Travelling to any Caribbean island is a delight in and of itself since each one provides a distinct, exquisite experience for adrenaline seekers and vacationers alike. It might also be the location of one of your most memorable days.
The Caribbean appears to be a wonderful area to conduct a destination wedding, with its ever-welcoming warm weather and breathtaking landscapes — better yet, why not hold your wedding on one of the varieties of islands’ lovely beaches?
Petit St. Vincent, St. Vincent and Grenadines
On this 113-acre private island resort surrounded by two miles of beautiful white beach, say farewell to the contemporary world. The water is a glittering mosaic of pale turquoise and deep sapphire, rather than a single blue. Beaches are peaceful and vacant because it’s a private island resort (ideal for an intimate ceremony for two or with close family and friends).
You must spend at least one full day in St. Vincent and the Grenadines after arriving before applying in person for a marriage licence in St. Vincent, which is 40 miles distant. Then, to complete one of the greatest beach destination weddings, you may choose any area of warm, untouched sand that appeals to you, kick off your shoes, and discreetly exchange, “I do.”
Shoal Bay East Beach, Anguilla
This immaculate, powdery two-mile shoreline winds its way through a sprinkling of tiny resorts, villa complexes, and restaurants, while a reef close offshore draws tropical fish (and snorkelers) galore. Locals love it because it’s a great location to unwind while getting a sense of the island, especially on Sundays when the sweeping beauty is enhanced by the sounds of surrounding beach shack bars.
White Bay Beach, British Virgin Islands
Nothing beats a private island for privacy, and this elite meets laid-back hideaway is one of the most beautiful, with five white-sand beaches. You might have a small ceremony on Honeymoon Beach, but for a larger event, the narrow, curving White Bay Beach is a stunning choice.
You’ll have to wait three days to marry after picking up a marriage licence in nearby Tortola, which means 72 hours of bliss on this carefree and gorgeous isle. At Deadman’s Beach, there’s a popular marina, scuba and sailing excursions, a fantastic spa, and a bustling outdoor bar.
Pink Sands Beach – Harbour Island, Bahamas
This Out Islands beauty is ideal for those who wish to be completely enveloped by the powdered pink beach and salty azure water. It’s three miles long and 50 to 100 feet broad, so you’ll have plenty of room to spread out.
Fly to Eleuthera, then take the 10-minute boat to tidy cottage-dotted Harbour Island, a favoured hideaway for under-the-radar celebs because of its laid-back ambience and lack of visitors. Apply for a Bahamian wedding licence in person two days before your ceremony once you’ve arrived on the island.
Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands
This champagne-hued beach is flanked with arcing palms, fluffy casuarina trees, and a variety of lodgings, from five-star hotels to simple condo-style apartments overlooking the turquoise sea, making weddings a breeze. The Cayman Islands, which are less than four hours by plane from New York and an hour from Miami, are noted for their genteel, refined atmosphere.
Marriage licences may be issued in as little as a day, giving you plenty of time to go parasailing, jet skiing, or windsurfing. Alternatively, plan a trip to Stingray City, where guests may swim with the friendly rays that swarm there while wearing snorkels and fins. When it’s time to say “I do,” you’ll be surrounded by guests who are revitalised and eager to party.
Sugar Beach – St Lucia
In the Caribbean, white sand and blue sea are common, but there’s no better spot to add some punch to your setting than this little crescent on St. Lucia’s southwest coast. The beach is hidden demurely between the island’s namesake Gros Piton and Petit Piton, a pair of lush-green peaks rising high into the deep-blue sky, amid quiet Anse des Pitons.
To the infectious sound of calypso music, walk down a tropical blossom-strewn sandy aisle and marry with two of the Caribbean’s most spectacular natural masterpieces as witnesses.
Eagle Beach, Aruba
Aruba is a favourite playground for Americans who travel to Palm Beach, which is dotted with resorts and casinos. Make your seaside altar at Eagle Beach, a little to the south, for wonderful sand and a more romantic vibe. The moniker “Low-Rise Beach” comes from the fact that it is a large, flat, and very white strand that is home to various modest resorts.
You’ll need to complete all of the paperwork (at least 30 days before your wedding date) and have a civil union in the capital, Oranjestad, which is only a 15-minute drive away. Hit the casino downtown or the nightclubs on Palm Beach for late-night entertainment (Eagle Beach is conveniently situated between the two).
Trunk Bay Beach – U.S. Virgin Islands
This unspoilt quarter-mile strip of fine white sand is backed by swaying palms, shaded sea-grape trees, and old stone ruins, and is perhaps the most photographed beach in the US Virgin Islands. The glistening purity of the sea, which is home to an underwater national park rich with colourful coral and tropical fish, is what makes it so spectacular.
The west-facing Trunk Bay Beach is especially beautiful after sunset when it shimmers with a 14-karat golden glow. No passports are necessary for U.S. citizens, but marriage-license papers and a $100 fee must be received at least eight working days before arrival.
Crane Beach, Barbados
This one-of-a-kind strand is created by combining Mother Nature’s ingredients – dusty pink sand and boulder-strewn cliffs – with rhythmic, blue-green waves. Crane Beach, on Barbados’ less-travelled southeast coast, is as historic as it is beautiful, with the Caribbean’s first resort (built-in 1887) perched atop its cliffs.
After obtaining a marriage licence in Bridgetown, you’ll want to marry an hour or two before sunset to catch the shimmering, rose-hued sand at its most beautiful. Following that, the legendary hospitality of Bajans will ensure that your welcome is packed with island-fresh delights and plenty of powerful local rum (Barbados has more rum shops per square mile than any other place on earth).