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.
The 3 Best Honeymoon Resorts in St. John
Gallows Point Resort
Panoramic views of the endless Caribbean will greet you upon arrival at your Gallows Point Resort honeymoon. The luxury resort is mere feet from the ocean, with an oceanfront pool and Jacuzzi offering one of the most serene experiences on an island known for its quiet charms. As Cruz Bay…
The Hills Saint John
The Hills Saint John honeymoon experience is quite simply defined by luxury. Perched upon St. John’s western hills with unobstructed views of St. Thomas-Cruz Bay, the gated villa community is expertly maintained and landscaped to provide a romantic setting that feels more like a dream than reality. In choosing between…
The Westin St. John Resort Villas
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About St. John
Most Romantic Spot in St. John
We like to think of ourselves as honeymoon experts, but St. John’s most romantic spot is pretty easy to find…after all, it’s called Honeymoon Beach! Located on the island’s western coast, the beach’s white sands and coconut palms are the definition of tropical beauty. The turquoise waters are mesmerizing, as are the views of Lovango Cay, Mingo Cay, and Grass Cay in the distance. It’s also one of the best spots on the island for the perfect honeymoon sunset.
Things to Do in St. John
- Discover The Baths of Virgin Gorda – A romantic experience unlike any other, this tour takes couples to the Baths of Virgin Gorda, a world-famous assortment of interconnected boulders with pristine waters flowing through. It’s truly a setting out of a fantasy tale.
- Full-Day Lime Out Snorkel Sail w/ Taco Lunch & Open Bar – After morning a day of sailing and snorkeling in the paradisical St. John waters, the floating taco bar where you’ll enjoy lunch is the cherry on top!
- Night Kayak Tour in St. John – Unbelievably romantic, this one-of-a-kind tour takes couples out in transparent double kayaks as a terrific variety of tropical sea life swims underneath.
- 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.
- 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!
St. John Restaurants & Local Cuisine
- The tasting experience at Lime Inn encourages couples to embark on a culinary adventure. Choose from either four courses of your choosing or five courses of guided choosing, with everything from sushi crab tapa and wahoo tiradito to bubu salads and semi-freddo key lime pie.
- Waterfront dining at Quito’s Gazebo is the perfect capstone to any honeymoon day. Fresh seafood, live reggae, and a fantastic cocktails menu all come together for a sunset treat.
- The Beach Bar‘s pleasures are as simple as its name. The waterfront staple is the ideal spot for a cool drink, beach bites, brunch favorites, and live music daily.
- Whether you opt for the three-course tasting menu or choose one of the renowned main dishes, dinner at Extra Virgin Bistro is a must for a romantic evening.
- Shareable small plates designed for couples are at the heart of The Longboard‘s menu. The open-air spot has a flavorful menu of fresh “daily catch” sliders, calamari, and irresistible island wings.
- 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.
Traveling to St. John
Flights to St. John
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.
St. John 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.
How do I get around St. John?
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 is the best time to visit St. John?
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.
Can I visit other islands while on a St. John honeymoon?
Absolutely 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.
How long should a St. John honeymoon be?
It goes without saying that longer is better in this island paradise, but about a week including travel time is the optimal amount of time for taking in the variety of natural gems, attractions, and dining favorites.