The Complete Guide to a St. Croix Honeymoon

Discover why this US Virgin Island is the ultimate romantic getaway.
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james wong - the knot contributing writer and travel expert
James Wong
james wong - the knot contributing writer and travel expert
James Wong
Travel Writer & Expert
  • James Wong is a freelance travel writer and expert.
  • He's reported for publications including VOGUE, GQ, Time Out and Thrillist.
  • James has lived in London, Tokyo and New York; and has traveled to almost every corner of the world.
Updated Jul 31, 2023
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The largest of the US Virgin Islands, St. Croix packs variety for honeymooners seeking a mix of sun worshiping, water activities and cultural discovery. The island has flown seven flags in its lifetime, and has gathered influence from Spain, The Netherlands, England, France, Malta and Denmark. All that culture, and you're still on US territory: No passport is required for mainland citizens. Plus, it's a direct flight from New York (6.5 hours), Atlanta (5.5 hours) and Miami (2.5 hours), meaning St. Croix is an excellent choice for curious minds in the East Coast and beyond.

Couples with an interest in the arts, music, architecture and history will be able to pack an itinerary full of the wonders of the tropics—things like sinking into white-sand beaches, sipping piña coladas in a cabana and snorkeling alongside majestic sea turtles. Sound like your idea of honeymoon heaven? Then step forward and savor the island's most delicious treats.

St. Croix Honeymoon Tips in this Article:

    Is St. Croix Good for a Honeymoon?

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    Pros of a Honeymoon in St. Croix

    St. Croix offers more than just sunbathing and snorkeling: It's filled with culture and history to boot. Being a US territory, American visitors will enjoy comforts such as the same cell network providers and ATMs as back home.

    Cons of a Honeymoon in St. Croix

    As with all Caribbean islands, glorious weather most of the year comes with the threat of natural disasters during hurricane season. Products are imported, so prices are high and choice is limited, especially in grocery stores. There may also be occasional power outages, but that should only encourage honeymooners to disconnect.

    The Best Times to Visit St. Croix

    Between December and April, rainfall is low and temperatures hover between 77 and 84 degrees Fahrenheit. The holidays are especially jubilant for the Crucian Christmas Festival, their annual carnival. May and November are also good times to visit, as the island is less crowded. Avoid hurricane season, which runs in the summer and means daily heavy rain and high humidity.

    St. Croix Tourism Tips for Couples

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    East Coast cities like New York, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale and Miami have direct flights to St. Croix's Henry E. Rohlsen Airport. No need to adjust your watches in spring or summer—the island is in the Atlantic Time Zone but with no daylight savings. Expect US territory perks, including zero passport requirements (just travel with a government ID), USD currency and US cell carrier service.

    Best St. Croix Day Trips and Places to Visit

    With so much natural beauty and options for exploration, you'll want to add these fabulous stops to your St. Croix honeymoon itinerary.

    Kayak the Salt River Bay National Park

    Although resorts offer kayaking at their ocean fronts, navigating a national park is a whole other beast. GetYourGuide offers a kayak excursion across multiple bays within the park boundaries, and here you'll discover a world you never knew existed. Learn about mangrove forests; spot handsome egrets, pelicans and sunbathing iguanas; and get up close to pulsating Cassiopeia jellyfish lining the shallow breeding areas. Guests are welcome to bring their own snorkeling gear or recyclable floats to enjoy on the beach afterward.

    Admire the St. George Village Botanical Garden

    The bounty of St. Croix is reflected at the St. George Village Botanical Garden, a former 19th-century sugarcane site and village containing a myriad of ecosystems. The estate is dedicated to the conservation and preservation of both historical and living collections, and it also happens to be one of the most beautiful outdoor displays in the US Virgin Islands.

    Best Things to Do in St. Croix for Couples

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    From horseback riding and cooking classes to a top-notch beach party, island fun is varied on St. Croix.

    Ride a Horse Through the Rainforest

    Follow a professional guide and trek through the rainforest on horseback with your spouse. Viator's horseback riding experience will get you saddled up in a small group and out under the canopies of local flora and fauna, with a stop at an old sugar mill for scenic photography. No motorized vehicles, just soothing gallops as the soundtrack of your day.

    Cook Crabs With a Local

    For the chance to live like a local, sign up for Expedia's cooking class and cultural experience. Guests are given the opportunity to select a crab and learn about the island's affinity for the dish. They'll then relax, clean and season the crab before they cook it… along with a heavy helping of traditional dance. Your dinner will be capped off with a local fruit dessert for a truly memorable evening.

    Party at Rainbow Beach

    The famed Rainbow Beach bar and restaurant is a must-visit for couples looking to let loose for the evening. This is where you can escape your day-to-day thoughts and get lost in island beats. After a delectable selection of fresh shrimp, grouper and jerk chicken, hit the sand with the friendly crowd and boogie to a live music session or DJ set. Another rum punch is always a good idea here.

    The Best St. Croix Honeymoon Packages and Resorts

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    From golf resorts to boutique hideaways, here's where to stay for a St. Croix honeymoon (packages and deals, included).

    Waves Cane Bay

    This eco-friendly resort situated on a cliffside was renovated just a few years ago. With 11 suites, all have views overlooking the ocean. (Imagine yourself falling asleep to the soothing sounds of waves crashing below the cliffs.) With natural privacy and views reaching St. Thomas, couples will appreciate everything the property has to offer (including its sustainable seafood restaurant, AMA).

    King Christian Hotel

    The more affordable sister property of the Waves Cane Bay, this 46-room boutique hotel in Christiansted was renovated in summer 2022. With its 300-year history, the hotel also offers several dining options like El Leon. Between King Christian and Waves Cane Bay, newlyweds will have plenty of options for dining and views across both establishments. Explore both for a minimoon or honeymoon stay.

    The Buccaneer Beach and Golf Resort

    The beloved Buccaneer has been family-owned and operated since 1947, continuing to allure visitors with screensaver-worthy views from every direction. It's easy to get lost in the magic: Three private beaches offer a sanctuary to unwind with towel service perks, and an 18-hole golf course and eight tennis courts make fitness a breeze. The resort also has a full-service spa and salon, multiple restaurants and a shopping arcade.

    Sand Castle on the Beach

    With modern and well-equipped studios, Sand Castle on the Beach feels a bit like your private holiday home. Being adults-only certainly adds to the tranquility. Out front is one of the island's most spectacular stretches of sandy beach, and the boutique hotel serves as an ideal base for island exploration, whether that's snorkeling out on the turquoise waters or hiking the rainforest. LGBTQ+ friendly and welcoming to all, this is the perfect escape for discerning honeymooners.

    Carambola Beach Resort St. Croix

    Couples saving Bonvoy points for a momentous occasion should look no further than Carambola. The Marriott beach resort is enveloped in natural beauty, from towering palm trees to glimmering sea. Villa-style rooms allow plenty of room to breathe, relax and unwind with inspiring views. When you're ready to hit the sand, peruse nearby attractions, including a golf course and diving center.

    What to Pack for a St. Croix Honeymoon

    Since you'll be out in the sun often, you'd be wise to pack sunblock and other beach essentials. Rainy shoulder seasons mean mosquitos come out to play, so carry a good repellent at all times. If you're planning on exploring the island by car, don't forget your driver's license.

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