One of the best parts of a vacation is the food and there is no point in denying it. There is a kind of magic to experiencing an exotic meal or tasting a fish dish and knowing that said fish was caught that morning, without even dabbling in tropical desserts. There is also a difference between food served in resorts or hotels and authentic Caribbean food (not that it cannot be served both inside and outside resorts. hoteliers!), entrances.
Planning a Caribbean vacation around food may not seem practical, until you see what these islands are up to.
Martinique has long been hailed as one of the best cuisine in the Caribbean and its French roots display it in all its glory. That being said, there are a number of cuisines that have been incorporated into the Martinique style to result in tasty and daring dishes, especially African and South Asian. Visitors will find everything from octopus compote to sea snail, all flavored with a very special blend of spices made from pepper, mustard seeds, turmeric, bay leaf and cilantro.
Home of jerk chicken, Jamaica is undoubtedly a great food destination. According to visitors’ reviews on TripAdvisor, one of the best ways to try this island’s traditional dishes is through street vendors or carts. Everything is fresh and full of flavor, with local ingredients that stand out from the crowd. The same review suggests dining at local restaurants which, as any foodie knows, is the best way to taste truly authentic cuisine.
Saint Lucia has also been hailed for having some of the best food in the Caribbean as well as some of the most breathtaking vistas. There is something about the atmosphere of Saint Lucia that makes your way through this island even more fun; with so much dancing and singing around you, it’s easy to get lost in its wonder and charm. When the stage is set with traditional Saint Lucian music, it’s time to get lost in the food, the most popular of which are the lobster, as well as the salted fish which is typically served with sweet green figs.
If island foods were sorted in order and ranked according to their fish, then Trinidad would undoubtedly end up in the top three. Trinidad, in particular, is known for its reputation for street food, which is some of the best of any island. One of these well-known foods is called a ‘double’ which begins with a fried flatbread and ends with a tasty chickpea curry filling. It’s easy to say that Trinidad’s street food is where any foodie should start, and they should be on the lookout for other traditional snacks such as paratha roti.
Saint-Martin is beautiful, and luckily the delight of its food also matches the beauty of its views. Visitors to this island are in luck as they will have both options from Saint Martin and Sint Maarten. The former offers the best of Creole-inspired seafood dishes while the latter is heavily influenced by the Netherlands, with a touch of the Netherlands and the Caribbean, such as the use of jerk seasoning.
Puerto Rico has always been known for its outrageous flavors and that’s certainly one of the reasons to add this vibrant country to any bucket list. The country’s cuisine is a unique blend of three dishes: Hispanic, Taino, and African, resulting in a truly diverse range of dishes unlike any other in the Caribbean. Empanadillas are always a favorite with visitors, which can be found filled with a variety of meats, spices, and vegetables before being deep-fried into a delicious batter. Pastelón is a beloved traditional dish that can be found in many restaurants across the country, and it’s yet another food that should be on any visitor’s list.
The Dominican Republic is another hailed destination for its beaches, nightlife and entertainment, but it should also be applauded for its Caribbean offerings. While much of it is inspired by the surrounding Caribbean islands, it also has a fairly significant Middle Eastern influence, which adds fun twists to many of its dishes. Mangú is a local favorite and is also the best mashed plantains you’ve ever eaten, while pan pudin is a dessert travelers will dream of long after catching the flight home.
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