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Spark the Flame: Getaways to Rekindle the Romance

We’re all about love. In fact, it’s safe to say we’re in love with love. And when you throw in a picture-perfect backdrop to match, it makes love that much sweeter, doesn’t it? So this week, we’re celebrating the love birds out there with our top picks for romantic getaways.

Whether you’re a honeymooner, celebrating an anniversary or just two people who want to escape for a little romance, the Caribbean & Mexico make for perfect places to do just that. Our first fave sits on the iconic Seven Mile Beach and has 4.5 stars of incredible luxury.

Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort is a five-story and 273 guestroom resort that recently underwent a $15-million renovation, making it an updated and perfect place to spend your vacation time. Grab a mai tai at the poolside Sol Bar with your sweetie or take a dip in the 85-foot beachfront pool that calls this resort home. Couples also love the hot tub or a romantic stroll in the lagoon-style courtyard fully equipped with lush greenery.

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The location of the hotel on Seven Mile Beach makes it one of the best beaches in the Caribbean, with warm water and a reef perfect for snorkeling just a couple feet of shore. There are also endless amounts of activities with scuba diving, windsurfing and sailing easily accessible to all couples.  Of course a romantic getaway wouldn’t be complete without a customized couples treatment at La Mer Spa. The Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort is the perfect mix of adventure and romance, all set on one of the most famous beaches in the Caribbean.

Now, how about a resort that truly celebrates couples? Couples Sans Souci is 35 beachfront acres of Jamaican cliffside dedicated to nothing but couples. It has also recently been voted the number one spa hotel in the Caribbean by Travel + Leisure, making it a romantic oasis that's perfect for celebrating love, no matter the occasion.

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Here at Couples Sans Souci, your days can be spent in the private coves and curative mineral pool with hidden mineral grottos. Stop by the swim-up bar for an island cocktail or eat at one of five restaurants serving everything from authentic jerk chicken to stuffed shrimps at Casanova. With all the superb all-inclusive options at this resort, you’ll never go hungry or thirsty. Don’t forget to plan a trip with your honey and visit Dunn’s River Falls and then finish up the day with a peppermint-sea-twist body treatment, the perfect end to an adventurous day with the love of your life.

Grab your guy or gal and head to Punta Cana for a little DR romance. At Excellence Punta Cana, you can enjoy some adult-only paradise. Venture down to the Dominican Republic beach and grab a daybed where you and your honey can truly unwind in the Caribbean sun. The pool is home to submerged lounge chairs and a swim up bar, so you’ll never have to leave that water.

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Excellence Punta Cana is also home to a 1991.47 ft. jogging track, a full schedule of activities like yoga and the full-service Mille Spa. Arrive early for your appointment at Mille Spa and relax in the Swedish saunas, steam rooms and refreshing cold-plunge pools, and then be transported to a state of utter relaxation with a couples massage.

Dinner plans consist of a torch-lit dinner for two on the beach. As the night comes to an end, retire to your colonial-style suite, fully equipped with an in-room Jacuzzi. And by upgrading to the Excellence Club, you can enjoy Bulgari toiletries and a maxed-out mini bar and room service menu. This adult-only resort will help you and your partner come home feeling refreshed, clear-headed and stronger than ever.

So as you can probably agree, celebrating your love on a quiet beach may be just what you and yours truly need. Whether you’re a newlywed just beginning your journey or looking to commiserate the many wonderful years you’ve shared with your significant other, we strongly suggest a trip to paradise to celebrate it all. Who doesn’t love love right?

See What Life has to Offer Underneath the Water

A lot of times when we imagine jetting away to a Caribbean island, we think of beautiful beach views, ice-cold beverages and lots of R&R. And while this all sounds like a perfect way to spend your time off, there’s plenty of other activities to explore, including some under the water. The Caribbean and Mexico are home to some of the most beautiful beaches and some even more stunning sea life. Here are a few of the best Caribbean & Mexico snorkeling resorts, where you can discover the wonders of the sea with your very own eyes.

Snorkeling's Best Kept Secret: Riviera Maya

The first ‘Snorkeler's Paradise’ we’d recommend is in Riviera Maya. Located just outside of Cancun, Riviera Maya is an ideal Mexican destination to embark on an underwater adventure but also still enjoy everything an all-inclusive resort has to offer. One of our favorites here is 5-star, all-inclusive Valentin Imperial Maya. This large resort is located on Playa del Secreto, or “The Secret Beach,” making it a perfect hiding place to catch some beautiful snorkeling views as well.

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It’s been rumored that there is a very active sea turtle life here. In fact, there’s a good chance you can catch a mother turtle harvesting her eggs somewhere along the half-mile stretch of stunning beach.

The great thing about the location of this resort is it makes for quick, easy access to Cozumel, which also boosts some unforgettable snorkeling and adventure. When you aren’t busy wearing out your goggles and mask, be sure to take advantage of all the amenities this resort offers. There are eight full restaurants, all sampling different cuisines from all over the world and nine bars with all types of concoctions and beverages that will leave you thirsty for more.  And during the day, bounce between the three different pools, Jacuzzi and even get a round of sand volleyball going. This secluded resort is the perfect place to lay your head after a long day of thrill seeking mixed with a little relaxation.

