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.
Buck Island National Park
Accessible only by boat, this tiny islet is fringed by elkhorn coral, providing a snorkeling and diving paradise as well as the ideal nesting conditions for threatened species including the brown pelican and the hawksbill turtle. Go for hikes, snorkel above forests of coral, or scuba to the vibrantly hued depths below.
St. George Village Botanical Garden
The ruins of an 18th-century Danish sugarcane plantation stand alongside a 2,000-year-old Amerindian settlement—as a result, the 16-acre property is listed twice on the National Registry of Historic Places. Many of the 1,200 types of plants here were once used in the Caribbean as food, medicine, or building materials. Return home with a renewed sense of the importance of conserving exotic species.
Apothecary Hall Museum
Glass bottles and drawers of powdered medicine can be found in this Danish-colonial pharmacy, which operated from 1820 to 1970. The tiny museum spotlights Danish medicine, with pottery, beads, and ax heads. Fun fact: Federalist Papers author Alexander Hamilton is said to have worked here.
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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