Wedding in Caribbean
With the most enchanting scenery, the Caribbean is the perfect place to get married. Caribbean weddings are what everyone think about when they first start planning a wedding abroad. Weddings in the Caribbean have been going on now for many years. There are so many stunning wedding locations in the Caribbean including the popular islands of St Lucia, Antigua, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Aruba, Barbados, Cuba, Bermuda, Bahamas, Tobago and many more.
Can you picture getting married in the paradise? Whichever way you look you’ll be overwhelmed by glistening white sands, turquoise blue seas, bold colours and lush greenery of the palms with the jungle in the background. The food is colourful, with tasty spices and exotic fruits. Why not be different and get married in the winter months. Leaving the bad weather back home and make memories that will last forever.
Romantic things to do
Jamaica is often thought of as a romantic island, which makes it the perfect destination for an anniversary or honeymoon. In fact, it is often counted among one of the most romantic islands in the world, with amazing moonlit nights and sunny laid-back days.
There is no shortage of secluded beaches, lush green rainforests and beautiful spots on the island and there is nothing better than chilling in a luxurious Jamaica beach house to start your romantic getaway.
Here are some of the most romantic and fun spots to explore by couples visiting
The Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is one of the most romantic spots in Jamaica. It is no wonder that the famous 1980 movie “Blue Lagoon” starring Brooke Shields was filmed here. According to legend, the waters of the Blue Lagoon carry an aphrodisiac effect at a depth of nearly 200 feet. Honeymooning couples like swimming in the warm waters to find out the truth about the legend and watch the colours of the water change from deep blue to glowing green throughout the day.
Dunns River Falls and park
For a different kind of water experience, visit Dunn’s River Falls and Park, where you can climb naturally terraced waterfalls cascading down limestone tiers. One of Jamaica’s major natural wonders, the falls drain into the Caribbean Sea and serve as the lush park’s main feature. You can climb on your own or with the help of guides; though exhilarating, the ascent is suitable for a range of fitness levels. Don’t forget your swimwear and a pair of rubber nonslip shoes and take plenty of breaks during your climb to capture a few memorable images. If you prefer to stay dry, climb the stairs built right alongside the waterfall. It couldn’t be easier to arrange your visit to Dunn’s River Falls and Park and many more Ocho Rios attractions:
Horseback riding in the ocean
There’s nothing that says romance more than riding side by side on horseback through the Caribbean Sea while holding hands.
Dinner at the caves/Negril
the mood. This restaurant offers dinner in a cave by the sea lit by hundreds of candles to set.
Jamaica is the Caribbean country that comes with its own soundtrack. Groove to its singular rhythm as you explore beyond the beaches and all-inclusive.
Even in a region as crammed with jewels as the Caribbean, Jamaica is a powerfully beautiful island. Jamaica begins with crystalline waters flowing over gardens of coral, lapping onto soft sandy beaches, then rises past red soil and lush banana groves into sheer mountains. Rushing waterfalls seem to erupt out of nowhere. Jamaican culture can be a daunting subject for foreigners to understand, but ultimately, it’s a matter of appreciating this great green garden of a land and how its cyclical rhythms set the pace of so much island life.
While Jamaica’s beaches are certainly alluring, this is a country to dive into, literally and figuratively. Beneath the waves there’s great scuba diving and snorkelling, and you can float on the water too with lazy bamboo-raft trips (let someone else pole). The adventurous can go caving or get their hiking boots on to explore the remote crags and forests of this crumpled landscape. You don’t even need to be as fit as Usain Bolt to enjoy the hike through lush mountains to the top of Blue Mountain Peak.
Red Stripe Reggaes Sum Fest
The largest reggae festival in Jamaica typically includes more than 50 world-class reggae and dancehall artists. Held in July at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre, it starts with a beach party on Walter Fletcher Beach, followed by a week of nonstop partying. Past performers have included Luciano, Beenie Man, Gregory Isaacs, Damien ‘Jr Gong’ Marley and Alicia Keys.
