The Caribbean has more than 20 inhabited island countries to guarantee you the perfect Caribbean honeymoon of your dreams. These islands are all replete with white sand beaches, azure waters, pampering all-inclusive resorts, and romantic sunsets. And they all offer some of the world’s best water sports. 

Although each is incomparable beautiful, they are each different and offer something unique. You can cruise several of the islands or decide on one. The choice won’t be easy. Here are just a few of your options:

St. Lucia

Lovely St. Lucia sometimes gets overlooked as a Caribbean honeymoon destination, and it shouldn’t be. Its rainforest filled with stunning waterfalls draws visitors from around the world. St. Lucia’s mixed cultures of East Indian, African, French, and English guarantees rich music and a wide variety of activities. In addition to the rainforest and beaches, there are the imposing Grand Piton mountains, perfect for hiking and exploring. St. Lucia has a wide range of popular resorts.

The Bahamas

The Bahamas is comprised of 30 small islands, but the odds are you will focus on Nassau on New Providence Island. Nassau leans toward the opulent, with its lovely shops and exclusive resorts, such a Baha Mar, a complex of luxury hotels, fine shopping, a casino, and a top-rated golf course. Baha Mar is situated along the stunning Cable Beach. 

Antigua

All Caribbean beaches are extraordinary. However, if there were a beauty contest, Antigua would wear the crown. The island is well-known for its 365 flawless beaches, especially Dickenson Bay, which tends to exceed even the most demanding traveler’s expectations. Here, you can relax by the water with a drink and watch the dolphins at play. When you go for a swim, you’ll be surrounded by fish curious about who you are. In Antigua, even the fish are welcoming.

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Sandals Grande St. Lucian

An idyllic resort situated on its very own peninsula, Sandals Grande St. Lucian has been described as a “closest holiday to a picture-perfect postcard.”

Cradled to the west by Rodney Bay-with the calmest waters in all of St. Lucia-and to the east by the breathtaking Atlantic Ocean, this spectacular adult-only and all-inclusive resort features stunning panoramic views and over – the-water landscapes.

Volcanic mountains covered with green blankets emerge majestically from the impossibly clear blue sea. A protected mile-long beach offers an open invitation to days of constant water recreation. This is paradise as it was meant to be, full of natural beauty, rich in history, and full of pure romance.

Read our full review and guide to a Sandals Grande St. Lucian honeymoon.

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Average Price Range: $650 to $2300

All Inclusive: Yes

Adults Only: Yes

Villas Available: Yes

Distance to Airport: 20 minutes

Number of Rooms: 301

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Sandals South Coast

Sandals South Coast is the perfect combination of European civility in an all-inclusive beachfront destination.

With the brand new Overwater Bungalows, the overwater bar, and the romantic overwater Chapel, Sandals South Coast brings guests closer to the water than ever before.

Set on a 2-mile strip of Jamaica’s most beautiful white sandy beach on the south coast and nestled within a 500-acre nature reserve, this stunning seaside oasis includes three distinctive European villages. Relax by one of the three pools, including Jamaica’s biggest, or dine at the new Sushi in the Sand restaurant.

Read our full review and guide to a Sandals South Coast honeymoon.

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Average Price Range: $540 to $1925

All Inclusive: Yes

Adults Only: Yes

Villas Available: Yes

Distance to Airport: 45 minutes

Number of Rooms: 360

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Jade Mountain Resort

Jade Mountain is one of the top honeymoon destinations in the world.

The 29 luxury suites are called sanctuaries, sweeping spaces where bedroom, living area and an extravagant private infinity pool glide into one another to form extraordinary platforms floating out into nature. With the fourth wall entirely absent, Jade Mountain’s sanctuaries are stage-like settings from which to embrace the full glory of St Lucia’s Pitons World Heritage Site and the Caribbean Sea.

Jade Mountain has set a new standard in the Caribbean whether it is for modern design, luxury living or unique resort and guest service experiences. Wrapped around an infinity pool with a dazzling kaleidoscope of colors, the Jade Mountain Club restaurant caters exclusively to resident guests, celebrating James Beard Award winner Chef Allen Susser’s “Jade Cuisine.”

A wide range of spa services can be enjoyed in the privacy of the Jade Mountain sanctuaries or at Kai en Ciel, Jade Mountain’s boutique spa and fitness studio.

Honeymooners enjoy the exclusivity and privacy of Jade Mountain plus access to all of sister resort’s Anse Chastanet’s facilities and services. Nestled amidst a lush tropical 600 acre tropical estate with two soft sand beaches bordering pristine coral reefs, Anse Chastanet is right in the heart of the island’s marine reserves with St. Lucia’s legendary twin peaks, the Pitons, as the dramatic backdrop.

