You've heard of the Bahamas, with the booming nightlife of Nassau & the all the intrigue of Atlantis, but if you travel just 35 miles southeast, you'll find what could prove to be an even more beautiful gem – the Exumas. This archipelago encompasses 365 cays & islands, boasting aquamarine views for as far as the eye can see.
The islands are divided into three major areas – Great Exuma, Little Exuma & The Exuma Cays – & offer an idyllic site for honeymoons in the Caribbean, or just a fun getaway with your sweetheart. The unspoiled nature is enough of a reason to visit this unique Caribbean destination, but here are some more reasons:
It's a place where pigs … swim!
You may never see pigs fly, but when you visit Major's Spot Cay in the Exumas, you'll see them swim! If you arrive at this cay by boat, these domesticated pigs will swim up to greet you (& maybe expect you to give them a little snack for their efforts).
It's home to the oldest living fossils
There are fantastic snorkeling & diving spots all throughout the Bahamas, but in The Exuma Cays, divers will see one of the most interesting geological sights in the world – stromatolites. Although you might need a Ph.D to fully appreciate the geological significance of these grayish-brown rocks, you may be intrigued to know that you're swimming among the oldest living fossils in the world.
It's the spot of the solstice
Located within the Exumas is the Tropic of Cancer Beach, a powdery white crescent strip that is located right on the geographic coordinates of the Tropic of Cancer, the most northerly spot on Earth where the sun appears directly overhead. This occurs just once a year, during the summer solstice in June, but the beach is still one of the prettiest in the archipelago & is the longest on the island of Little Exuma.
It boasts all inclusive luxury
Luxury vacations in The Exumas are some of the most relaxing & refreshing. Book a Beach Bum Vacation at the Sandals Emerald Bay Resort in Great Exuma to get a little bit of pampering among a whole lot of natural beauty. This luxury hotel in the Caribbean plays up the low-key vibe of these Bahamian "Out Islands" & treats guests to an experience perfect for romantic adult vacations in the Caribbean.
Imagine relaxing on unspoiled beaches overlooking the pristine turquoise waters of the Caribbean & hiking through lush rainforests, seeing waterfalls & crystal clear mountain lakes. These fantasies can become your reality when you book a Beach Bum Vacation at Sandals LaSource Grenada, a new resort opening on the exotic island of Grenada in December 2013.
This new resort, located on the Pink Gin Beach, is the perfect spot for couples looking for all inclusive trips in the Caribbean. When the resort opens, you will be able to rent a private cottage or bungalow on the beach, & even opt to have concierge or butler-level suites. There will be three different villages at this luxurious resort – the Pink Gin Village, Tahiti Village and Italian Village – each with unique lodging options & stunning pools with views of the island's incredible natural beauty.
The 231 guestrooms, three pools & two river pools are just the beginning of the luxury travel amenities that will be offered at this resort. Although each room and suite in the Tahiti and Italian villages will have romantic soaking tubs, Sandals' Rondoval suites will include private rooftop plunge pools or whirlpools, giving them a romantic edge that is perfect for honeymoons in the Caribbean.
Of course, Grenada's stunning natural resources cannot be ignored. Known as the "Island of Spice," this secluded Caribbean island offers one of the most authentic tropical experiences you'll find. Distant mountain ranges set an even more mystical scene, whether you plan to relax by the pool or set out on an adventure to explore island culture.
You don't have to go far to taste the best of the island, though. This all inclusive resort will feature some of Sandals' best signature restaurants, such as Neptunes, a beachfront eatery, and Café de Paris, where you can snack on gourmet pastries & espresso drinks. You can also sample the flavor of the Caribbean with the authentic island cuisine at Spices, or you can enjoy a cocktail while you take a refreshing dip thanks to the new infinity pool & swim-up bar.
Whether you just want to take a luxury vacation with your sweetheart or are looking to plan destination weddings in the Caribbean, the new Sandals LaSource resort in Grenada is the perfect place to book a Beach Bum Vacation. We're starting to book stays at this stunning island getaway starting March 23, 2013, so your tropical dreams can become a reality before you know it!
