Caribbean

Most likely when you think of “The Caribbean,” your mind conjures up an image of a pristine white sand beach, picturesque palms, and warm, sultry breezes. It’s true it’s hard not to find ideal island scenery just about anywhere you go in the Caribbean. But, “The Caribbean” actually represents a vast area with over 700 islands reaching from the Gulf of Mexico to the north of South America. What separates the islands the most is the culture. The customs, language, currency, even the side of the road you drive on is different from island to island depending on their sovereignty. So, we know you want that white sand beach, but what else will make your honeymoon stay picture-perfect? How do you know which island is right for you? Here’s a quiz to help you decide.

  1. I speak, or am at least comfortable conversing in the following languages:
    1. Spanish
    2. Dutch
    3. English
    4. All of the above
  1. We might want to catch a game while we’re there, our preference would be:
    1. Baseball
    2. Soccer
    3. Cricket
  1. You should see our killer (fill in the blank) dance moves:
    1. Merengue
    2. Club-style
    3. Dirty
  1. Our idea of adventure is:
    1. Horseback riding and zip-lining
    2. Discovering a shipwreck
    3. Taking our chances at the casino
    4. Driving on the left-hand side of the road
    5. Taking a nature hike (complete with monkeys!)

Add up your points:

A’s = 1

B’s = 2

C’s = 3

D’s = 4

E’s = 5

If you scored 4-5 points, the Dominican Republic and/or Cancun is perfect for you. There is no shortage of thrill seeking adventure either place. The beaches are spectacular, the food spicy, and the nightlife abounds with Spanish rhythm.

If you scored 6-7 points, you’ll love the Dutch ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao). The culture is laid back, yet thrilling. Whether you’re scuba diving through a shipwreck or putting it all on black at the casino, you’ll fill your days and nights with lifelong memories.

If you scored 8+ points, you are the type of person that wants it all. We recommend island-hopping, but if that’s not in the plan you should definitely check out Barbados, the Bahamas or the Cayman Islands! These islands offer adventure at every turn, unparalleled beaches, nightlife that’ll keep you going well into the next day – and they speak English!

We’ve got a sweet deal for you now too. The Marriott has gorgeous beachfront properties on the Caribbean destination of your choice – and are offering the following specials!

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Honeymoon Essentials Box

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This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Couples already have a lot on their plate when it comes to the wedding, so we have compiled a collection of our favorite honeymoon products to make packing easy and celebrating their once in a lifetime trip unforgettable!

Our Favorite Honeymoon Products

Protect your wedding ring with a Qalo Ring

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1) A QALO ring

The QALO ring is hands down a favorite amongst newly married men because it’s perfect for traveling and avoiding losing that new wedding band. Even women are digging the silicon wedding band for the honeymoon since it’s ideal to wear while swimming, hiking, snorkeling, during spa days and other Honeymoon activities they plan to experience. It’s such a hit we included it in our new Happy Honeymoon Gift Box!

Pack some great sunnies for your honeymoon

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2) Sunnies

We love a cute pair of shades to rock the all-natural look on your honeymoon. What’s even better than some stylish sunnies is a pair that gives back to a cause while you’re at it! It can feel overwhelming to pay all the wedding vendors and honeymoon travel expenses so when you’re buying something practical (like sunglasses) it lessens the sting when you are giving to a charity too! We specifically love Diff Eyewear because each pair of Diff sunglasses sold provides a pair of reading glasses to Eyes on Africa. Amazing right?

Honeymooners reading on the beach

3) A Good Read

Have a good go to read for traveling and down time. One of our personal favorites and on the Best Sellers list is The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. It’s informative and an easy read as a couple launches into marriage!

Wet bikini bag in Honeymoon Essentials Box

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4) Wet Bikini Bag

Whether you are traveling to a tropical destination or not, chances are you will be packing a swim suit for a late night Jacuzzi session or beach day. To avoid dampening your dry clothes pack a “wet bag” from the Honeymoon Essentials Box or your wet bikini or personal items.

Travel cards say I'll Follow Your Anywhere

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5) Travel Card For Your Love

There is never a better time to write down what you absolutely love and adore about your new husband or wife. Sometime during your trip, write a card to your loved one listing all the things that you have enjoyed together on your honeymoon and/or specific qualities you love about him or her. Save it in a safe place and have them open on your first wedding anniversary! There are a handful of gorgeous travel themed cards out there like this one from Type Shy Shop.

Pack right for your honeymoon

Author Bio:

Heather Vaughn, Founder and Marriage Proposal Planner at The Yes Girlsstarted The Yes Girls after graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder because she loved the idea of helping guys propose in completely personalized and romantic ways. She discovered there were thousands of searches for proposal ideas but no real resources which resulted in The Yes Girls, the 1st marriage proposal planning company. Years later, she is still hooked. A leap of faith and incredible clients turned her passion for love and thoughtfulness into the best job ever!

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