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Get your party on in the Caribbean

Coupled or single, there is tons of nightlife to be experienced on most of the Caribbean Islands. However, there are some islands that are ranked above the others as far as nightlife, music, and dancing. If you are envisioning the movie “Cocktail” for your Caribbean vacation, Damon’s Getaways know where all the cool nightlife scenes are in the Islands.

We’ve selected the most highly ranked islands for nightlife fun by Forbes, USA Today. Orbitz, Oyster, Caribbean Travel and many others. Choose the Caribbean island that most fits your vacation style and contact Damon’s Getaways today to book your Caribbean getaway!

Puerto Rico

A US Territory with a Spanish Speaking Culture, Dancing and Carnival Atmosphere Puerto Rico, the birthplace of the Pina Colada, is regularly rated in the top 10 of places to party in the Caribbean. It is also rich in history, culture, adventurous outdoor activities, dining, shopping not to mention stunning beaches near it all. And being a US territory, you don’t even need a passport!

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico’s Capital city, was founded by the Spanish in 1521, and it is the oldest city in the US. It is packed with rich history and cultural sites to discover during the day. It has also been dubbed “nightlife Capital of the Caribbean” and once there you’ll find out why.

The city comes alive at night with salsa music and Latin dancing. Old San Juan is a great place for bar-hopping, particularly around San Sebastian Street. Most places feature live music. And late January sees the Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián, one of the Caribbean’s best street parties.

San Juan’s nightlife includes everything from discos, gay bars, and casinos to a vibrant performing arts scene. Well-dressed tourists and laid-back locals alike often mingle in the lobby bars of large hotels, many of which have bands in the evening. The locals come out to party at about 10 pm and kick it until the daylight hours particularly on weekends.

If you love festivals, plan your visit either around January or June. In January, the San Sebastian Festival is taking place – ideal if you’re into things like Mardi Gras. In June, the entire island turns into an all-night party for the Noche de San Juan.

Outside of San Juan visit La Parguera has an inviting pedestrian mall with a carnival atmosphere. You’ll find vendors selling trinkets, food and drinks; live bands set up on the patios of bars; and – La Parguera’s biggest attraction, its bioluminescent bay. Hop aboard a 20-minute boat ride from the dock brings you to a bay teeming with millions of microscopic organisms that create an underwater glow.

If you need a break from the hopping nightlife, visit Isla Verde beach which fronts the Atlantic Ocean. A few big-name hotels line the beach, flanked by some smaller lodging options, including some chic boutique properties that look like settings for movie stars’ private parties.

 

Jamaica

Jamaica is best a laid-back party with character, culture and breathtaking scenery Jamaica is the location for anyone who enjoys waking up in a tropical paradise after a night filled with drinking and dancing. With its dramatic sunsets and long-haired windsurfers, and legendary parties, the most notable party beach in Jamaica is the Seven Mile Beach in Negril. It is Jamaica’s longest beach and is buzzing with bars serving ice cold beer, worldwide vacationers, live music and street vendors selling skewers of sizzling Jamaican delights and fresh fruits. There are open fires and grills offering Caribbean-style food and serving generously strong cocktails served in pineapples and coconut shells. Jamaica is also the birthplace of reggae superstar Bob Marley.

You can also visit Kingston “the heartbeat of Jamaica” located at the foot of the Blue Mountains, overlooking the world’s seventh-largest natural harbor and the largest English-speaking city south of Miami. Kingston is Jamaica’s cultural heart, with a wide variety of historical and cultural attractions. There you’ll find a sophisticated, upbeat nightlife and an inviting range of dining venues offering a cosmopolitan contrast to the rest of the island’s slow and easy pace.

Located on Jamaica’s northern coastline, Ocho Rios is a major port for cruise ships and offers many beautiful resorts and beaches. This region is home to one of the island’s much-photographed and best-known natural attractions: Dunn’s River Falls, a dramatic a 600-foot cascading waterfall which can be climbed by foot and not far from where Columbus first landed more than 500 years ago. Amazed by the island’s beauty, the explorer declared: “the land seems to touch the sky.”

In Port Antonio, you can take a hiking expedition to glistening waterfalls and hidden caves, go rafting down the Rio Grande River on a bamboo raft, or take a romantic dip in the natural springs at Reach Falls, where waterfall scene in “Cocktail,” the movie, was filmed. You can enjoy excellent accommodations here at some of the island’s most elegant villas and charming small hotels, tucked into hillsides and overlooking secluded azure coves.

