Dreading the heart shaped boxes and cheesy Hallmark cards? If you’re not a fan of traditional Valentine’s Day fanfare, why not just skip it? Head out for a getaway in the Virgin Islands and start your own tradition. The Caribbean is miles away from boring or repetitive. Here are our 7 favorite experiences in the Virgin Islands to gift when you want something extraordinary for Valentine’s Day.
1. Profess your love and capture the moment forever
Schedule a photo session for pictures that capture the love of the moment. Go with Crown Images, and you can choose your favorite real, live tropical backdrop. Or, take it up a notch and hire an island officiant to do a full vow renewal, complete with stunning photos.
2. Dine on lobster overlooking the waves
Mim’s features specialties like coconut curry lobster, baked stuffed lobster, King crab legs, and hand-cut steaks. You can cozy up underneath patio lighting, or get a table overlooking the ocean for an even more romantic ambiance. Add a sweet touch and split a homemade butterscotch walnut bread pudding for dessert.
3. Break outside the norm
Ditch the organized island tours and take a boat charter to seek out the less frequented beaches and coves. Explore the Careening Cove of Hassel Island, home to barge wreckage galore. Plus, Hassel Island is home to historical structures to explore if hiking rugged terrain is your idea of an enchanting day together
4. Walk up to a beach drive-in
Rent a golf cart and spend the day touring Water Island’s gorgeous views in style. Head over to Honeymoon Beach for a day of paddle boarding for two. Quench your hunger with fish tacos at Dinghy’s Beach Bar. Then, after sunset on Monday nights, hit the beach for a drive-in movie.
5. Catch your own dinner
Head over to Hull Bay on St. Thomas’ North Shore. It’s a quiet place with a little beach bar to help you laze away the day hand-in-hand. Try your skills at fishing in Hull Bay, a place favored by seasoned fishermen. Have a local chef prepare your catch of the day, and dine under the stars.
6. Order drinks at sunset
A soft Caribbean breeze against a red hot VI sunset beats a Valentine’s teddy bear any day.
Enjoy happy hour drinks at Mafolie as you watch the sun set overlooking the harbor lights. For dinner, try the mahi with risotto, or the seafood Callaloo.
7. Stroll through Redhook
The East End features a great gathering of bars and restaurants you can explore with your beloved. Bonus: it comes with lovely views of St. John. Bond over burgers and beers at Tap & Still after a long day in the Caribbean sun. Or try Pesce Italian for a romantic dinner of homemade pasta and wine.