On the beach this summer you can count on plenty of sun and sand, but how about food?
With all the fun to be had this season, you'll be sure to work up an appetite. Whether they're prepared in a roadside food truck or a restaurant kitchen, the best beach eats from around the world are heavenly enough to compete with the ocean view (Photo Credit: © Schooners).
The Daily Meal's list of the world's best beach eats includes classic seafood dishes, and also less-familiar beachside specialties, like crab bee hoon, frankies, and cod loin al pil pil. Eat barbecued jerk chicken with your fingers from a beach vendor in Boston Bay, Jamaica, cool down with a refreshing cup of Italian granita off the coast of Sicily, or scoop authentic, freshly made guacamole with crispy, fried plantain chips from the beaches of Costa Rica. No matter what you crave, you can taste the local fare without ever leaving the beach.
Bring your bathing suits and your appetite because if there's one thing The Daily Meal loves about the beach more than sand and water, it's food.
- Colleen Laughlin, The Daily Meal
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You can’t visit Miami without tasting the Latin flair. With the URGE app, beach-goers can eat whatever they are craving, whether it’s a Cuban sandwich or a salad, and have it delivered right to them on the beach. Click here to see The One Food Andrew Zimmern Doesn't Like Photo Credit: © Flickr / Marshall-Astor---Food-Fetishist
Ashwem Beach is a three-miles stretch of golden sand and aqua sea. Along this beach are rustic beach shacks with great beach eats. Specifically, the restaurant La Plage has some of the finest French food. The liver pate and chocolate pancakes are a must order at this lounge-y beach restaurant. Click here to see 10 Chain Restaurant Menu Items You Must Try Photo Credit: © Ali Rosen
Water Taxi Beach is an artificial, temporary beach on a wharf on Governor's Island in New York. It was operated by the New York Water Taxi Company and recently reopened. To grab the best beach eats on this man-made beach, Harry's is the place to go. Harry’s serves delicious summer barbecue foods like hamburgers and hot dogs. Enjoy some of these traditional American beach foods, beer, and tropical drinks, all with a great view of Midtown! Click here to see 10 Fast-Food Items You Must Eat Before You Die Photo Credit: © Flickr / Insufficient-Postage
Ko Phi Phi Don is the largest of the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand that has a unique treasure along its beach, coconuts. The island is covered with coconut plantations and on Loh Dalum Bay, worshippers can kick back, enjoy the pristine beach, and drink straight out of coconuts. Sip coconut water with coconut donuts made by street vendors from a thin layer of batter, coconut, and coconut cream. The doughnuts are fried on each side to get a crispy outside, but gooey inside. Click here to see Which US Airlines Still Offer Free Amenities Photo Credit: © iStockphoto / thinkstock
Bai Truong Beach is on the island of Phu Quoc in Vietnam. Phu Quoc is renowned among foodies for producing some of the world's finest peppercorns and the very best fish sauce. They also grill tasty fish. The Palm Tree, a sand-floor, family-run seafood shack next to the La Veranda resort is an open-air restaurant that serves up seafood as fast as the local fishermen catch it. The Palm Tree doesn't have refrigeration, so food preparation tends to be simple. The fish is grilled in foil and served with the island’s renowned nuoc mam fish sauce. Click here to see Where to Get Deep-Dish Pizza in Chicago Photo Credit: © Flickr / avlxyz
Renowned the world over for its simplicity, grilled sardines served with salad and potatoes, is an absolute must for beach-goers visiting the region. The quayside restaurants that line the harbor wall in Algarve in Portimão are where beach bums can find some of the best sardinhas asadas. They are grilled right before your eyes and served with bread, salad, and potatoes. The Sueste Restaurant is a simple, rustic restaurant that serves huge white and flaky sardines. Click here to see the Best Airline Food as reviewed by Zagat Photo Credit: © Flickr / masochismtango
Playa Samara in Costa Rica is not only a beautiful beach resort, with a wide range of hotels, restaurants, bars, and discos, but also a successful fishing and farming community. This beach is known for its culinary freshness. Guacamole is a staple in the Spanish-speaking country and the best of this dip can be found at Shake Joe's in Playa Samara. Shake Joe's has a bar, open seating, and beach views but it is known for its guacamole and fried plantains. Click here to see Top Travel Apps to Guide You to Destination's Best Eats Photo Credit: © Flickr / Alexandra-Moss
Jamaica is famous for its gorgeous beaches, reggae music, and Blue Mountain coffee, but what is most outstanding about the country is its Jamaican jerk. Jerk is both a marinade and a preparation technique. In its most authentic form, fresh poultry or pork meat is massaged with a concentrated spice rub infused hours before cooking with allspice, cinnamon, peppers, onion, thyme, and garlic. The marinated meat is placed on pimento wood and slowly roasted over hot coals. Head to Boston Bay for jerk chicken and pork. Called the "Jerk Capital of Jamaica," Boston Bay is even considered the birthplace of the spicy jerk seasoning and hosts the Portland Jerk Festival, featuring live music and hundreds of jerk food stalls. Year round, the beach at Boston Bay and the surrounding roads are lined with corrugated metal jerk stalls often called "Jerk Centers," where each vendor has his own special jerk recipe. When you order, the cook slices a piece of meat and then cuts it into bite-size bits with a machete before covering it in more jerk sauce, and wrapping it in paper for you to take to the beach. Click here to see How to Eat Like Olympian Misty May-Treanor While Traveling Photo Credit: © Flickr / e.t
Empanadas can be found virtually anywhere in Puerto Rico, but one humble abode deserves bragging rights, Sol Food on Isla de Vieques. Sol Food is a roadside food truck that cooks up the best empanadas around. You’ll pass this food truck on your way to the Red, Blue, Garcia, or Secret beaches, so it’s the perfect food to bring along for a beach picnic. Their empanadas are so good that they sell out by the end of the day, so get yourself there early. Gross or Great? Click here to see Unexpected Delicacies From Around the World Photo Credit: © Flickr / Sergio-Medeiros
Huntington Beach, Calif., has consistently received recognition for being one of the best vacation spots in the U.S. "Dr. Beach," (Stephen P. Leatherman, director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University) named Huntington Beach the "number one family surf beach in the U.S." The beach is also known for its surfing. After you work up an appetite during your surf lesson, head to Wahoo’s Fish Tacos to fuel up.The casual restaurant across from the beach with a Mexican-Brazilian-Asian-Hawaiian feel offers a full bar, patio seating, and great fish tacos. Click here to learn about the Top App for Talking Travel Pictures Photo Credit: © Flickr / looli
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