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CAROLINA BRIDE – Ocean Blue Rendezvous

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Spirited sea adventures blended with tropical Caribbean charm make Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Beach Resort a far-away honeymoon within easy reach.

First mornings together after ‘I do’ are always an extra special time for newlyweds.

Your new life together is off to a fairy-tale start when your initial honeymoon morning together is punctuated by greetings from chattering seagulls and turquoise ocean views found at Frenchman’s Reef and Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort in St. Thomas, USVI.

Combining the exotic distant feel of the Caribbean with no-passport-needed ease, the U.S. Virgin Island destination of St. Thomas is a beach lover’s paradise only a short three hour nonstop flight from Charlotte.

Perched high atop a craggy rock cliff on the southwestern shore of the island, Frenchman’s offers ocean views from virtually every vantage point. Don’t be startled by friendly iguanas you’ll encounter traversing the property’s 17 acres of tropical landscape. They’re the unofficial landlords here and with a knowing grin, offer you their best wishes.

At Frenchman’s you’ll find a private beach, four pools, tennis courts, a full service spa, distinct dining, a rum bar, live music nightly, and water-based adventures for the couple that plays together.

Sunset Sail

Ease into action your first night with a Harbor Lights Sunset Sail on ‘The Cat,’ a 54 foot catamaran operated by the Adventure Center, Frenchman’s onsite activities partner.

The two hour cruise glides across the glassy waters of Charlotte Amalie Harbor past historic Hassel Island. Navigate the waters once sailed by marauding pirates as you enjoy an open bar, Caribbean cuisine, and island music. The harbor lights and southern stars are sure to maintain your romantic mood.

Tomorrow you and your sweetie captain your own vessel when you hop aboard a glass-bottomed kayak for some incredible night kayaking. Equipped with special emerald green hued LED lights, the kayaks cast a glow along the clear crystalline water where Tarpon, Rays, Hawksbill Sea Turtles, and all manner of reef fish come into view. If paddle-boarding is more your style, enjoy a similarly lit evening on the flat board.

Day-time boaters can opt for a half-day sail and snorkel tour to nearby Turtle Cove. Just off Buck Island, swim and snorkel alongside basketball sized green turtles feeding on abundant sea grass. Use an underwater GoPro camera to record and share the adventures when you arrive home.

Landlubbers are tempted by downtown Charlotte Amalie with its duty and tax free shopping options. Jewelry is the main draw, with silver and gold Hook Bracelets proving particularly popular for newlyweds.

Caribbean islanders have worn these simple bracelets, symbols of unity and love, for centuries. Wear the open end of the hook up and towards your heart to signify your love is taken. Lore has it that worn this way, good luck will be with you. Worn down and away from the heart, your love is free with your luck going to those in need.

Relaxed Island Dining

Dining options at Frenchman’s extend from relaxed and carefree to island elegant. Don’t worry about attire, casual fits everywhere.

Coco Joe’s is an open air relaxed bar and bistro beside Morning Star beach. Try an Island Hopping IPA, a fine local brew and their signature coconut shrimp.

Sunset Grill is the prime vantage point to watch cruise ships sailing to their next destination and some tasty fish tacos. Have a Pain Killer or Mojito cocktail at the RumBar before dinner and catch the lively buzz off the resort’s main lobby.

Breakfast buffet at Aqua Terra Oceanfront Grill shouldn’t be missed. French pastries, tropical fruit, custom omelets, made to order waffles, and island coffee start your day off right.

Be certain to save one evening for dinner at Havana Blue. Here Latin flair mingles with Caribbean style for lively specials from the sea, expertly prepared steaks, and island hospitality positioning this restaurant atop several best-in-the-Caribbean lists.

When it’s time to go home use freshly created memories to overcome your reluctance to leave. Your new start together will keep your hearts glowing long after leaving the island.

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