Great Ideas For Romantic Weekend Getaway Vacation
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The Caribbean Sea has more than 7,000 islands. Why visit the same old and crowded places. Do you want to explore someplace new? Here are a few gems where you can stake out your own quiet piece of the Caribbean.


Secluded Romantic Getaways in the Caribbean

Isla de Providencia, Colombia

Providencia, a short 25-minute flight from neighbouring San Andrés Island, is a great place for a quiet romantic getaway. The residents of Providencia make much of their association with Sir Henry Morgan, the 17th-century swashbuckler who is now depicted on rum bottles worldwide. A 492-foot-long floating bridge separates Providencia from Santa Catalina, which is one of Morgan's hideouts. You can well stumbled some hidden treasures here. The view from the top of the mountain, El Pico reveals stunning pictures of pristine rain forests and of the area where Morgan supposedly hid his loot.

You can get cheap accommodation at Hotel El Pitrata Morgan. Situated near Aguadulce Bay, this hotel has 27 rooms with private balconies, many overlooking the pool. (Call 011-57/8-514-8232. Rates from $62).


Comarca Kuna Yala, Panama

This is an archipelago of more than 350 islands. One of Panama's largest indigenous groups, the Kuna people call Comarca Kuna Yala home.  The Kuna womenfolk make and sell molas - swatches of hand-embroidered cloth in vivid shades of purples, reds, and blues. Molas are typically made into garments. The men provide for their families by fishing for grouper and mackerel or being guides for visitors on boat trips to the archipelago's many uninhabited islands. Try staying at Cabanas Uaguinega on Achutupu Island, a 45 minutes flight from Panama City. The rate for a bamboo-walled, solar-powered cabin includes two tours or cultural outings daily and all meals. (Visit uaguinega.com, rate from $140 per person).


Terre-de-Haut, Guadeloupe

Terre-de-Haut, a 45-minute ferry ride from Grande-Terre, Guadeloupe, is just like north-western France. There are goats nibbling away at scrubby plants on the hillsides and its culture is steeped in the ways of early settlers from Brittany. In the villages, fishermen mend fishing nets on their front porches, while the womenfolk sell tourment d'amour (a fruit tart) from wicker baskets. You will love staying at the Auberge Les Petits Saints (Visit petitssaints.com. Rates from $131).


Carriacou, Grenada

Carriacou is a 13-square-mile island, a 22-minute flight from Grenada. There are no high-rise buildings on Carriacou. There is an unwritten law that forbids buildings taller than the average palm tree. Carriacou is known for it's blend of cultural traditions passed down by both the West African slaves and the early 19th-century Scottish settlers. For example, the ritual "big drum" dances remain a part of daily life here. They are performed during funerals and festivals. The festivals include the Carriacou Regatta, in which sailors race in boats built according to old Irish and Scottish shipwrights' plans. You will love staying at the Green Roof Inn. It is near Hillsborough, on the island's west coast. The rooms have great sea-view from verandas (Visit greenroofinn.com. Rates from $70).