Sure, you’re having an amazing Caribbean island vacation and hanging out on beautiful beaches, but that doesn’t mean you need to give up your decadent brunch ritual with your crew! Food is life, after all, and the Caribbean is one of the liveliest locations in the world. So take a break from the sand, waves and jungles, and check out some of that delicious Caribbean cuisine culture.
Ike’s Bistro in Eagle Beach, Aruba
While the name of the place may not sound like the best spot for authentic Caribbean food, first impressions can be deceiving. The famously-decadent Aruba breakfast buffet at Ike’s is laced with Caribbean and Mediterranean flavors. You won’t have to stray too far from the water at this luxurious eatery, as the outdoor dining room has a lush poolside view.
Café Atlantico in Simpson Bay, St. Maarten-St. Martin
This French-style local breakfast spot is known for its yummy fresh pastries and great coffee and espresso drinks—a must for any vacation morning. Try the crepes with banana and chocolate for a bite of heaven. And since they stay open until 3:00 p.m., you can go ahead and sleep late. You’re on vacation!
Bliss Café in St. Lawrence Gap, Barbados
If you want to treat yourself on your Barbados beach vacation but don’t want to break your healthy diet, Bliss Café has plenty of healthy options, including their delicious smoothies. That said, they’re probably more famous for their decadent dessert shakes! Other local faves include Belgian waffles and creative omelets. Bonus: outdoor seating means you don’t have to sacrifice that island feel while you eat.
Pinky’s West in Condado, San Juan, Puerto Rico
You know you’re in for a fun, casual meal when you’re eating at a place called “Pinky’s West.” Smoothies and well-stuffed breakfast bagels are among the most popular combinations to order. Pinky’s is a vegetarian and vegan-friendly spot. Most of the selections are based on American-style flavors, so travelers from the mainland will feel right at home.