My Favorite Caribbean Cruise Destinations
Caribbean Cruise Destinations
There are so many beautiful places to visit in the Caribbean, and I've seen many, however, if I had to break it down to my top five, here is my favorite.
Cozumel, Mexico - Sitting off the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, is an island in the Caribbean Sea named Cozumel. This is a high traffic destination that cruise ships travel. One of the main tourist attractions when cruising to Mexico is the Mayan Ruins. The Tulum Mayan Ruins are located on the eastern side of the Yucatan Peninsula, therefore, when cruising, in order to get to these ruins, you have to book a shore excursion from the cruise line. The shore excursion is approximately a 6 hour event, so plan accordingly, bring your walking shoes, and have a great time.
Belize City, Belize - When a cruise ship takes you to Belize City, it will be anchored in the Caribbean Sea. You will then be tendered (smaller boats used to transport passengers to the island) to the City of Belize, the largest city in Belize. One of the main attraction of Belize is the Xunantunich Mayan Ruins. Xunantunich is a Maya archaeological site in western Belize. They are located approx. 80 miles west of Belize City. If you're interested in visiting these ruins, be prepared to sit on a bus for approximately 2 hours each way to get there. The ships offer shore excursions, which use about 6 1/2 hours of your day. Belize has so much to enjoy, and diving is one of Belize's biggest tourist attractions due to reefs and cayes being practically unbroken. They extend for 150 miles along the coast line, and they make up the longest reef systems in the entire western hemisphere, making it the second largest in the world.
St. Maarten - St. Maarten is located in the Netherland Antilles. Philipsburg is the place to go shopping. I've never seen prices this low. From the ship, was a short walk to the water taxi that will transport you over to Philipsburg. You can enjoy the beach, a few drinks, and great shopping there. I would have to say that out of all the places we have traveled in the Caribbean, St. Maarten was the best place to shop.
St. Thomas - St. Thomas is an unincorporated territory of the United States, and is known as St. Thomas Virgin Islands. It's an island in the Caribbean Sea and has a view like no other. Most ships are docked, and there are two entrances to the town of Charlotte Amalie from the ports. One is better located and the ship drops you off right in the middle of the town where you can take the Sky Tram up to Paradise Point. This is a must if you ever visit St. Thomas. A tour to Blackbeard's Castle is a great experience as well. The other dock is located across from Charlotte Amalie and a tax is needed to get to and from the ship. Check with your cruise line to find out which dock your ship will be at, so you can plan your visit better.
Grand Turk - Grand Turk is located in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The waters that surround Grand Turk Island is the most gorgeous blue waters that you'll ever see. The island is small, in comparison to others that we've had the pleasure to visit, however, it's a very quaint island and has some of the most beautiful views in the Caribbean. If you ever get a chance to go to Grand Turk, a visit to the lighthouse is a must. The view of the shoreline is like no other.