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KZST Cruise 2024

7 NIGHT SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE

KZST CRUISE, Jan 6-13, 2024


From the moment you arrive, you’ll find that San Juan, Puerto Rico is bursting at the seams with unforgettable cultural discoveries. Every alleyway in Old San Juan offers a glimpse into a vibrant past that stretches back centuries. Venture further out from the old town and nature unfolds. You can scale high into the jungled mountains of El Yunque Forest, or keep to the foothills on a riverside horseback ride. If despacito is more your speed, pick a pristine beach and recline with codfish fritter and rum drink in hand.

Barbados is known for it's pristine white sandy beachs and turquoise water, but it's also celebrated for much more. Barbados offers fantastic snorkeling, delicious food, excellent rum, and a lively culture.

Trinidad and Tobago are well-known for their magnificent beaches, breathtaking unspoiled scenery, African heritage, coral reefs, and an abundance of bird species. Their carnivals showcase a display of multicolored costumes, fantastic soca and calypso rhythms, as well as captivating expressions of colonial designed architecture.

The beautiful Caribbean island of St. Lucia is famed for sun-toasted beaches, lush landscapes crowned by the towering twin Pitons and friendly hospitality.

St. Maarten is a destination that is genuinely exceptional and one-of-a-kind. It has beautiful white-sand beaches, crystal clear waters, duty-free shopping, a thriving nightlife, and friendly people. The island is rich with culture thanks to its mixed heritage and customs.


KZST Cruise 2024

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 7-night cruise onboard Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas
  • Complimentary dining in select restaurants onboard*
  • Signature activities and games
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • 2 complimentary cocktail parties with Brent Farris
*Additional gratuities may be charged for onboard purchases such as specialty dining, beverage purchases, specialty coffees.

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SAILING ITINERARY


    • Date
    • Port
    • Arrive
    • Depart
  • Date
    1/06/2024
    Port
    San Juan, Puerto Rico (Embark)
    Arrive
    -
    Depart
    8:00 PM
  • Date
    1/07/2024
    Port
    Cruising
    Arrive
    -
    Depart
    -
  • Date
    1/08/2024
    Port
    Bridgetown, Barbados
    Arrive
    7:00 AM
    Depart
    6:00 PM
  • Date
    1/09/2024
    Port
    Port of Spain, Trinidad
    Arrive
    9:00 AM
    Depart
    6:00 PM
  • Date
    1/10/2024
    Port
    Scarborough, Tobago
    Arrive
    8:00 AM
    Depart
    5:00 PM
  • Date
    1/11/2024
    Port
    Castries, St. Lucia
    Arrive
    7:00 AM
    Depart
    4:00 PM
  • Date
    1/12/2024
    Port
    Philipsburg, St. Maarten
    Arrive
    9:00 AM
    Depart
    5:00 PM
  • Date
    1/13/2024
    Port
    San Juan, Puerto Rico (Disembark)
    Arrive
    7:00 AM
    Depart
    -


Royal Caribbean

DIVE INTO NEW DISCOVERIES

Welcome aboard a ship designed to unlock new discoveries around the Caribbean. You’re sailing to sun-kissed shores in the Caribbean, Jewel of the Seas® is all about expanding your worldview. In between adventures on land, you’ll find all kinds of ways to wind down or turn up on deck.




ADVENTURES ONBOARD

Jewel of the Seas® takes you to some of the world’s most captivating destinations — but it’s also filled from bow to stern with plenty of unforgettable experiences. Fill sea days with poolside lounging in between visits to adventure-packed ports, and elevate every night with world-class dining, creative cocktails, and electrifying entertainment.



MORE TO SEE & DO ON DECK

MORE TO SEE & DO ON DECK

On this ship, you’re free to do as much or as little as you like. Kick back and relax at the adults-only Solarium or harness up and hit the Rock Climbing wall. At night, settle in for a poolside movie beneath the stars. It’s your getaway — you set the itinerary.

