Top 7 Things to Do on Your Turks and Caicos Honeymoon

With white sand beaches, turquoise seas, year-round sunshine, and world-class luxury resorts, the Turks and Caicos Islands make for an unforgettable island honeymoon destination built on a foundation of sun, sand, and sea.

From thrilling underwater adventures to unique excursions on land, these are seven of our favorite activities and experiences for any honeymoon to this idyllic Caribbean destination.

Hit the Beaches

With soft, white sands and perfect turquoise waters, no activity better resembles the Turks and Caicos than lounging the day away on a gorgeous beach.

Grace Bay, the biggest and arguably best, is home to luxury resorts and is protected by a beautiful barrier reef system. East of Grace Bay is Leeward Beach: quieter, more reserved, and perfect for calm ocean activities like kayaking and stand up paddleboarding thanks to its sheltered channels. Shallow waters and frequent winds make Long Bay Beach a favorite for water sports like kitesurfing.

Scuba Diving

Divers will be impressed with the sheer abundance and accessibility of otherworldly sites all throughout the TCI. Sand chutes, canyons, and cracks along these dramatic walls provide excellent swim-through opportunities, while sightings of Caribbean reef fish, invertebrate sea creatures, and vibrant corals are plentiful.

Consider staying in a dive resort, like Bohio on Grand Turk, to combine diving trips in with your accommodation, or link up on your own with a certified operator like Dive Provo.

Horseback Riding

For a classically romantic experience, take to horseback riding. Look no further than Provo Ponies to facilitate the magical experience of trodding along scenic trails and splashing through the turquoise waters.

With a fleet of 25 horses and ponies, this working stable operates two tours daily and offers private rides for honeymooning couples. Friendly guides will happily photograph you throughout the journey, even when you’re waist deep with your horse in the calm ocean.

Snorkeling

Sporting the third largest reef system on the planet, the Turks and Caicos Islands offer immediate access to the vibrant and colorful marine life that reside in its oceans. Just gear up and jump in to discover colorful schools of fish, Caribbean squid, flower coral and plenty more, thanks to the ocean’s incredible clarity and rich sea life.

On Providenciales, head to Bight Beach (Coral Gardens) or Smith’s Reef to spot abundant reef fish and other sea creatures while swimming in dazzling aquamarine water. Consider joining a boat tour like Big Blue Collective for a day filled with discovering the best locations.

Visit to Iguana Island

Nicknamed for the endangered Rock Iguanas which occupy the island in massive amounts, Little Water Cay is a short boat trip or kayak paddle off the coast of Providenciales. While getting to the island may be half of the fun, observing the large lizards in their natural habitat is a pure delight, and the island – as a preserved nature reserve – also boasts fantastic beaches and snorkel opportunities.

Golf

Break up the daily routine of lounging, swimming, and dining by hitting the links at Provo Golf Club. Referred as the “jewel in the Turks and Caicos’ crown,” this 18-hole course is consistently ranked one of the finest in the Caribbean.

Dinner and Drinks at da Conch Shack and Rum Bar

Eat with your feet in the sand at this beachfront restaurant which serves everything from fresh seafood (a variety of conch preparations) to jerk chicken and creative vegetarian options. Wash it all down with any number of rum drinks or a local Turks Head brew, and you’ll begin to understand why this is one of the most popular restaurants in all of Provo (and all the TCI for that matter).

 

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5 Things To Do On Your Riviera Maya Honeymoon

Thanks to its many white-sand beaches, jungle terrain, awe-inspiring historic attractions, and countless luxury resorts, Mexico’s Riviera Maya remains an ever-popular honeymoon destination.

Below we’ve listed five of our can’t-miss activities and experiences while visiting on your honeymoon trip of a lifetime.

Where to Eat

Hartwood – You’ll dine under the stars beneath swaying palm trees at this picturesque spot. The restaurant uses wood burning ovens and open grills to prepare fresh, local food (from grilled fish to pork belly). Meanwhile, the beach huts, whitewashed roofs, wooden tables, and candles all add to the romantic atmosphere.

Where to Drink

Gitano – The jungle merges with a club atmosphere at Gitano, one of Tulum’s hottest restaurants. Overall, it’s a terrific choice for capping off the night with mixed drinks and light snacks. Couples have a long list of terrific cocktails to choose from, however our favorite is the Stardust, made with mezcal, dark rum, pineapple, papaya and a homemade coconut cream.

