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BUON GUSTO MSC CRUISES 2018-2019

MAYAN MYSTERIES

Crumbling Ancient Cities near Cozumel

TOP TIPS

Zip lining, Sightseeing, Shopping & More!

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The Stories of What’s in Your Wallet

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Linda Douthat Associate Publisher/Creative Director Phillip Crandall, Grant Balfour Managing Editors Chanel Samson Copy Editor Caroline Geertz, Skip Anderson Art Directors Laura Roche Senior Art Director Maria Baro Production Director Tammy Robinson Production Manager

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Bill Panoff President/CEO Audrey Balbiers-Panoff Chief Operating Officer Jose I. Martin Chief Financial Officer

CONTRIBUTORS

ROSALIND CUMMINGS-YEATES specializes in writing stories that reflect a destination’s history and traditions ... whether that means munching fried grasshoppers in Oaxaca or scaling UNESCO forts in Haiti. A music and arts critic, she’s the author of Exploring Chicago Blues: Inside the Scene, Past and Present.

Linda Douthat Senior Vice President, Publishing Piero Vitale Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Financial Planning Sharon Cherry Vice President, Brand Sales and Development Nick Capozzi Vice President, Revenue and Retail Strategy Soren Domlesky Director of Technology Christina Hunting Vice President, Digital Marketing Patti Lankford Executive Assistant to the CEO Please address all correspondence to Buon Gusto c/o PPI Group Corporate Headquarters, 6261 NW 6th Way, Suite 100, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309, USA Phone: (954) 377-7777, Fax: (954) 377-7000 Email: bpanoff@ppigroup.com Visit our website: www.ppigroup.com Buon Gusto is distributed aboard MSC Armonia, MSC Divina, MSC Preziosa and MSC Seaside. Printed in Canada. © 2018 Panoff Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. Buon Gusto is published under contract to PPI Group. The contents of this magazine are protected by copyright. Reproduction, either in whole or in part, including but not limited to transmission by any means, in any form — digital, electronic, mechanical, photocopying or otherwise — is forbidden without express written permission from the publisher. The magazine assumes no responsibility for the safekeeping or return of unsolicited manuscripts, photography, artwork or other material. Electronic queries only will be acknowledged. Email to editorial@ppigroup. com. Any prices quoted are subject to change, but correct at press time. Commentary and opinions expressed in Buon Gusto are not necessarily those of the publisher or cruise line. MSC Cruises and PPI Group are not responsible for any claims or offers made in advertisements appearing in Buon Gusto.

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TRISHA DEWEY is a licensed aesthetician and native of Palm Beach, Florida. She has traveled extensively through Europe and in Latin America, and learned from the locals about different beauty rituals practiced in their cultures. JANET GROENE is a professional travel writer and sea dog who has cruised worldwide under power and sail. Her books include Creating Comfort Afloat, Open Road’s Caribbean Guide, Personal Paradise Caribbean, and Living Aboard. She holds the NMMA Directors Award for marine journalism. RENEE RUGGERO has been cruising since 1999, first as a crewmember and today as a passenger. When not cruising and traveling the world with her husband (a Staff Captain with a major cruise line) and 14-year-old daughters, Renee and her family call Canada home. HEIDI SARNA is a freelance writer living in Singapore with her husband and twin boys. Author of Frommer’s Singapore Day-byDay Guide, Sarna has written for magazines, newspapers and sites, including CNN.com, Forbestraveler.com, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel Weekly, Seatrade Cruise Review and the Straits Times. JOYCE GREGORY WYELS has ventured to six continents to research stories as diverse as exploring the cave dwellings of Cappadocia, seeking out folk singers in the Mekong Delta and studying at language schools in Cuernavaca and Paris.

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Contents

From the Publisher Sail 4 Fabulous Ships

PORTS

72 Basseterre 74 Belize City 75 Bridgetown 76 Cartagena 77 Charlotte Amalie 80 Colon 81 Costa Maya 82 Cozumel 88 Fort-de-France 90 George Town 95 Isla de Roatan 96 Kralendijk 97 Miami 98 Montego Bay 99 Nassau 104 New York 105 Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve 106 Ocho Rios 114 Oranjestad 116 Philipsburg 122 Pointe-à-Pitre 123 Road Town 124 St. George’s 125 San Juan 126 St. John’s 127 Willemstad

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Zipping Through the Caribbean

How better to take in so much splendid scenery than via thrilling adventure? Renee Ruggero

Organic Allure

A guide to sustainable jewelry, in the Caribbean and beyond Rosalind Cummings-Yeates

Mystique of the Maya

Crumbling ancient cities in and around Cozumel leave visitors wondering what happened to an ancient civilization. Joyce Gregory Wyels

The Wonder of Money

Every wallet, pocket and change purse tells a different story around the Caribbean. Heidi Sarna

In Search of the Green Flash

As if you needed another reason to love the Caribbean sunset … Janet Groene

S.O.S.! Save Our Skin!

There’s no better time than when on a ship to properly care for your skin. Trisha Dewey

The Divi-Divi

Get to know the tree that finds its way into art, culture and, of course, so much of the scenery throughout the Caribbean. Janet Groene

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The Right Cruising Attitude

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ELCOME ABOARD! It is truly an honor to wish you smooth sailings on your cruise. Whether this is your first time or fiftieth time at sea, rest assured that this

ship has everything you’ll need to make this vacation your most

memorable yet. And no matter where in the Caribbean you’re headed, you’ll find fun, sun, shopping opportunities and whatever else your deserving-self needs. When production of Buon Gusto begins each year, we are quickly reminded of how rich this region is in attractions, history and undeniable spirit. A publication such as this can only highlight so much, but as the publisher of this as well as the leading cruise magazine, Porthole Cruise Magazine, I find comfort in our alwaystrue aim: Even if we can’t put a spotlight on every place you go, we hope our curiosity and aspirational outlook is obvious and, for your sake, contagious. Thanks in advance for devoting your valued time with these stories, this special publication and, most of all, with me on this spectacular ship. I hope that you enjoy this edition of Buon Gusto as you much as you’re enjoying your unforgettable vacation.

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showers and soothing whirlpool tubs.

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new eco-friendly private island,

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IP-LINE TOURS are a unique alternative to the typical Caribbean beach break and rumtasting excursions. Gain a completely different perspective with commanding views of the Caribbean while feeling the adrenaline rush of gliding down zip wires from platform to platform. The lush hillside canopy provides an escape from the tropical heat along with the opportunity to experience the tranquil surroundings of flora, fauna and rich wildlife. And from panoramic views to aerial trams, or suspension bridges to tree houses, no two zip-line adventures are exactly the same. MSC CRUISES

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History of Zip lining Zip lines have been around for over 200 years, originally designed to

What to Expect Understanding the physics behind zip lines sheds

terrain. The idea to string a rope from

light on what to expect on the tour. Zip lines vary

one point to another and slide across

in length and slope. The steeper and longer the line,

it has evolved into an adventurous

the faster the rider will go. Additionally, the heavier

and extremely popular excursion

the rider, the faster the rider will travel. On the

throughout the world.

other end of the speed spectrum, a commonly asked

Prior to gaining popularity as a

and completely valid question is about that whole

shore excursion, zip lines were used

stopping part. In general, most zip-line excursions

in Central America’s rain forests by

use passive braking, which is a speed reduction

biologists and botanists. In the 1980s

system that requires no input from the rider. This

and 1990s, while conducting canopy

is explained during the safety briefing prior to the

research, they used them to move from

tour along with a demonstration of how to put on the

treetop to treetop rather than climbing

safety harness and helmet.

and descending each tree. It didn’t take long before the idea of a canopy tour was launched in Costa Rica.

Many zip-line tours take place in a rain forest, so a waterproof jacket and/or bug repellent is recommended. Additionally, closed-toe shoes or sturdy footwear are mandatory. Some of the Caribbean zip-line tours may include a water landing, tubing or simply a transfer to a beach, where it is suggested to bring a swimsuit, towel and sunscreen.

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The Flying Dutchman in Philipsburg, St. Maarten, is touted as the world’s steepest zip line with a 1,050-foot elevation drop over 2,800 feet at speeds up to 56 mph.

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Zip lining Safety Over the last 25 years, zip-line tours have not only expanded throughout the world, but competition to have the highest, fastest, longest and the most zip lines created the need to ensure public safety. In 1993, the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) was conceived as the international organization to oversee Challenge Course standards, encompassing design, installation, inspection, training and operation of these facilities. Zip-line tour operators, like all of cruising’s excursion providers, are vetted on an individual basis for appropriate insurance and safety precautions. Because of stringent vetting processes, it is highly recommended that all guests book shore excursions

Above: Safety equipment. Right: Rainforest Adventures tram ride, St. Lucia

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What’s the Difference? With so many different zip-line excursions in the Caribbean, how do you choose? For starters, all zip-line tours have restrictions such as minimum age (no maximum age), height and weight requirements. Also, understand the details of the tour description. How challenging is

Wingfield Estate, a 17th-century

the tour in terms of length of zip lines, height of platforms and cables,

sugar plantation in Basseterre, St.

and the speed achieved? Are you looking for a tour with one adrenaline-

Kitts, is home to a zip line tour where

pumping zip or a tour with numerous lines? Additionally, some tours

participants fly hands-free on five

include more than just zip lining. For example, you may experience an

zip lines up to 1,400 feet in length,

aerial tram ride, a chair lift ride, a hike through the rain forest, river

reaching speeds up to 50 mph.

tubing, a bobsled ride or waterslides. Do you want gorgeous views of a

In Castries, St. Lucia, part of

nearby sea, or feel surrounded by a lush-but-conquerable rain forest?

one zip-line excursion includes an

(Note to those living the pics-or-it-didn’t-happen life: a few zip-line

aerial tram through the rain forest

tours do not allow you to take photos.) The Flying Dutchman in Philipsburg, St. Maarten, is touted as the

with views of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. To get to the

world’s steepest zip line with a 1,050-foot elevation drop over 2,800

first of 10 zip lines, participants

feet at speeds up to 56 mph. The tour starts with the 30-minute Pirate

must hike 30 minutes downhill.

