On the north-east coast in the lush green parish of Portland lies the beautiful blue lagoon that featured in the Brooke Shields film of the same name. An underground freshwater river meets the sea to form a 180ft deep vivid blue lagoon. Almost entirely circled by overhanging lush green vegetation, it is a wondrous spot. It is possible to swim in the water, but for our purposes, get a local boatman from the nearby beach to take the two of you around the headland and into the lagoon. The water is completely calm and the boat will drift slowly beneath the overhanging vines and palms as you pop the question.
Address: Blue Lagoon, Port Antonio, Jamaica
Head to the highest point on the island for an adventure-lover’s proposal spot. Walk during the hours of darkness up the well-marked path in order to watch the sunrise from the summit of Jamaica’s high peak. On a clear day, Cuba is visible in the distance. Check the weather forecast before you go, or you could be proposing in a cloud, but when the sky is clear, it is truly magnificent. Take a car to Whitfield Hall (two hours from Kingston) and then hike for 3 to 5 hours through the UNESCO world heritage site Blue and John Crow Mountains national park.
Lime Cay is a small island, a sandbar really, situated two miles off the south coast of Jamaica. There is nothing there other than some trees for shade, a sandy beach and some shallow swimming water. Take a small local fishing boat from the Grand Port Royal Hotel. The 15 minute journey is done regularly, especially at weekends. You want the place to yourself, so go early and avoid weekends when Kingstonians head out to escape the city. Take a cooler with champagne and a picnic, and make a day of it.
Address: Lime Cay, Port Royal Cays, Jamaica
Negril on the west coast of Jamaica is the best place on the island to watch the sunset. The Caves is the most romantic spot to watch it from. This boutique hotel consists of just 12 cottages and a villa. The restaurant and bar are built into the cliff-side caves above the Caribbean Sea and are supremely romantic. Use the world-class spa to relax during the afternoon and then propose on the clifftop as the sun sets over the Caribbean Sea. Finish with a romantic meal for two in the caves. Perfect.
Situated a few miles inland from the north coast tourist resort of Ocho Rios, the Blue Hole is a natural wonder. A pristine pool of bright blue water, fed by a plunging waterfall, is surrounded by lush green tropical vegetation and wild flowers. It is truly a magical place and one of the most naturally beautiful spots on the island. Arrive in the morning before any tourists find it and you’ll have it to yourself. Plunge into the cool water and swim to the waterfall, behind which is a small cave with a rock big enough for two. Just don’t lose the ring.
In the south-western parish of St Elizabeth lies another of Jamaica’s natural wonders. YS Falls is a series of seven waterfalls and cool natural pools. Water cascades down 120ft (40m) through lush tropical vegetation to form a beautifully romantic backdrop. Take a picnic and walk the paths amongst the tropical plants and wildflowers – there are plenty of private little spots to ask the question. Afterwards cool off in one of the pools or, if you’re more adventurous, take the canopy top zipline.