Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, US Virgin Islands
Who will love it: Cruise passengers with eight hours to learn about another culture; anyone who wants to experience the Platonic ideal of a tropical beach
The most recognizable feature of this park, which takes up half of St. John, is Trunk Bay. Despite the occasional tourist influx, its white sand beach is still among the best in the Caribbean. But what few know about this park is the deep history that lies within. The park contains more than 100 historic sites, including old sugar plantations, colonial schools, windmills, and rum factories. The history here dates back far before Columbus: Archeological sites from as far back as 840 BC give visitors a chance to learn about the Taíno people, the Virgin Islands' first inhabitants. Cultural artifacts from the Taíno are at nearly every beach, none more striking than the rock carvings at Reef Bay.