Top Spots for Caribbean Cruises

Posted July 26th, 2013

Beauty, cuisine and culture come together in the exotic Caribbean, so if Caribbean cruises are on your to-do list here are our favourite Caribbean island destinations.

Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands comprises three small islands by the Cayman Trench, which are the deepest waters in the Caribbean. Visit Grand Cayman if you must but don't miss out on the slower-paced sister islands, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.

Enjoy the natural beauty of the islands while hiking, diving, snorkelling or unwinding on the sandy beaches. Take a day trip to Little Cayman to enjoy Sandy Point.

Aruba and Martinique
Aruba – “One Happy Island” – boasts white beaches and crystal clear water, making it an ideal Caribbean dive destination. Discover sunken shipwrecks and brightly coloured coral reefs off Hadicurari Beach.

Explore Arikok National Park and on Tuesdays enjoy the lively Bon Bini Festival. French outpost Martinique, the “Island of Flowers”, boasts the magnificent Balata Gardens and fine dining in Fort-de-France.

Barbados and the Bahamas
The easternmost island in the Caribbean and the home of white rum, Barbados is aptly known as “Little Britain”. The Bajas gained independence from Great Britain in 1966 but you can still enjoy a spot of tea at the polo or the cricket.

The Bahamas vibrant markets are juxtaposed against luxurious resorts and casinos plus 700 islands of stunning natural scenery. Indulge in a luxury holiday or strip it back to enjoy the simple pleasures: swimming, snorkelling, diving and fishing.

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The heart of the Caribbean and its third-largest island, Jamaica is the home of reggae music, the Rastafari movement, sugar cane and coffee. Visit Seven Mile Beach in Negril for family fun or get the adrenaline going with river rafting on the Rio Grande and hiking in the Blue Mountains.

Jamaica’s famous Mountain River Cave, located in Cudjoe Hill, St Catherine, contains pictographs dating back to 1000 years, giving visitors a sense of place and Caribbean history.

Ready to rumba? Famous for its dubious pirate past, free-flowing rum, fragrant cigars and sultry dance clubs, Havana is the heart and soul of Cuba.

Take a city walk to see colonial buildings and winding streets built to stop pirate raids. For something completely different, head into remote Baracoa, on the isolated northeastern corner of Cuba.

For more information on Caribbean cruises please contact a Cruiseabout cruise specialist or call on 0800 22 11 14.

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