Dining in the Caribbean
Friends who've been to the French side of St. Martin 10 times want to know: Is there good food anywhere else in the Caribbean? They'd like to try a new island for a change, but every time they've done that on their yearly Caribbean vacation they've been disappointed in the food.
Thing is, you should be able to find something good to eat on any island, but it's true that overall, the Caribbean is not a foodie paradise. Many ingredients, even tropical fruits in many cases, has to be imported, which drives up prices.
If excellent food is a particularly important part of your vacation, some islands are better for you than others. In brief: Go French. Besides St. Martin, try St. Barts -- which is quite upscale and thus pricey -- and Martinique.
Puerto Rico, which is cheap to get to and you don't lose anything turning dollars into something else, has some great Spanish-influenced fare. The Bahamas, while it's not quite Caribbean and too cool for most people to swim in the ocean in winter, has a broad selections of restaurants.
That exhausts my list, but if anyone else wants to chime in, I'd like the answer as much as my friends would.
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