Bob Marley Museum
The large, creaky, colonial-era wooden house on Hope Rd, where Bob Marley lived and recorded from 1975 until his death in 1981, is the city’s most-visited site. Today the house functions as a tourist attraction, museum and shrine, and much remains as it was in Marley’s day.
The hour-long tour provides fascinating insights into the reggae superstar’s life after moving uptown. His gold and platinum records are there on the walls, alongside Rastafarian religious cloaks, Marley’s favourite denim stage shirt, and the Order of Merit presented by the Jamaican government. One room is entirely wallpapered with media clippings from Marley’s final tour; another contains a replica of Marley’s original record shop, Wail’n Soul’m. Marley’s simple bedroom has been left as it was, with his favourite star-shaped guitar by the bed. At the rear of the house you’ll see the spot where gunmen attempted to kill him in 1976. The former recording studio out back is now an exhibition hall with some wonderful photos of Bob, and a theatre, where the tour closes with a 20-minute film. Photography isn’t allowed inside the house, but you’ll almost certainly be instructed to sign ‘One Love’ at some point.
Squeezed between the Blue Mountains and the world’s seventh-largest natural harbour, Kingston simultaneously impresses you with its setting and overwhelms you with its noise and hustle. This is the island’s cultural and economic heart, and a place named a Creative City of Music by UNESCO in 2015. Like a plate of spicy jerk washed down with a cold Red Stripe beer, a visit to Kingston is essential to taste the rich excitement of modern Jamaica.
Kingston is a city of two halves. Downtown is home to historic buildings, the courts, banks, street markets and one of the Caribbean’s greatest art museums. By contrast, uptown holds the city’s best hotels and restaurants, largely confined to New Kingston, with its cluster of tall buildings around Emancipation Park.
Uptown and Downtown seldom mix but taken together they form a compelling and sometimes chaotic whole. Kingston is certainly never boring – we encourage you to jump right in.
Offering powdery white beaches, crystal clear waters and gorgeous sunsets, Barbados is without a doubt one of the most romantic places on earth. It’s no wonder the island is so popular with honeymooners, and a growing number of people are choosing Barbados as a wedding destination too. Beaches
Barbados is known for its white sandy beaches and turquoise blue waters, but Cattlewash Beach is particularly romantic. This is the best spot on the island for stargazing, so lay down on the sand at night and look out for shooting stars! The best beaches for watching the sunset are on the West Coast of the island, so Sandy Lane, Paynes Bay, Batts Rock, Brandons, Fitts Village, Folkestone Park, Mullins Bay and Heywoods are great for a romantic walk along the beach.
Romantic things to do
After a day of swimming in the crystal-clear ocean and sunbathing on the sugary white beaches, end the day with sunset drinks and dinner overlooking the ocean. For a truly memorable experience, reserve a table at The Cliff Restaurant, located on the West Coast in the cliffs above St. James. Every table overlooks the Caribbean Ocean, and the whole restaurant is lit by flame torches, creating the ultimate romantic atmosphere. The restaurant serves exceptional food and has an extensive wine list, plus there’s an afterhours lounge.
Watch the sunset from the Barbados Boardwalk
The Barbados Boardwalk is located on the island southern coast. It offers some of the best views of the Caribbean sunset of anywhere on the island, complete with a quiet environment away from the jet skis and parties of many beaches.
Arrive at 5.30pm to enjoy a great local meal beside the ocean as you watch the warm tropical sun disappear for the night. There are several seats beside the boardwalk that are ideal for viewing the sunset or taking photos.
Enjoy a cocktail tour of the Mount Gay Rum Distillery
Barbados is famous for its excellent rum, and Mount Gay is undoubtedly the island’s top distillery. Tours are available for visitors that allow you to learn more about the island’s most famous export.