If you're looking for luxury travel to a tropical locale relatively close to home, St. Thomas is one of the best destinations. This small island offers an extravagant experience in a stunning tropical setting, making it perfect for adult vacations in the Caribbean. Whether you're celebrating your honeymoon in the Caribbean or just taking a romantic getaway with your sweetheart, it is nice to have some classy dining options while you're there.
Fortunately, St. Thomas has no shortage of five-star restaurants that are perfect for any occasion you may be celebrating. You won't be disappointed by any one of these high-class establishments!
Havana Blue Restaurant
All the elegance of New York gets a breezy Caribbean vibe at this stylish restaurant. Enjoy dishes like duck crepes and plantain crusted red snapper as the warm Caribbean breeze blows through the sheer white curtains of this restaurant's gorgeous outdoor dining room. Whether you are staying in the Ritz Carlton Club St. Thomas or another nearby resort, this restaurant is the perfect place to watch the sun set as you enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner.
Known as one of the best restaurants on St. Thomas, Oceana's chic style offers a comfortable environment where you can enjoy traditional tropical cuisine. You'll find its cozy, romantic dining room nestled inside a historic house on the gorgeous tropical coastline. This restaurant is the perfect addition to adult vacations to St. Thomas, serving up delicacies like sea bass with red onion, diver scallops with sweet potato puree and curried apple cream and mango, papaya and pineapple tarts. Treat your sweetie to the tapas tasting Oceana hosts each night, which consists of an assortment of 12 different tapas created by the restaurant's sous chef.
Old Stone Farmhouse Looking for a rustic touch to your luxury Beach Bum Vacations? The Old Stone Farmhouse offers a perfect blend of rustic and chic, with thick brick walls that will keep you cool as you dine on dishes like escargot with garlic butter or grilled steak. The building was erected in the 1700s as a stable for a sugar plantation, and its historic charm remains, offering a unique dining experience on St. Thomas.
Of course, if you book all inclusive trips to the Caribbean, your included meals are served at the luxurious resorts, where your travel concierge can guarantee you have the romantic evening you're looking for.
By the time February, March and even April roll around, most Northerners are sick and tired of the cold, raw and snowy weather and would rather be dipping their toes in warm, Caribbean waters than shoveling yet another pile of snow. College students get a week off during the prime time when winter blues tend to hit the hardest – March. However, if you're no longer in school, you can still enjoy a vacation to a tropical paradise during this time of year.
If you're looking for a relaxing vacation in the sun this season, you may be trying to avoid the partying and raucous activities of the 20-somethings enjoying their school vacation. Even though spring breakers will be infiltrating many popular vacation destinations, there are a few ways you can get around them to enjoy luxury vacations at the same time.
Know which destinations are popular
Before you can avoid spring breakers, it's important to note which destinations they're going to flock to, therefore we advise you consult a travel concierge professional such as Beach Bum Vacations. Many college students prefer to stay in the United States, heading to destinations like Florida and Las Vegas. Other classic tropical vacation destinations such as cruises & Cancun, Mexico, are popular, as are spots in the Caribbean like St. Thomas and Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Seek adult only vacation spots
Although you may still want to choose some of these vacation hotspots in Mexico, the Caribbean and Hawaii, ask your travel concierge for options that are strictly adult only. You'll be more likely to run into a honeymooning couple than a group of spring break partiers. Just south of Cancun, the Riviera Maya provides a peaceful escape from spring break crowds. If you're looking for adult vacations in the Caribbean, you might want to opt for quieter spots like St. Lucia, Antigua, & Exuma as opposed to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. You might also want to opt for a lesser-traveled-to spot like Tahiti or Fiji. Beach Bum Vacations recommends vacationing at a Sandals Resort, since they specialize in luxury adult only all inclusive travel.
If you want to head to Hawaii. stay away from Honolulu and instead look for resorts on Kauai and the Big Island, where you can hike and relax on less-crowded beaches.
Choose all inclusive travel
Whether you're looking for adult vacations in Tahiti or Hawaii, one of the best ways to avoid the college crowd is to choose luxury all-inclusive travel. In doing so, you can enjoy private beaches, pools and dining experiences, and you'll know what you are getting ahead of time.