The active will enjoy the resort’s amazing range of adventure facilities. Facilities include 4 restaurants & 3 bars, professional spa, PADI scuba center, water sports with kayaking center, 12 miles of private biking and hiking trails with mountain bike rental, sailing yacht, 3 boutiques, library and art gallery.

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Average Price Range: $1023 to $2050

All Inclusive: No

Adults Only: Yes

Villas Available: Yes

Distance to Airport: 60 minutes

Number of Rooms: 29

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The Ritz-Carlton Aruba

Island Escape Blending Natural Beauty

Fiery sunsets and calm, turquoise water are the backdrops to an enticing array of luxurious hotel amenities at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba. Guests benefit from direct access to a pristine beach and the adults-only and family pools of the resort. With table games and slot machines, the casino provides entertainment around the clock. And the expansive spa incorporates aloe into transformative treatments and other indigenous ingredients.

The oceanfront resort is designed for destinations and beach weddings and offers indoor and outdoor venues, including the grand Ritz-Carlton Ballroom, the sprawling Event Lawn, and the picturesque Eternity Bridge and Beach Gazebo. Wedding experts work together with couples to translate ideas and inspiration, whether it’s an intimate elopement or a large celebration of guests from around the world, into the celebration of their dreams.

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Average Price Range: $445 to $1578

All Inclusive: No

Adults Only: No

Villas Available: No

Distance to Airport: 19 minutes

Number of Rooms: 320

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Sandals Grande Antigua

Voted “World’s Most Romantic Hotel” year after year, this adult-only paradise is situated on Antigua’s finest and most popular reef, Dickenson Bay.

Explore the Caribbean Beachfront Village, a charming seaside garden oasis steeped in meandering paths, majestic palms and cooling Trade Winds.Venture into the world of trendy elegance where European grandeur unfolds from the hillside to the seaside villas of the Six-Star, the all-suite Mediterranean Oceanview Village. Relax on the silk-soft, pure white sands and let the warmth of the Caribbean fill your senses.

Sandals Grande Antigua is a wonderful place to spend the most romantic holiday of your life, your honeymoon.

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Average Price Range: $575 to $2000

All Inclusive: No

Adults Only: No

Villas Available: No

Distance to Airport: 20 minutes

Number of Rooms: 373

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Golden Rock Inn

Be as Adventurous or as Laid Back as You Wish

Roll around the gardens, immerse yourself in the freshwater tub, and enjoy alfresco dining. For adventures further afield, hire mountain bikes, explore the beaches of Nevis or walk from the gate to the Source. Green vervet monkeys occupy the property along with hummingbirds, finches, and occasional local donkeys. In the night, rest well with the serenade of the tree frogs and the breezes rustling the bamboo. The Golden Rock Inn is an escape, a special hideaway.

Discover vibrant Caribbean cuisine combined with western flair at ‘The Rocks’ restaurant. Fresh fish and lobsters derive from local fishermen; tropical fruits and vegetables from neighboring farmers. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served al fresco on the dining decks overlooking the sea or in an intimate garden setting. Under stone vaulted ceilings, the bar serves signature cocktails such as Mount St. Helena and Golden Rock’s iconic Rum Punch.

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Average Price Range: $235 to $490

All Inclusive: No

Adults Only: No

Villas Available: No

Distance to Airport: 23 minutes

Number of Rooms: 11

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Cap Maison

Cap Maison is a lovingly created, family owned and managed five star boutique resort combining great attention to detail with a highly personalized style of service that makes a perfect honeymoon destination.

Set in a stunning location above a beautiful secluded sandy beach on the north west coast of St Lucia, it offers luxury private villa suites, many with private rooftop pools, as well as Junior Suites and rooms. Facilities include the much sought after Cliff at Cap panoramic fine dining restaurant as well as the equally famous Naked Fisherman Beach Bar & Grill, a spa, fully equipped fitness centre, walk in wine cellar, beach service, free non motorised water sports, a hiking and running club, and private 46 foot resort boat.

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Average Price Range: $396 to $732

All Inclusive: No

Adults Only: No

Villas Available: Yes

Distance to Airport: 30 minutes

Number of Rooms: 49

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Ladera Resort

Ladera Resort stands today as St. Lucia’s most unique and luxurious resort and the only resort situated on a UNESCO World Heritage site. The setting is breathtaking and unlike any other for a honeymoon, situated on a volcano ridgeline 1,000 feet above the deep, blue Caribbean Sea, with stunning views of the Pitons.