For the ultimate experience, book the Bajan Buffet Lunch Tour and enjoy the island’s best lunch as well as a series of excellent local cocktails. The Mount Gay tour is one of the island’s best attractions for a lazy afternoon in the tropics.
Exploring the Island
Book a day cruise on a catamaran and spend the day snorkelling, swimming with turtles and soaking up the sun on deck. Sip on a rum cocktail or two from the onboard bar and try some delicious local food for lunch. There are several different companies in Barbados offering boat trips, including ‘Cool Runnings’, ‘Jammin’ and ‘Tiami’. Beaches
Animal Flower Cave is a sea cave that can be found on the most northerly point of the island in the parish of St. Lucy. It has a 400,000-year-old coral floor and is full of sea anemones and interesting rock formations. If the water is calm enough you can swim in the natural pools and admire the stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean through the cave openings. The towering cliffs surrounding the cave also offer spectacular views of the northern coastline.
Harrison’s Cave is one of Barbados’s top attractions and worth a visit. Located in St. Thomas, this crystallized limestone cavern features pretty waterfalls, flowing streams, deep pools, and stalactites and stalagmites.
Saint Lucia and love go hand in hand. As one of the most picturesque islands in the Caribbean with its iconic Piton mountains, stunning scenery, gorgeous palm-fringed beaches and warm tropical climate, Saint Lucia is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway, wedding, honeymoon or celebration of a key anniversary.
Romantic things to do
Romantic dinner at Cap Restaurant
Take advantage of one of Cap Maison’s most romantic hidden spots and enjoy a beautiful private dinner on a dock built by the sea, below the cliff at Cap Restaurant. The experience of dining on the ocean as the sun is setting is like none other and creates a truly memorable evening.
Rainforest Spa at Sugar beach
Cradled in Saint Lucia’s World Heritage-listed Pitons, a couple’s massage at the Rainforest Spa at Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, is a soothing way to relax and rejuvenate right next to your loved one. The Romantic Renaissance treatment includes a customised body massage in a double cabana, followed by sparkling wine and lunch.
Exploring St Lucia
Stretched out in front of the resort of the same name, Anse Chastanet is a fine curving beach. The sheltered bay is protected by high cliffs. The snorkelling just offshore is some of the best on the island; hassle-free access is through the resort, which also offers day passes if you want to use the sun loungers and water-sports facilities.
It’s a moderate 1-mile walk from Soufrière – just watch out for vehicles along the sheer mountain road. It’s also possible to take a water taxi from the main dock in town.
Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens & Mineral Baths
Wander amid tropical flowers and trees at this old estate. Mineral baths date from 1784, when they were built atop hot springs so that the troops of France’s King Louis XVI could take advantage of their therapeutic effects. You can take a dip in small public pools among the nature or in the less appealing enclosed private bathhouse. The gardens are 1 mile east of Soufrière town centre.
There is a lovely trail that ends at a waterfall running down the rock face – but it’s for viewing only, visitors are not permitted to bathe under it. Guides congregate outside the entrance and will talk you through the flora as you stroll. They are not permitted to charge a fee, but a reasonable gratuity is expected.
Looking like something off the surface of the moon, the Sulphur Springs are saddled with the unfortunate tagline of being the world’s only drive-in volcano. The reality is far from the garish description. There isn’t a classic crater, or a cauldron of magma, to check out – but it’s still an awe-inspiring place. Stinky pools of boiling mud are observed from platforms surrounded by vents releasing clouds of sulphur gas. Younger travellers will love it. There is a thermally heated river that has been dammed to form a pool where visitors can relax in the mineral-rich waters and apply mud facials. You can even purchase a ball of dried volcano mud to take home and apply in the comfort of your own bathroom.
The springs are a couple of miles south of Soufrière, off the Vieux Fort Rd.
