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Relax in private luxury on the beautiful island of St. Barts…

Villa Marie – Saint-Barth

These days many newlyweds have already had the luxury of traveling extensively before getting married.   Couples who are looking at the Caribbean, but wanting a destination that neither of them have been to, may want to consider the tiny island of St. Barts.

It’s a mix of easy island living, with a chic European vibe thrown in.   A place where you may rub elbows with celebrities, fashion models and the jet-set crowd.  Where you will see yachts docked in the marina and photo shoots for magazines and catalogs taking place.   Because of the lack of ease in getting there, and the expense, it is certainly a favorite for the Hollywood crowd.

This French West Indies island offers tranquil turquoise waters, duty-free boutique shopping, wonderful cuisine with French and Creole influences, and optimal weather during their peak season from December to May.   The rest of the year can be beautiful as well, with the knowledge that the summer months may bring hurricanes.

Although a bit harder to get to than some of the other islands, it can be reached by flying from the U.S. to St. Martin and catching a locally operated 10-minute flight over to St Barts.   Some additional service may be found from San Juan, St Thomas and Antigua as well.

This island is all about sophistication, people-watching from a café along the waterfront, and just basking the sun.  The island is home to a number of incredible public beaches, where you can snorkel and swim. Topless sunbathing is a rather common practice on St. Barts beaches.  

Gustavia Harbor – St. Barts

French and European influences can be found everywhere. From the architecture, to the language, to the food and attitude. Residents and guests alike, have a love for food, drink and having a good time.

Couples should be aware that not only is it a destination that is not easy to get to, it is also not inexpensive.   Many of the small, intimate hotels are rather costly.   But for couples who can afford it, and enjoy their privacy, this may prove to be a winning honeymoon destination.

– Melanie Jascoviez  CTC / DS 
MJ Travel
570-706-5775

Hotel photos provided by Villa Marie – Saint-Barth 

Enjoy tropical breezes over the turquoise waters of Aruba with non-stop adventures for Honeymoon couples…

Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort – Aruba

Sunny Aruba is the smallest, but most popular of the ABC Dutch Islands, located below the hurricane belt, in the southern Caribbean.   It is surrounded with white powdery beaches and is blessed with great weather year round, making it a perfect Honeymoon destination.  Gentle tropical breezes and non-stop adventures await Honeymoon couples.

Bright sunshine, soft sand, turquoise waters, natural scenic wonders, excellent dining and shopping, plus a variety of nightly entertainment—Aruba’s got something for everyone.  Aruba draws honeymooners and sun worshippers to its silky sand shores. This 20-mile long island offers salsa dancing, excellent dining, gambling in glitzy casinos, and numerous watersport options year-round. Aruba’s history unfolds in the Dutch architecture of its busy capital, Oranjestad, and during a hike in Arikok National Park.  Beautiful sandy beaches line the west coast, but the east coast is rugged, with cliffs of limestone, sand dunes, and crashing breakers.   Divi Divi trees whose flat branches grow in the wind’s direction, are trademarks on this island.

Aruba gets less than 20 inches of rain per year.   Just about as close as you can get to guaranteed daily sunshine.  The island is blessed with constant trade winds to keep couples cool, even though the temperature is almost always in the mid to high 80’s.  

Aruba has all the beach and water activities that couples would expect in the Caribbean.   Go sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling and deep sea fishing.  And because of the constant tradewinds, Aruba is one of the most popular places in the world for kitesurfing and windsurfing.  Other land based activities include bicycling, golf, hiking, horseback riding, birding, ATVing, tennis and so much more.

The most popular resort areas are on Palm Beach and Eagle Beach.  This is where couples will find many of the most well-known resorts.  There is a wide array of accommodation choices, from All-Inclusive, Adults-only resorts, to small intimate, romantic resorts.   Something for everyone’s taste.  Aruba also has an island wide program called One Cool Honeymoon, which many resorts participate in. This program is designed to give couples the special welcome they deserve on their Honeymoon, including special amenities and perks.

If couples are looking for near-perfect weather, sunny days and tons of activities, Aruba is great place to start looking.
    

– Melanie Jascoviez  CTC / DS 
MJ Travel
570-706-5775

Resort photos provided by Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort – Aruba

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