About 45 minutes east of the Harbour View roundabout, enjoy an easy drive complemented by views of the Caribbean Sea as you approach the community of Roselle in St. Thomas. After passing the popular roadside waterfall, on the right, you’ll spot a bamboo fence and a swaying Longboarder Bar & Grill sign hanging from a tree.
Fair warning, if you’re afraid of dogs, be weary. There’s a chance you may be initially greeted by barks of a German shepherd AND a pitbull. Those are 2 breeds of dogs I wasn’t prepared to meet, and thus stood frozen wondering whether fight or flight was the better choice at that point. Thankfully however, both may be 2 of the friendliest canines to come across. Noche, the friendly pitbull (who, thanks to me, probably would also respond to ‘Nacho’) and his furry companion are likely to double team in an effort to receive endless pettings before running off and frolicking on the beach.
A smiling waitress will emerge and provide the day’s list of menu options. The resourceful eatery gathers fresh herbs from their personal garden to prepare cooked-to-order meals. With time to spare as you wait for lunch, take an opportunity to stroll on the black sand beach.
Black Sand Beach
On the beach, your bare foot bottoms (as we Jamaicans say) are massaged by pebbles you inch closer and closer to the sea. Witnessing its force, I could immediately understand why this was such a popular surfing location. After being forcefully pushed back to the shore a number of times, the best choice besides surfing seemed to be to sit by the water’s edge and let the waves meet the body. The brilliant sun acts as a towel.
Take in the View
Make your way to the elevated gazebo to get a perfect view of the sun glistening on the horizon. In white thrones perched above the water, the immediate view is sea smashing against the rocky base of the hills in the distance. The ambiance is so relaxing; a drink, nap, or good book would be perfect activities in this beach-chic throne.
Lunch by the sea
After 20 minutes, lunch by the sea was ready: fried fish and potato wedges, with a serving of veggies. The dining area is situated by a large central tree strung with lights. The fried fish had light seasoning and just the right amount of crisp; thankfully it wasn’t smothered in oil, a practice by some eateries I have yet to comprehend. The perfectly-cut potato wedges dusted with spices sat beside raw veggies drizzled with a touch of sweet dressing.
The laid-back ambiance of the venue mixed with the calming effect of the sea makes it feel like an ideal location to make memories with the crew, but yet it is still intimate enough to cosy up with your significant other.
An ideal trip here might would include a group of friends, undergoing beginner surf lessons, and dining at dusk as the bonfire lights up the sky.
If you’ve eaten here, please leave a recommendation in the comments for the next time I visit 🙂
- Delectability 80%
- Food Variety 70%
- Ambience 90%
- Staff Interactions 70%
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