Getting Married on St. John

Introduction

This topic is near and dear to my heart, as Robert and I had our own magical St. John wedding in 2013. We, along with 75 family and friends, set sail on Kekoa and exchanged our vows just as the sun was dropping into the blue Caribbean Sea. Over the years that we’ve lived on St. John and hosted guests at our Island Abodes properties, we’ve had the privilege of being involved in one way or another with dozens of other couples who were either getting married on St. John, or here for a weddingmoon, honeymoon, babymoon, or vow renewal. All have been wonderful and special, but I’d have to say that other than my own St. John wedding, my favorite was when my brother and sister-in-law got married at Trunk Bay in 2016. All of the things that make St. John special as a tropical island getaway make it the perfect place to tie the knot. Here’s what you need to know.

St. John Wedding Planners

St. John has some wonderful wedding planners who can coordinate all the details for you, freeing you up to enjoy the special time with your betrothed and any friends and family. Most St. John wedding planners offer a reasonable flat fee for helping with your Virgin Islands marriage application, any required permits, an officiant, a photographer, and getting your marriage license. And they can help arrange a venue and caterer if you have a larger wedding party. We personally know and have worked with all of these St. John wedding planners and highly recommend each of them (listed in alphabetical order by last name):

Mary Bartolucci with Island Style Weddings

Michelle Fage Cawthron with Paradise Planning

Anne Marie Porter with St. John Weddings

Planning Your Own St. John Wedding

Our advice is to hire a wedding planner, but it’s certainly possible to coordinate things on your own. If you decide to go that route, you’ll need to take care of all the details, and especially the application, license and permits. Here’s some information you’ll need to know…

Getting a Virgin Islands Marriage License

You’ll need to apply for a marriage license at the Family Division of the VI Superior Court. Their website has all the information about applying for and obtaining a VI marriage license. Here’s the link.

Permits to Get Married on a Virgin Islands National Park Beach

St. John’s amazing North Shore beaches are the biggest draw for travelers, and the same holds true for couples getting married. But if you want to have a ceremony on Hawksnest, Cinnamon, Maho, Francis, or the most popular one, Trunk Bay, you’ll need a permit from the National Park Service. Here’s a link to their website with all the info you’ll need.

Virgin Islands Wedding Officiants

Aside from outsourcing all the details, working with either Mary Bartolucci or Anne Marie Porter means they can officiate at your ceremony. If you decide to go it alone, a great choice for officiant is Island Mike, a former trial attorney who has truly found his calling in a much happier business.

Hair and Make-Up

Cruz Salon

Grapevine Salon

St. John Photographers

We have used the services of all five of these awesome photographers (listed alphabetically by last name):

Anne Bequette, STJ Creative Photography

Sage Hammond, Crown Images

Savanah Loftus, Savanah Loftus Photography

Yelena Rogers, Yelena Rogers Photography

Lindsay Vann, Lindsay Vann Photography

St. John Caterers

To cater a reception or a private dinner or brunch, we highly recommend these wonderful folks:

St. John Catering / Mathayom Private Chefs

Oasis Private Chefs

Best St. John Restaurants for Large Groups

Lime Inn 

Morgan’s Mango

Ocean 362

1864 Restaurant 

High Tide 

Best St. John Restaurants for Intimate, Romantic Dinners

Extra Virgin

La Tapa

The Terrace

Annual Trunk Bay Vow Renewal

For many years on Valentine’s Day, Anne Marie Porter has conducted a free vow renewal ceremony on Trunk Bay. It’s a very special event where sometimes more than 100 couples renew their vows. If you’ve been thinking of renewing your vows, this is a wonderful time to be on St. John. For more information, visit here.

St. John Wedding Accommodations

One of the most important details about getting married on St. John is finding the right accommodations for the happy couple and wedding guests. At Island Abodes we specialize in hosting special occasions. Our Sunset Serenade Suites in the hills above Cruz Bay consists of four enchanting 1-bedroom vacation homes. It’s perfect for wedding groups, and we’ve hosted so many happy couples in the Penthouse, Honeymoon Suite, Hibiscus Suite, and Papaya Suite. Down Yonder Pool Villa consists of 2 King master suites and a 30 foot saltwater pool. It can be rented separately, or together with the Garden Suite to add another private 1BR/1BA home. All units come with our famous Island Abodes hospitality, of course! We allow events when you do a buy out of either Sunset Sereande Suites or Chocolate Hole Renals. Many wedding welcome parties have taken place at Sunset Serenade Suites as it is one of the best places to watch the sunset on island!


