10 Romantic Getaway Trip Ideas For Your Anniversary
Anniversaries should be a celebration of love and commitment. You and your partner have laughed through the good times and held each other through the bad times. Every year you have a chance to show the love of your life how happy you are to call them your own. Traveling and enjoying new experiences together sparks a love that burns even brighter than before. That’s why romantic getaways and anniversaries go hand-in-hand.
If your anniversary is coming up and you’re considering something grander than the unoriginal Vegas, Hawaii, or Napa Valley visits, consider escaping to the Caribbean this year! Think about it: sunny temperatures all year round, glorious white and pink sand beaches, and an effortlessly romantic atmosphere, with luxury hotels and resorts. There’s no better way to celebrate your union. Here are our top picks for the best Caribbean destinations for an anniversary trip!
1. Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia is a gorgeous and mysterious island that appeals to visitors looking for a truly special getaway. This island has been named the Honeymoon Destination of the Year for numerous years by the World Travel Awards, confirming its reputation as an extra romantic destination.
This island in the southeastern Caribbean Sea is appealing because the weather is almost always sunny, the beaches are beautiful, and the natural landmarks, like its twin mountains, the Pitons, are striking. Saint Lucia offers lush vegetation and immense opportunity for adventure. One such adventure can be found in Soufriere at the Sulphur Springs — the world’s only 'drive-in volcano’. Couples who love outdoor adventures will enjoy this experience which includes a soothing dip in a mineral-rich mud bath and a refreshing shower under a waterfall. Snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking, kayaking, and an ocean of watersports can also be enjoyed in Saint Lucia. When you’re done exploring, you and your loved one can settle down at one of the all-inclusive resorts in St. Lucia where you’ll fully immerse yourselves in a truly luxurious experience.
2. Willemstad, Curaçao
Curaçao speaks to your soul in a way that not many other places do. This island is part of the ABC island chain, which also includes Aruba and Bonaire. You will find a Dutch-influenced Caribbean atmosphere and extraordinary beaches in Curaçao.
Start your anniversary getaway in Curaçao by exploring the capital, Willemstad. This delightful city is sometimes referred to as “tropical Amsterdam”. Once you arrive there, you will be greeted by a sea of pastel buildings, which sets the tone for a mellow escape. Cross the Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge hand-in-hand with the love of your life and take lots of pictures along the way.
Be sure to visit the Curaçao Ostrich Farm, which is one of the biggest ostrich farms outside of Africa. It’s one of the many great things to do in Curaçao. Diving is a great way to discover the hidden treasures around this island, and your cultural side will be pleased with the art galleries and museums around the city. Plus, you’re welcome to stop in and dine at any of the vibrant beachfront restaurants. Whatever activities you partake in, your trip for two to Curaçao will be truly memorable!
3. Turks & Caicos
It doesn’t get much better than the Turks & Caicos Islands as a romantic anniversary getaway. Just picture it: a sprinkling of 40 islands and cays that you and your beloved can explore all in one trip! Don’t forget the bonus of breathtaking beaches, combined with perfect weather year-round.
Most people who visit the Turks & Caicos Islands stay on the island of Providenciales, which is the third-largest island of this territory. This island is home to one of the best beaches in the Caribbean, Grace Bay Beach. You and your love can frolic to your heart’s content as you celebrate how far you’ve come together as a couple.
Although it will be hard to resist spending your entire vacation on the beach, it’s worth exploring other things this island nation has to offer together. Visiting the Conch Bar Caves, going on a catamaran cruise, and attending the fish fry at Bight Park are just a few of the amazing things to do in Turks & Caicos.
4. Montego Bay, Jamaica
Montego Bay is, hands down, one of the most popular vacation destinations in the Caribbean. Not only is this Jamaican town absolutely gorgeous, but it’s also just a short distance away from US cities like Miami (1 hour and 40-minute flight) and New York City (4-hour flight).
You can have the romantic weekend getaway you’ve always dreamt about if you begin your journey at one of the all-inclusive resorts in Montego Bay. Some of these, like Sandals Resorts, are couples-oriented, so you can expect to indulge in a romantic adults-only experience.
To fully explore this area, take some time to visit the best beaches in Montego Bay, explore the top things to do near Montego Bay, and check out the exciting nightlife this area has to offer. For half-day or full-day tour options, consider doing an activity in Negril or Ocho Rios, which are both about 1.5 hours from Montego Bay.
5. Nassau, Bahamas
When it comes to Caribbean vacations, Nassau in The Bahamas has it all. Not only is the Bahamian capital dazzlingly beautiful, but it is also near the USA (just an hour's flight from Miami). You’ll have a lot to look forward to on this little island, including spending time on some of the best beaches in Nassau, island hopping to other areas of the archipelago, taking a romantic horseback ride, enjoying a sensual couples massage, and so much more.
If you’re still deciding what to do in Nassau, consider starting your trip at a luxury-included all-inclusive resort in Nassau where you can arrange tours to some of the top attractions in the city. Want to experience wineries and breweries in the Caribbean? Pirate Republic Brewing or Rip Ty’d Bahamian Craft Beer (both located in downtown Nassau) are cool for a laid-back afternoon with lots of beer sipping. Bahama Barrels offers an intricate wine blending experience if you’d like to partake in something a little more sophisticated.
6. Negril, Jamaica
Everything about Negril screams romance: from its dreamy vistas and rustic feel to its luxury all-inclusive resorts and peaceful ambiance. This charming town is located on the western coast of Jamaica, and it appeals to couples who want an extra special place to celebrate their anniversary.
