US Virgin Islands, Caribbean

The United States Virgin Islands is made up several small islands, most of which are unpopulated. The three main islands are St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John. St. John is often referred to as the gem of the Virgin Islands. St. Thomas, considered the cosmopolitan Virgin Island, is home to luxury resorts and world-renowned shopping. St. Croix offers a little bit of everything and is home to the Virgin Islands' only casino.

The U.S. Virgin Islands culture expresses itself in its unique cuisine, which has its origins in Africa, Puerto Rico, other West Indian islands, and Europe. Since many island recipes originate from times when imports were scarce, today's typical island fare includes locally grown and raised spices, tropical fruits, root vegetables, and meats.

One favorite local beverage is maubi, a slightly fermented drink concocted from ginger root, yeast, herbs, and the bark of the maubi tree. Non-alcoholic ginger beer, bush tea, soursop juice, and the creamy sea-moss cooler are also popular. Although restaurants in the U.S. Virgin Islands feature international cuisine such as French, Japanese, Italian, and Chinese, we encourage you to try island specialties such as conch fritters, fried plantains, sweet potato pudding, and curried chicken.

Lobster, wahoo, grouper, mahi-mahi, tuna, and other daily catches are staple menu items as well. If you have room for dessert, you might try a coconut or guava tart, locally made soursop ice cream, or rich rum cake and bread pudding.

St. Croix St. John St. Thomas