Finding a nice dinner of fresh fish is possible on any Caribbean island. Excellent restaurants are scattered here and there, and if goat stew is your idea of a delicacy, you should find happiness on many islands. But let's face it, gourmands don't usually run to the Caribbean all hopped up about the array of dining choices.
If food is a primary factor in deciding which island to choose, think first of those with French influence.
attracts young chefs trained in fine French restaurants.
, whose tourism bureau lists 200 restaurants, is also a place to find good French and West Indian Creole, as is
and, to a lesser degree,
Despite its British heritage,
ranks high among the Caribbean islands for dining. Restaurants specialize in European and Caribbean fare, with some Asian touches. The Zagat Survey chose
as the subject of its first and so far only restaurant guide to the Caribbean.
is known for good food with a Spanish flair, although
200 restaurants offer cuisine from around the world. More than 40 restaurants get the government's
stamp for preserving uniquely Puerto Rican culinary traditions.
Although the number of restaurants in
has dropped as many of the resorts have gone all-inclusive, it remains one of the better islands for dining. Some of the all-inclusives welcome diners who aren't staying in the resorts.
You'll also find more fine-dining options in some of the wealthier islands, including