Other special attractions include great shopping, crafts markets, gorgeous gardens, swimming with dolphins at Dolphin Cove, a tour of Nine Miles, the birthplace of reggae legend Bob Marley and the site of his mausoleum.

For sheer excitement and day trips, check out the myriad of tours offered by local operators island wide, which include horseback riding on the beach; ATV tours; plantation visits; canopy tours; Jungle River tubing; a Black River safari; a reggae tour; catamaran cruises; rafting; and much more.

Aruba

This Dutch Island is big on beaches, creature comforts and organized activities, this amenity-rich island aims to make visitors feel right at home, especially after dark! Aruba’s nightlife is some of the Caribbean’s best. With its beachfront lounges, exciting casinos, and lively clubs, it is easy to relax and sip tropical cocktails, talk about the day’s adventures on the island, dance, and play until the sun rises again.

You can jump into seaside bars where the Caribbean meets the coast in Oranjestad Aruba’s capital city. Try your luck at the casinos that line Palm Beach. Or, enjoy the weekly Carnival celebrations or trip the light fantastic at the many dance clubs.

Energetic Aruba parties day and night. Most of the action centers around downtown Oranjestad where the locals gather at Dutch pub Café Chaos. If you would rather party beachside, head to Moomba Beach Bar & Restaurant for live music and tasty cocktails and food. To do a pub crawl without having to designate a driver, hop aboard the many party buses which will take you there for a few dollars.

Drinking and gambling at one of the several 24/7 casinos is legal for 18-year-olds. Many have live entertainment nightly. Vacationers can find a hotel with a swim-up bar for day drinking, or head to the Palm Beach area at night, which is home to a popular Gusto night club, Senor Frog’s, Soprano’s Piano Bar Saloon Bar, and Bugaloe Beach Bar & Grill.

Aruba also offers an array of duty-free shops. The island is also a favorite port for cruise ships, but visitors also lodge here to take advantage of upscale restaurants, lively nightclubs, and some of the best windsurfing in the world.

With 200 restaurants to choose from, Aruba’s lively dining scene offers a great variety of international cuisines. You’ll find the foods of China, Indonesia, Argentina, and Japan, for starters. Local liqueurs worth investigating include Ponche Crema, made with eggs and rum; and Coe Coei, concocted from the kukwisa plant, better known as agave. Or you can sign up for the Aruba Gastronomic Association’s dine-around or wine-around programs, which sell discounted meal and wine tasting packages redeemable at 25 island restaurants.

Curacao

Curaçao is an explorer’s paradise with kicking nightlife to beat! Albeit smaller than its neighbor Aruba, the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao still has a great spread of hopping bars and clubs. Close to the cruise terminal is Mambo Beach, which houses Wet & Wild Beach Club offering happy hour and live DJs, and Madera Ocean Club, featuring well-priced cocktail and food menus. The more central Willemstad area has 27 Bar & Terrace, a popular live music venue, and Sopranos sports bar. The great windsurfing conditions, photogenic colonial architecture, and rampant beautiful beaches are just cherries on top of the piña coladas.

A lot of Curacao’s partying happens at the beach both day and night. Near capital Willemstad, the side-by-side long stretch of Mambo Beach and Jon Thiel Beach are the island’s party headquarters, especially on Sunday nights. Look also for action in the major resorts. The island’s proximity to Venezuela makes salsa popular enough for an annual two-day festival. In the nightclubs, you’ll hear everything from reggae to samba.

Friday is the big night out in Curaçao, with rollicking happy hours and live music at many bars and hotels. And, as mentioned surprisingly, Sunday-night revelry into the wee hours is an island tradition. Outrageous costumes, blowout parades, and frenetic energy characterize Carnival when the time rolls around. The season lasts longer here than on many other islands, beginning on New Year’s and continuing until midnight the day before Ash Wednesday.

Home to more than 35 captivating beaches, a diverse heritage spanning 55 different cultures, ‘live and let live’ attitude and unrivaled European architecture; Curaçao remains one of the most exceptional islands of the region.

Its capital city, Willemstad features a roster of museums, monuments, flavorful restaurants, and shopping, and was selected in 2013 as one of the Top 5 Cities in the Caribbean by Condé Nast Traveler’s readers. Curaçao’s natural beauty, pristine diving, and snorkeling sites are a favorite with divers and adventure seekers, and its beaches and idyllic weather, situated on the outer fringes of the Hurricane Belt, has won it further accolade and recognition.

