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30 Pictures of Jamaica that’ll make you fall in love | SANDALS

By MM Travel and Tours in Travel

One of Jamaica’s largest swimming pool at Sandals South Coast comes with breathtaking views and a swim-up bar. Best part: drinks for guests are always included, always unlimited.

Reggae Tribute Band Nine Mile Jamaica

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A reggae tribute band at Nine Mile, the birthplace of Bob Marley.

Beaches Negril Jamaica Seven Mile Beach

Negril’s famous Seven Mile Beach. Everything you can possibly imagine is possible at all-inclusive resort Beaches Negril. A water park, lively pools, restaurants and bars – all located right on the beach.

Blue Mountain Jamaica

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The Blue Mountains form the longest mountain range along the eastern edge of Jamaica and features majestic scenery. This under-explored area is also the source of the world famous and fragrant Blue Mountain Coffee.

Sandals South Coast Jamaica Over Water Bungalows

From all-new Over-the-Water Bungalows, an overwater bar, and a romantic Over-the-Water wedding chapel, Sandals South Coast brings guests closer than ever to the water.

Saint Ann Jamaica Local Musicians

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The Caribbean island of Jamaica is known for its colorful and rich culture.

Romantic beach getaway Jamaica

Jamaica is the perfect place for a romantic beach getaway.

YS Falls Jamaica

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YS Falls is located on the South end of Jamaica in a parish called St. Elizabeth. Like much of Jamaica, the falls are surrounded by lush gardens and beautiful trees. Many people say YS Falls is one of the most beautiful sights they have ever seen.

Sandals Royal Caribbean Jamaica Mariners

There is a soul in cooking in Jamaica that is unmatched. Enjoy unlimited local favorites including Jerk Chicken and Jerk Pork at Sandals Royal Caribbean, where peppery jerk and fiery scotch bonnet spices are used to season these local treasures.

Bamboo River Raft Jamaica

Go on a romantic bamboo river rafting adventure at the Marta Brae or Black River.

Sunset Cruise

Even if you’ve never been to Jamaica, you’ve probably heard all about the peaceful blue water, warm temperatures, lush rainforests, and other alluring details. But the one thing that may impress you the most if you ever visit is the mesmerizing tropical sunsets.

Blue Hole Ocho Rios Jamaica

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Hidden in the looming mountains, lie pools of crystalline turquoise waters, which beckon to you to take a leap and immerse yourself in promises of a cool and refreshing swim. Ocho Rios’ Blue hole, often called Irie Blue Hole, this attraction is arguably one of the most beautiful tourist attraction in Jamaica.

Sandals Royal Plantation Jamaica Gardens

Both charming and enchanting, this is Sandals Royal Plantation – an intimate beach resort of just 74 ocean view suites tucked into a magnificent coral bluff. You can spend your days lazing by the pool with cool libations delivered right to you by a beach butler.

Ricks Cafe Clif Jumping Jamaica

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A short drive from all-inclusive resort Sandals Negril you’ll find Rick’s Cafe, famous for its amazing sunsets and cliff jumping.

Floyds Pelican Bar Jamaica

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Just off the south coast of Jamaica, you’ll find Floyd’s Pelican bar – completely made of drift wood. Have a drink and carve your name in the wood!

Mayfield Falls Negril Jamaica

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Mayfield Falls is an eco-tourism attraction centrally located in the parish of Westmoreland, Jamaica. It consists of 2 beautiful waterfalls, 21 natural pools, 52 types of ferns and lots of exotic flowers, plant species, birds, butterflies and wildlife native to Jamaica.

Appleton State Tour Montego Bay Jamaica

Marvel at the workings of the Appleton Estate, a rum distillery that’s known for creating one of the world’s smoothest and most sought-after rums.

Couple watching sunset Ricks Cafe Negril

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While in Jamaica, enjoy a local Red Stripe beer while watching the sunset.

Frenchman Cove Jamaica

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Often referred to as Paradise, Frenchman’s Cove beach is a unique beach located in the parish of Portland, Jamaica.

White River Rafting Jamaica

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Jamaica’s scenery can also be enjoyed through its rivers on your own personal bamboo raft. You can choose from the Martha Brae, Black River and many more.

Margaritaville Jamaica

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Have some cocktails, hop on the water trampolines and enjoy the slides at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville. Locations can be found in Montego Bay and Fallmouth.

