Tasting Roatan's Local Culture in Flowers Bay in Honduras
Roatan, one of the Honduras Bay Islands, is a mighty little port of call. It offers typical adventure excursions, like ziplining in the jungle and scuba diving (the island is surrounded by the world's second largest coral reef). Despite growth as a destination for cruisers and visitors on tours, its local culture is preserved. For a dose of local island life, exit the port—ignoring the men waving car rental signs in your face—and walk along the road hugging the sea in the direction of Tabyana Beach. Along the way, you encounter the residents of Flowers Bay, chatting outside tiny markets, washing clothes in basins in their front yards, and vegging out in hammocks on creaky porches. While weathered wooden homes and huts on stilts are juxtaposed with some newer structures, like a cameo jewelry "castle," this is an impoverished area. Driving this road won't offer the same experience as walking it. You absorb the details of day-to-day life and have the chance to greet kids on bikes and friendly storeowners outside their shops.
Editor's Note: Princess Cruises invited Cheri Lucas on an all-expenses Caribbean cruise with #followmeatsea. We asked her to veer off-the-beaten path and behind the scenes to see what she could find.