DIG INTO DELICIOUS

DIG INTO DELICIOUS

The dining onboard Jewel of the Seas® is as diverse as the destinations you’ll sail to. Get a taste of the Far East at Izumi Sushi & Hot Rocks, savor the flavors of Italy at Giovanni’s℠ Table, or tuck into succulent seafood and tender cuts of meat at our signature contemporary American steakhouse, Chops Grille℠.

SIPS & SHOWS

SIPS & SHOWS

The good times don’t end when the sun sets. As evening turns to night, keep the fun going onboard with a wine tasting at Vintages, a visit to the always-buzzing Casino RoyaleSM, a night at the Royal Theater, or a little bit of dancing under the stars.




AWE INSPIRING STATEROOMS

Welcome to the perfect spot to rest your head after a day spent discovering record-breaking thrills, spectacular shows and palette-pleasing flavors onboard the largest cruise ship in the world, Jewel of the Seas℠. Serving up spectacular views and deluxe amenities, our staterooms are an alluring escape from the non-stop action our ships are known for — and the perfect place to recharge in between adventures.

Royal Caribbean

Interior

From
$799.00* 
Per Person


*Taxes, fees & port expenses are an additional $242.96 per person. Prices are per person in (USD)

*Additional gratuities may be charged for onboard purchases such as specialty dining, beverage purchases, specialty coffees.

Royal Caribbean

Ocean View

From
$899.00* 
Per Person


*Taxes, fees & port expenses are an additional $242.96 per person. Prices are per person in (USD)

*Additional gratuities may be charged for onboard purchases such as specialty dining, beverage purchases, specialty coffees.

Royal Caribbean

Balcony

From
$1,199.00* 
Per Person


*Taxes, fees & port expenses are an additional $242.96 per person. Prices are per person in (USD)

*Additional gratuities may be charged for onboard purchases such as specialty dining, beverage purchases, specialty coffees.

Royal Caribbean

Junior Suite


$1,999.00*
Per Person


*Taxes, fees & port expenses are an additional $242.96 per person. Prices are per person in (USD)

*Additional gratuities may be charged for onboard purchases such as specialty dining, beverage purchases, specialty coffees.

Royal Caribbean

Grand Suite


$2,699.00*
Per Person


*Taxes, fees & port expenses are an additional $299.72 per person. Prices are per person in (USD)

*Additional gratuities may be charged for onboard purchases such as specialty dining, beverage purchases, specialty coffees.

PORTS OF CALL




7 Night southern caribbean Cruise

34th Anniversary Cruise

Jan 6-13, 2024





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Interior Stateroom

After an action-packed schedule of meetings, activities, and exploring the world, you need to relax. At the end of a busy day, retreat to your Interior stateroom and unwind in comfort! These well-appointed staterooms offer everything you need for a comfortable voyage.

STATEROOM AMENITIES
  • Luxurious Bedding
  • Two twin beds or one queen-size bed
  • Sitting Area
  • Private bath with shower, vanity area, and hair dryer
  • 24-Hour Room Service*
  • Round-the-Clock Stateroom Attendant
  • Nightly Turn-Down Service
  • Interactive TV & Movies
  • In-Room Safe
  • Phone and Voicemail Service

*A late-night service charge applies.

From $799.00* Per Person

*Taxes, fees & port expenses are an additional $242.96 per person. Prices are per person in (USD)

*Additional gratuities may be charged for onboard purchases such as specialty dining, beverage purchases, specialty coffees.

Royal Caribbean

Please note: Staterooms/Suites may vary in size and configuration from that pictured.

Ocean View Stateroom

In an Ocean View stateroom, you’ll be treated to a beautiful new view every day! Spend the day exploring the world, then retreat to your comfortable, well-appointed stateroom and don’t miss a thing.

