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Bon Appétit: the top 7 foodie destinations

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Jamaica Foodie Destination


Although superyacht chefs can cater to almost any culinary desire on board, you won’t want to miss out on these gastronomic offerings. Satiate your cravings on-shore in these six foodie destinations.

1. Jamaica

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.

Curried goat served with rice and peas, salt fish and ackee, and spicy, crumbly patties are delicious local favourites – but there’s no shortage of lobster, jumbo shrimp and buttery-fleshed tropical fish, too.

You’ll already know all about the rum, of course, but also don’t miss the coffee. The mist-enveloped Blue Mountain range in the far east of Jamaica is the only place in the world where the eponymous 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: Escoveitch fish. Served with bammy – fried cassava – fillets of fresh fish such as grey snapper are lightly dusted in seasoned flour and pan fried until crispy, and served with a sweet and shiny sauce made from thyme, onion, carrots, bell peppers, pimiento, rice vinegar, sugar and butter, finished with a touch of notoriously fiery Scotch Bonnet chilli.

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 fruit and vegetables from nearby farmers’ markets – send your yacht’s chef to nearby St Mary’s on Fridays to pick up avocados the size of grapefruit, watermelon, apple bananas (fruit that looks like a banana but tastes like an apple), fresh young coconuts – and those Scotch Bonnets.

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

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