The 20 Best Islands in The Caribbean | Where to Stay & Things to Do

Indulge in plenty of romance across these sultry islands.
Beth Ann Mayer - The Knot Contributor.
Beth Ann Mayer
Beth Ann Mayer - The Knot Contributor.
Beth Ann Mayer
The Knot Contributor
  • Beth Ann writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, including venues, honeymoons and planning advice.
  • Beth Ann is a lifestyle freelance writer, with bylines on and
  • Prior to freelancing, Beth Ann was a writer and editor for Long Island Pulse Magazine.
Updated Jan 04, 2024
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The Caribbean is a stunning, sprawling subregion within the glistening Caribbean Sea that features hundreds of islands, each with its own unique character. With so many islands to choose from, you might be wondering, what are the best islands in The Caribbean to visit? It all depends on your dream getaway.

Each sun-kissed destination is distinct. Some offer plenty of opportunities for water sports and mixing and mingling with other travelers. Others are more remote, allowing couples to tune into one another as waves and sea breezes provide a soft soundtrack to days spent by the shore. Some Caribbean islands are beloved for their all-inclusive resorts, which make planning a breeze, while others are well-known for housing boutique romantic hotels.

Though certain destinations will cost a pretty penny, some of the best Caribbean islands for couples will fit within many discerning pairs' budgets. In short, these islands make for picture-perfect honeymoon spots and just-because getaways for travelers of all stripes. Consider this your guide to the best Caribbean islands to visit in 2024.

Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos beach for a couples' getaway
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Turks and Caicos' seemingly endless supply of white-sand beaches make it an otherworldly spot for a romantic getaway. But the views below the sea add a new layer of beauty to Turks and Caicos, technically an archipelago of more than three dozen islands. Featuring one of the world's largest barrier reef systems, Turks and Caicos is heavenly for diving and snorkeling. Provo's 14-mile barrier and underwater wall give people a chance to view life in color for thousands of marine animals.

Things to Do: Catamaran and snorkel tour from Grace Bay, buggy tour, kayak tour and Champagne and sunset cruise for adults only.

Where to Stay: Pine Cay, Turks and Caicos, The Shore Club Turks and Caicos, The Ritz-Carlton, Turks and Caicos, Amanyara, Turks and Caicos and Seven Stars Resort and Spa.


Caribbean getaway at Curacao
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A genuinely unique Caribbean escape, Curacao combines the sparkling shores you'd expect from the subregion with the architecture and history one would hope to find during a European vacation. The pastel colonial homes feel reminiscent of Amsterdam, which is appropriate given that Curacao is a Dutch territory. Here, divers and snorkelers can take in marine life and rich coral reefs on excursions through Blue Bay. Curacao is less prone to hurricanes, making it an ideal year-round destination for honeymoons and other romantic getaways.

Things to Do: Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge, Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue, Cas Abao Beach, Shete Boka National Park, Klein (Little) Curacao and a guided underwater walking tour.

Where to Stay: Sandals Royal Curacao, Renaissance Wind Creek Curacao Resort, Curacao Marriott Beach Resort, Baoase Luxury Resort and Avila Beach Hotel.

St. Lucia

Best Caribbean Islands to Visit
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Golden sand, turquoise water and upscale accommodations make St. Lucia a winner for honeymooners and couples at all stages. But you'll see more than beachy landscapes on this sun-soaked tropical island. Lush rainforests, breathtaking volcanic peaks and dramatic waterfalls give St. Lucia a diverse topography that provides excitement at every turn. Resorts and boutique hotels can be found here, including those of the open-air variety. Active couples will find plenty to do in St. Lucia—exploring the array of landscapes by foot on hiking trails is a popular activity.

Things to Do: Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens, visit a black-sand beach like Cas en Bas Beach, Pigeon Island National Landmark, Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens, Rodney Bay, private island tour and zipline and hike through a rainforest.

Where to Stay: Jade Mountain, Anse Chastanet, Cap Maison Resort and Spa, Sugar Beach, The Landings Resort and Spa, Ladera Resort, Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Regency La Toc and Royalton Saint Lucia.

