At the top end, Caribbean dining stands toe to toe with anything on offer in major North American or European cities, not least because a trail of renowned chefs have made their way to the Caribbean to take charge of restaurants in the luxury resorts. The real joy, however, is discovering those unannounced roadside stalls and beach bars where the food combines with the surroundings to deliver the perfect experience.
Dine like a local
Saltfish and ackee, or jerk chicken straight off the barbecue represent Jamaica on a single plate. Grab a spicy meat patty for a snack or treat your body like a temple with some organic Rastafarian Ital cuisine. Red Stripe beer is one of the island’s most distinctive exports.
Where to go
Both “Mo Bay” and easygoing Negril present long local food stops. For fine dining, head to the luxury hotels.