Barbados

Known for pink-sand beaches, British influence, shipwreck diving, and spirited nightlife. Barbados, the birthplace of rum which is an integral part of any Caribbean party! With thousands of rum shops by day, you will find local fare and conversation. By night you will head to the most popular area for drinking and dining — St. Lawrence Gap, a strip of restaurants, bars, clubs, and hotels near Dover Beach. Local “boogie” buses will take you there. The Cove is a bustling club in that plays a variety of music including calypso and reggae, while nearby Old Jamm Inn has a dance floor, cheap drinks, and a mix of locals and tourists.

For those closer to the capital of Bridgetown, the open-air Harbour Lights is a well-regarded nightclub, while visitors to the Holetown area often make a stop of Red Door Lounge and Drift Ocean Terrace Lounge. Or you could head up to Holetown located along the resort-lined Gold Coast where First and Second streets liven up with music and bistro dining after dark.

Barbados’ culture keenly reflects both the three and half centuries of British rule, gaining its independence in 1966, and of the former slaves who populated the island to cultivate sugarcane under the British. If you visit the island in the summer, you can experience Crop Over, Barbados’ premier festival, which celebrates many Bajan customs. The event can be traced to 18th-century sugar days when a raucous party marked the end of the late-summer sugar season. Today, the five-week Crop Over features markets, carnival shows, calypso concerts, and colorful parades.

You can also enjoy the natural beauty of the island by taking a tram ride through Harrison’s Cave and gape at a breathtaking collection of stalactites, stalagmites, waterfalls, and pools. Stroll through Andromeda Gardens, which brims with orchids, bougainvillea, palms, and ferns.

Tour operators will make your exploration easy with a tour of historic homes and gardens, local arts and crafts, heritage sites, and eco and nature tours. Local experts will be glad to bring you to the top spots, or you can also rent bicycles and motor scooters to find your own adventure.

Dominican Republic

The Spanish cultural music enlivens the night, while the natural beauty and historic architecture on the island enrich your days! The Dominican Republic’s capital city of Santo Domingo is packed with bars, nightclubs, and hotels offering live performances. The greatest concentration of party till you drop nightlife is in the city’s Colonial Zone and along the Malecon ocean boardwalk. A variety of Latin and American music abounds including merengue, salsa, bachata, pop, and reggae. You can sample all of them at various spots throughout the city. Onno’s Bar and Sabina Bar are just a couple of favorites. Resorts also entertain with live local music, some until 6 am. In addition to fancy wine bars and buzzing dance clubs, there are grocery stores known as colmados that turn into popular spots for locals to grab a beer and listen to Latin music.

If you want to try Latin dancing you’ve selected the right island. From the local colmados mini-market hangouts to hot lounges, dance clubs and casinos, Dominicans turn out to celebrate their love of life, food, music, and dance. And they enjoy sharing their culture with tourists. So, don’t be shy.

On this island nation, there is an abundance of historic colonial architecture, sea views, and museums, which are excellent ways to keep busy in the day. The Dominican Republican also offers a wide variety of outdoor activities as well. You can go white water rafting, mountain biking, hiking, diving – take your pick. With stunning waterfalls, geothermal vents, underwater pinnacles, rare parrots and a boiling lake distinguish this natural wonderland.

Located between Guadeloupe and Martinique, Dominica hosts mountains soaring to nearly 5,000 feet, a thriving rainforest, hundreds of rivers cascading in dramatic waterfalls, rare orchids and colorful birds. Geothermal activity results in colorful hot springs, bubbling mud pools, small geysers, and Boiling Lake, the second largest lake of its kind in the world. The sites are found in Morne Trois Pitons National Park.

The Waitukubuli National Trail encompasses 114 miles of trail spanning and twisting the length of this 29-mile long island. Mountain biking, horseback riding, river tubing, kayaking and jeep safaris are other ways of enjoying Dominica’s natural gifts.

The island’s waters also host 22 species of whales and dolphins, making it a prime whale-watching destination year-round. Other ways to enjoy the water include kayaking, sailing, and fishing. Beaches are mostly black sand, with a few golden strands in the northeast.

Trinidad & Tobago

In Trinidad & Tobago, there are only two seasons: Carnival and Getting Ready for Carnival. Trinidad is probably the biggest party island, especially during the Carnival season, which runs the same time as Mardi-Gras in the US. While Carnival typically takes place in February or March, the celebrations begin on December 26 each year with music and costume competitions, parties and celebrations that culminate on Carnival Monday and Tuesday. The organized bands that march in Carnival sponsor ‘mas’ camps (short for masquerade) at numerous venues in and around the busy capital of Port-of-Spain and visitors from around the world are invited to experience the heart-pounding rhythms and jaw-dropping costumes by joining the parade, known locally as “playing mas.”

