There’s a New Swim-Up Taco Bar in the US Virgin Islands

Mar 26, 2019

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Some resorts have a swim-up bar attached to the pool, but the team behind the Lime Inn in the US Virgin Islands has taken the concept to a whole new level. On March 12, they opened an eco-friendly swim-up taco bar in the middle of the sea, and according to Coastal Living, it may be the first of its kind in the Caribbean.

(Photo by Dane Tarr/Lime Out VI)
(Photo by Dane Tarr/Lime Out VI)

Lime Out is floating 200 feet off of Hansen Bay Beach in St. John, so the owners recommend taking a boat or paddle board to get there. The lime green bar has one side that offers “drive-through-style” service for boats and a sea-level wooden bar with submerged bar stools on the other side.

(Photo by Cynthia Swan/Lime Out VI)
(Photo by Cynthia Swan/Lime Out VI)


(Photo by Cynthia Swan/Lime Out VI)
(Photo by Cynthia Swan/Lime Out VI)

In addition to popping bottles and pouring shots, bartenders shake up craft cocktails such as a grapefruit margarita and a Coco Colada with pineapple rum, pineapple juice and cream of coconut. Complementing the drinks are a selection of tacos, including fresh tuna tacos, shrimp tacos, green curry chicken tacos and tacos featuring Lime Inn’s famous rum ribs.

Basically, imagine a gourmet food truck, but floating in the gentle waves of the Caribbean.

(Photo by Cynthia Swan/Lime Out VI)
(Photo by Cynthia Swan/Lime Out VI)


As a bonus, Lime Out is solar-powered and only uses packaging that’s biodegradable, recyclable or reusable. You won’t find any straws or other single-use plastic here.

Take note of the reusable cups! (Photo by Sarah Swan/Lime Out VI)
Take note of all those reusable cups! (Photo by Sarah Swan/Lime Out VI)


Ready to book a trip? Delta, American Airlines and JetBlue regularly fly from the East Coast to St. Thomas, the largest island in the US Virgin Islands. From there, you can take a ferry to St. John.

Caneel Bay — the luxurious resort opened by Laurance S. Rockefeller in 1956 — is still closed for post-hurricane renovations, but there are other great options in St. John. Consider staying at the Westin St. John Resort Villas, which reopened in January. It’s a Tier 7 property, so you’ll need between 50,000 and 70,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.

None of the island’s other properties have loyalty programs, but if you decide to stay at a resort like Gallows Point Resort or Grande Bay Resort & Residence Club, be sure to use your Chase Sapphire Reserve for 3x points on your reservation (or another card with a great return on travel purchases). Or, for the ultimate island-hopping adventure, charter a yacht by the Moorings and sail your way around the Virgin Islands. Moorings yachts come with a dinghy that will let you sail right up to Lime Out.

(Photo by Sarah Swan/Lime Out VI)


Featured photo courtesy of Lime Out VI.

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