The Caribbean is a go-to destination for travelers from around the world, and for good reason: Whether you’re in need of a glorious beach to relax on and soak up some vitamin D or want to enjoy the simple things in life like fresh, delicious food and drinks, the islands have plenty to offer.
When thinking of island food, most of us picture locally grown fruits and vegetables and fresh fish a few hours out of the ocean. However, the Caribbean islands have faced many obstacles in offering garden-fresh local cuisine to travelers, including a drought-induced shortage of water and the lack of knowledge about the terrain and productive farming in general.
What many don’t know is that much of the food consumed in local restaurants and from grocery stores on the island is actually imported from the United States or other nearby countries due to the numerous difficulties of island agriculture.
But with more travelers than ever requesting local adventures in island cuisine, the Caribbean foodie scene is undergoing a serious makeover. From cooking lessons, bait to plate excursions, farmers markets, greenhouse tours, farm-to-table menus and more, you better take notice. Aruba, Barbados, the Cayman Islands, and Curaçao are a few of the Caribbean islands leading this culinary transformation.