Honeymoon Guide: British Virgin Islands

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CHEZ BAMBOO
Opposite Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour
Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda
Tel: 284-495-5752

Laissez la bonne cuisine rouler! Behind an aqua fence, American expat Rose Giacinto's French Caribbean-Creole bistro, in a brightly painted gingerbread building on the north side of town, has been called by some these islands’ best. (Others say it’s overrated and overpriced—but you know how that goes.) In the candlelit dining room and on the patio, Bourbon Street meets the BVIs in tasty ways (conch gumbo, cher?). There's also West Indian–inflected fare—regular Morgan Freeman likes the curried lobster and fresh swordfish. The live Friday-night local music is the hottest ticket in town. The restaurant is open for dinner only; try to book well ahead, especially for Fridays.

DE LOOSE MONGOOSE
Trellis Bay
Beef Island/Tortola
Tel: 284-495-2303
beefislandguesthouse.com/restaurant.htm

Picture your ideal Caribbean beach eatery—pink gingerbread, funky blue picnic tables, palm trees with rope lights and rowboats bobbing in the shallows. Well, this is it. Part of a charming guesthouse, it overlooks Trellis Bay and Bellamy Cay. Conch fritters and Anegada lobster are the delectable house specialties. Pop in on Sunday evening for the weekly barbecue and tunes from a local music dude who calls himself MJ Blues—though he spins not just blues but also reggae, soca, R&B and lots more. The Mongoose is close enough to the airport to make it your final fling before winging your way back to reality.

FOXY'S BAR
Great Harbour
Jost Van Dyke
Tel: 284-495-9258
foxysbar.com

Here at de legendary Foxy’s, de West Indian grub is tasty and de cocktails potent. Have a whack at the sly fox, the dread fox or the friggin’ in the riggin’; Foxy's also has its own microbrews. The place is a mainstay of the island of Jost Van Dyke, northwest of Tortola. Bearded and dreadlocked owner Foxy Callwood is the big draw—a calypso virtuoso and a Caribbean icon. If you chat him up he’ll improvise songs about you. (Bring your vidcam or voice recorder!) The digs are simple barefoot-beach-bar, and a lazy lunch or quiet weekday dinner here has a castaway romance. If you’re in the mood to party hearty instead, come for the Friday- and Saturday-night barbecues or for special events like the New Year’s Eve party.

PETER ISLAND RESORT
Peter Island
Tel: 284-495-2000
peterisland.com

Even if you’re not staying at this exclusive private-island resort (see Sleep), it’s worth catching the shuttle boat with your sweetie to indulge in the fancy fruits from the kitchen of recently hired Irish chef Michael Clinton, a veteran of upscale resorts in Bermuda and the Seychelles. Here you’ve got a pair of options that are romantic in different ways. Tradewinds is the inside fine-dining restaurant with picture windows, a bit of a dress code and cutting-edge contemporary fare along the lines of plantain-crusted grouper with mango salsa. Deadman’s Beach Bar and Grill offers torchlit dinner on the sands and a Caribbean-American menu with the likes of jerk chicken, gumbo, wood-oven gourmet pizzas and New York strip steak with peppercorn sauce. Whichever you choose, memories are guaranteed to light the corners of your mind.

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