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Pick Your Paradise

There’s a stop for every type of traveler in the Caribbean, and cruising is one of the best ways to see and experience islands to fit every vacation style.

Each person has a different set of interests and goals in mind when they sit down to book a trip. Some want to travel to a city or country they can eat their way through, while others are more interested in the history or outdoor adventures a certain spot has to offer. Whatever activity may top your travel must-do list, a port of call awaits when you set sail on a Royal Caribbean cruise.

For Foodies: Nassau, Bahamas

Deemed “the Bahamas’ culinary goldmine” by Caribbean Travel + Life, Nassau is home to a range of authentic Bahamian cuisine, which is heavy on fresh fish and seafood. The island’s specialties include conch, which can be prepared fried (or cracked), in stews or salads or even in burger form, as well as johnnycake, a light, sweet cornbread served as a side. Caribbean Travel + Life recommends sampling these unique dishes alongside Bahamian stone crab, lobster bisque with foie gras or the more adventurous sheep tongue souse at restaurants like Charlie’s Place .

As an alternative to visiting one of Nassau’s restaurants on their own, foodie cruisers can sign up for a Bites of Nassau Food Tour to enjoy tastings from seven off-the-beaten-path eateries while learning about Bahamian history, architecture and culture. 

For History Buffs: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Founded in 1521 by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon, Old San Jaun is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the oldest settlement within Puerto Rico. According to USA Today, 16th century features are still visible in the city’s architecture, especially at La Casa Blanca, de Leon’s old house. Those with a penchant for history can stop by La Casa Blanca for a guided tour or visit the ancient forts of El Morro, which includes a maze of tunnels, barracks and prison cells and San Cristobel, one of the largest Spanish fortresses in the Western hemisphere.

If studying the past through art is of interest, the New York Times recommends going to the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico and taking in two floors of local paintings from throughout the ages.

For Adventurers: Martinique

The rugged geography of the island of Martinique is suited to many outdoor activities. The New York Times recommends taking advantage of jagged peaks, lush jungles, tumbling waterfalls and picturesque canyons by canyoning, a sport that combines hiking, climbing, jumping and rappelling. Adventurers can turn to Le Bureau de la Randonnée for equipment and instruction and prepare to rappel down a 50-foot waterfall if they so choose.

For less extreme outdoor enthusiasts, Condé Nast Traveler highlights the Caravelle Peninsula nature reserve as a spot to trek, swim and sail.