Wedding season is just around the corner, and while celebrating the big day with friends and family is always memorable, the real journey usually begins after the vows have been exchanged and the bouquet has been tossed. No, I'm not referring to the years ahead of matrimonial bliss, but rather the few weeks that typically follow the newly joined union. From the idyllic image of the groom whisking his blushing bride away from the ceremony, to the thought of unwinding after several stressful months of planning, the honeymoon — you know, a romantic retreat somewhere far far away — is usually what registers highest on the couple's radar.
As a favorite newlywed destination, the Caribbean exudes the perfect mix of mystery, romance and magic. With its white sandy beaches, pristine tropical landscape and eclectic island lifestyle, Barbados is one Caribbean enclave known for drawing the likes of starry-eyed honeymooners.
The year-round subtropical climate affords visitors an opportunity to discover not only its 70 miles of breathtaking beaches, but also its nurtured lush gardens, rich cultural surroundings, and unsurpassed levels of hospitality. Adventurous couples can spend their days aboard deep-sea fishing charters, surf the powerful Atlantic breakers, hike the diverse hillside terrain, or dive amidst coral reefs and sunken ships. Couples who prefer more leisurely activities can spend the day strolling along the beach hand-in-hand, or better yet, grab the reigns of a horse and ride off into the sunset together.
Being such a popular honeymoon destination, it is no surprise that Barbados offers a wide range of luxury accommodations. Whether it's a family-owned boutique, an oceanfront villa, or a four-or five-star all-inclusive resort, each hotel is designed with the couple in mind. While most of the island's hotels feature on-site dining and shopping, we recommended you spend some time familiarizing yourself with the additional local offerings found around town.
A trip to Barbados just wouldn't be complete without sipping on some of its world-famous rum cocktails. With its abundance of natural sugar cane, Mount Gay Rum, which first opened its distillery back in 1703, has helped put Barbados on the map.
Barbados is not only the birthplace of rum, but is also an ideal destination for any couple in pursuit of a tropical paradise where they can Long Live Life.