Nat Geo Day Tour: Tastes and Tales from Brooklyn’s Little Caribbean
- Explore Brooklyn’s “Little Caribbean” and meet with locals who have shaped this immigrant community, home to the largest population with Caribbean ancestry outside the West Indies
- Your tour will be led by a local who lives and works in Little Caribbean, who will introduce you to local business owners to hear their personal and family stories
- Visit a local Grenadian grocery store for fresh coconut water, a local purveyor of Caribbean rum and an African record store that has been in business since the 1970s, for a glimpse of how people live and work in this neighborhood
- Your taste buds will be in for a treat as you savor spicy Jamaican patties and jerk chicken, finishing with treats from a beloved local bakery while hearing stories from the family owners
Not far from Central Brooklyn’s famous Prospect Park, there’s a neighbourhood where you can feel the pulse of the Caribbean without leaving the city. Today, the area of Flatbush known as ‘Little Caribbean’ is home to the largest community of Caribbean descendants outside the West Indies.
In the mid-20th century, Afro-Caribbean immigrants arrived in the U.S. seeking economic opportunities, with New York City being a top destination. Many who arrived from the Caribbean settled in and around Flatbush in Brooklyn, and today the community spirit is strong.
Your National Geographic-trained guide, living and working in Little Caribbean, will lead you on a walking tour of the area to visit a variety of community hubs, absorbing the culture, listening to music, and tasting your way around some of the typical treats of the Caribbean.
Begin with a visit to a local Grenadian grocery store for fresh coconut water – bring it with you to add a splash of Caribbean rum at your next stop. Next, visit an African record store that has been in business since the 1970s, selling musical treasures from around the globe.
Your taste buds will be in for a treat as you savour spicy Jamaican patties and jerk chicken, finishing with treats from a beloved local bakery that's been a neighborhood staple for over half a century. Meet the family who has owned it for three generations and hear their stories - the perfect ending to a day of discoveries in Brooklyn's own Caribbean oasis.