STATEROOM AMENITIES
  • Luxurious Bedding
  • Two twin beds or one queen-size bed
  • Sitting Area
  • Private bath with shower, vanity area, and hair dryer
  • 24-Hour Room Service*
  • Round-the-Clock Stateroom Attendant
  • Nightly Turn-Down Service
  • Interactive TV & Movies
  • In-Room Safe
  • Phone and Voicemail Service

*A late-night service charge applies.

From $899.00* Per Person

*Taxes, fees & port expenses are an additional $242.96 per person. Prices are per person in (USD)

*Additional gratuities may be charged for onboard purchases such as specialty dining, beverage purchases, specialty coffees.

Royal Caribbean

Please note: Staterooms/Suites may vary in size and configuration from that pictured.

Balcony Stateroom

Imagine waking up every morning, opening your balcony door, and being greeted with views of a brand-new and breathtaking part of the world. Reserve a Royal Caribbean Balcony stateroom to enjoy spectacular vistas of the ocean or our neighborhoods such as Central Park, Boardwalk or Promenade. We believe the best way to explore the world is by sea – and a Balcony stateroom is the perfect way to get a little bit closer to everything!

STATEROOM AMENITIES
  • Luxurious Bedding
  • Two twin beds or one queen-size bed
  • Sitting Area
  • Private bath with shower, vanity area, and hair dryer
  • 24-Hour Room Service*
  • Round-the-Clock Stateroom Attendant
  • Nightly Turn-Down Service
  • Interactive TV & Movies
  • In-Room Safe
  • Phone and Voicemail Service

*A late-night service charge applies.

From $1,199.00* Per Person

*Taxes, fees & port expenses are an additional $242.96 per person. Prices are per person in (USD)

*Additional gratuities may be charged for onboard purchases such as specialty dining, beverage purchases, specialty coffees.

Royal Caribbean

Please note: Staterooms/Suites may vary in size and configuration from that pictured.

Junior Suite

More space. More comfort. More to love! Indulge in one of Royal Caribbean’s luxurious suites for the ultimate at-sea experience. With additional perks, everything you need for a lavish voyage is at your fingertips. 

STATEROOM AMENITIES
  • Luxurious Bedding
  • Two twin beds or one queen-size bed
  • Sitting Area
  • Private bath with shower, vanity area, and hair dryer
  • 24-Hour Room Service*
  • Round-the-Clock Stateroom Attendant
  • Nightly Turn-Down Service
  • Interactive TV & Movies
  • In-Room Safe
  • Phone and Voicemail Service

*A late-night service charge applies.

$1,999.00* Per Person

*Taxes, fees & port expenses are an additional $242.96 per person. Prices are per person in (USD)

*Additional gratuities may be charged for onboard purchases such as specialty dining, beverage purchases, specialty coffees.

Royal Caribbean

Please note: Staterooms/Suites may vary in size and configuration from that pictured.

Grand Suite


More space. More comfort. More to love! Indulge in one of Royal Caribbean’s luxurious suites for the ultimate at-sea experience. With additional perks, everything you need for a lavish voyage is at your fingertips. 

STATEROOM AMENITIES
  • Luxurious Bedding
  • Two twin beds or one queen-size bed
  • Sitting Area
  • Private bath with shower, vanity area, and hair dryer
  • 24-Hour Room Service*
  • Round-the-Clock Stateroom Attendant
  • Nightly Turn-Down Service
  • Interactive TV & Movies
  • In-Room Safe
  • Phone and Voicemail Service

*A late-night service charge applies.

$2,699.00* Per Person

*Taxes, fees & port expenses are an additional $299.72 per person. Prices are per person in (USD)

*Additional gratuities may be charged for onboard purchases such as specialty dining, beverage purchases, specialty coffees.

Royal Caribbean

Please note: Staterooms/Suites may vary in size and configuration from that pictured.

