Thanksgiving, one of the biggest U.S. holidays, celebrates thanks and gratitude for family, food, and the previous year’s prosperity. Thanksgiving is also celebrated widely throughout the Caribbean, most notably in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The holiday season is always a busy time for travelers, and many choose to celebrate the holiday in the warmth of the Caribbean!
There are plenty of options for getting your Thanksgiving fix, with most restaurants offering traditional favorites, as well as some island specialties. The Lobster Grille restaurant at Bolongo Bay Beach Resort is offering a special holiday menu, featuring items such as roasted turkey, pineapple and rum-glazed ham, prime rib, and salmon entrees with delicious sides and starters, including lobster bisque, ginger squash soup with smoked Gouda croutons, home-made cranberry sauce, brown sugar sweet potatoes, traditional stuffing, and mashed potatoes. Yum!
If you’re looking for something fun to do after your Thanksgiving feast, you can check out the college basketball tournament held at the University of the Virgin Islands, Paradise Jam. Beginning Thanksgiving Day, the tournament will feature top women’s team from across the country. For a more tropical activity, venture over to Coral Bay, St. John, for the annual Thanksgiving Regatta. All classes of boats are welcome to enter the regatta, which can be a fun family activity, whether you are participating or watching from the shore!
“To get you in the Caribbean holiday spirit, rotate some reggae songs into the mix! The notion of thanks and praise plays so prominently in reggae that it’s hard to imagine a genre of music better suited for Thanksgiving. This reggae mix features songs about thanks, and a few that have a little to do with eating… (Pumpkin Belly and Pour on the Sauce!)” – Steve at Uncommon Caribbean