Bob Marley Statue Kingston Jamaica

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Bob Marley statue in Kingston,one of the pioneers of reggae. His musical career was marked by blending elements of reggae, ska, and rocksteady, as well as forging a smooth and distinctive vocal and songwriting style.

Sandals Royal Caribbean Cabana Night

Private beach cabanas with butler service at Sandals Royal Caribbean. Guests have access to a private offshore island.

Sandals Ochi Golf Country Club

Sandals Golf Club in Ocho Rios recognized as one of the finest in Jamaica by Golf Digest and Frommers Travel Guide. Give yourself the perfect golf vacation, with rolling fairways lined by sweeping views of the sea and mountains. This magnificent 18-hole course is located near Sandals Ochi and Sandals Royal Plantation. Green fees are included in your stay when booking a room at one of Sandals all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica.

Lighthouse Negril Jamaica

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This Lighthouse is situated at south Negril Point which is at the extreme western end of the Island. Built before the turn of the last century, the Negril Lighthouse has served the people of Jamaica since 1895.

Dolphin Swim Jamaica

Is swimming with dolphins on your bucket list? You can check that off your list in Jamaica.

Sandals Negril Seven Mile Beach

Sandals Negril nestled within lushly landscaped acres along the island’s legendary Seven-Mile Beach.

Dunns River Falls Ocho Rios Jamaica

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Climb Jamaica’s most popular attraction: the Dunn’s River Falls. Located near Ocho Rios, you can choose between a ‘wet hike’ and a ‘dry hike’.

Sandals Montego Bay Swim Up Room

Take a swim right from your suite with Sandals Montego Bay’s luxurious swim-up rooms.

There you have it, some of the most beautiful pictures of Jamaica. Only a short flight away from the U.S., this slice of paradise is the ideal place for a romantic getaway!

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Is the Bahamas Expensive Compared to the US? | SANDALS

By MM Travel and Tours in Travel

If you’ve got your heart set on a luxury vacation in an amazing Caribbean destination, the Bahamas just might be at the top of your list. That doesn’t mean however that the islands of this coral-based archipelago don’t cater to visitors desirous of a more budget conscious holiday experience; if you want to spend less and still enjoy a holiday in the Bahamas, you’ll just need to do a bit more planning to avoid spending more than you intended.

Before setting off to the Bahamas, know that it is the third most expensive country in the world to live in, according to a survey by Numbeo. If you’re not staying at an all-inclusive resort, expect to be paying up to 10 USD for a beer and 18 USD for a cocktail.

In this article, we’ll discuss what the high cost of living in the Bahamas means to visitors to this territory, how the Bahamas is compared to other Caribbean islands, and what you can do to save money on your Bahamas vacation.

In this article on the Sandals Blog:

How expensive is the Bahamas?
How expensive is the Bahamas compared to the US?
How expensive is the Bahamas compared to other Caribbean destinations?
How to keep down expenditures while in the Bahamas?
The Bahamas is expensive, but you’ll have the time of your life

 

How expensive is the Bahamas?

Most Caribbean islands tend to be more expensive than the United States for things like shopping, dining, accommodation, and more. Many visitors to the region consider vacations to this part of the world a once in a lifetime opportunity, or a once in a while endeavor, with experiences to be gained that are not likely to be forgotten anytime soon. You’re in paradise after all!

Sandals Royal Bahamian Beach Couple

If you choose to vacation in the Bahamas, you’ll likely notice right away how much more expensive it is to eat out (expect to pay around 20-25% more than in the US), and even to pick up select items from the store. All hope is not lost, however. Many visitors who vacation in the Bahamas go the all-inclusive route, which includes unlimited food and (alcoholic) beverages as part of your booking. Sandals Resorts for instance, offer couples looking for a romantic getaway in the Bahamas unlimited soft drinks, beers, amazing wines, exotic cocktails and premium liquors. Even the mini fridge in the room is stocked and free to use! Considering the fact, you can expect to pay as much as 10 USD for a beer and 18 USD for a cocktail at regular resorts/hotels in the Bahamas, going all-inclusive might not be such a bad deal after all! Even gourmet breakfast, lunch, dinner and in-between snacks are all included at the restaurants on-property (Sandals Royal Bahamian features 10 restaurants, Sandals Emerald Bay in Exuma features 11 restaurants).

How expensive is the Bahamas compared to the US?