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Day 1

Puerto Rico’s 500-year-old capital is a history buff’s dream come true. The Spanish settled this harbor as a New World home base, and that influence is still evident, from the fortress walls lining the coastline to the rainbow of colonial buildings along narrow streets. Venture further out from the old town and nature unfolds. You can scale high into the jungled mountains of El Yunque Forest, or keep to the foothills on a riverside horseback ride. If despacito is more your speed, pick a pristine beach and recline with codfish fritter and rum drink in hand. San Juan cruises give you the perfect outpost to dial up or dial down your vacation.

From the moment you arrive, you’ll find that San Juan, Puerto Rico is bursting at the seams with unforgettable cultural discoveries. Every alleyway in Old San Juan offers a glimpse into a vibrant past that stretches back centuries, while monuments like the UNESCO World Heritage site Castillo San Felipe del Morro will make you feel as though you’ve wandered back in time. Dating back to the mid-nineteenth century, the beloved Paseo de La Princesa in the city’s historic center is a great place to experience Puerto Rico’s rich cultural heritage up close.

Puerto Rico is the third largest island in the United States, so it should come as no surprise that there’s a beach here for every kind of adventurer. You’ll find world-class surfing and plenty of water sports in Rincon on the island’s west side. Secluded shores with crystal clear waters and colorful coral reefs on Flamenco Beach in Culebra. Family-friendly beaches with plenty of cafes and shopping along star-studded El Condado — nicknamed ‘The Rivera of the Caribbean.’ And an Instagrammer’s paradise in Vieques Playa Negra, which draws beachgoers from around the world with its unique black sand.

Craving a bit of retail therapy? Puerto Rico has plenty of options. The boho-chic neighborhood of Santurce is your go-to for shops selling some of Puerto Rico’s leading local designers. If international designers and high-end boutiques are more your style, you can spend hours browsing the storefronts in glitzy El Condado. And on Cristo and Fortaleza Streets in Old San Juan you’ll find some of the best souvenirs and artisanal souvenirs on the island — think finely-crafted lace and jewelry, hand-rolled cigars, colorful guayaberas, and Puerto Rico’s brightly-colored papier-mâché vejigante masks.

 

DAY AT SEA
Day 2

Revitalized with unforgettable onboard attractions, Jewel of the Seas® offers countless ways to spend your days between ports. Catch a dive-in movie on the poolside screen, scale the Rock Climbing wall and enjoy the views from up top, or go all-in at Casino Royale℠ — and that’s just in one day. Fill sea days with poolside lounging in between visits to adventure-packed ports, and elevate every night with world-class dining, creative cocktails, and electrifying entertainment.

On this ship, you’re free to do as much or as little as you like. Kick back and relax at the adults-only Solarium or harness up and hit the Rock Climbing wall. At night, settle in for a poolside movie beneath the stars. It’s your getaway — you set the itinerary.

The dining onboard Jewel of the Seas® is as diverse as the destinations you’ll sail to. Get a taste of the Far East at Izumi Sushi & Hot Rocks, savor the flavors of Italy at Giovanni’s℠ Table, or tuck into succulent seafood and tender cuts of meat at our signature contemporary American steakhouse, Chops Grille℠.

The good times don’t end when the sun sets. As evening turns to night, keep the fun going onboard with a wine tasting at Vintages, a visit to the always-buzzing Casino RoyaleSM, a night at the Royal Theater, or a little bit of dancing under the stars.

Slip away to this adults-only indoor and outdoor retreat. The Solarium is your slice of paradise, with soothing whirlpools, warm sunshine and a refreshing water mist.

Craving a little slice of Las Vegas during your cruise? Head to Casino Royale℠ where the action never stops. Settle in for your favorite games, from roulette to poker to slots, or join a tournament to test your luck and skills.

There’s nothing like the views that await once you make it all the way up the Rock Climbing Wall. Standing forty feet tall, it’s the perfect way to stretch your arms and legs, whether you’re a beginner or a tried and tested climber. The best part? It’s totally complimentary.