St. Vincent and The Grenadines

St. Vincent and The Grenadines for a couples' getaway
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This glitzy cluster of islands and cays includes the main one, St. Vincent, and nearly three dozen remote places to escape. This gorgeous Caribbean nation is dotted with thatched-roof resorts, emerald hills, hiking trails, coral reefs and stylish yachts. Luxury resorts often provide plenty to do, from water sports to spas and dining, giving couples little reason to saunter off the grounds. However, cruises and excursions to other islands and cays are worthwhile for an intimate getaway.

Things to Do: Friendship Bay, Tobago Cays, Canouan, Bequia, Kingstown, Port Elizabeth, snorkel, waterfall and beach tour, visit the Pirates of the Caribbean set and kayaking.

Where to Stay: Palm Island Resort and Spa, LaVue Boutique Hotel and Beach Club, Beachcombers Hotel, Mandarin Oriental, Canouan, Bequia Beach Hotel Luxury Resort and Spa and Tenuta Chatham Bay.


A couples' romantic getaway in Aruba
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An island synonymous with the Caribbean, Aruba's appeal centers on its range of activities, accommodations that draw all types of travelers, and near-perfect weather. Beach-hopping is possible on this island set to the south of the Caribbean Sea, especially as the island is home to two of the most well-known in the region: Palm Beach and Eagle Beach. However, resorts usually boast direct access to white-sandy shores—perfect for couples who want to chill. The pace of life in Aruba is laid-back just like the ​​iconic Fofoti trees that dot the coastline. It's always island time, but casinos and resorts give pairs plenty to do after another stunning Caribbean sunset.

Things to Do: Baby Beach, Arikok National Park, Oranjestad, ATV/UTV tour to Secret Beach with a cave pool adventure, Champagne breakfast and lunch cruise with snorkeling and jeep safari.

Where to Stay: The Ritz-Carlton Aruba, Aruba Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino, Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort, Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort and Casino, Bucuti and Tara Beach Resort, Aruba and Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino.

US Virgin Islands

Romantic getaway to the US Virgin Islands
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St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix comprise this trio of islands nicknamed "America's Caribbean Paradise." The "America" part of the moniker is notable for US travelers—because these islands are considered a US territory, no passport is required to travel here. On the subject of "fuss-free travel," St. Thomas is the easiest to get to, but island-hopping is possible from there. St. John is the smallest but a natural beauty, with pristine beaches and lush tropical forests. St. Croix offers history and more vistas.

Things to Do: Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands National Park, Annaberg Historic Trail, St. George Village Botanical Garden, Point Udall, catamaran turtle snorkel and beach trip and a sunset cruise.

Where to Stay: Point Pleasant Resort, The Buccaneer Beach and Golf Resort, Morningstar Buoy Haus Beach Resort at Frenchman's Reef, Divi Carina Bay Resort and Casino and The Westin St. John Resort Villas.

Virgin Gorda

Best Caribbean Islands to Visit
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The third-largest British Virgin Island, Virgin Gorda's leisurely pace invites travelers to slow down. The destination is ideal for on-the-go couples needing an escape from the hustle of everyday life. Travelers will want to take their time while wading through The Baths, a natural wonder full of boulders and caves. They form a maze leading to secret pools—talk about romance. There, couples will also find the famous Cathedral Room, a natural pool in a cave. Snorkeling and lounging by the resort pool with a fruity beverage in hand are also popular activities here.

Things to Do: The Baths, snorkeling in Devil's Bay, Top of the Baths restaurant and full-day charter.

Where to Stay: Mango Bay Resort, Rosewood Little Dix Bay, Saba Rock Resort and The Bitter End Yacht Club.


