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Go Local and Dine in Island Style while Visiting St. John

By Karla Jones

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St. John can be the perfect antidote for stress and overwork: beautiful, quiet, easy to get to, temperate climate and enough "local flavor" to tickle your taste buds and delight your senses.

Enjoy that local flavor at a casual restaurant featuring West Indian dishes in decidedly informal surroundings. Sample Pacific Rim and Asian cuisine prepared by inventive chefs. Get take out fare to enjoy on the beach. Try the following when venturing out for a meal, island style:
  • AsolareIn a magical setting with spectacular views on Caneel Hill just outside Cruz Bay, you'll delight in the Asian Fusian cuisine, from Thai yellow curry to Caribbean fish ceviche, from sweet and sour duck breast to a signature version of shrimp and grits. This is a special experience, and you'll love spending a special evening here.
  • Fatty CrabAnother creative menu, and an anything but ordinary restaurant, this is worth a visit and may just become a favorite. Think of the menu options as Asian Tapas and order several to share. Interesting cocktails, a good wine list, and live music are other reasons to choose it. Conveniently located in Cruz Bay.
  • Lime Inn, Cruz BayThis is where the locals go for lobster; also for what some claim is the best key lime pie on the planet. Located in downtown Cruz Bay, Lime Inn has the distinction of being the longest continually operating restaurant on the island, more than 30 years. If you're not feeling "fishy," they also offer a blue or brie-stuffed filet mignon that has lots of devotees.
  • Sogo's: This jewel of a local restaurant offers family fare; true Caribbean cooking, and nothing fancy about it. You can get goat stew or a cheeseburger, conch fritters, jerk chicken or shrimp creole -- and they're all delicious. Open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday.
  • Finally, while in St. John, visit The Beach Bar at least once. It's the epitome of local. Dip your toes in the water, listen to the music in the background; order a tall, cool one and pick something from the menu (or not) while you relax and watch the sun set. It's a kind of tradition, after all.
  • St. John ScoopsAnother tradition. Located in Mongoose Junction. Ice cream done differently!

Because St. John is not known as a late night, dress up, paint the town kind of place, you will then head back to your stunning villa after a pleasant dinner and a little live music. As an investor in Lifestyle Asset Group's Eastern Seaboard LLC, you will have repeated opportunities to enjoy the many delights of this U.S. island. 

Let every day that you spend at your property on St. John unfold like the pages of a book -- be as active or as relaxed as you choose. Explore the island, including the 7,000 plus acres of national park, take a ferry to St. Croix or St. Thomas to shop or party; swim, snorkel or sail in the brilliant waters of the caribbean, or just luxuriate by your own freshwater pool with a favorite novel. Your home awaits you, and all of St. John is waiting to be discovered.

Topics: St. John USVI, LifestyleOne, Things To Do