6 Best Tropical Wedding Destinations | Destination Wedding Photographer

August 18, 2022

Are you and your partner looking for the perfect tropical spots for your destination wedding? I’ve got 6 beautiful (& warm) locations for you to consider! 

  1. Turks & Caicos
  2. St. Lucia
  3. Aruba
  4. USVI / BVI
  5. Hawaii
  6. Tulum

For each one, I’ll go through things like destination wedding ideas, wedding destinations/venues in the area, and where to stay. Let’s get into it!

1. Turks & Caicos

First of all – where is Turks & Caicos?

Turks & Caicos is a stunning archipelago of islands in the area between the Bahamas and Haiti. It’s a super underrated destination in my opinion – I barely ever hear it talked about and the islands have SO much crazy beauty to offer to anybody who visits!

Where to stay in Turks & Caicos: Wymara Resort & Villas

If you’re looking for places to stay in Turks & Caicos, Wymara Resort & Villas is an incredible option. The resort sits on Grace Bay Beach, with insane panoramic views of the bright blue waters! 

Getting married at Wymara Resort & Villas: the perfect Turks & Caicos wedding venue

Not only can you have a perfect vacay at Wymara full of lots of R&R – you can also tie the knot there!! It’s the perfect wedding venue in Turks & Caicos: they’ve got a variety of spaces you can choose from, endless additional services to make your day perfect, and world-class dining options. Here’s a quick overview of the different spaces the resort offers for weddings:

Stelle Restaurant
Private lounge
Outdoor private garden
The Penthouse

No matter what kind of celebration you and your partner are wanting, this resort offers it alllll. Plus, take a look at their banquet menus and all the yummy food you can choose from!

Amanyara Turks and Caicos Tropical Wedding Venue

A luxury resort in Turks & Caicos, Amanyara offers one of a kind villas, amazing dining, and plenty of wellness & beach activities. Whether you want to have a beachside BBQ or a fine dining fare, Amanyara is sure to give you wow factor.

You have the option to buyout the entire resort for the ultimate extravaganza with all of your guests, or if you’re looking into something more intimate (under 70 guests), they offer one of the villas for a more private space to host your wedding.

2. St. Lucia

If you’re dying for those Hawaii vibes with mountains, palm trees, beaches, and adventure but maybe you’re an east coaster or just don’t want the long travel to Hawaii – try looking at St. Lucia! This island offers a little bit of everything for those wanting the adventure excursions (mud baths, rainforest zip-lining, and sunset sails) but also the relaxation and peace of a romantic island.

Where to get married in St. Lucia

For a more all-inclusive location, Sugar Beach is a beautiful resort that has epic mountain views. This is one of the nicest resorts on the island that you can invite all of your guests to spend the week. However, if you’re looking for something more DIY and adventurous, check out some local villas and have your ceremony atop Piton View.

3. Aruba

I may be a little biased since this is where Nick and I went for our honeymoon!! I’ve got a full blog post about our Aruba honeymoon itinerary here if you wanna check it out for even more information.

Where to stay in Aruba: Boardwalk Aruba

The Boardwalk Boutique Hotel is a no brainer for your Aruba destination wedding hotel. Formerly a coconut plantation, this hidden tropical oasis is the perfect place for romance, privacy, and relaxation. 

You can choose from a range of beautifully styled casitas, and immediately feel like you have your own little home in the midst of Aruba. It’s just across the street from the beach, so a quick 3 minute walk will get you to your private slice of the beach with palapas you can reserve each day.

They have 2 incredible pools, a snack shack with service from Eduardos, and the friendliest staff around. We recommend having a car here, so you can really get yourself immersed in the local life! And for safety, it’s a gated resort so you can be at ease knowing everyone on the property has a key to enter!

Having your destination wedding in Aruba? Consider Arikok National Park

It only costs $11/day for entry into this incredible national park! You’ll drive through miles of desert, overlooking the cliffs and ocean. There’s hiking trails, caves, beaches, and wildlife.

You can go on private guided hikes, visit the natural pool, go cliff jumping, and go camping. There are endless things to do on this gorgeous piece of land, making it the perfect place for your destination wedding in Aruba

One other fun thing you can do on the island and in this national park: rent 4×4’s or go on a UTV tour through a company like TripAdvisor! You’ll be able to explore way more beautiful places and make a super fun adventure out of your time on the island, perfect for a honeymoon or post-wedding activity together + with your family/friends who attend your big day.

4. US Virgin Islands & British Virgin Islands

Another beautiful set of islands to visit in the Caribbean: the Virgin Islands!

