Boat HouseDo you know July is National Picnic Month?  Not that we’d ever need a reason to pursue this age-old delight.

Although many look to their local parks for a classic lunch-on-the-green, five inviting picnic spots may draw you to the Caribbean.

W Retreat and Spa, Vieques Island - Exterior - Vieques aerial view1.   Vieques Island, less than eight miles off the coast of Puerto Rico, offers some of the most pristine beaches in the Caribbean. Guests staying at W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island can grab a complete picnic basket lunch from W Café and dine while overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Starting at $60 for two, they will pack a variety of goodies such as their signature Cuban sandwiches, local pastries, ice-cold beverages and more. Once finished, the picnic basket is yours as a keepsake.

image002 (1)prstR2.    Bahia Beach is located in Río Grande at the foot of El Yunque National Rainforest in Puerto Rico. The white sands make for a picturesque destination while while staying at The St. Regis Bahia Beach, on a former coconut plantation and native maritime forest. Partake in a picnic for two with gourmet indulgences such as Osetra Cavier, pistachio crusted goat cheese, lobster watermelon basil salad, fresh baguettes and more. A bottle of Veuve du Vernay, Brut Rosé and chocolate truffles complete the decadence. This picnic must be booked 48 image003nassauhours in advance.  The cost is $350 for two.

3.  Located in Nassau, Cable Beach is the Bahamas’ premiere coastal hot spot with powdery white sand and turquoise waters that average about 80°F year-round.  Guests or day pass holders at Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort & Casino can drop by Caribe Café for a selection of picnic items including deli sandwiches, fruit medleys, gourmet muffins and desserts.

stJ4.   Trunk Bay is the crown jewel on St. John, the smallest and most pristine of the U.S. Virgin Islands. More than three-quarters of the tranquil island is protected and preserved as the Virgin Islands National Park.  Embark on scenic picnic excursions surrounded by lush vegetation, coral beaches  and an underwater snorkeling trail (with plaques identifying life underwater). For Beach Image.jpg.client.185x135guests staying at The Westin St. John Resort & Villas, picnic lunches come packed and ready to go at their signature Mago Deli.  Their “brown bag special” includes items such as turkey sandwiches on a whole wheat baguette with chips and soda for just $12. They also offer a variety of additional snacks, High Res photos 046.jpg.client.185x135freshly made desserts and salads.

5.   Among 140 pristine acres on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, accessible only by boat or helicopter, is Biras Creek Resort.  With Biras Beach 1.jpg.client.185x135stunning topography and lush landscapes, retreat  to a private beach to enjoy food and drinks in tranquility. Picnic baskets are filled with delicious bites prepared by Executive Chef Jermaine George of Hilltop Restaurant. After lunch, relax on a hammock, play a game of oversized chess or take a Boston Whaler out for a spin – all are available on the private beach. Most lunch costs are included in their Full Meal Package.