Wish You Worked Here: The Tourist Trap, St. John, USVI

by Owen James Burke

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Photo: The St. John App Blog.

Every time I drove past this small establishment which is miles out on one of St. John’s less-traveled roads–a beautiful and remote stretch of the island occupied by a lot of quirky characters, to say the least–I found myself wondering what it would be like to work (and live) there.

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The view from The Tourist Trap, looking back toward Coral Bay. Photo: Wildcat Sailorgirl

Unfortunately, I almost never saw The Tourist Trap open, and even when it was, it looked closed. Still, I’m told by locals it’s a popular, ‘regularly’ open joint for a post-Salt Pond swim cocktail (visit Salt Pond to swim with sea turtles) and standard stateside fare like hot dogs and nachos, but with a slight Caribbean twist. Try the Virgin Island signature ‘Painkiller’–no, pharmaceuticals are not included.

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It’s modest, but there’s ice and shade. Photo: Wildcat Sailorgirl

News of St. John reports that the colorful New England ‘ex-pat’ who runs The Tourist Trap is retiring. (Although the USVI is part of the US, transplant residents prefer to call themselves ‘ex-pats’ anyhow.) Confined as it is, an established business on this 20-suare-mile island is a veritable goldmine, and all things considered, the price is right, too.

Learn more at News of St. John. -OJB

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