Of all the exotic and romantic places in the world, the beaches and bays of the Caribbean islands have to be the most whimsical.
Synonymous with relaxation, you might be drawn to the leeward islands for the slow pace of life, lilting music, rum cocktails, and faint aroma of spices carried on the gentle breezes.
Or perhaps the Windward Islands for wreck diving, coral snorkeling and deep-sea fishing followed by long afternoons slow-roasting suckling pig on the beach while the kite-surfers flip on the horizon.
From Green Cay's deserted icing sugar sands to cocktail hour in Bahamian beach clubs, going ashore to a Mustique villa for a few days or watching the regattas of the British Virgin Islands and St Barth's, the Caribbean will exceed every expectation.
Wander through Potter's Cay market in Nassau and pick up some fresh white conch and black crab.
Take the tender to Straw Hat on Meads Bay, Anguilla to try local grilled crayfish
Dive eerie shipwrecks in the Dominican Republic with the teenagers.
When cruising St Martin head to Pinels island for a delicious lunch at Karibuni restaurant, where you can watch the iguanas scuttle around with your feet in the sand and a glass of their homemade Banana Rum in hand.
When To Go : October to May