Travel Tuesday: Caribbean

Happy Travel Tuesday, friends! Did you know this was a thing? I am just now learning about it and have to admit I got completely lost in that hashtag a few days ago. I have always loved to travel and keep adding to my running bucket list of all the places I want to visit and explore one day. Luckily, I am marrying someone who loves to travel as much as I do and it’s something we really enjoy doing together. I thought I’d share some of the beach locations on my travel list as well as some helpful tips and resources to use when planning a honeymoon, anniversary trip or a spontaneous trip just because. 

St. Lucia

This destination is at the top of my bucket list. It’s home to some of the most incredible, romantic, luxurious resorts where you are encouraged to unplug, unwind and enjoy top levels of service. Not to mention, the incredible views this island provides! Home to miles of natural sand beaches, untouched rainforests and the Piton Mountains, not to mention some of the best scuba diving, there is plenty to see, do and explore. Here's some recommendation's I've rounded up from friends who have traveled there.

STAY

Ladera Resort 

Jade Mountain 

Sandals Grande St. Lucian 

Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort

DO

Visit Pigeon Island National Park

Spend the afternoon at Reduit Beach

Hike the Piton Mountains

Snorkle and Scuba Dive

EAT

Coal Pot

Rainforest Hideaway

Dasheene at Ladera

Learn more about St. Lucia, find things to do, more places to stay, etc. by visiting their website: http://www.stlucia.org/

Turks & Caicos

Turks & Caicos is made up about 40 smaller islands, one of the most popular being Providenciales. This island is home to the main airport and is only 17 miles from end to end. Meaning everything on the island is very accessible and you can even bike and walk to breakfast or dinner on most occasions. Home to some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving, other water sports like kayaking, paddle boarding and sailing are also popular on this island. The official language is English and their currency is the US dollar so you don’t have to learn any new languages or go through the trouble of exchanging currency before visiting. Just a few less things to add to your wedding planning to-do list. 

STAY
Gansevoort

Amanyara 

Grace Bay Club

DO

Snorkeling and Scuba Diving 

Pack a picnic and head to Taylor Bay 

Shop at Saltmils Plaza, Regent Village and Grace Bay Plaza  

Water sports - paddle boarding, kayaking and sailing are all popular here and offered at most resorts 

EAT

Coco Bistro

Da Conch Shack

Somewhere Cafe

For more information about the island, visit their tourism website: http://turksandcaicostourism.com/

Anguilla

Anguilla is a British West Indies island that is known for it’s exclusive, uncrowded beaches thanks to the embargo on cruise ships, casinos and high rise hotels. It’s a great place to relax, get pampered and enjoy some incredible snorkeling in the clear, coral-filled waters. It’s also known for some of the best restaurants and there are over 100 on the tiny 16 foot long island. 

STAY
Cap Juluca 

Malliouhana, An Auberge Resort

Anguilla Great House Beach Resort

DO

Rendezvous Bay

Prickly Pear Cays

Sandy Ground 

Dune Preserve - great live music at night! 

EAT

Straw Hat Restaurant

Sandy Island Restaurant

Smokey's at The Cove

Veya Restaurant

Learn more about Anguilla on their tourism website: https://ivisitanguilla.com/

When planning for an upcoming trip, I like to do a lot of the research myself so I’ve compiled a few resources in this blog post that I use when planning my vacations here. However, for our honeymoon we decided to use a travel agent that came recommended to us through a family friend. It was great to have an expert opinion and someone to help us plan such an important trip. It also allowed me to focus on other aspects of the wedding plans so that is another great option.