Best Caribbean Islands for Foodies

With fresh ingredients, amazing spices, and far-flung influences, these islands serve up some of the world’s most tantalizing cuisine.

Jamaica

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Along with reggae and Red Stripe, jerk has become a Jamaican national icon. Originally conceived by runaway slaves, jerk is meat marinated in a piquant sauce and then slow-cooked over a pimento-wood fire. Chicken and pork are traditional, but nowadays Jamaicans will prepare anything jerk-style, including goat, mutton, beef, and even fish. Boston Bay, near the island’s eastern tip, is celebrated for its roadside jerk stalls. But tangy jerk—and the smoky aroma of the barbecue pits—has spread across the island and to other parts of the Caribbean. 

Local Favorite: Scotchie’s jerk stalls in Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, and Kingston.

Best Caribbean Islands for Foodies

Jamaica

Along with reggae and Red Stripe, jerk has become a Jamaican national icon. Originally conceived by runaway slaves, jerk is meat marinated in a piquant sauce and then slow-cooked over a pimento-wood fire. Chicken and pork are traditional, but nowadays Jamaicans will prepare anything jerk-style, including goat, mutton, beef, and even fish. Boston Bay, near the island’s eastern tip, is celebrated for its roadside jerk stalls. But tangy jerk—and the smoky aroma of the barbecue pits—has spread across the island and to other parts of the Caribbean. 

Local Favorite: Scotchie’s jerk stalls in Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, and Kingston.

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