Let’s take a tantalising look at some of the very best Caribbean islands for couples where romance and fun things to do can be at the top of your agenda. You might be a first- or second-time honeymoon couple, a box-fresh couple embarking on your first vacation together or perhaps a group of couples looking for a fun destination for a significant celebration. Maybe you want to get married in the Caribbean or renew your marital vows. Whatever your goal, there are so many wonderful islands dotted around the Caribbean that will appeal on so many levels. Let’s grab our passports and go!
Best Caribbean Islands for Couples
US Virgin Islands – Picture Perfect
The US Virgin Islands have been a go-to destinations for couples for decades. The three main islands of St Thomas, St John and St Croix, with other tiny little islets, are a dreamy destination for couples looking for a unique and romantic island getaway.
These islands part of the USA, are the legacy of volcanic activity from aeons ago. They are lusciously green with some fabulous hilly terrain that offers picture perfect panoramic views across the islands. The beaches are resplendent. Sandy, white and inviting. You and your beloved can loll around in the ambient shallows or take to a kayak to explore the coastlines. The towns of Charlotte Amalie (the capital of this territory, in St Thomas) is a shoppers delight and offer so much in terms of historic sites too. Cruz Bay in St John is one of the main urban centres yet it’s still small and unspoiled.
Why not sample a delicious cocktail on Lime Out the famous floating bar in St John while admiring the bay filled with pretty white sailing yachts? If you visit Point Udall on St Croix at dawn, you will see one of the best sunrises ever.
Things to do: Water sports, hiking through beautiful unspoiled terrain, terrific shopping, history, spa, weddings, views, views and more views.
Barbados & St Kitts – Luxurious Pampering – By The Sea or in the Mountains
Who doesn’t respond to some serious pampering while on vacation? For some, pampering involves having dedicated staff onsite that respond to you every need. For others, it’s knowing that mostly every whim can be fulfilled by a quick phone call to your dedicated concierge. If you like to wing it a little once you are on vacation, then nothing like having access to some of the divine services served up by top romantic Caribbean hotels that understand how to add a layer of magic to your travel experience.
Sandy Lane in Barbados knows exactly how to fulfil all those dreamy requests. Romantic in-room dining, couple spa sessions, a round of golf at one of its exceptional courses. The restaurants within the Hotel offer grand dining options to more casual day-time choices. Sandy Lane has earned its reputation as one of those international destinations beloved of the rich and famous but with so much Caribbean charisma added.
For something different. If you like the idea of a mountain resort embedded in 400 acres of stunning natural beauty, then Kittitian Hill Resort on St Kitts might be the destination of choice for you. Tennis, golf, hikes, luscious food harvested on your doorstep, spa sessions all combine to tantalise and revitalise. The pretty holiday cottages within the Resort are romance personified. Be sure to book one with a private pool.
Things to do: Beach, golf, UNESCO site Brimstone Hill, rainforests, mountains, spa, tennis, nature walks, horseback riding.
Hot picks for Romance: Barbados: Sandy Lane’s Luxury Ocean Room. St Kitts: Kittitian Hill Resort.
St Barts – Romance and Glamour
Check out any list of top Caribbean destinations for couples and you will find St Barths sitting at the tippy top. What’s the appeal? Well, in a nutshell it’s all so well-contained. The island is small enough to allow visitors to get a good handle on all it offers yet there’s such a diverse range of activities that you simply won’t get bored. It’s the last word in glamorous dining, fun lunches, swish cocktail hours while you view, or become part of, the tide of beautiful people floating by.
If you are looking for winter romance or a getaway that transforms a snowy holiday season to a beach-perfect one, then St Barths, this little slice of France in the Caribbean, is the place for you. With exceptional shopping, a fun evening vibe and an opportunity to amp up your holiday fashion looks, St Barths delivers on all fronts and is considered one of the most romantic Caribbean islands.
Baie de St Jean is that pretty piece of St Barth’s coastline that might have you believe that you are on the Riviera. It does get rather busy but that’s part of its charm. For a quieter beach experience check out Anse de Flamands where you can take in stunning views at a slower pace than St Jean. The capital town of Gustavia is where some serious retail therapy is on the menu. There’s a lively nightlife too and lots of dining options. Great for daytime exploration or a night-time adventure.
Things to do: Glamorous people watching, beaches, hiking, snorkeling, dining, retail bliss.
Turks & Caicos – Resort Magic
There’s something fabulous about being self-contained in your own beautiful villa residence yet having access to an array of amazing activities and amenities of a resort. Here are some of the best suggestions for romantic Caribbean resort vacations in Turks and Caicos to suit couples of all ages. With over 300 days of blissful sunshine each year, T&C offers an easy reach from continental USA for travellers. The sweep of Grace Bay is that destination of choice for couples who want warm, clear, calm waters to be a part of their daily holiday experience. Some of the resorts along this award-winning stretch of sandy perfection offer all the luxurious add-ons you might need to elevate your romantic break to a whole new level of heaven.
As well, the area offers other land-based activities too. Golf, cycle tours around Providenciales (the largest of the T&C islands and home to Grace Bay), the fun and fabulous Fish Fry each Thursday evening, shopping, horseback riding and much more. With the trade winds offering some suitable wind conditions, you can go fly a kite or charter a sailboat to explore the coast. T&C remains one of those unspoiled corners of the Caribbean. No unsightly fast-food chains, no traffic lights – it’s laid back with a line in understated style. High-end spa treatments can amp up the relaxation factor too.
Things to do: Water and wind sports, high-end spa and dining, horseback riding, visit Iguana Island, Fish Fry fun in Providenciales, yoga, tennis.
