There are few types of holidays that provide vacationers with the kind of amenities and multiple destinations than a cruise does, and nowhere has become more popular with cruisers than the azure waters and white sands of the Caribbean’s famous islands. Whether you simply want to relax on the top-deck and take in the rays or are looking to get off the boat and explore some scenic and historical locations, a cruise through the Caribbean will provide you with the perfect mix of scenic tranquillity and thrilling adventure. So if you’re looking to plan your next cruise here are 5 destinations you won’t want to miss-out on.
1. Havana, Cuba
Cuba’s capital is a time capsule to its cultural and political past, and there are few places in the Caribbean where you can discover the range of historical sites that are available on a visit to Havana. Old Havana is the most popular destination for tourists, and features multiple museums, quaint cobbled streets and squares where visitors can sip cocktails, eat and listen to traditional Cuban music.
2. Montego Bay, Jamaica
Montego Bay is a popular cruise destination not only because it is replete with stunning beaches and natural scenery, but it is also home to one of the region’s best golf courses, and features other fun sites and activities, like Dunn River Falls, a haunted mansion, beachside bars, and zip-lining through the rainforest’s canopy.
3. St. Maarten
St. Maarten is home to multiple ports, and visitors will want to return on multiple trips to discover them all. Stroll your way through the country’s European and cosmopolitan streets, by visiting St. Maarten's local shops and boutiques, or make your way along the rugged coast, where you can enjoy some of the Caribbean’s best snorkeling and scuba diving.
4. St. John’s and St Thomas, USVI
Both of these cruise destinations have plenty of pristine beaches to offer their visitors, but while people looking for a more lively party will want to head to St. Thomas, the town of St. John offers a more secluded and idyllic experience. Most visitors do tend to fall more quickly in love with St John, however, as its sleepy fishing-village atmosphere is exactly what people think of when they conjure up pictures in their minds of the ideal Caribbean life.
5. Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
The Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico is home to some of the most famous ruins of the Mayan Empire, such as Chichen Itza, making it a must-stop destination for anyone that enjoys historical sites and ancient architecture. There is plenty more on the table though, as the beaches and Spanish colonial towns along the coast provide visitors with an unforgettable traditional experience.
So if you’re trying to decide what to do for your next holiday, consider planning your options for Caribbean cruises today, future you will be extremely thankful.