On the northwest coast of Saint Lucia, this historic landmark provides a unique setting for a beach wedding. Aside from the two small but pretty beaches that make up part of the site, the national landmark incorporates 18th-century ruins of soldiers’ barracks set amid old-growth tropical trees and the sparkling Caribbean. Get married right on Sandy Beach surrounded by coconut and almond trees, or, if you opt for a sunset wedding (after 4 p.m.), you can get exclusive access to the beach for an ultra-private ceremony.
One of the world’s best beaches, Crane Beach is the perfect backdrop for a dream wedding, with its pink-tinted sand, coconut groves and palm-fringed shoreline. Perched on the cliffs above is Crane Resort, a beautiful site comprised of historic buildings and landscaped gardens sprawled across 40 acres. Post-ceremony, choose from one of four of the resort’s outdoor cocktail venues—all with views of the ocean below—and then move indoors for the reception in a private banquet room. Smaller groups can opt for a more intimate reception at one of the resort’s four restaurants.
Half Moon, Montego Bay, Jamaica
This storied resort offers many options and customizable packages for couples who want to personalize their big day, and in-house master wedding planners and decorators will help oversee every detail. You can have the ceremony and reception right on Sunrise Beach or choose from one of the historic venues on Half Moon’s expansive grounds. For those wanting to kick back and leave all the work to the professionals, the Allure package covers everything down to the flowers, photographer and legal documents.
For couples looking for a quiet, ultra-private ceremony away from a resort, Las Caletas beach is a great option. Located about an hour away from the Puerto Vallarta marina, this piece of paradise is accessible only by boat. Tour operator Vallarta Adventures has exclusive access to Las Caletas, and its team of wedding planners helps to oversee every detail of the big day, including transporting guests to and from the venue. Get hitched with views of the Pacific Ocean’s Bahia de Banderas and the gorgeous Sierra Madre Mountains as your backdrop.
Editor’s note: This story was originally published in the February 2015 issue of WestJet Magazine and has since been updated.