Here is our list of top drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) to enjoy in the Caribbean — one for each port. Most of these drinks are available at multiple bars and restaurants throughout the islands, so sit back, relax, have a drink and enjoy!
Cavalier Antigua Rum
This brand was launched in the 1950s and is a dark, spicy rum distilled from fermented molasses and aged for at least two years.
This all-malt pilsner is the national beer of Aruba and it won a Gold Medal in 2001 and a Grand Gold Medal in 2004 in the “Monde Selection” in Brussels.
Bajan Rum Punch
The recipe for the island’s famous rum punch is “One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong and four of weak.” The lime juice (sour), sugar (sweet), rum (strong) and water (weak) combine for the perfect taste of the Caribbean.
Belikin is a lighter beer, similar to those found in Europe. This brew was first bottled in 1971, and the name comes from the Mayan language and means “Road to the East.” What we love about it: the bottles are bigger than the norm we find at home.
Bermuda – King’s Wharf
For a refreshing beverage with lunch, order a shandy. Made with rum, ginger beer and fresh lemonade, it is tart and refreshing on a hot Bermuda day.
Probably the most unique story for this drink: a gentleman fell in love with Bonaire, decided to retire there and make his own alcohol. Tekibon, made from the yatu cactus, is available in 15 restaurants and stores, including the Bonaire Gift Shop near the cruise ship pier.
Limonada de Coco
This is an instant favorite among all who visit Colombia. It is a refreshing mix of lime juice and cream of coconut. (Feel free to add rum to make it an adults-only drink).
This tasty concoction is available throughout Mexico, but Costa Maya is one of our favorite places to indulge. It’s a beer cocktail that includes salt, pepper, Tabasco, lime juice, Clamato, Worcestershire sauce and a rim of chili pepper and salt.
The darker option to the popular Modelo Especial, Negra Modelo was born in 1925 and is a favorite to pair with your tacos.
There’s only one real Curaçao of Curaçao, and the original brand is not even available in the United States. It’s a similar orange-flavored drink, but it is made using laraha, a bitter orange native to the island, so the final product is not nearly as molar-achingly fake-sweet as the American version. It comes in various artificial colors, from a darker version of the world-famous blue to a golden orange.
Bois Bande Rum
This is a local aphrodisiac and can only be bought in Dominica. Right off the pier is a small store named Luxury Emporium, which carries leather handbags and liqueur and usually offers free taste tests of this yummy potion.
Blue Mountain Coffee
Although not alcoholic, this coffee is necessary to have when traveling to Jamaica. The beans are grown in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica, and the coffee is some of the most sought after in the world. It is available at Jablum Café right near the pier. Expensive, yes, but worth every penny.
It could be a piña colada or some rum punch, but whatever you try, you have to drink it from a coconut. Multiple bars offer drinks with fresh coconut juice straight from the coconut, just look out for one of the bars with the pile of coconuts on top (you can find a couple in Port Lucaya).
The official brew of the Cayman Islands. A full-bodied lager with a crisp hop taste, this is sure to refresh as you take a break in Grand Cayman.
The Classic Margarita
Yes, it may be a given, but when in Rome … sit on a beach chair and have a margarita.
Head to the River Antoine Estate, home of the 200-year-old Rivers Rum Distillery. They’re still making their hooch old-school style, using sugar cane, a water wheel and hands-on bottling. The result is two tasty white rums — one that’s 80 proof and the other a staggering 152 proof.
Ernest Hemingway was famous for many things, including love for the drink. This was a special drink he made for himself. We are pretty sure it has evolved over the years, but the rum, grapefruit and grenadine concoction will definitely put some pep in your step.
The Bob Marley Drink
Everyone’s favorite Jamaican also has a pretty-great drink named after him. This sweet rum-based drink is also the most colorful drink we have on the list, showing off the colors of the Jamaican flag.
A hilarious name to go with a very refreshing sweet drink — and it’s bright blue (in case you didn’t guess).
Red Stripe Beer
Available in all Jamaica ports and born in 1938, the brew in the stout little bottle holds a lot of flavor.
Monkey La La
A ridiculous name? Yes. Delicious drink? Absolutely! This drink is named after the lizard found running around the Roatan jungle on its hind legs. Every bartender in Roatan has their own version of it. But most versions include Bailey’s and Kahlua, resulting in a creamy, tasty tropical cocktail.
It may seem like a simple shot, but it is actually two spirits mixed together: white rum and anise liqueur. It is popularly described as licorice with a kick.
We only listed one, but St. Croix has two distilleries with 39 different flavors of rum. The Cruzan family has been in St. Croix since the early 1800s and lives the true Caribbean spirit of “don’t hurry.”
Cane Spirit Rothschild
This super-spicy white rum was born in St. Kitts. It has a serious kick, and the most popular way to enjoy is with grapefruit juice. If you are brave enough, try a shot.
Named after the most iconic sight in St. Lucia — the Gros Piton that is pictured on almost every St. Lucia postcard. This beer is light and refreshing; perfect to enjoy on any cruising day.
The “folk liqueur” of St. Maarten is guavaberry, made from local guavaberries barrel-aged with cane sugar and rum. A few hundred years ago, islanders would make this berry-rum infusion at home, but these days, it’s primarily produced by the Sint Maarten Guavaberry Company and is a must-try at least once.
St. Thomas is the best place to enjoy a refreshing banana daiquiri — that sweet, irresistible blend of rum, bananas, lime juice and sugar. Perfect for relaxing after dinner or after lunch, or really anytime at all.
This is known as the original Navy Rum, and legend has it that sailors were given a pint of this rum a day. You must have it neat (without water) to enjoy it just the way the sailors did.