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The Top 10 Caribbean Islands Food Lovers Should Visit

  • 1. Dominican Republic

    The Dominican Republic is renowned as the preferred tropical destination for budget travellers. If you are looking for a tropical getaway that does not break the bank, D.R will give you everything you need for the perfect price. This includes fantastic food. With a lovely blend of Spanish cuisine, combined with Native Indian and African influence, food lovers won’t be disappointed when it’s meal time in the Dominican Republic. Start your day off with Los Tres Golpes; a typical breakfast served in the D.R that consists of fried Salami, eggs, Mangu and Queso Frito. For lunch or dinner you are most likely to be served La Bandera which is white rice served with kidney beans, stewed meat with a side Tostones which is crispy fried plantains. D.R also offers a wide variety of fresh seafood dishes and year-round fresh fruits and vegetables. To top it all off, the service and hospitality are always top notch.

  • 2. St. Vincent And The Grenadines

    The St Vincent And The Grenadines are a group of 32 islands and cays. Even though this Caribbean nation is not among the most popular Caribbean destinations for tourist, seafood lovers would be in heaven while vacationing in St. Vincent. Take your pick of Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Bonito, Lobster, Octopus, Flying fish or squid caught fresh daily, prepared with locally grown spices and served with rice and peas or a variety of yams. Basil’s Bar and Restaurant on the stunning island of Mustique is popular among the rich and famous for its great food and ambience.

  • 3. Barbados

    Among Caribbean islands, Barbados is top of the list and widely known for its incredible food and excellent fine-dining. Incredible seafood dishes are a staple in the Bajan cuisine, and you can find testament of that in the flagship dish, flying fish and cou-cou. Cou-cou is a made with cornmeal and Okra and is served with flying fish and gravy to form the national dish of Barbados. You can also try another traditional dish, “Pudding and Souse” made from pickled pork and with spicy mashed sweet potato, or a hearty “Cutter Sandwich” which is seared blue marlin, with eggs, cheese lettuce, and mayo, served on freshly baked Bajan salt bread. Vacationing in Barbados is a little bit more on the expensive side of the Caribbean vacation price scale, but the fantastic food will make it worth the price.

  • 4. Jamaica

    Jamaica is probably the most famous among all Caribbean nations. Not just for its beautiful beaches and golden sunshine, but this small but incredibly charismatic country carries a strong global influence, with its culture mainly due to Reggae music. Among the many reasons why so many people love visiting and talking about Jamaica, is the lovely local cuisine. It is highly unlikely that you are reading this blog and have never heard about the famous Jamaican Jerk Chicken or Juicy beef patties. However, the locals and those that frequent Jamaica will tell you it is not Jerk Chicken that makes Jamaica one of the top Caribbean food destinations. From popular seafood dishes like curried conch and escovitch -ed fish to meat stews like braised oxtail and curried goat, you will not lack variety. Your Jamaican breakfast will either be ackee and codfish that is the national dish or sautéed mackerel with boiled yams and green banana. Traditional local desserts are usually something made with coconut. You can wash your meals down with an ice-cold Red Stripe Beer.

  • 5. Anguilla

    Anguilla is said to be the culinary capital of the Caribbean. The tiny island is only 30 square miles and has over 70 restaurants. This means you will never get the chance ever to be hungry. Feel free to stop at any one of the restaurants as it is also said that every meal in Anguilla is better than the next, and some of the islands best dishes are offered on the streets. The food in Anguilla is very French Creole influenced and you can pretty much order anything Creole style. If you decide to take my advice, you should try the Creole Mahi Mahi. Anguilla is also famous for Crayfish (Lousiana In The Caribbean), which is served in a wide variety of cooking and flavouring styles. On the streets just follow the smoke, and you will find the best of Caribbean BBQ, from ribs to fish and chicken. For the food and the fact that Anguilla is home to one of the best beaches in the world, Shoal Bay beach, this little island should be on your Caribbean to-do-list.

