This post is brought to you in collaboration with one of our partners. I strive to only publish quality content from contributors, and will not publish anything I don’t agree with or do not think you, my readers, will enjoy.
7 Best Caribbean Destinations to See by Cruise
With hundreds of islands, each one more picturesque than the last, you could spend weeks traveling round the Caribbean and soaking up the sun. No visit to this part of the world should be limited to just one destination when there is so much to see all around.
If you fancy island hopping without the hassle of organizing everything yourself, Caribbean cruises are a great way to combine multiple stops in one trip. Here are seven of our favorite Caribbean destinations to see on your voyage:
Havana’s distinctive city centre is easy to lose yourself in. The patchwork architecture and colourful buildings feel oddly surreal, but the city’s buzz and energy will enchant you. If you happen to be there on a Saturday afternoon, go to Calzada Street in Vedado to watch – and take part in – the famous Sábado de la Rumba.
2.Montego Bay, Jamaica
Nestled on a lively stretch of golden coast, Mo-Bay strikes the balance between tourist-friendly fun and authentic Jamaican atmosphere. While you’re there, explore some of Jamaica’s old sugar plantation mansions – Rose Hall Great House is a favourite. Or, head to Gloucester Avenue, also known as ‘The Hip Strip,’ to try some jerk chicken and other Jamaican delicacies.
3.George Town, Cayman Islands
The capital of the Cayman Islands offers Caribbean-infused luxury. It is also home to Seven Mile Beach, one of the most idyllic stretches of sand in the entire Caribbean. The waters around the Cayman Islands make it a diver’s haven, so whether you’re an old pro or keen to have your first diving experience, this is the place to do it.
Image by Pete Markham, used under the Creative Commons License.
4.Road Town, British Virgin Islands
Road Town is the capital of the British Virgin Islands, and it’s within reach of all the best sights on the island of Tortola. Rum drinkers should visit Callwood Rum Distillery, where you can sample the Arundel rum it’s been producing for 300 years.
5.Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis
Basseterre’s pretty town centre, with its distinctive green Victorian clock in the middle, is easy to explore on foot. Port Zante is a lively, modern area with plenty of shops and restaurants, but if you fancy leaning about this island nation’s history, make sure you pay a visit to the National Museum in the Old Treasury Building.
Bridgetown is rich with colonial history, and you’ll find this everywhere from the 19th century parliament buildings to National Heroes Square in the city centre. The Garrison area, home to St. Ann’s Fort and the Barbados Museum, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that you’ll definitely want to check off your bucket list.
7.St. George’s, Grenada
St George’s boasts one of the Caribbean’s prettiest harbors, and it is a good reflection of what you’ll find as you explore further. Grenada is known as the Spice Island and is home to thousands of nutmeg farmers. Before you leave, drop by Market Square in the centre of St George’s to buy some locally grown spices from the street vendors.
Image by Andrew Moore, used under the Creative Commons License.
What Caribbean destinations would you most like to visit on a cruise? Let us know in the comments!