A private culinary experience, featuring the flavors and folklore of West
Indian cooking, in a Basseterre plantation home. A search for a treasured memento in the fashionable boutiques
of St. Jean. An illuminated night dive along the western edges of Grand Turk's "Wall." Cruising's most popular
destination is also one of its most luxurious. The Caribbean's sun-soaked beaches, colorful reefs, and
rustling palm trees are familiar to anyone with even a passing knowledge of the region. But there are also
sides to each island that you may never knew existed – lush, little-known hideaways that can only be
explored via passage aboard the cruise industry's most nimble vessels.
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Tee off on any of the seven championship-caliber golf courses located on Barbados
Join an expert-led "human chain" and scale Jamaica's remarkable Dunn's River Falls
Navigate the one-of-a-kind snorkeling trail that lines the reefs of St. John's Trunk Bay
Compete in a regatta, aboard an authentic America's Cup racing yacht, in St. Maarten
Swim in sea pools beneath a canopy of giant boulders at Virgin Gorda's amazing Baths
POPULAR CARIBBEAN PORTS OF CALL
From the rugged shorelines of its eastern flank to the powdery-white sands of its western (or "Platinum") coast,
Barbados retains a distinctly English flavor – cricket is a national obsession, and the island's pubs serve
genuine bitter and stout. But its native traditions and physical beauty run deeper. Beyond the impressive colonial
streetscapes of Bridgetown, visitors will encounter a vibrant calypso culture and some of the Caribbean's very best
scuba diving and snorkeling (underwater caves and a bevy of shallow shipwreck sites are highlights).
Castries, St. Lucia
A British Crown colony between 1803 and 1979, and a French settlement for roughly 250 years prior to that, St. Lucia
blends the influences of its African and European heritage into one exhilarating cultural brew. Castries, St.
Lucia's bustling capital city, serves as the gateway to all of the island's landmark attractions including the
towering Pitons, Sulfur Springs (the world's only drive-in volcano), and Marigot Bay (arguably the most
picturesque bay in all of the Caribbean – portions of "Dr. No," the first James Bond film, were filmed there).
George Town, Grand Cayman
Grand Cayman, situated in the warm waters of the Western Caribbean less than 500 miles south of Miami, is
famously (some might say "notoriously") one of the world's largest banking centers. But it also lays claim to
an unusually large number of the region's most notable points of interest (Cayman Turtle Farm, George Town's Conch
Shell House, and the long crescent of coral sands that form Seven Mile Beach are but three examples). And who could
resist paying a visit to Hell (the Cayman town so named for its landscape's unusual limestone formations)?
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Amiably shared by both the Dutch and the French, St. Maarten is the smallest parcel of land in the New World divided
evenly between two countries. And Philipsburg, the capital of the Dutch (southern) side of the island, is undeniably
the more luxurious half. Chic cafés and bistros make dining in Philipsburg an epicurean adventure, and the city's
duty-free shops and boutiques (there are literally hundreds to choose from) offer travelers extraordinary bargains
on Swiss-made watches, Japanese electronics, Italian leathers, and other designer goods.
Untamed, unspoiled ports of call are the signature feature of any Southern Caribbean cruise itinerary. And Roseau – with
its primeval rainforest, mountainous terrain, numerous hot springs, and black-sand beaches – is no exception.
Rare plants and animals that have long been extinct on neighboring islands are still found here, which is one reason
why it's been dubbed "the Nature Island of the Caribbean". Roseau is also renowned for producing some of the region's
best handicrafts, and the island's succulent Creole cuisine comes highly recommended.
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