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The Caribbean is a staple destination wedding location with good reason: soft white sands and colorful islands offer a fairytale backdrop for a tropical wedding. This popularity can sometimes come with a hefty price tag, particularly among more exclusive islands. Still, there are plenty of ways to enjoy those trademark turquoise waters without paying a small fortune. Here are four of our top picks for affordable destination wedding options in the Caribbean:
Jamaica is home to nearly 700 miles of Caribbean coastline and has long been adored for its friendly people and laidback atmosphere. The Jamaican port town Montego Bay is the place to be if you’re looking for a dazzling variety of amenities at great resorts. It’s also well-known for its family-friendly options and ability to accommodate large wedding parties. For a less-traveled route, Negril and Treasure Beach are small fishing town gems with secluded coves and limestone cliffs that are unbeatable wedding backdrops.
To do: Relax on prime beaches as newlyweds, river raft in the jungle with your whole crew, snorkel, shop/dine/dance on Gloucester Avenue in Montego Bay, take rum and coffee field tours, visit the Negril Cliffs and Seven Mile Beach, and lounge under waterfalls in Ocho Rios.
Lest you think you have to give up your “world’s best beaches” wish to your destination checklist, the Dominican Republic is affordable AND breathtaking. This jungle island has both Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean beaches to choose from and has plenty of authentic, natural beauty. On the eastern coast of the island is perennial favorite Punta Cana, with gorgeous, coconut grove beaches that range from quiet and preserved to bustling with high energy. If you’re looking to get out and explore with your wedding party, the island has great water and land excursions too.
To do: White water raft with your guests in the rainforest in Puerto Plata, dive headfirst into the bright blue Hoyo Azul for a refreshing dip, scuba dive through underwater caves and whale watch or fish along the Samaná Peninsula.
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Mexico is a go-to for many destination wedding enthusiasts, as the country offers great beaches and a lot of bang for your buck. Riviera Maya in particular is known for its lush rainforest, unique Mayan cultural influences and soft white sand beaches. And, the bright Mexican Caribbean waters are teeming with wildlife, making for fun scuba and snorkeling excursions.
To do: Try a Mayan spa treatment with your bridal party, hang with your family and friends on the white sand beaches, take a day trip to the ruins, and snorkel the Belize Barrier Reef.
Aruba was once a considered an elusive Caribbean retreat for the rich and famous, but this happy island’s recent growth has meant more budget friendly accommodations than ever. It’s great news—because we think everyone deserves to have their wedding on one of the island’s incredible beaches, framed by the perfectly tangled fofoti trees. This southern Caribbean hideaway also has a fun and colorful capital city, Oranjestad, along with great dive sites and perfect windsurfing conditions.
To do: Take to the shores of the famed Palm Beach for snorkeling, diving or just relaxing, shop for specialist cigars and local jewelry in town, visit the old-time Paseo Herencia plaza for al fresco dining and paddle board along the breathtaking shore of Eagle Beach.
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Our featured resort of the week is the Sandals Royal Bahamian, located in Nassau, Bahamas. This luxury all-inclusive, adult-only sanctuary is the definition of island romance. Situated between crystalline waters and tropical gardens, this spa resort not only provides guests with elegant accommodations, but it also provides a unique and exotic escape to a private offshore island. This resort has everything you could ever want for a destination wedding, including an incredible selection of sea and land activities, a variety of specialty restaurants and bars, and one of the best spas in the Caribbean.
Relax by the beach, relax by the pool, and relax throughout your entire stay with an amazing staff eager to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
Explore and adore Sandals Royal Bahamian’s private offshore island, located only minutes away from the main resort. With two secluded beaches, one for relaxing and one for high-energy water sports, this island is filled with adventure. If you want to take a break from the beach, you can enjoy a dip in the pool equipped with a swim-up bar, or you can lay low in hammock beneath the trees.