The resort’s intimate design, with just 37 rooms and suites, offers the perfect setting for forging a connection with your new spouse as well as to the beauty, romance and lifestyle of St. Lucia. Befitting the resort’s eco-friendly philosophy, each is uniquely constructed from locally harvested tropical hardwoods, stone and tile. Furniture is made on site by St. Lucian artisans. Your suite’s “open wall” gives way to a private plunge pool and magnificent views of the Pitons and Caribbean.

Resort amenities are designed with your ultimate relaxation in mind, from authentic St. Lucian culinary experiences at the Farm to Table Award Winning Dasheene Restaurant to indulgent treatments at The Spa at Ladera.

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Average Price Range: $437 to $1140

All Inclusive: No

Adults Only: Yes

Villas Available: Yes

Distance to Airport: 45 minutes

Number of Rooms: 37

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Hermitage Bay

Calmness Served by the Bay

Nestled on the hillside of a mysterious, sandy bay, a luxurious boutique resort where the fragrance of fragrant frangipani fills the air is located. Welcome to Hermitage Bay. You are surrounded by the sound of waves crashing on the shore, and experiences designed to refresh, spark, and soothe the soul.

Found in a peaceful corner of Antigua, the sensitively-developed resort embraces the calm, sunshine, and exceptional natural beauty of the Caribbean with luxury accommodation, wellness, and dining facilities.

The hotel is all about building memories when it comes to dining that will stick with you forever. And you are guaranteed a true taste of the Caribbean with many of the ingredients grown in their very own organic kitchen garden.

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Average Price Range: $1254 to $1944

All Inclusive: No

Adults Only: No

Villas Available: No

Distance to Airport: 18 minutes

Number of Rooms: 30

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Sandals Montego Bay

The very first Sandals has recently been masterfully reimagined as a modern, open concept, 5-Star Luxury Included, beach resort. Innovative and luxurious, Sandals Montego Bay is an adult-only beach resort nestled along the never-ending shoreline of Jamaica’s most exclusive private white sandy beach, where offshore reefs produce the calmest waters for recreation and relaxation.

Discover a chic and casual oasis, a stone’s throw from the water, evoking a carefree spirit of romance and luxury. The breathtaking open-air lobby with incredible sea views captures the island’s atmosphere.

Stay in an overwater bungalow for an over-the-top experience during your honeymoon.

Read our full review and guide to a Sandals Montego Bay honeymoon.

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Average Price Range: $617 to $2118

All Inclusive: Yes

Adults Only: Yes

Villas Available: Yes

Distance to Airport: 10 minutes

Number of Rooms: 223

About Caribbean

The Caribbean islands are a dazzling display of colors and beaches that are as intoxicating as Caribbean rum. Still, no two Caribbean islands are alike. While the Bahamas is throbbing with the high life, St. Vincent is a wildlife refuge with dazzling wildlife, birds, trails, and nine miles of inviting beaches accessible by boat – all perfect for a day trip. 

The island of Cuba offers yet a different perspective of the Caribbean. Its capital, Havana, once was the playground for the adventurous well-to-do, from movie stars to mafiosos, who loved to gamble. Havana was party central, and people who visited expected a good time. These days, a lot of the glitz is gone, but it still offers the unexpected.

There is an abundance of Colonial history to be found in Cuba. Some of the decaying structures are in the process of being rebuilt and renewed to their former glory. Private enterprise is changing the way Cubans have lived for decades. People are discussing politics openly. Risqué modern art is on exhibit. Cuba is reawaking from a long sleep and worth rediscovering.

Beyond the beaches and Havana, Cuba has scenic small towns. Baracoa in the southeast is a trip back in time. It is filled with colonial houses and people playing chess in the park. It is located by the Sagua Baracoa mountain range, a rainforest, and plenty of coconut and banana trees.

Jardines del Rey in northern Cuba has stunning lagoons with flamingos. Cayo Coco is a diving and snorkeling paradise with pelicans and herons. Playa Pilar is one of the premier beaches in the country. 

Hear the music when you visit Jamaica. Bob Marley may have started the reggae trend, but now, it simply fills the air. Jamaicans are all about chilling out and getting into the groove. The Rebel Salute festival in St. Ann and Montego Bay’s Reggae Sumfest during the summer have heated bodies throbbing to the beat. It is sure to put some heat in your Caribbean honeymoon.

