Destination Overview

A pristine oasis surrounded by the expansive beauty of the Caribbean, St. John is a unique destination in more ways than one. The island is the smallest of the three U.S. Virgin Islands at just 20 square miles, though its physical size has certainly helped it remain a relatively-unknown gem for honeymooners. The most significant factor in protecting the island’s unblemished beauty is the fact that the Virgin Islands National Park comprises 60% of the island, with every acre of it being protected natural land.

The unique arrangement ensures that St. John’s beaches are some of the most spectacular on earth. Photos of Cinnamon Bay and Maho Bay are enough to take your breath away, but in person, the splendor is unrivaled. Bright white sands and crystal clear Caribbean waters combine to create an indescribable openness that is the epitome of romance. There are also more than 30 miles of protected offshore coral reefs, ensuring that the surrounding sea is just as beautiful as the island.

Beyond its beaches, the island has plenty to offer honeymooners looking for some island thrills. From private boat charters and snorkeling in Cinnamon Bay, to hiking on the stunning Ram Head Trail and on the Annaberg Historic Trail, there are innumerable ways to take in the fairytale-like surroundings. And foodies will be thrilled by all of the unique cuisine options, as well as the island’s own St. John Brewers. The island is steeped in over a thousand years of history, and the rich culture is infused into every aspect of life for visitors to appreciate.

Accommodations are just as spectacular, with renowned resorts and villas providing spectacular Caribbean views and direct access to the island’s best activities. Add in world-class amenities like private pools, secluded villas, and butler service, and you have all the ingredients for the greatest trip of your life.

About St. John

At a Glance

  • With Virgin Islands National Park covering 60% of the island, endless adventures in the preserved oasis await. The area is teeming with exotic plants and animals, so experiencing it through a guided hike or birdwatching trip with a local is ideal.
  • Cinnamon Bay Beach is the longest of St. John’s many beaches and possibly its most beautiful. The tropical paradise is the perfect spot for stretching out in the fine white sands or enjoying any number of exciting watersports.
  • The island is home to some of the most spectacular bays on the planet, with Trunk Bay and Maho Bay both being examples of nature at its absolute finest. The bays are the perfect spot for snorkeling to glimpse the stingrays and turtles that call them home.
  • For one of the best views on the island, look no further than Paradise Point. The Skyride to Paradise Point Gondola will take you 700 feet into the air to a scenic restaurant and overlook spot. The restaurant is perfect for a sunset meal and views of Puerto Rico!
  • Coral World Ocean Park is home to countless aquatic creatures with numerous interactive exhibits. The aquarium is located right on the water for special dolphin kayak experiences, sea lion swims, and shark encounters.
  • Feel free to enjoy all that the nearby islands have to offer! Both public ferries and private charters are available to take you to St. Thomas and the British Virgin Islands, so a visit to St. John can really be a three-in-one Caribbean escape.

Honeymoon Hints

  • Honeymooners will definitely want to check out the aptly-titled Honeymoon Beach on the island’s western coast. The turquoise waters are mesmerizing, as are the views of Lovango Cay, Mingo Cay, and Grass Cay in the distance.
  • Despite its small size, there is actually a casino on St. John, The Parrot Club, that features slots, blackjack, and roulette.
  • Don’t miss Annaberg Plantation, which dates back to the 1700s and is a fascinating tour through history that won’t soon be forgotten.
  • A leisurely stroll down Main Street is the perfect way to grab some souvenirs, meet the locals, and grab a drink or bite to eat. Shops tend to close early on the island, so be sure to visit in the morning or afternoon!
  • If you’re looking for a spot to enjoy a cocktail or even get your groove on, Cruz Bay has the best nightlife scene on the island with plenty of bars and restaurants.

Travel Tips

  • GETTING THERE: Those that are not visiting St. John on a cruise will want to fly into Cyril E. King International Airport on St. Thomas. Much of St. John’s paradise vibe is due to the fact that it doesn’t have its own airport, and taking a passenger ferry or water taxi to the island is part of the sightseeing experience! Direct flights are available from American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, Spirit, and United, with cities including New York, Boston, Miami, Chicago, Newark, Fort Lauderdale, and Atlanta.
  • GETTING AROUND: U.S. citizens with a driver’s license are able to rent cars and drive on the island, but just be prepared for a left-side driving experience. Many resorts offer shuttles to the island’s best locations, and considering its minuscule size, renting a car is not necessarily essential.
  • WHEN TO GO: Unlike many other Caribbean destinations, the US Virgin Islands don’t have a rainy season, so it’s always the right time for a St. John honeymoon! The mild winters mean that tourism is most active during the winter months, thus the summer months are when you’ll typically find the best deals and resort packages.
  • WEATHER: Expect beautiful Caribbean weather year-round as the average winter temperature is 77 degrees and 82 during the summer. Travelers are often surprised at how strong the sun can be on tropical islands, so be sure to plan accordingly with sunscreen and shade. Regardless of the season, you’ll be able to lounge on the beach, go for a warm swim, and simply enjoy all that the island has to offer.