Every island in the Caribbean has its own charm, culture, colors but most importantly food! Although there are a couple of staples you can pick up no matter what, here’s what your taste buds just need to experience the next time you’re island hopping.
Jamaica is famously known for its jerk chicken but that’s not the only thing you should be loading up on your plate. Make room for multiple meals this stop and order a Jamaican Juicy Patty as well! Similar to a pita, a patty is stuffed full of spicy (or non-spicy) veggies, chicken, or beef. Wash it down with a red stripe, a local brew, or even a ting, a local soda similar to a sprite with just a bit more lime!
Mexico This might sound obvious, but if you haven’t had an authentic Mexican taco, you can’t pass up one more opportunity. Traditional Mexican tacos are maybe a bit smaller than you may be accustomed to and almost always come served on handmade corn tortillas with lots of peppers, onions, and cilantro to top off your meat of choice. Puerto Rico As an avid street foodie, I’ve yet to come across anything that has made my mouth water as much as the goodies sold across the streets in Puerto Rico. You don’t have to worry too much about cleanliness but you do need to worry about how quickly you can order a tripleta. Stuffed with three kinds of meat this burrito similar savory snack will make you want to come back for more as soon as possible. Not a meat-eater? No worries, lots of non-meat options exist. It would be impressive to order something that didn’t taste incredible. Venezuela Ground maize dough sandwiching juicy meat that will make you drool is what you should expect from a Venezuelan Arepa. There are lots of different ways that they can be cooked so if you have the chance, try all the variations and I promise you a very happy tummy! Cuba
Famous for rum and cigars, Cuba’s food is sometimes just overlooked, but don’t make the same mistake yourself. At almost every Cuban restaurant you can find the most beautiful lobster and a wide seafood selection. There are so many different ways to order your lobster and at the price they sell, you’ll be able to afford multiple. Honduras Probably the most popular food in Honduras, Baleadas are tortillas filled with refried beans, eggs, avocado, and typical Honduran spices and sauces. You can always make sure to stop for a Honduran tamale as well, but you most certainly will want to go back for a second Baleada as well. There are many more specialties and many more countries to travel too so expect part two! (These are just the list of ones that I have specifically tried and DEFINITELY approved!
What’s the best food you’ve tried in one of the beautiful Caribbean islands that you just can’t replicate at home? Comment below and subscribe so you don’t miss any future updates!! Follow me on Instagram and message me there for any of your questions. I'm so excited to chat with you!