With so many cruise liners attracted to the Caribbean, this part of the world has some unique offerings. But, with hundreds of cruise liners heading out from the US every day, you might be left wondering what to put on your bucket list.
Read on to learn which of these places has the right mix of luxury, excursions, and local delights to ensure you’re satisfied.
Today, the king of the Mexican ports, Cozumel, is far from its sleepy, backward self of decades ago. Today it’s one of the most popular cruise destinations globally, and with good reason. Full of high-end, all-inclusive resorts, this beautiful island has the perfect mix of entertainment, eating spots, outdoor activities, and history.
With over 700 islands in the Bahamas, the capital Nassau is easily one of the busiest Caribbean ports. With close to 7 ships in port at one time, a large part of Nassau’s economy depends on tourism. So if you’re looking to experience a taste of the island life with sun, sand, and beautiful waters for miles, this is it. Put the posh resort Atlantis, the 18th century Fort Fincastle, and Nassau Straw Market on your ‘must see’ list right now.
The French and Dutch-owned island welcomes close to 1.5 million visitors every year. It’s easy to see why – there is lots to do here. You can see first hand how two cultures live and work, enjoy some top-notch shopping in the Dutch parts and sample delicious rich French fare on the other side.
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
If you’re a US citizen, you don’t need a passport to experience bliss here. Shop till you drop, take a walking history tour, or stick your toes in the soft sand while watching the sunset.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
This is yet another wildly popular cruise destination where you don’t need a passport if you’re a US citizen. This island is a charming little gem filled with historical treasures and old-world relics like the 16th century El Morro and the Caribbean’s tallest mountain. You can enjoy several kinds of tours, hiking, delicious food, and even plenty of nightlife.