A Caribbean Island Adventure

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Looking for the ultimate tropical island experience? If so, you can’t go past a Caribbean cruise. Choose from one of three main destinations, Western, Eastern or Southern Caribbean. Let’s take a closer look or check this out.

Western Caribbean

The Western Caribbean offers a fun, relaxed atmosphere and cruises are the best way to experience this. Combining culture and history with plenty of beach and water activities, cruises to this part of the Caribbean combine ports in Central America (such as Mexico, Belize and Honduras) with the following island ports:

Jamaica

Enjoy the 19th century architecture of the Caribbean’s best preserved Georgian towns. You can also take a ride down the river in bamboo rafts, go arts and crafts shopping or sample some of the local, flavour-packed cuisine.

Grand Cayman (Cayman Islands)

Colourful coral reefs, teeming with marine life, can be viewed through a glass-bottom boat or you can take a submarine ride for a closer look. If lazing in the sun and taking a quick dip or snorkel is more your speed, check out the gorgeous Seven Mile Beach.

Cozumel, Mexico

The famous Palancar and Paraiso Reefs just off the island of Cozumel, make this a top destination for diving and snorkelling. The island itself provides a nice taste of authentic Mexican culture and character.

Eastern Caribbean

The islands of the Eastern Caribbean cover 1000km from Puerto Rico down to the waters off the coast of Venezuela and are home to some of the best beaches in the world. Here are some of the beautiful islands in this part of the Caribbean:

Culebra, Puerto Rico

Just off Peurto Rico’s main island is the small and tranquil island of Culebra. It has a wildlife refuge which is one of the most important turtle-nesting sites in the Caribbean and also provides habitat for large seabird colonies.

Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Capped by bold mountains and fringed with pristine beaches, Tortola offers a range of water activities, including the chance to swim with dolphins at Prospect Reef.

St Thomas, US Virgin Islands

If you need a break from all that swimming, sunbathing and snorkelling, try the picturesque harbor town of Charlotte Amalie on St Thomas, for its great duty-free shopping. If all that shopping makes you work up a sweat, don’t worry, you can cool off in Magens Bay; which is consistently voted as one of the world’s most idyllic beaches.

Southern Caribbean

All Southern Caribbean islands are small and covered in tropical rainforest and swamps that sit on volcanic rock or limestone coral. This part of the Caribbean has a more exotic feel and combined with spice plantations and cooking classes, you’ll certainly get an authentic cultural experience.

Grenada

Known as the ‘Spice Island’, nutmeg, mace, cinnamon and other spices are grown on Grenada. It also boasts one of the most picturesque harbours in the Caribbean, as well as the largest shipwreck for fantastic diving.

St Lucia

This rugged island is home to the twin peaks of the volcanic Piton Mountains and also offers the world’s only drive-in volcano, Le Soufriere.

Curacao

Visit the Curacao liqueur liqueur distillery, the Queen Emma Floating Bridge and markets or take a Caribbean cooking class. Curacao’s waters are also home to the Caribbean’s largest protected underwater park, which covers vast stretches of coral reefs.

Now you know why the Caribbean is the most visited cruise destination in the world! The only problem you’ll have planning a holiday in the Caribbean, is how to narrow down your choices of magical tropical islands.

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