With 8 bars and 10 specialty restaurants, there is a variety of choices for fine cuisine. Each restaurant has its own unique décor and atmosphere, and there is something for everyone to enjoy. Gordon’s Pier Restaurant is a one-of-a-kind experience, offering guests the opportunity to enjoy some of the finest cuisine under the stars and at the very end of a pier.
The culinary experience isn’t limited to the resort’s restaurants. Exceptional cusine can be served and enjoyed in the comfort of your room!
With so many activities and amenities to experience, Sandals Royal Bahamian is an incredible place to celebrate romance. Built for two people in love, this resort also offers a variety of wonderful backdrops for weddings. Bring your vision to life and experience the wedding of a lifetime.
For more information about the Sandals Royal Bahamian, contact one of our wedding specialists today!
We've been seeing a rise in destination vow renewals lately -- and not just Victoria and David Beckham! True that the Beckham's have the disposable income to renew their wedding vows in style, but that's definitely not a prerequisite. Here's what we have been hearing from couples:
- Milestone anniversaries are a cause for celebration. Destination vow renewals are a fabulous and affordable way to mark your milestone.
- Destination vow renewals not only makes for a fun vacation but they are also great for your marriage.
- Life is busy. It's easy to put off doing things that make you happy. Our couples rave about their destination vow renewal and report back that they were so thrilled to take the plunge... again. Hint, hint: don't put it off.
- Destination vow renewals and family vacations do mix. Some couples plan the vow renewals as a romantic couples trip and that's wonderful. Others combine saying "I do" with a family vacation. Our personal vow renewal advisors will help you find family-friendly vow renewal properties.
Here are some of the destinations that have been popular recently for vow renewals:
El Dorado Seaside Suites-- Riviera Maya, Mexico [Photo courtesy of Karisma Resorts]
Sandals Emerald Bay --Exuma, Bahamas [Photo courtesy of Sandals & Beaches Resorts]
An Exclusive Villa -- Isla De Mujeres [Photo courtesy of Real Resorts]
Excellence -- Punta Cana, Dominican Republic [Photo courtesy of Excellence Resorts]
Where would your dream destination vow renewal take place? Let us know in the comments below. Then, contact one of our certified vow renewal specialist to learn more and start planning.
Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts are available in a number of gorgeous locations, like Jamaica, St. Lucia, Bahamas, and Antigua. There are adults-only options for couples looking for kid-free getaways, and family-friendly options for those looking for a sweet family escape. Sandals and Beaches offer it all, from top of the line restaurants and bars with premium drinks, activities galore for guests of all ages, personal butler service and more. They take pride in their customizable wedding, honeymoon, and vow renewal packages, All of this is available, while keeping their environmental commitments near and dear.
All Sandals Resorts & Beaches Resorts participate in the EarthCheck benchmarking and certification program. From recycling to conserving, Sandals takes its environmental commitment very seriously. Their "green" resorts are made for love, so loving the environment has become second nature. Sandals and Beaches Resorts follow sound environmental practices, like:
- Staff Awareness: Sandals’ team members participate in workshops and seminars conducted by environmental committees, government organizations, and also environmental organizations.
- Water Conservation Program: Sandals monitor total water use on their properties.
- Energy Management Program: Sandals uses timers on electrical equipment like at their Spa, outdoor lighting, and in their kitchens, to make sure energy isn’t being wasted.
- Waste Management Program: Sandals practices recycling of linen and bed spreads, food, office paper, and packages.
- Control of Hazardous Substances: Before product purchases are made, Sandals determines suitability of products and when necessary, provides full training for staff whenever new chemicals or equipment are involved.
- Social and Cultural Development: Local and ‘green’ tours are promoted and sold at the tour desks.
The next time you want to plan a romantic adventure and be earth-friendly at the same time, think Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts. You can have the time of your lives and leave less of a carbon footprint on the earth! Enjoy the pictures below from all of the Sandals Resorts and see how you can travel and stay green!