Luxury and Snorkeling Combined: Grand Cayman Island

If you’re interested in understated luxury paired with the best Caribbean snorkeling, Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort is an absolute must.  Grand Cayman Island sits on Seven Mile Beach, which is infamous for its breathtaking scenery, as well as underwater views. Reefs like Cemetery Reef surround this island, where schools of Sergeant Majors surround the swimmers or Cheeseburger Reef, where 10 feet of water is home to plenty of friendly fish and iconic coral. And don’t underestimate the beaches on the Marriott shore…these current-free waters are home to parrotfish, yellowtail damsels and other colorful species just waiting to show off for snorkelers.

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The crystal clear waters of Seven Mile Beach will practically be summoning you into diving underwater and seeing what colorful sea life accompanies these beaches.

Not only will you find colorful coral and playful sea creatures, this resort is home to 303 guests rooms and 4 deluxe suites that are the most spacious on the island. A recent renovation now allows for guests to take advantage of an all-inclusive option, fully equipped with four different restaurants and unlimited cocktails. When you’re not busy taking in the views on the iconic Seven Mile Beach, take a dip in the free form pool and hot tub that stretches 85 feet along the beach. With a resort that’s focused on luxury AND located on some of the best snorkeling waters in the world, your vacation and underwater adventure is calling…and we suggest picking up that call.

One Stop Shop for Snorkeling and Fun: Cancun 

For those of you that have been to Cancun, you know that this destination is never lacking in its imperial beaches, saucy nightlife and a wide selection of resorts that are sure not to disappoint. Named one of the “Top 20 Resorts in Mexico,” by Travel +Leisure, Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa is one of our favorites if you’re looking for quality time with some of earth’s friendliest creatures.

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The onsite lagoon makes it easier than ever to spend some quality time with Mother Nature's creatures of the sea.

Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa is the only area resort offering beaches on three sides and a chance to swim with dolphins right on the hotel grounds. You can even book a room with a view of the dolphin pool. The private saltwater lagoon, unique to Dreams Cancun, is filled with sea turtles and tropical fish. There are also dolphins at Delphinus Dreams Cancun complex, making it easy to take a dip with these fun, friendly creatures. This Dreams resort is the ultimate family vacation with an Explorer’s Club for the kids, private beach, freshwater pool and a ton of all-inclusive dining and drinking options. Look no further if your idea of the ultimate family vacation has everything you need all in one place.

No matter if you spend so much time in the water you almost consider yourself an honorary member of the sea, or just like to spend a little bit of time seeing what's beneath the surface, these destination hot spots and resorts are the ideal way to see it all. If you're dying for more recommendations on snorkeling spots or looking for more insights as your gearing up for your next vacation, check out all of our vacation articles here.

The Caribbean’s Most Exotic Beaches Made Just for You

Shut down the computer. Turn off the cell phone. Put that out-of-office reply on your email. It’s time to get away. And not just on a typical vacation…how about a trip to one of the Caribbean’s most secluded, exotic beaches? This week, we’re all about destinations that offer complete privacy and utter relaxation…and not to mention some of the most stunning views in the world.

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands are made of a series of small islands. The largest of these islands, Grand Cayman is a top choice if you’ve got your sights on a mesmerizing view. On the west side of Grand Cayman is the world-famous Seven Mile Beach. This beach is a crescent-shaped natural wonder that lends itself to calm, crystal clear waters and pure silk sand. It’s also one of the lesser-populated beaches in the Caribbean, making it the perfect place to jet away to for that private, serene vacation you’re seeking.

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For some of the best views and quietest places to lounge on your vacation, Grand Cayman Island is the perfect exotic beach to runaway to.

One of our top picks for accommodations on Grand Cayman Island is Grand Cayman Beach Suites. Located on the famous sparkling white sand of Seven Mile Beach, this hotel resort is the perfect compliment to a trip full of serenity and a fresh mind. There are two spectacular pools, even one with a swim-up bar. We also recommend a stop at the 12-person, deluxe European boutique spa and indulge in a treatment that will leave you feeling rested and rejuvenated.

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Bounce between the powdery white sand and the pool with the swim-up bar for a vacation day well spent.

Make sure to stop in at Hemingways Restaurant located on site of this resort. It was recently voted in the “Top 3 Restaurants in the Caribbean,” by Wine Spectator and will prove to be an iconic memory of your trip.

Grace Bay Beach, Turks & Caicos

Another place in the Caribbean that’s quick to be named as one of the most exotic spots in the Caribbean is Turks & Caicos. And while there’s a good chance any part of this island will promise picture perfect views, our favorite is Grace Bay Beach. This area is home to a ton of top-of-the-line resorts that are all tucked perfectly on the shores of this beautiful beach, making it the ideal place to stay on your Turks & Caicos vacation.

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Grab a refreshing cocktail and spend some quality time with the bluest beach you've ever seen at Grace Bay Beach.