St. John Named a Top U.S. Family Vacation Destination

Most of us look forward all year to our family beach vacation. Spending real, relaxed time with kids, and maybe extended family too, is one of the great joys of life. Throw in perfect weather, amazing beaches with crystal clear water, pristine natural beauty of a national park, and it’s downright heavenly. The Travel Channel recently named St. John as one of the best vacation destinations for families. Here’s what makes it so special.

St. John is Accessible, But Not Too Accessible

St. John doesn’t have an airport, so visitors fly into Thomas from any one of numerous US cities before reaching their final destination by ferry. In a world consumed with convenience, not every traveler is willing to go that extra mile (actually 3 miles). But for those in the know, the payoff is so worth it. Far from being an inconvenience, most St. John aficionados crave the ferry ride for the spectacular views and the anticipation of what awaits. Learn more here. 

St. John is U.S.

In a complicated world, many families find comfort in staying in the U.S. As a U.S. territory, St. John is American soil, protected by Uncle Sam. The language is English, the power is 110v, and the Dollar is the currency, so no exchange-rate hassles or costs. For all that’s familiar on St. John, there’s also a wonderful dose of the exotic. While it’s U.S., it’s the Caribbean first and foremost, with a slower pace of life, where the simple pleasures come into focus.

St. John is Safe

With only 4,000 residents, St. John is like a small town where people know each other and look after one another. That makes it a refuge where crime is exceedingly rare. While it’s still prudent to not invite a problem – for example by leaving valuables in plain view on the seat of your unlocked rental Jeep – the safety rating means that St. John is a place where families can truly relax.

 St. John Activities

Families vacationing on St. John prefer the term “experiences” over “activities.” You won’t find movie theaters or water parks or bowling alleys. Instead, think snorkeling with sea turtles, learning to paddleboard in Maho Bay, hiking to Honeymoon Beach (and taking a golf cart ride back), taking a boat trip to the BVIs, or just playing with the little ones in the gentle surf of an exquisite white sand beach.

St. John Offers Wonderful Private Accommodations, Not Big Impersonal Resort Hotels

Private villas, apartments, and suites dominate the St. John accommodations market. There are some great small Cruz Bay hotels, but most families opt to rent a home with more room to spread out, a stocked kitchen to prepare meals, and amenities like a washer/dryer to keep things civilized and make packing a breeze. Aside from being more enjoyable in every way, renting a St. John vacation home affords more opportunity to be a part of the community as you live like a local during your trip. It really adds to the entire experience of being a traveler rather than just a tourist.

St. John’s Beaches are World Class

There are lots of reasons St. John is an ideal family destination, but for most people it’s all about the beaches. The sand is perfect and the water in this part of the Caribbean is as clear and calm as it gets. That means you can get up close and personal with coral reefs and all kinds of marine life, including friendly sea turtles, colorful reef fish, stingrays, and more. From Honeymoon, Hawksnest, and Trunk, to Cinnamon, Francis, and Salt Pond, each St. John beach is both unique and spectacular. For families, it’s hard to beat Maho Bay, which is the most protected bay on the North Shore. It’s almost always calm, with perfect sand that slopes gently into the clear water, and sea turtles galore.

St. John Transportation

Getting from the airport to the ferry is easy, (as explained here) you can take the public taxi vans or safari trucks available outside baggage claim. No car seats are required or available for these public transport vehicles. The best way to travel once on St. John is by renting your own private jeep. You can also rent a car seat from Island Baby to be placed in your jeep when you pick it up at the car rental place. Using public transportation while on St. John to explore the island is not recommend as it can be unreliable.


