The Best Virgin Islands Foods
Virgin Islands foods provide you with plenty of great choices from do-it-yourself cooking to casual "food shacks" to elegant, high-end
restaurants. Choices in foods in the
USVI are great; you can find just
about every kind of cuisine here.
But be prepared. Virgin Islands foods
are expensive compared to the same items back home. Expect to pay anywhere from 10% to 50% more for
food items then you would in your hometown restaurants and grocery stores.
The average is probably about 15% - 20% higher across the board. This is because just about everything has to be shipped in; almost no food is grown locally.
But don't fret; there are plenty of ways to eat well on a budget, if that's what you want. For starters, you can cook your own meals if you're staying in accommodations that have cooking facilities (something I highly recommend for any stay of more than a couple of days).
Click here to learn about grocery stores in the Virgin Islands
Even if you plan to eat out a lot, it's nice to have the option of making your own meals, especially on those longer trips where you might want to "change up" your eating pattern.
Of course, if you'd rather not prepare anything yourself, you'll find plenty of choices in places to eat.
It's also well worth it to give the local cuisine a try.
Check out this page of local foods of the Virgin Islands
to learn more about the local dishes and authentic Caribbean cuisine. Great stuff!
Click here to learn about restaurants on St Thomas
Click here to learn about restaurants on St John
Click here to learn about restaurants on St Croix
There's an amazing array of good restaurants serving all kinds of tasty food.
On a given day, you can enjoy an all-American breakfast of pancakes, eggs, and bacon, then have a lunch
of local West Indian foods at one of
the many excellent casual Caribbean eateries, followed by dinner at an elegant, high-end French, Italian, or
Not looking for an expensive meal? Not to worry. If you're on a budget, you can still eat out without spending an arm and a leg; there are plenty of modestly-priced cafes and casual, inexpensive dining spots around the islands.
There are lots of good choices of less expensive Virgin Islands foods like pizza, burgers, barbecued chicken and ribs, sandwiches, and, on St. Thomas and St. Croix, even several of the familiar fast-food chains, including McDonalds, KFC, and Subway.
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