Swaying palms, cool breezes, warm people. The Caribbean is a dream holiday spot for many travellers.
It’s also the number one cruise destination in the world.
Of the 32 million people expected to take a cruise in 2020, more than 30% will choose to visit the Caribbean, figures released by the Cruise Lines International Association show.
The next best visited cruise region is the Mediterranean, with 17%.
So, what is the Caribbean’s enduring allure?
Here are our nine top reasons to visit this wonderful part of the world…
- We can relax on beautiful white sand beaches and splash in clear blue waters. Eagle Beach on Aruba is one of the finest in the world and is a wide beach with soft white sand. It’s also just two miles from Aruba’s cruise terminal.
- We taste tempting food washed down with a rum or two! From a fish fry on the beach to fine dining, the Caribbean has something for everyone’s tastes. Restaurants such as Chaud in Port of Spain, Trinidad, and Le Pressoir on St Martin offer Caribbean fine dining at its best, while Michelin-starred chef Martin Berasategui has brought his Basque culinary art to Passion in the Dominican Republic.
- We meet wonderful, welcoming people. From Jamaica and Cuba to Trinidad and Tobago, the people of the Caribbean are famed for their friendliness. Don’t just watch people dance the salsa to local bands in the streets of Old Havana, take a salsa class and join right in. The locals love it! It’s a short walk or ride in a classic 1950s car taxi from Havana’s cruise terminal.
- We enjoy our time on the waves. From deep-sea fishing, kite-surfing, and sailing to snorkeling and scuba diving, there’s so much to do in the ocean. Grand Cayman is renowned for its water sports and its North Sound is a playground for everything aquatic, including day sailing, kite boarding, and wind surfing. Private charter boats run between the George Town cruise terminal and this beautiful part of the island.
- We get into the groove of Caribbean music – The region is alive with music in so many different styles, from reggae and calypso to Latin American and Afro beats. If you have an overnight stop in Jamaica or are extending your holiday there, head the few hours down from the cruise ports to Bourbon Beach in Negril for amazing reggae shows, or go to Dune Preserve on beautiful Anguilla for the Moonsplash Music Festival which takes place in April.
- We can take part in local carnivals and festivities. From the junkanoo drumming and dancing festival on the Turks & Caicos islands to Anguilla’s summer yacht festival, there’s always something special going on in the Caribbean.
- We get romantic and walking hand in hand on the cobble-stoned streets of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, just a short walk away from the cruise terminal. The Caribbean is a tropical paradise and the perfect place to share with your loved one.
- We love the beautiful countryside especially when hiking in the hills or taking a ride on the St Kitts Scenic Railway. We get sugar cakes, drinks, and a local choir singing us along as we look out on lush tropical forest. Get to it on an island excursion from the cruise port or hire a local taxi driver to show you around.
- There are so many islands to discover! The Caribbean has 700 islands, cays, islets, and reefs including the Greater and Lesser Antilles and the Virgin Islands. There is always somewhere breath-takingly beautiful which is just waiting for you to discover it…
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