One of the best places to travel as a couple is the Caribbean islands. With endless beautiful scenery, plenty of luxury resorts and lots of opportunities for romantic experiences, it’s the perfect place to take your partner for an unforgettable holiday.
With so many different things to do around the Caribbean islands, this part of the world is also a fantastic place to visit in a group. If you’re travelling with several other couples, you enjoy the best of both worlds on your holiday, with opportunities to spend romantic time together and also discover the islands and their attractions with your friends.
Visiting the Caribbean islands with other couples also means you can make the most of renting some of the incredible villas in the area, offering access to luxurious accommodation with enough space to comfortably fit many couples and friends. At The Villa Collection, we believe that destinations around the Caribbean are ideal for a romantic getaway, but that travelling in a group is also one of the best ways to make the most of your time in this spectacular part of the world.
That’s why we’ve put together this guide to the best Caribbean islands for couples, which not only considers which locations are the most romantic, but also offers the best range of group activities and accommodation options.
Antigua is probably best known for its beaches; with over 365 to choose from you could visit a different spot on the coast every day for over a year! This beautiful seaside scenery is one of the key reasons why Antigua is often chosen as one of the best islands in the Caribbean for couples, with hundreds of options for beaches and coves to spend a day in the sunshine.
A lot of honeymooners visit Antigua to relax after their weddings, but if you’re travelling with other couples then another great reason to visit is the historical attractions on the island. Places like Betty’s Hope, Shirley Heights Lookout and Fort Barrington offer insight into the colonial past of Antigua, but there are also geological attractions like the Devil’s Bridge limestone rock formation and the fascinating Barbuda Caves.
If you and your friends are looking for somewhere to spend the evening, Heritage Quay should be top of your list, with a range of bars and restaurants housed in classic colonial architecture.
A classic choice for Caribbean islands holidays for couples is Barbados, which is one of the most popular spots in the whole region. It’s got plenty of classic coastal scenery for relaxing days spent by the sea, but also a really lively culture that presents an array of things to do around the island that are ideal for groups.
Spend an afternoon exploring one of the bustling areas like Bridgetown or Holetown, or sample the famous Mount Gay rum on a tasting tour. Couples travelling with younger visitors can explore the stunning Harrison’s Cave, whilst groups wanting to see more of the island can book an exciting safari road trip.
Barbados has plenty of brilliant villas for groups of guests to stay in, but it’s a particularly good choice if you’re looking for luxury accommodation, as there are plenty of villas available on the famous Platinum Coast in places like Royal Westmoreland and St James.
Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos is an archipelago made up of eight main islands and dozens of smaller islets, creating plenty of beautiful spots to explore when you’re staying in this part of the Caribbean. It’s considered another of the best places to go in the Caribbean for a honeymoon but is also a fantastic spot if you and your travel companions want to try snorkelling and scuba diving while you’re on holiday.
You’ll find the world’s third-largest barrier reef system around the islands in Turks and Caicos, offering an incredible array of underwater scenery and wildlife to spot if you look beneath the surface. Whether you hire a boat to take you out to the reef, or join an organised diving trip, experiencing the marine landscapes around the archipelago is a great way for couples and groups to spend their trip.
Turks and Caicos offers plenty of luxury around the various resorts and holiday homes in places like Grace Bay and Thompson Cove, and the seafood restaurants around the islands are also highly recommended. If watersports and fine dining are on your holiday itinerary, this is the place to visit.
St Lucia is one of the smaller islands in the region, but that doesn’t stop it from also coming highly recommended as one of the best Caribbean islands to visit for couples. It’s a great spot for beaches, but also offers quite a lot of opportunities to get active, which is great for groups of outdoorsy couples.
Snorkelling and scuba diving are popular activities in St Lucia, but so is hiking in places like the Tet Paul Nature Trail, Gros Piton and even Petit Piton if you’re ready for a challenging climb. If you tire of swimming in the sea, St Lucia is home to mineral pools and even natural hot springs, which are located alongside a spectacular drive-in volcano.