Where to Stay

Habitas Tulum – We’re huge fans of this boutique hotel, which just opened in 2017. The eco-friendly retreat — situated on one of most spectacular stretches of sand in the region — features an elegant bohemian design and glamping-style accommodations. Among the top highlights: fantastic dining on the beach, a seafront infinity pool, nature trails through the jungle, and a private beach.

What to Do

Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve – This massive reserve was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is an astounding home to thousands of species of fauna and flora. Couples can take part in snorkel tours, fly fishing, sunset birdwatching, and even an ancient Mayan tour that combines visits to historic sites with unique outdoor activities like snorkeling.

Bike Tour – With countless historical sites, dreamy beach scenes and ample jungle terrain, the Riviera Maya is a fantastic place to embark on a bicycle tour. Many excursions such as Tulum Bike Tours incorporate food stops, unique shopping detours, and even a dip in a breathtaking cenote along the route.

 

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Top 5 Restaurants for Your Oahu, Hawaii Honeymoon

Planning to travel to Hawaii for your upcoming honeymoon or anniversary trip? Be sure to add these five acclaimed Oahu restaurants to your itinerary.

Serving up everything from Hawaiian regional cuisine to the freshest sushi in America, we’re confident that each dining spot will deliver a meal to be remembered.

Mahina & Sun’s

Chef Ed Kenney offers his unique take on island cuisine, with a clear emphasis on utilizing local, organic ingredients. Located at the stylish Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club, this hip, casual restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night (featuring expertly crafted cocktails).

Alan Wong’s Honolulu

Chef Alan Wong’s Honolulu flagship is Hawaiian regional cuisine at its finest. Menu items like macadamia nut-coconut crusted lamb chops and twice cooked short rib are heavenly, while the chef’s tasting menu stands out with an all-star lineup of delicious offerings.

Hoku’s at the Kahala Resort

Hoku’s is a fantastic choice for creative fusion food, as the restaurant merges Asian, Hawaiian, and European flavors to perfection. Expect a twist on contemporary island classics, like salt crusted rack of lamb or Kurobuta pork chop with Maui gold pineapple and shishito peppers.

Roy’s Waikiki

This dining destination is truly a honeymoon treat. Based in Waikiki, the restaurant is known as a pioneer of Hawaii regional cuisine and remains fabulous today with its top-notch wine list, decadent desserts, and signature fusion entree items.

Sushi Sasabune

Sushi fans flock to this South King St. favorite from all over the world. The main attraction is no doubt the restaurant’s unforgettable omakase sushi experience. Be sure to sit at the counter for an up-close glimpse at chef Seiji Kumagawa’s methodical preparation. You can go for the omakase or a la carte at the restaurant’s regular tables too.

 

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Essential Honeymoon Experiences: Flora Farms, Los Cabos, Mexico

Heading to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico or San Jose del Cabo for your honeymoon? Don’t miss a trip to Flora Farms, an exceptional restaurant located on a 10-acre working farm.

This organic farm “oasis” — tucked away in the desert hills just outside of San Jose del Cabo — serves up some of the best food and drink in all of Baja California.

From Caesar salad to oven roasted chicken to wood-fired pizza, every mouth-watering dish on the menu is sourced directly from the property.

Also, be sure to arrive early and experience Flora’s fantastic cocktail bar, shops, farm market, and daily farm tour.

San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

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Photo: Flora Farms

Best Bars for a Honeymoon Cocktail: Bayside Bar, St. Lucia

Sunset views, expertly mixed libations, and a stunning beachside location all make the Bayside Bar at Sugar Beach one of the Caribbean’s top overall spots for cocktails.

With drinks in hand, honeymoon couples can relax under the shade of almond trees on the shores of Anse des Pitons, one of Saint Lucia’s most picturesque beaches.

Popular cocktails include pomelo-basil mojitos, ginger-honey caipirinhas, and mango-mint margaritas. The bar also has an impressive menu complete with delicious wood-fired pizza; you may be tempted to stick around for dinner.

What’s your honeymoon cocktail of choice? Share your pick with fellow honeymooners over on Facebook.

 

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Image courtesy of Viceroy Sugar Beach