Many visitors from the US to the Bahamas make mention of the high cost of living in the islands. The higher costs are due to the fact that most goods need to be imported, and all of these items are taxed, when they arrive and clear customs. Unlike the US, there is no income tax in the Bahamas. Instead the government makes its money by taxing imported goods, as well as charging value added tax (VAT) for goods and services when they are sold by vendors.

Eating out for example, tends to be at least 20-25% more expensive in the Bahamas than in the US. In fact, the prices for decent breakfast and lunch options may shock you; in some instances, you may pay double for the same sort of meal you’d find for breakfast or lunch in the US. In addition, most restaurants charge 15% gratuity (automatically by law), making all of these good reasons to venture out on an all-inclusive vacation in the Bahamas. Judge for yourself:

Eat and drink comparison white Sandals

Love to drink a beer on the beach or at the swimming pool? Enjoy a local Kalik or Sands beer or try the Pirate Republic craft beer. You’re unlikely to be disappointed!

Sandals Emerald Bay Dining

Picture: The culinary experience at Sandals Emerald Bay is unrivaled in the Bahamas. The best part is: food and drinks are always included, always unlimited!

How expensive is the Bahamas compared to other Caribbean destinations?

As you know by now, the Bahamas isn’t the cheapest place to vacation. Nonetheless, the Bahamas offer a tropical paradise that is hard to match. The islands boast incredible white sand beaches, tropical palm trees and turquoise waters. Snorkeling and scuba diving are amazing, and you can expect a variety of tropical fish and turtles to pass your path. Looking for an alternative Caribbean paradise with a lower cost of living?

Sandals Negril Seven Mile Beach Overview

*Picture: Looking for a less expensive alternative in the Caribbean? Jamaica might have what you are looking for. Stay at Jamaica’s most beautiful beach, the legendary Seven-Mile Beach in Negril, to see for yourself if it matches up with the Bahamian beaches.

Spending your travel money in Jamaica can be up to 40-50% less expensive than in the Bahamas. For that reason, Jamaica is a great alternative for vacationers who like to spend a bit less while on vacation. The Bahamas beats out Jamaica for its closeness to the United States (45 minutes from Miami), but keep in mind Montego Bay in Jamaica is only 1 hour and 33 minutes away from Miami.

Like to know how Jamaica matches up with the Bahamas? Read our ‘Jamaica vs Bahamas’ article for a comprehensive overview!

Islands like Saint Lucia and Grenada are also good swaps that are cheaper than vacationing in the Bahamas, if cost is a factor for you, and you’ll have your pick of several categories of accommodation in both tropical islands. Saint Lucia and Grenada match Jamaica in having prices that are about 40-50% lower than that of the Bahamas, but there’s a little more travel time (and costs) associated with these islands. Saint Lucia is 3 hours and 29 minutes away from Miami by plane, and it takes 3 hours and 34 minutes to get to Grenada from Miami.

Do these destinations live up to what the Bahamas has on offer? It’s up to you to decide!

How to keep down expenditures while in the Bahamas?

The Bahamas on a mid-range budget

  • Go for an all-inclusive resort which gives you the most bang for your buck. While the common perception is that all-inclusive resorts can be costly, not so much when you take into account all the things that are included with your stay! Things to look out for: Are airport transfers included? How many restaurants and bars are available on-property? Does the resort include high-quality premium brand liquors? Are water sports included? Is golf included? Are snorkeling trips and scuba diving trips included? Is entertainment included in the evenings? Does the resort give you access to private offshore islands?

Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Green

Picture: Designed by golf legend Greg Norman, Sandals Emerald Bay’s award-winning golf course is recognized as one of the most scenic 18-hole ocean-side golf courses in the Caribbean and renowned for its challenging fairways.

What can you expect to be included at an all-inclusive resort in the Bahamas? Read ‘What Does All-Inclusive Mean? Answering All Your Questions.’.

 

  • Use the amenities provided by your accommodation and take full advantage of watersports equipment use (e.g. stand-up paddle boards, snorkeling gear and kayaks). This can help you save money as opposed to searching for the same things elsewhere.
  • Ask about joining other groups when heading out on excursions to save on transportation cost. The resort staff will likely be able to help you plan.

The Bahamas on a low budget

  • Do your research so you find the best spots to go to, and don’t waste money trying ‘hit’ or ‘miss’ attractions or restaurants. There are some decent takeaway restaurants on the islands with lower prices and good food. The fish fry restaurants like the ones in Arawak Cay in Nassau are also a great option.
  • Local buses in the Bahamas are known as jitneys, and you can use them to get around in the daytime if you’re not heading too far out. This can save you from spending on a taxi or rental. You can also alternate taxi and jitney, depending on where you’re headed.