When in Jamaica’s Montego Bay, channel Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. As per the song, Montego Bay’s Margaritaville is both a restaurant and a lifestyle amid the city’s Hip Strip. You’ll find 52 different kinds of margaritas here. These will prepare you for the racy dancing in the evening. Hoist a margarita or two and leave your inhibitions at the door. You won’t need them for a while

A Caribbean cruise might be the best way to see a many of the Caribbean islands as possible. Choose from cruises specializing in beaches, wildness, or ancient ruins. Each type of cruise offers something a bit different and allows you to experience several Caribbean islands all at once. If indulging in a cruise, make sure to enjoy the mainland whenever you can. Do some duty-free shopping in St. Thomas or St. Martin. Explore some amazing juggle and rainforest. And be sure to explore local restaurants.

Best Time to Visit Caribbean

It’s hard to find a bad time to visit the Caribbean. To get the most out of your visit and Caribbean honeymoon, the timing can depend on what your interests are. 

Jamaica’s Sumfest, which has been an institution for 27 years during the month of July, is Jamaica’s largest reggae festival. It not only promotes Jamaica’s popular music form, but its culture, as well. This is the largest music event in the world.

In Aruba, the five-day Soul Music Beach Festival takes place at the end of May. It was named the number one Caribbean Summer Festival. The Festival combines live music, several beach parties, and comedy performances. Previous shows have been highlighted by Alicia Keys, Tony Braxton, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, and others.

If you are in Antigua during the holidays, make it a real event. Nelsons Dockyard National Park has its annual champagne party at the dockyard on Christmas Day. There are a number of Christmas activities in Antigua’s fabulous surroundings. The Copper and Lumber Historic Inn has a magnificent Christmas feast with live entertainment. Call 1-268-460-1058 for more information. 

Top Things to do in Caribbean

Sulphur Springs

Have you ever been to a drive-in volcano? When on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia and the town of Soufrière, you’ll be at a natural geothermal zone that keeps spewing steam, but no lava. All that steam has produced mud pools and sulfur-rich hot springs. The sulfur mud is believed to contained healing properties, and locals and visitors alike enjoy a good mud bath. It is agreed that it does produce smooth skin, which is certainly an advantage during a honeymoon. There are showers for a cleanup afterward. 

Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens in St. Lucia

Not far from Sulphur Springs, you will find the Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens. It’s the perfect place to visit when you don’t want to remain on the beach but aren’t up to a hike. The plants are exotic and colorful and invite nothing less than romance. With the island’s tropical weather, the garden is in bloom all year round. In addition, Diamond Falls is filled with several mineral waterfalls in which you can swim (not mud baths). 

Kiss a Pig in the Bahamas

Kissing a pig is something you probably didn’t anticipate on your Caribbean honeymoon. But you’ll find them on the Bahamian island of Big Major Cay, which is uninhabited except for these cuties. No one knows just how the pigs got to the island, but they are there, and they love human company. (They even made a guest appearance on the reality show, “The Bachelor.”) They will happily frolic and swim with visitors, although we believe their ultimate sneaky aim is to get a treat. Bring them some lush tropical fruit, and they’ll be your friend for life.

Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico

You can always count on the unexpected in Puerto Rico. The Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico in San Juan on 299 Avenida de Diego has over a 1,000 Puerto Rican pieces of art. Some of it goes back to the 17th century while the west wing holds more modern artwork. 

Antigua’s VIP Private Platinum Tour

VIP Tours will arrange for an exceptional six-hour private tour for just the two of you geared to your specifications. The tour van has air conditioning and a bar. You will see national parks and several beaches prior to enjoying a Caribbean lunch. The tour gives you a view of how real Antiguans live and includes all major sights, which will be personalized by your private driver. 

Coco Bongo, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

This high-voltage club in the Dominican Republic is off the charts with its laser shows, cabaret performances, explosions of confetti, and trapeze acts. This is the premier nightclub in the Dominican Republic, where hedonism rules and where the fun doesn’t end until the early morning.

Weather in Caribbean

The Caribbean consists of different island countries made up of 5,000 separate smaller islands and reefs. There may be fluctuation in the basic temperature, but for the most part, these islands reach the 90s in the summer and the 70s during the winter. That is truly weather to be enjoyed, whether at the beach or hiking inland.

Winter is high season in Caribbean because everyone is visiting to escape the cold. That makes is more crowded and more expensive. If you don’t object to a costlier Caribbean honeymoon, this is the perfect time to visit. 

Summer is the low season. There are fewer visitors, and the humidity can get high. Accommodations can be had at an excellent price.

The Caribbean is, of course, known for its hurricanes, which usually happen from June through the end of November. The southern part of the Caribbean, such as Aruba, Barbados, and Curacao (the “ABCs”) are only mildly affected by hurricanes, if at all.

In recent years, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the US Virgin “Islands, and Guadeloupe have been slammed by hurricanes.

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