Update: Due to the effects of Hurricane Irma, some below resorts are currently undergoing renovations. Check website detail for open dates in 2018.
This British West Indies island has beautiful, uncrowded beaches and rivals St. Barts as a vacation mecca for the rich and famous.
Photo courtesy of Cap Juluca
Best for: Food enthusiasts. There are over 100 places to eat in Anguilla's 35 square miles. Cuisine ranges from roadside bistros serving local specialties to pristine seaside restaurants catering to passionate gourmands.
Not for: Serious shoppers. Unlike islands with slews of duty-free shops, Anguilla's retail offerings are basically limited to galleries showing the work of local artists and hotel gift shops.
Highlight: Water-taxi to tiny Scilly Cay for a barbecued lobster curry lunch. Grab a waterside table at the islet's restaurant, place an order, and snorkel while you await your meal.
Sweet Dreams: Cap Juluca is a luxurious hotel on a sweeping strip of beach. White villas topped with Moorish domes house guest rooms, which have massive, shuttered windows and balconies overlooking the Caribbean.
Antigua is a water world, with beautiful beaches for sunbathers and perfect anchorages for sailors. Even its most historic attraction — Nelson's Dockyard, once home to the British fleet in the Caribbean — is thoroughly nautical.
Photo courtesy of Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority
Best for: Canoodling and skinny-dipping on serene, secluded beaches. Another plus: The atmosphere at most of the resorts is decidedly romantic and sophisticated — not too "kiddie" and not too commercial.
Not for: Couples who hope to browse for luxury goods at duty-free shops.
Highlight: The Home Restaurant. Make time to enjoy an authentic West Indian feast at this top-rated gem.
Sweet Dreams: For laid-back elegance, the Curtain Bluff Resort is a sure thing — especially because all of its rooms have stunning views of an unspoiled beach and the blue Atlantic. A more affordable option: Coco's Antigua, an intimate all-inclusive property, is chic and romantic.
Quiet lounging isn't Aruba's big draw — instead, people visit this desert island for near-perfect weather year-round and for the opportunity to fill their itineraries with activities.
Photo courtesy of Bucuti
Best for: Honeymooners who want a party scene, shopping, scuba diving, kitesurfing, and windsurfing.
Not for: Couples who dream of tropical jungles and majestic mountains (Aruba is dry and flat). However, its beaches are spectacular, with powdery sand and crystal-clear water.
Highlight: The ultimate must-do for honeymooners: a private sunset sail via catamaran. Your concierge can help you arrange one.
Sweet Dreams: The Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort is a favorite for honeymooners who crave seclusion and luxury, in part because it's set on Eagle Beach, the largest and prettiest on the island. Rooms feature king-size beds, private terraces and chic, contemporary furnishings. Meanwhile, the more affordable Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort features suites with punched-up colors and wicker furnishings.