It does not have to be Carnival time to find the people of Trinidad dancing and music making, but you will find a flurry of nightlife in the weeks leading up to the winter festival. Look for the panyards where local Carnival bands are practicing for the event. Pan (steel drum), calypso and soca were invented here,

and that’s what you’ll hear in the night owl clubs around capital Port of Spain, particularly along Ariapita Avenue. Also, check out who’s on stage at the National Academy for the Performing Arts.

Bursting with unparalleled spirit and culture, the dual-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago offers visitors the opportunity to experience everything from the cosmopolitan, bustling cities and towns in Trinidad, too lazy days sunbathing on pristine beaches in Tobago. While the island is famous for its lively Carnival celebrations the destination’s bountiful countryside with vast forest preserves and marshland, remains off the beaten path for many travelers.

During the day, the capital city of Port of Spain boasts several art galleries featuring the works of local painters and sculptors, and visitors can also check out the Magnificent Seven, a row of early 20th-century mansions along the Savannah, Port-of-Spain’s ‘Central Park.’

For visitors seeking unique, unusual and, to some, seriously competitive sports, goat racing is all the rage on the island of Tobago with a yearly competition usually taking place in early April. Those who would like to show their competitive spirit can cheer on their goat and jockey of choice or participate in the crab races that take place at the same time.

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The Romantic Caribbean Islands

Celebrate your love with a candlelit dinner on the cliffs of Negril, a beachy afternoon in St. Barts or a secluded picnic on the Samaná Peninsula, Dominican Republic.

The increasingly diverse collection of luxury hotels and all-inclusive vacations in the Caribbean means everything from traditional megaresorts to charming little tucked-away boutiques where you can get away from it all.

Let Damon’s Getaways plan your honeymoon, anniversary vacation or a luxurious romantic escape. We can help you celebrate, have a dream island wedding or just relax in the sun. We’ve included some of the most romantic spots on the top-rated Caribbean islands for lovers and their wedding requirements should you decide you want to have that toes-in-the-sand wedding of your dreams!

Nassau, The Bahamas

The 21-mile-long New Providence, Nassau really is a couples’ paradise, with its sweeping white-sand shores, pristine beaches, shipwreck-filled dive sites, and cuisine that has a flavor all its own.

One of the best things about an island-style honeymoon is going as casual as you want when it comes to cuisine. Sure, Nassau has its fair share of fine dining spots like the Bahamian-influenced Graycliff Restaurant, a gourmet eatery spread throughout the lavish rooms of the former family home. But you can also join the locals with street food-style fare served straight in the sand, noshing on seafood faves like fried snapper, grilled shrimp and conch served any way you’d like, best paired with a local brew like Sands.

These white-sand shores are so stunning; they’re constantly featured as the backdrop of blockbusters, like James Bond’s Casino Royale and the Pirates of the Caribbean. Pair the sugary sand with 300 days of sunshine a year and temps that hover around 80 degrees, and you have the recipe for the perfect island honeymoon escape with your hotel just minutes away from the sand.

For honeymooners, Sandals Royal Bahamian and Sandals Emerald Bay Sandals Royal Bahamian is a better choice for those who want to enjoy casinos and nightlife. The Riu Palace Paradise Island is a good option and comes in a close 3rd place, according to Brides magazine.

Marriage Requirements:

A one-day residency is required before obtaining a marriage license. For information and literature on getting married in The Bahamas, contact the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism at Phone. An affidavit is needed for persons wishing to be married who have never been married. This affidavit can be obtained through a Justice of the Peace, a Bahamian Licensed Marriage Officer, or a notary public, stating that the person has never been married. It must accompany the application for the marriage license. If either party has been divorced, the original final decree or a court certified copy must be produced. If either party is widowed, the original death certificate or a certified copy must be produced.

St. Barts

Formally known as Saint Barthélemy, St. Barts is an impressive island paradise that delivers low-key Caribbean vibes laced with French and Swedish-inspired finesse and flair. If you want a little more sophistication mixed with European influence and overarching natural beauty, you’ll find it on the island of St. Barts.

Many newlyweds and couples continue to flock here in droves, despite the heftier price tags. With 14 beaches awaiting you, you won’t have to search for a secluded stretch of sand. The best beaches include Anse des Flamands for the rolling white sands and verdant greenery, Baie de St-Jean for the beachside restaurants like On The Rocks, and Anse de Grand Cul-de-Sac for the watersports. If you’re after a romantic setting without all the grandeur, try intimate boutique Tom Beach Hotel.