Romantic coastline of Antigua
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If you lived in Antigua year-round, you could visit one beach per day—the Caribbean island is home to 365 beaches. Moving to Antigua may not be in the cards, but a vacation there is dreamy. No two shore points are alike—Pigeon Point is lively, while crescent-shaped Half Moon Bay is quiet and intimate. Jabberwock Beach and Dickenson Bay are popular spots for parasailing. Many of the accommodations are situated directly on a beach.

Things to Do: Snorkel, Devil's Bridge, Blockhouse, Shirley Heights, Nelson Dockyard, Fig Tree Drive, Half Moon Bay, Pigeon Point, Jabberwock Beach and Dickenson Bay.

Where to Stay: Galley Bay Resort and Spa, Keyonna Beach Resort, COCOS Hotel Antigua, Royalton Antigua and Hammock Cove Antigua.


A romantic couples' getaway at the ocean
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Barbados is an eastern Caribbean island known for its lush landscapes that give way to opportunities for romance at every turn. Wade in the calm waters of the west; sip afternoon tea at your hotel or resort; and stroll through botanical gardens. Sandy beaches are par for the course in Barbados. Rum enthusiasts can learn more about the spirited history of the liquor on distillery tours—Barbados is known for its rum production. Regardless of your beverage of choice, the Bajan cuisine that draws on an array of influences, including Creole, African and Indian, begs to be tried. Be sure to try the national dish (flying fish with cou-cou).

Things to Do: Mustor's Harbour Bar and Restaurant, Hunte's Gardens, Carlisle Bay, Harrison's Cave Eco-Adventure Park, Foursquare Rum Distillery, Mount Gay Visitor Centre and a catamaran turtle and shipwreck snorkeling cruise.

Where to Stay: The Crane Resort, Barbados, Sandals Royal Barbados, Hilton Barbados Resort, Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels, Sandy Lane Hotel, Coral Reef Club and O2 Beach Club and Spa.


Grenada couples' getaway
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Grenada is a haven for couples hoping for white sand and serene shores. It's also a foodie paradise. Known as "The Spice Island," Grenada is lauded for its nutmeg and chocolates. Couples can explore the history of the area on spice and chocolate mills. Rum distillery tours are also popular. Land and sea adventures like ziplining and snorkeling also make Grenada beloved among thrill seekers who can retreat to the beach after getting their adrenaline fix.

Things to Do: Concord Waterfall and chocolate factory tour, tour a rum distillery, Grand Etang and full-day snorkeling and sunset cruise.

Where to Stay: Calabash Grenada, Royalton Grenada, Silversands Grenada, Spice Island Beach Resort and Sandals Grenada.


Honeymoon in Jamaica
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Jamaica's lush and diverse landscapes make it spectacular. Guests can expect to see rich rainforests, dramatic volcanic peaks and plenty of beaches. The uber-chill vibe of the island will immediately put couples in a vacation state of mind when they arrive in the sun-soaked (and rum-soaked) Caribbean nation. Seven Mile Beach is a top attraction, yet the waters remain crystal-clear even with the crowds. Catamaran cruises, snorkeling and rafting are fun ways to explore said waters. Jamaica's all-inclusive resorts and lower prices make it an accessible (and fun) vacation for couples on many budgets.

Things to Do: Seven Mile Beach, Kingston, Blue Mountains, Dunn's River Falls, Rose Hall, foodie tour, Bob Marley Museum and snorkel.

Where to Stay: Half Moon, The Caves Hotel, Royalton Negril, Sandals Montego Bay, Sandals Negril and Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa.


Guadeloupe honeymoon destination
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A hidden gem in the Caribbean, Guadeloupe's white and black sand beaches, volcanic peaks, and protected reserves make it a natural beauty. The archipelago's two main islands, Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre, are geographically separated by the Salée River sea channel and figuratively by their distinct offerings. Grande-Terre has miles of long beaches and sugarcane fields, while Basse-Terre is the best spot to take in breathtaking glimpses of the imposing volcano La Grande Soufrière and Carbet Falls.

Things to Do: Day cruise, private boat tour, stand-up paddleboard, dive or snorkel, Les Saintes, La Désirade, Zoo De Guadeloupe Au Parc Des Mamelles, Parc National de la Guadeloupe (Guadeloupe National Park) and Marie-Galante.

