About Us

Dedicated to creating a memorable experience for our guests

Flavors Food Tours was created in 2009 to connect travelers and locals alike to authentic, hidden culinary and cultural treasures. We are professionally certified by Food Tour Pros and are board members of the Global Food Tourism Association. Trust you are with the best.

Our Story

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.

We have been featured on CNN, the BBC, USA Today, and many other news outlets. Flavors brand food tours, which are women-led, are excited to have you join us in San Juan or St Thomas USVI so you can experience what the buzz is all about.

Eat Well, Be Inspired® is our motto, which we think everyone who loves to travel, explore and eat well can share and identify with.

Media Coverage

Reputation is everything. We work hard so you can have fun. See our press coverage!


Founder/ President

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 Atlanta GA.

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 rescue dog, Max


Operations Director

Vanessa was born in Costa Rica (Rich Coast), which is close enough for us in Puerto Rico (Rich Port). She has a BA In sociology with a minor in cultural studies, as well as a Master’s Degree in Cultural Agency and Administration.

She eats, breathes and dreams organization and smooth logistics. When she’s not making sure our guides show up to the right restaurant at the right time, she’s taking her cute dog, Frankie on walks.

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?


Finance Director

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.

Fun fact: when she’s not salsa dancing or crunching numbers she’s taking care of her TWINS!

Foodie Delight

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