Spicy Caribbee
Spicy Caribbee
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We opened Spicy Caribbee on June 1988. More than a spice shop, Spicy Caribbee also sells tropical jams, Puerto Rican coffee and fragrances.
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Chuck C
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Nov 2020 • Couples
They have the best hot sauces and tons of variety for every palate. I would highly recommend the Fuego if you can handle heat. When I visited Puerto Rico in January of 2019, I was in their shop and purchased a few varieties of small bottles. Then was told they ship from their online store. Now I'm a continued customer. Thank you Spicy Caribbee team!
Written October 8, 2021
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Regina S
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Feb 2020
Every time I am on the island I make it a point to stop my this very special store. I have found that the staff is super helpful, amazingly kind, and very knowledgeable about every product. My favorite are the Coquito, Hibiscus tea, Puerto Rican Honey, Guava and Mango jellies, and the Herb and Sea Salt spice. I'm so grateful that they ship so I can always have a piece of this beautiful island in my home. I am really loving the new website as well. Super easy to find all my favorites and even try out some new stuff. Thank you to the Staff and Owners of Spicy Caribbee. You are all so amazing.
Written October 12, 2020
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asolotraveler40
Seattle, WA783 contributions
Nov 2012 • Solo
Wow, this was a really nice little store that I happened upon and I am so glad that I did. After looking at all the many different types of coffee that is grown locally in them there hills, and the many bottles of wonderful jelly and jams, I went over to the tasting table and why did I do that? First I sample some the jam/jellies on a little cracker. Yummy. Don’t remember which two I sampled but they were tasty. Ok brave soul that I am and a lover of hot, spicy things, I tried the “Fuego” sauce just a little pea size and boy or boy, that was hot all the way down to my tippy toes. The sales attendant came over and offered me another cracker and jam to cool off my mouth. Wow, that was hot. They have more hot sauces than you can shake a stick at so it is going to be hard deciding which ones you want to take home. I did notice that they have a 3-bottle package that was not too expensive. What is nice about this little shop is that they package a lot of the items according to the TSA regulations of 3 oz which is good because I would hate to buy something wanting to take it home and then have someone say, “not”. They have many, many items to choose from. Need cigars? They have them. How about a book or two on the local cuisine? They have a large selection of them. What I was interested in was the “Herbed Sea Salt”. Nice looking bottles of perfumes for that special someone like yourself. They have a website http://www.spicycaribbee.com/ in case you want to order something after you get home. Or you can get boxes from the post office (Federal Express) and they will ship it home for you. They have 3 different sizes at set prices which is wonderful. This is one of those shops that should be on your “Bucket: List. Enjoy.
Written November 16, 2012
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Samuel P
Springfield, OH85 contributions
Dec 2016 • Couples
We bought the Puerto Rican vanilla from this shop when we visited San Juan. Just recently read the ingredients on the label and were dismayed to see that it is made with vanillin and not natural vanilla. Very disappointed.
Written November 25, 2017
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Ashley C
New York City, NY278 contributions
Oct 2013 • Solo
If you like unique spices, sauces and teas, then Spicy Caribbee is for you. I am so happy that I made it a point to stoop here during my trip to Old San Juan. It's located on Calle de Cristo and not far from the old Chapel.

Upon entering it was a like feast for the eyes with the walls of sauces and other goodies. I was happy to see the tasting table in the front of the store where you could sample the sauces and jams before you purchased them. I tried just about everything and it definitely helped me in deciding what to buy.

The banana ketchup is unique to the store and sounds odd, but it works. The jerk sauce was some of the best that I have tasted and I have tasted many different jerk sauces. most of full of salt or too sweet, but the jerk sauce here had a perfect balance of both. The hot sauce is also different and is really good. And of course they sell Madre di Pique - something you're sure to come across if you eat in any restaurant in Puerto Rico.

The jams are great - I bought the pineapple and was not disappointed.

