The holy trinity of sea, sun and surf is the tried and true triad for a tantalizing tryst in the Caribbean and with the cobalt sea on all sides, the islands are bubbling with couple-bonding ideas from boat racing and deep sea fishing to turtle spotting and swimming with the stingrays. With low season resort rates in high gear, plenty of flights to the sunny south, fewer crowds on the beach and a bevy of fine local events, grooving to the motion of the ocean adds the wow factor above and below the waves.
Catch the WaveBrand new in Grenada, Island Routes is offering scenic day trips of the colorful coast aboard comfy catamarans, inflatable motorboats and deep sea fishing boats. “We are excited to introduce visitors to the simple, colorful lifestyle and unmatched warmth of the Grenadians who may be the very ‘spice’ of the island,” said David Shields, general manager, Island Routes Caribbean Adventures. www.islandroutes.com.
Rated tops in the Caribbean, the Spice Island Beach Resort appeals to the discerning couple who appreciates seaside splendor, swishy Spa, fabulous food and service that rivals the best in the world. Weddings to treasure are the resorts speciality with a staff that excels in making a perfect day even better. www.spiceislandbeachresort.comThe islands’ national sport, boat racing is front row center at the Anguilla Summer Festival from July 26 to August 11. With boat racing by day and carnival partying at night, the summer rocks on the tiny island next to St. Maarten. For couples who covet limitless privacy away from the fray, Lloyd’s Bed and Breakfast marries traditional charm with Caribbean elegance. Perched on Crocus Hill in the Lower Historic Valley, the tiny Inn is celebrating more than fifty years on the island with rates as low as US$150.00 per night, per room through the summer. Welcoming with early morning doves, friendly goats and homemade Johnny Cakes for breakfast, Lloyds is as close as it gets to home away from home, if only for a week. ivisitanguilla.com
A parade of colour in August, Tour de Martinique des Yoles Rondes or Yawl Boat Race is eye candy for photographers and nirvana for spectators. Celebrating the distinctive boats called yawls or sleek wind-driven vessels powered by brightly colored sails , the Martinique festival marks the peak of the boating season with races on the water, dockside soirees and plenty of music, dancing , Creole dishes and local rum. Easy to get to, American Airlines is now offering direct nonstop flights from Miami to Martinique on Saturdays with easy connections from other cities. www.martinique.org
Cavorting with the Critters
On the rugged southeast coast of St. Kitts past steep cliffs and out-of-the-way bays, couples on kayaks get up-close-and-personal with green turtles, cormorants and frigate birds. Paddling past secluded coves, the big reward is a sighting of the pelicans as they dive for food at the aptly named Pelican Rocks. For après critter-spotting, St. Kitts Music Festival jazzes up the island from June 27 to June 29 with top-notch talent from around the world. “We feel privileged to have such a global musical icon as Lionel Richie added his remarkable talent and numerous award-winning songs to this year’s Festival,” said Senator Ricky Skerritt, minister tourism, “blending renowned international acts with rising local stars and top Caribbean artists in a festive, block-party atmosphere is what keeps music lovers coming back year after year.” www.stkittstourism.knIn the shallow waters of the North Sound, Stingray City is Grand Cayman’s most popular animal attraction and a rare opportunity to frolic with the tame Atlantic Southern Stingrays. For couples exchanging vows on the island, an ’ Only in Cayman available at many resorts ‘offers deals galore for bookings confirmed before July 31 and travel before Labor Day. Perks include a fifth night free at The Ritz-Carlton and Westin Grand Cayman and discounts on attractions and restaurants. Dates to bookmark include Culinary Week from August 17 to August 24 and for couples with kids, the Miami Dolphins football team will be hosting a free summer camp on July 24 and 25. “With a diverse array of activities and price points, summer in the Cayman Islands is perfect for an exciting vacation at an affordable price,” said Cline Glidden, minister tourism. www.caymanislands.ky