Experience the Best of the Caribbean
The Caribbean is full of so many wonderful destinations for any type of traveler. However, the best way to experience the Caribbean is on a cruise. Here are some of the must-see destinations in the Caribbean.
As you sail through the islands of the Eastern Caribbean you could depart from sunny Miami to make your way to the US Virgin Islands for vividly colorful snorkeling in St. Thomas. Sip tropical drinks on a pristine beach to the beat of the Caribbean music on the British Virgin Island of Tortola. Or go exploring in a 4×4 vehicle when you arrive in Nassau. Whatever you choose, there’s no wrong way to relax and let loose on this vacation.
• St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands: The town of Charlotte Amalie has one of the most breathtaking harbors in the world. Once home to pirates of long ago, today visitors find treasures of a different kind, beautiful beaches, and bountiful duty-free shopping are truly its claim to fame.
• Tortola, British Virgin Islands: Discovered by Christopher Columbus himself in 1493, this exotic, peaceful island is home to both towering mahogany trees and white-sand beaches. The region offers a challenging hike that extends 1,780 feet up Sage Mountain. A great spot for awesome birdwatching and breathtaking views of Tortola and neighboring islands.
• Nassau, Bahamas: From the waterfront to the end of Bay Street, you’ll find some of the best duty-free shopping and a charming mix of architecture, both old and new. But there’s plenty to do besides shopping…swim with the dolphins, try your luck in a casino or snorkel with colorful fish. Nassau is also home to Atlantis, which is one of the top attractions in the Caribbean.
One of the most popular cruise itineraries sails the western Caribbean and features amazing ports of call such as Cozumel, Roatan, Belize, Jamaica and Grand Cayman not to mention all the cruise line private islands.
• Falmouth, Jamaica: The Georgian-era city of Falmouth offers history and outdoor fun. Visit the Good Hope Great House, climb Dunn’s River Falls, ride a bamboo raft downstream, fly through the rainforest via zip-line or just relax on a beautiful beach.
• Cozumel, Mexico: Cozumel features great diving, snorkeling and beaches, marine-life encounters, botanical gardens, trails and shopping in the town of San Miguel. The nearby mainland is home to Tulum, Mayan Cliffside ruins overlooking the Caribbean.
A popular starting point for southern Caribbean cruises is San Juan. From here it’s easier to explore deeper into the Caribbean and visit unique, smaller islands along the way.
• San Juan, Puerto Rico: With its cobblestone streets, brightly colored buildings and a history that stretches back to the Conquistadors, San Juan is a popular tourist destination.
• St. George’s, Grenada: Known as the “Island of Spice,” Grenada is an island getaway you may never want to leave. Boasting rolling hills, rock-strewn terrain, pristine beaches and miles upon miles of unspoiled rainforest, this exotic island in the southeastern Caribbean Sea offers something for everyone.
• Fort de France, Martinique: With its uniquely European flair, world-famous beaches and mountainous landscape, the island of Martinique has been charming visitors for years. As an overseas region of France, its citizens are French, the currency is the Euro and the official language is…you guessed it, French! Martinique is justifiably famous for its vibrant blend of Gallic and Caribbean culture, food and style…and jaw-dropping natural beauty.
• Basseterre, St. Kitts: For those looking for an escape or exploration, St. Kitts has it all. On this small volcanic island in the West Indies, white-sand beaches, sapphire waters and a vibrant green rainforest mingle alongside historic, centuries-old sites that tell a deeper story of a culture that continues to inspire all who visit.