9 Honeymoon Activities in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Even though it's 2016 and many wedding traditions have gone out of fashion, there's a reason the honeymoon has stood the test of time: planning a wedding is stressful! So when all the seating arrangements, "tablescapes," color schemes and accessories are complete, your vacation is definitely worth it . Enter: the U.S. Virgin Islands, a beach oasis that's both romantic and relaxing. Of course, all-inclusive resorts and soft sandy beaches are what a honeymoon is made of, but if you're not content with just sitting on the beach all week, there are plenty of activities to make a U.S. Virgin Islands honeymoon super awesome - let An unforgettable experience for you and your partner.

The best part? You don't even need a passport. Since the U.S. Virgin Islands are a U.S. territory, you can easily bask in the Caribbean's beautiful turquoise waters and white sand beaches. Whether you go all-inclusive or not, there are plenty of hotels and resorts to choose from on the island, which means that not only is it incredibly relaxing and beautiful, it's also affordable and accessible. I've teamed up with the U.S. Virgin Islands to present my top nine picks of honeymoon activities that will help you enjoy the romance and adventure of this tropical destination.

1. Sail on a party catamaran in St. Thomas, then swim with giant sea turtles

Yes, this is a real thing. For a small fee, you can ride on a catamaran with all the amenities you could want: snorkeling gear, snacks, alcoholic beverages, and (if you're lucky) as many temporary pirate tattoos as you want. Once you arrive at your destination, you can actually snorkel among giant sea turtles. Add to that a hilarious captain and crew, and you get an activity that will excite couples and is a sure hit.

2. Snorkel the world’s first marked underwater trail at Trunk Bay in St. John’s

Consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world (yes, the most beautiful beach in the world ), St. John's secluded Trunk Bay is more than just photo-perfect. It’s also home to the world’s first underwater snorkeling trail, meaning you and your “honey” can happily float together in the clear blue waters, following tiny neon fish and easy passes through the coral reefs Marked trails. Afterwards, you can relax on the soft sand or grab a bite to eat at one of the beachside food stalls. Fun fact: Like two-thirds of St. John's Island, Elephant Trunk Island is considered part of a national park. Ecotourism began over 50 years ago (long before it became popular) when Laurance Rockefeller donated two-thirds of the island to the National Park Service to ensure that the island would be well protected , for everyone to enjoy.

3. Explore the St. Croix rainforest

Take a day off the beach (we know, it's tough) and explore St. Croix's natural beauty by hiking through 15 acres of forest. Along the way, you'll enjoy beautiful, off-the-beaten-path panoramic vistas and tidal pools. Be forewarned: This is a challenging hike, so be sure to bring water and leave your sandals at home!

4. Drink rum (and learn some about rum!) at a world-class distillery

From the moment you step off the plane or boat in the U.S. Virgin Islands, you're usually handed a glass of rum and suddenly the biggest decision of your life becomes...banana or mango? Rum is the staple beverage of the U.S. Virgin Islands and has been brewed on St. Croix for hundreds of years, so having the opportunity to explore where rum is produced for a small fee is incredible.

5. Climb the 99 steps of St. Thomas Charlotte Amalie

The "stepped streets" that run through beautiful Charlotte Amalie are remnants of its historic Danish origins. The famous "99 Steps" were built in the 1700s using remaining ballast from sailing ship hulls. Once you climb them, you can enjoy stunning views of St. Thomas. Later, you can shop in Charlotte Amalie's shops and markets before dining in one of the many restaurants lining the romantic stone streets.

6. See the fire dancers on St. Thomas

As soon as the sun goes down, life on the island always comes alive. Over dinner, drinks or a stroll by the sea, you're sure to see the best of St. Thomas. Their performances will have you and your partner gasping as you throw and jump in the flames (and cuddle up in the firelight).

7. Take a night kayak or stand-up LED-lit paddleboard tour on St. Thomas

If you and your partner want some adventure in the dark Caribbean, join a night kayak or stand-up paddleboard tour to explore the ocean under the stars. On some tours, the bottom of the kayak is clear and illuminated with LED lights, so you can see stingrays, tarpon, and other marine animals swimming by as you paddle.

8. Stroll around St. Peter’s Estate and Botanical Gardens

Located on a volcanic peak above Megane Bay in St. Thomas, this 11-acre estate features walking trails and beautiful gardens. Visitors call the views "breathtaking" and "spectacular."

9. Enjoy dinner at sunset on St. John Cruz Bay

Yes, we know you're adventuring all day long, but sometimes it's nice to enjoy a nice dinner with a view of the water. Head to a beachfront restaurant for fresh seasonal seafood and other island delicacies, and watch the sunset before toasting by candlelight.

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This post is sponsored by the U.S. Virgin Islands.