To get started on your romantic adventure at Sandals and Beaches Resorts, click here!
Traveling to the Bahamas with pint sized guests or teens? Don't worry, a number of our resort partners in the Bahamas have plenty to offer your guests!
Children will discover the magic of Atlantis when they stay at this Bahamian resort; where adventures, activities and memories are all guaranteed. From candy carnivals, buccaneer bashes or sleepless slumber parties-the fun is endless! Atlantis is sure to provide fun for all ages. For the younger crowd activities include:
- The Atlantis Theatre
- Aqua Tots, where your young guest can feed the fishes!
- Atlantis Pals, where your lil’ guests can create their very own lil’ stuffed pals!
- Cooking Classes
- An Imagination Station
Girls will be girls be while playing in this Victorian Dollhouse!
Kids burn off all their energy in the Performance Room!
For those tweens, Atlantis offers:
- Club Rush
- Gamer’s Reef
- A Water Park
- Dolphin Cay
- Computer Room
12 gaming stations featuring Xbox 360 and Sony Playstation 3, a Wii Tree and a Rock Band station, what tween wouldn't want to hang out here?!
Not quite sure what to do with your teen during your stay? Have no fear, Atlantis is here! This ultra-family friendly resort offers teens a variety of activities including:
- Crush, the ultimate night club for teens ages 13-17!
- Gamers Reef
- A Water Park
- Dolphin Cay
Teens can enjoy games, non-alcoholic drinks and much more at Crush!
The above just grazes the long list of activities Atlantis provides for its guests!
Not traveling with any little ones this time around? Breezes Bahamas provides endless entertainment for those 14 and up!
Breezes Bahamas provides fun for the land and sea! Windsurfing, waterskiing, sailing, kayaking and much more are all provided for those underage guests. This Bahamian resort does not limit its activities to the ocean. In fact it provides endless fun on land too! They provide 3 lighted tennis courts (with free instruction), a rock climbing wall, basketball, table tennis, beach volleyball and multiple pools!
Teens can enjoy this 30ft rock climbing wall!
Teens can enjoy snorkeling in the gorgeous Caribbean Sea!
As you've read, the Bahamas is a family friendly destination with lots to offer. Children of all ages will always have something going on and you'll never hear them complaining!
This weekend one of our very own, Quentin, will be attending the Caribbean Marketplace in Nassau, Bahamas! The event will be taking place January 22-24, 2012. Lots of big names are going to be there including, TheKnot, TripAdvisor, The New York Times, American Airlines and more. We are so excited for Q to represent DestinationWeddings.com at the big event!
If you’ve never heard of the Caribbean Marketplace, it’s the premier tourism marketing event for the Caribbean region. International wholesalers and tour operators meet with Caribbean hoteliers and vacation suppliers so business relationships can be created and so forth.
What this means for DestinationWeddings.com couples is that we can have more to offer you! We’ll meet with fancy hotels and resorts that we think brides and grooms will be interested in. Meetings, networking, and maybe a little sweet talking on our end will form bonds that will ultimately make our couples happy!
So to Caribbean hoteliers, tour operators, and everyone else that will be at the Caribbean Marketplace this weekend in the Bahamas, be sure to keep an eye out for Quentin from DestinationWeddings.com. We want the best for our brides and grooms and we’re hoping to meet the best this weekend!
Also this weekend, other representatives from DestinationWeddings.com will be attending bridal shows in Canada. Please look at our schedule below and stop by to say hello wherever you can! We look forward to meeting brides, grooms, and other friends!
January 20-22, 2012: The Total Wedding Show (Booth #s 261, 263, 360, 362)
January 22, 2012: Calgary Wedding Fair (Booth # 822)
January 22, 2012: Bridal Fantasy Edmonton (Booth #s 274, 279)
With so many events this weekend, we've got a very busy schedule! It's in the best interest of our brides and grooms though, so we are more excited than ever. We hope to see old faces and make lots of new friends!