Locations – Bahamas
A short 35-minute flight from Miami, the Bahamas (www.bahamas.com) are the closest tropical islands to the U.S. mainland. Quintessential beach getaways, the Bahamas consist of 700 islands with soft, coral-sand beaches.
Just 20 of the islands are inhabited, and most of the action takes place on New Providence, which includes Nassau and Paradise Island. Because many of the islands are fairly close to one another, couples sometimes marry on one that provides a wide array of wedding services and then island-hop via ferry or small plane to another that is more remote for their honeymoon.
Wherever you stay in the Bahamas, getting married is relatively hassle-free. The Ministry of Tourism maintains a
So what are your options? More than nine out of ten couples who wed in the Bahamas do so at a resort hotel because everything you need is at your command: ceremony sites, connections to officiants, coordinators to do your bidding. Some of my top picks include
Atlantis: The biggest resort in the Caribbean, action-packed Atlantis (www.atlantis.com) keeps adding more reasons to get you there. The latest are Aquaventure, a 63-acre water park, and The Cove, an adults-only retreat (those with kids are welcome in three other towers). On-site wedding specialists handle arrangements, and outdoor events have a designated alternative area in case of rain.
Sandals Royal Bahamian: A honeymoon haven with four-poster beds, lavish bathrooms, and upgrades to suites