If you love a good show, you’re on the right ship. Sing along to all your favorite musicals in West End to Broadway and embark on a vibrant journey from India to Atlantis in City of Dreams. If dancing is your thing, you’ll love the sultry rhythms and moves in Tango Buenos Aires.

 

BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS
Day 3

You’ll find Bridgetown strikes a fine mix of island warmth and English heritage. Stately colonial buildings intermingle with colorful wooden homes, open-air markets, and catch-of-the-day cafes. Outside of the bustle of “Town,” as the locals call it, Barbados is a new kind of paradise in any direction. Cruise to Barbados and head towards the shore for pink-and-white-sand beaches that stretch on endlessly and crystal clear turquoise waters. Or stick to the center of the island, you’ll find rolling hills and valleys, sugarcane fields and historic plantations. You can even travel underground to discover limestone caves with their own waterfalls.

Take a solar-powered tram journey 170 feet below ground into Harrison’s Cave, an intricate limestone cave system. Here, you’ll find flowing streams, waterfalls, emerald-hued pools, unusual stalactite formations, and towering columns that formed over thousands of years.

Hop into a rugged 4X4 and make your way through the Barbados Wildlife Reserve. Deep in the island’s interior, you’ll find playful green monkeys, colorful birds, reptiles and other native animals roaming freely. Try to visit around 2 p.m. for feeding time to see the green monkeys close-up.

Sit back and relax on the powdery white sands of Harbour Lights on Carlisle Bay Beach. If kicking back with a rum punch in hand is a little too laid-back, you can snorkel around shipwrecks, rent a jet ski, or even visit Tortuga to swim with turtles.

This island is a seafood lover’s dream come true. Bajan (or Barbadian) cuisine blends African, Indian and British influences. For a truly authentic experience, don’t shy away from the street food— try the fried fish cakes, macaroni pie, tamarind balls, and the national dish, cou-cou with flying fish.

For the best deals on duty-free luxury items and authentic souvenirs from the island, check out the shops in the cruise terminal and the stores along Broad Street, the main street in Bridgetown. Cruise to Barbados and bring home a taste of the island with a rum cake, which is called ‘great cake’ for a reason.

 

PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD
Day 4

Nestled along the calm, blue-green waters of the Gulf of Paria, Port of Spain is a popular starting point for those looking to explore the best of Trinidad. The city has its fair share of marvels, too — it’s home to a centuries-old fortress, gorgeous botanical gardens, and a good number of picturesque churches. And nearby you’ll find plenty of outdoor adventures, from the shaded mangroves and winding silver rivers of the Caroni Wetlands, to the postcard-pretty sweep of shore known as Maracas Beach.

This centuries-old fort offers beautiful views of the Gulf of Paria. It’s home to original cannons and dungeons, as well as objects dating back to the 1800s, when the fort was build. Though the fort never saw military action, it’s a great place to visit for a feel of the island’s British history.

On the west coast of Trinidad, you’ll find the Caroni Wetlands. It’s the second largest mangrove wetland in Trinidad and Tobago, and it offers endless adventures for outdoor enthusiasts. The best way to experience this natural wonder is on a boat tour through the swamp’s winding waterways and open lagoons.

Maracas Beach is one of the prettiest beaches in Trinidad. It’s located on the north coast of the island, about half an hour from Port of Spain. Protected by a deep bay, its waters are calm and sparkling, its shore lined with gently swaying coconut trees. Make sure to pass by the Maracas Lookout for stunning views.

Traditional Trinidadian cuisine is a fusion of different flavors — from West African and Creole to Latin American, Indian, and south Asian. One of the most popular street food dishes you’ll find here is Bake and Shark, a meal of fried flatbread, shark meat, condiments and coleslaw, all tucked into a tasty sandwich. You can also sub the shark for any other local fish.

