Wedding preps are in full swing, and you are all set to make it official. Now, it’s time to decide where you and your beloved would like to unwind after the big day is over. Getting away to an idyllic destination for new beginnings is one of the most preferred ways to spend honeymoon vacations. The islands perhaps are the most favourite among newlyweds. Not looking for cliched honeymoon island destinations? Check out the US Virgin Islands – a cluster of islands located in the Caribbean Sea for a romantic, serene, and secluded time away with your significant other. Here’s a short guide about this gorgeous destination for a honeymoon getaway.
Where is it located?
US Virgin Islands are located away from the mainland of the USA. It is located in the Caribbean Sea in the Virgin Island Archipelago. This cluster of around 50 islands form parts of the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles. Being close to the South American territory, the islands have a tropical charm to them, and the most prominent islands to visit are St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas.
Do you need a Visa?
The US Virgin Islands are a part of the United States of America, hence all travel formalities that are required to enter the USA will apply for the US Virgin Islands visitor. For a US citizen, there is no need for a US visa. However, for non-citizens, a US visa is required to enter the islands. The US Virgin Islands lay close to the British Virgin Islands. If you are keen on an island-hopping vacation and looking forward to crossing over to British Islands, then your travel documentation and formalities will require a UK visa as well. US nationals can enter with their valid passport. Check for Covid-19 related travel procedures before you go forward with travel planning and visa processing.
Best time to visit
Revel in the tropical sunshine from April to mid-June; the climate is breezy, mild, and perfect for outdoor experiences. As the islands are located in the Caribbean Sea, the US Virgin Islands are prone to hurricanes, and it is best to avoid visiting during hurricane season – from July to October. Be prepared for light drizzles and sudden rains which are a common occurrence in the islands throughout the year.
Which island to visit on a honeymoon trip?
That’s easy! Pick any of the three. All the tourist islands of the US Virgin Islands have something exciting to offer. Sheathed in brilliant clear-blue waters and refreshing white sandy beaches dotted with lush woodlands, the islands are perfect to melt away the wedding stress and spend quality time with your spouse in pristine surroundings.
The largest island in the US Virgin Islands, St Croix presents a medley of Danish and American culture blended seamlessly in laid-back beach settings. If you are looking for a hint of adventure on your romantic interlude, then St Croix is the perfect place to enjoy water sport adventures like scuba diving, snorkelling, and kayaking to name a few.
St. Thomas Island is known as the gateway island as most ferries and flights function on this island. Apart from the pristine blue waters lapping up white sandy shores, the island offers a fascinating assortment of upscale resorts and luxury hotels. It is a haven for food lovers who would love to delve into Mexican, American, and Caribbean culinary treats. The island is crowded than the other two main islands and hence it is better to stay for a day to shop and dine at the harbour towns, and enjoy the nightlife along the natural bays. Don’t forget to include a sunset cruise and a gondola Skyride to Paradise point to witness a jaw-dropping bird’s eye view of this breath-taking island.
Take advantage of the secluded beaches and tranquil ambience of St John Island – the smallest island of the three main US Virgin Islands. The stunning natural beauty will leave you enchanted and tempt you to never leave this paradisical destination. The mountainous verdant wilderness offers stellar hiking trails and the warm shallow waters of Cinnamon Bay are fantastic diving and snorkelling spots. You can reach St. John island with a 30-minute ferry ride from St. Thomas Island.
Enjoy a unique romantic escape. Step into US soil that resembles nothing like the typical American setting. The US Virgin Islands stands in contrast to USA’s topography and lifestyle. Set away from mainland USA, scattered in the Caribbean Sea, US Virgin Islands offers the best of slow-paced Islander life. Combined with stunning beach shores, tropical settings, fascinating cuisine, and water adventures, these idyllic islands are perfect to get away from it all and enjoy some time together on a romantic sojourn or a honeymoon holiday. Whether it is watching the sunrise together, going on a romantic dinner date, strolling hand-in-hand in the moonlight-drenched beaches or refreshing your soul amid the sun sea and sand, US Virgin Island is the idyllic place to relax, unwind, and spend time embracing the good vibes of life together.