In Negril, your love story will feel never ending, and you and yours will revel in a truly indulgent escape. Visiting spectacular beaches is one of many exciting things to do in Negril. The Seven Mile Beach is especially beautiful and a great place to take a romantic stroll at sunset. Want to be pampered from head to toe? Set up a spa day for two, and enjoy the relaxing amenities at an all-inclusive resort in Negril. Or you can simply explore the town and be wined and dined at the best local spots. If you’re up for it, visit Mayfield Falls for a great couple’s day trip. This stunning waterfall is about 1 hour and 10 minutes from Negril.
Barbados is a relatively small island located in the southeast Caribbean Sea near Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, and Grenada. This island could be the ideal backdrop for an anniversary vacation thanks to its magnetic beauty and the unique natural attractions that you and your love will be able to explore together.
Your anniversary trip can begin at an all-inclusive resort in Barbados where you can plan your exploration of some of the most popular attractions on the island. While staying at Sandals Barbados or Sandals Royal Barbados, you’ll be very close to the island’s historic capital, Bridgetown. Beautiful beaches like Dover Beach are easy to get to from this area, as is the magical Harrison’s Cave.
Foodies, in particular, will love the tasty and inventive food and drinks in Barbados. Try local food favorites like Bajan pudding and souse, conkies, black cake, macaroni pie, and jug jug. If you’re interested in surfing, Barbados offers the uncommon opportunity to hit the waves in the Caribbean. Great surfing spots in Barbados include the Soup Bowl in Bathsheba, Dover Beach (best for beginners), and Duppies (recommended for more experienced surfers).
Expert tip: Not sure what to do in Barbados? Start with the beaches and restaurants and inspiration will surely come!
8. Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Ocho Rios appeals to those who love adventure. This town on the northern coast of Jamaica has lots of amazing beaches and opportunities to explore waterfalls. Raft down a winding river, visit breathtaking national parks and fly through the lush canopy on a zipline in this city that’s full of possibilities.
Dunn’s River Falls, the most popular waterfall in Jamaica, is located just 6 minutes from downtown Ocho Rios. Visiting this waterfall can be a fun start to a couple's vacation as you both can take in the beauty of the attraction, and each other. Another worthwhile destination while in Ocho Rios is Jamaica’s Blue Mountain where you’ll find lots of hiking and mountain biking trails that cater to beginners, experts, and everyone else in between.
In Ocho Rios, you can expect to be perfectly relaxed and find lots of excursions to keep you both entertained!
Grenada is known to many as “Spice Island” because it is one of the world’s top producers of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and other spices. The island, which is located in the southeastern Caribbean Sea, is also renowned for its picturesque coastal towns, sandy beaches like Grand Anse Beach, and a wide variety of natural attractions. Waterfalls such as Annandale Falls, the Seven Sisters Waterfalls, and Royal Mount Carmel Falls, which are all found in Grenada, are among the best waterfalls in the Caribbean. If you’re feeling adventurous, you’ll enjoy going on a boat tour, jeep tour, or embarking on other excursions together. Many enjoy romantic horseback riding and touring distilleries like the River Antoine Rum Distillery, which has been operating in Grenada since 1785.
Grenada offers couples a chance to unwind, rejuvenate, and press the reset button. Make this island your own on a perfect anniversary getaway.
Expert tip: Staying at one of the all-inclusive resorts in Grenada will make it easy to plan couples’ activities together, and prepare you both to experience the most exciting things to do in Grenada.
10. Antigua & Barbuda
Located in the northeastern Caribbean Sea, Antigua is just around 39 miles from the smaller island of Barbuda which is also part of this nation. Antigua & Barbuda appeals to travelers looking for a sunny getaway with lots of natural beauty. Plus, Antigua has 365 beaches, which makes it likely that you’ll want to spend a significant portion of your stay lounging with the love of your life on a magazine-worthy beach like Long Bay Beach or Dickenson Bay.
If you’re wondering what to do in Antigua for your anniversary getaway, you can start with exploring pink or white sand beaches, enjoying a day of snorkeling, embarking on a buggy adventure together across the island, or even visiting the Frigatebird Sanctuary on the nearby island of Barbuda! Couples who start with the all-inclusive resorts in Antigua can look forward to a stress-free and convenient vacation.
Good to know: Looking for a fun couples day-trip idea? Try exploring the lovely little island of Barbuda during your visit. Barbuda is a 1.5-hour ferry ride away from Antigua. The trip usually costs $85 USD round trip.
Life is short - make this anniversary one you’ll never forget!
Choosing any one of our top ten couples' getaway vacation ideas will make you feel like you’re in a fairytale with the perfect company. Take a romantic stroll on a warm sandy beach at sunset, enjoy a candlelight dinner under the stars, explore the natural beauty of the Caribbean, and unwind with your favorite person at the spa. Anniversaries are no time for the usual; you both deserve to have something spectacular to reflect on as you tackle the year ahead.
As you’re deciding which romantic destination to take off to, don’t forget to think about your accommodations because it’s an equally important consideration. Some all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean are adults-only and cater specifically to couples in love. The benefits of an all-inclusive stay at Sandals Resorts include romantic elements like private balconies, ocean views, complimentary champagne, and whirlpools that will make your anniversary getaway in the Caribbean that much more memorable! You’ll also have a worry-free experience since gourmet dining, alcoholic/ non-alcoholic drinks, and around-the-clock entertainment are all included and unlimited.
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