There was also a nice selection of loose teas and spices. Both were available in different sizes. The store also sells housewares such as tea towels and other small items.

The shop keeper was cordial and friendly and did make me feel pressured to buy anything, She gave me some great tips on how to use some of the sauces that I bought on what to use them with. She was great to talk to.

Best of all the store has a website, so when I run out, I don't have to run back to Puerto Rico. :)
Written October 27, 2013
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Toni Ugueto
Houston, TX294 contributions
While wandering around Old San Juan we stumbled on Spicy Caribbee. We had read the reviews and it was on our list of places to shop. We walked in and were immediately greeted and shown the sample table, where all of the sauces and jams are available to taste. The banana ketchup was a very interesting flavor and I was glad to be able to try it before I bought it. My sister sampled the medium hot sauces and settled on mango pepper sauce. It is definitely worth going to the shop and exploring the flavors first hand!
Written June 10, 2014
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Doug F
Middletown, NY602 contributions
Aug 2013 • Friends
Spicy Caribbee is, naturally, a Caribbean spice store on calle del Cristo near calle de San Francisco. I was disappointed when I browsed through the shop. It had about five or six Caribbean spices in different size jars. The shop is nicely stocked and appealing to the eye but it was the same spices in different sizes and combinations.

There are some bulk spices but these spices can be purchased in any city.

I purchased some banana ketchup and pique. It was my first encounter with banana ketchup and it was interesting. I will used the banana ketchup in other entrees that I cook or as a fusion spice. The pique is one of my favorites. The price for the pique is one of the lowest that I found.

I guess I was disappointed because I was expecting a more extensive collection of Caribbean spices-wet, dry, and rubs.
Written August 9, 2013
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Greetings Doug! First of all, we would like to thank you for visiting Spicy Caribbee when you were passing by Old San Juan. Unfortunately, by the time you were in town we were starting our restocking process for the high/holiday season. Now, if you visit our online store www.SpicyCaribbee.com you will see that we have even added new products to our line, such as the Coconut Curry Sauce, the Hot Pickled Peppers and the Spicy Caribbee Hot Pepper Jam. If you decide to make an order during this holiday season, please don't forget to mention your TripAdvisor review to receive a complimentary Caribbean seasoning. Happy Holidays!
Written December 1, 2013
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TheCaptain52
Myrtle Beach, SC8 contributions
Aug 2013 • Solo
I know this quaint little place in Old San Juan. The owners, Mark and Sica Williams are good friends of mine.

Almost like Family. Sica was a School Teacher and Mark was a Pilot. The both quit their Professions to venture into this operation. They have two wonderful Sons that are both in School ( University ).

Every time I go to Puerto Rico, I visit with the Both of them...either at the Shop or at the Home of Dona Neri....I person I know SOOO WELL.

Their product...Spices, Herbs, Coffee and small gifts are well priced. They even ship to your Home so you don't have that extra baggage to carry. They have Online facilities so you may replenish your purchases when you run out.

This Couple is a Great Pair...

Print this review and when in Puerto Rico, Visit them at 154 Calle Crist, San Juan , Puerto Rico.

Tell them...Raul Sent me...
Written August 8, 2013
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BigJay52
Kwajalein Island, Marshall Islands84 contributions
Apr 2012 • Business
What a great lil shop I found while traipsing through old San Juan, one of its little gems, just down from the old converted nunnery thats now a hotel. Walked in to pleaasing aromatics, nice samples aand the products are priced right. GO THERE!
Written November 23, 2012
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Joshua C
Madrid, Spain45 contributions
I probably don't fit the typical demographics for the usual clientele so I wasn't too excited. I thought everything was over-priced and neither my partner nor I found anything here we wanted to buy. The shop was well merchandised, staff seemed friendly and some of the items would be interesting to others for sure. I just didn't think the prices were worth the products being sold, especially when I found the same brand of coffee in a grocery store for considerably less.
Written February 22, 2012
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