Vacation Rentals Are The Best Way to Experience The U.S. Virgin Islands

Whether you’re going solo or as part of a group, vacation rentals in the Caribbean is a fun and memorable way to enjoy your time off. However, many people only get to enjoy locations like St. John or the US Virgin Islands from a hotel or the deck of a cruise ship. With Island Abodes, it’s easy for vacation planners to get a rental home in the Caribbean. Renting a vacation property from Island Abodes is the best way to experience the US Virgin Islands.

A trip to the US Virgin Islands is an experience in itself, but many visitors only get to enjoy the tourist areas. By getting a vacation rental from Island Abodes, your trip becomes more personal, and you experience unique things that these islands have to offer. Plus, all of our island rentals have amazing views that are excellent for taking fantastic vacation photos to share with friends.

One of the advantages of getting a vacation rental is that you can split the cost with friends. We have cozy rentals like the Papaya Suite that sleeps two with one bedroom and one bathroom. But if you want to bring some friends, we also have the Down Yonder Pool Villa that can sleep six with two bedrooms and two bathrooms plus a private pool!

Vacation Villa Rentals That Fit You

Island Abodes vacation rentals are equipped with everything you need for your home away from home. For example, every unit has a place to cook and store food. Some have space-efficient kitchenettes, while other rentals have fully-equipped kitchens. Either way, when you stay at a location from Island Abodes, it’s like having your own place on the beach for the duration of your vacation. It’s an entirely different experience from staying at a hotel or on a cruise ship.

Another benefit of choosing an Island Abodes rental is the ability to select the neighborhood you stay in during your trip. We have rental locations across the US Virgin Islands. So you can choose a property that’s closer to the things you want to do or a spot that offers you a view of the island you hadn’t seen before. For example, the Garden Suite is located in Chocolate Hole, whereas the Hisbiscus Suite is located in the Cruz Bay neighborhood. We even have vacation rentals near the Westin resort, so people can remain nearby their friends who decided to stay at the hotel.

The vacation properties you can book through Islands Abodes are owned and operated by local residents Brittany and Robert. If you have any issues or you just need some advice on where to go, there’s always someone nearby to help you. When you work with locals, you get a better vacation experience. We know the best st john restaurants, st john island activities, tour operators, and most importantly, the beach spots. We’ve lived in the US Virgin Islands for nearly a decade, so we know all of the hottest things to do.

The Island Abodes Promise

Working with Island Abodes also makes the booking process more manageable. When you book a vacation rental through our website, you cut out the middleman and any unnecessary charges. We also have a best price guarantee, so you know you’re getting a good deal on a vacation rental in St. John US Virgin Islands. With Island Abodes, you can skip the travel agents and the listing websites. If you’re ready to plan a Caribbean vacation experience that can’t be beat, book your Island Abodes rental today.


Peter Bay Beach, St. John USVI

Located just past Trunk, beyond the Northshore Road switchbacks, is the entrance to the exclusive Peter Bay subdivision. While all the beaches in the USVI are public, there’s no easy way to get to Peter Bay Beach unless you’re a resident or guest. If your heart is set on checking out the sand, which is very nice, one option is to swim or snorkel or paddleboard from Little Cinnamon next door.

 


Is There a Grocery Store on St. John?

A frequent question we get from first time St. John visitors, or those thinking about visiting, is if there is a grocery store on st john. In fact, there are several options for buying groceries to stock your St. John vacation rental. While some are quite small, and none resemble a Super Walmart (thank goodness), they each have St. John character (and characters), and everything you need to eat and drink on your St. John vacation.

CRUZ BAY

Starfish Market

This is by far the largest grocery store on island, and for many St. John vacation visitors it’s the only place to shop. It’s located at the Marketplace, which also houses St. John Hardware, and Chelsea Drugstore, among other businesses. You’ll find it just as you’re leaving town at the start of Southshore Road. Starfish has a good deli with prepared foods, and everything else you need for eating at your St. John vacation rental…meats, seafood, produce, dairy, frozen foods, plus beer/wine/liquor. You pass this on the way to all of our St. John vacation rentals.

Dolphin Market 

This is a great little grocery store located right at the roundabout. They have everything you could possibly need to stock up your St John vacation home, including a recently expanded produce section and huge selection of beer/wine/booze. You also pass this one on the way to all Island Abodes vacation villas and suites.

