Caribbean Honeymoon: 4 Off-the-Grid Romantic Island Paradises

Posted by Cate Starmer on March 01, 2010 at 11:45:57 AM EST | Post a Comment

The Caribbean, with its perfect beaches and palm trees, has long been a popular honeymoon destination, but where can you go to avoid boatloads of other newly married couples? Stray from tourism hot spots—like the Barbados, St. Thomas, and Jamaica—while still keeping things romantic at these more secluded and natural escapes. Tip: Don't over-schedule honeymoon trips, especially if you're leaving right after the wedding. You'll appreciate the time to catch up on sleep and soak in newlywed bliss.

Whether you're planning your honeymoon or an anniversary celebration, here are our top picks for romantic Caribbean destinations off the radar:

Nevis

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Why it's so Romantic: Less-developed than other islands, laid-back Nevis has more of a sense of isolation. It's perfect for a quiet get-away soaking up the scenery or an active trip into the rain forest or out on the water. Honeymooners will find friendly locals and Caribbean history, but not shopping and nightlife.

Where to Stay: Restored manor houses and plantations are now quietly luxurious lodgings, like Hermitage Plantation Inn. As one Fodors.com user says, it's "like coming home in the tropics."

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St. John

Why it's so Romantic: Much less developed than nearby St. Thomas, but also part of the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. John has a much more pristine setting. If Trunk Bay Beach gets too crowded, it's easy to find your own quiet space with Virgin Islands National Park taking up two-thirds of the island, especially in the island's interior.

Where to Stay: For pampering and lots of amenities, try Caneel Bay; for more of an adventure consider the the wooden and canvas "tents" at Maho Bay Camps on beautiful Maho Bay.

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St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Why it's so Romantic: Pristine beaches and few large resorts make this string of 32 islands perfect for a relaxed escape. Privacy and pampering are easy to find, whether you are more focused on spa-going or island-hopping.

Tip: June through November is Hurricane Season with the peak in September. Southern and eastern Caribbean islands (like St. Vincent and the Grenandines) are less likely to be affected by strong storms.

Where to Stay: Splurge on a resort with their own private island at St. Vincent's Young Island Resort or Palm Island in the Grenadines.

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Culebra

Why it's so Romantic: This Puerto Rican island doesn't have much more than beautiful beaches, like the white crescent of sand at Playa Flamenco. It's easy to find a secluded spot for two, but there's not much else to do. For more excitement, consider a day trip to neighboring Vieques and the bioluminescent Mosquito Bay.

Where to Stay: Isolated Hacienda Tamarindo is a plantation-style inn with beautiful views and lots of quiet areas by the shady terraces and pool.

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  • Westcoast8 on Mar 28, 10 at 03:00 PM

    Just watch out if you start your journey in Miami, Florida. We were booked on a cruise and had our wedding all set on a Carribean island but somebody stole all our belongings just two hours before going on the cruise. Goodbye holiday, goodbye Carribean wedding.... Stay away from Miami!

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