Some couples prefer to honeymoon right here in T&T, and why not? There are some breathtaking places here, particularly for couples inclined to go the route of eco-resorts, beach houses, Tobago villas or boutique hotels. However, if the travel bug bites you and you want to wander away from our shores, here are three good options:
This location is a favourite among honeymooners, not only those from T&T, but worldwide.In fact, St Lucia has consistently been voted the world's "Leading Honeymoon Destination" by travel associations and travel professionals. Perhaps this is because St Lucia seems to have perfected the art of the all-inclusive hotel, although there is still a wide range of choices of other resorts and guesthouses.Apart from lounging on the beautiful white and black sand beaches on the island, couples with adventure on the brain can go ziplining in the rainforest or go hiking. If your favourite music is jazz, you can even schedule your honeymoon around the time of the St Lucia Jazz festival.Soufriere is a must-see town that boasts attractions such as the Pitons (two volcanic plugs), sulphur springs and the Diamond Botanical Gardens. Nightlife, restaurants and shopping can be had in Castries. More serene days can be spent going birding, snorkelling and scuba diving.One major advantage of St Lucia is that it can double as a place to have your destination wedding in a jiffy–since you can get a same-day marriage licence!
This island may be perfect for couples who are "foodies" and who enjoy a good restaurant hop. This is because Barbados has earned a reputation for having some of the best restaurants in the Caribbean. The best spots for these would be on the West coast or in St Lawrence Gap, to the south of the island.St Lawrence Gap is also home to many nightclubs and bars.Harrisons' Cave is Barbados' top tourist attraction, although there are other options for nature-minded couples, two of which are: Welchman Hall Gully–a limestone ravine full of flora and fauna; and Andromeda Botanic Gardens.Outdoorsy couples can also do jeep tours, take a catamaran cruise or spend their time snorkelling, diving and fishing.Another unusual thing to do in Barbados would be to explore underwater in the Atlantis submarine.Just like St Lucia, in Barbados you can get married the same day, since there is no resident waiting period.
St Martin/St Maarten
You get a spectacular "two-for-one" with St Martin–and this may be just the ticket for honeymooners who want variety, at a decent price. To the North is the French side of the island and to the South, it's Dutch.You can even do a day sail to two tiny islands off the north-east coast or take a ferry to Anguilla, Saba or St Barths.St Martin/St Maarten's rich history includes forts, sugar mills, museums and plantations. Two of the most popular forts are Fort Louis on the French side and Fort Amsterdam on the Dutch side.St Martin/St Maarten is best known for its scenic beaches, shopping and gourmet dining.Nightlife buzzes on Grand-Case in St Martin and at Maho in St Maarten; ideal for couples who want to venture out to bars and clubs. Casinos, however, can only be found on the Dutch part of the island.Nature-lovers will enjoy viewing rare butterflies at the Butterfly Farm, horseback riding at the Seaside Nature park or exploring the islands' network of 17 hiking trails. More adventurous couples can try ziplining at Loterie Farm (a former sugar plantation) in St Martin.Unlike Barbados and St Lucia, it is not quite as easy to get married there if you're a foreigner! Couples who don't live there must get written permission from the Lieutenant Governor of the Island, must post banns for at least ten days prior to the ceremony and must be resident on the island for at least two days before the ceremony.