You can do it the old fashioned way and get down on one knee with a red rose and a bottle of champagne, the new age-y way using the hashtag #MarryMe or you could ditch the predictable and go for something truly unique. Take your pick from our Caribbean cornucopia of inspired ideas for popping the question that go way beyond bling in a box and breakfast in bed.
In St. Maarten, skimming the blue on catamaran called Tango is picture-perfect for asking the big question. A two-hour sail past Mullet Bay, Cupecoy and Long Baie which is home to the turtle nesting station spells romance on the waves. Boat bartenders pour plenty of rum punch and with the sail kept at a leisurely pace, there’s plenty of time along the way to get cozy. www.stmaarten-activities.com
Greeted by vistas of St. Martin and the Caribbean Sea, popping the question at the CuisinArt Golf Club in Anguilla may not improve your game but it will earn you full marks for trying. If you share a passion for the greens with your hopeful ‘better half, the island’s only 18-hole Greg Norman-designed course is the ideal perch for a proposal. Picturesque spots include at the sand dunes that frame the drive at 16th hole or at the fairway on the 18th hole that dips forty feet to green shrubbery. If you score with a hole-in-one, celebrate in a swishy suite at the CuisinArt Resort and a couple’s massage in the Venus Spa. www.cuisinartresort.com
More than a century old, Curacaoans describe the Queen Emma Bridge in Willemstad as the ‘Swinging Old Lady’. Supported by sixteen pontoon boats, it’s the only wooden floating bridge in the world and a magnet for romantics who come from all corners of the planet to pose for snaps. Restored to all its glory, vistas of Willemstad are proposal-worthy and sure to put any sweetie in the mood. www.curacao.com
Jamaica horseback riding. Photo Credit Island Routes.
Riding a horse into the sea in Jamaica is the stuff of romance novels and with ‘happily ever after’ the big prize, Horseback Ride ‘n’ Swim is the perfect opportunity for a splashy proposal. On a gentle mare or a serene stallion, riders keep an unhurried pace along backcountry trails, through the rainforest, up a cliff and for a dash in the Caribbean Sea. For proposal-givers who might not want an audience, Island Routes will arrange private trots. www.islandroutes.com
Jamaica horseback riding in sea. Photo Credit Island Routes.
In Turks and Caicos Islands, proposing in the gracious company of the Sesame Street super heroes might ease the jitters. With Big Bird, Cookie Monster or Elmo at your side, popping the big question during a Sesame Street Stage Show at a Beaches Resort in Turks and Caicos or Jamaica will warm any heart. www.beaches.com
Bermuda Moon gate Palm Grove Gardens. Photo Credit Melanie Reffes.
As Bermudian as a rum swizzle and the Triangle, the many moon gates that dot the island are primo for proposals. As the story goes, a sea captain built the first one in 1860 after seeing one in China with a sloping roof that represented the half-moon of the summer sky. Walking through one of these circular stone structures that are decorated with bright blooms is said to bring long life and a bright future. www.gotobermuda.com
Bermuda Moon Gate Palm Grove Gardens. Photo Credit Melanie Reffes.
Serenity rules in St. Kitts under the shade of the giant 350-year-old Saman tree at Romney Manor. With a storied past, the manor was once owned by Sam Jefferson II, the great great great (that’s three greats) grandfather of Thomas Jefferson and was the first estate on the island to emancipate the slaves. Spiritual and stately, there’s plenty of green space under the branches for taking five with your significant other and if all goes as planned; a trinket to celebrate is just inside at the adjacent Caribelle Batik shop. www.caribellebatikstkitts.com