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Excellent barbecue in the middle of town
Occasionally, especially at night, you may find some people who have sampled a few too many island cocktails. Some nights I have not seen any visible policie/security presence.
In a nutshell
Gateway to natural beauty on St. John
I have a friend who used to like going to Asolare for his birthday. But after they stiffed us on an outside table--and charged $180 to our credit card when we bailed!--even he can't stand the place any more. Good: I wouldn't have gone back even once after first experiencing their mediocre food (there are rave reviews, but the keyword is "inconsistent," so maybe I've just been unlucky?), glacial and elitist, arrogant service, and unbelievably high prices ($44 for a filet mignon that's worse than Outback?). Tourist trap is the best description I can think of for this place!
Unique Suggestions: Don't go there, period. And certainly don't give them your credit card number!
Fun Alternatives: There are dozens of great restaurants in Cruz Bay and environs, although Asolare does have one thing going for it: the view. When you are lucky enough to be able to see it, that is. Anyway, for very fancy and nice, try Equator at Caneel Bay. Or better yet, lower your sights and join the locals at the Beach Bar or High Tide!
Written Jun 8, 2010
The whole island is off the beaten path. It's one of those places you go to truely escape, see nature and enjoy the peace and quiet. 3/4 of the island is national park so it is preserved from commercialism and development. The difference between St. John and St. Thomas is amazing--St. John is much more laid back and so quiet. There are petroglyphs and rock drawings to look at and trails to hike and sugar mill ruins to visit. The island will bring out the explorer in you. Rent a jeep and tool around for a day or a week and snorkel on some of the remote beaches, like Honeymoon or Hawksnest Beach. Many of the nature trails empty out onto beaches so you can have a land-and-sea adventure all in one day.
Written Nov 4, 2004