St. Barts has become a high-class hideaway for well-to-do travelers and big-name celebrities alike, including Beyoncé, Billy Joel, Michael Kors, Chrissy Teigen, and Kevin Hart, who honeymooned here.

There are no cookie-cutter hotels on St. Barts. You’ll find small boutique properties like Le Guanahani, a seaside resort with Marigot Bay on one side and the Grand Cul de Sac lagoon on the other. The resort’s Coconut Grove is a popular spot for exchanging vows, while the poolside Indigo restaurant will wow your guests with its inventive seafood dishes and tropical vibe.

For a classic beach wedding with St. Barts flair, consider the five-star Hotel Christopher or the Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France, where even underwater nuptials can be arranged. Your sand-in-the-toes wedding at the dramatic Eden Rock can be capped by a private party in the hotel’s legendary Villa Rockstar; a 16,000-square-foot playhouse just steps from the shoreline.

Marriage Requirements: You’ll need your Birth Certificate (with raised seal). Certificate of good conduct (including certification of single status). Residency card (one of the persons must have resided on the island at least one month). Medical certificate (including blood test), issued within 3 months of marriage.

Samaná Peninsula, Dominican Republic

If you want to feel like you’ve uncovered an opulent yet secluded spot with your partner, this Dominican Republic region is it. Samaná is a sleepy and traditional town on the Samaná Peninsula, which drops off into the sparkling waters of Samaná Bay — home to thousands of humpback whales during mating season from December to March. For accommodation, couples should stay on the beautiful isle of Cayo Levantado. Palm-tree lined beaches, and chalky-white sands can be explored at the adults-only, five-star resort of Bahia Principe.

Declare your love on the coast of the Samana Peninsula where the mountains and sea serve as the perfect backdrop. Sublime Samana is an intimate and exclusive hotel nestled amongst coconut palm trees, expansive pool canals, smooth sand beaches, and turquoise waters. Every wedding is one-of-a-kind with tailor-made planning arrangements ranging from menu suggestions to music and entertainment. Their expert staff is committed to providing matchless service to make your dream wedding and honeymoon a reality.

The second-largest Caribbean island, the Dominican Republic abounds with vacation options. Those seeking pure relaxation can lounge with a juicy novel on a powdery white swath of sand or sign on for a massage using tropical lotions in a sumptuous spa. Active adventurers might seek out canyoning and windsurfing opportunities. Hikers can scale Pico Duarte, the Caribbean’s highest mountain at 10,000 feet, while strollers can shuffle along 1,000 miles of sublime coastline. For cultural immersion, history buffs can take a step back in time in the centuries-old capital, Santo Domingo. Wherever you go, you’ll hear the infectious sounds of merengue, the national music, and dance.

Marriage Requirements: Before arriving in the Dominican Republic you should get permission to marry from the American Consulate in Santo Domingo. Then you go to the Dominican Consulate with all your documents and get them legalized at that time. When you arrive in the country, you present both these letters together with your birth certificate and any divorce judgments (if applicable) to the Consul. The American Embassy is located at Cesar Nicolas Penson Street in Santo Domingo. After obtaining the permission to get married, you may do so in a civil ceremony. The Consul can and will instruct you as to where and when the ceremony may be performed.

Negril, Jamaica

Located on the island’s far Western side, Negril is perfect for honeymooners in search of a lively and picturesque chapter of romance. Sun-basking, reef-swimming and all out-indulging take place in the main, on the golden sands of the famous, sunset-facing Seven Mile Beach. Negril boasts stylish, boutique hotels atop the stunning limestone cliffs, the most impressive of which is The Caves. There are also plush beach-front hotels like Royalton Negril & Hideaway.

The fact that Negril is still underdeveloped remains a significant factor in its unparalleled charm. The unspoiled, untamed and unforgettable Negril is Jamaica’s jewel in its crown. The rugged cliff side on the West End burst into fire at sunset in the many bars and restaurants, whilst the peaceful afternoons show off the many caves and diving areas. If you’re looking for the perfect place for a romantic getaway, look no further. Negril, Jamaica is where you want to be. Whether you’re newlyweds, seasoned seniors or a married couple with young kids.

