The DJ has gone home, you’ve sent the dress to the cleaners, and there is four weeks’ worth of gourmet leftovers in the fridge: the thrill and emotion of your wedding day have officially come to a close.
But the fun doesn’t stop there. Odds are, you’re already packing your bags to embark on your first big adventure in holy matrimony – the honeymoon!
After months of laboring over every last detail, from centerpieces to boutonnieres, this calls for a double margarita and the feeling of gentle waves lapping at your toes. If you’re searching for somewhere truly special, where dreams of sun and surf come true, look no further than the Caribbean.
Here are our hand-picked top destinations for your perfect beach honeymoon.
Close your eyes and picture a place where turquoise waters meet snow-white sands. That’s Antigua. One of the island’s greatest offerings is a seemingly endless selection of cozy, quiet bay and beach accommodations along its ebbing coastline: a bastion of relaxation and idyllic scenes.
Half Moon Bay is a must-see. It’s the ideal stop for curious snorkelers – keep your eyes open for eye-popping coral and a rainbow of fish. Lush greenery exists in perfect harmony with the adjacent crystal-clear ocean, and its remote location gives the impression that it was placed on this earth especially for you.
For adventurous newlyweds, Stingray City is populated by the playful aquatic members of its namesake species. A five-minute speedboat ride off the coast will place you side-by-side with these friendly creatures in their sandy, shallow habitat: feel free to reach out and experience their silky smoothness yourself! This ever-popular excursion is sure to leave you with a new favorite animal.
In a given year, the Bahamas enjoys over 300 days of sunshine, making this destination a fan favorite. There are more than 700 islands that compose this archipelago, so believe us when we say there’s something for absolutely everyone.
For an infusion of culture, Nassau – the capital – blends local adventure and the picture-perfect beach environs we know you’re looking for! Take a tour around the old town to drink in its many pastel-hued buildings, and swing by the John Watling’s Distillery for some famed Caribbean rum. To cool off, dive into the nearby azure waters.
Visitors to Paradise Island will have no shortage of nature-bound experiences, including ogling aquatic dwellers of all shapes and sizes at the Atlantis aquarium (tip: you can upgrade to full-day admission to the resort). Dolphin Cay holds the promise of a magical encounter, and Rose Island is the perfect jump-off point for a secluded scuba adventure.
The Dominican Republic has long been regarded as the ideal meeting point between exceptional quality and an ideal price point. With more than five million tourists taking to its shores every year, this destination is more than equipped to serve up an unforgettable vacation.
Visitors to Punta Cana are blown away by its seemingly endless pristine beaches (perfect for a romantic walk), and many lush golf courses. Exceptionally calm waters make this location the ideal spot for an afternoon dip between cocktails.
Cap Cana located just outside the bustle of Punta Cana – Vacationers flock there for its relative seclusion while benefitting from the same towering palm trees and warm waters. Sitting on the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic, Cap Cana’s picturesque sands, abundant natural beauty, and seaside marina routinely impress travelers from all over.
Turks and Caicos
This string of revered islands spells ultimate luxury. Its most developed island, Providenciales – also known as “Provo” – receives most international flights that land in the Turks and Caicos. Having been crowned “best beach” by Conde Nast and the World Travel Awards, Provo truly has it all for those that are seeking modern amenities: spas, restaurants, and shopping will all be at your fingertips.
Just a stone’s throw away, you will find Grace Bay, home to a magnificent coral reef and some of the island’s finest high-end amenities. Grace Bay beach has been known to drop jaws with its very walkable wraparound coastline, soft sands, and strikingly turquoise horizon. With waters as calm as a swimming pool, it’s essentially begging you to jump right in.
Parrot Cay, considered to be one of the Turks’ boutique islands, is well-loved by the likes of movie stars – so much so that you might even pass a celebrity’s beach home on one of your romantic strolls! Only 1,000 acres, Parrot Cay, is delightfully secluded, offering unparalleled privacy and calm.
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