Is there anywhere more romantic than the Caribbean? It’s a region where Instagram-worthy panoramas of soft secluded sands seem to develop around every corner and where luxurious villas tumble down onto these beaches to make the most of exhilarating sunsets.
Warm in climate and personality, the islands of the Caribbean also see excellent seafood presented alongside joyously laid-back cultures.
The only difficulty choosing a romantic break in the Caribbean is that there are so many potential destinations to select from. But fear not, we made a list of four top romantic Caribbean destinations for couples!
Top romantic Caribbean destinations for couples
Jamaica has long been the romantic Caribbean destination of choice for many. It brings to mind thoughts of solitary beaches, perfect waters, and gorgeous weather.
It’s therefore little wonder that so many A-listers have flocked here, from James Bond author Ian Fleming to Tom Cruise. But there are still plenty of escapes on this island where it can feel like you’re the very first to discover it, which are ripe for a romantic getaway as a result.
Negril in western Jamaica is one of these destinations. Its Seven Mile Beach means there’s plenty of space to find a quiet area to yourselves while enjoying the fantastic sunsets that ignite the skies most evenings.
At the same time, stylish boutique stays stand just far enough away from the hubbub of central Negril to guarantee tranquillity from dramatic clifftops. They overlook waters protected by colorful coral reefs that also make Negril prime snorkeling and scuba diving destination.
The Dominican Republic is perhaps the all-inclusive king of the Caribbean, so if you and your significant other are after the ultimate in relaxation this could be the place for you. The Samaná Peninsula on the nation’s north coast is a definite haven for romantic breaks.
This thin finger of land boasts a long string of perfect tropical beaches that stand within strolling distance of five-star adults-only resorts. Studded with mature palms, they lie beside waters so bright they look like they’ve been dyed. Just offshore, Cayo Levantado has a white sand beach below sheer cliffs that is probably as romantic as it’s possible to get.
If you somehow tire of the beaches, you can also take a couples’ trek to El Limón Waterfall on horseback, or join some of the 2,500 humpback whales that visit Samaná Bay each year. For more ideas of what to do more generally in the country, check out this article of things to do in the Dominican Republic.
Turks and Caicos
For a romantic Caribbean destination that’s even more special, check out Turks and Caicos. This low-lying archipelago of just a handful of inhabited islands and a multitude of uninhabited ones are even more exclusive than the nearby Bahamas.
However, there’s no shortage of high-end places to stay. Especially beachside splendor with simple and airy contemporary interiors that frame the exquisite sea views from as many aspects as possible. Wimco Villas is one of the sites with a good selection of beach houses.
It would be entirely possible to spend your entire stay on the islands of Turks and Caicos without stumbling upon another human being. But head to the fine dining restaurants of Providenciales, the most populous city, and you’ll not only enjoy world-class seafood but could also end up sharing the bar with Hollywood royalty.
Rentals also give you the option of a kitchen, one way of saving money on food. Alternatively, a private chef will create a truly unforgettable series of memories! Of course, the Turks and Caicos are best known for their white sand beaches, which total 200 miles of largely empty coral sands.
Aruba simply screams romantic getaway. Although just 20 miles long by 10 miles wide, the island still manages to combine romance and luxury with natural and historical sites. Part of the Netherlands due to a quirk of colonial history, its capital, Oranjestad, is as colorful as any other in the Caribbean.
Yet at the same time, Aruba has a climate very different to its neighboring islands. Here, instead of dripping tropical rainforests such as in the Dominican Republic or in Jamaica, you’ll find cacti. These tough desert plants hint at the island’s excellent climate, which promises warmth and clear sunny skies right throughout the year.
When it comes to what to do on the island, I simply can’t ignore Aruba’s beaches, which are picture-perfect. For the ultimate in romance, head to the privately-owned Renaissance Island. Here couples share the warm shallows with wild flamingos so trusting they’ll feed straight from your hands. Beyond the beaches, Aruba boasts a wealth of romantic restaurants and other attractions in which to spend a happy couple of hours, from hiking in Arikok National Park, to exploring the heritage of the island in any one of the eight museums.
There is no shortage of romantic destinations in the Caribbean. My top picks are the resorts of the Dominican Republic and Jamaica, the villa rentals of the Turks and Caicos, and the unique culture of Aruba. Together, they offer couples the perfect blend of laid-back beach life and wonderful stays.
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