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Jamaica's best island snack spots

Experience the local delicacies of this Caribbean island


Choosing an island restaurant in Jamaica is not difficult as there are eateries all over this sunny Caribbean country. However, some of the most popular and best spots to eat do not show up in travel guides and are kept as closely guarded secrets among locals. Traditional food in Jamaica is served all over and most restaurants use local produce in their recipes. If you're keen to go on a taste tour of Jamaica, book your holiday and prepare your taste buds for the trip of a lifetime!
The Pelican Bar on Jakes Treasure Beach is a ramshackle establishment set on stilts in the middle of the sea, a few hundred yards off Jamaica's southwest coast. Originally built by a fisherman, the Pelican Bar has stayed true to its roots and provides some of the freshest and finest seafood in the region. Caught fresh every morning, fish on the menu are prepared to order and absolutely mouth watering.
The Half Moon Beach, just outside Negril on Green Island, is a beach bar set in its own cove. This is a very tranquil spot that is cherished by the locals and it also has access to the beach, providing spectacular views of sunsets through the mangroves. Again, seafood is a speciality and with a menu to suit every taste, it won't break the budget either. Tip from the locals: order the grey snapper sandwich.
The wonderfully named Ultimate Jerk Centre is exactly what it purports to be. Located along the main road between Montego Bay and Ocho Rios in Runaway Bay, this establishment offers affordable meals for backpackers or budget travellers. It offers a choice of chicken or pork slowly cooked on an open wood grill, which releases some of the most mouth-watering aromas. It also does an excellent stew with either chicken or fish, and a fabulously filling soup du jour.
John Crow's Tavern in Ocho Rios is a very typically Jamaican establishment, set in a brightly painted building. This place is very popular with locals who fancy a quick drink and a light bite to eat on their way home from work.
Aunt Merel's is a hidden gem in Portmore. Basically little more than a beachfront shack, the food is exquisite, in particular the fried fish, bammy and festival items on the menu. Customers tend to choose the fish or lobster, which is cooked fresh in around 15 minutes.
Choosing an island restaurant in Jamaica isn't hard: the difficult choice is what to eat!
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