14 Best Dishes in the Caribbean

Editor’s Note: Some of the information below may be out-of-date. Barbuda and Puerto Rico were heavily impacted by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. Please visit caribbeantravelupdate.com or the specific restaurant's website for updates.

We know you're instagramming your meals like no one's looking and more than one-third of readers are traveling just to eat (we don't blame them). Dine on these local favorites when you're in the Caribbean. They aren't just #foodporn; they taste like paradise

14 Best Dishes in the Caribbean | What to do in Barbados
"I eat fresh fish every single day," says Tony Brannon, a Bermudan musician who has called Barbados his second home since 1981. "When your dinner was swimming in the sea the same day as you, there's just nothing better." And he's right. While Barbados might be known for its savory salt breads, curried goat roti and coucou - a side dish similar to grits with the addition of okra - the real star of Bajan cuisine is what's splashing in its waters, including mahimahi, barracuda, spiny lobster and flying fish, a key ingredient in the nation dish of Barbados. For a taste, head to Oistins, a fishing town on the island's southern coast, which hosts a lively fish fry every Friday night. "No one should leave Barbados without trying the flying fish," says Brannon. "There's a reason it's on the $1 coin."Zach Stovall
14 Best Dishes in the Caribbean | What to do in Anguilla
In Anguilla locals routinely catch and grill trunkfish, a spotted red fish.Zach Stovall
14 Best Dishes in the Caribbean | What to do in Bahamas
Served with rice and peas, cracked conch and conch salad are two favorites at Twin Brothers in Nassau, Bahamas.Zach Stovall
14 Best Dishes in the Caribbean | What to do in Barbuda
Executive chef Lennox Cadogan of Lighthouse Bay Resort in Barbuda.Zach Stovall
14 Best Dishes in the Caribbean | What to do in Anguilla
The lobster and chicken entree from Scilly Cay, an islet off the coast of Island Harbour, Anguilla.Zach Stovall
14 Best Dishes in the Caribbean | What to do in Trinidad
This traditional sada roti is made with smoked herring and friend plantains near Port of Spain, Trinidad.Zach Stovall
14 Best Dishes in the Caribbean | What to do in Bahamas
Succulent tequila-lime shrimp in New Providence, Bahamas, at the Indigo Cafe.Zach Stovall
14 Best Dishes in the Caribbean | What to do in Bahamas
Freshly caught red snapper is prepared at the Graycliff Hotel in Nassau, Bahamas.Zach Stovall
14 Best Dishes in the Caribbean | What to do in Puerto Rico
Lobster and shrimp empanadillas from El Schamar in Boqueron, Puerto Rico (pro-tip: Try them with pique, a popular island hot sauce, and cold Medalla beer).Zach Stovall
14 Best Dishes in the Caribbean | What to do in Puerto Rico
at El Resuelve, a family-owned restaurant in Vieques, Puerto Rico, order the crab empanadas, bone-sucking barbeque ribs and seafood soup.Zach Stovall
14 Best Dishes in the Caribbean | What to do in Antigua
Nosh on grilled whole fish with rice and peas from O.J.'s Beach Bar and Restaurant, an open-air rum shack in southwest Antigua.Zach Stovall
14 Best Dishes in the Caribbean | What to do in Puerto Rico
At Lechonera Restaurante El Pino in Trujillo Alto, just south of San Juan, Puerto Rico, a slab of lechon is weighed before hitting the oven.Zach Stovall
14 Best Dishes in the Caribbean | What to do in Trinidad
A common street food in Trinidad, doubles are made by filling bara, friend bread, with curried chickpeas called channa.Zach Stovall
14 Best Dishes in the Caribbean | What to do in Martinique
Restaurant owner Carole Michel shows off her creole-inspired dishes at Chez Carole in Martinique.Zach Stovall
14 Best Dishes in the Caribbean | What to do in Puerto Rico
A breakfast arepa at El Carey Cafe in Isabela, Puerto Rico, made with ham and eggs.Zach Stovall