How the Beach and Foodies Go Together
There’s no doubt that vacation isn’t just about the beach. You want your trip to have it all – a great resort, good company, and of course, delicious food. Depending on your destination there are plenty of signature style cuisines you want to be sure to try. Whether you’re a professional or self-proclaimed foodie, these destinations are sure to offer up a full stomach and dishes you can’t stop raving about.
Mexico’s Authentic Cuisine: Fresh & Fire
If you’re a fan of fresh vegetables and sizzling chilies and spices, Mexico is a heavenly destination pick. There, you’ll find plenty of menu options incorporating tomatoes, peppers, corn, beans and signature spices. One example you’ll want to try is Seafood Veracruz or Pescado a la Veracruzana. Typically, a fresh cut of fish or another type of seafood is topped with the Veracruz sauce, which is made with tomatoes, onions, lime, olives, capers, garlic and Mexican spices like canela and marjoram.
Cancun is a perfect place to see some of these signature ingredients incorporated into Mexican dishes. Secrets The Vine Cancun is a new property that features seven different restaurants with something to satisfy every palette. Everyone that stays at this Secrets resort can enjoy Unlimited-Luxury®, which gives you access to a total of 60 gourmet dining options through the Sip, Savor & See Dining Experience at the other Secrets & Dreams Resorts in the Cancun area. During the day, lounge by one of their three free form pools or the sandy white beach. Don’t worry, there’s a full cabana staff that’s ready to assist your every need too.
Puerto Rico’s Cocina Criolla
Among its rich culture and vivid history, Puerto Rico is another destination that’s perfect for foodies. Puerto Rico locals call their cuisine “cocina criolla” and has a significant amount of Spanish and African influences. You can expect to taste a lot of tropical fruits like plantains, as well as stews and rice dishes. The signature dish of Puerto Rico is Mofongo – a fried dish where fried green plantains are mashed together with broth, garlic, olive oil and bacon. It’s then filled with vegetables, chicken, crab, shrimp or beef and it served with fried meat and chicken broth soup - a delicious Puerto Rican tradition you don’t want to miss.
If you’re looking for top-of-the-line Puerto Rican cuisine, the InterContinental San Juan Resort, Spa & Casino
is the perfect place to indulge in food native to the culture, as well as some delicious classic dishes. Located on Isla Verde Beach, the InterContinental San Juan is only five minutes away from the airport and offers a beachfront vacation in the middle of the city. Built in the late 1950s by Morris Lapidus the AAA, Four-Diamond resort has been renovated and is a hotspot for a Puerto Rican vacation.
While lounging by the waves or hanging by the waterfalls in the cove pool, you can start pondering which of the four restaurants where you’ll have dinner. With options like Ruth’s Chris Steak House or Alfredo’s Restaurant all in the hotel, you’ll never go hungry. Choose to tempt Lady Luck in the resort’s casino or venture to one of San Juan’s authentic restaurants or bars down the street from the hotel.
Conch & Crab Lovers Unite in the Bahamas
It’s probably no surprise that the Bahamas are known for fresh, great tasting seafood. More specifically, the conch and crab are the Bahamas claim to fame. Conch is a mollusk that is firm and white and can be prepared a number of different ways. Some great dishes to try are conch chowder, conch fritters or conch salad. You’ll also see a generous amount of menu items made with crab or other types of seafood. Fish and grits, for example, is another Bahamian dish you’ll definitely want to try.
A great way to experience all that the Bahamas have to offer is a stay at Atlantis Paradise Island Beach Tower. The Atlantis resort is an iconic part of a trip to the Bahamas and can easily satisfy your inner foodie, as well as everything else. Enter a food lover’s paradise at Atlantis Paradise Island Beach Tower, with 28 food and beverage options, including Bobby Flay’s award-winning Mesa Grill. Twelve bars ensure that guests are always near a watering hole after dark, while live entertainment, including famous musician and a two-story nightclub, keeps the night going.
When you're not busy sampling all the different menus, soak up the rays on one of three large beaches, or one of the 11 spacious swimming pools with a lazy river connecting you to multiple waterways and lagoons. Stop in for a swim with the friendly Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins at Dolphin Cay or run around Aquaventure, the 141-acre water park. Watch a video highlighting all this Atlantis resort has to offer here.
Submerse yourself in all things destinational and try these foodie favorites. Whether you’re traveling just for the food or for the whole package, generous servings of island cuisine is a must.