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Choice Dining in the French Caribbean

By Danielle Mitchell

For many travelers, good food is a key part to enjoying your island vacation, which makes the French Caribbean a great place to book your next trip, because here, you can sample some of the best French cuisine and blend of specialty dishes in the Caribbean. In addition to the stunning sugary-sand beaches and the gleaming azure Caribbean Sea, the region of the French Caribbean is also known for its mouthwatering food. The islands of the French West Indies have inherited their motherland's love for food and cooking, producing succulent traditional French dishes as well as a blend of cuisine influenced by many other cultures.

Culture of Cuisine

The French Caribbean islands are infused with rich influences from people of many different nationalities, including African, Chinese, Dutch, Indian, Spanish, and French. This infusion of cultures lends a unique flare and a distinctive appeal to the recipes from islands such as Martinique, Guadeloupe, and St. Martin, making these islands well-known and highly visited destinations among travelers who appreciate a standout dining experience.

Because the islands in the French Caribbean feature people different ethnicities from around the world, the famous cuisine of the French West Indies not only consists of authentic meals of French influence, but also innovative Caribbean dishes, such as Creole-style meat and seafood, that are specific to each of the individual islands in the French Caribbean.

Different Tastes

The individual islands in the French West Indies each have their own specialty dishes, so depending on what kind of food you're in the mood for, you may want to find out what kind of recipes a specific island is known for. For instance, Martinique is considered by some to have the most traditional French flair in the Caribbean. Martinique's restaurants often feature an array of seafood dishes, such as lambi, which is conch, or blaff, a boiled fresh fish with oysters and fresh-water crayfish. This wonderful island is the perfect place to turn your vacation into a totally gastronomic experience.

Guadeloupe is famous for a wonderfully zesty salad called f"roces d'avocat that is made with avocados, cassava, and salted cod. And, for some of the best desserts in the Caribbean, vacationers may want to head to the French territory of St. Martin, where you can indulge your sweet tooth with tasty pastries, banana flamb", and many more specialty treats.

Enjoying different foods accompanied by fine French wines can be a fun and gratifying way to spend your vacation in the French Caribbean. And why not indulge in the rich culture and cuisine of these amazing islands? You're sure to have an unforgettable experience at local restaurants and eateries that feature such a wide spectrum of fare amid wonderful French West Indies vacation spots.

About The Author
Danielle Mitchell writes for,, and other Segisys travel Web sites.

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