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Da Fish Fry in Heritage Village, Arawak Cay

The Bahamas

Popular with locals and visitors alike, Da Fish Fry in Arawak Cay is the must-eat place to sample traditional Bahamain cuisine. With an abundance of colourful wooden stall vendors to choose from, each featuring fresh-from-the-sea fish and conch, large portions and fair prices, it attracts all sorts who mingle about sipping Bahama Mama's and enjoying the live music and colouful scenery. (242)302.2000

Bugaloo's Conch Crawl, Five Cays

Turks & Caicos

Fairly new to the scene, Bugaloo's Conch Crawl is the latest laid-back eatery from 'conchologist' Bugaloo Williams. Located on a sublime stretch of beach in Five Cays, the waterfront shack is the spot to kick back and enjoy conch served countless ways while sipping a cold Turk's Head beer and listening to live music. (649)941.3863


Screechy's, Hellshire Beach


The definitive local joint, 25-minutes west of Kingston, Screechy's is a barefoot, elbows-on-the-plastic-table kind of place. For locals, by locals, with bartenders as chill as their drinks, the shacks on this golden strip of sand offer live reggae, cheap Red Stripe and tasty mounds of fresh cooked fish, lobster, jerk chicken, bammy, festivals, okra and so forth all doused in homemade vinegary hellfire hot sauce. The coolest spot you might never know, it is well worth rooting out this hidden gem. (876)370.5046

Stanley's Welcome Bar, Cane Garden Bay

Tortola, BVI

The ultimate beach bar, Stanley's Welcome Bar lives up to its name. With gracious servers, a transcendent beach in the fore ground, lush tropical hills behind and a stack of boozy drinks to choose from, it is the ideal spot to wile away the day. Also known for their juicy burgers, Stanley's has all the ingredients to be your tropical home away from home. (284)495.9424

Off The GRID, St.Thomas


Serving up Caribbean infused BBQ since 2012, Off the GRID has taken the island by storm. Set upon a picture-perfect cliff above Sapphire Beach, they offer the chance to devour deliciously seasoned tender pork, chicken, beef and ribs in paradise… from a truck. Home of the famous Painkiller BBQ Sauce, it is the perfect place to retreat to eat when in need of finger lickin' food. All sides are vegetarian friendly, and with a daily $15 all-you-can-eat offer, it is no wonder they sell out fast. (340)244.3551

Vivine's Kitchen, East End

Grand Cayman

Located in sleepy East End on a bluff above clear blue water, Vivine's Kitchen is a rustic delight. Specialising in classic Caymanian dishes such as escovitch fish, turtle stew, whelks, fresh juices and heavy cakes her food draws guests from all over the globe. Swing in one of the hammocks, amble down to the beach or coo at her homing pigeons while awaiting your fresh made meal. Just be warned - her pickled scotch bonnet sauce is not for the faint hearted. (345)947.7435

Marie's Fish Shack, Reduit Beach, Rodney Bay

St. Lucia

Venture down the beach away from the big hotels to discover the true flavour of the Caribbean at Marie's Fish Shack. Tucked behind the curve of the bay at the south end of the beach, sits Anne-Marie's humble wooden dwelling. With the fisherman liming out front awaiting customers, it is home to the freshest fish around as well as frosty brews and delicious roasted plantains. Well worth the trek, wait and likely queue, it is as authentic a local hangout as one can find. Come armed with a hearty appetite and plenty of time - island time - and you will be rewarded.

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