A Caribbean Valentine’s Day could be just what you need to spark or re-ignite the flames of love with your significant other this year! With warm, sunny weather, gorgeous ocean views, and swaying palms, the Caribbean is the perfect place to pass the time on February 14th. Here are 7 romantic ideas for things to do with your loved one in the Caribbean!
1.Go kayaking in a glow-in-the-dark bay
The Caribbean is one of the only places in the world where you can visit a bioluminescent bay. Of the five remaining bioluminescent bays in the world, 4 are located in the Caribbean. They are La Parguera in Lajas, Puerto Rico, Laguna Grande in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Mosquito Bay in Vieques, Puerto Rico, and Luminous Lagoon in Falmouth, Jamaica.
But what exactly is a bioluminescent bay? Simply put, it’s a bay in which the water glows at night. This happens due to a large quantity of dinoflagellates in the water. When disturbed, they glow for just an instant. The effect is quite magical, especially when it’s a starless night.
You can book a kayaking tour with a group or just the two of you. Your guide will take you out to the bay at sundown, and you’ll be able to see the water glow as you move your hands or paddles in the water. On some tours, you may be allowed to swim in the water.
2. Book a private villa
Skip the crowded hotels and resorts, and book a cozy private villa for you and your significant other during your Caribbean Valentine’s Day celebration. There are many advantages to choosing villas over hotels. One of them is the fact that they are much more private. You won’t have to worry about noisy neighbors, or crowded pools. You’ll have your own private kitchen to cook romantic dinners, and a personal pool to relax in without being disturbed by other guests.
You can choose an oceanside vacation rental in order to enjoy views of the sea night and day. In addition, the optional concierge services available at many private villas will allow you to set up surprise romantic dinners or beach picnics with ease.
3. Go horseback riding
Could there be anything more romantic than horseback riding in the Caribbean?
Everyone loves the idea of “riding off into the sunset” with the love of their lives. So why not make your dreams come true and knock this one off your bucket list during your Caribbean Valentine’s Day vacation?
4. Take a hike to enjoy a spectacular sunset
A strenuous hike might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but you don’t necessarily have to walk uphill for miles in order to see a spectacular sunset in the Caribbean. On many islands, there are easy trails that will take you to sites that are just as breathtaking as a climb up to the tallest mountain. Take Shirley Heights for example. Most of the visitors who have taken the trail from English Harbour to Shirley Heights Lookout describe it as being suitable for hikers with basic mobility and fitness.
Other fabulous places to hike in the Caribbean include Paradise Peak in St. Martin, the Pitons in St. Lucia, and Waitukubuli National Trail in Dominica.
5. Charter a private boat
It’s one thing to take a crowded ferry from one island to another; it’s quite another to charter a private boat. You can book a day-long trip to see a few nearby islands. Island-hopping with a private boat is a popular pastime for couples and families.
The Caribbean is ideal for island hopping due to the fact that many islands are located in close proximity to several others. That means that it’s possible to visit several countries in one day. In addition, you can stop on tiny uninhabited islands (like this one) and literally have the beach all to yourself.
6. Set up a picnic on the beach
It might seem like such a cliche idea, but how many people have actually taken the time to set up a romantic picnic on the beach? Perhaps it takes a bit more time and effort than many people are willing to put in. Besides, you’d either have to make the food yourself (kitchens in vacation rentals are handy for that), or get take out. Then there’s the decorations, the dishes, the bottle of wine…in the end, it might be easier to just have concierge services set it up for you.
Here are a few quick tips for creating a romantic picnic set up:
- Check Pinterest for decorating ideas! Use what you can find in nature (shells, leaves, flowers, etc) if you don’t have time to buy things, or you can’t find a place to purchase them.
- Bring finger food! That way, you don’t have worry about silverware, or heating up the entree, or spilling sauce on yourself. Think sliced cheese, strawberries, chips and salsa, and guacamole.
- Don’t forget a beach blanket. Pretty much anything will do, as long as it’s spacious. Toss on a few throw pillows, and you’ve created some comfortable seating!
- Be sure to capture the moment with a few photos! It may also be fun to take some polaroid pictures so you can hang the printouts on your fridge later on.
7. Visit the historic part of town
Another great way to celebrate a Caribbean Valentine’s Day is to visit the historic part of town. For example, stroll down the streets of Old San Juan in Puerto Rico, or admire the colorful Dutch houses that line the harbor in Willemstad, Curacao. Click here to see a complete list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Caribbean!
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