When contemplating the perfect romantic Caribbean island getaway, you’ll have to first figure out what you’re looking for in a romantic vacation. Do you want to spend all your time lazing on gorgeous beaches? Hideaway from the world in a luxurious villa with a private plunge pool? Snorkel on a tiny, secluded beach where the green-blue Caribbean Sea meets the deeper blue of the Atlantic Ocean? Hike through the rainforest, cooling off under a waterfall splashing gently into a pool? Take a moonlit walk on the beach, white sand like soft powder between your toes, waves lapping up on shore?
This is the Caribbean for couples, where all of these romantic fantasies, and more, can come true.
If you want to get away from it all and spend some quality time together, head to St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. At Caneel Bay, a resort nestled within 170 acres of the lush Virgin Islands National Park, the 21st century barely intrudes. There are no telephones or televisions in the rooms, and you can pass your time at one of the seven beaches.
Another escapist’s fantasy is the Grenadines, a sprinkling of tiny islands between St. Vincent and Grenada. Here, you can stay on Palm Island, a 135-acre retreat with just 37 guest rooms. You can hike, windsurf, snorkel, kayak or take a boat ride to the Tobago Cays, tiny nearby beach-islands with no development whatsoever, meaning they're ready for you and your partner to discover together.
If you’re the type that gets bored easily, head for dual-natured St. Martin/St. Maarten, where the shopping is excellent, the beaches beautiful, and the casinos on the Dutch side keep things hopping after dark. Reserve a room at La Samanna on the French side, most come with a private terrace or a patio, and all have lovely ocean views.
A Jamaican all-inclusive such as Breezes Grande Resort and Spa Negril is another great way to make sure your days are jam-packed. You pay one fee upfront for accommodations, meals, drinks and activities like windsurfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, golf, tennis and spa facilities.
If you prefer to explore the great outdoors, head to Puerto Rico, where you can hike past waterfalls and natural pools in El Yunque rainforest and kayak or swim in Vieques’ mystical, bioluminescent bay. The Horned Dorset Primavera is one of the Caribbean’s most romantic inns, and rooms come with private plunge pools.
Divers and snorkelers who are interested in exploring the tropical waters should consider staying at Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos, which consistently figure in top-10 lists of the world’s best snorkeling/diving sites. This private island resort offers diving trips and lessons at nearby Providenciales and has private villas situated just steps from the ocean’s edge.
If you’re searching for an over-the-top romantic resort, a top choice is Cap Juluca on Anguilla, where every room is perched on its own stretch of sand on the resort’s private, mile-long beach.
Anse Chastenet on St. Lucia has luxurious units, some right on the ocean’s edge with stunning views of the island’s twin lush, green mountains. This resort is surrounded by tropical gardens and set right on a beach.
Sandy Lane on Barbados is another stunner with exceptional service, a huge spa and luxurious, high-tech rooms that come with plasma TVs, an interactive entertainment system, and wet bars.
No matter what kind of getaway you and your significant other are looking for, the Caribbean has lots to offer for all kinds of travelers, including a bit of romance, too!