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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?