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
Hollow out a ball of cheese and stuff it with spicy shredded meat and you have the ingredients for baked Keshi Yena, the national dish of Aruba and Curacao, which goes nicely with local Balashi beer.
Where to go
Part of Aruba’s tourist package is the outstanding variety of restaurants, covering everything from Italian to sushi. Start around the resorts near Palm Beach, but you’ll find surprises all over the island.