Trinidad is home to lots of talented local craftsmen. Some of the best cocoa in the world comes from Trinidad, making artisan chocolates a popular gifts. Handcrafted jewelry made from forest seeds and beads also makes for a great souvenir. And if you love music, pick up a mini version of a steel pan — the island’s national instrument.

 

SCARBOROUGH, TOBAGO
Day 5

Travelers often overlook Tobago for its better-known neighbor, Trinidad — but this tiny island is a true Caribbean gem. Its north coast is full of secluded coves waiting to be explored, and its south coast unlocks incredible snorkel and dive sites, including Buccoo Reef, Flying Reef, and Bon Accord Lagoon. Laid-back Scarborough is the perfect jumping off point to explore the island, but it also offers plenty of ways to wile away the day — like a stroll through its botanical gardens, a visit to Fort King George, or a great meal of curry crab and dumplings at one of its charming open-air cafes.

This beach has been called Tobago’s finest by lots of visitors. Snorkelers will find colorful reefs to explore just offshore, and sun-seekers will appreciate the lounge chairs and umbrellas available to rent. There’s a boardwalk here, too, that serves as the ultimate photo spot.

Scarborough’s Botanical Gardens date back to the 19th century and encompass 17 acres of lush greenery and vibrant flower. Catch stunning glimpses of the bay as you wander past climbing orchids and crimson-covered royal poinciana trees and watch for the island’s blue-and-orange motmot bird.

This 18th-century wonder played a crucial role during Tobago’s turbulent colonial past. These days, it’s a far more peaceful place. You can explore the officer’s mess and the fort’s prison, and peruse pre-Columbian artifacts in the Tobago Museum, housed in the former barrack guardhouse.

Tobago flies under the radar, but its food scene is worthy of international acclaim. You’ll find everything from fine dining to beach bars serving up cuisine that spans the globe, but for the most authentic taste of the island, look for dishes like rum-roasted pork, stewed chicken, curried crab and dumplings, and anything with Tobago honey.

If you’re on the hunt for locally made souvenirs and crafts like seashell jewelry and carved calabashes, your best bet is to head to a popular beach — artisans often walk up and down the shore selling their wares. You can also head to Scarborough’s market square and browse the stalls along Milford and Wilson roads.

 

CASTRIES, ST. LUCIA
Day 6

From dramatic landscapes molded by ancient volcanoes to sparkling palm-fringed beaches, St. Lucia is some amazing Caribbean eye candy. Luxury resorts nestle up to the natural beauty, giving this island just the right touch of exclusivity. Cruise to St. Lucia and explore the coast by catamaran. Hike to the peaks of the soaring twin Pitons. Tour rainforests and explore the fishing villages of Anse-La-Raye. In the capital of Castries, you’ll find touches of French and British heritage, from the architecture to the cuisine.

Melt away your cares in the town of Soufriere, home to Sulphur Springs, known for its medicinal waters since the 1600s. Soak in natural thermal pools at the bottom of the bubbling craters and zen out while indulging in a therapeutic mineral mud bath from head to toe.

See the famous Pitons and island vistas from the sea as you glide down the coast of St. Lucia on a coastal cruise. See the lush vegetation and fishing villages as you make your way to the Pitons.

Make your way to Marigot Bay— a gorgeous natural harbor straight out of a movie scene, dotted with restaurants, bars and shops. You can stroll the yacht marina, shop at boutiques, visit a French bakery or relax at the secluded beach, accessible by ferry.

The Creole cuisine shows off the local fish, fruits and vegetables. Traditional flavors are a unique blend of West African, British, French and East Indian influences. Don’t miss “coal pot,” a local staple where dishes are cooked in a clay basin over coals.

The best duty-free shops are at Pointe Seraphine cruise terminal and across the harbor at La Place Carenage. Cruise to St. Lucia and find duty-free jewelry, watches, perfume, crystal, rum, and local crafts. An artisanal favorite to bring home from here is the traditional pottery, made from the clay of the Pitons.

