Top Excursions for Foodies in the Caribbean
Port stops on Caribbean itineraries likely conjure up thoughts of sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, and water adventures. Did you know that the region is also a paradise for foodies? In most Caribbean nations, food and cooking have become integral parts of the countries’ culture and heritage. They’ve also become staple parts of travel to the region as vacationers seek out local experiences.
If your next cruise includes a Caribbean itinerary, there are no shortage of inspiring (and tasty) activities that you can do if you consider yourself a culinary enthusiast. We’ve rounded up our picks of the top excursions that are must-do’s for foodies when cruising to popular Caribbean ports.
Belize City, Belize
Belize City is a scenic town with beautiful colonial architecture and turquoise waters and is the home to ancient Mayan ruins. If your next voyage includes a stop in this ‘un-Belize-able’ destination, we recommend these food-focused tours to experience both the culinary and cultural highlights of the city:
This half-day tour from Shore Excursions Group will immerse you fully in the past and present culture of Belize City’s history and culinary traditions. Come hungry — you will taste traditional dishes like conch ceviche, Creole rice and beans with stewed chicken, and sample local wines.
This custom private tour begins as your local guide meets you directly at the Belize City Cruise Port and takes you off on an adventure to learn about the traditional foods and tastes of Belize. A highlight of the excursion is a stop to a local restaurant to sample a variety of dishes from the 6 ethnic groups that make up Belize - Belize, Maya, Mestizo, East Indian, Garifuna, and Creole.
The Bahamas has a bustling dining scene driven by the history and culture of the numerous islands that make up the country. If you consider yourself a foodie, there’s no shortage of activities to take advantage of if your next sailing includes a stop in Nassau:
This food-focused excursion from Get Your Guide is in no short supply of fun or flavor. You'll visit six locations on this gastronomy tour to sample local fare like conch fritters, handcrafted rum cocktails, organic chocolate bonbons, and freshly baked rum cakes.
Enjoy three food and drink pairings as you leisurely walk (and taste) your way through charming Old Nassau on this 2-hour dining adventure from Get Your Guide. Foodies will enjoy visits with local restaurateurs and artisans to learn about the rich history of cuisine in Old Nassau.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Beautiful San Juan has a food scene that is as colorful and vibrant as the Colonial houses and cobblestone streets that dot the city. If your next cruise includes a port stop in San Juan, we recommend these tours that will guide you through the culinary and historical traditions of the city:
On this tour from Get Your Guide, you will learn about Puerto Rican culture, gastronomy, and nature. First, your group will take a road trip to visit a secret waterfall outside of the city. Next, you will visit several small, local restaurants that serve authentic Puerto Rican food at very low prices. The restaurant itinerary varies every weekend, keeping it fresh and tailored to each group’s preferences.
Indulge in the food pleasures of Old San Juan on a 3-hour food & history tour from Get Your Guide. You will walk the blue cobblestone streets and sample artisan, hand-picked coffees, try traditional pastries, and taste delicious mofongo - the Island’s quintessential plantain-centric dish.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
St. Thomas is among the most beautiful, picturesque territories that make up the U.S. Virgin Islands. If your next cruise includes a port stop in Charlotte Amalie and you are looking for a food-focused adventure, we recommend one of these excursions:
Experience the culture, history, and culinary delights of St. Thomas on this historic Main Street food tour from Get Your Guide. You will taste the best of St. Thomas’ local cuisine with stops at ten local eateries and specialty food shops.
Foodies looking for both food and adventure will love this kayak and dining experience from Get Your Guide. The tour starts with a guided sunset kayak adventure through the Condado Lagoon. As night falls, your group will paddle to a campfire site where you will enjoy a picnic dinner under the stars.
No cruise to Mexico is complete without sampling the local fare (hello tacos)! If your trip includes a visit to Cozumel, we recommend these authentic, off-the-beaten-path food experiences that are certain to delight culinary enthusiasts:
This unique tour from Get Your Guide is a fully immersive Mexican culinary adventure. You will visit the beautiful Toledo Farmhouse for a farm-to-table cooking experience led by a local guide. Learn about ancient Mayan cuisine as you sample dishes made from fresh ingredients grown at the ranch.
This Shore Excursions Group tour is the ultimate foodie tasting adventure. You will visit the Discover Mexico Park to sample margaritas, participate in a hands-on chocolate making workshop, and enjoy a taco buffet made from fresh handmade tortillas.
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Jamaica is home to a variety of exotic culinary flavors and traditional cooking methods. If your next cruise to the Caribbean includes a port stop in Ocho Rios, these tours are the perfect excursions for foodies looking to sample local delicacies:
On this Ocho Rios excursion from Get Your Guide, you will visit the historic Prospect Plantation Estate for a cooking lesson from a talented local chef. Experience authentic Jamaican cuisine as you sample jerk chicken, callaloo, and coconut shrimp.
Leave Ocho Rios and the crowded city tours behind as you travel into the Jamaican countryside on this tour from Shore Excursions Group. Your small group will journey through Fern Gully to Spice Mountain for a guided tour of a local organic farm that grows indigenous fruit trees, herbs, and spices. The group will be treated to a traditional Jamaican cookout and learn how to make authentic jerk chicken.