Seven Stars Resort is just the place to stay if you’re looking to experience this iconic beach for yourself.  This 5-star resort sits right on TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Award top-rated beach. Yes, we’re talking about the infamous Grace Bay Beach. Embrace a vacation full of romance and relaxation at this picture perfect Turks & Caicos resort.

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Surround yourself with beautiful views at this iconic Turks & Caicos resorts.

Start your vacation off right - grab a mojito from Sand Dollar, the poolside bar and take a dip in the heated saltwater pool or relax in a Caribbean lounger. You can also fill your days with a round of golf at the nearby Provo Golf & Country Club or hit the waves in a Hobie cat. When its time for a bite, stop at Seven for a thick cut steak or fresh seafood. If you’re looking a night out you can check out the downtown Provo nightlife that’s just right outside your hotel door.

St. John, USVI

Caribbean Travel + Life names St. John the “emerald jewel of the U.S. Virgin Islands,” which is one of the many reasons we add St. John to our list of must-see exotic beaches. Although this is a rather small island, St. John is home to 31 of the most beautiful beaches in the world and definitely an island you’ll want to add to your bucket list. Stop off at Trunk Bay to snorkel through the underwater trail or visit Cinnamon Bay’s prehistoric archaeological site and not to mention, iconic views you’ll never forget.

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Your vacation to St. John should be spent exploring all of the critically acclaimed beaches on this island.

Being that St. John is the perfect destination to take to the whole family to, we’d suggest a family vacation to the Westin St. John Resort & Villas. This resort sits right on the edge of Cruz Bay, which offers aqua-clear tranquil waters, perfect for a trip with the kids to test out the snorkeling gear in the shallow waters. Don’t worry, if you’re looking for a little adult time, the kids can gladly hang out at the Westin Kids Club with plenty of fun activities that might keep the kiddos from wanting to leave.

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The Westin St. John has everything you'll need to make your family vacation complete.

Be sure to take advantage of the quarter-acre, freshwater pool fully equipped with a underwater-light show and two Jacuzzis, perfect for lounging. And when you’re hungry, the family can grab a bite at Snorkel’s Bar or Beach Café for lunch and give Cruz Bay Prime a try for an elegant, delicious dinner that will accompany your ideal vacation.

A vacation is something that you’ll remember forever. So why not make the trip that will leave you with memories on some of the most beautiful, exotic beaches in the world? It’s time to cross this off your bucket list.

The Eighth Underwater Wonder of the Diving World…

Snorkeling in Little Cayman at Bloody Bay Wall

We have our favorite places to snorkel in the Caribbean, but we wanted to ask our facebook fans where the best spot is. The answers came pouring in… Aruba, Dominican Republic, Cozumel, St John… over 500 of them! Once we tallied them up, to no surprise, the Cayman Islands reigned supreme! (and we definitely agree)

Just to fill you in on a little bit about this ridiculously beautiful place, The Cayman Islands are made up of Grand Cayman, where the famous Seven Mile Beach lies, and its two sister islands, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. The deepest part of the Caribbean is between the Cayman Islands and Jamaica, which makes snorkeling at the Bloody Bay Wall at Jackson’s Point all that more exciting.

Cayman Islands Map

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Since Little Cayman is about 80 miles northeast of Grand Cayman, the 30 minute flight from Grand Cayman to Little Cayman is the best way to go. They do this several times a day, so getting there early to take advantage of every single glorious minute is not a hassle. It’s an excursion that offers up one of the world’s top 3 dive sites for your snorkeling pleasure. Even the sand is different from Grand Cayman, a little bit rockier making it perfect for coral and sea life. The waters are calm and clear for the best viewing (yes, viewing, not touching, fishes are slimy!) experience! There are enough sites near the Bloody Bay Wall to keep your attention for at least an entire day!

This place is the real deal. From 18 ft. to 6,000 ft. in two steps, flat… it’s serious business. If you’re not careful, your heart will drop off once you swim over the shelf of the wall. Mask, flippers, whatever you need to make yourself right at home, be sure to bring it with you. This place is a protected marine reserve for a reason – and that reason is purely for your viewing pleasure.

Did you know these little exotic colored sponges literally live for thousands of years? They certainly do. How they maintain such brilliant color, we’re not exactly sure, but we thank them for giving us something spectacular to look at!

This gem in the middle of the Caribbean has so many different types of critters, it’s unreal. You’ve got conch, stingrays, every kind of flourescent fish you could imagine, and it’s over a mile long, to boot. With all these sea creatures swimming around, it’s a good thing you’re pretty high up on the food chain!

Time really does fly by when you’re having fun. This is one of those adventures that lives in the category of amazingness. As we’ve dubbed the Bloody Bay Wall at Jackson’s Point as the Eighth Underwater Wonder of the Diving World, we can’t imagine life without checking this spot off of the bucket list.

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We recommend staying on Grand Cayman for its soft, powdery beaches, and doing some Island hopping to Little Cayman for an unforgettable snorkeling experience in the Caribbean.