 

PHILIPSBURG, ST. MAARTEN
Day 7

What makes St. Maarten so unique is its blend of cultures. The island is home to 120 different nationalities speaking over 80 languages, and is governed by two countries: the Netherlands and France. In fact, it’s the smallest land mass in the world to be shared by two different nations. While it may be less than 40 square miles, there’s plenty to do on this little island: you can travel back in time while exploring centuries-old ruins and get your adrenaline fix ziplining through lush tropical forests. If you’re after a little rest and relaxation during your cruise to St. Maarten, you’ll find plenty of secluded beaches where you can work on your suntan before treating your taste buds to some of the best cuisine in the Caribbean.

Loterie Farm is a nature sanctuary with 135 acres of hiking trails, a zip line adventure course, and a spring fed multi-level pool with cascading waterfalls..

The largest saltwater lagoon in the Caribbean, Simpson Bay is a great spot for lounging and watching the boats and yachts that dot its picturesque harbor.

Hike to the top of Mount Concordia, which marks the border between the French and Dutch sides of the island, for the best views of both sides

This gourmet capital of the Caribbean serves a mix of French, East Indian and island flavors. Cruise to St. Maarten and stop by a roadside barbecue stand (called a lolo) and enjoy lobster grilled on split-metal drums. Or dine on stuffed crab and cod fritters at any local cafe. Be sure to try some guavaberry liqueur, made exclusively on the island.

Head to Front Street in Philipsburg, the capital of Dutch St. Maarten, and shop your way down a mile of duty-free stores. Before you go, pick up some famous guavaberry liqueur at the Sint Maarten Guavaberry Company.

 

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Day 8

From the moment you arrive, you’ll find that San Juan, Puerto Rico is bursting at the seams with unforgettable cultural discoveries. Every alleyway in Old San Juan offers a glimpse into a vibrant past that stretches back centuries, while monuments like the UNESCO World Heritage site Castillo San Felipe del Morro will make you feel as though you’ve wandered back in time. Dating back to the mid-nineteenth century, the beloved Paseo de La Princesa in the city’s historic center is a great place to experience Puerto Rico’s rich cultural heritage up close.

Puerto Rico is the third largest island in the United States, so it should come as no surprise that there’s a beach here for every kind of adventurer. You’ll find world-class surfing and plenty of water sports in Rincon on the island’s west side. Secluded shores with crystal clear waters and colorful coral reefs on Flamenco Beach in Culebra. Family-friendly beaches with plenty of cafes and shopping along star-studded El Condado — nicknamed ‘The Rivera of the Caribbean.’ And an Instagrammer’s paradise in Vieques Playa Negra, which draws beachgoers from around the world with its unique black sand.

In Old San Juan, you’ll find plenty of island fare and criolla cuisine— home cooking flavored by Spanish and African influences. Try some mofongo, mashed fried green plantains often stuffed with meat, or snack on some codfish fritters, called bacalaitos.

Founded in 1521, this can’t-miss landmark is one of the oldest churches in the Americas. It houses the tomb of Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon and the mummified remains of religious martyr St. Pio.

During your San Juan cruise, head to the blue-hued cobblestone streets of Old San Juan for your pick of boutiques offering handmade lace and hand-rolled cigars, plus duty-free luxury items like diamonds, gemstones and watches.

Craving a bit of retail therapy? Puerto Rico has plenty of options. The boho-chic neighborhood of Santurce is your go-to for shops selling some of Puerto Rico’s leading local designers. If international designers and high-end boutiques are more your style, you can spend hours browsing the storefronts in glitzy El Condado. And on Cristo and Fortaleza Streets in Old San Juan you’ll find some of the best souvenirs and artisanal souvenirs on the island — think finely-crafted lace and jewelry, hand-rolled cigars, colorful guayaberas, and Puerto Rico’s brightly-colored papier-mâché vejigante masks.