Best Beaches to Celebrate Special Occasions

The beach doesn't have to be just a place to get in some R&R and take in the stunning views; it can also be a place where special memories are made. That’s why we think it’s time to celebrate – time to celebrate all the reasons why the beach might be the perfect place for you and your friends or family to create stories and memories that will last a lifetime. Check out our favorite special occasion beaches below:

Best Destination Wedding Getaway: Half Moon, A Rock Resort in Jamaica

It’s your big day – the day you will pledge to spend the rest of your life with that special someone. And better yet, you’ve decided pearly white sands and crystal clear waters would make for the perfect backdrop for this ultimate occasion. But which beach is just as perfect for you as you are for your honey? While there are plenty of great answers to that question, a top pick of ours is Half Moon, A Rock Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Serving guests for over 50 years, Half Moon, A Rock Resort is home to two miles of private beachfront property and 400 acres of resort sure to offer everything the happy couple needs, as well as accommodate those you chose to include in your big day.

Enjoy a morning cup of coffee, breakfast with a view of Sunset Beach at Seagrape Terrace, as you calm your nerves and prepare yourself for what’s to follow. After a quick dip in one of the three pools, head off to get yourself ready for the event of your lifetime. Don’t worry, your guests can enjoy snorkeling, kayaking and pedal boats, among other things, as they wait in anticipation for your special event.

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After you've exchanged your vows and are ready to begin truly celebrating, drop the kids off at the Children’s Village and eat, drink and be merry at one of six restaurants or seven bars. May we suggest the contemporary Caribbean cuisine at Sugar Mill or Italian option, IL Giardino for your first meal as husband and wife.

Best Honeymoon & Anniversary Getaway: THE ROYAL Cancun & THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen

What’s more special than celebrating you and your significant other, especially when it’s celebrating the beginning of your journey together or commiserating the time you’ve spent together and looking towards the future? Whether you’re looking to celebrate your honeymoon or honor your anniversary, we highly recommend THE ROYAL Cancun & THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen.

THE ROYAL Cancun is an adults-only, all-inclusive resort located in the heart of Cancun’s hotel zone and perfectly placed on the pristine sands of the Caribbean tides, making it the place to spend some quality time with your better half. The Olympic-sized infinity pool, among the resorts oceanfront pool and 2 heated in-pool Jacuzzis make for ideal poolside and beachside lounging. Don’t worry, this resort is also home to exclusive Royal Beach Cabanas®, a convenient flag system for waiter service and beach butlers to provide cold towel service, suntan lotion, ice water and even reading materials delivered straight to your beachside canopy bed.

Best Honeymoon Resort, THE ROYAL Cancun by CheapCaribbean.com

And as the sun sets on this perfect day, have dinner at one of nine restaurants with features ranging from authentic Spanish tapas at Tapas and Pinxtos to unique Caribbean seafood fusions that can be found at Pelicanos. Also, be sure to take advantage of THE ROYAL Cancun offerings of tequila & beer tasting sessions once a week, educational wine tastings hosted by hotel sommelier and nightly entertainment that includes Cirque du Soliel-style shows.

And if you’d like to embark upon a more private, secluded version of what you’ll find at THE ROYAL Cancun, let us suggest a stay at THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen. Still located in a prime spot near Playa del Carmen’s Fifth Avenue, this resorts offers all its Cancun sister property does, just on a beautiful stretch of beach in the very heart of a quaint fisherman’s village.

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You’ll still find an Olympic-sized lap pool, beach-front infinity pool and beach cabana service to help pass the time during the day. And when it’s time for dinner enjoy the nine restaurants, all offering a signature menu or custom feature that’s unique to THE ROYAL and the island of Playa del Carmen. In addition to Trade Winds, the swim-up bar and the lobby bar, perfect for wrapping yourself up in conversation with your honey, make sure to take advantage of the 24-hour, all-inclusive lounge that will cater to your need, no matter the time of day.

Best Singles Getaway: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana

Grab your homies and get to the beach. Whether the celebration is for a groom-or bride-to-be or just a group of friends looking for some good old-fashioned fun, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana is the perfect setting for the beach party of a lifetime.

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Being the first all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel in the world and recently named a 2013 AAA Four Diamond hotel, this joint is sure to please. This resort does everything big, offering 13 restaurants and snack bars, seven bars, and 15 pools – if that doesn't spell out time of your life, we’re not sure what does.

