Everything You Need to Know About a St. Thomas Honeymoon

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Ellen O'Brien
Updated Apr 05, 2024
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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. If a sunny island vacation is your dream, we have no doubt that St. Thomas will prove to be top honeymoon destination.

Due to its status as a US territory, traveling to the US Virgin Islands is a great option for American citizens who want to honeymoon in the USA. 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.

When it comes to planning your St. Thomas honeymoon, let us be your guide. From the best months to visit to travel trends and the top hotels, use our tips to plan your St. Thomas honeymoon itinerary.

St. Thomas Honeymoon Tips in this Article:

    Colorful buildings in Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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    Best Time to Honeymoon in St. Thomas

    Go on your St. Thomas honeymoon in the spring to enjoy the best weather—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.

    Best weather: April to June.
    Festival highlights: Carnival (which normally takes place in April or May) features parades, music, dancing and food that showcases the island's culture and heritage; the St. Thomas International Regatta in March is a world-renowned sailing race you won't want to miss.

    St. Thomas Honeymoon Planning Tips

    With idyllic beaches, natural wildlife and downtown shopping, a honeymoon in St. Thomas offers everything you could want in a romantic getaway. This is a great beach destination if you're interested in water 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.

    Keep in mind, 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.

    Entry requirements: As a US territory, citizens do not need a passport or visa for travel to St. Thomas. Although, you'll want to make sure to carry a government-issued photo ID. Starting in May 2025, you may be required to have a REAL ID.
    Language: English.
    Location: St. Thomas is located in the Caribbean, southeast of Miami, Florida.
    Currency: USD.
    Flight time to Destination: From Miami, direct flights are approximately 2.5 hours.
    Getting around: Car, bicycle, scooter, bus, by foot.

    Pro tip: Invite a honeymoon planning expert to help you curate a top-notch honeymoon in St. Thomas. Browse travel agents near you on The Knot Marketplace for St. Thomas honeymoon expertise, reviews and more.

    Best St. Thomas Honeymoon Resorts and Hotels

    St. Thomas offers a variety of honeymoon accommodations, from luxury resorts with breathtaking ocean views to charming bed and breakfasts and St. Thomas Airbnbs.

    Many properties offer special packages for honeymooners that may include welcome champagne, romantic dinners on the beach and discounts on activities, so make sure your hosts know you are newlyweds celebrating your new union.

    The Ritz Carlton Club
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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 a great option. 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.

    4.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Bolongo Bay Beach Resort

    If you're looking for a resort with a fantastic all-inclusive package, Bolongo Bay Beach Resort 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.

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    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. At Marriott's Frenchman's Cove, you'll have access to a secluded beach and can spend time exploring the quaint area surrounding the property.

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    Point Pleasant Resort

    Overlooking Water Bay, Point Pleasant 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.

    4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    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, the Secret Harbour Beach Resort offers apartment-style rooms with tons of amenities, from a fitness center to a restaurant and bar.

    4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Pro tip: You can find plenty of honeymoon accomodations without leaving the US. Have a look at even more romantic honeymoon suites before booking your flights.

    Things to Do on a St. Thomas Honeymoon

    Planning a St. Thomas honeymoon will allow newlyweds to create unforgettable memories, whether they're basking in the sun, exploring underwater marvels or enjoying the island's culture. When it comes to things to do, here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling.

    Diver snorkeling having fun underwater in turquoise waters
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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, scuba diving 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

    Buck Island is a tiny island is only accessible by boat. Roughly two-thirds of it 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.

    Pro tip: If you find St. Thomas honeymoon experiences you love, add them to your gift registry. This way, your loved ones can give you a memorable couple's activity to enjoy abroad. Don't forget to post cute honeymoon pictures to your wedding website so your guests can see what you're up to!

    What to Pack for a St. Thomas Honeymoon

    Fragment of sculpture garden in Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands
    Photo: George Burba | Shutterstock

    With warm temperatures year-round, you'll want to pack your best summer clothes in your honeymoon luggage. Make sure your packing checklist includes comfortable shoes, especially if you plan to spend 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.

    Brittany Barber contributed to this article.

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