About

Flavors of St. Martin / Sint Maarten was created to help travelers and locals discover the hidden culinary and cultural treasures in the off-the-beaten-path areas of St. Martin / Sint Maarten.

Our Story

We began our story in Sint Maarten/Saint Martin the way all good stories begin: with escargot, wine, a beautiful beach overlooking the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean and the eternal question “why not!?” Why not provide culinary tourists an unforgettable experience in Sint Maarten/Saint Martin: the culinary capital of the Caribbean (shhh…just don’t tell the Puerto Ricans you call it that)?

Everything you want in a food tour is right at your doorstep: lovely, genuinely warm people, amazing and varied food and beverage plus breathtaking landscapes and picturesque neighborhood spots peppered with a history as unique as one can imagine with an island split into two nationalities.

Rekindle your childlike joy of surprises and satisfy and expand your adult palate on this foodie journey we’ve created for you across the entire island so you get a real feel for what (and who) Sint Maarten/Saint Martin really is from the lens of a local.

We were inspired to create Sint Maarten/Saint Martin’s best food tour by the very spirit of the island, its people and cuisine. After hosting food tours in neighboring island Puerto Rico since 2009 we knew another foodie island with a beautiful story and delicious gastronomy was too good not to showcase. Eat Well, Be Inspired® is our motto, which we think everyone who loves to travel, explore and eat well can share and identify with.

Our Team

Leslie
LesliePresident & Foodie in Chief
Leslie began her professional career as a journalist after graduating from the University of Georgia, M.A. Mass Communications. She has written for CNN, Atlanta Business Chronicle, the Gwinnett Daily Post, Caribbean Business, Que Pasa Magazine and the Puerto Rico Daily Sun.

She traded in grits for mofongo when moving from Atlanta to the Caribbean in 2008. She met and married the love of her life, had a family and is now an honorary “Sorta-Rican,” with her home base in Puerto Rico.

Doing less writing and more entrepreneurship, Leslie was excited in 2009 to launch the first “food tour” in the Caribbean with Flavors of San Juan Food and Culture Tours, which prior to her company was a previously unexplored business model in the region.

Through the years the Flavors brand has enjoyed a cult following in the region and we’re excited to share the “Flavors food tours” with you during your time in St Martin/Sint Maarten.

Eat Well, Be Inspired® is our motto, and we invite you to do just that!

Yaribell
YaribellDirector of Finance
Prior to joining the Flavors management team, Yaribell worked for a decade as the Compliance and Operations Officer at San Juan Asset Management. Before joining SJAM she worked as the CFO for a public corporation of the government of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Yaribell earned her B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from The University of Puerto Rico. She is fluent in English, Spanish and salsa dancing.
A big fan of mofongo, homemade rice and beans and crème brulee, she’s found her perfect home here at Flavors. Her favorite travel experiences include visiting the Colosseum in Rome, Sunset Helicopter drive to the Grand Canyon in Colorado, a Gondolas tour in Venice, swimming with stingrays in Grand Cayman and swimming with dolphins in Xcaret, Mexico

Fun fact: when she’s not salsa dancing or crunching numbers she’s taking care of her TWINS!

Cristina Rivera
Cristina RiveraOperations and Marketing Specialist
Cristina’s originally from San Juan, where she earned a degree in Labor Relations and and MA in Media Editing by the tender age of 26. She moved to NYC in 2012 only recently returned to her beloved island in 2017. Cristina’s always been inspired by people’s behavior and psychology, which led her to create Spiral of Bliss in 2012: a personal blog and forum that inspires readers to live more fulfilled lives. In her spare time she enjoys the company of loved ones, food, music, writing, dancing, and traveling. Something surprising: she can dance for more than 8 hours if the beat is right!
Giovanna Castro
Giovanna CastroOperations and Partners Relations Coordinator
Giovanna grew up between San Juan and Guaynabo on her beloved island of Puerto Rico. She left the island to study psychology and sociology at Tufts University, and stayed to explore the working world in Cambridge, MA. She relocated to PR specifically to join the Global Flavors team and she couldn’t be happier! In her off time Giovanna loves to experience art: books, poetry, theater, paintings, murals, films. You name it, she likes to stare at it.
Most interesting culinary experience: living with her amateur chef of a boyfriend and trying out his daily experimentations.
Most memorable travel experience: playing street soccer in Budapest when she was 16.
Something that might surprise about this lifelong foodie: she was actually a vegan for 7 months!– an experience that opened her up to how creative food and cuisine can be!
Ankie
AnkieEpicurean host
Randy
RandyEpicurean host

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