Jerk & Rub in the Caribbean

Beach BBQ in Caribbean

Get your mojo on.

Satisfy your Pepperpot yearning and belly-up to a beachside BBQ & Fish Fry.

In a Nutshell: Join locals as you relish indigenous Caribbean tastes of the native Arawak and Carib Indians blended with European colonial influences and a pinch of African flavors, yum!

Speaking of exotic – got milk?  If your palate can’t take the heat, be sure to put out the fire with bread and butter or a glass of milk.

More than just food, it’s an experience.   It’s fun festivities and music that island residents turn out for every week in places like The Bahamas, Barbados, Grand Cayman, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Turks and Caicos…

Fish Fry at Arawak Cay, Nassau, Bahamas

Hey there Bahama Mama, I’ve got plans for you on Sunday ;)

You and “The Fish Fry” is all I need.

I’ll meet you at the home of Bahamian restaurants that specialize in seafood delicacies ranging from grilled shrimp to lobster tails to fried snapper.  Bonus! We can drink and munch while we enjoy live music and performances.

Quick quiz… what is one of The Bahamas’ most popular foods?  (Hint: you can order it Cracked or Scorched).   Keep thinking, the answer will show itself soon.

Meanwhile, some nifty history too:  Known locally as “The Fish Fry”, and named after the original West Indian inhabitants of the island, Arawak Cay dates back to 1969, when Nassau Harbour was dredged and the sand taken from the harbour was used to build Arawak Cay.

(a sand trap even golfers can enjoy)

So, Conch up and Junkanoo on – the rhythm is gonna get’cha,  cuz tourism is Up Up Up!

 

Oistins Fish Fry - Barbados

Oistins Fish Fry, Barbados

One of the hottest attractions in Barbados – it is the second highest-rated attraction in Barbados, after Harrisons Cave.

Each Friday and Saturday night hundreds of locals and visitors flock to Oistins for the Fish-Fry, an opportunity to enjoy the very best local food – fried and grilled fish (tuna, swordfish, marlin, mahi-mahi, flying fish), lobster, chicken, and of course the famous macaroni pie.  This is also a great spot to purchase locally made handicrafts, art and jewelry.

Indulge from the numerous vendors + easily find a seat to enjoy your catch + soak in the island music = a memorable evening out in a very casual setting.

Redbull’s calling my name so I can keep this night going – maybe I’ll run into a world-famous DJ and find a ‘Gem’ in the crowd!

 

Rum Point Club Beach BBQ

Rum Point Club, Grand Cayman

How to turn that Monday Frown Upside-down?

Add:  Caribbean + Beach + BBQ + Live Music + Stars = I love Monday’s!

On Monday evenings, you’ll find locals and tourists hitting the beach at Rum Point for their weekly Caribbean Beach BBQ.

The BBQ is a simple (BIG on taste) menu, and last I heard, it cost under $40 per person and includes: soups, salads, chicken, ribs and more served on the sand beneath the stars in an idyllic setting.

What makes this even more delicious?

A catamaran ferry service from the Seven Mile Beach (Safehaven Dock) to Rum Point for a few bucks.

Make Monday even sweeter, get a room on the beach, new rooms added just for you — Monday, Monday, so good to me!

 

Fish Fry Vendor - Gouyave Granada

Friday Fish Fry, Grenada

Grenada ~ do you think of St. Georges Town?  Or Grenville?  Or perhaps Prickly Bay?

Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

Destination Discovery:  Gouyave

– The fishing and partying capital of Grenada.

If you haven’t had the pleasure, be sure to put “Gouyave Fish Friday” on your bucket list.

Here’s the low-down on Fish Friday night: The “back” streets of Gouyave are closed to traffic and adorned with entertainment, music, lights, and over twenty vendor booths line the streets with their grills, fryers, steamers and cookers resulting in the most mouthwatering steamed fish, grilled fish, fish cakes, kebabs, jerked marlin, lobster, conch, scallops, shrimp, crab cakes, crab claws, and more.

(Breathe) Wash it all down with genuine Grenadian Rum.

Tempting?  It’s one of the most happening fish fries in the Caribbean for tourists and locals alike.

… I put a spell on you, Because you’re mineDive in for more at the Pure Granda Dive Fest

 

Lobster Display at Anse La Ray Seafood Friday

Friday Fish Fry, St. Lucia

Anse La Raye, an alternative to Gros Islet,” sits along the west coast of lush St. Lucia

The Anse La Raye Seafood Friday offers a family-friendly cultural and dining event on Friday nights.

Octopus Stew?  Hmm, maybe after some local fish, lobster, crab cakes, conch and shrimp.

There are plenty of choices from vendor booths along the waterfront street and sufficient space to dine at the communal tables.

This is a tourist-friendly street party, but if you’re not adventurous on your own…  I’ve heard, “There are guided tours from the hotels in the north of the island to Anse-la-Raye to sample the wonderful food.”

Expect loud (louder) music as the night progresses, and also a bit more rowdiness (some “locals” really like to sing along).

Great tantalizing food will inevitably continue with rum drinks in the sand…err, walking in the sand with a rum drink in my hand…time flies when you’re having fun…don’t miss out on those sunset photos!

 

Reggae Beach Bar and Grill in St. Kitts

Friday Night Lobster Fest, St. Kitts

Friday Night Lobster Fest is the stuff of legend.  The authentic local Reggae Beach Bar in St. Kitts offers delicious food all year long, but their Friday Night Lobster Fest is legendary.  And, it’s on Cockleshell Bay.

Partake in the local culture – picnic on the sand like non-other Honey; honey mustard ribs, fresh lobster, catch of the day, and all the local favorite side dishes (conch fritters, conch chowder, coconut shrimp).

Did I mention Cockleshell Bay?  Only one of the most remote and beautiful beaches ever with shallow water and panoramic views across to Nevis.

“Rush Slowly” the night, you’ll want to savor the Caribbean-style seaside picnic, reggae music and tantalizing Beach-side Bonfire. (reservations are recommended)

 

Fish in the Fry Pan

Island Fish Fry, Providenciales in Turks and Caicos

A cultural explosion is rocking Provo!   It’s the place to be on Thursday evenings.  (Every Thursday from 5:30p to 9:30p at the Bight Park).

Tourists and locals flock to this Island Fish Fry for a fun, family style evening in the park featuring a combination of local food vendors, entertainers, and cultural acts to create an evening of “all things TCI.”

Get your fill of fresh fish and lobster with sides like conch salad then dance the night away under the stars.  The event is hosted by the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board in collaboration with the Department of Culture, DEMA and major presenter LIME.

You don’t want to miss this beautiful peek inside the Turks & Caicos’ culture.

 

Well, our week is almost full up -got any suggestions for Tuesday and Wednesday nights?

Maybe Spice it up Mexican-Style?

 

About Stevie McQueene 9 Articles
Now that her kids are grown, Stevie McQueene is enjoying her second life as an writer who is willing to go anywhere for a good story, but prefers that "anywhere" be an all-inclusive resort and the "good story" to be one about spas. Or food. Or wine. Or some combination of those three. When not doing 'research' from a beach chair, Stevie can usually be found satisfying her daily salt intake requirements in the ocean waves, or a bottomless margarita.

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