Hot pot: Soggy Dollar Bar, Island Jost Vandyke

Description: Soggy Dollar Bar

Its was once accessible only by water ( there is now a  rough road, though most visitors still arrive by boat ). Do thirsty sailors would brave the waters of the British Virgin Islands to make it ashore, and pay with wet dollar bills. Many were on a pilgrimate to the birthplace of the Painkiller, a dangerous cocktail that proliferated in the area as speedly as the Caribbean plant for which it is named. Lunch is perennnially busy, but things simmer down in the evening. Order the conch fritters and roti ( a local favourite of flatbread topped with chicken curry ). And prime yourself for competition. In these parts, Blackbeard is said to have played ‘get the ring on the hook’ using hemp and bones; today, players at the Soggy Dollar try to throw a steel ring- on- a- string onto a nail. Have a look at the webcam on

Description: Island Jost Vandyke

Contact 00 1 284 495 9888

Vibe strings of signal flags from visiting yachts establish a castaway mood

Days lunch is seved 365

Food bill mains from US$7

On- site guest rooms six

Typical number of strokes to swim ashore from a yacht 27

Hot spot: Tamboo Beside the Pointe, Island Puerto Rico


Description: Tamboo Beside the Pointe

Tamboo Beside the Pointe

Set out early with your snorkel gear or join a game of beach volleyball to justify the hearty fare- baby back ribs, grilled mahi- mahi- at this classic hangout in the twon of Rincon. Besides a dusting of celebrities ( Kate Moss and Benicio Del Toro have stopped by ), Tamboo attracts an array of friendly locals and surfers who come for the house band and stay for the house speciality: an award- winning Mojito, the wildly populat Cuban cocktail, made with locally grown mint.

Description: Island Puerto Rico

Contact 00 1 787 823 8550

Vibe minimalist, plywood party central

Food bill mais from UD$7

Distance to beach 15- step stairway

Distance to nearest hotel a few feet ( Tamboo has nine simply decorated rooms and apartments )

Average wave size (infeet) four

Hot spot: Sonie Rican Restaurant, Island Puerto Rico

Description: Sonie Rican Restaurant

Sonie Rican Restaurant

When Kitchen Confidential chef Anthony Bourdain ate this Playa Jobos spot, he declared, ‘Food tastes better when your are not wearing shoes.’ It is a common reaction to the Sonia Rican, which has a smattering of tables, a salsa- pumping jukebox, and a view of locals shredding the waves (and occasionally rescuing gringos caught in a rip tide). Work off you meal with a stroll down the beach to EI Pozo de Jacinto, a surfside blowhole where, according to local legend, a boy named Jacinto lost his cow. Visitors are urged tp yell ‘Deme la vaca’ (‘ Give me the cow’ ) to make the water surge.

Contact 00 1 787 872 1818

Vibe surt shack, complete with a littering of boards

Food bii mains from US$5

Most ordered Mofondo (fried green plantains loaded with shrimp or labster)

Distance to nearest hotel half a mile to the owners’ Sol y Arena hotel (phone numbers as above)

Flying Fishbone, Aruba

Description: Flying Fishbone, Aruba

Flying Fishbone, Aruba

You will not many locals at this  dinner- only retaurant; it offers no activities besides world- class wunset- watching, and it is a 30- minute taxi ride from the nearest resort. And yet the Flying Fishbone is always packed. The reason are twofold: the seafood- platters of calamari, sea bass and curry- spiced shrimp- is landed by the fishermen next door ( literally ); and six tables are in the sea, so guests can dine with warm water lapping at their ankles. Oo1 297584 2506; mains from US$24

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