Food + Wine

29 Restaurants on 11 Caribbean Islands

Sweet Spot: Tamboo Beside the Point

Island: Puerto Rico

Set out early with your snorkel gear or join a pickup game of volleyball to justify the hearty fare—baby back ribs, grilled mahimahi—at this Rincón standby. Besides a dusting of celebs (Kate Moss and Benecio del Toro have stopped by), Tamboo attracts an array of über-friendly locals and surfers, who come for the house band and stay for the house specialty: an award-winning mojito, the wildly popular Cuban cocktail, made with the local mint.

Average High Temp.: 85º (Feb.), 90º (Sept.) Meal Ticket: Entrées, $7–$20

Vibe: Minimalist plywood party central

Distance to Beach: 15-step staircase

Stumbling Distance to Nearest Hotel: 9 feet (Tamboo offers 9 simply adorned rentals)

Contact: 787-823-8550

*4: Average wave size (in feet)

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Photograph by Julien Capmeil for Condé Nast Traveler

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