Some things to do in Negril that will surely rejuvenate and revitalize your relationship are walking along the Seven Mile Beach. Enjoy cocktails or dinner while watching the sunset over the ocean at Rick’s Café. Have an oceanside couples’ massage. Highly recommended is the hot stone or deep tissue massage in the open air with ocean-front waves relaxing you. And what’s a romantic vacation without a date night where you can dance the night away to sound of reggae music. The One Love Reggae Concert Series happens every Saturday at the Seastar Inn.

Marriages Requirements: Marriages that take place according to Jamaican law are recognized in the US as legal marriages. Persons getting married in Jamaica must be in the country for 24 hours before the ceremony can be performed. No blood tests are required. Proof of citizenship – certified copy of birth certificate, which includes father’s name. Parent’s written consent if under 18 years of age. Proof of divorce if applicable (original certificate of divorce). Certified copy of death certificate for widow or widower.

Turks and Caicos

Who wouldn’t want to be in love on two hundred miles of powdery, white sands and gorgeous reefs that marry utter indulgence and beauty? The Turks and Caicos are an archipelago of 40 low-lying coral islands southeast of the Bahamas. Romance-seekers today are rich with choices when it comes to elegant accommodations and dining here, particularly on the gateway island of Providenciales (known as Provo).

Try the sensational seafood at the candle-lit Anacaona or check out the lively crowd at Da Conch Shack and Rum Bar. Hotels and resorts are pretty much luxury only: Parrot Cay, a 74-room resort on a private cay, is for the couple who want to absorb all the beauty of the islands without feeling as if they’ve stepped onto a resort. Amanyara, on the other hand, is pure opulence with private villas and bungalows on the property which backs onto a protected wildlife park.

This easily accessible island chain has come into its own as a destination with glorious beaches, deluxe resorts, and an indulgent lifestyle. Unlike many Caribbean countries, the Turks and Caicos has one of the lowest annual rainfall averages in the region, and consequently a high percentage of sunny days and great weather.

The island of Provo offers some of the most spectacular beaches and ocean water in the world. From the unparalleled and internationally acclaimed Grace Bay Beach, to the sheltered and secluded Taylor Bay and Sapodilla Bay beaches, you’ll realize you’ve found paradise. Several of our beaches offer vibrant reefs close to shore and are perfect snorkeling sites to see coral, fish, conch, and turtles.

Marriage Requirements: Must be present in the Turks & Caicos Islands for at least forty-eight hours prior to making this application. Cruise ship passengers may now apply for a special license for marriage on the same day of arrival. Must have parents’ consent if under the age of 21. Proof of divorce or death certificate if applicable.

Barbados

Barbados is a place where refined luxury and exceptional culinary delights dance and mingle among lush tropical greenery, limpid blue waters and warm golden sunlight.

Couples can watch the sun melt into the sparkling sea on a romantic catamaran tour or take a walk on one of Barbados’s many breathtaking beaches. The cuisine is varied thanks to the fusion of African, Spanish and West Indian influences. Fish Pot, set within an 18th-century fort and part of the Little Good Harbour Hotel, serves up delicious dishes and an unbeatable ambiance in equal measure. For romantic accommodations, the five-star Fairmont Royal Pavilion has rooms in the style of a Barbadian home, and the larger Sandy Lane Hotel boasts a golf course and spa alongside its spectacular suites and ocean-front rooms.

There are several catamaran cruise operators in Barbados that offer moonlight cruises. And it wouldn’t be a couple’s vacation without a luxury spa experience, and fortunately, Barbados has some best spas. Or you could head to one of the excellent beaches and enjoy snorkeling together among the reef with the fish. The west coast beaches are where the water is calmest, such as Mullins or Holetown Bay beach where it is possible to swim with turtles. You can also visit Hunte’s Gardens one of the best tropical gardens in the Caribbean.

From refined English history, stately plantations and luxury resorts to West Indian street feasts, buttery beaches and championship surfing and golfing, Barbados will leave you wanting for little but a repeat visit.

Marriage Requirements: A Marriage License must be obtained in Barbados from the Ministry of Home Affairs by all visitors desirous of getting married. There are no residency requirements, and marriage can take place immediately after the license is obtained. Documents Required: Valid passports or the original or certified copies of valid birth certificates and a letter from the Minister of Religion or Magistrate who has consented to perform the marriage ceremony should be presented at the time of filing the application. If either party was married previously and widowed, a certified copy of the Marriage Certificate and Death Certificate in respect of the deceased spouse. If either party is divorced, an original Decree Absolute is necessary. The Decree Nisi is not acceptable. If the Decree Absolute is in a foreign language, the document should be translated by an authorized Notary Public.

Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the Caribbean. The north of the island is busier and more developed, with spectacular beaches, bars, and restaurants, and the south is where the world heritage site and, Saint Lucia’s Pitons are located. Day-trip excursions between the north and south can be made easily, but it’s worth spending a significant time on each side. For a truly spectacular and intimate retreat, take a trip to the unforgettable hilltop hotel, Jade Mountain which bans technology, so all you’ll have to do is focus on is birdwatching, scuba excursions, and the property’s 24 infinity pools.

With its gorgeous palm-fringed beaches, miles of unspoiled rainforest, majestic mountains, refreshing waterfalls, breath-taking vistas, and warm, inviting people, Saint Lucia offers a wealth of awe-inspiring, once-in-a-lifetime experiences which are sure to impress the most seasoned traveler.

Whether you are looking to relax in the sun or find an adventure filled with excitement and intrigue, it’s hard to imagine a more feel-good destination. Saint Lucia offers some unique and memorable places to stay from world-class resorts to cottages on plantations, over the water bungalows, to three-walled bedrooms with infinity pools overlooking the Piton Mountains. No matter the type of accommodation or experience you’re seeking you’ll find a place that is right for you on this majestic island.

Marriage Requirements: A marriage license must be obtained in St. Lucia by all visitors wishing to get married in St. Lucia. You just need to stay here for 2 days before the wedding. After you’ve been here for 2 days, a local Solicitor can apply for a license on your behalf. However, there is a Special License which requires no residency period. If you arrive with all the necessary legal documents and file them with a lawyer in the morning, by the afternoon of the same day, you can obtain the special license. Documents required are passport; birth certificate; decree Absolute (if one of the parties is divorced); in the case of a widow/widower a Death Certificate of the first spouse is required; if a name has been changed, a Deed Poll is required; if one of the parties is under the age of 18, evidence of consent of parents is required in the form of a sworn affidavit stamped by a Notary Public. If any required documents are not in English, an authenticated translation must be available.

Is an All Inclusive resort right for you?

All-inclusive resorts are great for their convenience of having everything available at your fingertips, but for vacationers seeking to explore a destination’s culture and flavor, it may not fit the bill.

When deciding between an all-inclusive vacation or booking separately, the first thing you might want to consider is the expense of food, lodging, and drinks at your destination. If food, lodging, and activities are relatively inexpensive, you may not want to go with an all-inclusive especially if you are on a budget. Sometimes all-inclusive resorts can be just as costly as any other vacation.

Although the biggest pro of all-inclusive resorts, of course, is everything is included in one price, it’s best to check the fine print to know what’s included in that price. Some resorts don’t include WIFI or telephone services, laundry, and certain top-shelf liquors. Before you book, Damon’s Getaways will make sure you fully understand what you’re getting for your money.

Another pro is the convenience of having everything you need at one resort. So, if you are looking for a hassle-free vacation, an all-inclusive is for you. The biggest perk is being able to leave your wallet in your hotel room’s safe as you enjoy your vacation.

You will rarely run out of food options at all-inclusive resorts, and the stellar service is always a plus. A variety of cuisines are constantly at your disposal. Buffets are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. While you’re lounging at the beach or pool, there’s no need to get up for a drink, as servers are always on call, collecting orders for any beverage that you desire. And if you feel like staying in for the night or eating breakfast in bed, a fully stocked minibar and room service are available 24 hours a day at most resorts.

Another benefit of an all-inclusive resort is the plethora of activities available including yoga on the beach, dance classes by the pool, art classes for the kids. You can take a ride in a catamaran, jet ski or a glass bottom boat. Or you could go kayaking, parasailing, snorkeling, or horseback riding on the beach. Most resorts have excellent spas services as well. So, make sure your all-inclusive includes these treats to help you relax and pamper yourself.

Night time entertainment is always plentiful at all-inclusive resorts. You’ll enjoy live music, Broadway-style shows, comedians and karaoke! You can dance the night away at a beach party or in the nightclub. Some resorts also offer gambling.

Going all-inclusive is a perfect option for first-time travelers. All-inclusive hotels come in all shapes and sizes. Some are family-friendly, while others are strictly for adults and couples. Damon’s Getaways will find the one that suits your needs and rest assured the only thing you will worry about is how to split your time between relaxation and action-packed activities.