If you want to spend your holiday enjoying the diversity of the Caribbean’s landscapes and topography, or fancy staying somewhere with a lot of activities on offer, St Lucia is definitely one of the best islands to visit in the Caribbean.
Jamaica is up there as one of the most popular Caribbean destinations and is a great place for groups of couples to visit if you want to embrace the culture of the region as well as appreciate its romantic atmosphere. Its large size means that you have plenty of options to choose from when it comes to deciding where to stay, with places like Montego Bay offering a brilliant range of accommodation as well as restaurants, tourist attractions and beaches.
If you and your partner are foodies, Jamaica is definitely one of the best places to go in the Caribbean, as the culinary offering here is unrivalled. You could spend every evening sampling the dishes from restaurants and street food vendors and always find new flavours to discover, whether you’re sampling curries, fried chicken or desserts.
Music is another brilliant aspect of Jamaican culture, so if you’re visiting the island with a desire to enjoy the nightlife, you won’t be disappointed. It’s the diversity of holiday experiences that makes Jamaica such a good place for groups of couples to visit, which is why it remains one of the most exciting and romantic islands.
Grenada has gained a reputation for being ‘the Spice of the Caribbean’, but this isn’t just down to its popularity as a honeymoon and romantic holiday destination. A large number of popular spices are grown on the island and often provide a fragrant atmosphere, which also makes this another fantastic place to visit if you enjoy sampling local food on your holidays.
If you’re looking for a destination in the Caribbean with a focus on eco-tourism, Grenada is a great choice for more environmentally-conscious couples. When you’re not spending time on the beaches or in the towns, you can hike through the forests and up the mountains, or explore the underwater scenery off the coast of the island.
For a particularly romantic experience, take a boat trip to one of the uninhabited Tobago Cays close to Grenada, and enjoy smooth sailing, unspoiled scenery and brilliant diving opportunities.
As the second-largest island in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic has one of the most diverse ranges of things to do and places to stay in the area. This makes it one of the top Caribbean islands for couples who are travelling in a group, as there’s plenty to choose from when it comes to deciding on a holiday itinerary.
If great food, nights out and music are your preferences for an evening on holiday, places like Santo Domingo or Punta Cana offer plenty of options. In contrast, the Dominican Republic is also home to unspoiled swathes of scenery, with places like Samaná Bay and Parque Nacional del Este showcasing the best of the island’s natural beauty.
Punta Cana, a resort town with some of the longest white-sand beaches in the country, is a great place to stay in the Dominican Republic. There’s also a fantastic golf course, brilliant restaurants, spas for relaxation and adventure parks for younger guests, making this a great place to visit on a multi-generation trip involving couples and their families.
St. Kitts and Nevis
The dual island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis was one of the first colonies to be established in the Caribbean. Whilst St Kitts is the larger of the two islands, Nevis offers more of a romantic atmosphere and is our top choice for couples and groups staying in this part of the West Indies, with Georgian-style architecture featured around the island and a refined feel to the smart selection of restaurants and accommodation.
St. Kitts and Nevis are some of the best islands in the Caribbean for couples who want to stay somewhere that feels off the beaten path and won’t have the same touristy atmosphere of some of the larger islands in the area. Spend time on the beaches, hike through the forests and relax with your partner and friends surrounded by the beautiful tropical scenery.
It’s easy to travel between St Kitts and Nevis and each island can be explored in about a day, so no matter where you’re staying, you’ve got a range of places to visit and things to do across the small nation.
The Caribbean region includes a range of different romantic islands offering a fantastic array of luxurious accommodation, from resorts and hotels to exclusive villas. Visiting one of the islands with your partner will undoubtedly be a romantic getaway to remember, and by taking the trip as part of a group of your friends and other couples, you can enjoy both the specialness of travelling with your other half and the chance to do things around the Caribbean in a small group, like sailing, fine dining and sightseeing tours.
If you’re looking for a villa to rent in the Caribbean that is perfect for couples and groups of couples, The Villa Collection has an extensive range in the region with something for all kinds of travellers. Take a look at our Caribbean villas or get in touch to speak to our team about what you’re looking for on an unforgettable Caribbean holiday.
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