If you wish to escape to a tropical area but do not want to spend a lot of money, there is no better place to sail than in the Caribbean. With literally hundreds of islands, many of which are home to complete beaches, palm trees, historical sites and beautiful landscapes, the Caribbean makes for a very diverse tourist destination.
This is where you will find world-famous islands, such as the Bahamas, Cuba, the Virgin Islands and Jamaica. There are, however, lesser-known Caribbean islands, places that are in the shadow of their mysterious neighbors, yet they include lush forests, coral reefs, and exciting outdoor activities. Examples of those St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia and Bonaire.
Geographically, the Caribbean includes the east coast of Central America, countries such as Belize, Nicaragua and Mexico (Cozumel and Yucatan).
With such a wealth of wonderful outdoor attractions, it can be difficult to decide which one (s) to visit. We suggest you include at least one of the following Caribbean cruise destinations for your trip.
Located off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Cozumel is one of the Caribbean’s largest cruise ships. It is not large, but it is home to many attractions. The cultural stars of the show are undoubtedly the many ruins of the Mayor. The largest is San Gervasio, located deep in the interior.
In addition to the Mayan ruins, Cozumel also specializes in world-class snorkeling and scuba diving. Coral reefs encircle almost the entire island – you will find excellent opportunities for snorkeling and diving at Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park.
Few small islands represent the entire Caribbean vibe with the image and Barbados. The capital of this beautiful coral island is Bridgetown, a city founded by the British in the 17th century. Since then, it has grown into a major tourist destination in the region and one of the Caribbean’s largest cruise ships.
Bridgetown has a significant amount of culture and history as well. UNESCO designated Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison as World Heritage Site in 2011. In addition to the history of the colonies, you will find glorious sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and abundant marine life here.
And that is not all! Barbados is also the birthplace of rum, no doubt an alcoholic beverage from the Caribbean. You can visit Mount Gay Distillery, founded in 1702 and the world’s oldest rum distillery.
Castries, St. Lucia
Few nations on the Caribbean are as beautiful as St. Lucia and its majestic Piton Mountains. The ferry terminal in St. Lucia is Castries, its capital city and largest city.
If you visit Castries and St. Lucia, you will find everything the Caribbean is all about. From visiting banana plantations and swimming in the fresh water to free shops and hiking in the rain forests, there are a variety of career options on the beach.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
The capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Charlotte Amalie is named after Danish queen Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Kassel. Formerly a Danish colony, the village still has many Danish colonial buildings and cultural heritage — unique in the Caribbean.
In addition, because of its deep natural harbor, it used to be a popular place among criminals. For example, the most interesting feature is Blackbeard’s Castle. The port is also one of the most famous cruise ships in the Caribbean, with an average visit of 1.5 million passengers each year.
Plus, Charlotte Amalie is a free shopping paradise. On the streets, you will find more shops, perfumes, accessories and jewelry than anywhere else in the Caribbean.
Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis
Although less well known than other Caribbean cruise destinations, Basseterre covers everything the Caribbean is famous for. There are lush green hills, beautiful sandy beaches, abundant colonial history, and even silent volcanoes.
It may seem strange, but it really is where its beauty and grandeur lie. You can visit the homes of the 18th century and the colonies of the colonies, hike the volcano and indulge in amazing food, a mixture of influences of Creole, French, Indians and Western Indians.