Caribbean Cuisine

Colourful, fresh and mouth-watering cuisine

The Caribbean people take pride in their cuisine and with any trip to these islands you have to sample the mouth-watering selection of flavours and types of food that are on offer. We recommend you venture outside of the hotels and choose from a tempting range of restaurants, bars, beach cafés and local food stalls - all of which are guaranteed to tempt and satisfy all food tastes. Caribbean cuisine is a fusion of many countries including African, Creole, European and Cajun and now there are styles unique to the islands. Ingredients popular in many of the dishes are rice, beans, cassava, cilantro (coriander), sweet potatoes and coconut. Typical dishes have a tropical flavour and take full advantage of the fresh fish and fruit available in abundance. More of the well known dishes include conch fritters, rotis, West Indian or goat curries, bake 'n' shark and of course jerk chicken.

Regular fish-fry evenings and weekly parties are great venues for sampling the local specialties, all washed down with a local beer or one of the various rums in which the Caribbean is famous for - it's a fun experience that shouldn't be missed. Rum factories and distilleries are also a great diversion from the beach and you'll learn lots of fascinating facts about how rum is produced. Some of our favourites are Appleton Estate Rum from Jamaica, Pussers Rum from the British Virgin Islands (makes their signature painkiller cocktail) and Mount Gay Rum from Barbados.

The local markets, buzzing with colourful fruit and vegetables, are well worth a visit too. Buy locally grown spices as souvenirs to take home, so you can try creating these delicious dishes for your friends and family and relive the memories of your Caribbean holiday. Be sure to visit a Cocoa Plantation too for those with a sweet tooth as there is incredible bean to bar, high-grade chocolate ready to be tasted. Chocolate lovers will also be eager to attend a chocolate festival, which are celebrated through the islands, from Grenada, Barbados and St Lucia.