Though couples can disagree on their ideas of what constitutes a romantic night out, few can argue with the potent combination of turquoise waters, swaying palm trees and white-sand beaches. With more than 7,000 islands in the Caribbean, the region offers romantic getaways for every type of couple, from honeymooners to parents on the lookout for some quality time away from the kids at adults-only resorts.
Seen from above, Barbuda seems like a dot in the ocean compared to its sister island, Antigua, 30 miles to the south. With only 1,200 inhabitants, this is an ideal hideaway, featuring pink- and white-sand beaches and crystal clear water. Make sure to visit Barbuda even if you’re staying in Antigua—it’s just a 90-minute ferry ride away.
The so-called "sleeper" of the Caribbean, Nevis is the sister island of St. Kitts, which offers a ferry to this largely rural, 36-square-mile isle. With intimate inns, West Indian charm and wandering goats and donkeys, it is a more rustic alternative to the region's glossier islands. Plan a trip for some uninterrupted quality time sailing, windsurfing and fishing.
Just a ferry ride away from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Vieques is small and relatively untouched compared to some of the commonwealth’s more densely populated areas. Though the location has been hit hard by various hurricanes, Vieques is still charming, with patchworks of gaily painted Spanish colonial buildings and stretches of quiet soft-sand beaches. The island has begun to attract celebrities, but most visitors prefer to rent a home for a more private stay.
Overlooking Samaná Bay, this quaint traditional town is often considered the Dominican Republic’s natural playground. It is home to thousands of humpback whales during mating season (December to March), and the stunning isle of Cayo Levantado, complete with an adults-only five-star resort, makes it an opulent yet secluded getaway spot for couples.
Known as one of the honeymoon capitals of the world, St. Lucia boasts spectacular scenery, from its pristine beaches and 19,000 acres of jungle to its two iconic volcanic spires, Petit Piton and Gros Piton, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Day trips are available on both the northern end, which is busier with shops and restaurants, and the southern side.
Located in the southern Caribbean Sea, Curaçao is a Dutch island and part of the Netherlands Antilles. The UNESCO World Heritage capital of Willemstad is widely celebrated for its cityscape of vibrantly painted Dutch colonial houses and famous bridges spanning the town’s canals. With a stretch of hidden beaches tucked into coves along the island as well as a variety of restaurants and hotels, Curaçao is a spellbinding destination.
An overseas region of France, Martinique, in the Lesser Antilles, enjoys a particularly rich cultural heritage of French and West Indian influences. Landmarks such as La Savane, a garden bordered by shops and cafes, contrast with the island’s more dramatic date spots: volcanic coasts, white-sand coves and mountainous rain forests.
Barbados is a marvelous spot for social couples and honeymooners. While there are ample palm-fringed beaches to lie low on, the island also hosts multiple events and festivals, from tours of rum distilleries to Friday-night fish fries in Oistin Bay Gardens, where locals mingle with visitors to enjoy live music and seafood. Barbados is the perfect island for visitors looking to focus on Caribbean fun.