Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
Karels Beach Bar
Settle in with a cold beer at the bar to chat with locals or ask for a table that faces the waves—the place is actually perched on stilts above the sea. Live music often plays into the wee hours at this open-air watering hole on the main drag, and there’s nowhere better in town to get an earful of the local gossip.
Bonaire National Marine Park
This park protects the coastlines of Bonaire and Klein Bonaire (the adjacent uninhabited island). The goal is to keep the sea grass, mangroves, and coral reef—which extends 300 feet offshore—pristine. You’ll need to pay a $10 fee to frolic in the water, whether you’re swimming, diving, or snorkeling.
Butterfly expert Georgie Rigault breeds a selection of just 12 species, all of which live in and around the Caribbean, for this sanctuary. Standouts include the red-and-black Red Postman, the lavender-striped Blue Wing, and the Owl, with its yellow-rimmed “eye.” If you’re hungry, there’s a new lunch counter, Kishi Kisbi, that uses fresh local produce in most of its dishes.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.
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