I love to eat. It’s no surprise that one of my favorite aspects of traveling is the opportunity to try new foods. Sampling local cuisine should be mandatory, really. Luckily for foodies like me, a new kind of excursion is popping up throughout the Caribbean – food tours!
Tours like these are an ideal way to see the island while indulging in delectable fare. Learn about the island’s culture and history all while savoring the local flavors and aromas. Here are a few tours worth checking out.
Experience the tasty side of authentic Puerto Rico while ambling along the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan. With samples that range from traditional foods to modern cuisine, Flavors of San Juan reveals “must taste” options in locally owned coffee shops, historic buildings turned eateries, and other interesting venues.
You’ll also glean insider tips about where to go and what to see during the rest of your time in Puerto Rico. Varied time slots offered make it super easy to find a tour to match your schedule.
Flavors of San Juan also offers rum tasting tours and cooking classes. Did someone say rum!?
Caribbean Culinary Vacations specializes in culinary getaways to Antigua, Barbados, Jamaica, Dominica, St. Lucia and Puerto Rico. Freda Gore, owner and chef, shares her love of the Caribbean and its food through well-crafted tour packages. This isn’t just a one-day excursion. However, tours are available for cruise ship passengers or for folks who’ve already established travel plans on the island.
While cooking lessons and dining in local restaurants is a key component, these packages can also include trips to local attractions, beach picnics, spa treatments and the like. The tours include top-notch accommodations. Opt for specialized trips like women’s retreats, family getaways, culinary student tours or adventure tours.
If your travels bring you to Nassau, this epicurean tour is a perfect way to scope out the flavorful and historic traits of the city. As you traverse through Nassau, you’ll sample everything from locally sourced jams and decadent chocolates to Bahamian classics and Greek dishes.
The 3 ½ hour time frame makes it a perfect excursion for cruise visitors. Spending a few days in Nassau? Take this tour at the start of your stay – you’ll gain interesting cultural and historical insights into this intriguing capital city.
Working in tandem with the Falmouth Heritage Walks, this tour boasts a savory mix of Jamaica’s history and cuisine. The Falmouth Food Tour is about two-and-a-half hours long, and highlights the charming historic town of Falmouth.
In addition to noshing on mouth-watering favorites that are uniquely Jamaica, you’ll visit architectural sites, many dating back to the plantation era. You’ll also soak up some history and culture, which have definitely made their mark on the Jamaican palate.
Note: Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes and clothes (expandable waist banded shorts might be smart); sunscreen; and sunglasses.
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