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A cruise through the Caribbean is a popular destination for cruise ships. From pristine beaches with sparkling blue waters, fascinating geological and historical sites, and amazing marine and island wildlife—the Caribbean offers something for everyone.

But how will you know which cruise to pick with so many different options and cruise ports to choose from? We’ve done your homework for you and come up with a list of cruise ports that will help you make the most out of your time, as well as highlighting the key attractions at each destination.

These are the must-see destinations you should consider on your next Caribbean cruise itinerary. Consider protecting your next cruise with cruise travel insurance.

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Bridgetown, Barbados

Bridgetown offers a vast range of activities to fill up your itinerary. From a submarine adventure to feeding and swimming with sea turtles—you’ll find a bounty of choices to plan your day. If you’re after something a little bit more relaxing, then why not soak up some sun on their beautiful beaches or take a different perspective and enjoy the countryside on horseback, or even a visit to the botanical gardens.

Castries, St Lucia

Castries is a low-key destination known for its dense, green rainforest and a favorite among honeymooners. Most travelers spend a few hours in the town, and then explore the island to see the monkey-filled rainforests, the island’s famous Piton mountains, and the beautiful beaches. Lots of activities and guided tours are available including the UNESCO world heritage listed site, Gros Piton, which affords a spectacular view of Saint Lucia and neighboring islands.

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Cozumel, Mexico

More than 1 million cruise ship passengers flock to Cozumel every year to seek out gold and silver jewelry in the shops of San Miguel. The waters around the sheltered coral reefs make this one of the best destinations for snorkeling. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the ancient ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Tulum which was occupied as far back as 600AD. The Temple of the Descending God provides a unique insight into the architecture of the Mayan people which is illuminated brightly by the sun setting every April 6th—the birthday of the Descending God.

Fort-de-France, Martinique

Fort-de-France is one of the most unique destinations in the Caribbean thanks to its French culture. It’s a lively capital city with must-see stops including the Schoelcher Library—designed by Henri Picq and shipped in pieces from France in 1893. Be sure to visit the bustling Covered Market full of vendors selling unusual tropical produce, local handicrafts and folk tonics (medical substances designed to make you feel better!).

Freeport, The Bahamas

Freeport is known for its secluded beaches, mega resorts, and rich history and culture. The region is also known for its underwater caves and Lucayan National Park is one of the few places that allows visitors to tour them. The 40-acre park is home to pine trees, mangroves, and ferns, as well as rare flower species including orchids.

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Grand Cayman is an absolute paradise with its glorious beaches and colorful Caribbean vibe. Things to do include shopping, dining, wreck dives and swimming with stingrays. It’s one of the top diving locations in the world with divers from across the world diving to see the infamous Stingray City Dive Site.

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Havana, Cuba

Havana is one of the most exiting capital cities in the world. From taking in the highlights of the Spanish colonial old town with its castles and museums to the contemporary art, music and film scene at the Frabrica de Arte Cubano—there are plenty of things to do. And not to mention, a trip to Havana isn’t complete without a cruise down the Maelcon Ocean Road in a classic American car.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Lush gardens, lazy rivers, cascades, and caves are just some of the natural wonders of Ocho Rios. We recommend a climb up Dunn’s River Falls—one of Jamaica’s most photographed attractions featuring 180 meters of terraced waterfalls. You can take a guided hike and climb the limestone tiers to the top of the falls, slide down smooth sections of the rock, and swim in the cool lagoons at the base. The region has been a playground for artists and musicians, and is the birthplace and final resting place of reggae legend Bob Marley.

So, what are you waiting for? Sail across the pristine waters and experience the sunshine, cool breeze and rhythmic beats of the Caribbean like never before.

 

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