Getting married in the Dominican Republic can nearly guarantee you perfect weather for your destination wedding. Endless sunshine and warm temperatures are consistent throughout the year. There are endless suitable spots for your wedding location, choose from mile long beaches, secluded bays, tropical waterfalls, luxurious villas, steep cliffs, colonial buildings and much more.
Romantic things to do
A trip to Jarabacoa is a must-do in Dominican Republic. Nestled among the lush mountainous landscape of the Central Mountains (Cordillera Central) with charming falls, Dominican’s only whitewater river and thick pine forests. Trek its hiking trails and discover many scenic views of the natural surroundings, a romantic and pleasant thing to do here!
A fantastic place for some crafts shopping, golfing and watching panoramic coastal views! Take a slow around the charming village of Altos de Chavon, a replica of a 16th century artisans’ village. Explore Cueva de las Maravillas, an interesting cave system which is located about 30 minutes’ drive from La Romana. Take a boat ride to The Chavon River (Rio Chavon) and watch the river wildlife and admire the scenic views along the way.
Wander around the cobblestone streets and unique architecture in this once Spanish colonial city. Get to savour some of its authentic Spanish inspired cuisine in its finest restaurants while you listen to live music and dance in this colourful town! Visit the First Cathedral of America, the Museum of the Royal Houses, the Alcazar De Colon and the museum central, Plaza de la Cultural. Walk along Malecón, the elegant seaside promenade for some breath-taking views of the surrounding.
Exploring the Island
Dominica’s Boiling Lake
One of the Caribbean’s best destinations for rugged adventures, mountainous Dominica sports an incredible hike. It is a tough six-mile path clinging to narrow ridges of the “Valley of Desolation.” The destination? Boiling Lake, a 207-foot-wide lake that is veiled in steam, with bubbly burps on its greyish surface. The valley is the remnants of an 1880 volcanic eruption. Expect to get dirty.
Puerto Rican Christmas carols
Those wanting to give up the cold but keep the Yuletide can spend Christmas in Puerto Rico’s capital, San Juan, where you will find a month-long sing-song celebration. Churches conduct mass at dawn, rich with aguinaldos (Puerto Rican Christmas carols), while exuberant groups of carollers travel house to house and make merry. Along the market-lined Paseo de la Princesa, pick up wooden santos figurines (saints carvings) for Christmas souvenirs.
The ‘Caribbean Pompeii’
In 1995, after 400 years of silence, a volcano in the Soufriere Hills blew its top and obliterated Montserrat’s capital Plymouth in a sea of ash. (Another eruption two years later claimed 19 lives.) Eventually all the island’s 11,000 inhabitants relocated. Today, on a four-wheel-drive vehicle, visitors can visit the surreal scene of abandoned mansions around Olde Town and get an eerie view from Garibaldi Hill. Martinique’s ex-capital had a similar fate. St-Pierre was wrecked by an eruption in 1902, killing all but three of the city’s 30,000 inhabitants. Today, you can see blackened ruins, including a mostly destroyed 18th-century theatre.
Hidden beach in the Dominican Republic
Bávaro and Punta Cana, in southeastern Dominican Republic, may be the epicentre of beach travel here. But there are ways to escape the hordes. Take the lovely Highway 104 west through mountains to Playa Limón, a two-mile, isolated beach lined with coconut trees. You are likely to have the spot to yourself most of the day and the drive alone justifies the trip.
Captain Jack Sparrow’s ‘Black Pearl’
Union Island in the Grenadines, you can sail the ship used by Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean
A must-do for experienced divers and novice snorkelers alike. Board a snorkelling boat and sail the azure waters of Caribbean to the Stingray Sandbar, where the memories of swimming alongside graceful stingrays on the sandy seafloor in the North Sound lagoon will stay with you long after you surface
Soar like a bird through the treetops of Antigua’s lush rainforest on an exhilarating zipline adventure. Our award winning eco-tour puts you right in the heart of this verdant forest while an intricate pulley and harness system safely carries you over spectacular scenery and a dramatic gorge filled with rich flora, interesting fruits and numerous bird species.