St. John Market 

If you’re staying in Chocolate Hole at Down Yonder Villa or the Garden Suite, this is your closest option for groceries. It’s a great little market with everything you’ll need. The fresh produce offerings leave a little to be desired, but the deli serves up an awesome breakfast and lunch daily and there’s a great salad bar, the only one on St. John. This is a convenient spot to buy ice and drinking water, and the beer/wine/liquor selection is impressive. You pass this on your way to our Chocolate Hole rentals.

Pine Peace Market

All St. John locals know about Pine Peace. There are a few isles of groceries, plus all kinds of cleaning, personal, and household products. Where else on St. John can you buy ice cream, a magnum of bubbly, a hair dryer AND chicken feed? You really won’t believe the cornucopia of stuff available in this little store. Probably the best prices for food and household items on St. John. It’s located on Southshore Road, just after EC Service Station and the basketball courts, behind Caravan Auto, just before the start of Jacob’s Ladder. You pass this market on your way to all our St. John vacation rentals.

Bayside Mini Mart

It might be a stretch to call it a grocery store, but this hole in the wall across from Longboard sells lots of food and beverages. It’s a super convenient place to grab snacks or drinks if you’re in town.

CORAL BAY

Dolphin Market 

This is the sister store to the one in Cruz Bay. While not as large as the one in town, it’s waaay more convenient if you’re in Coral Bay. For its size it’s a well equipped store with everything you’ll need. It’s located in the same commercial center as Aqua Bistro.

Love City Mini Mart 

This place is sort of legendary and definitely worth a stop of you need to pick up provisions while exploring Coral Bay. From the outside it looks tiny, but the amount of food, drinks, and supplies inside will blow your mind. It’s located just up King Hill Road, a few hundred yards past Pickles in Paradise, and just before the Coral Bay dumpsters.


4 Things You Need to Know Before Vacationing in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Going on vacation is a great way to leave the stress of being an adult behind for a while. Each year, 62 percent of the American population goes on a vacation away from home. Choosing a vacation destination should be your first concern when planning a trip.

If you are looking for a tropical paradise to visit, there is no better place than the St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Visiting this vacation destination will allow you to soak up some sun and enjoy lots of tourist attractions.

Here are some of the things you need to know before going on a trip to St. John in the United States Virgin Islands.

1. Be Sure to Bring Your Passport

While you won’t need a passport to get into the US Virgin Islands, you will need one if you want to venture into the British Virgin Islands. Most people want to go on an excursion to see the Baths of Virgin Gorda, or Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke, both of which are located in the BVIs.

Failing to bring along your passport will prohibit you from getting the most out of your vacation. The British Virgin Islands, including Jost Van Dyke, Tortola, Cooper Islands Necker Island, Norman Island, Anagada and more, are just a short boat ride away from St. John, which is why you need to make a point to visit them while on vacation. We are happy to help you plan your day trip to the BVI.

2. Do Your Homework Before Choosing a Vacation Rental

One of the most important decisions you will make when booking your trip to the US Virgin Islands is where you will stay. Luckily, there are a number of affordable vacation rentals in St. John. Before choosing a vacation rental, you need to look at a few different things.

The first factor to consider is whether you need a St. John vacation rental for a couple, or a villa for a family. Another major factor is of course the price of the rental in question. Location of the rental is also extremely important. Ideally, you want to choose a vacation rental with scenic views and a prime location. While you may have to pay a bit more for a premium Cruz Bay rental vs. a Coral Bay rental, it will be worth it. Remember everyone has to drive to the world class St. John beaches as they are protected by the National Park so no rentals are ON the beach.

3. Take It Easy On the First Day of Your Island Vacation

The main thing you need to focus on when arriving in the US Virgin Islands is pacing yourself. Some people get off of the plane and immediately head to the beach for a few drinks. Often times, this can lead to sunburn and/or dehydration. Plus to get to St. John, there are a few more steps after arriving to the airport including taxi, ferry and getting your rental jeep.

