DREAM TRIPS 2008
Find A Deserted Beach
Even on popular islands, there are ways to feel like the two of you are the only people on earth. An empty stretch of sand may be a short boat ride away.
Nothing says romance like being on a secluded beach with someone you love. But how do you find a spot where you can re-create the famous From Here to Eternity kiss without putting on a show for a dozen gawkers?
Many charter operators offer boat excursions to hidden coves and tranquil cays in the Caribbean where couples can spend a day on their own private beach. The operators will include food, drinks, and snorkeling gear--if you need it. "Honeymooners definitely keep themselves busy," says Kermaine Lightbourne of J&B Tours in the Turks and Caicos.
All that alone time doesn't come cheap, however. Tours run anywhere from $225 for a full day in the Turks and Caicos to $700 for just a half day in the Bahamas (the boat holds six, but that cuts into the privacy). Prices may also fluctuate depending on the cost of fuel, so check in advance.
Privacy is easy to find if you make it the point of a vacation--such as spending a week in the Bahamas' Out Islands--but these day trips are ideal if you have little time or you'd rather have someone else handle the planning. All you have to do is bring plenty of sunscreen.
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
J&B Tours Full day with lunch, beer, wine, beach chairs, snorkeling gear, and umbrella. 649/946-5047, jbtours.com, $225 for two.
Silver Deep Full day with lunch, beer, rum punch, water, snorkeling gear, umbrella, and beach chairs. 649/946-5612, silverdeep.com, $275 for two.
Brown's Charters Half day with water, soft drinks, and snorkeling gear. Nassau, 242/324-2061, brownscharter.com, from $500 for six.
Hunter Charters Half day with water, soft drinks, and towels. Paradise Island, 242/364-1546, huntercharters.com, $700 for six.
Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Island Time Full day with ice-filled cooler and towels. 284/495-9993, islandtimeltd.com, from $370 for four (or you can just rent a small powerboat for $195).
Caribbean Horizons Full day with lunch, juice, and snorkeling gear. 473/444-1555, caribbeanhorizons.com, from $580 for two.