The Western Caribbean is renowned for a wealth of Mayan archaeological treasures, with well-preserved cities full of temples, plazas, pyramids and citadels that rival the legendary ruins of Rome, Athens and Egypt. Marvel at the 2,000-year-old city of Altun Ha in Belize, the famous “El Castillo” castle ruins in Tulum or the tallest pyramid in the Yucatán in the lost city of Coba.
Pirate legends and pristine landscapes are all part of the allure of St. Thomas, as are the splendid shops of Charlotte Amalie – warehouses once filled with pirate booty now serve as stores with wonderful duty-free shopping. Here you’ll find rum, fine leather, cameras, jewellery and art, as well as quaint, cosy restaurants perfect for refuelling after a busy morning of shopping.
The draws are obvious: miles of glorious white-sand beaches, plenty of all-inclusive resorts, and a cute, compact capital, Oranjestad, which is well suited for the two-hour strolls. This small Dutch Caribbean island lies just 18 miles off the coast of Venezuela and is a unique cultural melting pot of people culture and cuisine. Venture away from the resorts and you’re in for a real treat. At the island’s extreme ends are rugged, windswept vistas and uncrowded beaches – perfect for hiking and horseback riding. Crystal-clear waters are bursting with sea life and shipwrecks (and an airplane wreck or two), providing incredible opportunities for snorkelling and diving. And nonstop breezes create near-perfect conditions for windsurfing and kiteboarding.
So, whether you’re longing to lounge on a beach or to delve into the great outdoors, Aruba has got you covered. One happy island, to get married on.
Romantic things to do
Rent a Car and Explore the Island
Grab the reins and surprise your partner with a day trip exploring the island. Car rentals are extremely affordable, and you’ll love the seclusion. Head to Arikok National Park for historical sites and natural pools and bridges or find your adventurous side with a kite surfing activity at Hadicurari beach or snorkelling at the Antilla shipwreck.
Drive up to the California Lighthouse. Especially at night this site attracts romantic couples that park their car at this elevated area to enjoy the magnificent skyline of well-lit Palm Beach high-rise area. Bring some chilled drinks and your favourite music and transform your car into a romantic lounge with excellent views of the most northern tip of the island.”
Couples massage can be an amazing experience whether it’s in the privacy of your own room or on the beach in a thatched hut with the sound of the ocean and a warm breeze passing through. Aruba spas have a variety of relaxing massage packages for couples.
Exploring the Island
The USS Antilla is a US Navy ship from WWII that was sunk near Malmok Beach, much to the delight of snorkelers and divers. The 400ft wreck is lying on its side in about 60ft of water. What’s unique about the Antilla is that the masts, bow and forward deck are shallow enough that they are mostly visible to snorkelers. The ship is turning into an artificial reef so its covered with coral and home to ample sea life but be aware that the water is often choppy, and currents are strong. Do not try to swim out to the wreck, book a boat tour.
Fantastic. The powerful wave action has worn a natural depression into the limestone coastal ridge. The surrounding rocks break the surf so – with waves crashing all around – you can take a peaceful, cooling dip. Bring your mask and snorkel and commune with the fish who are hiding out in there. You’ll want water shoes for the sharp rocks. The road to the Natural Pool is not passable with a regular car. You can reach it by 4WD or – better – a 3.5-mile walk from the visitors centre. The scenery is stunning, but the journey is hot and windy. Bring plenty of water and start early. Along the way, you’ll reach the summit of Sero Arikok, the Aruba’s second-highest peak, yielding marvellous views of the coast and the island.
Pincho’s is surely one of Aruba’s most romantic spots. Set on a pier jutting into the ocean, the restaurant is surrounded by twinkling stars and lapping waves. Local fish and hearty steaks show off a fusion of flavours, such as the pan-seared grouper with apricot-ginger dipping sauce, or the maple bourbon barbecue skewer. Reservations recommended. The restaurant is located behind the Aruba Surfside Marina.
