There are few places on Earth more romantic than the exotic island atmosphere of the Caribbean Sea (and its surrounding land masses). With a tropical climate, lush vegetation, and an exciting history of piracy and plantation life, you can find a good blend of old homes (refurbished as bed and breakfasts) and ultra-modern resorts for accommodations during your romantic getaway. From cities bustling with activities, shopping, fine dining, and nightlife to secluded beach locales that offer you miles of uninterrupted shoreline, you can find just about any kind of ambience to suit your needs on your Caribbean vacation. Here are just a few of the amazing destinations you may want to consider visiting.
If you’re looking for seclusion (and seduction), you couldn’t go wrong with The South Beach Resort, a smallish hotel built for romance. If you hole up in the honeymoon suite you can enjoy the ocean view from the comfort of your in-room hot tub. Of course, if you’re looking for something a little more old-world, check out The Crane Resort and Residence, an historic hotel situated atop a 60-foot cliff. Great views and private pools make this a must for a romantic couple looking to escape. And if you want to tour the island, you can take the rum tour (complete with tastings), ride in a submarine, surf the eastern shores, or seek a relaxing soak in the calmer waters and white sand beaches of the west coast.
Touted as “the quiet island” when compared to nearby hotspot Trinidad, this may be the most relaxing locale in the Caribbean. From swimming under waterfalls to glass-bottom boat cruises, you’ll find many soothing activities to while away the warm and drowsy days on this small island. And although there are a couple of resorts to accommodate you, you will find more privacy at the Plantation Beach Villas, which are located in – wait for it – Seclusion Bay (not even kidding).
Petit St. Vincent, both a small island and a resort, is an amazing way to experience the Caribbean to the fullest. With only 113 acres of land and 22 private cottages, you could potentially go without seeing anyone but the serving staff for days. Or if you want to get even further away from it all, have the concierge arrange a picnic on Mopion, an idyllic sandbar with only a thatch umbrella to mar its pristine appearance.
There’s a reason this island has gotten touristy, and you’ll figure it out the second you see the white-sand beaches, swaying palm trees, and sandbars peeking up amidst the gently lapping waves of a warm sea. Tahiti Beach, located on the southwestern tip of the island, offers the most seclusion (as evidenced by the fact that there are no roads leading directly to the sand). Stay at the nearby Abaco Beach Resort or opt for the opulence of one of six private cottages offered by The Lofty Fig Villas.
Okay, so this is actually protected land for wildlife, meaning you won’t find any hotels here (you’ll have to stay at the nearby Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort in one of the 20 villas on an undeveloped beach, darn the luck), but you also won’t see a lot of people if you make the trek to this island. Nature lovers will delight in some of the most spectacular scuba diving in the world (with a sheer coral wall) and if you come at the right time of year, you can take your cue from the nesting sea turtles when you get back to your bungalow at the end of the day.