Jitney Bahamas Public Transport

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The Bahamas on a shoestring budget

  • If you’ve saved up enough to make it to the Bahamas (but barely) and want to stick to your budget, try to make use of your contacts in the islands if you have any. People with friends or acquaintances living in the islands may consider a bit of ‘Couch Surfing’. If that isn’t possible, opt for an economical guest house, preferably one that includes at least one meal a day.
  • Go grocery shopping and cook your own meals. Check out one of the Supervalue supermarkets, where you’ll be able to find most things you need. Solomon’s Freshmarket is a bit more varied than other local grocery stores, but it’s also a bit more expensive. Keep in mind though, that no matter where you go, grocery shopping in the Bahamas is not cheap.
  • If you’re a drinker, buy beers by the pack or buy a bottle of local rum and chasers, rather than spending all your money at a bar.
  • If you don’t mind the occasional unhealthy option, pick one of the fast-food options. You’ll find options like MacDonald’s, Wendy’s, KFC and others in the Bahamas, offering a cheaper meal than most other restaurants.

The Bahamas is expensive, but you’ll have the time of your life

Sandals Royal Bahamian Private Island

Picture: What better way than to enjoy an all-inclusive vacation in the Bahamas, when you can escape to Sandals exclusive offshore island. Only accessible for guests of Sandals Royal Bahamian!

The Bahamas might be more expensive than the US, but considering the experiences you can gain on the island during your tropical getaway, the cost of living there shouldn’t sway you from visiting this slice of paradise. Worst case scenario, you can save a bit more, and visit later, or travel to alternative Caribbean islands like Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and Grenada, where things cost a little less. Just like in the Bahamas, these islands all offer all-inclusive resorts, which will help ensure your Caribbean vacation is everything you’ve ever imagined, and more.

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Destination Wedding Etiquette | Do’s & Don’ts | SANDALS

By MM Travel and Tours in Travel

Traveling to an exotic location for a wedding is one of the more exciting occasions in life. You’ll get to skip town to solidify your union or experience the joining of close friends on their way to happily-ever-after. Perhaps you’ve been to other destination weddings before, or maybe you haven’t. Either way, you probably have lots of questions on the do’s and don’ts, and we have the answers. In the hopes of helping you get it right; we’ve summarized some of the key things you’ll need to know before taking off for your destination wedding.

Tip: Also read ‘Destination wedding tips from wedding planners’.

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Destination wedding etiquette for the Bride and Groom

Who pays for what?

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Most of the time, guests to a destination wedding are expected to pay for their own airfare and accommodations. However, an exception can always be made for important guests that might not be able to make it without some financial help.

Everything else is usually up to the bride and groom, and this includes costs associated with the wedding ceremony, reception, food, drinks and other activities. Typically, the bride and groom also pay for any extras, like goody bags, which can be filled with customized wedding knickknacks. Sometimes too, the family of the bride and groom will take on some or all of the expenses.

Tip: If you’re planning a destination wedding and staying at a hotel or resort, it’s a good idea to state within your booking that you’ll be travelling with a group. This will make it possible for you to negotiate a discounted rate for your party. Some airlines also offer group discount rates.

 

Manage your guest list

Wedding Reception Sandalas Royal Plantation

Picture: Wedding reception in Sandals Royal Plantation.

There are two scenarios in life that allow you to get to know a person on a whole new level; living with them and travelling with them. Don’t let your destination wedding be the reason for fallouts with friends or family; keep the guest list short. Invite only the people who absolutely need to be there, that you would regret not having around to share the special moment. You can always arrange a reception later for everyone else once you’re back at home.

Give guests time to plan

Save the Date Wedding Couple

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Though a decision to have a destination wedding can sometimes be spontaneous, it is important to allow enough time for your guests to plan their own travel, and other arrangements. With a destination wedding, ideally, you’ll want to send out save-the-date cards about 8 to 10 months ahead of the wedding, and mail out invites a minimum of three months before. This gives guests plenty of time to plan and RSVP.

Make your guests feel welcome at the destination

Wedding Ceremony Welcome Sign

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You’ll have to play host during your destination wedding, no matter how helpful wedding planners are at your resort (if you have one). A good idea is to have a small welcome party once everyone arrives. If you’re in a warm location, like the Caribbean, you can have a welcome bag filled with beach goodies, which will enhance the experience of guests. You may even want to create a group on Whatsapp or another platform where you can share useful information (weather, outfit suggestions, etc.), or have someone else manage for you.