Sky Ride chairlift with 360-degree views of the neighboring islands. Around Jamaica, there are nearly 10 zip-line tour options offered in various cruise ports. Choices include the added adventures of

Costa Maya’s Mayá, Lost Mayan Kingdom adventure park includes nine waterslides, a ropes course, a

bobsledding, climbing Dunn’s River Falls, river tubing or even

suspension bridge and two zip-line

river kayaking.

circuits. Each circuit has six zip lines each, spanning a total of 3,000 feet with a water landing at the end. Additionally, the twisty Kukulcan Zip

Mayá, Lost Mayan Kingdom, Costa Maya

Coaster features an 800-foot flight. No matter where you strap in, once you taste the sensation of flight and get your first bird’s eye view of a town, you’ll wish you had been zipping around the Caribbean your whole life. n

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A guide to sustainable jewelry, in the Caribbean and beyond

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ROM PEARLY SAND BEACHES to lush, flowering landscapes, the

Caribbean region is filled with natural beauty. Many travelers love to take home jewelry that

reminds them of island charm, including pearl and aquamarine

necklaces or gold bracelets set with hibiscus-colored rubies. Although most islands offer a never-ending array of duty-free shopping to choose from, the most eco-friendly (and often most distinctive) pieces are handmade from sustainable materials found locally. Sustainable jewelry around the Caribbean features expected materials like shells and seeds but also unusual items like volcanic rock and antique china. Jewelry created sustainably does not harm the environment. Manufacturing processes can be troublesome in a variety of ways beyond leaving a large energy footprint. Sustainable jewelry focuses on handcrafted items created from either natural or recycled materials. The Caribbean region supplies an array of local materials that inspire truly original jewelry for you to both look good and feel good. MSC CRUISES

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Shells, Sea Glass and Seeds Perhaps the most common sustainable jewelry are pieces created from gleaming seashells. The bounty of the Caribbean Sea adorns necklaces strung with speckled scallop shells, triton horns or the rosy, prized queen conch pearl. Sand dollars, coral, mollusks and bits of colored sea glass can also form rings, bracelets, barrettes and headbands. You’ll find them strung on leather and hand-formed silver cords or chiseled into one-of-a kind treasures. Shells are highly sustainable because of

seashells is a decorative alternative.

Clay and Rubber Caribbean soil is

Bracelets and necklaces fashioned

covered with pockets of

from burnished brown, wild tamarind

red clay and pottery is a

seeds are an old school tradition in

tradition passed down

Antigua, and other islands showcase accessories made with Job’s Tears, a sparking white, teardrop-shaped seed that is often dyed a variety of colors. Dating back five centuries when European explorers brought coconuts with them on their journeys to the Caribbean, the fruit has become a

Dominican amber

through generations. But besides pots, plant stands and vessels, clay can also be formed

Crystals and Semi-Precious Stones Although diamonds are the highlight

into beads, pendants

of many shopping excursions, crystals

and bracelets. Pieces

and stones that are locally mined at small sites offer a more sustainable

staple of Caribbean life. Islanders drink

polished with a natural

the water and eat the fruit, and coconut

brown hue or painted

shells make up a popular jewelry

with vibrant shades

trend. Instead of discarding the empty

and paired with native

just as appealing rings, earrings and

stones make clay

necklaces. The most notable native

husks, unisex bracelets and rings are designed from the coffee-colored shells. The vegetable-dyed beads also

jewelry an eclectic

make colorful necklaces. You can

choice for sustainability.

also find purses and satchels covered

Recycled rubber offers

with or carved from coconut shells.

Coconut rings

be found in caves and mountains all over the region and they make

Caribbean gem is the dreamy blue larimar, a volcanic stone mined in the Dominican Republic and sold on many other islands. Caribbean amber, also

a surprising take on

found in the Dominican Republic and

stylish and sustainable

Haiti, can be colored gold as well as

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choice. Sparkling quartz crystals can

fluorescent green and blue for unique, eco-friendly pieces. Translucent calcite and multi-colored agates are other crystals that are mined sustainably in the region.

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the seafood industry’s discarding processes. Creating jewelry from

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Wood, Resins and Fibers

Chaney jewelry designed by Crucian Gold, St. Croix

Rich and glossy mahogany wood creates striking furniture, but it also makes standout jewelry. Mahogany trees grow on many Caribbean islands and for centuries the wood has been prized for ships, houses and carvings. But now the wood has been over logged and Caribbean jewelry designers have found inventive ways to feature the wood. Crafting pendants, rings and earrings from discarded mahogany at building sites and wood workshops offers perfectly sustainable options. Other plentiful woods like ironwood, rosewood and blue mahoe are regularly fashioned into jewelry, sometimes accented with resins and metals. Natural resins from plants and trees also make attractive accessories. Some designers even press tropical flower petals or leaves into them for a longlasting piece of Caribbean beauty.

St. Croix Chaney On the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix, you’ll discover a form of

Handwoven fiber jewelry, made from

sustainable jewelry that is unique to the island. During the 1700s,

wiry local grasses or even yarn, are

European passenger ships bringing colonialists to the island would

another way to keep it sustainable.

often realize after landing that the fine china they had packed was broken. Rather than pay the heavy taxes for these plates and teacups, the pieces were thrown overboard. Centuries later, shards

the china pieces on rocks to smooth down the edges and use it as play money. The name “chaney” comes from the blending of the words China and money. Today, artisans feature pieces of chaney in necklaces, earrings and bracelets as well as artwork. The most common colors are blue and white but chaney also comes in red, brown and occasionally purple. Some pieces even display patterns of ships, windmills or flowers. Crucian jewelers often set pieces of chaney in plain designs to show off the history and beauty of these artifacts. You can buy these recycled and repurposed pieces in many Christiansted stores but you can also search for your own chaney pieces for the ultimate exercise in sustainability. n 32

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Crumbling ancient cities in and around Cozumel leave visitors wondering what happened to an ancient civilization.

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Tulum

HEY INVENTED A SYSTEM OF WRITING, searched the heavens for clues to the stars

and built magnificent pyramids as Europe struggled to survive the Dark Ages. And then one day they simply walked away,

leaving their impressive monuments to crumble in the jungle. Who were the

mysterious Maya and what happened to their once-thriving

civilization? Scientists have proposed myriad reasons, from overpopulation and depletion of resources to widespread famine and natural calamities. What we do know is that this Mesoamerican society developed sophisticated systems of language, mathematics

and astronomy — in addition to mesmerizing art and monumental architecture — in regions all around northern Central America (including areas of what we now know as Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador, as well as southern Mexican states such as Chiapas, Tabasco and the Yucatán Peninsula). Of the theories regarding the ultimate abandonment of their cities, most fall into one of two categories: ecological and non-ecological. The ecological hypotheses include environmental catastrophe (from volcanic eruption to earthquake to hurricane), epidemic disease or a severe climate change being at fault for the civilization’s collapse. The non-ecological theories are divided into subcategories that include foreign invasion, a collapse of various trade routes and even a revolt by the Mayan working class. Regardless of the reason, only the structures left behind know for sure. Of course, we’ve only even known about this ancient culture since the mid-1800s, when writer John L. Stephens and illustrator Frederick Catherwood braved jungles, diseases and civil wars in their quest to unravel the mysteries of the ancient Maya. The Mexican Caribbean is rich in ruined sites worth visiting by anyone who appreciates history, culture or even the unknown. Cruisers who dock in Cozumel need only join a shore excursion to be transported to ruins that evoke the pre-Columbian past. 38

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Above: El Cedral. Right: Ixchel, goddess of fertility and good health.

El Cedral Dating from 800 CE, this is the oldest Mayan structure on Cozumel Island. The village that once thrived here, in fact, was the capital. Spanish conquistadors tore down much of the temple in 1518, but an impressive portion remains,

San Gervasio Not far from Cozumel you’ll find the ruins of a pre-Columbian pilgrimage site dedicated to Ixchel, goddess of fertility and good health. Mayan women once traveled hundreds of miles to pay homage to her. Here you can admire centuriesold structures such as Chi Chan Nah and Nohoch Nah and El Arco, a graceful arch over an ancient road leading into the ceremonial center and its more than 40 temples. One of the most interesting is the Temple of the Hands, whose interiors are adorned with mysterious red hand prints. 40

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And then one day they simply walked away, leaving their impressive monuments to crumble in the jungle.

Xcaret Also near Cozumel was an important Mayan center of navigation and commerce. Some ruins at Xcaret date from 200 CE, but most structures were erected between 1200 CE and 1550 CE, during the Late Postclassic period. The archaeological zone is contained within Xcaret Eco Park, a modern tourism development offering numerous attractions, including snorkeling in a subterranean river and swimming with dolphins.