  • 6. Puerto Rico

    Spanish Creole, Native Indian and American influence give Puerto Rico the type of local flavour that you cannot find anywhere else in the world. The Capital of San Juan has more restaurants with world-renowned chefs than anywhere else in the Caribbean. Pork lovers will be in heaven as roasted Pig On A Spit, seasoned with adobo and sofrito ( crushed peppercorn, garlic, oregano, lime juice, olive oil and vinegar) blends is one of the most popular dishes on the island. If you are a meat lover, then Puerto Rico will give you all the meat you can eat from fried beefsteak, to roasted pork leg, lamb or veal done in Cocina Criolla (Creole Cooking) style cooking. The Puerto Rican fried fish is also a must try if you are into seafood. The fish is served with a Puerto Rico Sauce, made of olives and olive oil, onions, pimientos, capers, tomato sauce, vinegar, and a flavouring of garlic and bay leaves. Puerto Rico is easy to get to, and the food is worth going for.

  • 7. Martinique

    A taste of France with a Caribbean flair is how you would describe the food in the French Island of Martinique. The people of Martinique shares the same passion for food as the people of France. Along the beach, you will find grills serving authentic marget de canard (Seared honey glazed duck with orange thyme), and in the high-end restaurants, you will find Foie Gras, Lobster in vanilla butter and sea urchin in red curry. The seafood is caught and prepared fresh daily and contains a delightful blend of French and Creole flavouring giving you a taste that’s unique to the French Caribbean.

  • 8. Trinidad and Tobago

    The food you experience in Trinidad and Tobago can only be experienced in Trinidad and Tobago. Just as beautiful as the people and as entertaining as the parties, is the local cuisine of T&T. If you have never had a Roti, it won’t be long after you get off the plane before you walk into a street side roti stand. Roti is a flatbread filled with curried meat and vegetable rolled into one. On the streets, you will find tasty bites such as deep fried callaloo dipped in split-pea batter and served with a side of mango chutney. Goat Curry or Fruit curry, yes Curried Fruit, stuff it all inside a Roti Shell and find heaven. The lobster on the Island of Tobago is to die for and extremely reasonably priced. Curried Crab and barbequed pigtail are some other local favourites

  • 9. Grenada

    It is impossible for the island known as the Spice Isle not to make this list. Grenada is a large exporter of cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, and the best of those spices go right to the local kitchens. Like Nutmeg? Good, because it is literally in everything. The food in Grenada is soaked in flavour, from your delicious curried mutton to the ginger pork and crayfish. Don’t miss Fish Fridays, which is every single Friday throughout the year in the local fishing village of Gouyave on the Islands West Coast. Live music and authentic local seafood dishes prepared at stalls set up by local vendors make up the entertainment for the day.

  • 10. The British Virgin Islands

    The British Virgin Islands takes the award for the most underrated food destination in the Caribbean. Fresh Fish, Johnnycake, Peas and Rice Salted Cod, Goat, and Mutton are some of the many tasty and hearty foods you can enjoy in this stunning archipelago. Most of the restaurants can be found on the larger islands of Virgin Gorda, Tortola and Van Dyke, but the best lobster in the Caribbean is located on the Isle of Anegada. Local favourites include Fungi, a fried dumpling made of cornmeal and okra, and Conch served with chowder and Callaloo soup. Caribbean specialties like Jerk Chicken and Roti are also a part of BVI’s culinary experience.

When you think of a vacation in the Caribbean, you think of the warm tropical weather, the beaches and all-inclusive resorts. However, if you really know the Caribbean, you would know that food is also a big part of the Caribbean culture. Fresh seafood, stews and barbeques flavoured with local herbs and spices makes the culinary experience in the Caribbean almost as good as the weather and the beaches. Though most of the islands are very similar in the flavour of the foods they offer, these ten islands are the ones that stand out the most for their rich local cuisine.