Where to Stay: La Toubana Hotel and Spa, Club Med Caravelle, La Créole Beach Hotel and Spa, Le Relais du Moulin, Au Jardin Des Colibris, Le Jardin Malanga and Hotel Amaudo.

St. Barts

St. Barts honeymoon destination
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This glamorous French Caribbean island is a favorite among A-listers. Its yacht-filled marinas, high-end shops and five-star resorts make St. Barthelemy (also known as St. Barts or St. Barths) a destination for couples looking for the most luxurious of escapes. Even the sugary sand feels softer on these shores. Though a vacation here can be pricey and upscale, the vibe remains approachable—just ask the iguanas that still roam free. Quiet mornings on resort balconies, spa treatments and lazy afternoons on the beach are picture-perfect ways to spend a day. Spend at least one night watching the sun kiss the sky goodnight by Gustavia Lighthouse. The colorful skies juxtaposed with a marina dotted with yachts is prettier than a postcard.

Things to Do: Colombier Beach, Gustavia Lighthouse, Grand Fond Natural Pools, Piscines Naturelles, Toiny Point, retail therapy in Gustavia, Grand Saline, Nikki Beach Club and scuba dive.

Where to Stay: Cheval Blanc St-Barth, Rosewood Le Guanahani, Hotel Le Toiny, Le Barthélemy Hotel and Spa and Hotel Christopher Saint Barth.

The Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands honeymoon destination
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Three islands—Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Gayman—make up this Caribbean destination that's considered one of the subregion's most scenic. Grand Cayman is a bustling paradise and home to Seven Mile Beach, annually lauded as one of the world's best. Cayman Brac's limestone caves, sunken ships and dive sites make it a dreamy spot for nature lovers. With its 150-person population, Little Cayman is a quiet respite from reality and where you'll find diving oasis Bloody Bay Wall.

Things to Do: Seven Mile Beach, Bloody Bay Wall, Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, George Town, private Stingray City, snorkeling and Starfish Beach tour, e-bike Grand Cayman ecological tour and Cayman Spirits Co. Distillery.

Where to Stay: The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, Kimpton Seafire Resort, Palm Heights, Hampton by Hilton Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach and The Locale Hotel Grand Cayman.

St. Kitts & Nevis

St. Kitts & Nevis honeymoon spot
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Dream of spending the morning with your toes in the softest sand followed by an evening of dancing? St. Kitts and Nevis offers both, giving couples a chance to have fun regardless of where the sun is. The dual-island nation nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea is also home to views of seemingly sky-high mountain peaks. St. Kitts has more of a lively character, and it's where you'll find hopping bars and eateries that stay open long past dark. Wintertime carnival only adds to its reputation as a haven for party people. Still, relaxing on world-class beaches like Frigate Bay is also a favorite of St. Kitts visitors. Pinney's and Oualie Beaches and offshore diving site Booby High Shoals are among more-reserved Nevis' standout attractions.

Things to Do: Frigate Bay, Pinney's Beach, Oualie Beach, catamaran from St. Kitts to Nevis, ATV tour of St. Kitts, Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park and Mount Liamuiga.

Where to Stay: Park Hyatt St. Kitts Christophe Harbour, St. Kitts Marriott Resort, Belle Mont Farm, Four Seasons Resort Nevis, West Indies and Koi Resort Saint Kitts, Curio Collection by Hilton.

St. Maarten

honeymoon destination at St. Maarten
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St. Maarten has plenty of real estate for beach hoppers, meaning any day and every day can be spent with toes in the sand in these parts. Speaking of parts, there are two to know about if visiting this Carribean locale. Saint-Martin is the northern half and speaks French. Locals of the southern Sint Maarten speak Dutch. Couples can engage in several types of activities here, from indulging in Creole cuisine to getting history lessons on the island's sordid past with slavery at the Emilio Wilson Museum. Snorkeling along oft-quiet Cupecoy Beach is tailor-made for romantic adventures.