Make gift giving easy for your guests

Wedding Present Bride

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Gift giving for a destination wedding is a bit of a blurred area, especially considering the amount of money your guests will be paying just to get there. Some people forgo the gifts and let their guests know that their presence is all that matters. Others make a point of keeping it simple, and virtual, so guests are not burdened with bringing along heavy packages. To manage your luggage as well, you can state within your registry that you will be accepting gift cards only, if you decide to go along with gift giving for your destination wedding. You can also make a note for guests to contribute to experiences during the wedding period.

If you want privacy after the reception, plan for it

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Picture: Couple enjoying SkyPool Butler Suite with balcony tranquility soaking tub available at Sandals Grenada.

Some couples choose to claim their post wedding privacy by booking a suite at completely different resort. While this can be a good idea, it may not be the most convenient. All-inclusive resorts like Sandals are created especially for couples, so you can find rooms that are more secluded, while the family can stay at a nearby Beaches resort. This way you can enjoy Sandals adults-only setting after the wedding, while the family and kids have fun at one of the Beaches resorts with water park. Maybe even stay in one room category ahead of your wedding, and switch to a honeymoon suite afterwards – your guests will surely get the message.

Incorporating local traditions and cultures

Beachfront Wedding Beaches Turks and Caicos

Picture: Beachfront wedding at Beaches Turks & Caicos.

Ahead of the ceremony ask your wedding coordinator how best you can incorporate cultural traditions (if you choose to) into your wedding. Get all the information you can, so you’re informed about what’s acceptable and what’s not.

Keep guests up to speed

Sandals Grenada Wedding Ceremony

Picture: Wedding reception in Sandals Grenada.

You’ll definitely want to keep guests informed throughout the ceremony; this includes the weekend’s agenda, transportation details, emergency contact information, and other logistics. Some people set up a small wedding website to share all important details.

Leave room for socializing

Survivor Catamaran Cruise

Icebreakers are a good idea, especially if your guests are unfamiliar with each other. If the people you’re inviting are from diverse groups, allowing a plus one can be a good idea. Aside from the initial welcome party, schedule excursions including boat cruises and sightseeing tours.

Destination wedding etiquette for the guests

Ask before inviting a plus one

Wedding Reception Beaches Turk and Caicos

Picture: Wedding reception in Beaches Turks & Caicos.

Don’t assume that because you’re invited means you’re automatically entitled to bringing someone else along. Speak with the couple about it before, so you don’t cause any further expenses they haven’t accounted for.

Pack accordingly

Luggage Travel Packing

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Pay attention to the schedule of activities of the wedding, and pack clothing suitable for each day and event. Consider the climate of the destination and the theme of the wedding as well when selecting outfits and other things to pack.

Don’t overspend on a gift

Wedding Present Guest

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It’s important that you consider the money you spent getting there, to see whether you can afford to get a gift, and if you can afford it, at what cost. Be realistic. If you decide to get a gift; make it travel friendly, like a gift card, or ship it to the couple in advance. It’s a bit more difficult to bring home a whole bunch of kitchen equipment after a wedding in Jamaica!

It’ll be a fun ride!

Sandals Royal Caribbean Island Reception

Picutre: Wedding reception on the private offshore island at Sandals Royal Caribbean.

Whether you’re the one getting married, or part of the wedding party, destination weddings require careful planning. If it’s your turn at the altar, these destination wedding etiquettes should help you flawlessly execute your wedding, and if you’re a guest, you’ll know just how to navigate this exciting and once-in-a-lifetime affair!

Also read:

How to plan a destination wedding in 12 steps.
Destination wedding tips from wedding planners.
Destination wedding location ideas (inspiration!).
Destination wedding venues in paradise (inspiration!).

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7 Amazing Caribbean Destination Wedding Locations | Sandals

By MM Travel and Tours in Travel

Picture: Beach front wedding at Beaches Turks & Caicos.

There are lots of easy decisions you can make in life, but unfortunately, choosing a location for a destination wedding is not one of them. There are just so many places in the world you can travel to, and have an amazing experience, that a bit of research is necessary in order to choose the best place for you.

Also read: Sandals 8 Most Romantic Destination Wedding Venues in the Caribbean to see the one-of-a kind Over-the-water chapels and more unique wedding venues.

