The Most Romantic Caribbean Islands
The hardest part of taking a tropical escape? Choosing which gorgeous island to visit.
With daily itineraries that typically include a swim in the ocean, a nap on the sand, and cocktails while the sun goes down, it's easy to see why honeymoons in the Caribbean are so attractive. Picking the right island to visit, however, is no easy feat. To determine the best places for a romantic getaway in the region, we partnered with the Foursquare City Guide app and the check-in app Foursquare Swarm. Read on, and get inspired for your next beach getaway.
The lowdown: While all-inclusive resorts are this island's bread and butter, luxury boutique properties have been catching on lately. Don't miss Samana on the east coast for the ultimate whale-watching experience.
Foursquare City Guide tip: "Cabarete Beach, in Puerto Plata, is one of the best places for kite-surfing in the world." —Pavel Karasin, St. Petersburg, Russia
Hotel to book: Amanera, on the island's northern coast, with 24 ocean-view casitas set atop 60-foot cliffs. Guests can spend their days kite-surfing, deep-sea fishing, horseback riding, or just relaxing on the property's private seven-mile beach.
The lowdown: There's a lot to love about this U.S. territory, including historic Old San Juan, a diverse landscape, from surf-tastic beaches to a tropical rainforest, and ease of travel—no passport required!
Foursquare City Guide tip: "The Museo de Arte de Ponce is one of the best museums. The building and gardens themselves are like works of art! Great range of old to new, religious to modern, cubism to sculpture." —Erika Santiago, Hartford, CT
Hotel to book: Built on a former plantation, the oceanfront Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, has three golf courses, two pools, a José Andrés restaurant, and a five-acre indoor/outdoor spa.
The lowdown: One bonus of this small Dutch Caribbean island? It sits outside of the hurricane belt so you can visit year-round.
Foursquare City Guide tip: "Madame Janette has fantastic food and impeccable service. Very romantic." —Sara, New York
Hotel to book: The 357-room Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino has direct access to Palm Beach and can arrange a variety of activities, from deep-sea fishing to horseback riding.
The lowdown: Music, food, rum—this is one of the most culture-rich islands in the region. Last year marked its 50th anniversary of independence from Britain.
Foursquare City Guide tip: "Champers Restaurant and Wine Bar is one of the most favored restaurants in Barbados. It has great ocean views, warm and friendly staff, and superb food. You have to try their coconut shrimp." —DiningWithUs
Hotel to book: Among the accommodations at all-inclusive Sandals Barbados are Love Nest Suites, which come complete with soaking tubs fit for two, ocean views, and butler service.
The lowdown: There's plenty to do besides sunbathe on the famed Seven Mile Beach, including explore the capital of George Town, picnic on secluded Little Cayman, and swim with stingrays.
Foursquare City Guide tip: "The crab cakes and ceviche appetizers at Calypso Grille are amazing. Can't go wrong with any entrée, and you're not experiencing Cayman if you don't get their sticky toffee pudding!" —Linda Aldred, The Woodlands, Texas
Hotel to book: Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, on Grand Cayman's Seven Mile Beach, has bungalows with private sundecks and soaking tubs, complimentary activities like yoga, and an adults-only pool. And on Cayman Brac, the food-centric Le Soleil d'Or has its own organic farm and offers cooking classes and, starting this year, a series of Holistic Hideaways.
The lowdown: Thanks to recently loosened travel restrictions between the United States and Cuba, newlyweds have one more Caribbean island to put on their honeymoon wish list.
Foursquare City Guide tip: "Book your reservation at Paladar La Guarida as soon as you know you'll be in Havana. Service was wonderful. We really enjoyed the risotto and the fish of the day. Have a Cuban cigar and a cocktail for dessert!" —Cohabitationers, New York
Hotel to book: If the 96-room Hotel Saratoga was good enough for Jay-Z and Beyoncé on their 2013 visit, you can bet it's good enough for a honeymoon. Or go the Airbnb route—there are thousands of listings from which to choose.
Trinidad and Tobago
The lowdown: If you're into birdwatching and beaches, head to this twin-island nation, just north of Venezuela.
Foursquare City Guide tip: "With its white sands and blue water, Pigeon Point Beach is ideal for a day of fun in the sun!" —Joel Alexandar, San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago
Hotel to book: The Hyatt Regency Trinidad in Port of Spain has a rooftop infinity pool and a waterfront restaurant.
US Virgin Islands
The lowdown: Passports aren't required to visit the islands of St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas (which is where you'll fly into).
Foursquare City Guide tip: "Honeymoon Beach is really pretty, with kayaking and snorkeling opportunities. The water is super clear." —Angela Liu, Pittsburgh
Hotel to book: Located on a 170-acre peninsula in St. John's Virgin Islands National Park, Caneel Bay was developed by Laurance Rockefeller in the 1950's. The property has seven beaches, and each of its 166 rooms comes with a patio or balcony.
The lowdown: Nature lovers will feel right at home in this volcanic island in the Lesser Antilles.
Foursquare City Guide tip: "Ti Sable is the best place to be on Sunday night. Great food, live music, and a DJ right on the beach. A must!" —Anna Sellem, San Francisco
Hotel to book: French Coco has 17 suites with either a private garden, pool, or terrace, as well as an organic vegetable garden.
The lowdown: Saint Lucia stands out for its mix of awe-inspiring mountains, lush rainforest, and beautiful beaches.
Foursquare City Guide tip: "Sulphur Springs Park is a wonderful tour of nature. Love the bubbling springs and volcanic activity." —Justin Lisenby, Texas
Hotel to book: Jade Mountain has always been a honeymoon favorite for its open-air rooms (or sanctuaries, as they call them) and Piton views.
Antigua and Barbuda
The lowdown: Located between the Caribbean and Atlantic oceans, these twin islands—home to the newest and most modern airport in the region—were named Caribbean Destination of the Year in 2016 by the Caribbean Journal.
Foursquare City Guide tip: "Le Bistro was the best meal I've had in Antigua. The crab cakes were all crab, no filler. The seafood is fresh, and service was excellent." —Jason Baxter, Durham, NC
Hotel to book: Set on 17 acres of tropical gardens, Blue Waters Resort & Spa in Antigua is looking better than ever after a recent refresh.
The lowdown: The birthplace of reggae is the ultimate beach escape, home to incredible honeymoon-worthy resorts--and some damn good jerk chicken.
Foursquare City Guide tip: "At Bourbon Beach, get some rum punch and jerk chicken from the curbside vendor. Loved it!" —Tameka Harper, Vienna, GA
Hotel to book: Bob Marley and Bob Dylan were both guests of the Rockhouse Hotel, which has 34 timber and stone rooms built on cliffs overlooking the Caribbean.