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Puerto Rican Cuisine

The cuisine in Puerto Rico is described as creole formed by the country’s deep historical roots, cooking traditions, and practices influenced by Spain, Africa, and the native Tainos. Referred to as the land of “plantains, pork, and sofrito”, Puerto Rican cuisine reflects a unique combination of influences from indigenous seasonings and ingredients, called “cocina criolla” by the locals. The authentic cuisine in Puerto Rico is made from the native ingredients grown in the region, including coriander, cacao, papaya, and plantains. Puerto Rico has a vibrant culture that comes alive in its cuisine, a celebration of fantastic flavors, and a tantalizing culinary scene that blends for an authentic dining experience.

You can learn more about Puerto Rico's noteworthy food cities by clicking here.

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World Cuisine

  • Argentine Cuisine

    Argentinian cuisine blends together Mediterranean, European, Italian, and Spanish influences with dishes like Italian pasta and pizzas, French pastries, french fries, and patties. The country is a large producer and exporter of many different foods, famously including beef and Asado, one of the most important culinary traditions in the country. The Argentine people have a love for food using unique style and preparation in their dishes and recipes. Homemade food is a way to show affection, and social gatherings are usually centered around a delicious home-cooked meal.

  • Mexican Cuisine

    Mexican cuisine is one of the world`s most popular cuisines. Foods originating from Mexico, such as corn, beans, avocados, tomatoes, papayas, cacao, and chile peppers, have transformed the culinary landscape worldwide. The food and drink options that await you in Mexico are immense...just think of all the tacos, enchiladas, tamales, chilaquiles, and sopes you can eat, in addition to sweet breads (pan dulce), Mexican beers and wines, tequila, and mezcal! (And that's just the beginning!)

  • Jamaican Cuisine

    Jamaican cuisine is representative of all the races and cultures who have called the island nation home. Some of the dishes we all know today, such as curried goat, jerk chicken, ackee and saltfish, and Jamaican patties were created in Jamaica from ingredients imported to the island by those who arrived from Asia, Africa, and former colonizer England. These worldwide influences converged on "the Rock" to create one of the Caribbean's most delicious cuisines.

  • Peruvian Cuisine

    Peruvian cuisine is made up of huge flavors and is all about spices. Peru is the Hope Diamond of Latin America and home to famed dishes such as ceviche, Loma Saltado (beef stew), Aji de Gallina (creamy chicken) to mention a few. The cuisine in Peru is a jumble of flavors made up of European, African, and East Asian techniques that blend seamlessly with the ancient Peruvian cuisine creating utterly unique dishes. Visitors can enjoy sampling new flavors all over the country to awaken their appetite for fresh meat, varied spices, aromatic herbs, fresh seafood, and succulent fruits.

  • Brazilian Cuisine

    Brazil is the largest country in South America, the cuisine here is vibrant just like the culture with influences from the native Indian, Portuguese, African, Middle Eastern, and Japanese communities. The food oozes with flair and flavor from a melting pot of cultures, made with staple and rich ingredients from quality meats to colorful fruits and vegetables. Brazilian cuisine is some of the best, it is vibrant, colorful, diverse, and exciting.

  • Colombian Cuisine

    Pamper your palette with the unique blend of Colombian cuisine comprised of six main regions of culinary traditions within the country (Pacific, Amazonian, Andean, Orinoco, Caribbean, and Insular). Colombian food is uniquely blended from one of the widest varieties of ingredients, blending Indigenous and European traditions with strong Afro-Caribbean flavors and influences. The country is a surprisingly rich culinary destination with Arepas being one of the oldest cooked dishes in the country, an up-and-coming foodie destination with cities such as Bogota and Cartagena boasting excellent gourmet restaurants.

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More to Explore

  • Best of South America

    There are 12 incredible nations packed into the fourth largest continent in the world, which make up South America with vast colorful terrain and a variety of interesting cultures. There is so much ground to cover and an abundance of exciting attractions and activities to enjoy. This incredible region boasts the largest river basin in the world, the longest mountain range, the second largest river, the driest area on earth, and the greatest concentration of biodiversity on the planet.

  • The Caribbean Islands

    The Caribbean Islands are what tropical dreams are made of! The region is made up of the Caribbean Sea and 30 island territories and thousands more islets, reefs, and cays. Each island has a different influence and history, making each destination in the Caribbean so unique. Whether you're an adventure seeker looking to hike the mountains and dive with the stingrays, or you're looking to indulge and relax near the beach at a luxury Caribbean resort, the Caribbean Islands have it all!

  • Best of Central America

    The spectacular Central America region spans over 7 countries brimming with stunning natural and cultural attractions that never end. A fantastic array of countries to explore including Costa Rica with its soaring Arenal Volcano and breathtaking beaches, Belize and its vibrant barrier reef, the second largest in the world teeming with marine life, Nicaragua home to the verdant tropical rainforest and captivating scenery, Guatemala`s ancient Mayan ruins take you back in time and historic Honduras filled with stunning natural landscapes and some of the best diving in the world.

Experiences and Adventure

  • Honeymoon in the Caribbean

    When travelers look into booking a honeymoon vacation, they are usually looking for three things: how romantic the locale is, how luxurious and peaceful the honeymoon will be, and what kinds of memories can you create together in your first days wed. The Caribbean, whether you`re on the mainland in Central and South America, or visiting one (or many) islands in the Caribbean Sea, offers some of the most desired honeymoon vacation destinations in the world.

  • Family Fun in the Caribbean

    People know that the Caribbean is a popular destination for solo travelers and for couples, but did you know that the Caribbean is known for its fun family vacation destinations as well? In addition to the historical and archaeological sites across the Caribbean that will fascinate kids, hotels and resorts increasingly offer amenities geared directly to them, allowing them to have fun experiences and make memories that will ensure it won`t be just a vacation for the parents.

  • Best Nightlife in the Caribbean

    Millions of travelers come to the Caribbean each year for the heady nightlife. When you are done sightseeing or sunbathing for the day, take some time for yourself to rest and renew, and then get ready for a night on the town! Whether you`re in the islands or on the mainland in Mexico, Central America, or South America, the Caribbean offers some of the best nightlife in the Americas, with bars and nightclubs buzzing all twelve months of the year.

  • Luxury Islands of the Caribbean

    The Caribbean is well-known for being the playground of the rich, and even if you aren`t a millionaire yourself, you can get a taste of the good life at a large number of hotels and resorts located on some of the most luxurious islands in the Caribbean. From the Cayman Islands east to St. Vincent, you too can be treated like a king or queen in personalized and pampered opulence.

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