As you know we were just in the Caribbean doing a St. Croix destination wedding and we’ve finally got a chance to go through our photos and would love to share them with you! For those of you who follow our instagram, we’ve got even more fun photos to share and of course some great tidbits for your destination wedding planning. So, let’s get this party started!
St. Croix is the largest of the 3 US Virgin Islands. Although it’s the largest, it’s less frequented than the bustling port cities on St. Thomas so it definitely has a mellow vibe which is nice. It’s also more off on it’s own located a bit farther away than the other islands which lends itself to being a little more remote and a little less touristy. Of the 3 islands, it has the most culture with cute small towns and some interesting historical areas showcasing Danish influences which are fun to explore and wander.
Now before we get into the St. Croix destination wedding I did, there are two little pieces of insider travel knowledge that I have to share. First is that if you decide to rent a car, (which is something I recommend in order to explore), you have to drive on the left side of the road. It’s a little tricky at first, but you’ll get used to it.
The second piece of advice is that if you plan on island hopping a little in the area and want to fly, use Cape Air. They are on time, friendly, and the planes are nice. I flew a couple of different airlines there (you can only get around via air by the small airlines) and Cape Air was by far the best. It’s such a pain to fly some of the others that it’s just not worth it even if the flight is cheaper. So, stick to Cape Air and if the flight is full they might even let you in the copilot seat, which I got to do and that experience alone was awesome!
So, back to the wedding. The St. Croix destination wedding I was working on was at the Renaissance Carambola Beach Resort and Spa, a tucked away little gem that can say that it’s both in the rainforest and beachfront. It’s a serene hotel right on the beach with a design to the buildings and rooms (they are clustered into little cottages) that is easy yet polished and with some character. And I have to say that the staff is really friendly and accommodating.
You can of course have your wedding ceremony right on the beach with your toes in the sand, which is what my couple decided to do (on what I must say was a perfect day). The reception is held either outdoors or in one of their two available rooms. We choose the larger and more airy of the two and strung lights up to keep it feeling warm and intimate.
St. Croix is nice island to visit and easy to get to (I had just 1 layover in Miami). It’s a US Virgin Island which means no passports are required, they use all US currency and of course everyone speaks English. This makes the travel easy with no thinking required. You can do all the outdoor activities you can think of (hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, etc…) in addition to checking out the historical and cultural areas and activities, and don’t forget the rum! The beaches are beautiful, the people are super friendly and the sunsets are gorgeous. What’s not to love?