Tulum The ruins here are a must for Cozumel visitors

Xcaret's Rio ParaĂ­so

enthralled by history. Tulum is an exception among Mayan cities: When the conquest of

you can always head down to the palm-framed beach and

Mexico began, this city was still occupied. Most Mayan cities

splash in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean.

had been deserted long before the arrival of the Spaniards. The ancient Mayan cities along Mexico’s Caribbean coast

imposing architecturally than some other sites, Tulum boasts

hold long-buried secrets archaeologists continue to unearth.

a magnificent setting. The walled city rises dramatically on

We may never know how the Maya rose to greatness or why

a cliff overlooking the Caribbean. It was here that Mayan

their civilization came to crumble, but those who visit the

priests greeted each morning. Tourists find that Tulum is

region and walk in their footsteps will come away with a

easy to explore. And if you tire of hiking around the ruins,

sense of majesty and awe. n

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Every wallet, pocket and change purse tells a different story around the Caribbean.

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N A CARIBBEAN cruise,

then you’ll need some cash. Luckily for

cash is probably the furthest

American visitors, U.S. dollars are widely

thing from your mind. While

accepted throughout the Caribbean (though

you’re on board you’ll have the

you’ll likely be given change in the local

luxury of not being bothered to open your wallet. But in port, it’s back to the real world. In the Caribbean, many stores and restaurants take credit cards, but if you want to shop in markets, use local taxis or buses or maybe patronize a rustic beach bar or street vendor,

tender). Go back a few centuries, and it was

Above: Caribbean banknotes. Inset: Bahamian one cent coin.

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The Queen’s visage on the East Caribbean dollar notes is arguably one of her best. She’s shown as a young queen of 30 — regal but with a warm, girlish smile under a large, crowned poof of hair. Eventually, the European grasp on power waned. As the Caribbean islands achieved independence from their colonial masters — the last wave in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s — some began to issue their own national currencies. Other islands use the

Those first currencies

U.S. dollar as their official medium of exchange,

circulating in the Caribbean were

including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands,

whatever the European explorers and pirates

or the Euro like the French islands of Martinique

brought with them from their home countries.

and St. Martin. Some islands peg their national

The Spanish carried around golden doubloons,

currency to the U.S. dollar, including Aruba,

copper coins called maravedies, and silver “piece

Barbados, Grand Caymans, Curacao and Sint

of eight” coins that could literally be snapped apart

Maarten (meaning the value is fixed and doesn’t

and subdivided into eight pieces. Meanwhile the

fluctuate), while others like Jamaica have floating

English minted gold guineas and silver shillings.

currency so the exchange rate is variable and

For the French, it was gold Louis coinage. Many

based on market conditions.

colonial coins were decorated with images of

In parallel to the diversity of the Caribbean

European monarchs or national coats of arms.

itself, with its various indigenous cultures, colonial

Some European powers also created special

masters and topographies, these post-colonial

editions of their national tender for use in their

currencies are a treasure trove of brightly colored

Caribbean colonies as their business interests grew.

and creatively decorated notes and coinage. Images

In Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel Treasure

of colonial monarchs still tied to some of the

Island, the young wide-eyed narrator Jim

countries are found on many Caribbean island bills,

Hawkins captures the era well when describing

Post-independence leaders of the island nations are

behind in the inn his father ran in England:

also commonly showcased on the notes along with patriotic symbols and natural features like

“English, French, Spanish, Portuguese,

marine life and plants.

Georges, and Louises, doubloons and double

In circulation since

guineas and moidores and sequins, the pictures

1965, when it replaced the

of all the kings of Europe for the last hundred

British West Indies dollar,

years, strange Oriental pieces stamped with

the East Caribbean

what looked like wisps of string or bits of spider’s web, round pieces and square pieces, and pieces bored through the middle, as if to wear them round your neck — nearly every variety of money in the world must, I think, have found a place in that collection.” 50

Above: East Caribbean banknotes. Right: Florins from Aruba.

dollar (XCD) is the currency for seven countries including St. Lucia,

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namely Queen Elizabeth II and some Dutch royalty.

the contents of a treasure chest an old sailor left

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St. Kitts and Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda. Like other Caribbean currencies, XCD notes feature images of England’s Queen Elizabeth II, the monarch that still heads the Commonwealth of Nations — a group of formerly colonized countries, including more than a dozen in the Caribbean region. The Queen’s visage on the 1, 5, 20 and 100 East Caribbean dollar notes is arguably one of her best. She’s shown as a young queen of 30 in the portrait painted of her in 1956 by Pietro Annigoni, definitely one of her most attractive portrayals — regal but with a warm, girlish smile under a large, crowned poof of hair. Floating around her is a green turtle and a tropical bird, a monarch with her entourage. The Bahamian (BSD) dollar, the official tender since 1966, also has pictures of Queen Elizabeth II on some of its notes as well as prominent Bahamian politicians; on the back side are Costa Rica’s colon (CRC), plural colones, is

depictions of beloved cultural touchstones. The $1

probably the prettiest Caribbean currency

note, for instance, showcases the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band against a colorful green and

because of its vibrant, saturated colors and

yellow background. The $5 note has a sketch of a

photo-like images of wildlife on the backside of

junkanoo street parade, while the $100 bill gets

all the notes. Named after Christopher Columbus

noticed because of its big blue marlin. In fact,

(known as Cristóbal Colón in Spanish) the colon

many in the country refer to the note as “a blue

was introduced in 1896. The 2,000-colon note

marlin.” Bahamian coins stand out in the sea of

depicts a rich green bull shark, brilliant orange

Caribbean pocket change: there are starfish on

starfish and lots of yellow coral — all against an

the 1-cent coin and a pineapple on the 5-cent piece.

ocean-blue backdrop dotted with turtles and fish.

The 10-cent coin has scalloped edges and features

The bill is like an aquarium; you may want to

a pair of bonefish while the 15-cent coin is square.

frame it instead of spend it. The 50,000 note is

Other islands have finally sidelined the British

deep purple with a large blue butterfly while the

monarchy to feature their own national figures

bright gold 5,000 note’s capuchin monkey may

and natural resources on their currency. Jamaican

just be the most adorable creature adorning a

JMD coins, including 1-, 10- and 25-cent coins

bank note anywhere in the world.

images of national heroes, from statesman

around the Caribbean has been an extension

Norman Manley to political leader Marcus Garvey.

not only of the islands’ colonial past, but of

Similarly, Jamaica’s paper notes — the $50, $100,

the islands’ national pride, natural resources

$500 and $1,000 bills — all boast pictures of

and inherent tropical beauty. As Robert Louis

national heroes on the front and popular island

Stevenson wrote in Treasure Island, “It was a

destinations on the back. For instance, former

strange collection, like Billy Bones’ hoard for

prime minister and solicitor Donald Sangster is on the front of the $50 note with the popular tourist site Dunn’s River Falls on the reverse. 52

Above: Reverse of the Bahamian $1 note.

the diversity of coinage, but so much larger and so much more varied that I think I never had more pleasure than in sorting them.” n

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As if you needed another reason to love the Caribbean sunset …

In search of the

green flash

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BY JANET GROENE

RUSTY OLD PIRATE Hector Barbossa asks the question in the 2007 movie Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. “Ever gazed upon the

green flash, Master Gibbs?” Replies Joshamee Gibbs, “I reckon I seen my fair

share. Happens on rare occasion. The last glimpse of sunset, a green flash shoots up into the sky,”

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says Gibbs. “Some go their whole lives without ever seeing it.” Then crewmember Pintel adds, “It signals when a soul comes back to this world from the dead.”

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The film then treats the

true as the aurora borealis.

after night, a drink in one hand

audience to a romp through

But because it lingers for

and like-minded folks nearby.

preposterous hijinks to prove

only a second or two, people

that the green flash has

who see it even today may

And how do you increase your

magical powers. It’s theater

be given the Bronx cheer.

chances of seeing a green flash? The legends may be white

in the Caribbean, where true

lies but the science is straight,

flash watching is all about.

believers gather at sunset to

according to experts. It’s a

Fun. The best part is that there

watch the horizon at the instant

refraction that bends the

really is a green flash and you

when the sun sinks into the

light of the sun as it passes

That, mateys, is what green

really might see it. The magical

sea. Watching for the green

through a sort of prism

powers part is up to you.

flash is a cherished tradition

created by the atmosphere.

for first-timers and locals

It’s there for anyone to see.

Long before there were movies, people all over the

alike. Seeing it is a cruiser’s

As the sun passes through

world knew about the green

hole-in-one. A home run. A

this prism, colors are separated,

flash, but it’s so elusive it took

story to tell the grandkids.

with green at the end of the list.

Even veteran sunset

As the ocean swallows the sun,

centuries to be accepted as

watchers may see the flash only

a loom of last light appears as

By the 18th century, scientists

once in a lifetime. Some never

a brilliant burst of emerald. It’s

knew where, how and why.

do, but it doesn’t matter. It’s

seen only when atmospheric

The green flash is as real as

the promise of seeing it that

conditions are right and it’s so

a rainbow, as awesome and

lures us back to the rail night

brief, beginners miss it while

more than a mirage or myth.

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at its best, all in good fun.

What is it really, though?

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aiming the camera or swizzling

seen the green flash while

on Lake Huron promise a

a mimosa. By the time someone

in the Indian Ocean in 1875.

green flash when conditions

yells, “Hey look!” it’s gone.

