For travelers to the Caribbean by cruise or small ship, to ports in Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Turks & Caicos, Puerto Rico, Barbados, and Trinidad & Tobago, this beautifully illustrated guidebook by Caribbean experts Emma Stanford and Nick Hanna covers ports of call large and small on islands throughout the Caribbean. You’ll find vital information to help you make the most of stops at each port city, including how to get to the sights from the port; what to see in a short amount of time ashore; and how to avoid pricey excursions. This guidebook begins with an absorbing History & Culture chapter detailing the region’s fascinating history as a crucible of colonial trade, piracy, and slavery, and its subsequent development into one of the most popular tourist destinations on Earth. At the end of every port description, you’ll receive invaluable need-to-know information on each place on your itinerary. As in every National Geographic Traveler guidebook, The Caribbean: Ports of Call and Beyond includes detailed, four-color maps; more than 75 full-color images (by National Geographic photographer Matt Propert); insider tips from National Geographic experts who know the Caribbean well; cultural sidebars that provide a deep appreciation of the region’s nature and history; guided walking tours complete with maps; and details of additional boat, bus, and train rides to maximize your experience of the islands. A handy Travelwise section includes restaurants as well as don’t-miss festivals, the best shopping venues, and information on both cultural events (concerts, theater, etc.) and outdoor activities (snorkeling, paragliding, fishing, sailing, etc.) that will help you plan ahead for your Caribbean trip of a lifetime. You don’t have to be on a cruise ship to use this fact-filled guide. Independent sailors and land lovers alike will also benefit from its invaluable information.