The U.S. Virgin Islands are romantic for all the right reasons: soft sands, clear warm waters and rolling green mountains. When it comes to convenience, the USVI has it made in the sun and shade, which makes destination celebrations and epic honeymoons that much easier here: St. John, St. Thomas and St. Croix are exotic, yet American. That means there’s no passport for you and your guests to visit.
St. Croix is rural and historic. You’ll see windmills, European architecture and cobblestone streets in some areas and expanses of farmland in others. Relaxing is part of the fun, but make time for diving, kite boarding or parasailing, and tour the island by motorcycle or jeep. Visit during the holiday season to experience the Crucian Christmas Carnival. Evenings cap of with calypso dancing under the stars. St. John’s artsy, culture-rich town of Cruz Bay is fi lled with boutiques, authentic restaurants and open-air saloons.
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Lodge in a waterfront hotel or a spacious villa. More than half the island is a national park, so you’ll fi nd lush trails leading to secluded beaches for picnicking. Canter along the beach on horseback, charter a yacht or take a glass-bottom boat tour. Sign up for Caneel Bay’s honeymoon package and you’ll be treated to a sunset cruise. St. Thomas’ urban downtown is packed with duty-free jewelry shops. Buy each other gifts (maybe put of purchasing your rings until you arrive for a special story to accompany your bling), then head toward the mountains and coastline. Book side-by-side massages at the Ritz-Carlton’s spa, zip line over the tree canopy, bike around serene Water Island, visit heart-shaped Magens Bay, and go sailing, wake boarding or wreck diving.