It was captured in a color

are right, such as after the

photograph at the Vatican

passage of a cold front when

Sunset at sea is always a spectacle, different every

Observatory in 1960. Now that

the air is cooler than the water.

evening depending on the

almost everyone has a camera-

British musician and composer

palette painted by clouds, sun,

equipped smartphone, YouTube

Gavin Bryars was inspired

sea and air. It’s the perfect time

is awash with green flash

to write his musical piece

to pause with a well-deserved drink, good friends and the chance that tonight’s the night you’ll see the green flash. The journey begins when the sun

The green flash might be seen anywhere there is a large expanse of water, clear air and an unbroken view of the horizon.

turns from yellow to orange, but is still too bright to stare at safely. Wait patiently for the

sightings all over the world. The Caribbean is the

The Green Ray after seeing the green flash in the Pacific

moment when the last brassy

perfect place to view it, but

Ocean from a mountaintop

disc dips below the water.

the green flash might be seen

in Southern California.

German-born British

anywhere there is a large

Admiral Richard Byrd

scientist Sir Arthur Schuster

expanse of water, clear air

reported in a letter to Nature

and an unbroken view of the

of green flashes during

magazine in 1915 that he had

horizon. Tourism promoters

an Antarctic exploration.

and his crew saw a series

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Reported W.C. Haines, the

less frequent intervals, and

had such enduring appeal

expedition’s meteorologist:

the orange and red flares

that it was later made into

“The sun was skirting the

increased in frequency.”

a French movie. The Green

southern horizon, its disk

The story told in Pirates of

disappearing at intervals

the Caribbean is just one of the

Golden Lion and FIPRESCI

only to reappear again a

fanciful legends woven around

(film critics) Prize at the

few moments later. ... The

the green flash. Thank the

1986 Venice Film Festival.

irregularities in the snow

great yarn spinner Jules Verne

Ray (Le Rayon Vert) won the

Green flash drinks are an

surface permitted the upper

for inventing an “old Scottish

essential part of the sunset

limb of the sun to appear in one

legend” that introduced

ceremony. Every bartender has

or more star-like points of light

the green flash to modern

a secret recipe, which could

from adjacent notches. These

storytelling. When he needed

be anything from an avocado

points or flares of light would

a device for a fictional love

smoothie to a potent rum

sometimes have a greenish

story, Verne conjured up an

punch colored with, say, green

color on their appearance or

elaborate fairytale. In his 1822

melon liqueur or a combination

disappearance. The length of

novel The Green Ray, Verne

of orange juice and blue liqueur

time during which the green

cited the ancients as declaring

to create a unique shade of

flare was visible varied from

that anyone who saw the

green. The nonprofit Tales of

a fraction of a second to

“green ray” would forever after

the Cocktail Foundation shares

several seconds ... The above

be able to see into the inner

a Green Flash and Whitecaps

effect was seen at intervals

soul of another. As a result,

recipe made with rum, lime

during a period lasting over

his heroine would never be

juice, green liqueurs and egg

half an hour... Later the green

deceived in matters of the heart.

white. Shaken vigorously, it’s

appeared for shorter and

The novel’s romantic twist

topped with white froth. n

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The green flash is as real as a rainbow, as awesome and true as the aurora borealis.

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S.O.S.! Save Our Skin!

BY TRISHA DEWEY

the responsibilities of our daily lives, we switch into autopilot mode. This is especially

true when it comes to skincare. It becomes a chore

Begin getting your skin into prime condition by eating as much fruit and vegetables as possible. You should

to stick to a daily skincare regime. As a licensed

eat “skin-glowing” foods like berries

aesthetician, it’s my job to help people get their skin

and avocados. Pick fruits that are full of

back in focus so they can maximize their results in

antioxidants and in season. Buying in-season

as little time as necessary.

fruits and vegetables will save you money and give

A wonderful time to get out of this rut, both

you optimal freshness with the maximum health

mentally and physically, is when you’re on a vacation.

benefits. Mix up salads, smoothies and juices, adding

When you escape the everyday pressures, you’ll

different ingredients each time to keep your taste

find it’s easier to clear your mind, relax and give

buds from getting bored. Keep in mind that skin

yourself the ultimate “reset” button with some

care is not just about the products we apply on the

professional spa facials. You’ll be improving your

surface; you’ll see immediate results by adding these

overall mental health while also gaining some luster

foods to your diet as skin becomes instantly more

back in your skin. Here are some simple ways to

radiant from the inside out.

maintain a clean and hydrated complexion, with spa

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Pre-Vacation Prep

If you use a retinol product on your skin daily, you

treatments that will get your skin looking refreshed,

may want to stop using this product temporarily a

brighter and perfectly smooth. The goal is to take

week or so before your vacation. The retinol makes

care of you and with just a little attention, you will

skin ultra photosensitive, which means the sun could

see your skin transform into travel-worthy status!

leave your skin red and irritated. You can continue

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OMETIMES WE END UP so focused on all

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The key to looking your best on vacation is to let your skin shine through and let people see “you.” using retinol upon your return home; it’s still the gold standard for combating wrinkles. When you combine professional facials with the right slew of products, your skin will be more radiant and glowing than you ever thought possible.

blur away, and will give you new confidence to wear different styles of clothing. Other ways to get glowing skin is to try a “dry brush” twice a week before you bathe to get rid of dead skin cells from your body. Follow this treatment by applying a decadent coconut oil moisturizer while the skin is still wet.

Consider doing some research on the climate when picking the right consistency for your moisturizer. Use a gel or oilfree formula when traveling in a warm, tropical climate. The

If you are looking to jump-start your glow while you’re on vacation, visit your onboard spa and ask if they have some nice scrubs and massage treatments. The main thing to remember while traveling is that you

higher the humidity, the lighter the formula, so it doesn’t

don’t need a ton of products to look great. You may notice

make skin feel too slick and shiny. In a dry, hot climate, skin

that part of the charm when traveling in warmer climates is

can go through a lot more moisturizer and needs a rich

that the less you put on, the better you look. Makeup tends

formula applied at bedtime to survive. For adults, the rule of

to melt right off in the heat, which is never a good look for

thumb is to always “add to” and not to skimp on moisture. If

anyone! So the key to looking your best on vacation is to let

you find yourself on vacation without appropriate coverage,

your skin shine through and let people see “you.” Besides,

do not fret! They have products available at the spa on board;

with less time spent on primping, the more you will realize

see if they have a good recommendation to suit your needs

the real you is what people will love to see most. Leave the

and keep you properly hydrated.

hard work for the professionals.

Sunscreen

Eyes and Nose

Obviously, you should always protect yourself with

Sunglasses are essential for protecting your eyes from the

sunscreen when spending time outside. There are many new

harmful UV rays and will keep you from constantly squinting,

products on the market to self-tan that make it easy to apply

preventing those pesky crow’s feet from forming. You can also

and are extremely realistic looking. Many are gradual, so you

protect yourself by adding a stylish scarf and hat.

can use it until you build up to your desired color and then maintain it as long as needed. It makes skin imperfections 62

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Spa Treatments While you are on board, a professional aesthetician can nourish your skin back to health by giving the attention that

Time to Wine Down While we can all hope to age like fine wine, the revitalizing effects of vinotherapy will ensure your skin looks its best at any age. Picked from the Bocelli 1831 winery in wine-

it’s been lacking, while also getting you into a relaxed state

soaked Tuscany, the grapes percolated into

of mind. Spa professionals will apply the highest possible

the Lajatica products (offered exclusively at

quality of ingredients, available only through a licensed aesthetician. Ingredients extracted from berries are loaded

the MSC Aurea Spa) promote dramatic anti-

with skin-protecting vitamins and minerals and antioxidant-

aging and firming effects. Unlike traditional

rich polyphenols. These nutrients create a powerful elixir

vinotherapy, Lajatica uses the whole complex

when used in a facial that will repair your skin and protect it from harmful, DNA-damaging free radicals.

of the grape, including skin and seeds, which

Another benefit to nurturing your skin is that it will

give it an incomparable antioxidant power.

actually begin to thank you for it. Skin continues to show

Aurea Spa offers eight luxury, wine-based

improvements for several weeks following a treatment, due to rejuvination in cell turnover. People who know you will

treatments using the Lajatica products:

start noticing a new alluring quality about you, yet they can’t

three different body treatments, a luxurious

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Get to know the tree that finds its way into art, culture and, of course, so much of the scenery throughout the Caribbean.

The Divi -Divi

BY JANET GROENE

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YMBOL OF A NATION and a living inspiration for artists

and photographers, the gnarled divi-divi trees found on Caribbean beaches might

also be seen as a metaphor for lives that are gently bent but never broken. The species Caesalpinia coriaria is

found throughout the warm climates of the

world but is best known in the Leeward Antilles. The beloved divi-divi is the national tree of Curaҍao, and has earned a nickname as Aruba’s natural compass. Sloshed in salt spray and lashed by steady sea winds, the tree drops its seeds in arid beach sands with little chance of survival. Seedlings struggle skyward, only to be stroked relentlessly by the prevailing northeast winds until, as one writer puts it, the tree acquiesces. As if humbled by LITTLENY/ALAMY STOCK PHOTO

some divine hand, the cherished dividivi trees seen on windy coasts live in a permanent curtsy. They bow before the winds from the northeast and pay eternal fealty to the southwest.

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As if humbled by some divine hand, the cherished divi-divi trees seen on windy coasts live in a permanent curtsy. They bow before the winds from the northeast and pay eternal fealty to the southwest.

