About

Flavors of San Juan Food and Culture Tours® knows the island is so much more than its beaches and invites visitors to progressively dine with us in a safe, sustainable and environmentally responsible manner.

We are professionally certified by Food Tour Pros, The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association and the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, and are members of and advisors to the Global Food Tourism Association. Trust you are with the pros.

Our Story

As the official food tour company of San Juan, Puerto Rico our challenge is to get you to see past those quesadillas and steaks on the restaurant menu and dive into the local cuisine of Puerto Rico. We want to be there when you first taste the crunch of “tostones” and see you smile after a single origin Puerto Rican “cafe con leche” from beans grown in the mountains of Yauco. So many surprises await!

We’re passionate about connecting people with local food makers, creating bonds through breaking bread and making the fun nooks and crannies of San Juan your neighborhood, too. Come with us where we take pride in eating locally.

Flavors brand food tours, which are women-led, have created a cult following in St. Martin, St. Thomas USVI and Atlanta, GA. We’re excited for you to join us here in San Juan 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.

¡Buen Provecho!

Our Team

LeslieFounder and Chief Epicurean Officer
Leslie exchanged grits for mofongo when she moved in 2008 from Atlanta, GA to Puerto Rico. A graduate of University of Georgia, Leslie began her career as a journalist and has written/edited for Lonely Planet, CNN, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Que Pasa Magazine, etc.

In 2009 she founded the first food tour in the Caribbean: Flavors of San Juan Food and Culture Tours, highlighting Puerto Rico’s unique cuisine, culture and history. Flavors has since expanded into Sint Maarten, St Thomas USVI and is growing unique, curated experiences across the globe.

Fun fact: When she’s not butchering the Spanish language and having fun being a “Sorta Rican” she spends time with her hubby, 2 kids and puppy, Max

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!

CristinaSenior Ops/Logistics Associate 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, returning 5 years later to her homeland.

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, traveling and, if the beat is right…dancing (sometimes all night!)

Fun Fact: Cristina loves to travel. Favorite countries (so far): Italy, Mexico and Japan. Favorite city: Berlin

Nyrmah Ops/Logistics Associate, Tour Guide and Partner Relations Liaison
When Nyrmah is not reading classic books, traveling to New York (which she calls a gateway to other cultures) or being daring and dipping oreos into orange juice for kicks she’s making sure your food tour experience runs 100% smoothly…and taste-ily (is that a word?)

A native of Dorado, Puerto Rico she has her BBA concentration in Accounting and a Certification in Theatrical Arts. She’s currently studying for her MA in Creative Writing.

Fun Fact: We call her the “Flavors whisperer” because she can melt the heart of even the angriest vendor, guest or frustrated tour guide with her excellent people skills

VanessaOperations Assistant
Vanessa was born in San Jose, Costa Rica and is bilingual in Spanish, English and all things in between.
She earned a BA in Sociology with a minor in cultural studies, Aesthetics from Chile and her MA in Cultural Agency and Administration in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

A true foodie at heart, she enjoys cooking with new recipes and trying new restaurants.

Fun Fact: If you find her out and about ask her about her struggle with keeping her cat on a diet. Hey, cats can be foodies, too right?

CarmenSenior Epicurean Host
ShannonSenior Epicurean Host
AndreaEpicurean Host
AngelEpicurean Host
CarlosEpicurean Host
NadiaEpicurean Host
StephanieEpicurean Host
AdrianaEpicurean Host
GabrielaEpicurean Host
MiaEpicurean Host
RaulEpicurean Host
VastiEpicurean Host
YanerisEpicurean Host
Now HiringPart-Times Food Tour Guides
Do you know San Juan? 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?
Email your resume and a cover letter explaining why you’d be the perfect Old San Juan food tour guide to info (at) flavorsofsanjuan (dot) com

Flavors Food Tours

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

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Atlanta

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