Taking the time to let your body acclimate to the change in temperature is crucial. Doing this will allow you to avoid problems during your vacation. Plus Island Abodes welcomes all guests with cold beer, drinking water and snacks on arrival.

4. Contact Your Cell Phone Service Provider

An adjustment for first-time visitors to the US Virgin Islands is the spotty cell phone service. Before you leave for your trip, contact your service provider to find out about the towers they have in this location. You will also need to get information on roaming charges and data overages. AT&T and Sprint work best. Learn more on our FAQ page.

Seeking Out Professional Help is a Good Idea

Planning a great vacation to the Virgin Islands can be a bit difficult. Working directly with the owner of your rental who has a deep knowledge of St. John can help you simplify this process and make your vacation more enjoyable.


St. John Travel Guide

A Guide to your first time traveling to St. John

You’ve booked your St. John rental suite and you’re counting down the days – you’re on your way to come see us here at Island Abodes and you’re undoubtedly excited about your travel to St. John. However, if it’s your first time traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands, then you probably have a few questions about what to expect during your stay with us here. Many people understandably are a little bit uncertain about what the lifestyle and culture is like, which is why we’ve assembled this handy guide for first timers to St. John.

You Won’t Need Your Passport (But You Will Want It!)

If you’re an American citizen, you don’t need your passport to come visit St. John. Because it is a U.S. territory, your goverment issued ID such as a driver’s license or state identification card should work just fine. That said, many people like to carry a passport with them for a couple reasons. For starters, it’s one of the best types of identification and will make getting on and off the island a breeze. And secondly, with the British Virgin Islands just a short jaunt away, including Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke and the Baths on Virgin Gorda, you’ll definitely need your passport if you decide to visit them.

The Currency is the Same

There’s no need to worry about changing your money when you visit St. John. Your dollars are still good here! Of course, it’s probably a good idea to make sure you carry enough cash on you while you’re here. ATM surcharges can add up quickly, and cash is always the preferred method of tips and the only way to pay for things like the taxi.

Be Sure to Drive on the Correct Side of the Road

Here on St. John, we drive on the left side of the road. It’s extremely important to remember this to avoid any unwanted fender benders. Your driver’s license is perfectly fine here, though. Always make sure to buckle up when behind the wheel (this goes for all passengers) to avoid a hefty ticket (and for safety!), and hang up your cell phone when you’re driving. While almost anything goes on St. John, talking and driving is against the law.

Speak the Language of the Locals

The official language of St. John is English, so you shouldn’t expect any communication barriers holding you back when you’re staying with us. However, the English you hear may be spoken with a Caribbean lilt. It’s good form to greet others warmly when out and about. Here’s a fun tip: locals don’t say “good evening.” They actually say “good night” when meeting someone after dark! Be sure to always greet with a “Good Morning”, “Good Afternoon” (after 12noon) or “Good Night” (after the sun has set). If you are unsure, say “Good Day”.

Visiting St. John can be an awesome experience for you and your family, so be sure to arrive with an open mind and a strong sense of adventure. To learn more about what it’s like here, please be sure to check out our FAQs. Or, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for an extended travel guide for St. John built just for you. We look forward to having you stay with us here at Island Abodes!


Getting to St. John in 3 Easy Steps

Think of St. John and you probably conjure up thoughts of swaying palm trees, crystal clear water, exquisite white sand beaches, and leaving behind the crowds and the hustle and bustle. There’s no other place like it – at 19 square miles, 2/3 consisting of the Virgin Islands National Park, perfect year round weather, and more than a dozen of the world’s best beaches – St. John is, to sum it up, an idyllic island paradise. While St. John definitely rewards those with an adventurous spirit, getting here involves just three easy steps.

  1. Fly

The first step to starting your St. John vacation is to fly into St. Thomas, airport code STT. There are nonstop flights to St. Thomas from numerous US cities, including New York, Atlanta, Newark, Miami, Philadelphia, Boston, Charlotte, Washington DC, Houston, Chicago and Ft. Lauderdale. Another option is to fly into San Juan (SJU) from the mainland and then take a quick 20-minute hop over to St. Thomas.