In fact, the wind-sculpted shape of the tree, always pointing to the southwest tourist guide on Aruba, where roaming by rental Jeep is a popular way to explore (and to get lost in) the trackless outback. Some tour brochures suggest cheerfully to visitors, “to get back to town, follow the way the trees are pointing.” The divi-divi tree is so deeply rooted in the nation’s heart that it even appears in a Vision Statement issued by Aruba’s Ministry of General Affairs, highlighting lessons to be learned including “to work with your strengths, respect the forces of nature, embrace the inevitability of change and stay pointed in the right direction to be able to take control of the future.” 68

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in these islands, has earned it the role of

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sent back to Spain to tan the fine leathers that country is known for. The bark of the watapana has produced ink and dyes. Woodworkers turn the trees’ twisted, tangled trunks and roots into sculptures and designer furniture. Bonsai artists value the miniaturized watabana for its delicate leaves, clustered flowers and adaptable shape. Commonly seen in the bush, dividivi trees are usually only about 9 feet tall, rarely reaching as high as 20 feet. The small blossoms are unremarkable, although the blooming season brings out small, creamy clusters with a sweet smell. The leaves form delicate, feathery fingers, creating effective, fluttering filters for the tropical sun. Some may see these trees as mere bystanders in the beauty ranks when put next to the Caribbean’s bawdy poinciana trees, rustling palms, hot pink bougainvillea and fruit-laden papayas. It’s when the tradewinds take over that the magic happens. Winds are so steady, strong and Leafy green and sweetly succumbing, the divi-divi tree is one of the Caribbean’s

are broad, while the watapana’s are a fringe of feathery ladyfingers.)

best-known icons. Bent at the waist, it

Around the world, Caesalpinia

reliable in the southern Caribbean, they have been a gift to sailors for centuries. It’s these steady winds

forms a shelter for stranded travelers

coriaria may be known as divi-divi,

that are also nature’s sculpting tool,

and shade for the sunburned. It creates a

watapana, cascalote, guaracabuya

endlessly twirling tree trunks and

bower for brides at beach weddings and

or guatapana. It’s not to be confused

turning twigs into unique sculptures

provides artsy backdrops for swimsuit

with watapana shimaron (Acacia

along the shore. While it’s true that the

models from all over the world.

glauca), a flowering shrub favored in

trees can be found anywhere, to really

landscaping, or with the many other

see them, head for coastal areas where

make it a divi-divi tree,” cautions one

trees that also twist before strong

tradewinds are constant.

Aruban guide. Locally, the native tree is

winds or produce similar seed pods.

“Just because it’s bent double doesn’t

known by its Arawak name, watapana, and only the fruit is called “divi-divi.”

In its usual forest settings, the divi-

As poet Christina Rossetti wrote: Who has seen the wind?

divi is a small tree that hardly stands

Neither you nor I:

Some of the island’s wind-sculpted

out, yet for centuries it has yielded a

But when the trees bow down

trees are actually fofoti (Conocarpus

cornucopia of gifts to humankind. Early

their heads,

erectus), which likes a wet environment,

Spanish settlers harvested and pressed

The wind is passing by.

usually brackish water. (One way to

its tannin-rich seeds by the ton. A major

Indeed, those who have seen divi-divi

tell the difference is that fofoti leaves

export for generations, divi-divi oil was

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Basseterre Caribbean Secret

Fortress, nine miles west of

offers excellent diving amid

wide variety of attractions.

couple of places to escape

the capital and main port,

tropical fish, eagle rays and

For example, you can ride

the crushing tourist

Basseterre. Dating from

lobsters.

a horse along Pinney’s

crowds, the islands of

1690, the fort is a complex of

St. Kitts and Nevis fit the

bastions, barracks and other

a workout can attempt to

Visitors who really want

you can see Montserrat,

bill. Columbus discovered

structures built on the top

scale Mount Liamuiga (3,792

Redonda and even Antigua.

these obscure islands on his second voyage in 1493, but it seems that the masses have yet to discover them, which is why they remain one of the Caribbean’s best-kept

Beach. On clear days,

Other activities include

St. Kitts has several historic forts. The most popular is Brimstone Hill Fortress.

secrets. Nevis is the quieter

nature hikes, cycling and windsurfing. If you prefer lessstrenuous sightseeing, visit the Alexander Hamilton Museum and the Nevis

of the sister islands, but

and upper slopes of a steep,

feet), also known as “Mount

Botanical Gardens, or just

tranquil beaches, uncrowded

800-foot hill.

Misery.” A round trip up this

snooze in a hammock at

dormant volcano takes about

Oualie Beach.

shops, restaurants and historic sites await you at both destinations.

Three miles from Basseterre you’ll find the

four hours.

Taste of Basseterre

best swimming at Conaree

Nevis, birthplace of

St. Kitts has several

Beach. For a deeper water

Alexander Hamilton, first

historic forts. The most

experience, Nags Head, at

Secretary of the Treasury of

hearty meat dishes, like rich

popular is Brimstone Hill

the southern tip of St. Kitts,

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Belize City Endless Beauty

ancient ruins, trekking in a

a mysterious winding river.

18-square-mile reserve

ago. Watch archaeologists

St. John’s Cathedral, in

created to protect 1,500

excavate priceless pottery

Belize City, is the oldest

black howler monkeys,

shards and skeletons,

jungle, climbing mountains

Anglican cathedral in

and Cockscomb Basin

or climb to the top of a

or scuba diving among

Central America, built

Wildlife Sanctuary, a

centuries-old stone pyramid

incredible coral reefs, you’ll

in 1812. Visit the well-

160-square-mile tropical

for a bird’s-eye view of

love the exploratory nature

preserved Government

forest established to protect

the jungle. Either way,

of Belize. This small Central

House museum, dating back

endangered jaguars. Belize’s

experiencing the Mayan

American country boasts

to 1814, or the Belize Zoo,

underwater attractions

ruins in Belize is a once-in-

a number of attractions,

which is home to more than

are equally impressive,

a-lifetime adventure.

including centuries-old

150 birds, mammals and

featuring canyons brimming

Mayan cities, 240 varieties

reptiles. Be sure to check

with marine life, including

of wild orchids, 500 species

out the National Handicraft

70 types of hard coral and

of birds and some of the

Center on North Front

more than 400 species of

Street, where vendors sell

colorful fish.

world’s best dive sites. Belize is known for its

wood and slate carvings,

The Belize countryside

Taste of Belize City For a taste of Belizean culture, try a helping of traditional rice and beans. This national dish is cooked

adventurous spirit, and

black coral jewelry, pottery,

abounds with archaeological

a very specific way, the

many travelers take

paintings and baskets.

sites such as Altun Ha and

beans and rice boiled in

advantage of the opportunity

Xunantunich, left over

coconut milk, and is often

to fly through the treetops

appreciate the Community

from when the Maya lived

served with fish stew or

on a zip line or cave tube on

Baboon Sanctuary, in an

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Barbados in 1625, and Europeans have been fascinated with the

tropical isle’s allure ever since. Over the

years, many cultures have colored this easternmost Caribbean island, whose warm, friendly residents are known as Bajans, but a decidedly British ambiance still makes visitors feel like royalty. Caribbean cricket, anyone? For an understanding of West Indian culture and colonial history, the capital, Bridgetown, is a good place to explore. National Heroes Square (formerly known as Trafalgar Square), which dates back to 1813, is a celebration of the island’s heroes and is home to a bronze statue of Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson. Also of note in Bridgetown are the Barbados Museum, originally a military prison, and one of the oldest Jewish synagogues in the Caribbean, dating back to the 1600s. Barbados is also a wellspring of natural wonders. Harrison’s Cave, a breathtaking limestone cavern, will be on the top of every spelunker’s to-see list. Its many subterranean streams, springs, stalagmites and stalactites have made it one of the island’s leading tourist attractions. North of Bridgetown is the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, where you may spot green monkeys, red-footed turtles, peacocks and pelicans as you stroll along the wooded paths.

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Cartagena

Colonial Splendor

a museum that displays

guards. Now the fort is open

trading center on

instruments of torture used

to visitors who wish to walk

Colombia’s Caribbean

during Spain’s Inquisition. It

through a piece of history.

coast, Spain fortified

makes for a fascinating yet

Cartagena by surrounding

disturbing visit.

it with fortress walls that

Castillo de San

are up to 20 feet thick.

Felipe de Barajas

Today Cartagena is a draw

is a complex of

for tourists who may enjoy

batteries, tunnels

joining locals in drinking

and hiding places

However, Cartagena also has its fair share of

Cartagena also has its fair share of luxury.

rum, dancing and basking in

that were built

the tropical sun.

from stone to ensure that

luxury. Most notable is Bocagrande, several minutes from town by taxi, which boasts a beach, resort hotels, restaurants and nightclubs.

Taste of Cartagena

When you visit Plaza de

no enemy could survive an

Bolívar in the Old City, you

assault on Cartagena. The

Colombians enjoy arroz con

can relax under majestic

tunnels were constructed

coco, a creamy rice pudding

trees. Facing the plaza is

so that any sound would

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stairs are the 99 Steps, which begin on Government Hill. The view from the top of the steps will make you think you have ascended the stairway to heaven.

Taste of Charlotte Amalie The Virgin Islands are

Charlotte Amalie, with

known for their tropical

St. Croix in the distance.

