About

Flavors of St. Thomas was created to help travelers and locals discover the hidden culinary and cultural treasures in the off-the-beaten-path areas of St. Thomas and Charlotte Amalie.

Our Story

As the official food tour of St. Thomas USVI our challenge is to get you to see past those quesadillas and cheeseburgers on the restaurant menu and dive into the local cuisine of St. Thomas. We want to be there when you first taste “fungi” and give you a hands-on lesson on how to make your own “pain-killer” (hint: it’s not in a pill form!).

As massive foodies we were inspired to create St. Thomas’ best food tour by the very spirit of the island, its people and cuisine…and we’ve become experts at it! We started the first food tour in the Caribbean in 2009 with the launch of Flavors of San Juan Food and Culture Tours in Puerto Rico and in 2015 we created a fun bus tour on both French and Dutch sides of Sint Maarten with Flavors of St. Martin Food Tours.

Flavors brand food tours have created a cult following and we’re excited for you to join us here in St. Thomas and see what all the buzz is about! (we’ve been featured on CNN, the BBC, USA Today, and many others!)

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 Thomas USVI.

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 RiveraCristina Operations 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!
Liz
LizFoodie Guide
Growing up as farm girl in Missouri, Liz has always had a close connection to food. Liz had been traveling to the island for 12 years before deciding to make it her forever home when she retired as a public school teacher, preferring to see the sand than the snow! She still grows her own food and has a collection of tropical plants, except now she plants them in front of sweeping ocean views and has to keep the iguanas and chickens from eating her delicious crops.
TIP: Liz is a connoisseur when it comes to Ahi Tuna Nachos on St Thomas, ask her where her favorite ones are made!
Juan
JuanSenior Foodie Guide
Growing up in Barranquitas, a small mountain municipality located in the central region of neighboring island Puerto Rico, Juan learned early on the joy of breaking bread with close family and friends, complete with a beautiful backdrop. He’ll bedazzle you with his thorough knowledge of the Caribbean’s rich history, which he studied in university, paired with his fun local stories of life on tiny Caribbean islands.
TIP: Ask Juan the best beaches and bars to hit while in St Thomas!
Now Hiring
Now HiringPart-Times Food Tour Guides
Do you know St. Martin? Do you enjoy eating, talking about and exploring the wonderful world of food? Can you entertain a crowd, make them laugh and have them literally eating out of the palm of your hand?
If so, get paid for it with us! We are always on the lookout for energetic, passionate and empathetic people to work as a part-time or freelance tour guide. Email your resume and a cover letter explaining why you’d be the perfect St. Martin tour guide at info@flavorsofstthomas.com Thanks!

Caribbean delight

Traveling to the other islands? We’ve got you covered!

Puerto Rico

The tour that started it all! Enhancing local experiences since 2009.

St. Martin

Come enjoy the mix of culture and flavor at St. Martin.

St. Thomas

Our latest tour with the same attention to detail found in our other tours!