Who doesn’t love to eat!? We have the list of island specialties every cruiser has to try at least once. For those who want to truly experience the islands, this is how you can eat like a local.
1. Antiguan Fricassee of Saltfish
A delicious meal that includes codfish and a ton of fresh vegetables; locally, it is called Bullyjoy, and it is full of zest!
2. Seafood Served Scavechi Style
This is an island where seafood rules, so expect to find freshly caught fish on nearly every menu. Savor local mahi-mahi or red snapper, often prepared scavechi (Creole) style: marinated then pan-fried and served with a garden-style tomato sauce. Food in Aruba is best enjoyed while dining at a beachside table with your toes in the sand and a cocktail in your hand.
3. Cou Cou
Don’t miss the chance to sample the local Bajan specialty of flying fish with cou cou (a popular cornmeal and okra dish) at Bridgetown’s Careenage Marina, Ryanne’s Restaurant downtown, or at any one of the roadside huts and beachfront bars on the island. At the Grantley Adams International Airport, they are as popular as cheeseburgers.
Dig into a caldo — a famous Mayan dish similar to one featuring a tortilla wrapped around shredded meat or beans. Slather everything with a tangy onion sauce and you’ll be eating like a true Belizean.
Bermuda – King’s Wharf
5. Rum Cake
By far, the best dessert in Bermuda is rum cake, and you will find many variations all over the island. One of the best places to try it is the Bermuda Rum Cake Company, located in the Royal Naval Dockyard. The bakery’s rum cakes are made exclusively with Bermuda Black Seal Rum in flavors that include banana, coffee, coconut and other flavors. The cake shop shares a building with the Dockyards Glassworks, where you can watch artisans blow beautiful glassware while you sample the rum cakes.
6. Kabritu Stoba
You will see plates with goat popping up throughout the Caribbean. This is one of our favorite stews. It is made with goat and vegetables and is served with a hearty sauce and sometimes rice.
7. Arroz Con Coco
Rice with coconut (arroz con coco) is a signature side dish in Cartagena, although we would be happy to eat it as our entrée. You can find it on virtually every menu, but we particularly love Salou’s version of the Caribbean rice. That and the trilogy of ceviches make a perfect meal.
This may seem obvious, but you have not had guacamole until you have had it made table side in Mexico. Even better, you can choose how you like it. Extra onions, extra spicy, please!
9. Mixed Quesadillas
One of our favorite local places in Cozumel is Pancho’s Backyard, where you can find some of Cozumel’s best quesadillas. There are two locations: one on the Puerto Maya Pier and one downtown. So it doesn’t matter where you are docked, you can taste some amazing local Mexican food.
10. Ostrich Burger
Curaҫao locals and Dutch visitors will eat just about any kind of animal protein — and in preparations that would send US restaurant regulators into conniptions. Ostrich tartare, for example. If that’s too extreme for you, how about an ostrich steak or ostrich burger? There’s an ostrich farm on Curaҫao, so the bird often shows up on local menus.