  1. Ride

After arriving at the St. Thomas airport, the next step to reaching St. John is getting to one of the two ferries. This leg of the trip requires a taxi ride. It is very simple to find a taxi, after you exit the baggage claim area, walk outside and tell them you want to go either to Crown Bay or Red Hook and the taxi dispatcher will tell you what taxi to get into. If you’re going to Crown Bay Marina it’s just a 5-minute ride for around $8-10 per person plus bags. This ferry is highly recommend and leaves twice a day, once at 3:30pm and again at 5:30pm.

If Red Hook is where you’re headed, it is a 45-minute ride give or take for $20 per person plus bags. The Red Hook ferry leaves on the hour every hour from 7am to 12midnight.

For the most part, taxis are the passenger van variety and shared by 10 or 12 travelers. Another option is to arrange a private taxi in advance. We recommend calling or texting Carol with Smile Taxi at 340-643-5837. This can be a pricey option for one or two people, but if you have a group of four or more, plus luggage, it’s actually pretty cost effective. And it’s a wonderful, personalized experience.

  1. Cruise

The cruise to St. John is hands down the best part of the trip. The ferry leaves Crown Bay daily at 3:30 and 5:30 and arrives at the “Creek” on St. John, where the Virgin Islands National Park office is located. If you can make the 3:30 or 5:30 departure from Crown Bay, it’s a more relaxed option with more personalized service in our opinion. It’s $20 per person plus bags from Crown Bay. The Red Hook ferry is $8.15 per person plus bags (unless you have a VI driver’s license, in which case it’s only $6). It arrives at the main ferry dock in Cruz Bay, St. John.

So that’s it — fly, ride, cruise — ahhh St. John! Let us know if you need any help getting here or finding the best St. John lodging.


7 Tips to Make Your St. John Honeymoon Truly Epic

Many publications, over many years, have named St. John as one of the world’s best honeymoon destinations. The reasons are obvious: perfect weather, uncrowded beaches with exquisite white sand, crystal clear waters, miles of hiking trails in the Virgin Islands National Park, and a laid back Caribbean vibe. It’s the perfect recipe for romance and relaxation. Some time spent planning before you check into your St. John honeymoon suite will really pay off. Here are 7 suggestions to help make the most of your St. John honeymoon.

  1. Make Travel Day Easy

Getting married can be a whirlwind – getting to your idyllic island honeymoon shouldn’t be. With no airport on St. John, you’ll need to fly to neighboring St. Thomas and then ferry over. While there are alternatives like going through San Juan, the best bet is to reach St. Thomas from one of the several mainland gateways including Atlanta, Miami, Charlotte, New York, Ft. Lauderdale, Houston or Dallas. Airport code STT.

Once you arrive on St. Thomas you have a choice between a 5-minute taxi ride to Crown Bay followed by a 30 minute ferry trip, or a longer taxi ride (around 45 minutes depending on traffic and stops) to Red Hook and then 15 minutes on the ferry. The Crown Bay ferry departs at 3:30 and 5:30, and the Red Hook ferry departs every hour on the hour. If it works for your flight schedule, the Crown Bay ferry is a more relaxed experience. If Red Hook works better, spring for a private taxi and arrive quicker and with more personal attention. Whichever ferry you take, there’s a bar where you can sip a cold beverage and stare into your sweetheart’s eyes.

  1. Rent a Jeep

While it’s possible to get around St. John via taxi, we highly recommend renting a Jeep. Having your own wheels will give you the freedom to come and go as you please, explore the island, find your own secret beach, or run up to the market for a bottle of bubbly.

  1. Hire a Private Chef

Hiring a private chef for a special meal at your vacation home is an amazing way to say I love you. Especially if you’re lucky enough to be staying at a St. John vacation rental with an extraordinary view, like Island Abodes’ Penthouse, Honeymoon Suite, Hibiscus Suite, or Papaya Suite; or our Chocolate Hole pool villa. St. John has some exceptional private chefs who can prepare and serve the perfect mouthwatering meal, often with local Virgin Islands fish and produce.

