Best Caribbean Honeymoon Destinations and Where to Stay

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If the beautiful beaches and blue waters of the Caribbean are your idea of the perfect honeymoon destinations, then let us help you plan your trip!

From all-inclusive resorts to vacation rentals to world-class hotels, the Caribbean is easy to access from the United States, and great deals on dream vacations are out there.

Here’s our list of the best Caribbean honeymoon destinations and suggestions of which resort to book on the island.

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Barbados

If sipping on ice-cold rum punches, snorkeling with turtles, or learning to surf are your definition of the best Caribbean honeymoon destination, Sandals has two all-inclusive properties in Barbados to choose from. Sandals has a selection of adults-only resorts in dreamy tropical locations that practically scream honeymoon, so we’ll be highlighting some of the company’s other Caribbean locations, too.

Sandals Barbados and Sandals Royal Barbados both have several onsite world-class restaurants to choose from, as well as unlimited water sports. Choose from a variety of rooms and suites. There are swim-up rooms available as well as suites with private infinity pools.

Other things to do in Barbados

While an all-inclusive resort like Sandals makes it easy and pleasant to stay at the resort, couples who venture out can have a variety of experiences. Visit Harrison’s Cave and see the still-growing stalactites and stalagmites or hire a tour guide to take you on an inland hike. Since most visitors to Barbados tend to stay on the coastline, you’ll be able to say you did something different than the average tourist.

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Jamaica

Known for Bob Marley and Red Stripe Beer, Jamaica is a perennially popular spot for honeymooners in the Caribbean Islands. Most of the tourists flock to all-inclusive resorts in the Montego Bay area, which is a great place to relax in the sun, eat delicious food, and participate in water sports, like snorkeling, scuba, kayaking, paddle boarding, and more.

The most popular spots for visitors to the island are Dunn River Falls in Ocho Rios (you can climb to the top with the assistance of a guide) and Seven Mile Beach in Negril. If you want the perfect honeymoon picture, check out the iconic Blue Hole, which is a series of waterholes fed by gushing cascades in the mountains outside Ocho Rios.

Where to stay

Jamaica has nine Sandals resorts to choose from: Montego Bay, Ochi, Royal Caribbean, South Coast, Negril, Royal Plantation, and Dunn’s River. Each resort offers slightly different amenities, such as luxe sunbeds in the pools or over-water bungalows. Sandals guests are permitted to resort hop and can enjoy the amenities at other Sandals resorts in the area.

If you’re looking for something a little more exclusive, scope out the Tryall Club. Golf and tennis-loving newlyweds will want to give this one a serious look.

Three young men surfing waves at the beach.
The Pacific side of Lover’s Beach in Cabo San Lucas. Photo credit: Kimberly Miles

Mexico

Couples seeking a laid-back honeymoon with lots of lounging on the beach, then look South of the border. There are a lot of options in Mexico, from the ever-popular Cabo on the West Coast to Tulum and the island of Cozumel.

If you’re wanting more active options, such as snorkeling or scuba diving, those things are also available in sunny Mexico.

Where to stay

In Cabo, treat yourself to pure luxury at the One & Only Palmilla. They have a variety of rooms, suites, villas, and lots of high-end activity choices such as a private whale watching cruise with champagne picnic, spa treatments, private dining, mixology classes, and more.

The Esperanze Auberge is another popular choice. The only private beach ocean resort in Cabo has ocean-view rooms and suites and amenities such as secluded poolside cabanas and open-air beach palapas, which are two-story outdoor retreats with daybeds and a cooler stocked with drinks.

If you are headed to Cozumel and want an all-inclusive resort option, Cozumel Palace Resort features world-class dining, 24-hour room service, entertainment, and more. The Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya is a five-star luxury resort with five pools and a robust activity list that includes everything from sea kayaking to wine tastings to cultural tours.

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blue oceans waters in the bahamas
Photo Credit: Breeze Leonard

The Bahamas

The Bahamas is an archipelago made up of over 700 coral reef islands, although only 17 are inhabited. The natural beauty of the Caribbean Sea is all around, along with resorts that cater to honeymooners. There’s nothing like a private oceanfront retreat among the palm trees to amp up the romance.

