The Caribbean is known as one of the most romantic vacation destinations on Earth, but island getaways are not only about long walks on the beach and spooning in hammocks. "Hooking up" is also a big part of the appeal for newlyweds spending their first extended time together as husband and wife, parents escaping the kids for a few precious days, or singles looking to connect for a vacation fling.
Nearly every Caribbean resort has the kind of amenities that can make for a romantic vacation, including sun-drenched beaches, hot tubs, nightclubs, and couples-friendly activities like horseback riding or catamaran cruises. If your goal is to stoke the fires of passion with that special someone, you can make it happen at almost any decent hotel or destination.
Some resorts, however, stress the erotic over the romantic, such as the Hedonism II resort in Jamaica -- where activities can include nude limbo contests, body painting, and fetish dance parties -- and the Desires resort in Cancun, which unabashedly promotes itself as a destination for couples looking to explore "alternative lifestyles" -- such as swapping partners in a special "play room" conveniently located next to the resort's disco.
The Caribbean also is home to a number of other clothing-optional resorts, as well as resorts that have special areas set aside for nude sunbathing and swimming. However, in most cases nude does not necessarily translate into "naughty": a few clothing-optional resorts do cater to swingers, for example, but more appeal to nudists and naturists who don't view nudity in a relentlessly sexual context, and in fact ban overt sexual behavior.
At resorts like Club Orient (Book Now) in St. Martin and Sorobon Beach (Book Now) in Bonaire, nudity is seen as an expression of freedom or simply an opportunity to work on a perfect tan, not as an invitation to intimacy.
Topless and nude sunbathing is also popular on many Caribbean islands, especially those with Dutch and French heritage, and many couples from more straight-laced destinations may find the idea of getting naked together in public the perfect vacation aphrodisiac.
As with the aforementioned nudist resorts, however, nude beaches are not about sex. Sure, it's not unpleasant to see a curvaceous island beauty or a "cut" male hottie casually strolling by your blanket "au naturel," but most people on nude beaches (which can include children and families) are more interested in swimming or tanning than checking out your naked bod, or having you check out theirs. You'll only embarrass yourself by gawking, taking pictures, or even making suggestive small-talk that's more appropriate for the bar or nightclub.