Q:

Active Honeymoon Destinations: Dominica and Barbados

I'm looking for a good destination for an active honeymoon this summer. We're fit, but local day hikes are the extent of our outdoor skills; we don't know how to ski and we're too pale to just lie on the beach. Both U.S. and international destinations are fine.

Jun 25, 2013
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The Caribbean is a classic honeymoon spot, but the less-visited eastern islands are not what you'd expect: Instead of all-inclusive brand-name resorts, you'll find boutique hotels, eco-resorts, and plenty to do besides lying on the beach.

The tiny island nation of Dominica is fashioning itself into an active eco-destination: Take your pick of mountain biking, canyoneering, diving and snorkeling, hiking, kayaking and zip-lining. And while Barbados hosts plenty of more traditional sun-seekers, it's also becoming a go-to for water sports. There are serious waves in the Soup Bowl, right in front of the sleepy surf town of Bathsheba, on the island's east coast, and kiting and windsurfing on the southeast corner. On land, the Barbados National Trust leads weekly hikes that range from 5 to 15 miles. There's even a local branch of the Hash House Harriers, if you're into boozy jogging. Going in the summer means deals to be had; if they’re not posted, ask for off-season rates.

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