Everything You Need to Know About a Honeymoon in St. Thomas

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St.Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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Ellen O'Brien - The Knot Contributor.
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Ellen O'Brien - The Knot Contributor.
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Updated Oct 28, 2021
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A St. Thomas honeymoon is perfect for those looking for soft sand, incredible weather and romantic vibes. Located just over 100 miles off the coast of Puerto Rico, St. Thomas—one of the three US Virgin Islands—is known for its crystal-clear waters, range of activities and fantastic accommodations.

Due to its status as a US territory, traveling to the US Virgin Islands is relatively easy for most Americans. However, because of its location, traveling to St. Thomas is most accessible for those living on the East Coast and in the South. A number of US cities offer direct flights to St. Thomas, including New York, Miami, Dallas, Chicago and Atlanta.

As of October 2021, travelers to the US Virgin Islands must submit a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival to the territory. PCR and rapid tests are both accepted. Travelers must have taken the test in the five days prior to arriving in the territory.

Is St. Thomas Good for a Honeymoon?

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Pros of a St. Thomas Honeymoon

With idyllic beaches, natural wildlife and downtown shopping, St. Thomas offers everything you could want in a honeymoon. This is a great destination if you're interested in beachfront activities—from water sports to snorkeling and scuba diving, there are endless options at your fingertips. If you're looking for an all-inclusive package, many hotels and resorts offer that as an option. Plus, since the US Virgin Islands are a US territory, Americans do not need a passport to travel here.

Cons of a St. Thomas Honeymoon

Due to the island's location and small size, many foods are imported, making meals on the island relatively expensive. Additionally, mid-summer to fall (July to October) is hurricane season on the island. Large Category 5 hurricanes (such as Irma and Maria) have hit the island during this time.

The Best Times of Year to Go on a St. Thomas Honeymoon for Good Weather

Head to St. Thomas in the spring for warm temperatures—and to avoid hurricane season (July through October). From April to June, temperatures hover around the 80s. If you don't mind slightly cooler weather, visit St. Thomas in the winter for sparser crowds and temperatures in the 70s.

Things to Do During a St. Thomas Honeymoon

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Explore Downtown Charlotte Amalie

Holding the position as the largest city in the US Virgin Islands, Charlotte Amalie's downtown area is full of shops, restaurants and nightlife. Spend time walking around Main Street for what is considered some of the best duty-free shopping in the Caribbean.

Relax on Honeymoon Beach

It's in the name—Honeymoon Beach was made for honeymooners. Known as one of the more secluded beaches on the island, this beach boasts soft white sand, bright-blue waters and natural wildlife. Spend hours laying out in the sun or opt to rent kayaks or stand-up paddle-boards.

Go Scuba Diving in Magens Bay

Searching for the perfect spot to scuba dive or snorkel? Head to Magens Bay. This famous island spot is located along St. Thomas' northern coastline. You'll feel tucked away from the chaos of the outside world at this lush oceanfront spot.

Become One With Nature

Immerse yourself (literally) with all of the animals and wildlife that call St. Thomas home at Coral World. You can opt to book a variety of different animal experiences, from kayaking with dolphins to swimming with sea lions.

Visit Coki Beach

If you envision yourself swimming with fish on your honeymoon, head to Coki Beach. This spot on the northeastern coast of the island is known for snorkeling and swimming. Since it's so well-known, it can become crowded, so plan to head here in the morning for a more secluded experience.

Take a Day Trip to Buck Island

This tiny island is only accessible by boat. Two-thirds of the island is surrounded by a barrier reef and is full of marine life. Spend your day hiking the trails, snorkeling through the reefs or just swimming in the calm waters.

Learn About History at Blackbeard's Castle

One of the island's most famous historical sites, this castle sits on a hilltop with gorgeous views of the ocean and the lush island landscape. (The castle was damaged during the 2017 hurricane season and is currently closed to the public as of October 2021. Plans to repair and reopen are in the works.)

Best Hotels and Resorts in St. Thomas for a Honeymoon

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The Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas

Searching for a luxurious resort with a plethora of amenities? The Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas is your best bet. This resort recently underwent a massive renovation and includes state-of-the-art accommodations, an infinity pool, a catamaran available for cruises, and four restaurants.

Bolongo Bay Beach Resort

If you're looking for a resort with a fantastic all-inclusive package, this is the spot for you. With beachfront views, a swim-up pool bar and tons of waterfront activities, this resort is the perfect place to spend your honeymoon.

Marriott's Frenchman's Cove

Spend your honeymoon tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the downtown area at this spot in Pacquereau Bay. You'll have access to a secluded beach and can spend time exploring the quaint area surrounding the property.

Point Pleasant Resort

Overlooking Water Bay, this resort is in close proximity to Coki Beach and Coral World. Located on 15 acres of preserved land, the hotel has stunning views of the water and the island's natural landscape. Waking up in the morning suddenly became a whole lot easier.

Secret Harbour Beach Resort

Prefer to have a little more space on your romantic getaway? Consider staying at this St. Thomas resort. Located in a quiet part of the island, this hotel offers apartment-style rooms with tons of amenities, from a fitness center to a restaurant and bar.

What to Pack for a St. Thomas Honeymoon

With warm temperatures year-round, you'll want to pack your best summer clothes. Make sure to bring comfortable shoes if you're planning on spending time walking around and exploring the island. If you head to the island during the winter months, remember to bring a sweater or light jacket, as the temperature can drop once the sun sets.

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