Joe's Rum Hut, St. John
There are plenty more famous beach bars in the USVIs and BVIs, but for a chill time with a good some locals it's hard to trump this Fruit Loops-hued tiki bar on Cruz Bay Beach about a minute's walk from St. John's ferry dock. Rock, country, and reggae music spill into the street, and patrons often space out their drinks with a swim. "I always recommend to go for the daily you-call-it happy hour," says Mike Messeroff, who lived on St. John for a year, "Anything you can dream up – beer, liquor drinks, frozen cocktails – is three bucks, including top shelf. Incredible."
Feet from the water: 15 feet
The regulars: Off-duty dive instructors and just-arrived home renters
What to order: a simple Mojito made very quickly