Things to Do: Cupecoy Beach, Mullet Bay Beach, Emilio Wilson Museum, luxury catamaran sail, zipline in a rainforest, Baie Rouge (Red Beach), snorkel and scuba dive.

Where to Stay: Sonesta Ocean Point Resort, La Samanna, A Belmond Hotel, Hotel L'Esplanade, JW Marriott St. Maarten Beach Resort and Spa and Hilton Vacation Club Royal Palm St. Maarten.


Anguilla couples' honeymoon spot
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This 16-mile-long island is another one that often flies under the radar in the Caribbean. Less foot traffic has kept Anguilla pristine over the years. The white sand and glittering water appear virtually untouched. The locals—not worn down by constant tourism—are known for welcomes as warm as the sun. Just the name Rendezvous Bay exudes romance. The sugary-sand paradise is also applauded for its seafood (namely crayfish) and snorkeling opportunities. Resorts have direct beach access, shady hammocks and spas offering both couples and individual treatments.

Things to Do: Rendezvous Bay Beach, Anguilla and Prickly Pear Cays day trip, night kayaking, snorkel, Meads Bay Pond and Island Harbour.

Where to Stay: Aurora Anguilla Resort and Golf Club, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla, Malliouhana and Cap Juluca, A Belmond Hotel.

Jost Van Dyke

Jost Van Dyke honeymoon destination
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One of the British Virgin Islands' main islands, Jost Van Dyke is a favorite docking spot for yachts. Still, the island between the ocean and the sea remains secluded enough for an intimate getaway for two. Couples can spend days lazing on coral-sand beaches or chartered boat tours. People-watching and dining at Harbor Bay around dinner time is another memorable experience. Despite the luxury boats, expect a casual, fun experience. Bars and restaurants are laid-back, and fancy attire is rarely required.

Things to Do: Bubbly Pool, private boat charter, snorkel sail with breakfast and White Bay.

Where to Stay: White Bay Villas and Beach Club, The Hideout, Long Bay Beach Resort, Perfect Pineapple Guest Houses and The Sea Crest Inn.


Best Caribbean Islands to Visit
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Natural hot springs, tropical rainforests and smaller crowds make Dominica a delightful spot for couples needing time away from it all. Unlike Caribbean destinations like St. Barts and Aruba, Dominica isn't a mecca for tourism, offering couples a quieter experience. But don't mistake calm for less-than. A trip to Dominica will leave you feeling like you've discovered one of the area's best-kept secrets. Vibrant, thriving coral reefs make snorkeling adventures a must, while awe-inspiring 4,000-foot volcanoes make above-water adventures equally beautiful.

Things to Do: Dominica Museum, Old Market Square. Roseau, whale watching and dolphin cruise, Boiling Lake, Titou Gorge and private freshwater lake, waterfalls and hot springs excursion.

Where to Stay: Fort Young Hotel and Dive Resort, Secret Bay, Pagua Bay House, Soufriere Guesthouse, InterContinental Dominica Cabrits Resort and Spa and Rosalie Bay Eco Resort and Spa.


Saba honeymoon getaway
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The trip to this small—and we do mean small (five-square-mile)—Caribbean island is an adventure in itself. Home to one of (if not the) shortest runways in the world at 1,300 feet, couples can expect their hearts to skip a beat or two as the pilot navigates the landing like a pro. Not looking to make a white-knuckle entrance? Couples can opt for ferry service from St. Maarten. The small island is best for a day trip—potentially from St. Maarten—or a shorter couples getaway due to its size. But guests will experience plenty of beauty during their stay, regardless of how long. Mount Scenery volcano is dormant yet striking. Marine Park boasts coral formations and opportunities to spot dolphins and maybe a shark.

Things to Do: Mount Scenery, Harry L. Johnson Museum, Windwardside and Ladder Bay.

Where to Stay: Queen's Hotel Saba, Juliana's Hotel, The Cottage Club and Saba Arawak Hotel.

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