Post # 1
I am currently leaning towards Aruba or the Virgin Islands for my honeymoon from 5/26/13 through 6/2/13.
For our honeymoon, we are looking for a Caribbean island little blend of everything:
- Very easy and safe to get around, so we don’t have to stay at our hotel the entire time
- Plenty of dining options on the island, so that we can have the opportunity to try different places outside of our hotel
- White sand beaches for plenty of relaxing
- Some interesting activities besides scuba diving and boating, since we aren’t into water sports. I don’t want to be active the entire trip, but I would love to try a couple of things.
Previously I had been leaning towards Aruba because of its low rainfall, restaurants/nightlife, and ease of getting around the island. but now I am wondering if there will be enough to do besides the beach?
With the Virgin Islands, you can island hop and get a change of scenery. They also seemed to have many more activities that would appeal to us than Aruba (nature tours, sightseeing, hiking) and better scenery (lush versus a desert). However at the end of May/Early June, what would the weather be like there? And are they easy to get around?
What do the bees recommend?
Post # 4
I’m thinking about honeymooning in the US Virgin Islands as well. I’m hoping to do an all-inclusive…and I’ve hear that St. Thomas is the only island in the Virgin Islands that does all-inclusive. Has anyone done this?!! What was your experience like?
Post # 5
You seem to know the pros and cons for each. Aruba wasn’t my favorite because of the whole desert island aspect of it, when I was there it rained and the part of the island I was on basically shut down for several hours. I guess that can happen at anytime of the year but the early part of the summer is technically the ‘dry’ time.
I have spent a ton more time in the VI which means I might pick Aruba for my honeymoon. I feel the VI are very accessible while Aruba is bit more of a destination. If you want to island hop it is a bit easier in the VI meanwhile there is more than enough to keep you busy on Aruba for 7 days.
Post # 6
I’ve never been to Aruba, but have been to the USVI (St. Thomas and St. John). I’d go there in a heartbeat again. But then, I like the lushness instead of the desert aspect, even with the occasional 15 minute rainfalls. A rainy day in the USVI is better than a sunny day at home. 😉
When I was there, I believe it was June, and the weather was great. Getting around was super easy. You can take a taxi (conversion van, can be pricey) or the “safari bus” ($1/per person, which is what the locals take). We did both. Did the regular taxi for major island destinations, but also did safari bus to soak up the local flavor. Same for St. John.
Food was great, people were great, beaches and water were great. I loved everything about it, and almost cried when we had to board the plane to go back home. I’ve been to several major destinations (Playa, Paris, etc.) and the USVI still is my #1 of all time.
Post # 7
Having been to all of the above, I’d pick the USVI. Island hopping is cheap and easy, and St Croix has a really big mix of ex-pat’s from all over so it’s oddly Europen, giving it a lot of culture that the other islands don’t have. Island life gets a little one-dimensional after a few days. It’s really nice to be able to wander into a proper corner pub rather than just big dance clubs and beach bars. I would also pick St Croix over St Thomas or St John; St John is extremely quiet and not much night-life, and while St Thomas has some gorgeous beaches, it’s also gotten quite touristy. Stay on STX and take the seaplane to St Thomas for a day, then seaplane to St John for a day, going back to STX at the end of the night to sleep.
Just read reviews of each resort carefully as there are some sections of STX where the beaches are very rocky.
Post # 8
Thanks for the responses!
@LindsayLoves: What are some of the stuff you did on Aruba, in terms of activities?