  1. Make a (Flexible) Plan

Having a plan before you arrive will help to maximize your adventure and relaxation time, and help ensure you don’t miss any “must do” activities. But it’s also smart to stay flexible. Maybe you and your betrothed will find the experience of swimming with sea turtles at Maho Bay so moving that it warrants another day? Or maybe you decide to push off this morning’s hike for a few more hours in your plush king size bed with this view. Whatever you decide, you’re on island time and flexibility is key.

  1. Take a Boat Trip

Many Island Abodes guests say that their one “must do” activity is a day on the water. There are some amazing private charter boats that can whisk you over to Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke, or to the Caves and Indians at Norman Island, or stay in local St. John waters and visit Pizza Pi or Lime Out for an unforgettable lunch. There are also some awesome group charters that head over to the BVIs daily and offer sunset sails in domestic waters.

  1. Find Your Perfect Beach

There are so many world-class beaches on St. John, it’s really hard to believe. If it’s your first trip, we recommend spending part of a day beach hopping down the north shore. You can start close to town with a nice hike down to Salomon and Honeymoon, then hop back in your Jeep for a drive down to Hawksnest, where you can park just steps from the beach. The next two beaches, Dennis and Jumby, are each down a short trail, but well worth the effort. Then the iconic Trunk Bay (be sure to stop at the overlook for this not-to-be-missed photo op). Continuing down the coast you’ll reach Cinnamon (and Little Cinnamon if you head left when you reach the shore). Then the world-famous Maho Bay, which is the best place anywhere to swim with sea turtles. And finally, Francis Bay is the last beach on the north shore, with amazing views up St. John’s coast and over to St. Thomas in the distance. Remember, since the island is mostly national park, there are no St. John vacation rentals on the beach, so getting to the sand requires a short drive for everyone.

  1. Choose Accommodations Thoughtfully

If there’s ever a time to choose the right accommodations it’s on your honeymoon! Selecting a place with spectacular views, an oh so comfy king size bed, and all kinds of thoughtful touches and amenities, is the only way to go. It should be backed up with tons of stellar reviews from past guests, the kind of place where the owners and staff take your comfort and happiness very personally. You’ll find all this and more at Island Abodes. Whether you book our Honeymoon Suite, or any of our other St. John vacation apartments or villas, you will always find affordable luxury. Let us help make your St. John honeymoon truly epic!


Lime Out – St. John’s New Floating Taco Bar is a Winner

There’s a new floating taco bar, Lime Out VI, on the Coral Bay side of St. John and it’s not to be missed. The Island Abodes team loves the delicious tacos and amazing craft cocktails in the beautiful setting of Round Bay on the East End. We highly recommend that you check it out during your next St. John vacation.

First let’s talk about the food offerings. It’s all tacos! But these aren’t any ordinary tacos…they are downright scrumptious. From Ceviche to Tuna to Surf and Turf (shrimp and short rib) and even a Vegan Taco, we’ve devoured them all. They are made-to-order with fresh ingredients wrapped in a soft tortilla. They are pretty big and we feel like you get a lot for $7-10 each.

You can’t eat tacos without a cold beverage, right? For libations Lime Out offers awesome craft cocktails, St. John Brewers beer on tap, and even bottles of bubbly if you really want to celebrate.

But the best thing about Lime Out is the location. You can either arrive by power boat, or swim/raft/kayak/paddleboard from Hansen Bay. If you’re going from shore there’s a swim up bar where you can comfortably hang out while enjoying the food, drinks and views.

Lime Out was started by the owners of the Lime Inn restaurant in Cruz Bay, which is one of our favorites. So they know good food. They are also a multi generational St. John family and have gone to great lengths to make Lime Out an environmentally responsible operation. Power comes from solar, they have only reusable cups, no straws, and they are very strict about collecting trash to make sure none ends up in the pristine surrounding waters.

How to get there? If you’re on a charter boat, just tell your captain it’s taco time! If driving, take Centerline Road to Coral Bay and turn left at the ball field. Go past Skinny Legs and keep on driving. Just past Haulover Bay is Hansen Bay where you can park. There’s a nice beach and other offerings for a small fee. Look out in the water and you can’t miss Lime Out!

Map Of Lime Out In St John USVI