Anyone familiar with Bernie's Beach Club (http://www.facebook.com/BBCStCroix?sk...)? Apparently Sunset Beach used to be there. It's right next to where my wife and I will be horseback riding when we are in St. Croix for a day (on a cruise) in a couple of weeks. Apparently we can swim at the beach and eat lunch there, so it will be convenient. Any other suggestions?
Yes, you'll like it and it fits perfectly with a cruise ship stopover. I go for lunch occasionally when I'm in Fredriksted and it's a good spot, right on the beach. Lunch will be your only option since the ship leaves around sunset. After your horseback ride it's a good place to cool off with a swim and finish with lunch. Fairly creative menu and the location can't be beat. You'll like St. Croix and the west end of the island where your ship is docked is the best part of it. If time permits arrange a walking tour of Fredriksted (with CHANT, a cultural and nature tourism organization (340-719-5455)) to complete your St. Croix experience.
I noticed a lot of STX posts went un-answered. Trip Advisor has a fairly decent rating of each of the island's restaurants.
If you REALLY want this trip to be a gastronomic adventure, then I advise getting tickets in advance for the St. Croix Food & Wine Experience http://www.stcroixfoodandwine.com/ and go all-out. A Taste of St. Croix shows the past years results and this year's chef lineup. http://tasteofstcroix.com/ It's in April for planning purposes...and fills up quickly! Here's an excellent cookbook my friends produced: http://www.watkinspr.com/Cookbook/ which covers winning recipes, info on chefs, drink pairings and history/cultural aspects of the island.
Here is a list of the most commonly posted-about restaurants among my local friends:
Eat@Cane Bay (North Shore http://www.eatatcanebay.com/)
Polly's at the Pier (F'sted https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pollys-at-the-Pier/66247532232)
Salud Bistro (has won many awards - great place for wine! http://www.saludbistro.com/)
Galangal (Thai http://www.galangalstx.com/)
Pickled Greek (Award-winner http://www.pickledgreek.com/)
Off The Wall (Cane Bay - North Shore - open air beach casual - great for SCUBA divers!)
La Reine Chicken Shack (MUST for local food! I eat here at least once every time I'm home.)
Angry Nates (Good for a Sunday brunch - wharf in C'sted https://www.facebook.com/pages/Angry-Nates/116534838290)
Reminisce (Brand new - island center - good reviews so far. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Reminisce-Restaurant/119598464792418)
Places I've been going to for ages:
Duggan's Reef (East End - LOBSTER http://duggansreef.com/)
Cheeseburgers (East End - VERY casual - bring the kids for the hermit crab races! https://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=64983761418&v=wall)
Luncheria (This has been one of my faves in C'sted since I was a teenager. Mexican, fresh, courtyard setting.)
When I bring friends down, I like to take them to a buffet at Hotel on the Cay - a little island off the waterfront of C'sted. "Harbor Master Beach Club (340-719-5438) located on the beach. Every Tuesday night enjoy a special Beach Bar-B-Que and Floor Show starting at 7 PM with Steel Pan Music by Zodiac, Mocko Jumbi, limbo and broken bottle dancing and fire eating demonstrations." It's not fine dining - it's a buffet on the beach - but the entertainment is great - especially if you've never see stilt-dancers, heard steel drum music or watched broken bottle dancing. Add some culture to your dining experience!
Please remember to leave your watch at home. We move to a slower pace on St. Croix. Take your time to enjoy, relax and drink in your beautiful surroundings. There is a dining experience for everyone - it's simply a matter of choosing the right restaurant for your mood. Feel free to ask a local for what kind of dining experience you are looking for...they can usually point you in the right direction.
In the days leading up to your trip, I highly advise this website: http://www.uncommoncaribbean.com/ They cover more than just St. Croix - but the site owners grew up on St Croix, so feel free to "like" the UC page on FB and ask them any questions you may have regarding food, entertainment, "must do / must see" adventures. Most importantly, HAVE A GREAT TIME!
Here's a typical posting from my friends on Facebook:
So... I was in a chinese restaurant waiting
Country western music is playing
Waitress brings out a tray with vita malt and fried chicken
Gotta love it!!!
Basically, you never know what to expect when dining on St. Croix. It's sometimes an adventure!