The US Virgin Islands is made up of St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John – three amazing spots to consider for your destination wedding. The British Virgin Islands consist of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke.

Where to get married in the USVI

One amazing venue for your St. Thomas destination wedding is Villa Serenita – a stunning villa rental! St. Thomas is the easiest USVI to travel to, so your guests will love that they arrive quickly. This villa can accommodate 18 guests and up to 80 party-goers for your wedding day.

Another option if you’d like to host a more intimate event, check out Calichi located on St. John. To get to the island, you’ll need to take a ferry from St. Thomas, and then arrange for transportation from the ferry dock (there are always plenty of taxis ready to take you around the island!) Calichi is a hilltop wonder with views you’ll never forget.

Where to get married in the British Virgin Islands

Necker Island is a hidden gem that can host your intimate wedding or big bash up to 200 guests & host up to 48 guests onsite (with the option to rent the sister property on Moskito Island for additional guests). You’re guaranteed to have a one-of-a-kind wedding on Necker Island.

necker island british virgin island wedding venue

5. Hawaii

Hawaii is obviously one of the best locations for your tropical destination wedding, with its endless opportunities for anybody traveling in!

I’d suggest Kauai for destination adventure elopements, and another island like Oahu for larger Hawaii destination weddings. Maybe you want a little bit of both, so you could do a wedding on one island and travel around with your photographer to get some epic portraits in another location too.

One of the best wedding venues in Oahu: Kuoloa Ranch

With multiple locations to choose from, Kuoloa Ranch has some of the best Hawaii wedding venues to choose from. You’ll have some of the most epic views that O’ahu has to offer while creating your wedding day with all of the outside vendors you’d like. Or opt for their secret beach ceremony location to get a little bit of both sides of the island & enjoy the local cuisine with farm-to-table dining under twinkle lights with your guests to end the night.

Best spots for adventure elopements in Kauai

Here’s a list of some of the most beautiful spots in Kauai to consider for your Kauai adventure elopement!

Waimea Canyon State Park
Hanalei Bay
Poipu Beach
Koke’e State Park

6. Tulum, Mexico

Tulum is a gorgeous city on the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico. It makes for an amazingggg destination for your wedding because of all its beautiful beaches, and there’s plenty of tourism activities to do in the area while you’re there, too!

Here are 3 amazing wedding venues in Tulum if you’re potentially lookin’ for a spot for your Tulum destination wedding.

Kima Tulum Wedding Venue

Probably my favorite on this list is Kima Tulum – an absolute DREAM for your destination wedding in Mexico. It’s the most magical jungle oasis (and 100% eco-powered) where you can create your perfect tropical destination wedding among the greenery, fairy lights, and amazing spaces.

The venue can hold weddings up to 100 guests, and you can choose from multiple ceremony + reception spaces that the venue offers, including the pool mandala surrounded by fairy lights in the middle of the jungle. You TRULY could not ask for a more stunning place for a tropical destination wedding. 

Tribe House Tulum Wedding

Tribe House Tulum is a cozy, tropical adventure rental that makes for a perfect space for an intimate destination wedding in Tulum. With a mix of bohemian and tropical decorations, natural light everywhere, a stunning outdoor pool, cobblestone pathways, scuba diving tours, and more, this Airbnb is truly an all-inclusive experience for you and your guests!

Make a full trip out of your intimate Tulum wedding and stay at Tribe House Tulum with your closest friends + family members. Go on excursions, eat at local restaurants, and spend time tanning in the sun after you say your vows to one another! I promise, just one look at their Instagram page and you’ll be convinced.

Sanará Tulum Tropical Wedding Venue

I know I keep saying this about every spot in Tulum, but Sanará has been featured in several wedding publications for some of the most beautiful wedding celebrations. Surrounded by palm trees and ocean views, this resort is paradise for anyone who visits. It offers a bold beachfront ceremony spot, a rooftop terrace for cocktail hour, and exclusive use of their restaurant, Real Coconut, for your reception & party.

Sounds like the perfect place to go with your partner and celebrate your love + honeymoon together, right? The resort also has a gorgeous restaurant as well as a spa for you to get some R&R in before + after you tie the knot. It’s truly a place that focuses on pampering its guests + creating the most luxurious experience possible. 

PHEW that was a tonnnn of good info. I hope you’re feeling like you have a list of dream places to consider for your tropical destination wedding, and that you can envision your big day at one of these spots! I’m here to help you find your perfect wedding location + tag along to photograph it for you 😉 

**all photos are taken from Google & websites, and are not mine!**


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