Recently, my family and I took a trip to St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands, and we had a blast. I wanted to take a break from the traditional wedding posts to talk about this amazing location and to share some images taken by myself and by my (I may be biased) very talented 13- and 14-year-old children.

St. Croix is the largest of the US Virgin Islands, but it’s not as touristy as St. Thomas and St. John. Because it’s a US territory, a passport is not required, so it’s a great spot for a vacation without that hassle.

The two major towns on the island are Christiansted and Frederiksted, and in between, the island has diverse views to offer, from tropical rain forests to dry desert-like conditions in the east. You can also visit over 100 sugar mills constructed between 1750 and 1800 from when St. Croix was one of the largest sugar producers in the Caribbean.

While we were there, we visited Buck Island and Buck Island National Reef, part of the US Park Service. We also took a half-day trip with Big Beards that was well worth the money, as well as a Cruzan Rum factory tour and a visit to the Estate Whim Museum, a preserved sugar plantation.

We also visited Point Udall, which is the easternmost point in the United States. There is not much there besides a large monument, but it was very scenic. We hiked to Issac Bay and Jacks Beach, one of the nicest, most secluded beaches on St. Croix, as well as to Carambola Tide Pools.

If you go to St. Croix, I can’t recommend enough renting houses or condos directly from the owners through sites like VRBO and Airbnb. We started doing this 10 years ago, and it’s always cheaper than staying at a resort or hotel, with far more amenities. This time, we rented a 3-bedroom, 2-story condo that was literally 100 steps from the beach. There was a large swimming pool and a coral reef right beyond the sandy beach that was great for snorkeling!

If you are thinking of going to St. Croix for your honeymoon, let me know. I’d love to talk more about it!