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The Best Foodie Destinations to Visit by Superyacht

The Best Foodie Destinations to Visit by Superyacht

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The combination of ultra fertile land and waters plus a varied history and fusion of cultures means that Jamaica has a wide mix of foods and cuisines, from tropical fruits and spices introduced from the East Indies in the 18th century to fresh fish pulled straight from the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea. And while the rum is not secret, make sure you don't miss Jamaican Coffee either. The mist-enveloped Blue Mountain range in the far east of Jamaica is the only place in the world where arabica beans are grown, producing a rare alkaline coffee with no bitter aftertaste and a milder caffeine hit. Follow the winding road from Kingston high up past the cloud line to the Craighton Estate, which has been a working plantation since 1765 and is now owned by the Japanese Ueshima Coffee Company, to stock up on roasted beans to grind on board.

Speciality dish: Escovitch fish. Fillets of fresh fish such as grey snapper are seasoned and pan fried until crispy, then slathered with a sweet sauce made from thyme, onion, bell peppers, pimiento and sugar, finished with a touch of notoriously fiery Scotch Bonnet chilli. It's usually served with with bammy, a flatbread made from fried cassava.

Where to eat: The dinner offerings from the kitchen of Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios change daily, but there’s always a fresh catch of the day, served grilled, blackened or jerked, and eaten on the al fresco terrace under the stars. Famous diners here have included Princess Margaret, Sir Winston Churchill and Marilyn Monroe. Head chef Maurice Henry sources fresh ingredients from nearby farmers’ markets, so if you want to bring a taste of Jamaica home, send your yacht’s chef St Mary’s on Fridays to pick up avocados the size of grapefruit, apple bananas (fruit that looks like a banana but tastes like an apple), fresh young coconuts and those scorching Scotch Bonnets.

How to visit by superyacht: Errol Flynn Marina on the northern coast of the island can host superyachts up to 106 metres.

Image courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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