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10 Caribbean Beach Destination Wedding Ideas

Finding the Most Romantic Caribbean Wedding Destinations

By Chantae Reden | Published on April 18, 2022

With white sand beaches, turquoise waters, tropical flowers, lively towns, intriguing architecture and lush jungles, the islands of the Caribbean set the stage for dreamy destination weddings. No matter if you want an intimate elopement or an elaborate celebration with all your loved ones, these are the best places to say "I do!" in the Caribbean.

1. Jamaica

Jamaica Destination Wedding

There are few places more vibrant than Jamaica, and Montego Bay encapsulates some of the best features of Jamaican culture and scenery. Before exchanging vows on the sugar soft sand of Montego Bay's postcard-worthy beaches, go spelunking in the Green Grotto Caves, play a round of golf on well-kept greens, float down the Martha Brae River on a raft built from bamboo and learn more about the region at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre. For your reception, enjoy impeccably spiced Jamaican jerk and reggae music that'll inspire even the shiest guests to groove.

2. Belize

Belize Destination Wedding

Fall in love with the Caribbean's wild side in Belize, one of the best beach wedding destinations for those who prefer natural landscapes to big city living. On Belize's mainland, white sand beaches are flanked by lush jungle, where keel-billed toucans, black howler monkeys and scarlet macaws act as curious onlookers from their open seating in the treetops. Mayan Ruins, such as that of Xunantunich, Caracol, Lamanai and Altun Ha, make for interesting places to explore when the ceremony ends. In Belize's blue waters, discover over 400 cayes and one of the largest unbroken barrier reefs in the world, rife with flamboyantly colored reef fish and corals. With such vibrant scenery surrounding Belize, there's no need to splurge on wedding decor.

3. The Bahamas

Bahamas Destination Wedding

In the Bahamas, the something-blue element of your wedding is covered no matter which beach you choose. The sea surrounding each Bahamian island ranges from shades of powder blue to rich cobalt. This, plus white and rose hued beaches, make the Bahamas exceptionally romantic.

On Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, you can combine tranquility and excitement during your wedding. By day, hold your ceremony on one of the city's sandy, tropical beaches. Come nighttime, host your reception in the city center for a hearty barbecue and access to some of the liveliest bars in the Caribbean. If untouched islands are more your style, you can find that in the Bahamas, too. You can sail to an uninhabited island in the Exumas for a private ceremony. Or, opt for a fun-filled vow exchange at Perfect Day at CocoCay, where waterslides and floating cabanas await.

4. Bermuda

Bermuda Destination Wedding

The 21-mile archipelago of Bermuda is one of the best destination wedding ideas for couples who want a low-stress ceremony and access to world-class spa services. There are dozens of romantic venues to choose from, like the pink sand beaches of the South Shore or the dramatic cliff edge of the Fort Saint Catherine. Fairytale-worthy venues exist here too — such as St. George's Unfinished Church. The church was never fully built due to arguments among clergymen, making it an interesting venue for couples in search of an offbeat venue that's sun speckled. Private sailing yachts for charter also have the capability of hosting a unique wedding under sail.

5. Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands Destination Wedding

Grand Cayman is one of the most popular islands in the Caribbean for beach destination weddings, and it's easy to see why. Sandy beaches, churches, historic buildings, botanical gardens and museums can all serve as places to mix and match your wedding ceremony and reception.

Because there are so many options when it comes to reputable wedding planners, vendors and venues, couples can save their energy for planning their honeymoon instead of worrying about wedding details. There are even options of having your honeymoon cruise added to your wedding registry. Some Grand Cayman wedding planners can organize an intimate beach wedding or vow renewal ceremony that takes place the day you arrive by cruise ship, complete with a wedding officiant, floral bouquets, food, and music.

6. Cozumel

Cozumel Destination Wedding

Famous for its coral reefs and abundant marine life, Cozumel is an easy answer for couples in search of unique beach destination weddings. This tiny and largely undeveloped island moves at a slow pace, where venues range from large palace-style resorts capable of hosting over 200 guests to tranquil seaside gazebos that seat up to 80. If skies are blue, there's always the beach to get married on.

Once the big day is over, search for dolphins, reef sharks, stingrays and whale sharks in Cozumel's aquarium-clear waters. Weave around mangroves in a kayak or canoe. Or, step back into the island's past at San Gervasio, an archeological site that dates to 100 B.C.

7. St. Thomas

St. Thomas Destination Wedding

Come to St. Thomas for striking views and quiet beaches. For a tranquil ceremony, wed on Lindquist Beach or the palm-lined point of Sapphire Beach. An array of restaurants and bars near Secret Harbour makes it easy to keep the party moving once the formalities are done.

St. Thomas is also one of the most inclusive spots for destination weddings in the entire Caribbean. As part of the U.S. Virgin Islands, same-sex marriage is legal in St. Thomas. U.S. guests won't need a passport to enter, making it accessible for travelers who might not have had a chance to apply for or renew their passport to attend.

8. St. Croix

St. Croix Destination Wedding

St. Croix is a wedding destination for couples who have a penchant for unique soirees and beautiful settings. In 2010, a couple with a shared love of scuba diving set the (then) Guinness Book of World Records for the largest underwater wedding with over 100 attendees. Today, dive centers can arrange underwater weddings complete with a dive-certified officiant. There won't be a dry eye at your wedding, guaranteed.

Above land, St. Croix — the largest island in the U.S. Virgin Islands — sparkles. Ceremony venues range from sandy beaches to historic buildings to churches of varying denominations. A passport is not needed to travel here for U.S. citizens, and same-sex marriage is legal.

9. St. Lucia

St. Lucia Destination Wedding

Emerald peaks set the stunning backdrop of St. Lucia to make this one of the most dramatic islands to host destination beach weddings in the Caribbean. Think deep blues, dark greens, and a skyline adorned with the Pitons — St. Lucia's volcanic points that command attention. With many luxury resorts, villas, guesthouses, historic ruins, churches and private boat charters (including a replica pirate ship) to choose from, there are many differences when it comes to venues in St. Lucia, but they're all bound to be beautiful.

10. The Open Ocean: Married At Sea

Destination Cruise Wedding

Tie the knot over the open ocean onboard a Royal Caribbean cruise to the Caribbean. While weddings can be arranged at many ports of call, it's also possible to host a wedding at sea. Royal Caribbean has a range of wedding packages that include the essentials like wedding planning and coordination, an officiant, music, photography, decor and a private wedding venue. Small details like chocolate covered strawberries, a bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne and a mimosa breakfast-in-bed experience add an extra personal touch. Across the Royal Caribbean fleet, venues range from old-Hollywood glamour to modern luxury.


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