• Jessie Ladipo

How to Choose Your Honeymoon Caribbean Island

Updated: Jul 27


So you are getting married and are currently bogged down in last-minute wedding details. All you know about your honeymoon is that better have a gorgeous beach and adult beverages. I get this a lot! Clients come to me every day, saying, "We have a $5,000 budget, and we know we want seven days in the Caribbean, but other than that, we don't know what we want." While this statement would scare some travel consultants, I LOVE it! Couples open to new ideas is super fun for me. With more than 40 inhabited Caribbean Islands, each with their personality, finding the right spot can be a daunting task. So I have broken down the Caribbean by characteristics and grouped them. Here is how to choose your honeymoon Caribbean island.


Best Bang for Your Buck: Go to one of these if you want to watch your budget, but still have a fabulous time while on your honeymoon!


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Aruba

It offers excellent beaches, fantastic food, and welcoming locals. It also happens to be outside the Hurricane Belt, so it's my go-to affordable destination for Fall Honeymoons. If you want to know about the resorts, read my Sexiest Honeymoon Resorts in Aruba.


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Dominican Republic

The DR is one of the top honeymoon destinations year after year; about 1/3 of my honeymooners go here. It is full of amazing resorts that will pamper you to death, but not kill your budget. If you want to read about the resorts, read my Sexiest Honeymoon Resorts in the DR.



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Riviera Maya, Mexico

Riviera Maya is second only to the Dominican Republic in Honeymoons. Why? Because it offers fantastic, gorgeous resorts and stunning white-sand beaches. A honeymoon in Riviera Maya can save you thousands of dollars. Do you dream of a royal honeymoon on a pauper budget? Head to the Riviera Maya. If you would like to learn about the resorts, read my Sexiest Honeymoon Resorts in the Riviera Maya.


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Costa Rica

Costa Rica continues its reign as one of the world's top honeymoon islands, and it's easy to see why. Sun lovers and spa enthusiasts will find tons of resorts, spas, and lovely beaches. Meanwhile, thrill-seekers will discover many adventures like diving, canopy tours, and whitewater rafting. If you would like to read my Sexiest Honeymoon Resorts in Costa Rica.


Tried and True: Go to one of these, if you want a honeymoon destination with a ton of options and a lot of practice fulfilling romantic dreams.


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The Bahamas

It's so close to the US, and they have lovely resorts that have perfected making honeymoon clients feel special. And the Bahamas is home to the most transparent blue ocean waters in the world. If you would like to read about the resorts, read my Sexiest Honeymoon Resorts in the Bahamas.


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Jamaica

For generations, Americans have flocked to this beautiful island for sun and surf. Jamaica started the All-Inclusive concept, and they still do it as good, if not better than anyone else. Head to Jamaica for a laid back attitude and yummy jerk chicken! If you want to read more about Jamaica's resorts, read my Sexiest Honeymoon Resorts in Jamaica.


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US Virgin Islands

You don't need to bother with a passport; the USVI are American territories. They are super easy to get to, and each island is unique. I like to stay in St John because it is more secluded and untouched than the other islands.




Flat Out Sexy: Go to one of these if you want a Once­-in­Lifetime Honeymoon, full of over the top luxury.

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St Lucia

St Lucia is my personal favorite Caribbean Island. A trip to St Lucia is like stepping into a painting. It is perfect for couples who want to honeymoon in paradise. If you want to learn more about the resorts, read my Sexiest Honeymoon Resorts in St Lucia.


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Turks and Caicos

Turks are heavenly. It is home to some of the most magnificent beaches globally, such as Grace Bay Beach, with 12 miles of bone­white sand. It is perfect if you want to lay on the beach all day.





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Anguilla

Anguilla lies in the Eastern Caribbean, only 25 minutes north of St. Maarten by boat. The terrain on Anguilla is relatively flat, so it easy to get around by bicycle. The island is more low-key. You won't find any casinos, high-rise hotels, or cruise ships. A honeymoon in Anguilla is a retreat to a private island paradise.



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Antigua

Antigua is stunning with 365 different beaches; you will not have a problem finding a secluded, romantic cove. The quaint vibe will appeal to anyone seeking barefoot luxury. If you want to learn more about the available resorts, read my Sexiest Honeymoon Resorts in Antigua.



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St. Barths

Ever wonder where the rich and famous head when they are seeking sun and sand? Well, wonder no more; they head to St. Barths. It's the luxury, private Caribbean Island that keeps those Jaded­-Seen-­It­-All Hollywood types coming back year after year.


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Barbados

Barbados comes complete with a dense but diverse landscape, white-sand beaches, azure waters, and vibrant communities, the island nation of Barbados is a magnet for honeymooners.





The Unexpected: Go to one of these if you want to get off the beaten path honeymoon, that will astound and amaze!


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Belize (not technically in the Caribbean, but go with me)

Belize lies on the second largest barrier reef globally, with the Great Blue Hole, it remains one of the top dive destinations in the world. Belize has everything, beaches, jungles, and jaguars.




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Grenada

I can't tell you how much I love this emerging destination; it is fast catching up to St Lucia in my heart. It's so beautiful, and it is tranquil. Since most honeymooners don't even consider Grenada, you will find plenty of privacy.



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Nevis

It is so under the radar that most people haven't even heard of it. Nevis does high­end luxury superbly. Along with St Bart's, Nevis is where the beautiful people go. If you are wanting lovely beaches with few people to ruin the view, Nevis is for you!


No two Caribbean destination is the same. There's so much to see and do in the Caribbean, so many islands can choose from and thousands of hotels and resorts, which can be a double-edged sword. This blog is a quick rundown for some of the most romantic Caribbean honeymoon islands. Were you able to choose a Caribbean honeymoon island? Which is your favorite island?


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