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Getting off the boat -- what to eat?

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My grandmother is taking the entire family --- all 25 of us -- on a cruise starting in Florida, circling the Caribbean, and coming back a week later. Does anyone has tips for places to hit or foods to try in St. Maarten, St. Thomas, and Princess Cays, Bahamas? We get off the boat at 9 a.m. and have to be back by 4, so unfortunatelty this excludes dinner. I'll be dragging my sisters to find lunch or street food...

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  1. In St. Thomas we like to go to The Greenhouse. It is right on the waterfront. Service is quite slow but the food is good. Linda

    1. Unfortunately in St Maarten the cruiseships dock in Phillipsburg and I found the restaurants there to be very touristy and not very good. If you'relooking for jewelry or electronics you may want to spend some time here. Since you will not be there for dinner (I'd chose Grand Case for a visit) take a taxi to Marigot on the french side and walk around the open air market area there's a great pattiserie (sp??) across the street and fun outdoor restaurants with local specialties at one end of the market area. There is also a trendy indoor mall on the other side of the ferry landing that is airconditioned if you need to cool off.

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      1. re: catsailor

        A great place in Charlotte Amalie (St. Thomas) is a joint called "Cuzzin's." We asked a local where to go for a 'local' lunch. He suggested Cuzzin's and we weren't disappointed. DH and I both had the curried chicken, which was HUGE and came with two equally large side dishes (rice and beans, coleslaw, lots of other choices too). The fancy frosty beverage we each had were also good. Prices were totally reasonable. Address is 7 Wimmelskafts Gade, also referred to as "Back Street." It's close to a Subway(?) and maybe only a block out of the way from the heart of the shopping.

        1. re: catsailor

          Just got back from St. John leaving through St. Thomas. I agree that Cuzzin"s is great! Had the conch curry and my wife had curried curry, both excellent. As a non alcoholic drink, had soup sop, they have several other flavors. This is the third year that we have been to Cuzzin's. It has been consistent each time.
          Also, on St John, we stayed in Coral Bay across the island from the ferry dock. Went to a place called Sweet Plaintain, great high end local food and had a great atmosphere for our 25th anniversary. Run by a Haitian and a Jamacian who grew up in Brooklyn, great people.

        2. My brother lives in St Thomas and one of the best restaurants is Craig and Sallie's in Frenchtown. It is a little past downtown but close and easy to get to in a cab or to walk during the day. Fabulous food, great place.

          1. Thanks, 'Hounds, for the responses so far! We leave on July 1. Anyone have any more advice?