Make an ass out of yourself doting on these winsome critters, who will follow you around for attention and snacks. Originally brought to Aruba by the Spaniards, many donkeys went rogue when they were no longer needed on farms. Unfortunately, they didn’t fare well with the increase in automobile traffic on the island. The donkeys at the sanctuary are well taken care of: they are named, treated, fed, protected and loved. You won’t be able to resist them! The Donkey Sanctuary is located east of the airport. From Rte 1 in Barcadera, take Rte 4 north and turn right on Bringamosa.
Surrounded by a nearly unbroken offshore reef, and boasting 365 picturesque coves and secluded bays, with fine, white sand and clear blue seas, Antigua’s beaches certainly make up for its lack of tropical scenery. This charming island promises a different beach every day, as well as a host of activities. From diving and sailing to 4×4 tours and exploration of quaint colonial towns.
The largest of the British Leeward islands, Antigua is about 14 miles long and 11 miles wide. Temperatures generally range from the mid‐70s in the winter to the mid‐80s in the summer. The annual rainfall averages only 45 inches, making it the sunniest of the Eastern Caribbean islands.
Romantic things to do
If you picture your honeymoon on a tropical palm fringed beach, with stunning views, plenty of activities, historical sites and vibrant culture, then Antigua could be just the place. Having recently won The Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination at the World Travel Awards, you’re sure to find plenty of Antigua honeymoon packages.
Dance on top of Shirley Heights
High above the historic English Harbour and UNESCO World Heritage Nelson’s Dockyard lies Shirley Heights. Hike to the top and you’ll be met with stunning romantic views over the bay. There’s also a vibrant local atmosphere up here with performances by people playing steel drums, reggae bands and traditional Antiguan barbecues.
See the Pillars of Hercules from a sunset cruise
One of the best romantic activities to do on a honeymoon here is to go for sail or a sunset cruise. The conditions here make it one of the best sailing destinations in the world. The unique rock formations of the Pillars of Hercules are best scene from the water and make a perfect addition to any cruise itinerary. The pillars also make for a great dive location where you can see fish such as blue tang, sergeant majors and red snappers, among others.
Stroll around Wadadli Animal Nature Park
Set up by former West Indian cricketer, Dave Joseph, the Wadadli Animal Nature Park makes for a great day out and gives you something different to see other than marine animals. A romantic stroll here will take you to see species such as love birds, deer, iguanas and monkeys. Knowledgeable guides can also guide you around the park answering any questions you have about the animals here.
Go for a romantic picnic at Half Moon Bay
Antigua has a total of 365 beaches, but one of the best and most romantic is Half Moon Bay – a natural and curve of coral coloured sand that curves for one mile along the southeast coast of the island. You’ll find no luxury resorts and restaurants; this beach is back to nature all the way. If you ask, many of the resorts will pack you picnics to take out with you and Half Moon Bay is an excellent choice. Make sure you bring your own snorkel and mask to explore the coral gardens that lie just offshore too.
Exploring the island
Valley Church Beach
This pretty palm-lined beach has calm and shallow aquamarine waters and powdery white sand and is a popular excursion for cruise-ship guests. Most gather around the popular beach restaurant called the Nest, so if you’re looking for a quiet spot, head to the south end of the beach. The gate for the beach is open from dawn to sunset. If the gate is closed just park on the street and walk in.
Nelson’s Dockyard National Park
Continuously in operation since 1745, this extensively restored Georgian-era marina is Antigua’s top sightseeing draw and was made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2016. Today its restored buildings house restaurants, hotels and businesses. The Dockyard Museum relates titbits about Antigua history, the dockyard and life at the forts. Among the many trinkets on display is a telescope once used by Nelson himself. Admission to the Dockyard area is also good for Shirley Heights and the Dow’s Hill Interpretation Centre.