What’s Your Island?
A perfect honeymoon begins with a bit of matchmaking—your personality to the island’s.
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An island of volcanic origin, lush St. Lucia has palm-fringed beaches, tropical rainforest, waterfalls and old plantation houses. The southwest coast is dominated by the volcanic cones of Gros Piton and Petit Piton, and the region of Soufriere boasts numerous mineral springs, as well as a “drive-in volcano.”
Antigua (www.antigua-barbuda.org) is another island noted for its beaches—365 of them, one for every day of the year, they say. Like St. Lucia, it has a variety of activities, including rainforest to explore (and a rainforest canopy adventure) and coral reefs that are great for snorkeling and scuba diving.
Providenciales, or Provo, as residents call it, is the center of the overnight tourism industry in Turks and Caicos (www.turksandcaicostourism.com). Part of the British West Indies, the country is comprised of 40 islands, only eight inhabited. In recent years Provo has experienced a building boom of upscale resorts and condos.
Provo is not a place for shopping or nightlife. It is a place to relax and enjoy the island’s natural beauty. Most of the tourism infrastructure on the island fronts Grace Bay and the 12-mile long Grace Bay beach, which is ranked consistently among the world’s best beaches. Activity takes place during the day—at the golf course, in and on the water, and on the beach. The action at night is at the island’s many restaurants.
For a romantic honeymoon in Mexico, head for the Caribbean island of Cozumel (www.islacozumel.com.mx). It’s a cozier version of the Riviera Maya, with Mayan ruins, an ecological reserve, a national park, and unmatched snorkeling and diving.
But you need not leave the United States to enjoy an island honeymoon. On Puerto Rico (www.gotopuertorico.com), experience a different culture and language with no need for a passport or to exchange money. San Juan offers beaches, history, culture, fancy restaurants and nightclubs. Within a couple hours’ drive of the city, visitors will find the El Yunque rainforest and the bioluminescent bay Laguna Grande.
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