Antigua – It’s all Going On – in one Exclusive Location
The unparalleled Antigua is a couple’s dream destination. It can tick all the boxes for fun activities, high-end luxury, exclusivity and romance. The beaches are all wow-standard and you can drift aimlessly along the calm and warm surface or dip beneath the gentle waves and snorkel to do a meet-and-greet with some colourful fishy friends. For one of the best vacation spots in the Caribbean for couples who like to be busy but with a serious dash of laid-back relaxation, the Jumby Bay Resort might be just the place for you.
First of all, you will be located on Jumby Bay Island an uber exclusive location in Antigua. The Resort is spread over a large area that includes up to 2km of cycle paths. Nature walks, beautiful gardens, stunning beaches, Jumby Bay is one of those romantic Caribbean resorts that offers all the expected amenities like tennis and water sports with a few added specialities. There’s a memorable happy hour each day where everyone is invited to get together to wind down after a hectic day of pleasure. The cinema on the beach is one of the highlights of any vacation as you lounge under the stars, snacking on popcorn and watching a classic movie.
Things to do: Beach, beach and more beach, cycle around the island, nature walks, fishing, snorkeling, tennis – book lessons with the Resort pro to up your game, watch a movie on the beach, mingle at happy hour, spa sessions, gourmet dining.
Hot picks for Romance: Pool Suite at Jumby Bay Resort.
St Lucia – Beachside Romance
To be clear, virtually all the recommendations in this write-up qualify for beachside romance. It’s just one of those givens when you look at most of the romantic Caribbean getaways. But looking to St Lucia, which just has to be done when contemplating a couple’s getaway, this is a great choice where beach life is at the heart of your vacation. St Lucia resorts are also some of the most romantic in the Caribbean.
Sugar Beach Resort – yes, it’s as sweet as it sounds, is home to the heavenly Beach Front Bungalow 1. For me, this is one of those incredible choices for couples who want simplicity overlaid with luxury. You open your door each day and step onto the sands of Sugar Beach. The photographs you send back home won’t fully capture how blissed out the experience is. You can book this gorgeous property as an all-inclusive and enjoy glorious dining in your beautifully appointed bungalow each day or get out an about on the island to explore.
Things to do: Beach everything, find amazing places on the island to look at the mesmerising Pitons, take rainforest hikes and tours, visit Soufriere, hop on a water taxi to visit pretty locations around St Lucia.
Hot Picks for Romance: Beach Bungalow 1 at Sugar Beach Resort, St Lucia.
Jamaica – Beautiful and Exclusive
Glorious Jamaica is a fabulous couple’s destination. It is the perfect romantic island getaway. For lively fun, laid back relaxation, delicious food and cocktails, the way of life in Jamaica is built for enjoyment. For one of the most stunning and romantic Caribbean vacations, look no further than the famous Goldeneye. This was once the private home of Ian Fleming the writer who created James Bond. Now it’s a fabulous resort made up of self-contained luxurious properties spread across this Jamaican coastline. From this beautiful location in the Ocho Rios area, you can stay in one of the exclusive beachside cottages and enjoy access to private beaches and gorgeous beachside lagoon style pools. With fabulous dining and bar options within this 52-acre site, you can unwind and decompress in a calm and unique location.
Things to do: Beach everything, visit Ocho Rios and enjoy the natural world of rainforest tours and rafting, enjoy the quiet space, write a novel … well, if Ian Fleming could do it …. Explore Jamaica’s incredible history.
Hot picks for Romance: Goldeneye Resort, Beach and Lagoon Villas.
Barbados – Caribbean Bliss with a Difference
The famous Lone Star restaurant, so much a part of Barbados vacations has the stunning Lone Star Cadillac Penthouse available for couples who want to enjoy all the beauty of Alleynes Bay. It is one of the best Caribbean vacations for couples if you like something a little more private. It’s only 2 miles from Holetown where shopping and strolling is all part of the magic. With the stunning Lone Star restaurant nearby, you get to enjoy some delicious dining overlooking a magical stretch of beach.
Things to do: Swimming, snorkeling, horseback riding, tennis, golf, shopping, fine dining all nearby.
Hot Picks for Romance: Lone Star Penthouse, Alleynes Bay, Barbados.
Whatever your couple’s getaway looks like for you: romance, action, history, sport, let our amazing Exceptional Villa sales and concierge teams plug you into the very best destinations. We are the perfect partner to help you pin down your dream couple’s vacation. At EV we are both professional and personable and understand how important it is that you have a stress-free and joyful vacation experience from the moment you connect with us. Let us introduce you to memorable travel experiences in the Caribbean and beyond.
About Mairead Moriarty
Born and raised in Co Kerry, lived in London, New York, San Francisco, Dublin. Owner of one very battered suitcase, a well-worn passport and a million memories.
It seems very fitting for a travel writer that my surname translates as ‘Skilled Navigator’. Apart from an occasion when, aged 3, I got lost in a Supermarket in Tralee, I have managed to live up to my name!
Curiosity is probably the driver that has sent me on magical mystery tours around the world. I want to ‘feel’ a place. I want all my senses to be engaged: from the history and geography that has influenced a country or city, the arts and achievements of its natives, anything and everything really.
Regardless of whether I am on a local train travelling through Morocco, or poking around in Marconi’s study in Bologna or on a canal boat weaving through the heart of the English countryside, the same rules apply - ask questions, talk to locals, eat what they eat, sit quietly with nature and simply be.
Assimilate as much as is possible so as to understand the soul of a place. That is my passion. That is the compass by which I navigate.