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10 Top Romantic Locations in the Caribbean
by the editors of Lovetripper.com

 

The Caribbean is synonymous with romance and among the islands you'll find everything from secluded beaches to verdant rainforests to cascading waterfalls that offer romance a place to blossom and flourish. Here's our list of 10 "must see" locations for every romantic.

1. Diamond Waterfalls and Gardens, St. Lucia. Blooming with tropical splendor, garden trails lead to the Diamond Waterfalls, a cascade that leaves a spray of "diamond" twinkles in the air. (Soufrière, 758-452-4759, $4)

2. The Baths, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands. This beach is littered with massive granite boulders which form shadowy caves where you can swim in water as warm as, well, a bath. (Lee Rd., The Baths, 800-835-8530, www.bvitouristboard.com, free)

3. YS Falls, Jamaica. Although the north coast's Dunn's River Falls is far more visited, these secluded falls offer couples a much quieter paradise. Cascading in steps through tropical forest, the falls can be climbed with the help of a guide then swimmers can enjoy clear waters under a canopy of fern. (east of Negril near the town of Black River, 876-634-2454, $6)

4. Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Dotted with historic sites and rich with the atmosphere of Spanish conquistadors, here couples can stroll hand-in-hand where lovers have walked for centuries. The most recognized site in Old San Juan is Fuerte San Felipe del Morro, better known as El Morro. (Calle Norzagaray, Old San Juan, 787-729-6960, www.nps.gov/saju/, $3)

5. Boka Tabla sea cave, Curaçao. Pounding Atlantic waves carved this sea cave. Kneeling in darkness in the cave, you'll watch the surge of crystal blue waves as they come within feet of you, roaring into the cave and back out to sea. (Shete Boka National Park, 800-328-7222, www.curacao-tourism.com, free)

6. West End, Negril, Jamaica. Negril's famous Seven Mile Beach gives way to rugged cliffs on its west side and here visitors find one of the best sunset lookouts in the Caribbean. Every day, crowds head to the cliff's bars for the chance to watch another island day draw to a close. (800-JAMAICA, www.jamaicatravel.com, free)

7. Mount Nevis, Nevis. One of the Caribbean's best destinations for romantic ecotourists, couples can hike a rainforest and a volcano, enjoy the spectacular view, or spend a romantic evening stargazing and learning constellations. (Top to Bottom Tours, 869-469-9080, walknevis@caribsurf.com, $10-30)

8. Natural Bridge, Aruba. This symbol of Aruba marks the line where tumultuous sea waves crash against the windward coast. Walk out on the bridge for a cool sea spray and a breathtaking view. (800-TO-ARUBA, www.aruba.com, free)

9. Paradise Point, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Aboard ski-lift gondolas, you'll rise to one point that never sees snow: the top of Flag Hill for a view of the Charlotte Amalie harbor dotted with cruise ships. (9617 Estate Thomas, 340-774-9809, www.paradisepointtramway.com, $15)

10. Maracas Bay, Trinidad. About an hour from Port of Spain, the drive to this beach area is a treat in itself, winding through the Northern Range with views of forests where species such as howler and capuchin monkeys, ocelot, and Amazon parrots can be found. (northeast of Port of Spain, 888-595-4TNT, www.gotrinidadandtobago.com, free)