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and health food variety. Rum

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Colón

Engineering Marvel

jungles. Around 13,000

buccaneer Henry Morgan,

a Central American

to 14,000 ocean-going

now designated a UNESCO

ode to scenery and

vessels use it each year. At

World Heritage Site. The

ingenuity, also considered

the Miraflores Locks, on

style and architecture

one of mankind’s greatest

the Pacific Ocean side, is

is preserved best in the

engineering achievements.

a platform that offers

Casa Gongora, now a

On December 31, 1999,

visitors a view of the locks

museum and concert hall.

the United States handed

in operation. Boats leave

The Amador Causeway

over the “keys” to the

Balboa, a western suburb

connects the four islands

Panama Canal to the

of Panama City, for a

of Noas, Culebra, Perico

Panamanian government.

five-hour tour through the

and Flamenco with the

That momentous occasion

locks to Miraflores Lake.

mainland. The causeway

ended decades of U.S.

Fuerte Amador, at the

is at the southeastern

control of the world-famous

Pacific entrance to the

tip of the Panama Canal

series of locks, waterways

Panama Canal, is both

and boasts views of

which drastically shorten

modern and historic.

Panama City and the

shipping times for vessels

Visitors will find a cruise

Bridge of the Americas.

that travel from the Atlantic

terminal with shopping

to the Pacific oceans.

plazas chock-full of

Two hours’ drive from the capital, Panama City, Colón

Rainforest Resort next to the 55,000-acre Soberania National Park. An aerial tram allows visitors to see the upper forest canopy and the exotic creatures that live in the treetops. Gatún Locks, a series of three chambers that raises ships over 80 feet above sea level, offers a beautifully serene way to take in the Canal.

Taste of Colón The roads of Panama are scattered with fondas, portable stalls selling street food like tacos, coconut

restaurants and duty-free

boasts a wide variety of

rice and sancocho, a type of

approximately 50 miles,

bargains. History buffs

attractions including beaches,

chicken soup. These street

The Canal stretches for from Panama City on the

can visit Casco Antiguo,

historic sites and the world’s

vendors also specialize in

Pacific Coast to Colón on

the colonial city rebuilt

second-largest duty-free

fried snacks which are often

the Atlantic Coast, lined

after it was destroyed

trade zone. Also just outside

served from glass boxes and

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Costa Maya

Adventures Galore

M

ayan culture takes

is Los Mascarones (Temple

center stage at

of the Masks), so called

Costa Maya, a

because of the five surviving

jewel of Mexico’s Caribbean

stucco masks that line the

coast. This resplendent

temple’s staircase. The once-

stretch of sparkling sand

powerful Dzibanché features

along the Yucatán Peninsula

stone plazas bordered by

lures visitors in search of

pyramids, including the

new horizons to explore. But

Temple of the Owl and

Costa Maya still retains its

Temple of the Cormorants,

pristine appeal. Here you

and is often populated by

can stroll along a lonely

troops of howler monkeys.

beach, meditate under a

It is the only ruin in the

palm tree and imagine what

area that guests can climb

life must have been like for

straight to the top.

the enigmatic Maya Indians who have called this area home for centuries.

“City of Red Corn,” where

zip lines, a zip coaster, Mayan jungle and more! Once you see it from the ship, you won’t be able to resist.

Brand new to It’s great fun to Costa Maya is get around in a dune the larger-than-life buggy, ATV, Jeep or kayak. Stop by the Mayá, Lost Mayan Kingdom water park. nearby fishing village ®

of Mahahual, and

don’t forget to check out the area’s fabulous snorkeling opportunities.

Taste of Costa Maya Since Costa Maya is the original site of so many

you are rewarded with

famous Mayan ruins, it is

Kohunlich and Dzibanché

spectacular views of the

also the perfect place to

are considered to be among

magnificent pyramid and its

taste some authentic Mayan

the best in the southern

surrounding jungle.

cuisine. Feast on tamales,

The Mayan ruins at

COSTA MAYA

Also worth a visit is Chacchoben, the Mayan

park, packed with waterslides,

Yucatán. The major

Brand new to Costa Maya

beans and chicken stew,

structure at Kohunlich, an

is the larger-than-life Mayá,

but mind the generous use

important ceremonial center,

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Cozumel

Something for Everyone

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onsidered sacred by the Maya Indians who have lived

here for over 2,000 years,

Cozumel is an eclectic destination that appeals to nature, history and culture to sports, cuisine and shopping, Cozumel has it all. In the 1960s, renowned oceanographer Jacques Cousteau filmed a show in Cozumel, introducing the area’s pristine underwater habitat to the world. Cousteau’s endorsement was all Cozumel needed to

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emerge as a premier diving

explorers. Chankanaab

and snorkeling destination

also features a saltwater

of Mayan dwellings.

where underwater visibility

lagoon, archaeological

activities in Cozumel

ferry to Playa del Carmen.

extends as much as 250 feet.

park, botanical garden,

include bird-watching,

From there it’s easy to

Other fun-in-the-sun

of Playa San Francisco. Visitors can take the

At Palancar Reef

wildlife sanctuary and

windsurfing, deep-sea

reach more extensive

are giant elephant-ear

a facility where you can

fishing, bonefishing,

ruins, such as the

sponges, red coral, deep

swim with dolphins.

horseback riding,

ancient city of Tulum.

Taste of Cozumel

Fun-in-the-sun activities in Cozumel include bird-watching, windsurfing, deep-sea fishing, bonefishing, horseback riding, kayaking and biking.

ensalada de nopales, also

caves and canyons. At

Also among the park’s

This native Yucatecan dish

kayaking and biking.

As an alternative to a boring salad, try an known as cactus salad.

Chankanaab Nature

attractions are 35 varieties

Park, where land and sea

of plant life; 60 species of

come together, a sunken

marine life, including sea

traces of original Mayan

on a bed of chiles, onions

ship attracts underwater

turtles; and reproductions

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consists of tenderized, thorn-free cactus, sliced

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his French Caribbean island, which measures only 425

square miles, has been home to more than its fair share of famous people.

Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon, was born on Martinique in 1763; and Paul Gauguin, one of the great post-Impressionist painters, lived on the island in 1887. In Fort-de-France, the capital, visit La Savane Park, which consists of 12 acres of splendid tropical landscaping. Other highlights include Fort St. Louis, Empress Josephine’s statue, the Schoelcher Library, the Municipal Theatre and St. Louis Cathedral. Explore picturesque coves and a beautiful tropical reef where you will be able to view a variety of corals, sponges and exotic fish. Snorkeling off a secluded beach in a small fishing village is an

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George Town

Diver’s Delight

the island in 1503 when he was blown

to dive without a wet suit.

sea horses. Wall diving in

Stingray City is one of

crystal-clear water gives

the most popular diving

you the feeling of floating in a balloon above an endless

off course on his way to

and snorkeling sites on the

Hispaniola. A century later,

island. The stingrays, which

Grand Cayman and sister

may be as wide as six feet,

islands Cayman Brac and

look like stealth bombers

Grand Cayman also is noted for its breathtaking wall dives.

wall of color that disappears into an inky black abyss. In the Queen Elizabeth

Little Cayman counted

hugging the sandy bottom.

buccaneers, beachcombers

They are so accustomed to

and shipwrecked sailors

divers feeding them that

among the first settlers of the

they will come right up

ironwood trees, you can also

British Crown Colony that

and eat out of your hand.

see the rare Grand Cayman

would come to be known as the Cayman Islands. One of Grand Cayman’s

Grand Cayman also is

II Botanic Park, a 65-acre showcase with orchids, mahogany, white birch and

blue iguana and parrot.

noted for its breathtaking wall dives. It is surrounded

most famous attractions is

by four steep walls that are

Seven Mile Beach. The water

covered with healthy coral,

Taste of George Town The island’s specialty

around Grand Cayman is

where you can view schools

is freshly caught fish,

almost always calm and is

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Warm and Wild

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eemingly untouched

as “monkey lalas” or “jesus

by man, Honduras is

lizards,” remarkable little

as ripe for adventure

dragons that can run

as it is pristine, with reefs,

upright across the water.

ruins and rainforests

Ornithologists are also in

all offering a glimpse The main attraction for cruisers in this Central American nation is Roatán, the largest of eight islands that make up

Divers and snorkelers also will find much to enjoy in the Caribbean waters off Roatán.

drive vehicle. Divers and snorkelers also will find much to enjoy in the From the top of “El Mirador,” guests can take in the colorful coastline of Coxen Hole, the island’s largest city.

Taste of

the Bay Islands. Roatán

Isla de Roatán

is a hilly island that offers visitors brilliant blue

popular activity, and a great way to explore is by 4-wheel-

Caribbean waters off Roatán.

of nature at its finest.

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Isla de Roatán

for a treat. The island is

Try a platter of green

waters, palm-fringed

home to 120 species of birds,

plantain chips. Sweeter and

beaches and nature trails.

including the must-see red-

thicker than potato chips,

All over Roatán, wildlife enthusiasts can watch basilisk lizards, also known

lored parrot, which loves

these banana-like treats

to eat cashews off the tree.

are fried and salted into the

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Kralendijk Dive into Paradise

Strolling through

you, the Dutch

Kralendijk, the capital,

make Lac Bay a windsurfer’s

island of Bonaire

you’ll see Dutch Colonial-

dream. Windsurfing is

style architecture, including

one of the more popular

boasts a natural underwater

and shallow, calm waters

paradise. Bonaire Marine Park encompasses more than 6,672 acres, and its reef is home to a wide variety of

It's reef is home to parrot fish, butterfly fish and angel fish.

sorts of birds, lizards and iguanas. Lake Gotomeer, in the northern part of the park, is one of two places on the island to see the famous pink flamingos. The other is in the Pekelmeer Sanctuary to the south.

coral and aquatic creatures, including the parrot fish,

sanctuary featuring all

yellow and orange buildings

activities here, drawing

Taste of Kralendijk

butterfly fish and angel fish.

topped by curved, gabled

enthusiasts from all over

About 50 miles north of

roofs. The island is known

the world. Lac Bay also

Venezuela, Bonaire is one of

for this quirky architecture.

contains a spectacular

serves a variation on the

mangrove forest, one of

dumpling, and in Bonaire

Nearly every culture

only four spots in the world

Just a short boat ride

where southern flamingos

away is Klein Bonaire, an

the best-preserved in

they are called pastechis.

breed. Other rare species like

uninhabited island whose

the entire Caribbean.

