The Very Best Places to Stop on a Caribbean Cruise

Fine beaches, turquoise waters, a sultry warm breeze, exotic foods and tropical wildlife are just a few of the reasons why the Caribbean is a favourite destination for Irish holidaymakers all-year round.

With over 7000 islands offering a vast array of holiday types, you’ll be spoiled for choice. There are plenty of cruises that stop at various points around the Caribbean, the big question is deciding where to visit! We’ve compiled a compelling list of the best places to ensure you take these exotic destinations into consideration when booking your dream Caribbean cruise!

St. Kitts

A truly breath-taking island, St. Kitts should definitely feature on your list of stops in the Caribbean. The island has more than a quarter of its land dedicated to a national park, impressive coral reefs, crowd-free beaches, and all of the usual Caribbean island activities like scuba diving and water sports.

St. Kitts was originally discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493, so there is a very rich history to be discovered also!

Aruba

 

Located north of the Venezuelan coast, Aruba is famous for the friendliness and hospitality its natives show visitors. The bountiful Caribbean waters surrounding the island offer swimming, scuba diving and even

The bountiful Caribbean waters surrounding the island offer swimming, scuba diving and even windsurfing, while the powdery white sands that stretch from the west to south coasts are perfect to relax on. Nightlife in Aruba is vibrant and there are many casinos, discos and themed parties to keep you up until dawn.

If you’re looking for a slightly more romantic experience, there are plenty of coastal hideaways for you to escape to.

Haiti

Haiti is another beautiful Caribbean island, which is actually joined to the Dominican Republic and is surrounded by Cuba, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico. The main port of call in Haiti is Labadee, a 260-acre beach resort on the heavily forested North Coast of the island. The island is full of lagoon-like bays which are protected by a reef and are just waiting to be explored. There are plenty of activities in Haiti including snorkelling and exploring the many beaches, but by far the most fun can be had on the 500-foot high overwater zipline.

The main port of call in Haiti is Labadee, a 260-acre beach resort on the heavily forested North Coast of the island. The island is full of lagoon-like bays which are protected by a reef and are just waiting to be explored. There are plenty of activities in Haiti including snorkelling and exploring the many beaches, but by far the most fun can be had on the 500-foot high overwater zipline.

The island is full of lagoon-like bays which are protected by a reef and are just waiting to be explored. There are plenty of activities in Haiti including snorkelling and exploring the many beaches, but by far the most fun can be had on the 500-foot high overwater zipline.

Jamaica

 

Like many islands in the region, it is a prime spot for a tropical adventure, with wonderful rivers that no other island nearby can beat. The laid-back atmosphere is infectious and you can’t help but have fun as you dance to the reggae beats.

Take in everyday Jamaican life on a trip to Whitehouse and explore the beautiful towns and villages dotted along the coast. Indulge in favourite activities like deep-sea fishing, swimming, scuba diving and much more.

U.S. Virgin Islands

The U.S. Virgin Islands are made up of three large islands, Saint Croix, Saint John, Saint Thomas, and many other small minor islands. Given the close proximity of the three main islands, you’d imagine that they all have the same culture and activities, but that’s not the case. St Croix has a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere mixed with excellent arts, crafts and music. There are also some golf courses on the island if you fancied a round during your stopover.

St John is a tranquil, laid-back island full of secluded coves, quiet trails, and some of the world’s best beaches. St Thomas is a haven for shopaholics and definitely the most cosmopolitan island. You’ll find local spice mixes, hot sauces, and tropical jams to buy for friends and family at amazing prices.

Cayman Islands

 

There is nothing more thrilling than the experience that you can get in the Caymans, which offers arguably the best underwater activities in the whole region. Emerging as part of the Caribbean abyssal plains, Cayman is rich with carpets of coral reefs and marine life that many divers love.

It offers deep-sea escapades at the Cayman Brac waters where a sunken Soviet vessel can be explored. Swimming in Stingray City is a thrilling experience as marine ray swim alongside divers, and simply must be on your itinerary. So pop on your diving gear and head on to the Cayman Islands. It is your ticket to underwater paradise.

Roatan

Located off the coast of Honduras, Roatan is home to the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. The waters surrounding the island are therefore rich with colourful corals and incredible amounts of marine life, making them perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving.

If you don’t fancy getting wet, you can always jump onto a glass-bottom boat tour. The more adventurous can try the zip line that whizzes through the trees and brings you face to face with the Capuchin monkeys!

St. Maarten/St. Martin

A rather unique island in that it is the smallest land mass in the world shared by two different nations. The 37 square miles of the island are governed by both France and the Netherlands, hence the multiple names.

History aside, the island is a fantastic place to stop on a Caribbean cruise and there are plenty of activities to keep you busy. The famous Maho beach is well worth a visit to watch the airplanes pass by overhead, but be prepared to duck for cover as they get terrifyingly close. Philipsburg, which is on the Dutch side of the island, is a beautiful town with cobblestone streets and colourful buildings – the perfect place to enjoy the local cuisine.

Bahamas

 

What Caribbean cruise would be complete without staying in the Bahamas for days. You may not have just a single destination in the Bahamas as it is an archipelago of many islands; but the sultry Caribbean experience awaits as you learn about both its rich culture and magnificent scenery.

Don’t forget to chat with the natives and listen to their famous storytelling about pirates and sea monsters. Plus, this once pirate-led place is known not only for its colourful history but for the natural beauty it has. It has underwater parks, thousands of miles of shorelines, sanctuaries for wildlife and endangered species and a lot more. 

Curacao

Another Dutch Island, Curacao is well worth a visit on your Caribbean cruise. The island is located near Venezuela, and is part of a trio known as the ABC Islands along with Aruba and Bonaire. You will find buildings here similar to those in the Netherlands, but they are painted in beautiful pastel shades. There

You will find buildings here similar to those in the Netherlands, but they are painted in beautiful pastel shades. There are a total of 38 beaches on the island, with Kenepa beach being the most popular. Like most of the Caribbean islands, Curacao has excellent water sports, including snorkelling and scuba diving. Of course, there are plenty of other sensational places to go

Like most of the Caribbean islands, Curacao has excellent water sports, including snorkelling and scuba diving. Of course, there are plenty of other sensational places to go in a Caribbean cruise, but these are some of our top picks.

You will find buildings here similar to those in the Netherlands, but they are painted in beautiful pastel shades. There are a total of 38 beaches on the island, with Kenepa beach being the most popular. Like most of the Caribbean islands, Curacao has excellent water sports, including snorkelling and scuba diving. Of course, there are plenty of other sensational places to go in a Caribbean cruise, but these are some of our top picks.

 

Of course, there are plenty of other sensational places to go in a Caribbean cruise, but these are some of our top picks.

So, pack your flowery shirt and shades and get booking your Caribbean cruise adventure today! For a full itinerary of what’s on offer throughout 2016 and beyond, please visit https://www.americanholidays.com today for all your North American travel needs.



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