Spring break is coming up, which means it’s time to start planning your getaway. Looking for a crowd pleaser for your whole crew? A cruise to the Caribbean is sure to check off all the boxes. You’ll get to dive into new cultures, easily hit up multiple destinations and enjoy world-class entertainment and accommodations. So where to?
You’ll have great stories to tell after your adventures, like scuba diving in Honduras or riding an ATV through the jungles of Cozumel! The Caribbean is calling, so check out our full breakdown of the top five spring break destinations:
Perfect Day at CocoCay, The Bahamas
There’s no place like Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private island destination in The Bahamas. This slice of paradise has it all, the tallest waterslide in North America, the largest freshwater pool in The Bahamas, the largest wave pool in the Caribbean and a helium balloon experience reaching up to 450 feet in the air.
Now guests can also visit Coco Beach Club. The highly anticipated private retreat offers the first floating cabanas in The Bahamas and luxe beachfront cabanas (both complete with a dedicated attendant), an oceanfront infinity pool, an expansive clubhouse and restaurant serving upscale fare – like lobster, steak, grouper and salads.
Check out cruises to this private island destination here, including three-night weekend and four-night weekday cruises.
Part of the second largest barrier reef in the world, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, Honduras boasts some of the world’s best scuba diving and snorkeling. The Roatán Marine Park, a non-profit organization, is committed to preserving the delicate reef system of more than 60 species of coral and 500 species of fish. Admire the dazzling reef through a snorkeling and kayaking adventure or take a Breathing Observation Submersible Scooter (BOSS) underwater.
Roatán also offers wildlife encounters in Gumbalimba Park, where you can interact with white-headed capuchin monkeys at their refuge and meet parrots in the bird sanctuary. You can even explore the rainforest on an exhilarating zip line tour.
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, Spanish forts that date back to the 16th century in the San Juan National Historic Site.
When you’re feeling hungry, take your palate for a ride on a food tour of Puerto Rico’s most quintessential dishes, or sample world-famous rum at Casa Bacardi distillery—or why not both? End your trip with more good food and music at the local La Perla Community, and get the chance to give back by volunteering at a local community center.
Whether a jumping off point or a stop along the way, check out cruise vacations to San Juan here.
Falmouth, Jamaica is the place to visit if you want to immerse yourself in past and present island life. Learn of Jamaica’s wide range of culture and history, from its colonial past at the Good Hope Great House to spending a day in the life of Bob Marley at Jamaica’s “Graceland.”
Just outside Falmouth, you’ll find Dunn’s River Falls, made up of terraced waterfalls and pools. It’s the perfect place to scale giant limestone stairs or swim under cascading waters. 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 glimpse the red-billed streamer tail hummingbird, Jamaica’s national bird.
Find out your options to experience Jamaica here when sailing from Texas or South Florida.
With the well-preserved Mayan ruins of Cozumel, you might think you’ve left the 21st century for the height of the Mayan civilization. Start by visiting one of the largest ruins at UNESCO World Heritage Site Chichen Itza on the mainland, and climb to the top of El Castillo—the pyramid at the center of the archaeological site. Or swim in Cenote Chaak Tun, named after the Mayan god of rain, and a hidden, underground river and be transported by the otherworldly subterranean landscape of stalactites and stalagmites.
Back in the present, absorb modern-day Mexican culture as you learn how to cook chipotle-style shrimp or chicken tacos and caramelized plantains.
Whether departing from Texas, Tampa or South Florida, book your trip to Mexico here.
Ready to book your spring break getaway to the Caribbean? Find out which destination is calling your name here.