(Closed) Aruba vs. US Virgin Islands

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 4
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

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
4951 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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
3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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. 

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