A Quick Guide to Christiansted

28 Dec

This post is a bit overdue…back in October I took a trip to Christiansted to check out a friend’s boat and spend a week “living the dream” in the Caribbean.  Why not, right?  The season was winding down on Alliance here in Yorktown, and a week in the sun is always a good thing.

As most of my trips out of Norfolk typically go, I spent the night at my grandparent’s house.  They live right around the corner from ORF, and it’s really convenient when my flights are typically taking off before the sun comes up.  My grandfather is always fun…he can spin a yarn like no other, and has tons of material spanning life in Guam with the Navy to commercial diving, captaining private yachts up and down the west coast of the Americas and also his time in the California Beach Patrol.  Think Hasselhoff, except entirely way more badass.  It’s always a really good time, and typically ends with me laying down to sleep about two point five hours before I have to wake back up.  My trip to St. Croix was no exception, and I boarded the plane that morning not having slept.

Before I get carried away with a narrative of the trip (that’ll come later,) I want to give a quick guide of the five hot spots in Christiansted as told by Clownshoes.  Luckily, I had a guide this time, so finding the best spots was easy.  Without further ado, here we go;

Close, easy and tasty:

Rum Runners. Right on the boardwalk, breakfast is good and, as an added bonus, the crabs will come up and eat the bacon that you feed them. No seriously; http://bit.ly/12OdXTa

Best All around awesomeness:

Angry Nate’s, on the boardwalk towards Seaborne. Live music, great food…you can’t go wrong. I ate here on a recommendation from someone who had heard the legend of Nate’s while visiting Key West. Check it out; you won’t be disappointed.

The Cheap Taco Special:

Miriam’s, hands down.  It’s on Hospital Street.  Two dollars gets you a loaded taco, chicken or beef.  Bonus points if you can tell the difference between the chix and the beef….I sure couldn’t.  They were damn tasty though, and the beer is chilly.  They also serve up the first Caribbean hot sauce I ever fell in love with…it’s a mustard/habenero mix, and it’s awesome.

Best Beer Selection:

Right on the boardwalk is a place called the Fort Christian Brew Pub.  Yes, it’s a real brewpub, which means beer brewed on site, and killer food.  You won’t be disappointed.  As an added bonus, check out http://bit.ly/RlUc1w shot in front of the brew pub. The tarpon go nuts for the chicken bones leftover from your order of wings.

1st stop on a night out:

Hit up the Commanche Mill Yacht-less Club, right on the boardwalk. You can’t miss it…it’s a big sugar mill. The bartender to look for is Kenjo, and you’re going to want to ask for “The Lime in the Coconut.” Trust me. Also, this is the site of the 2012 Vice Presidential Debate Drinking Game. More on that in a later post.

Honorable Mentions:

The Bombay Club, on King Street.  I literally cut my steak with the side of my fork. This was hands down the best meal I’ve had in a long time. If you go to St. Croix, go to The Bombay Club.

Hibiscus is a beachside resort with a restaurant attached. The locals get together for jam sessions on Tuesday nights, and they feature an all you can eat taco bar for $10 and $3 margaritas to wash ‘em down. Sadly, we missed the taco bar, but the music was worth the taxi ride. Protip: Tell the taxi driver you want to go to H2O. You’ll get a cheaper rate than if you say Hibiscus. Also, there’s a killer mural on a cistern en route, so be sure to head down during the daytime.

That’s all I’ve got on Christiansted, USVI for the moment. Be sure to check it out and post back with your recommendations!

See you down island!

- CC

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