The West Indies, originally “The Indies”, is a name given by Christopher Columbus to the Caribbean Islands, having thought he landed in Asia centuries back. Situated on the Caribbean Plate, the region has more than 7,000 islands and islets engulfing the Caribbean Sea. Today, it’s now a renowned tourist spot southeast of America. Despite its rich resources, the region preserved its simplicity and kept commercialism from seizing its scattered land. Seclusion is its best asset, worthy to be depicted as an escape from commercialism, polluted air, and busy, noisy streets.
The West Indies presents the most visited and the best Caribbean honeymoon destinations of the world. This is its expertise, to take you on a gratifying cruise or stay in a remote island free from nearly any mark of civilization.
All Inclusive Honeymoon Destinations in the Caribbean
A satisfying Caribbean vacation doesn’t necessarily have to be extravagant. There are several all inclusive honeymoon packages you can find if you book especially during peak seasons. It’s at these times competition is high between islands and resorts, thus they offer a range of the most competitive deals.
Most resorts and cruise lines offer variety of packages honeymooners can choose from. Packages from pocket-friendly to full-inclusion are the most hit searches on the Web even before summer arrives.
Normally, all-inclusive packages include two-way transportation from the airport to the island and vice versa (of course, this is normal for cruise packages), accommodations, meals and drinks, and a couple of island adventures. If adventures are limited to two or three, packages include the most significant activities among all the island adventures like free tours and on-site recreation. They also often include the main, specialty excursion that the island is known for.
Full inclusion Caribbean packages add on more features like access to a Jacuzzi or spa treatments, on-line casinos, golf spots, and a better accommodation. For full-inclusion Caribbean cruises, better accommodations may mean a cabin with an instant view of the sea. Otherwise, for an island stay a better accommodation is a larger room with Jacuzzis and round-the-clock service.
Honeymoon Cruise vs. an Island Stay
If you are still undecided on what honeymoon package you’re going to take, whether a cruise or a vacation stay on an island, let me name a few of their differences.
A honeymooner who’s more adventurous and opts for island hopping is recommended to take a Caribbean cruise. At least four islands are visited on a cruise with a pack of adventures awaiting each island.
If one of your options is a Western Caribbean cruise, islands are normally farther from each other compared to the Eastern Caribbean. Although this is where the most beautiful shipwrecks can be spotted, you are most likely to spend more time travelling. You’ll get a longer travelling experience for a Southern Caribbean trip where islands are farther than Eastern and Western Caribbean islands. If time is an issue for you and you can only go on a vacation less than seven days, you may opt for an island stay.
Some large cruise ships cannot dock in small ports of smaller islands so if you’re sailing on a larger cruise ship, expect less contact with smaller islands, which are the most preserved from commercialism.
Honeymooners who opt for more intimate time with each other can choose a vacation on a single island. Most all-inclusive packages resorts don’t include free amenities of chartered yachts, though, so if you decided to visit an island or islet near your resort, it costs more money out of your pocket.
There are about 7,000 islands in the Caribbean boasts. This variety of islands offers a variety of all-inclusive honeymoon destinations as well. For a vacation on an island, you only get to choose one that fits well with you and your spouse’s personality. Make sure you get a package inclusive of more activities that can take up your daytime on the beaches if you wish to remain active and adventurous as opposed to leisurely.
Some of the best Caribbean honeymoon destinations west of the region are Mexico, Costa Rico, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Cayman Islands, and Belize. Southern Caribbean destinations, where the most secluded and fascinating beaches are, include Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, Barbados, St. Lucia, and Aruba islands. The Eastern Caribbean cruise, the most availed and the cheapest among the cruises, lists itineraries ranging from Bahamas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, to Puerto Rico.
Several top Caribbean honeymoon destinations can fill volumes of travel brochures, but it’s only you who can decide which is best for your tropical honeymoon. Whether it’s a cruise or an island stay, it’s one of the good ole days you’ll love to remember and a place you will surely want to go back and visit from time to time.
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