Home > Blogs > The Honeymoon Blog > Hidden Caribbean Honeymoon Destinations

The Honeymoon Blog

Welcome to the hitched.co.uk honeymoon blog! We’ll be bringing you top honeymoon, travel, resort and airline news from across the globe every week. Cathy, a married mum of one who has visited over 50 countries around the world, plus various members of the hitched.co.uk team will contribute to this exciting blog in order to ensure you’re kept up to date with the hottest travel and honeymoon news around!
23 Dec 2015

Hidden Caribbean Honeymoon Destinations

by Cathy@hitched

The Caribbean has always been high up on the honeymoon destination wish list. So it’s hardly surprising that for the third time in three years, visitor numbers are up again, rising 7% for the first half of 2015.

Beautiful though those endless white sand beaches and palm trees are, people are discovering there’s even more to the Caribbean than the idyllic postcard clichés. 

Here are some less obvious reasons why the islands could be your perfect honeymoon destination…

Antigua

The brand new terminal at Antigua and Barbuda’s international airport means that arriving on this gorgeous island – and sadly leaving it – is much slicker than ever before. So once you’ve whizzed through immigration to the sound of steel drums, there’s 365 beaches to discover along with some very unusual experiences, such as swimming with stingrays. Stingray City’s speedboats take you to a sandbank in the ocean, where the rays are free to come and go and you can swim alongside them.

Caribbean honeymoon destinations

Image credit: Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority

St Lucia

The island is famous for its two photogenic peaks, the Pitons, but head into the hills around Soufriere and you can discover a very different side to St Lucia. First stop, the historic chocolate plantations where you can stay in old colonial cottages or follow the cacao bean’s journey from pod to pestle and mortar on a tree to bar tour at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat. Don’t miss the Soufriere sulphur springs (known as the drive-in volcano) as you explore the island’s chocolate heritage trail.

car

Image credit: Saint Lucia Tourist Board

St Vincent and the Grenadines

Bequia might not be the biggest island in the Grenadines but it can certainly claim to be the quirkiest – where else can you have a drink in a bar made from whalebones? You enter the Whaleboner bar through two towering jaw bones, and bones from a huge humpback act as chairs. Plus, the new Argyle International Airport is due to open on St Vincent in spring 2016, finally allowing direct flights to the islands from the UK.

Puerto Rico

One of the Caribbean’s often forgotten islands, there’s a string of reasons to visit Puerto Rico – especially the phosphorescence of Mosquito Bay on Vieques Island: home to tiny glowing creatures, the water lights up at night for perhaps the most magical swim ever. New direct flights from London to San Juan started in November, with Norwegian Air, and the Four Seasons chain is opening its first property in Puerto Rico in 2016/17.

Caribbean honeymoon destinations

Image credit: Puerto Rico Tourism

Jamaica

The ever-popular destination looks set to overtake Barbados and become the UK’s favourite Caribbean island, with several new luxurious hotels, including Zoetry Montego Bay, opening in 2016. And just a little way around the coast in Ocho Rios, you can try one experience not normally associated with tropical islands – bobsledding. Take the chairlift into the hills at Mystic Mountain before whizzing down at top speed. If that’s not enough of an adrenaline thrill, combine it with a climb up the 55m Dunn’s River Falls. 

Caribbean honeymoon destinations

Image credit: Jamaica Tourist Board

Cathy x

Share this post
Get involved

Have your say on Hidden Caribbean Honeymoon Destinations...

Head back to The Honeymoon Blog to find more honeymoon inspiration

Published 23 Dec 2015 14:31 by Cathy@hitched
Filed under: