Gluten free restaurant dining at Cooper Island Beach Club in B.V.I.,
June 11, 2011
Stayed on St. John, US Virgin Islands. Went to the British Virgin Islands to four islands, including Cooper Island, for $145 on the Bad Kitty Catamaran (340-777-7245) www.calypsovi.com or check www.stjohninformation.com We met up at a restaurant early in the morning, gave our Passports, $30 cash for immigration purposes, credit cards for the trip, boarded the catamaran, (eat gluten free breakfast at your place), had some fruit, orange juice, took off to Virgin Gorda to see The Baths, Norman Island, Peter Island for snorkeling, then Cooper Island Beach Club for lunch, preordered great choices of salads with fish, open bar on boat, went to Jost Van Dyke to see the most beautiful beach in the world, White Bay. Cooper Island has some rentals there if someone would like to make those arrangements as it is not accessible by ferry boats, only private boats but I bet if you made reservations to stay there, a boat would pick you up at Beef Island (airport to British Virgin Island Tortola). Something to investigate in the future. Next time I plan to go to the British Virgin Islands, research about ferry boats, boats for hire to visit other islands to see how I like it. I loved St. John but I loved the British Virgin Islands even more. Caribbean dishes do have a lot of breading so one would have to investigate eating establishments carefully, make some contacts to ensure gluten-free status. I really had no problem being on St. John for a week. Sometimes I was so tired from exploring the entire island I would just go to the Starfish Market or Dolphin Market in Cruz Bay and find a gluten free frozen dinner and nuke it in the microwave. Prices are high but there is some choices there. I would bring my own cereal, gluten free snacks, ensure that there is a microwave, eat lots of fish and salads. St. John is mostly a U.S. National Park and I felt safe there the entire time that I was there. Driving is on the left, challenging when you're sober. But I would highly recommend it over other Caribbean islands.