kingrey, just in from a stint at New York’s fashionable Beauty & Essex, pairs local ingredients with global influences in dishes like roasted red snapper with curried madras oil, cauliflower couscous, tzatziki, pine nuts, and raisins.
Where: Baie de St. Jean, St. Barthelemy. While the theme parties at La Plage—DJ-driven “I Love Fridays,” a Saturday “Bikini Brunch,” and Sunday’s “Deluxe BBQ”—lure the crowds in, newly appointed executive chef Paul Coste’s menu keeps them coming back, especially on “Lobster Tuesdays.” That’s when the chef really shows his shellfish prowess in a menu that celebrates the crustacean with items such as mini lobster spring rolls with mango, a lobster vol-au-vent, and lobster cooked in earthenware pot with coconut milk and lemongrass.
Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
Where: Grand Cayman. A leader of the Caribbean Slow Food movement, James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz has literally grown Grand Cayman’s food scene via his farmer exchange, in which he invites Miami growers to help island farmers cultivate their agriculture. Schwartz has even teamed with a local dive shop to organize “lionfish safaris,” where guests spear the overpopulated fish and bring them back to the restaurant to eat. Diners at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink can also enjoy signature dishes such as crispy sweet and spicy pork belly with kimchi, oiriginally served at Schwartz’s Miami original.
Where: Meads Bay, Anguilla. Get your goat—via curried sliders, or in a pot pie—at Straw Hat, located on a tranquil spot overlooking the bay. The 17-year-old restaurant, which recently moved to the popular Frangipani Resort, also celebrates the bounty of the island in dishes such as local crayfish in ginger vinaigrette, with greens plucked right from the property garden.
The Gazebo, GoldenEye
Where: Oracabessa, Jamaica. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because author Ian Fleming not only lived on the GoldenEye property but conjured the heroic 007 right onsite. Today, it’s a luxury resort where chefs Nerissa Clarke Fannel and Jason Clarke use ingredients from current owner Chris Blackwell’s 2,500-acre organic farm. Among the menu highlights: vegetable curry and local fish with Scotch bonnet peppers.
Jade Mountain Club
Where: St. Lucia. Conveniently built on a 600-acre plantation, the kitchen at the Jade Mountain Club benefits from the property’s wealth of cocoa, cashews, avocado, tangerines, coconut, breadfruit, and more. Whatever isn’t grown on the property comes from the resort’s nearby organic farm. Add James Beard Award-winning chef Allen Susser as a consultant, and talented chef Jonathan Dearden to execute, and you’ve got some of the freshest food the Caribbean has ever seen, from local mahi-mahi with crab couscous to a “new style” conch fritter with a liquid center.