Many new visitors to St. John experience a bit of sticker shock when they hit the grocery stores. For a small island, St. John is graced with nine food stores. Even with nine, rarely do they compete on price. Favor vine ripe tomatoes? You’ll pay at least $3 each. Broccoli at 7.99/lb? Bargain days.
While many of the packaged grocery items may be priced fairly, and rum prices rival water prices, fresh fruits and vegetables are almost guaranteed to break the bank. So what do islanders do?
Besides adjusting our purchases, and our taste buds, to what’s on sale, we also eat out. Dozens of fabulous restaurants on St. John to choose from, offering salads cheaper than you can make one at home. And no dish washing duty. Cheers!