All-inclusive vacations aren’t for everyone, however. Seasoned travelers who want to experience more of the culture of a destination may find the all-inclusive vacation rather inauthentic. Some resorts cater to the masses and provide their clientele (mostly from North America and Europe) with food, activities, and accommodations they find appealing. The food won’t necessarily reflect the cuisines perfected by your chosen destination. If you want to mingle with the locals or feel the vibe and culture of the destination an all-inclusive resort may not be for you.

If you are looking for peace and quiet, you may not find it in the larger resorts, especially considering you can encounter crowds at larger properties that can create competition for activities, restaurants, etc. And with crowds, noise can also be an issue. In addition, if you are looking to venture off property many resorts are isolated from nearby cities and attractions, so you may have to rent a car or use ground transportation, which would be at your expense.

There are tons of options we can explore for you in all-inclusive vacations. Share with us the amenities, activities, and options you are seeking in an all-inclusive. Whether you are in search of a romantic getaway, a spa-like vacation to de-stress, or family fun in the sun, we can recommend several all-inclusive resorts that will fit your vacation needs. Call us today for your getaway dream vacation!

Cruises

Is a cruise right for you?

Cruise Vacations Are Growing And So Are the Options!

With more than 26 million people taking cruise vacations annually, cruising remains one fastest growing sectors of the vacation industry among all age groups. But as the cruise industry grows, so do the options available and finding the right cruise for your vacation style is critical to fully enjoying your trip and getting the biggest bang for your buck.

Damon’s Getaways specializes in cruise vacations and can match you with the cruise line, cruise ship and perfect destination for your dream getaway. With thousands of destinations, hundreds of cruise lines (some offering themed cruises), we will make sure you are booked on a cruise that matches your vacation style and objectives as well as your budget.

Several factors to take into consideration when selecting the right cruise are age range you are likely to encounter aboard ship, whether you are a family with children or coupled or single. Other factors include the time of year, how long you want to cruise, the cruise line and of course the destination.

Choosing a cruise line is very important as every cruise line has its own personality which appeals to different types of people. Carnival, for instance, is known for a gregarious, fun-loving crowd. Celebrity, by contrast, draws a quieter, more style-conscious customer. The two lines operate ships of similar sizes, and often on similar routes and at similar prices, but a regular Carnival customer may not enjoy a cruise on a Celebrity ship and vice versa.

Much like hotels, cruises come in a wide variety of price points with features to match. If you are on a budget, you can book on Carnival offering voyages for as little as $399 per person, per week. Or if you are going to splurge and money is no object, you can select one of the luxury lines like Seabourn and Regent Seven Seas and pay as much as $1,000 per person, per day. Rates can also vary significantly depending on the season. And there are hundreds of price points in between, and why a travel specialist can help you select the right cruise so you can get the most out of your vacation dollar.

Cruises are all-inclusive to some degree, meaning the price covers your cabin and all meals plus onboard entertainment. Things like bar drinks and sodas, spa services, and shore excursions are extra.

Cruise length varies from 2 days to several weeks. If you are retired, you can even take a 130-day around-the-world voyage. The most popular cruises, however, are in the 4- to 7- to 11-day range.

Probably one of the most important options in choosing a cruise vacation is the destination. From fun-in-sun on a Caribbean or Mediterranean cruise to voyages to Norway’s fiords and Alaskan glaciers, the world awaits cruisers. These days, even the most mainstream lines offer sailings around the globe.

Still, not every line goes to every destination. And some lines are stronger in certain areas. In Alaska, one of the most popular cruises, for instance, two lines, Princess and Holland America dominate with seven ships apiece. Industry giant Carnival, by contrast, has just one ship in the state. Princess and Holland America can package trips to Alaska in a way most other lines can’t. Carnival, on the other hand, always has been a leader in the Caribbean, with more voyages there from more home ports than any other line. Whereas Norwegian, Viking and Holland American are known for its voyages abroad.

You also must remember most of your time will be spent aboard ship, not at ports of call, so choosing the right cruise line, cruise ship, as well as your destination, is equally important.

Another option you may want to consider is a themed cruise. To attract cruisers many cruise lines, hire well-named musicians, actors, authors or celebrity chefs as part of their onboard entertainment. They also offer food, beer or wine themed cruises, as well as sports-themed cruises like yoga or golf cruises. It’s important to note that it could be a full-themed cruise that runs the entire ship and the entire cruise or a partial-themed cruise where special interest groups can purchase several cabins in different categories. Then there are theme-inspired cruises that merely offer some extra special-interest activities or guest speakers added to the usual programming.

Whatever your interests or cruise aspirations are, Damon’s Getaways can match you with the right cruise vacation for you. Call us today to book a cruise for your next getaway!

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