?? and providing a listing of marinas
. Unless you are a rich charterer, cruising folks buy their food
stuffs at local markets and if available, discount food
warehouses like Pricesmart, Cosco, and Walmarts, etc.
- - The Caribbean
has a lot of different islands with a lot of different situations when looking to replenish the galley
. Places like Puerto Rico
, the USVI have big discount food stores. While the little islands like Montserrat, Dominica
and SVG have only small limited stores with not much selection. But they have good local fruits and veggies in their open market squares.
- - You can buy different foodstuffs and other things on each island. Usually you load up on the best stuff of each island because the next island probably doesn't have that same stuff. Cruisers learn where and what to get at each island. We learn to plan ahead and "stock-up" on our favorites which are only available occasionally.
- - "Waiting for your ship to come in" takes on normal meaning in most islands as the foodstuffs are all imported and the container ship arrives once a week. We get to know the time between the ship's docking
and when the stuff is put on the shelves and make sure we are there to scarf up the things we need until the next ship arrives. A day or two before the next ship, the shelves are nearly bare.
- - Keeping an inventory (computer or otherwise) of what we have and what we use helps in not loading up on things we only need one or two per year versus stuff that we need most every day.