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grand cayman Why go Besides its famed Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman has a major following for its underwater thrills. Snorkelers and scuba divers are stoked by the water’s good visibility, warm temps, vibrant coral reefs and choice of about 240 dive sites. Where to Stay Hang your flippers at The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa. It has top diveoperator Red Sail Sports on-site, and snorkelers can see some
colorful fish right off the beach. Set up the hotel’s honeymoon registry to score your aquatic excursions as wedding gifts (from $239 per night, WestinGrandCayman.com). How to Spend Your Island Time Raise your adrenaline with a dive around the USS Kittiwake, a rescue-shipturned-dive-attraction sunk just off Seven Mile Beach, or by petting a friendly stingray in shallow water at Stingray City.
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Why go This under-the-radar private island resort in the British Virgin Islands maxes out at around 35 guests (though occupancy hovers closer to just 10 during the off-season), granting couples an almost deserted feel (in a good way!). Find luxury style “roughing it” here. Be dropped on a remote beach, with a boat on call, where you can have your fresh catch eagerly prepped by a skilled chef. Getting to this island entails a couple of connections, but the journey is worth it. Where to Stay Go crazy over the view of electric-blue water from your cottage or villa at Guana Island. Start exploring and you’ll see that the grounds, which include a
beautiful fruit orchard and a Garden of Eden for yoga and outdoor movie screenings, are just as impressive. On the departure dock, guests are even photographed for the resort’s memento binder—you’ll feel just like family (all-inclusive rates from $695 per night, Guana.com). How to Spend Your Island Time Sign up for the hotel’s Castaway Picnic and you can pretend to be shipwrecked together on Bigelow or Harris beach (two of the island’s pristine seven beaches), snorkel, enjoy great food—and do whatever else comes to mind. Also arrange a day trip to The Baths National Park on Virgin Gorda or the infamous Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke.
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