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Monday, March 24, 2014

Your Ultimate Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Guide to the Caribbean

Anguilla - passion for the sea is boundless and superb beaches and coves are unspoiled, uncrowded and recognized by many as some of the world's best. For the more energetic there is horseback riding, tennis, cycling, sailing and golf. Head to Island Harbor a 3 minute ride gets you to Scilly Cay and the best crayfish and lobster barbeque topped off with a rum punch and dancing to a traditional string band.

Antigua & Barbuda - 365 beaches, colonial era historical sites, Georgian naval architecture, St. John the capital offers harbor front shopping, restaurants and galleries; music is integral to Antigua's culture; romantic hideaways and private islands; swim with stingrays, zip through the rainforest or one of the many water sports (windsurfing, kite surfing, deep sea fishing, sailing, and scuba diving); In Barbuda visit Frigate Bird Sanctuary and deserted candy floss pink beaches like River Fort Beach and the stunning 11-mile long Low Bay; Helicopter tour from Antigua to Montserrat is an experience you'll remember for forever. Also night diving expedition beneath the moon and the stars on the beautiful islands;

Aruba - ideally situated outside the hurricane belt; more than 20 dive sites and over 8 shipwrecks to explore; Aruba has something to offer divers of all skill levels; Paseo Herencia Mall an old style plaza with shopping, dining and a state of the art movie theatre features nightly musical performances and liquid firework shows.

Bahamas - variety of vacation styles with some of the world's best scuba diving, fishing, sailing, boating as well as shopping;

Barbados - white sandy beaches, pastoral landscapes while the east coast wild and untouched is a surfer's paradise; main events food & wine and rum festival, gospel fest; Atlantis XV technologically advanced 48-seat submarine has underwater tours, is a coral island with beautiful beaches, rolling hills, a vast array of gullies and caves.

Belize - Renowned for having the second largest barrier reef in the world; pristine waters, exotic marine and wildlife, lush unspoiled landscapes and superb diving; awe inspiring stalactites and stalagmites inside the caves;

Bermuda - more wreck dives than anywhere else in the world, more golf per square mile, world renowned deep sea fishing, world class spas and distinctive pink beaches; couples seek out Bermuda moongates to steal a kiss. Legend has it that couples that kiss under these coral and stone semi circles will enjoy eternal good fortune and happiness;

Bonaire - 86 official dive sites many of which are easily accessible from the shore or showcase their many topside treasures; paddle through the mangroves or take advantage of the trade winds;

British Virgin Islands - with more private island resorts than any other Caribbean destination, the BVI delights those seeking the ultimate in luxurious seclusion.

Cayman Islands - is a diver's paradise all year round, sparkling turquoise waters, an hour from Miami, and variety of experiences for the discerning traveler, world class attractions and amazing dive spots to pristine beaches and delicious dining;

Cuba - the largest of the Caribbean islands, untouched underwater reefs, towering mountain ranges, miles of beautiful beaches; Topes de Collantes a perfect setting for health tourism with waterfalls, pools and well-marked ecological trails.

Curacao - pearl white beaches and azure blue bays; unique flora and fauna, fantastic nightlife; Best places to enjoy happy hour is a Mambo Beach with snacks on the house between 6:00pm - 7:00pm;

Dominica - nature island of the Caribbean, lush green mountainous landscapes and rainforests; perfect destination for those wanting an outdoor eco-friendly destination wedding or honeymoon; Rivers, waterfalls, sulphur springs and evens a Boiling Lake, are some of the island’s defining attractions. Its unspoiled rainforests and unique diving spots are experiences naturalists will really appreciate.

Grenada - spice of the Caribbean, the wafting scents of nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and vanilla perfume; A 90-minute catamaran day trip to Carriacou is a must do especially during carnival; a vast array of sea life as well as the world's first Underwater Sculpture Park.

Guadeloupe - untamed nature and marine treasures, countless activities, white sandy beaches, protected by long coral reefs are a delight for beach lovers, divers and hikers alike.

Guyana - a nature paradise provide an interesting mix of comfort; The Iwokrama Canopy walkway is a series of suspension bridges and decks; Kaieteur Falls is an exotic display of nature's power where water thunders 30,000 gallons; Club hopping on the street that never sleeps  "Sheriff Street" try Banks Beer and the El Dorado 21 year old rum.

Haiti - mountainous island, white sand and volcanic beaches, rainforest and landscapes hold much to be admired; many national parks for challenging hikes that exhilarate and provide amazing views; Bassin Bleu a triple waterfall with deep pools, Pic de Macaya Mountain populated by rare orchids and birds.

Jamaica - diverse art, reggae music, Kool Runnings Water Park in Negril, Dunn's River Falls in Ocho Rios; take a hike up the Blue Mountains and enjoy the expansive views of the North and South coasts;

Martinique - flower of the Caribbean, rum capital of the world; visit St. Pierre the city under the volcano, the little Pompeii of the Caribbean, also climb Mt. Pelee the highest point on the island.

Montserrat - lush green and mountainous island, emerald isle of the Caribbean; a rich and colorful birdlife and the awesome spectacle of its active volcano; offers excellent scuba diving and snorkeling among its fantastic underwater ecosystems and marine life. A unique Bat Cave near Rendezvous bluff houses hundreds of protected fruit bats and provides divers and swimmers the opportunity to view this spectacle under water.

Nevis - sombrero shaped island, tropical rainforests, secluded valleys, and turquoise waters; historic sugar plantations, climb to the summit of 3,232ft Nevis Peak of virgin rain forests.

Puerto Rico - One of the most memorable experiences is night swimming in Puerto Rico’s bioluminescent bays. The bays are home to large colonies of din flagellates that light up like fireflies and provide the experience of a lifetime as they produce incredible glowing waters. Two of the most spectacular bays are the Northeast’s Mosquito Bay in Vieques and Cabezas de San Juan in Fajardo.

Saint Lucia - Take a ferry across the picturesque secluded lagoon of Marigot Bay to reach the Rainforest Hideaway and experience the delights of fine Caribbean cuisine.

St. Eustatius - Diving among pristine reefs, wrecks, walls and abundant sea life remains a favorite pass time for most visitors.

St. Kitts - is a fascinating island to explore, whether trekking through its lush rainforest, taking an island safari, touring Romney Manor Botanical Gardens, home of the Caribelle Batik or taking a catamaran cruise or fishing trip.

St. Maarten - Maho is the undisputed nightlife capital of St. Maarten, an island known for having the best clubs, bars and lounges in the Caribbean. Cupercoy Beach is arguably one of the most picturesque of St. Maarten's 37 magnificent beaches with its towering rock formations and remarkable sunset views.

St. Martin - beautiful white sand beaches, highly respected gastronomy, nature lovers will marvel at the Natural Reserve, the Loterie Farm and the numerous excursions linked to ecotourism.

St. Vincent & The Grenadines - colonial landscape of cobbled streets, clashing with colorful markets selling exotic fruits;

Trinidad & Tobago - discover prehistoric artifacts, bountiful bird life and soothing mineral pools at the world’s largest natural pitch lake.

Turks & Caicos Islands - don't miss the amazing cave system on the island of Middle Caicos, also home to bats and some fascinating historical artifacts; indigenous rock can be found on Little Water Cay.

US Virgin Islands - grab a ferry from St. Thomas crown bay Marina and escape to the secluded tranquility of Water Island a peaceful, quiet retreat that's ideal for a quick getaway.

Venezuela - saturated with an unequalled abundance of an exotic flora and fauna; visit Angel Falls the tallest waterfall in the world;