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St. Croix Travel: The Island's Best Rum Shack

April 9, 2008 at 10:48 AM | by | ()

It's day three on St. Croix and you've had way too much sun. After all, you spent the weekend on Sandy Point--by far one of the best beaches in the Caribbean--and the following day sailing on a catamaran before snorkeling the barrier reef at Buck Island.

It's time for a drink in the shade. Head to the Caldonia Rainforest on St. Croix's west end, where on Route 76--better known as Mahogany Road for the massive trees that flank each side--you'll find the Montpellier Domino Club, hands down the best rum shack on the island.

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It's tiny, so if you blink you might miss it, but if you get lost just find someone with a kind face and ask, "Where's the pig bar?" It sounds weird, but the Domino Club is famous for three things: a potent honey-and-spice rum called mamajuana, down-home cooking from a Trinidadian lady named Norma George and beer-drinking pigs.

Sure, they switched to nonalcoholic brew a few years ago but it's still fun to watch the pigs slug it down. For $1, Norma will sell you a can of O'Douls. Next, you'll be escorted to the pigpen where either Grunt or Hurricane Roger (weighing in at 500 and 600 pounds respectively) will hop up, take your can, crush it with his teeth and slurp down the hoppy brew. Absolutely amazing.

When the pig is done drinking, you can head back to the bamboo bar for fried chicken, more mamajuana and yet another big smile from Norma--indeed a Caribbean rum shack at it's very best.

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Every town/city/state should have a rum shack!!!