Much like Spanish

the Caribbean parakeet and

No Name Beach has become

The 13,500-acre

empanadas, these crisp

yellow-shouldered parrot are

a favorite spot for snorkelers.

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Miami

nown as the “Gateway

celebrities and tourists

Also of interest is the

to Latin America

alike. At Lincoln Road

Wolfsonian-FIU museum,

and the Caribbean,”

Mall, a popular pedestrian

which contains a collection

Miami sizzles to a tropical

area, you can choose from

of more than 120,000

beat. The jewel of Florida’s

a wide variety of shops

works of art, rare books,

southeastern coast, Miami is

and restaurants, ranging

posters, World War II

one of America’s most colorful

from moderately priced

memorabilia and other

and cosmopolitan cities.

to upscale. Speaking of

cultural mementos.

Two of the area’s most interesting ethnic neighborhoods are Little Havana and Little Haiti. Little Havana has a number of authentic Cuban restaurants

upscale, Bal Harbour Shops

The Art Deco architecture of South Beach attracts celebrities and tourists alike.

Taste of Miami Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant has been a Miami favorite since 1915. Stop by their location in South Beach

and hosts Calle Ocho, one

boast shopping and dining

for a treat of fresh, tender

of the world’s largest block

that has been favorably

crab claws in signature

parties, every March. The Art Deco architecture of South Beach attracts

compared to Fifth Avenue,

mustard mayonnaise. Joe’s

Rodeo Drive and the

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Montego Bay Breezy Paradise

the uncommonly clear

powdery sand,

and sparkling waters and

friendly locals —

near-white sand. Situated

Montego Bay has all the

in the middle of Montego

fixings of the perfect

Bay's “Hip Strip” Gloucester

tropical vacation. As one

Avenue, take in some

of Jamaica’s most popular

sun, dining, shopping and

areas, it’s known for its

dancing all in one day.

beaches, shopping, and lively music scene. Celebrities and socialites have flocked to the world-

Montego Bay is also a sports enthusiast’s

Montego Bay has all the fixings of the perfect tropical vacation.

favorite of divers, snorkelers, sailors and windsurfers. Another hotspot for divers is the Canyon and Chimney, a 70-foot fish-feeding station.

Taste of Montego Bay Jamaican cuisine is a fusion of Spanish, British

paradise. River rafting, golf

and Afro-centric influences.

and diving are the three

The most popular style

famous Doctor’s Cave

most popular activities.

of cooking native to the

Beach since its waters were

Montego Bay Marine

country is called jerk — a

rumored to cure several

Park, a 6,000-acre ocean

spicy and smoky seasoning

ailments. But you don’t

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appreciate Ardastra Gardens Zoo & Conservation

legendary pirate, Blackbeard.

Center, where more than

Fort Charlotte is the

300 birds, mammals and

largest fort in the Bahamas,

reptiles from the Caribbean

boasting moats, dungeons

and Latin America are

and a stunning view from

on display among acres

the fort’s ramparts. A great

of lush tropical gardens.

spot for pictures on Paradise

Shoppers will find plenty

Nassau’s Bay Street is home to high-end boutiques purveying the world’s finest luxury brands of jewelry and fragrances.

end of the spectrum, the straw market and small art galleries offer colorful art and distinctive local crafts that reflect Bahamian heritage and the skill and dexterity of the artists.

Taste of Nassau For dessert, try a

Island is the Cloister,

of temptation on Nassau’s

the remnants of a 14th-

Bay Street, home to high-

century French monastery,

end boutiques purveying

duff. These soft pastries

transported there by

the world’s finest luxury

are filled with sweet guava

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pulp and topped with a

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New York T Big Apple

o many people, New

Fifth and Madison avenues,

York City is the

home to scores of well-

spinning center of

known designer stores,

the universe. The “Big

including Saks Fifth Avenue

Apple,” as it is often called,

and Tiffany & Co. Or you

is a city like no other, a

can stroll or ride a bike in

hub of business, finance,

Central Park with its 843

fashion and the arts. From

acres of landscaped and

Broadway shows and

recreational areas. Things

museums to shopping and

to do in the park are endless,

restaurants, New York

including a zoo, carousel,

offers visitors a seemingly

skating rink, theater, lake,

never-ending array of things

gardens, food, walking

to do and places to see.

and biking tours and all

History lovers will

sorts of entertainment.

want to visit Ellis Island,

New York is packed with

through which 12 million

world-class restaurants,

immigrants entered the

so it’s impossible to go

country between 1892 and

hungry here. Grab a bite at

1954, and the iconic Statue

the Carnegie Deli, famous

of Liberty on Liberty Island.

for its mile-high deli

Other classic New York

sandwiches, or at Carmine’s,

landmarks include the

known for its tasty Italian

Empire State Building and

menu served in hearty

the Chrysler Building. Both

family-style portions.

offer magnificent views of the city at a thrilling height.

Not yet ready to turn in? Not a problem. New York is

At the United Nations, you

the “city that never sleeps.”

can see council chambers,

Take in a show or dance the

the General Assembly Hall

night away in a pulsating

and various exhibits.

club. Whatever you want,

The downtown South

you’ll find it in New York.

Street Seaport is a bustling with a maritime museum,

The hottest culinary

beautiful views and

fad in New York is not

more than 100 shops and

elegant restaurants, but

restaurants. You’ll also find

food trucks. These mobile

unique stores, galleries,

street vendors can serve

restaurants and cafés

anything from cupcakes

in SoHo and

to Vietnamese fusion to

Greenwich Village. Shoppers will want to stroll along the upscale 104

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their own unique ambiance and natural beauty that

An iconic lighthouse will stand gracefully on

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amaica, one of the Caribbean’s best-known islands, enjoys a rich

multicultural history. The island boasts several popular port destinations, including Ocho Rios. Ocho Rios means “eight rivers” in Spanish, but the name is misleading. The title was actually a corruption of the Spanish las chorreras,

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Red-billed streamertail, the national bird of Jamaica

Noël Coward. You can visit Coward’s home, Firefly, which is perched on a cliff 17 miles east of Ocho Rios. Ocho Rios is the place to enjoy a bamboo raft ride down the Martha Brae River. You’ll also want to visit the iconic Dunn’s River Falls near Ocho Rios. The 600-foothigh waterfall cascades down terraced limestone beds and eventually ends in the Caribbean Sea. Dunn’s River Falls is one of the most-photographed sights in Jamaica. If you are adventurous or athletic, you can climb to the top of the falls on a trail that zigzags around the tumbling water. The trail is open every day, and guides are available. Feel free to splash around in the waters at the base of the falls, relax in the cooler pools higher up or simply lounge on the small beach nearby.

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Oranjestad Dutch Treat

the casinos and clubs as the island’s glamorous nightlife

this southeastern

kicks into gear.

Caribbean island you’ll find

Arikok National Park,

Dutch-style buildings and

covering 20 percent of

windmills alongside glitzy

the island, is a geological

casino resorts. A warm sea

meld of magma, quartz

laps desert-like terrain as

and limestone, as well as a

arid as any Arizona has to

natural haven for donkeys

offer. In Aruba, the only

and wild parakeets. The

universal is a reigning tone

park features Arawak

of tranquility.

petroglyphs in Fontein

Palm and Eagle beaches feature resort hotels and

Cave, the remains of Dutch settlements at Masiduri,

In Oranjestad, the capital, Dutch colonial-style buildings house duty-free boutiques.

Many visitors prefer to explore the area on horseback or on a leisurely four-wheel safari. In Oranjestad, the capital, Dutch colonial-style buildings house duty-free boutiques. Also in the area are a few small museums, including Museo Arubano in the restored 18th-century Fort Zoutman.

Taste of Oranjestad One tasty Aruban dish is

white-sand shores that are

plantation houses in the

perfect for strolling and

Prins Valley, towering

sunning as windsurfers

Mount Jamanota and the

mixture of chicken, tomatoes

search for the perfect breeze.

ruins of a gold-mining

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it a haven for tourists in

peddlers at the wharf. On

Netherlands such as cheeses,

recent years. The territory

Front Street is the historic

chocolates, Delftware

combines the elegance and

Pasanggrahan Hotel, which

and, yes, wooden shoes.

sophistication of Europe

was once the Royal Guest

with the warmth and

House for Dutch royalty.

charm of the West Indies.

Two aptly named streets

On the Dutch side, all

run the length

the action is centered on

of town. Front

Philipsburg, the capital

Street “fronts”

of St. Maarten, with its

the water and

great shopping, quaint

Back Street

restaurants, unforgettable

borders the

historic sites and more.

other end. In

Laid-back while the sun is

between, the city is packed

up, Philipsburg turns lively

with restaurants, casinos

when it sets. Wathey Square

and shops, many offering

is a bustle of activity with

imported goods from the

Vacationers can enjoy a range of sports on St. Maarten, including snorkeling and diving, horseback riding, fishing and kayaking.

