Best Romantic Caribbean Island (2014)


There's something undeniably romantic about escaping to the Caribbean tropics, and after four weeks of voting, USA TODAY 10Best readers have crowned their top destination for an intimate escape, Nevis! Uncrowded and old-fashioned, rustic Nevis is about as unspoiled as the Caribbean gets – a perfect place to get away with that special someone.

  • Nevis


    Nevis, one half of the 'Sisters of the Caribbean,' is uncrowded and old-fashioned, an island of rustic charm, golden sand beaches and lovely plantation manors for touring, dining or spending the night.  This is just about as unspoiled as it gets in the Caribbean.
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  • Curaçao


    The "C" of the Dutch ABC Islands, Curaçao features storybook architecture, a cosmopolitan downtown scene and dramatic scenery. The island's nearly 40 beaches range from long stretches perfect for sunbathing to secluded coves. Couples can dance the night away at a number of waterfront venues.
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  • Anguilla


    The island of Anguilla offers a smattering of high-end resorts, gorgeous powder-soft sandy beaches and unparalleled cuisine  everything from upscale restaurants to sunset beach barbecues. Far fewer cruise ships anchor at Anguilla than at nearby islands, which only adds to the sense of sexy seclusion.
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  • Saint Lucia

    Saint Lucia

    Green-blanketed mountains, deep valleys, quaint fishing villages and hidden beaches lend St. Lucia some of the most drop-dead gorgeous scenery in the Caribbean. For couples, St. Lucia offers numerous intimate and luxurious resorts, fantastic nightlife with lots of live music and a lush interior teeming with unusual features.
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  • Martinique


    A gem in the Lesser Antilles, French-flavored Martinique is not only one of the Caribbean's most visually beautiful islands, it also enjoys a vibrant city center in Fort-de-France, where the wrought-iron balconies make you feel like you're in New Orleans. The northern part of the island, mountainous and blanketed in rainforest, is truly spectacular.
    Photo courtesy of Luc Olivier for the Martinique Tourist Board

  • Saint Kitts

    Saint Kitts

    More developed than its sister island Nevis, St. Kitts still maintains an old-time Caribbean vibe while offering visiting couples their choice of sophisticated resorts and inns to stage their romantic escape. The mountainous island is great for hiking, while the waters offshore attract divers from all corners of the globe.
    Photo courtesy of Lidian Neeleman

  • Saint Martin/Sint Maarten

    Saint Martin/Sint Maarten

    Two nations, two names, two cultures, one island. On St. Martin/Sint Maarten, French and Dutch culture exist side-by-side on a compact 37-square-mile island, complemented by wonderful beaches and a lively nightlife. Each side offers a completely different, but equally romantic, vacation experience.
    Photo courtesy of St. Maarten Tourist Bureau

  • Antigua


    On Antigua, there's quite literally a beach for every day of the year, not to mention a variety of romantic accommodations ranging from sumptuous all-inclusive resorts to intimate inns. It's a perfect place to play Robinson Crusoe or sail off into the sunset.
    Photo courtesy of Antigua & Barbuda Tourist Office

  • Dominica


    Dominica is the ideal place for couples who imagine their Caribbean paradise as being wild and untouched, with its hot springs, waterfalls and abundant hiking through gorgeous scenery. Volcanic black sand beaches provide opportunities for excellent snorkeling and diving.
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  • Virgin Gorda

    Virgin Gorda

    The second largest of the British Virgin Islands, Virgin Gorda attracts movie stars and millionaires with its stunning beaches, abundant natural attractions (like the boulder-strewn Baths) and sense of privacy. Romantic inns are the norm and the snorkeling from the beach is excellent.
    Photo courtesy of British Virgin Islands Tourism


Coming in a solid second place was Curacao, the "C" of the Dutch ABC Islands, known for its lively downtown and 40 beaches. The lack of cruise ships lends a sense of seclusion to third place Anguilla, while number four St. Lucia scores big for its stellar scenery and luxurious resorts. The French-flavored cultural heritage of Martinique helped earn the island in the Lesser Antilles a fifth place finish.

The winners in the 'Best Romantic Caribbean Island' contest category for USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice are as follows:

  1. Nevis
  2. Curaçao
  3. Anguilla
  4. Saint Lucia
  5. Martinique
  6. Saint Kitts
  7. Saint Martin/Sint Maarten
  8. Antigua
  9. Dominica
  10. Virgin Gorda

Congratulations to all these winning destinations.  Couples should keep this list handy for planning a romantic wedding, celebration trip or getaway.


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