One of our sales executives, Sarah Heldman, was invited down to St Croix a few weeks ago and is sharing her experiences with us today!
The best experiences are the ones that are total surprises, especially when they involve leaving the cold, drab winter weather and jetting off to a tropical paradise. That is exactly what happened when I was invited to attend the Bridal Symposium in St Croix a few months ago. With daytime highs around 88 and nighttime lows at 79, I could not wait to leave my normal November behind.
Only one concern flashed in my mind… is my passport up to date? I had not traveled abroad in years so I mentally calculated if I would be able to seize this once in a lifetime opportunity. Luckily, St. Croix is a part of the U.S. Virgin Islands so it was no problem at all! That fact is exactly what the department of tourism wants everyone to know: you can plan a quick trip for a spontaneous, romantic elopement or invite to your hearts content for a caribbean destination wedding. It is so comforting to know that this is one part of the planning process you can skip and one less thing to remember to plan for and pack.
There are so many great accommodations to pick from as well, no matter what type of experience you want during your stay in St. Croix. I checked into The Renaissance Carambola, which is between the hills of the rainforest and white sandy beaches. This resort is perfectly secluded and almost secretive, which is great if you want to unplug and de-stress or find a new adventure scuba diving or blending in with the locals. All of the employees are so nice and give you that extra attention you want when you are away from home.
If you want to brush up on your history, head to the Buccaneer, the longest running resort in the Caribbean. Still a family owned business, you will learn about the past of the residents (circa 17th century) to the island’s recent visitors (for example, Sean and his finalists on The Bachelor). The selection of rooms, dining areas, and venues are ideal for a wedding of any size and gives you options, which is great for customizing your special day. If you are looking to be social and active during your trip, there is plenty to do here. Cocktail parties, golf, tennis, and watersports are just a few things to entertain yourself or your guests. However, I can’t promise you will be able to take your eyes off the panoramic view.
All in all, St Croix is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. It feels effortless to have this scenery as the backdrop for your wedding, but it can be almost as effortless to plan your trip here as well.