Each island in the Caribbean is an eclectic celebration of culture and cuisine. Naturally, seafood restaurants are the most popular choice in the region, with fresh and creative entrees presented to guests each night. From casual fish shacks to fine dining, there is something for everyone looking to try a bit of local fare while vacationing in the Caribbean.
Maya’s – Saint Barth
This French-Caribbean restaurant pairs unique flavorings for a local menu that cannot be beat. Serving dinner nightly from 7pm onward (closed Sundays), Maya’s is home to a chic ambiance and noteworthy meals. Try the local grilled mahi-mahi, or the shrimp fricassee. Finish off with their coconut tart or orange cake. Check out their official website for seasonal offerings and other recommendations around the region.
Scilly Cay – Anguilla
Scilly Cay is a tiny coral-based island in Anguilla, complete with a tiny beach that features a restaurant by the same name. This eatery is only open for lunch, and features a simple yet inviting menu. Try the crayfish, which looks and tasts like a petite lobster. Anguilla lobster is perfect for more ambitious appetites, and fresh snapper is available 48 hours ahead of your reservation. After eating at Scilly Cay, consider staying at Desert Rose, located on the Northeast Coastline. This villa is brand new to the island and reservations fill quickly.
Coyaba Restaurant – Turks and Caicos
Coyaba brings a hint of nostalgia to the islands with throw-back dishes reminiscent of vintage Caribbean vacations. The entrees can be a bit pricey, so consider trying a handful of appetizers instead if you come in for an early or late meal. The West Indian Bay Scallops Ceviche are very popular, along with the coconut shrimp tempura. Save room for dessert – this restaurant’s resident chef is known for his impressive chocolate creations.
Le Tastevin – St. Martin
The gorgeous porch-style dining room makes Le Tastevin worth a visit alone. Come here for lunch or dinner and try the mahi mahi in a house special pineapple-tomato sauce. Their menu changes frequently, but always features plenty of seafood including red snapper, grouper, shrimp and scallops with saffron mussel sauce and more. Check out their lunch and dinner menus before visiting to see the latest offerings.
The Verandah – Trinidad
This restaurant was recently named one of the best restaurants in the Caribbean by the Huffington Post, and you’ll see why when you try their variety of impressive seafood options. All are cooked with market vegetables and fresh herbs, and the restaurant also hosts a tea every second Wednesday of the month. Come soak in some legitimate Caribbean culture while enjoying a great meal. Visit their Facebook page for more information and current hours.