Spring break is coming up, which means it’s time to start planning the ultimate getaway. If you’re looking to come away from your break with unforgettable memories, then take a cruise to the Caribbean. You’ll get to immerse yourself in new cultures, easily hit up multiple destinations, and enjoy all of the state-of-the-art amenities on board. You’ll also have much better stories to tell if you go on shore excursions like scuba diving in Honduras or swimming with dolphins in The Bahamas:
Why is a cruise perfect for your spring break? Because there’s something for everyone, and if parties and beaches are your vibe, we’ve got that covered, too. The Caribbean is waiting, so check out these five destinations that are sure to make for a spring break like no other:
Part of the second largest barrier reef in the world, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, in Roatán, Honduras, boasts some of the world’s best scuba diving and snorkeling. Admire the dazzling reef through a snorkeling and kayaking adventure or take a Breathing Observation Submarine Scooter (BOSS) underwater. The Roatán Marine Park, a grassroots non-profit organization, is committed to preserving the delicate reef system of more than 60 species of coral, 500 species of fish, and other wildlife.
Roatán also offers plenty of other outdoor adventures. Meet the wildlife in Gumbalimba Park, where you can play with white-headed capuchin monkeys at the monkey refuge and meet parrots in the bird sanctuary. You can also explore the rainforest on an exhilarating zip-line tour.
Ready to embark on an eco-adventure? Explore the cruises heading to Roatán here.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Steeped in centuries of colonial history, San Juan, Puerto Rico offers the perfect blend of culture and adventure. Spend a day walking through the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan or take in panoramic city views at Castillo San Felipe del Morro and Castillo San Cristóbal, the city’s magnificent 16th-century Spanish forts in the San Juan National Historic Site.
When you’re feeling hungry, take your palate for a ride and explore San Juan’s culinary delights with a food tour, or sample world-famous rum at Casa Bacardi distillery. End your trip with more good food and some music at the local La Perla Community, and get the chance to give back by volunteering.
Check out the cruise vacations heading to San Juan and other islands in the Caribbean here.
Falmouth, Jamaica is the place to visit if you want to immerse yourself in past and present island life. Experience the vast range of Jamaica’s culture and history, from learning about its colonial past at the Good Hope Great House (a former sugar plantation) or spending a day in the life of Bob Marley at Jamaica’s “Graceland.”
Just outside Falmouth, you’ll find the world-famous Dunn’s River Falls. Made up of terraced waterfalls and pools, this is the perfect place to clamber up giant limestone stairs, swim under cascading waters, or sunbathe nearby. Admire more of the region’s distinct vegetation and take a relaxing ride down the Martha Brae River on a bamboo raft. You might even catch a glimpse of the red-billed streamer tail hummingbird, Jamaica’s national bird.
Find out how you can immerse yourself in Jamaican culture here.
On a visit to Cozumel, Mexico, you might think you’ve left the 21st century for the height of the Mayan civilization. That’s because well-preserved Mayan ruins abound. Start by visiting UNESCO World Heritage Site Chichen Itza, one of the largest Mayan cities, and climb to the top of El Castillo—the pyramid at the center of the archaeological site. Or get to know the culture by literally going underground. Swim in Cenote Chaak Tun, a hidden river named after the Mayan god of rain, and be transported by the otherworldly subterranean landscape of stalactites and stalagmites.
Back in the present, absorb some modern day Mexican culture by learning how to cook chipotle-style shrimp or chicken tacos and caramelized plantains.
Book your trip back in time to Mexico here.
A spring break trip to the Caribbean wouldn’t be complete without stopping at some of the world’s most dazzling beaches in The Bahamas. Whether you’re looking to snorkel in crystal-clear waters, swim with dolphins, or just bask in the tropical sun, there are private and semi-private islands that will meet your every need.
The Bahamas is more than beaches, though, and Royal Caribbean’s first Adventurist, actress Shay Mitchell, recently explored its vibrant culture. Take a tour of the essential sites of bustling Nassau, which include stops at the local foodie Fish Fry—where Shay tried Bahamian Conch Salad—and the iconic 65 limestone steps of the Queen’s Staircase, which leads up to the 18th-century Fort Fincastle.
See all the cruises heading to The Bahamas here.
So what are you waiting for? Leave the stresses of the everyday behind and find out which perfect spring break destination is calling for you.