Which Caribbean Island Suits Your Honeymoon Style?

  1. If You’re Looking for Unspoiled Nature: ST. JOHN

    Which Caribbean Island Suits Your Honeymoon Style?
    Bee Murphy

    WHY GO More than half of this
    woodsy isle in the US Virgin
    Islands is blanketed in a national
    park. As a result, serene tropical
    forest trails, OMG-inducing
    overlooks of cobalt water, and run-ins with donkeys

    and other wildlife are part of
    the daily happenings on this
    peaceful island.

    WHERE TO STAY Caneel Bay
    Resort, the only lodging within
    the national park, hits the sweet
    spot between rustic and unstuffy
    luxury. Comfy rooms reveal
    thoughtful details, including mini
    flashlights, beach coolers—and
    no TVs. Insider tip: The resort’s
    homemade gelato is ridiculously
    tasty (from $559 per night,

    Don’t miss the
    renowned hiking trails: For major
    lookouts without much effort,give the resort’s half-mile Mary’s
    Trail a go. Once your legs are
    warmed-up, hike the moderate-
    level Lind Point Trail, which
    conveniently ends on Caneel’s
    Honeymoon Beach. In the
    afternoon, taxi into the town of
    Cruz Bay for fresh seafood and
    shopping at Waterfront Bistro.
    “Hook” bracelets in silver or
    gold are the souvenir to score.
    Point the jewelry’s “J” hook
    toward your heart to tell the
    world you’re taken.

  2. If You’re Looking For Cool Culture: JAMAICA

    Which Caribbean Island Suits Your Honeymoon Style?
    Bee Murphy

    WHY GO Even with tourist
    crowds and big resorts, this laid-
    back country’s colorful soul
    always shines through. The
    friendly locals, traditional

    street food, reggae music and
    abundance of natural assets
    keep Jamaica’s authentic
    rhythm on repeat. 

    Built on
    Negril’s cliffs, the boho-chic,
    34-room Rockhouse is both
    architecturally stunning and big
    on embracing local culture and
    the community (the property’s
    foundation supports area
    educational projects that guests
    can visit). Plus, it can brag that Bob Marley was once a guest.
    Don’t leave without a couple’s
    aromatherapy soak in its
    Holistic Bath House (stand-alone
    villas from $195 per night,

    You’ll do as
    Jamaicans do when you feast on
    amazing jerk chicken and jam
    to live reggae at the hotel’s
    seaside Pushcart Restaurant & Rum Bar. Climbing waterfalls
    is another island custom. Take
    a refreshing guided walk up
    Mayfield Falls, which tends to
    be less touristy than Jamaica’s
    other popular falls. 

  3. If You’re Looking For a Foodie Retreat: ANGUILLA

    Which Caribbean Island Suits Your Honeymoon Style?
    Bee Murphy

    WHY GO The only thing better
    than hanging in an island
    setting is adding a killer meal

    to the scene. No problem for
    Anguilla. From fine restaurants
    to roadside barbecue stands,
    more than 100 eateries dot its 35
    square miles, leaving gourmands
    seriously satisfied.

    decades back, cliffside resort
    Malliouhana put Anguilla on
    the culinary map by importing
    fine, French cuisine and a
    Michelin-starred chef to the
    island. Renovated and reborn
    as the chic, airy Malliouhana, an Auberge Resort, the icon

    is still spoiling guests with its
    epicurean magic (the main
    restaurant leans Mediterranean
    now) and in every other

    way possible (from $470,

    Troll the food
    trucks in the island’s capital,
    The Valley (hunt for Hungry’s
    Good Food van and its exotic
    soups), or spend the afternoon
    dining on fresh seafood and
    drinking rum punch on one of
    the offshore cays, such as Scilly
    Cay (ScillyCayAnguilla.com).  

  4. If You’re Looking For a Flawless Beaches: PROVIDENCIALES

    Which Caribbean Island Suits Your Honeymoon Style?
    Bee Murphy

    WHY GO There are beaches—
    and then there’s “Provo,” as this
    Turks & Caicos island is called,
    complete with blindingly white
    sand and turquoise water that
    are mind-blowing. Spectacular
    Grace Bay Beach, where there’s
    no slimy seaweed or rocks in
    the water, is the crown jewel.

