The Flavor of Jamaica
Looking for incredible island flavor? The best places to eat during your Jamaican beach vacation? You can’t go wrong along the beach and cliffs with any number of local joints, so have fun exploring and tasting.
We’ve got the skinny on it all—from the best jerk to seafood to island favorites you don’t want to miss.
It’s all about Jamaican Jerk, and the secret ingredients
Jerk chicken is an art. Jamaicans take it seriously. Dating back to the 1600s, the jerk style of cooking has its roots in the British, Dutch, French, Spanish, East Indian, West African, Portuguese and Chinese cultures. It was common to jerk the pig with spices, peppers, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and secret spices. That’s what makes it truly unique and purely delectable!
One of the best places to get amazing jerk is at Bourbon Beach along 7 mile beach. Located next to Bar B Barn, the Jerk Pit here delivers smoky, spicy pork or chicken right to your plate—the best on the island.
Want some to take home? Ask for them to bottle it up for you!
Fresh, tasty, and delicious! You’ll be coming back for more. Fisherman make a good business selling their fresh catch to the restaurants all over the island. Your seafood dinner was probably caught that day.
Island signature dish
Barbecue style Jamaican food is the best in the world. It’s some of the island’s signature dishes right in Negril.
Great foods to try:
Ackee & Saltfish: a typical breakfast; very much like eggs. Tastes like curried chicken with yams, dumplings and hot bread
Patties: the beef patty is a pastry flavored with spices and usually cooked with beef. You’ll find it on the street being sold out of hot carts for on-the-go lunches for two dollars.
Those shacks and little huts on the road? Frequent them to help out the locals. One meal from you will make their day. And don’t forget to order up a Red Stripe, a great Jamaican beer, to wash it down. Or, for the men, a warm Guinness or overproof rum.