The best way to experience true Jamaican cuisine is to get out from your resort and dine with the locals. Jamaican cuisine is a melting pot reflecting the various cultures that have influenced the island over the years. But even with all this fusion, there are many local ingredients that stand out in dishes, most notably the hot and spicy Scotch bonnet peppers that are key to any good "jerk." Aside from flavorful jerk chicken or pork, menus at local Jamaican restaurants are dominated by hearty meals that draw on local ingredients. Fish, including red snapper and lobster, are prepared in a variety of ways.