Post # 1
Due to visa complications, my FI will be unable to leave the county for a few months after we get married. That leaves us with honeymoon options in the US. We are trying to decide between the US Virgin Islands and Hawaii.
We live in California so Hawaii would be a shorter trip. I’ve been twice to Hawaii (Big Island, Kauai and Honolulu) but my FI has never been.
My brother and his wife have been to St John and loved it. They are recommending we go there.
Is there any bees who’ve been to both locations and could give us a little advice or insight?
We want a honeymoon that is relaxing and a time where the two of us can just enjoy each other. Neither of us really like touristy things. We don’t really care about nightlife but we enjoy food…
Post # 3
i have only been to hawaii but i thought i would chime in anyways. we went to maui for our honeymoon and again last year for our 1 year anniversary. we don’t like doing touristy things either. maui was perfect. it was quiet, relaxing and we really got to enjoy each other. since you’re in california, if you go to hawaii, fly first class. we flew out of oakland on alaska airlines the first time and hawaiian the second time. the first class rates are very reasonable and totally worth it for your honeymoon. i looked into coach class on united and it was the same price as first class on the other 2 airlines.
Post # 4
@ke_murphy: I would go to Hawaii, but you sound like the exact opposite of DH and I… So maybe Virgin Islands would be the better option for you?
Post # 5
I’d suggest Maui. I have not yet been, but my parents go often and describe it as exactly what you guys want – relaxed, private and not touristy. I’ve only been to St. Thomas once on a cruise and it seemed busier.
Post # 6
We honeymooned on Maui, and visited the USVI (St. Thomas and St. John) about a year and a half before that. We loved both places! We found Maui to be the perfect mix of relaxation, activities (snorkeling, mountain biking down the volcano), and great restaurants, all with a very relaxing vibe.
Like Maui, St. John has beautiful beaches, but there is far less to do there. The island only has like 5,000 people and nearly all of it is national parkland. So it’s great if you want to lie on the beach and maybe do some hiking. But be prepared for minimal dining options (especially if you’re not at a resort). Another idea if you want more going on would be to do a few days on St. Thomas and a few days on St. John (there is a ferry running frequently between the two islands).
Also, our favorite part of our USVI trip was our day trip to the British Virgin Islands, which are super accessible by boat from St. John. Since your husband wouldn’t be able to go there since he can’t leave the US, I might suggest saving the Virgin Islands for another time when you can fully enjoy both the USVI and the BVI together. Enjoy your honeymoon wherever you go!
Post # 7
@ke_murphy: I am biased because I am getting married there, but I LOVE Hawaii! You would have an incredible honeymoon there! It’s beautiful, romantic, and there is so much to do!