After spending the day tossing between the lazy river and four swim-up bars, try the fare at Ipanema, the Brazilian steakhouse, Isla, the Caribbean-inspired a la carte option or Zen, the Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant. And end the night by making big bets in the 45,000-sq-ft casino, wagering on major sports events at the Sports Book Bar or dancing the night away at Oro Nightclub with nightly entertainment and special guests.

So while we all want to go to the beach for different reasons, there's definitely a few times a trip to the beach means more than just vacation. What did you most recently celebrate at the beach?

Love Birds, Your Romantic Vacation is Calling…

It’s that time of year, folks. Yep, you guessed it. It’s time to celebrate all things love. At Cheapcaribbean.com, we pretty much in love with love and we hope you are too. So when you’re thinking about the best way to show your significant other that you care, how about planning a super romantic getaway? Here are a few of our top-of-the-line resorts that will leave you and your better half feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and more connected than ever before.

For the Honeymooners in Us All

Riviera Maya is the ultimate romantic destination because its tucked perfectly outside of Cancun, but is still a short drive from the Cancun International Airport. Once you reach Riviera Maya, you’re transported to beautiful, lush greens and white, sandy beaches without having to fight a crowd. Whether you’re a true honeymooner or simply looking for an ideal romantic getaway, our pick here is Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun.

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Take advantage of the Unlimited-Luxury® that's a staple of this Secrets resort.

This adult-only, all Preferred Club resort knows how to spoil their guests. The Unlimited-Luxury® that is a staple at all Secrets resorts includes a concierge on each floor, refreshed mini bars, cooking demos, tequila tastings and Vegas-style shows, just to name a few. Don’t worry, with unlimited premium beverages and seven restaurants all offering a different type of cuisine, you’ll spend your days here nothing but satisfied. During the day, lounge by the pool, grab a drink at the swim up bar or post up on the white sandy beaches that call Riviera Maya home. May we also suggest a spa treatment at Secrets Spa by Pevonia. And for those of you actually honeymooning, be sure to ask about the complimentary Wedding in Paradise package that comes standard with booking a Honeymoon suite.

An Exotic Destination Your Sweetie Will Love

St. Thomas is one of the U.S. Virgin Islands and is known for its beautiful beaches and stellar views, making it an ideal setting for your next romantic getaway. Looking over the Charlotte Amalie Harbor, Marriott Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Beach Resort is the perfect place to spend a few unforgettable days with your hunnie.

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These two pool loungers are simply dying for you and your love to come spend some quality time.

Imagine it…you wake up with the calming beach breeze blowing in through your patio and the island's beautiful harbor lends you a stunning view. After a decadent breakfast at Aqua Terra Oceanfront Grill or simply room service if you’d prefer some quality time with your spouse, you venture off to one of the three pools or beach, fully equipped with plenty of sun bathing options. Then you make a stop into LAZULE Spa to receive a customized spa treatment. And after a day spent in ultimate relaxation, have dinner at one of six restaurants with cuisine options ranging from American, Latin to Caribbean. Finish the night with a nightcap at Rum Bar or simply head back up to your fully stocked bedroom and transport to a state of pure romance.

A Couples Only Resort for Your Couples Only Getaway

Named by Travel + Leisure in 2011 as the “World’s Best Hotel Spa in the Caribbean,” this couples-only beachfront paradise is something you’ve got to experience for yourself. Located in Ocho Rios, Jamaica,  this resort is fully equipped with everything you'll need for your ideal couple's romantic rendezvous. Couples Tower Isle gets its name from Tower Isle – the private island, accessible only by boat and the only place where couples can enjoy sunbathing, au natural.

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In addition to uncrowded, pure white-sanded beaches and a 1950s-style freshwater pool that makes you feel like a Hollywood celeb, we’re giving you the opportunity to take this romantic trip on our dime. By entering our Pin to Win the Luxe Life giveaway, you’ll have the chance to win an all-inclusive, six-days/five night trip, airfare included to this couples-only haven. It’s as simple as following us on Pinterest and following a few small steps to show us what a luxury, couple's vacation looks like to you.

So as you can see, we’re all about romantic vacations just like you. This time of year is meant to share your love with your special someone and show him or her what they really mean to you. Say “I love you” with a romantic escape and we can almost guarantee this will be a Valentine’s day neither one of you will forget.