    At the posh
    Grace Bay Club, you’re privy to 1,100 feet of beach frontage,
    the largest of any resort in
    Provo. The VIP treatment continues with beach butlers
    fetching drinks and food when
    you flash your personal flag
    (junior suite from $515 per
    night, GraceBayResorts.com/

    Zone out during
    a Time for Two couple’s massage
    in an oceanfront cabana. Keep
    the seaside indulgences rolling
    with a torch-lit, toes-in-the-
    sand romantic dinner for two
    on Grace Bay Beach. 

  5. If You’re Looking For All Inclusive: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

    Which Caribbean Island Suits Your Honeymoon Style?
    Bee Murphy

    WHY GO When you want to
    detox from the planning and
    sticker shock of a wedding, all-
    inclusive resorts offer the
    ease you need. The Dominican
    Republic, which shares the
    island of Hispaniola with Haiti,
    has a top selection of these
    value-conscious, amenity-
    packed properties.

    WHERE TO STAY Guests of
    the Barceló Bávaro Beach hotel,
    a lush, adults-only retreat in
    Punta Cana, are granted full use
    of all amenities at the more
    bouncing Barceló property
    that’s part of the same resort
    complex. Between the two,
    you’ll have access to nine á la
    carte restaurants, a casino, shopping plaza, golf course,
    nightly shows and multiple pools.
    Upgrade to a Club Premium
    room for special perks, like entry
    to the hydrotherapy spa (all-
    inclusive Club Premium room
    from $152 per person per night,

    Filling your

    days and nights are easy

    here. Tee off on the resort’s
    championship P.B. Dye designed
    golf course (your first round is
    free), take kayaks out together,
    or check the activities board

    for cooking classes. After dark,
    watch a Vegas-style number

    and then hit the casino or
    thumping nightclub. 

  6. If You’re Looking For Under-the-Sea Adventure: GRAND CAYMAN

    Which Caribbean Island Suits Your Honeymoon Style?
    Bee Murphy

    WHY GO Besides its famed
    Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
    has a major following for its
    underwater thrills. Snorkelers
    and scuba divers are stoked by
    the water’s good visibility, warm
    temps, vibrant coral reefs and
    choice of about 240 dive sites.

    WHERE TO STAY Hang your
    flippers at The Westin Grand
    Cayman Seven Mile Beach
    Resort & Spa. It has top dive-
    operator Red Sail Sports on-site,
    and snorkelers can see some colorful fish right off the beach.
    Set up the hotel’s honeymoon
    registry to score your aquatic
    excursions as wedding gifts
    (from $239 per night,

    Raise your
    adrenaline with a dive around
    the USS Kittiwake, a rescue-ship-
    turned-dive-attraction sunk just off Seven Mile Beach, or
    by petting a friendly stingray in
    shallow water at Stingray City. 

  7. If You’re Looking For Total Seclusion: GUANA ISLAND

    Which Caribbean Island Suits Your Honeymoon Style?
    Bee Murphy

    WHY GO This under-the-radar
    private island resort in the
    British Virgin Islands maxes out
    at around 35 guests (though
    occupancy hovers closer to just 10 during the off-season),
    granting couples an almost
    deserted feel (in a good way!).
    Find luxury style “roughing it”
    here. Be dropped on a remote
    beach, with a boat on call, where
    you can have your fresh catch
    eagerly prepped by a skilled chef.
    Getting to this island entails a
    couple of connections, but the
    journey is worth it.

    WHERE TO STAY Go crazy
    over the view of electric-blue
    water from your cottage or
    villa at Guana Island. Start
    exploring and you’ll see that
    the grounds, which include a beautiful fruit orchard and a
    Garden of Eden for yoga and
    outdoor movie screenings,

    are just as impressive. On the
    departure dock, guests are even
    photographed for the resort’s
    memento binder—you’ll feel just
    like family (all-inclusive rates
    from $695 per night, Guana.com).

    Sign up for the
    hotel’s Castaway Picnic and you
    can pretend to be shipwrecked
    together on Bigelow or Harris
    beach (two of the island’s
    pristine seven beaches), snorkel,
    enjoy great food—and do
    whatever else comes to mind.
    Also arrange a day trip to The
    Baths National Park on Virgin
    Gorda or the infamous Soggy
    Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke. 

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