When all beaches are not created equal, sometimes picking the right spot in the sand can be a challenge. Some top-picks are below.
Extending along the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, the Riviera Maya has evolved from a region of small fishing villages to one of the very best luxury resorts, fine dining, shopping and golf. Its beautiful beaches face the clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea and boast powder-white sand. Resorts often offer an impressive variety of aquatic sports.
The Riviera Maya is one of the top destinations for scuba diving and snorkeling. Its coral reef system is home to tropical fish, dolphins, whale sharks and more. Alternatively, try snorkeling or cave diving in a cenote, an underground sink hole, which is unique to the region. Many tours can combine this with a visit to the ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum.
Kauai, along with the other islands of Hawaii, oozes romance, which makes for a terrific honeymoon destination. With 50 miles of white sand beaches surrounding the island, Kauai provides a more intimate atmosphere for travelers. While you can’t go wrong with any beach on the island, two of the most popular choices are Poipu Beach and Hanalei Beach.
Kauai’s natural beauty is evident, regardless of where you are. Honeymooners can take a romantic hike through Waimea Canyon, sail along the Napali Coast or indulge in a number of upscale restaurants. Don’t forget to check out other beautiful sights like the 80-foot Wailua Falls.
The varied landscape, diversity and cuisine are what truly make St. Lucia stand out. Today, its culture is distinguished by British, Spanish, Caribbean, Indian and African influences. Newlyweds can explore the Piton Mountains – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – rainforests, a coral reef and much more. The beautiful, golden sand will delight beach lovers.
Resorts on St. Lucia range from all-inclusive and boutique properties to villas, guest houses and apartments. Several resorts offer unique accommodations with an absent fourth wall, literally bringing the stunning natural outdoor surroundings inside.