Celebrity has teamed up with one of the world’s most influential travel brands, Travel + Leisure, to create a group of savvy travel and lifestyle experts who offer insights on everything from the destinations that Celebrity visits, to the modern luxury vacation experiences they provide. This group—known as Celebrity’s Global Insiders—share their favorite finds around the globe so that you can travel like a pro, crafting unique and memorable experiences in key destinations on all seven continents.
With no two Caribbean islands being alike, travel to this tropical region can bring you a variety of fun adventures—the Cayman Islands are a scuba diver’s paradise, St. Kitts boasts lush rainforests and sprawling sugarcane fields, and Puerto Rico has endless Spanish mansions to tour. Each country also has its distinct shopping ports as well as its own signature meal. The latter is often referred to as each island’s national dish,and is based on its island’s history. With this region being colonized by various countries in years gone by, oftentimes these dishes feature a unique mixture of Indian, African, British, Spanish, and Chinese flavors.
Even Celebrity’s Global Insiders can’t agree on their favorite experiences when visiting the region. Here is a sampling of how they recommend spending your time when traveling in the Caribbean.
Cuz’s, in Bridgetown, Barbados, is the quintessential beach shack. It’s perfect for lunch during a day on the beach. Get the fish cutter sandwich, fried fish with or without cheese and up the ante with a perfect fried egg; You won’t be disappointed.
If you’re looking for authentic, local food in a laid-back setting, then Caribbean Blend restaurant in St. Maarten is going to be the perfect spot. Here, the grill master prepares everything from the center of the open air dining room and the smells from the barbecue are sure to get your juices going. Go traditional and order the jerk chicken or the ribs seasoned with a mix of Caribbean and Cajun Creole, both are spicy and absolutely delicious.
Kimberly Wilson Wetty (Luxury travel expert)
Stingray City in Grand Cayman is a magical experience. Located on a sandbar in the North Sound and as you enter waist-deep water, the stingrays begin to appear. See them glide underwater to snatch the squid from your hand with their beaklike mouths. Awesome!
Also, when in St. Thomas, visit Magens Bay Beach, one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. If you don’t want to just swim and sunbath, you can hike the nature trail, kayak, or rent a sailboat. Lively bar and restaurant onsite.
ScoobiDoo is my all-time favorite catamaran company available in St. Maarten/Anguilla. Be sure to sail to Prickly Pear for a day of R&R, snorkeling, and some rum punch as you sail the turquoise and sea foam Caribbean waters.