Renewing Your Vows in the Caribbean

The Basics

The islands of the Caribbean are rimmed with dreamy beaches for vow renewals backed by lush tropical mountains. Those who don’t want their toes in the sand (or sand between their toes) can exchange vows on resort terraces, in restaurants, and at villas with views of the sea and tropical gardens. Beyond the beaches, each island has its own blend of culture, scenery, and facilities.


Pros

  • Tropical climate, beautiful beaches, lovely gardens
  • Offbeat locales, from coral reefs and submarines to mountains and gardens with waterfalls 
  • Exotic cultures and foods that can be incorporated into a celebration
  • Easy to reach via air with competitive fares from many hubs
  • All-inclusive resorts often include free or nominally priced vow renewals


Cons

  • Heat and humidity can be oppressive to some
  • Vulnerable to hurricanes, especially during the June-November hurricane season
  • Zika virus can be an issue on some islands; check with CDC for updates

5 Places We Love

St. Lucia: At Jade Mountain Resort, suites with an infinity pool and deck overlooking the sea and mountains are one breathtaking venue. A catamaran, undersea coral gardens, and the beach itself are also available.


Jamaica: Overwater bungalows are among venues at Sandals Royal Caribbean, set along a wide stretch of beach minutes from the airport. Sandals South Coast Resort also has these bungalows and a two-mile-long beach.


Grenada: All-inclusive Spice Island Beach Resort can arrange your ceremony along Grand Anse beach, in a gazebo surrounded by lemon and almond trees, or on the patio or balcony of a seaside or garden suite.


Dominican Republic: A beachfront gazebo, a rugged outcropping overlooking the sea, or a pergola on the sand are among settings couples can choose at Eden Roc at Cap Cana, an elegant Relais & Chateaux property. 


Aruba: The Ritz-Carlton Aruba offers the elegance and service you’d expect of this brand, whether you host a beachfront ceremony framed by an elegant canopy, an intimate vow exchange in a gazebo on the pier, or in a ballroom with crystal chandeliers.