Some of the top wedding destinations in the world include Mexico, Hawaii, and the Caribbean islands; like Jamaica and Saint Lucia. Not surprisingly, the latter are high up on the list of the most popular destinations for weddings. Unquestionably exotic, these Caribbean islands make it easy for any visitor to appreciate their unique and captivating landscapes. This is with good reason, as these locations consistently deliver on their promise of spectacular experiences filled with sun, sea, sand, and a chance to rediscover the essence of love.

Sandals White House Over the water Chapel Wedding

Picture: Over-the-water chapel wedding at Sandals South Coast.

Just in case you’re fighting a losing battle to reduce your top 10 wedding location list to your top 2, or even top 5, we’ve put together a list of Caribbean islands which are perfect for both destination weddings, and honeymoons. The sooner you get reading, the sooner you’ll be on your way to choosing the location of your perfect Caribbean destination wedding!

Expert tip: Find out which documents need to be notarized ahead of time for your marriage license application. Most destination weddings require a residency period. This means you’d need to stay within the borders of a country for a specified period of time (often several days), before getting married. To avoid the residency requirement altogether, consider getting married at home, and having the official ceremony abroad.

Getting married at a Sandals or Beaches all-inclusive resort? Your personal wedding planner will help you with the documents and requirements! We do this all the time and know exactly how to make this process go smooth and worry-free.

 

1. Jamaica

Beaches Negril Wedding Beach

Picture: Beach front wedding at Beaches Negril.

The lure: Jamaica is at the top of the list for romantic and exciting island getaways, in the Caribbean. Much more than beaches and palm trees, Jamaica has a rich history and vibrant people. Reggae music is the heart and soul of this land, and these trends seem to add something laid back to the entire experience. Montego Bay is a great place to stay while in Jamaica, as is Negril and Ocho Rios.

Flight duration from Miami: 1 hour, 45 minutes.
Flight duration from New York: 4 hours.

Best time for a wedding in Jamaica: December to April are good months to get married in Jamaica. Read ‘Best time to visit Jamaica’ to find out more.

Residency period: 48 hours. Friday arrivals can be married on Sunday.

Marriage license and administrative fee: 95 USD

Documents you need to get married in Jamaica:

  • Notarized original state-issued birth certificate and passport.
  • Court certified final divorce decree (if applicable).
  • Legal name changes or legal adoption papers (if applicable).
  • State issued death certificates with related marriage certificates (if applicable).
  • Notarized copy valid government issued photo ID or driver’s license.
  • An original notarized sworn affidavit can be provided to accompany photocopies of documents which should refer to documents specifically.

See Sandals all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica. Stay three nights or more and get your wedding for free! Sandals resorts are designed for couples and adults-only. Inviting families with children to your destination wedding? Check out one of the nearby all-inclusive Beaches resorts in Jamaica!

Also read: Getting Married In Jamaica: Insights From Wedding Planners.

 

2. Turks & Caicos

beaches turks and caicos wedding beach

Picture: Beach front wedding at Beaches Turks & Caicos.

The lure: The Turks & Caicos have a more high-end feel, when compared to some of the other Caribbean locations. Among the 40 beautiful islands, 8 of which are inhabited, life is beautiful in Turk & Caicos, just like your wedding will be, if you have it at this destination. Here you will also find what many call the most beautiful beach in the world: Grace Bay beach.

Flight duration from Miami: 1 hour, 45 minutes.
Flight duration from New York: 3 hours, 35 minutes.

Best time for a wedding in Turks & Caicos: December to April are good months to get married in Turks & Caicos.

Residency period: 48 hours. Does not include day of arrival, weekend or holidays.

Marriage license and administrative fee: 400 USD

Documents you need to get married in Turks & Caicos:

  • Original state-issued birth certificate & a valid passport or driver’s license.
  • All pages of all court certified final divorce decrees (if applicable).
  • State issue death certificates with related marriage certificates (if applicable).
  • Legal age to marry is 21 years old.
  • Under 21 must have written consent from both parents.

Your best option? The Beaches all-inclusive resort on Grace Bay Beach, Turks & Caicos. Stay three nights or more and get your wedding for free! Inviting families with children to your destination wedding, or do you have children yourself? The kids will love the waterpark at this resort! It’s all included.

3. The Bahamas

Sandals Emerald Bay Garden Gazeebo Wedding

Picture: Garden gazeebo wedding at Sandals Emerald Bay.

