Type in "Chocolate Destinations" in any search engine and you will find the top chocolate destinations in the world are found well outside the tropical zones in which theobroma cacao can produce.
Here at Caribeans we believe the top chocolate destinations in the world will be changing in the coming years. What? You say. That's right! You see, the missing piece for the current leaders in the chocolate travel game is the cacao forest and farming aspect.
Chocolate travellers are only getting half the experience if they go to one of the current top ten destinations for chocolate. Imagine if the top wine destinations only included the wine makers and never the vineyards where the grapes are produced. I doubt Napa Valley could have happened if there were no vineyards in the valley and they only made wine from grapes imported from all over the world.
Did you know that places like Costa Rica have the best makings of a true chocolate destination? Costa Rica has many high quality cacao farms and now due to the micro-batch movement in chocolate has a few high quality chocolate factories. Some, like ours, are built right in the same cacao forest where the origin products are never exported or even leave the property before they are turned into high quality chocolate.
To me, a big fan of chocolate and of travel, there is no other true chocolate destination.
Chocolate Diaries from the Caribeans Bean-To-Bar chocolate maker..