Where to stay for luxury and privacy

Sandals Royal Bahamian has gorgeous, private luxury rooms with features like swim-up entrances, private plunge pools, butler service, and more. As with all Sandals resorts, dining, alcohol, water activities, and nightlife entertainment are included. Optional (extra) activities, such as spa treatments and candlelight dinners, are also available to book.
The ultimate indulgence at Sandals Royal Bahamian is spending the day on the resort’s private island, Barefoot Cay. Lounge on one of two private beaches, relax in a hammock, or go snorkeling.

Turks and Caicos

It doesn’t get much more picture-perfect than the white sand beaches of Turks & Caicos. Many couples would consider it a dream Caribbean honeymoon destination. There are beautiful beaches perfect for all types of water activities.

Nature lovers will enjoy a boat cruise to the Caicos Cays and see the famous Turks and Caicos Rock Iguanas. Visit Chalk Sound National Park, which has a sheltered lagoon home to hundreds of tiny islands, an underwater cave, and more. Turks and Caicos is a scuba diver’s paradise. Popular dive spots are found in the West Caicos Marine National Park, Princess Alexandra National Park, and French Cay.

Where to stay

Popular Turks & Caicos resorts with the ultimate beachfront honeymoon suites stretching out onto warm sandy beaches include Seven Stars Resort, Grace Bay Club, and the Palms Turks and Caicos. Beaches also operates an all-inclusive resort in Turks and Caicos. Sandals and Beaches are owned by the same company and offer a similar style of amenities, but Beaches is not adults only, as Sandals is.

Puerto Rico

For American couples who want an international getaway that doesn’t require a passport, Puerto Rico is a great choice. A U.S. Territory, Puerto Rico doesn’t require a passport for U.S. citizens, and there is no need to exchange currency.

Hike to waterfalls, kayak in a bioluminescent bay, laze on the beach, and indulge in some delicious traditional Puerto Rican cuisine.

SheBuysTravel Tip: If you don’t mind mixing with others on your honeymoon, book the Chef’s Table at the Epicuro Culinary Center. Foodie couples won’t want to miss the experience.

Where to stay

Top-rated St Regis Bahia Beach Resort is Puerto Rico’s only AAA Five Diamond Resort and the most luxurious property on the island. Sitting between the El Yunque National Forest and the Atlantic Ocean, this resort has loads of amenities, including a tennis center, a world-class golf course, four miles of nature trails, and 70 acres of lakes.

Royal Sonesta San Juan is located in the desirable Isla Verde area, which is close to both the airport and the beaches. While not an all-inclusive honeymoon resort, this hotel has several onsite dining options, a luxurious pool, and beach club access.

Couples who prefer to stay in the heart of Old San Juan will want to check out El Colonial and El Convento, which are boutique-style hotels in the heart of the historic district.

Honorable Mentions

While you could choose a honeymoon destination in the USA, it’s hard to go wrong in the Caribbean. Ocean views, turquoise waters, and the best beaches for a romantic getaway – it’s all here. The tough part is choosing just one of these best honeymoon destinations.

If the destinations on our list don’t spark your interest, try one of these:

  • U.S. Virgin Islands. St Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John are the three main islands popular with visitors. This is another spot where U.S. citizens don’t need a passport.
  • Grenada. Find luxe suites, many with private plunge pools, at the Spice Island Beach Resort.
  • Aruba. Located just 15 miles off the north coast of Venezuela, Aruba is a Dutch island.
  • Dominican Republic. The all-inclusive resorts of Punta Cana are very popular with adult vacationers and honeymooners.
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Check out the ultra-private Tenuta Chatham Bay Resort.
  • Belize. Cayo Espanto is a tiny all-inclusive with private bungalows and butler service.
Jill Robbins is a freelance writer covering lifestyle, travel, health, and commerce. Her writing has appeared in SheKnows, HuffPost, Tripsavvy, Insider, AARP, and other publications. Jill lives in San Antonio with her husband and two youngest kids, although she’s usually somewhere else. You can find out what Jill is up to by reading her blog, Ripped Jeans and Bifocals.
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