The lure: The islands of the Bahamas have a charm that’s hard for any other island to emulate. It is one of the best locations for a destination wedding with powdery white sand beaches, exotic uninhabited islands, and great scuba diving. The Bahamas is also one of the closest Caribbean territories to the United States, which works out well when a majority of your guests are joining from the US.

Flight duration from Miami: 1 hour.
Flight duration from New York: 2 hours, 48 minutes.

Best time for a wedding the Bahamas: December to April are good months to get married in the Bahamas. Read ‘Best time to visit the Bahamas’ to find out more.

Residency period: 48 hours. Does not include day of arrival, weekend or holidays. No Sunday weddings in Exuma.

Marriage license and administrative fee: 310 USD

Documents you need to get married in the Bahamas:

  • Original state issued birth certificate and passport.
  • Court certified final divorce decrees (if applicable).
  • Legal name changes or legal adoption papers (if applicable).
  • State-issued death certificates with related marriage certificates.

See Sandals all-inclusive resorts in the Bahamas. Stay three nights or more and get your wedding for free!

4. Saint Lucia

Sandals Grande St Lucian Oceanfront Wedding

Picture: Ocean front wedding at Sandals Grande St. Lucian.

The lure: Saint Lucia is becoming increasingly more popular for travelers to the Caribbean, especially destination wedding seekers and honeymooners. The island is a mix of luxury and simplicity, and these two concepts meet each other right in the middle in this romantic island nation.

Flight duration from Miami: 3 hours, 38 minutes.
Flight duration from New York: 4 hours, 31 minutes.

Best time for a wedding in Saint Lucia: December to April are good months to get married in Saint Lucia. Read ‘Best time to visit Saint Lucia’ to find out more.

Residency period: Three business days. No Sunday weddings. Friday arrivals can be married on the following Thursday. Monday arrivals can be married on Friday.

Marriage license and administrative fee: 270 USD

Documents you need to get married in Saint Lucia:

  • Original state issued birth certificate and passport.
  • Court certified final divorce decrees (if applicable).
  • Legal name changes or legal adoption papers (if applicable).
  • State-issued death certificates with related marriage certificates.

See Sandals all-inclusive resorts in Saint Lucia. Stay three nights or more and get your wedding for free. Guests of any of the three Sandals Resorts in Saint Lucia, can make use of all the amenities at the other two Sandals Resorts (this includes all the restaurants and bars – 27 in total!).

5. Barbados

Sandals Barbados Couple Wedding Beach

Picture: Beach front wedding at Sandals Barbados.

The lure: Barbados is a festive and upbeat island where you’ll find the sort of beauty the Caribbean is known for, against a backdrop of music, culture and love. Here you’ll have options like getting wed on a boat, in a church, inside a plantation house, out in a beautiful garden, atop sea cliffs, or with your toes dipping into the sand. This island beckons all romantics for an experience you’ll always remember.

Flight duration from Miami: 3 hours, 42 minutes.
Flight duration from New York: 4 hours, 41 minutes.

Best time for a wedding the Barbados: December to April are good months to get married in Barbados. Read ‘Best time to visit Barbados’ to find out more.

Residency period: 48 hours. Does not include weekends or holidays.

Marriage license and administrative fee: 325 USD

Documents you need to get married in Barbados:

  • Original state-issued birth certificate and passport
  • Court certified final divorce decree
  • Legal name changes or legal adoption papers
  • State issued death certificates with related marriage certificates

See Sandals all-inclusive resorts in Barbados. Stay three nights or more and get your wedding for free. Guests of any of the two Sandals Resorts in Barbados, can make use of all the amenities at the other Sandals Resort (this includes all the restaurants and bars).

6. Antigua

Sandals Antigua Garden Gazeebo Wedding

Picture: Garden gazeebo wedding at Sandals Grande Antigua.

The lure: You probably won’t get a chance to take in all 365 beaches in Antigua, but you will get a chance to explore at least a few. There are lots of fun places to tie the knot in Antigua, including at old forts, nature parks, and resorts like Sandals Grande Antigua for a more upscale experience.

Flight duration from Miami: 3 hours, 5 minutes.
Flight duration from New York: 3 hours, 57 minutes.

Best time for a wedding in Antigua: December to April are good months to get married in Antigua. Read ‘Best time to visit Antigua’ to find out more.

Residency period: 48 hours, must include 1 business day, which includes day of arrival. Excludes holidays. No Sunday weddings. Example: Friday arrivals can be married on Tuesday.