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Pointe-à-Pitre

Tropical French

influence on the island’s

the Cathedral of St. Peter

territory is shaped

architecture, language,

and St. Paul for its stained-

like a butterfly and

culture and cuisine that

glass windows. Enjoy

Guadeloupe’s volcano.

is just as strong today.

commanding views from

At roughly 4,800 feet,

the ruins of the 17th-

La Soufrière features

comprises two islands.

Grand-Terre, on the eastern

Grand-Terre’s Pointe-à-

side, is known for its gently

Pitre resembles a French

sloping hills and prosperous

Riviera port, where modern

steaming sulfur pits, mud

The 74,000-acre Parc

cauldrons and fumaroles.

buildings form a backdrop

Naturel is a major attraction

the western wing, is

for the city’s tree-lined

on Basse-Terre. A drive

rugged, mountainous and

historic area. Place de la

through the park reveals

dominated by La Soufrière,

Victoire features a variety of

thick ferns, shrubs, flowers,

Although the Spanish

Even taller is

century Fort Fleur d’épee.

sugar crop. Basse-Terre,

an active volcano.

views of the island.

Taste of Pointe-à-Pitre The national dish of

picturesque wooden homes

stately trees, breathtaking

Guadeloupe is porc-colombo,

with open-air balconies.

vistas and mountainous

a flavorful curry made

discovered Guadeloupe,

Musée Schoelcher and

cool air. Mamelle de

with zucchini (courgette),

the French colonized it

Musée St. John Perse are

Pigeon, at 2,500 feet,

eggplant (aubergine), chili

in 1635, imparting an

both worth a visit, as is

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his decidedly French

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British Beauty

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he British Virgin Islands consist of more than 36 islands,

Rhone, which sank in 1867. Mount Sage National Park surrounds the

including more than 20 that

island’s highest point,

are uninhabited. Tortola

Mount Sage. The park

is the largest, offering

consists of elephant-ear

some of the best yachting

vines, mahogany trees,

and sailing opportunities

philodendrons and ferns.

in the Caribbean.

The Henry Adams walking

In Road Town, the British

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Road Town

trail leads past some of the

territory’s capital, the

Caribbean’s oldest trees

Virgin Islands Folk Museum

and offers splendid bird-

showcases artifacts from

watching opportunities.

the days of plantations and

Afterwards, relax with a

slavery, as well as relics

fruity rum drink. Rum has

from the wreck of the RMS

been manufactured on the

Relax with a fruity rum drink. Rum has been manufactured on the island for decades and is used to liven up all sorts of concoctions and cocktails.

island for decades and is used to liven up all sorts of concoctions and cocktails.

Taste of Road Town Chefs in the British Virgin Islands take full advantage of the wealth of fresh seafood and produce at their disposal, but they are also likely to give their dishes an elegant European twist. For example, a popular entrée at the Red Rock Restaurant is crab-stuffed salmon in a creamy saffron sauce. n MSC CRUISES

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St. George’s

Spice Island

coastal area. It consists of a

volcanic island

mountains. Plenty of trails

picturesque beach, a lagoon

with beautiful

wind around waterfalls

that is home to many bird

beaches and charming

and Grand Etang Lake,

species, and coral reefs

towns, Grenada is a major

which fills the crater of

that harbor colorful fish.

producer of nutmeg,

one of the island’s extinct

cloves, ginger, cinnamon,

volcanoes. Hikes range

famous beach, Grand Anse.

cocoa and other spices. In

from easy to rigorous and

It has a lot to offer, from

addition, the island features a rich ecosystem of lush rain forests, cascading rivers, waterfalls and scenic mountain lakes. Picturesque St. George’s, the island’s capital, features

Don’t miss Grenada’s most

water sports to a market and

The island features a rich ecosystem of lush rain forests, cascading rivers, waterfalls and scenic mountain lakes.

several good restaurants. Just south of Grand Anse is a great area for snorkeling.

Taste of St. George’s Earning its “Spice Island”

a horseshoe-shaped harbor

nickname, Grenada’s cuisine

ringed by pastel-colored

is richly flavored with

homes and shops. The most popular area

are perfect for viewing the

cloves, nutmeg, bay leaves,

area’s flora and fauna.

cinnamon and turmeric. It

for hiking and exploring

Levera National Park

is the rain forest around

comprises 450 acres of

breadfruit, so named for its

Grand Etang Forest Reserve,

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high in the island’s interior

mountainous,

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beaches, San Juan is the Miami

Beach of the Caribbean. Puerto Rico’s capital is also a major regional commercial center and a history lover’s dream.

Juxtaposed against this modern landscape is one of the region’s oldest and bestpreserved colonial districts, rife with 16thcentury cathedrals, fortresses and plazas. One of the most-visited attractions of this U.S. commonwealth island is the walled city of Old San Juan, which features narrow cobblestone streets, pastel-colored colonial buildings and tree-lined plazas. Look for the bronze statue of Ponce de León and you will have found Plaza de San José, a favorite gathering place in Old San Juan. Next to Plaza de San José is Quincentennial Square, which

San Juan Puerto Rico’s Jewel

opened in 1992 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World. The square features a 40-foottall sculpture by Jaime Suarez, one of Puerto Rico’s most renowned artists. For a truly stunning view of the harbor, city and mountains, venture up to Pigeon Park. From the park, you can walk up Cristo Street to San Juan Cathedral, a medieval church where the body of Ponce de León lies in a marble tomb. Nearby El Yunque rainforest, Puerto Rico’s premier natural attraction, is home to the endangered Puerto Rican parrot and the diminutive golden coqui frog, which is found only on Puerto Rico SORIN COLAC/ALAMY STOCK PHOTO

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ith its high-rise buildings and resorts towering over beautiful

and is revered as a symbol of the island.

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St. John’s

Sail Away

English-speaking Leeward Islands,

Antigua is the big sister

cane and a thriving port, earning it the nickname “Gateway to the Caribbean.” Today the steady trade

in the twin island nation

winds that drew British

Boasting intimidating white

the historic St. John’s Court

towers and a fragile stone

House, which was built in

shell, this iconic church is

1750. The museum’s exhibits

currently undergoing an

trace the story of Antigua

extensive restoration project.

from its geological birth to

of Antigua and Barbuda.

naval vessels to Antigua fuel

Antigua is best known for its

the island’s most popular

gem, Nelson’s Dockyard,

Another Antiguan

political independence. The coral reefs that once

soft beaches, serene coves

pastime, sailing. Antigua

stands as a testament

protected Antigua from

and extensive coral reefs, but

Sailing Week is a premier

to 18th-century nautical

foreign invaders now attract

it is also a crucial historical

annual event that takes

life. The dockyard blends

divers and snorkelers from all

site, offering a unique

place in late April or early

the old world with the

over the world. The protected

perspective on colonial

May, and is considered

new, showcasing restored

waters of Long Bay feature

life in the Caribbean.

to be one of the top three

colonial architecture as

many exclusive resorts for

regattas in the world.

well as a very modern,

vacationers who want to

premiere yachting marina.

swim among the island’s famous fringing reefs.

The English settled on the island in 1632 but they were

St. John’s, the capital city,

unable to gain permanent

is home to the Cathedral of

Be sure to visit the Officers’

control until 1667, due

St. John the Divine, which

Quarters which now hosts

Taste of St. John’s

to fierce resistance from

dates back to the 17th

a gallery where local artists’

native Carib Indians and

century. It was rebuilt in

works are displayed. For a

Dutch and French forces. By

1845 after the previous two

more historical museum

is pepperpot soup, a savory

the 1800s, Antigua was a

incarnations were destroyed

experience, the Museum

blend of salt pork, onions,

leading producer of sugar

by a series of earthquakes.

of Antigua & Barbuda is in

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A popular dish in Antigua

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Building on Tradition

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he largest of the ABC

capital. Founded in 1634,

of marine life native to the

islands, which also

Willemstad is a UNESCO

area’s waters. There are

include Aruba and

World Heritage city with

sharks, turtles and giant

Bonaire, Curaçao cherishes

many attractions. The

moray eels; touch tanks;

its Dutch heritage. Nowhere

Queen Emma Bridge, a

feeding shows and even

is that more evident than

floating pontoon bridge

a dolphin center. Visitors

in the island’s architecture.

adorned with neon lights,

also can come face to face

Ice cream-colored buildings

connects the two major

with stingrays, angel fish

along the harbor front

parts of town, Punda and

and tarpon, and have the

evoke the ambiance of Old

Otrobanda. Also

chance to feed nurse, lemon

in Willemstad is

and reef sharks by hand

landhuizen are portals to

Narrow alleys and the Mikve Israelhistoric buildings lend Emanuel Synagogue, Old World charm. the oldest in

bygone days, when Dutch

continuous use in

discovery in the country

colonists endeavored to

the Western Hemisphere.

outside of Willemstad.

tame this arid island in

The tourist trolley is a fun

the eastern Caribbean

and efficient way to see all of

Taste of Willemstad

Netherlands Antilles.

these local sights in one day.

World-famous Curaçao

Amsterdam. In the Kunuku, the island’s wild countryside, old plantation homes called

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Willemstad

Narrow alleys and historic

The Curaçao Seaquarium,

behind thick mesh fencing. Old plantation homes and magnificent scenery await

liqueur is made from

buildings lend Old World

another top family

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