Guest Post By: Brandon, co-founder of Traveler’s Joy
Whether you’re seeking unique adventure activities or relaxing days under a swaying palm tree, St. John of the U.S. Virgin Islands offers a little bit of everything for honeymooners.
For outdoor enthusiasts, the options are practically endless. The island features an expansive national park, spectacular beaches, and terrific water sport opportunities. For couples looking for some much-needed rest and relaxation, consider going for the unparalleled shopping, historical sites, charming towns, and impressive resort offerings.
But no matter what, with a relaxed ambiance, gorgeous surroundings, and accommodating residents, this one-of-a-kind Caribbean destination will prove to be the perfect place for newlyweds to spend their first days together as a married couple.
Virgin Island National Park
This expansive national park, which covers nearly two-thirds of the island, features a slew of terrific hiking opportunities (whether solo or through guided treks). While options certainly exist for avid hikers, there are also plenty of offerings for casual trekkers.
First, hit the Reef Bay Trail, a three-mile-long path that heads downhill to a sandy beach. Highlights include the ruins of a sugar factory, plus ancient petroglyphs. Treks to the trail often depart from the visitors’ center in Cruz Bay and include a boat ride back to your starting point.
Meanwhile, other highly recommended scenic hikes include the Annaberg Plantation Path, Ram’s Head Trail, and Salt Pond Trail.
The picturesque town of Cruz Bay is the main port of entry for St. John and serves as an ideal home base for visitors. The village, with its pastel-painted homes and lovely harbor dotted with sailboats, boasts an impressive mixture of restaurants, bars, and boutiques.
For terrific shopping excursions, be sure to head over to Mongoose Junction or Wharfside Village. Also, don’t miss out on St. John Saturday, held on the last Saturday of every month. Local vendors sell thousands of unique handmade items, including clothing, jewelry, and art. Fresh food, produce, and local flowers are also on display.
Drop your bags at the Gallows Point Resort. This picturesque property is set on a narrow peninsula and provides spectacular views of Cruz Bay. With just 60 rooms, stunning seascapes, and meticulous grounds, the resort exudes intimacy and romance. The property’s activities director can also assist in booking car rentals or day trips, whether it be horseback riding, sailing excursions, or hiking.
Water Sports and Land Activities
One cannot visit St. John without exploring its underwater wonders. Trunk Bay is a tremendous spot for snorkeling and even features its own underwater snorkeling trail established by the local park service. Also, consider heading out with Arawak Expeditions where you can paddle your way along the northern coast to offshore islands, secluded beaches, and excellent snorkeling spots.
But most of all, don’t forget to visit St. John’s most scenic beaches – particularly Cinnamon Bay, Caneel Bay and Jumbie Bay – for soft white sand and picturesque scenery.
For optimal access to St. John’s best outdoor activities, book a room at Caneel Bay. This exquisite beachfront resort is located within the Virgin Islands National Park and provides easy access to scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, fishing, jeep rentals, and tennis.
Brandon | co-founder of Traveler’s Joy
Brandon often found himself purchasing generic wedding gifts for friends and family who shared his passion for travel and preferred a once in a lifetime honeymoon experience. In 2004 he co-founded Traveler’s Joy honeymoon registry to help couples take the honeymoon of their dreams. After having his own honeymoon in northern Wisconsin and Zanzibar, he and his colleagues live vicariously through the couples that use Traveler’s Joy to have an unbelievable honeymoon. When Brandon isn’t researching new honeymoon spots, cycling, gardening, or working, you’ll likely find him on the back porch with family and friends cooking BBQ or playing with his daughter. Brandon spends his time in Wilmington, Delaware and Durham, North Carolina.