1. ST. LUCIA
St. Lucia - a volcanic island where you can experience the sulfur springs and take a relaxing mud bath. Experience exhilaration by taking an adventurous hike up the Pitons. You will see breathtaking views of the island and it's surrounding waters from 2619 feet above sea level. At Ladera Resort you will enjoy a private plunge pool and amazing views of the sunrise and sunset directly from your room.
Barbados has a combination of lush greenery, turquoise waters and white sandy beaches. With nonstop service from NY, this destination is easily accessible from the east coast. Sandals Barbados opened in January 2015 and has had such success, they are currently expanding!
I struggle with sharing this since some of these places are still unspoiled by tourism. So please, treasure this information and be respectful of the culture and local presence at these sites.
Lover's Leap - a romantic tale about Mizzy and Tunkey; two lovers who jumped from the cliff together rather than being forced to live apart (a Jamaican Romeo and Juliet of sorts!) The cliff views are magnificent and the restaurant serves delicious Jamaican food.
Windsor Mineral Spring aka "fire water" - The spring has fire burning atop the water's surface. Guests can get a massage and experience this unique phenomenon. Unregulated and not a common tourist spot, this is a local and authentic experience.
Reggae Falls - A natural and rustic way to experience a gorgeous waterfall with beautiful hills in the distance. This location is mainly visited by locals who like to keep it a hidden gem.
Irie River Park - Jamaica offers so many waterfall locations, it's hard to choose, but Irie River Park has something for everyone. Rope swing, picnic area, waterfalls, lush natural beauty - a true delight!
Reach Falls - Hike to falls, enjoy the cascading waterfall with lush greenery and a picnic area. If you dare to hike upstream, you can see the underwater cave. Beware, there are "unofficial tours" and this is part of the rugged, natural landscape of Jamaica.
Hawaii is made up of 6 unique islands*. Each island has a unique feel and different offerings. Each island is very different and even within each island, there are lots of different things to experience and explore.
The islands are not far from one another, making island hopping a breeze! Flights between islands range from 20-50 minutes and some be reached by ferry. A hawaiian cruise allows you to see many of the islands in one trip.
80% of Hawaii is inaccessible by car. Consider a helicopter, boat, or hike to really experience the authentic and cultural aspects of the islands.
Here are some descriptions of each island to help determine which island is right for you:
Kauai is known as the "Garden Island" due to it's lush greenery. As the oldest island in the chain, the Kauai landscape includes tropical rainforests, sprawling rivers, and gorgeous, accessible waterfalls. Although it is not possible to drive completely around Kauai due to the beautiful Na Pali Coast, it is easy to drive from the north shore to the south shore in about 50 minutes. If seeing a Hawaiian waterfall is on your bucket list but you don't want to hike, Kauai is the island for you! Wailua Falls offers a waterfall accessible by car! Additional activities include kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, ziplining, and laying on a beautiful beach. Regulations only permit buildings to be built as high as coconut palm, giving Kauai a relaxing, small town feel.
Oahu is known for its energy, art and surf culture. Oahu's different regions provide various options of activities. In the south shore, you will find the vibrant capital, Honolulu. Famous Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach are also located in the south where museums, restaurants, and water activities are in abundance. Contrastly, the north shore, has gorgeous beaches with restaurants and activities more spread out. If you are short on time and want to experience culture, beaches, activities and quite time; Oahu is right for you!
The "Valley Isle" . Maui offers something for everyone! The most popular attraction is Mt. Haleakala where visitors can watch a spectacular sunrise from above the clouds - a truly magnificent experience. Whale watching is also popular in Maui with the season running from November – May (Jan-March being peak season). The famous road to Hana is an adventurous experience combining the thrill of the journey with the laid back enjoyment of entertainment once you have arrived. Amazing hiking trails, watersports, local farms, and recreation all make Maui an amazing destination for a honeymoon!
Hawaii - The Big Island
You have probably heard about this island in the news recently... Kilauea volcano erupted in May 2018, leading to destruction of homes and landscape. But don't rule out this island so fast, the volcano is on the east coast of the island, while the tourism is on the west coast (in and around Kona) which was, generally speaking, unaffected by the volcano. If you love geology and nature, this island is a perfect fit! You can experience climates ranging from Wet Tropical to Polar Tundra in this unique setting! Of course, you won't miss out on shops, restaurants, entertainment, taro farms, black sand beaches, and splendid waterfalls!
Lanai and Molokai
You can access Lanai from Maui via ferry or plane. Generally a day trip but you could opt to stay at one of the 2 hotels on the island. Snorkeling, and golf are popular activities while visiting Lanai.
Molokai is accessible from Maui by plane but mostly geared towards natives with not much tourism.
*There are actually 8 Hawaiian islands. Niihau is privately owned and Kahoolawe is uninhabited.
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