RE: visiting san juan pr.
Seriously - At every opportunity eat the food from the Islands, you will be in for a treat. A mainstay is rice and beans, my wife's parents, Puerto Rican and Nicaraugan, always, and I mean always have a pot of rice and beans on the stove. If you stop by anytime, I mean anytime, it could be 3:00a.m. mom wants to feed you. the rice and beans which contains other things, i.e., chicken pieces, olives, spices - corriander, garlic, onions, peppers is GREAT meal. You will find soups and stews are most prevelant, as well as a variety of chicken dishes. Such dishes would includesopon de pollo ccon arroz - chicken soup with rice, frijoles negroes - black bean soup, fish soup -sopon de pescado. Any soup may have chickpeas added for texture and flavor. Any place you eat will have different versions and tastes. For stews the best one I think is carne quisada puertorriquena, which is long for puerto rican beef stew, which may includepeppers both hot an sweet,onions, garlic, olives, cilantro, potatoes, maybe pumpkin - it all depends on the cook.
You may have the opportunity to have barbequed pig - lechon asado w/ green plantains ( sort of a banana ) - don't eat raw or you will get sick, very sick, trust me. Plantains are cooked a variety of ways and are quite good, fried, broiled, steamed, etc. Although some(who ever they are) say they are an acquired taste.
You will see many chicken dishes, and perhaps some goat dishes,which are my favorite. Also adobo dishes are very popular. If you get lucky, usually in mom and pop rerstaurants you will find breaded cals brains, kidney or stuffed beef tonque(lenqua rellena).
All of these types of foods, or some variation are staples of the islands. And are certainly worth searching out, as a distinct alternative to eating aboard ship. Also they have nude beaches in Martinique.
EAT RUM and Enjoy