Marriage license and administrative fee: 288 USD

Documents you need to get married in Antigua:

  • Original state‐issued birth certificate and passport
  • Court certified final divorce decree
  • State-issued death certificates with related marriage certificates
  • Legal name changes or legal adoption papers

7. Grenada

Sandals Grenada Couple Wedding Rocks

Picture: Ocean front wedding at Sandals Grenada.

The lure: Grenada will forever be known as the spice isle, but this small island in the Caribbean is also known for its abundant greenery, gorgeous beaches, and friendly locals. There are over 50 beaches to choose from in Grenada and plenty to do on each one. Grenada is conservatively developed, with the environment in mind, allowing you to tune into your most natural self. This can be a great way to get in tune with your significant other on a deeper level.

Flight duration from Miami: 3 hours, 34 minutes.
Flight duration from New York: 4 hours, 43 minutes.

Best time for a wedding in Grenada: January to April are good months to get married in Grenada. Read ‘Best time to visit Grenada’ to find out more.

Residency period: 72 hours. Marriage license will have to be applied for, take into account 1‐3 days for processing. Example: Friday arrivals can be married on the following Thursday. Monday arrivals can be married on Friday. Or choose the 48-hour express wedding for an additional US$190.00 fee to expedite, which must include one (1) business day. Example: Monday arrival can be married on Wednesday after 12 noon.

Marriage license and administrative fee: 180 USD

Documents you need to get married in Grenada:

  • Original state-issued birth certificate and passport
  • Court certified final divorce decree
  • Legal name changes or legal adoption papers
  • State issued death certificates with related marriage certificates
  • Sworn affidavit attesting that neither party has been married before
  • Sworn affidavit or letter from a clergyman, lawyer, registry or notary public. This letter must be on letterhead with relevant notarization stamps and seals, etc. Letter must state that neither party was married previously.

See Sandals all-inclusive resort in Grenada. Stay three nights or more and get your wedding for free!

Will my marriage be legal and recognized in the US?

Given all requirements are met, when you get married in Jamaica, the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Saint Lucia, Antigua, Barbados or Grenada your marriage will be recognized as legal in most places, including the US.

Note: In Turks & Caicos you’ll need to be of the legal age to marry or have consent from both parents if under the age of 21.

The Caribbean was made for love!

beaches turks and caicos wedding beach

Picture: Beach front wedding at Beaches Turks & Caicos.

One of thing things you’ll be most convinced of during your Caribbean destination wedding is that the islands were made for love. When you get married here, everything will convince you that your match was made in heaven; from the waves kissing against the shore and the birds flying gracefully overhead, to the unmatched beauty of the tropical landscapes. They will all sing their approval of your union.

Disclaimer: All information on this article was correct at the time of publishing and may change at any time without prior notice. Sandals is not affiliated with the relevant authorities or their application centres and will not be liable for loss or inconvenience arising from the use of this volatile information. Please double-check all information provided with the relevant application centres, before making any final decisions.

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Sandals Foundation’s Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund

By MM Travel and Tours in Travel

Sandals Resorts matches donations to Sandals Foundation’s Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund. All funds raised for International Day of Charity will go directly to those affected by the Hurricane. Find out how you can make a donation here.

Today Sandals Resorts International pledged to match every dollar donated to the Sandals Foundation.

Coinciding with #InternationalDayofCharity, 100% of all donations raised will go directly to those in desperate need in the Abaco and Grand Bahamas Island.

So far, The Sandals Foundation has partnered with Head Knowles to deliver 30,000 bottles of water to the Islands.

The Foundation has also set up two donation sites – one at Hospitality Purveyors Inc. in Miami, and another at Sandals Royal Bahamian in Nassau.

Items needed include water, non-perishable food, diapers, baby formula, first aid items, blankets, flashlights and cleaning supplies.

Find out how you can make a donation to the Sandals Foundation here.

Are the Sandals Resorts impacted by Hurricane Dorian?

Sandals Resorts are thankful to report that all of our resort locations in the Bahamas (Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort in Nassau, Sandals Emerald Bay in the Exuma’s and Fowl Cay Resort in the Exuma’s) were far from the path of Hurricane Dorian – and have not been affected by the storm system.

It’s important to note that the Bahamas are comprised of a chain of over 700 islands spanning 100,000 square miles and this storm localized through the northern area including Abaco and Grand Bahama Island.

Our resorts have not sustained any damage and are fully operational.

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