Lovely weather, turquoise water, soft sand beaches, and lots of fun activities have made the Caribbean one of the world’s most popular cruise destinations. But it’s so popular that some ports may host multiple cruise ships on any given day – meaning you’ll share your time on shore with lots of other visitors.
If you want to
cruise the Caribbean but would like to be on the only ship in port, look for the
following ports of call as you browse itineraries with your professional travel
advisor. Just know that these are smaller ports that can’t accommodate really big
ships. And, they may be a bit busier from December to March, but any ship that
calls on the same day as yours is also likely to carry a smaller number of
Nevis. The smaller of two islands that form the nation of St. Kitts and Nevis has
long beaches overlooked by several volcanic summits, including 3,232-foot Mount
Nevis. Ride horses along Oaulie Beach, tour a former sugar plantation in a
horse-drawn buggy, or visit the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton.
Dominica. With an extensive national park system and amazing wildlife, this
island (not to be confused with the Dominican Republic) is a hot spot for
ecotourism. Hike in rainforest-covered mountains or go canyoning, then relax in
natural hot springs. Or, snorkel among the sea life along Champagne Reef, where
underwater volcanic vents produce a constant stream of bubbles.
Grenada. An array of aromatic spices – including nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and
cacao – are grown on this mountainous island. There are dozens of beaches, but the
most popular is Grand Anse Beach, which many consider to be one of the world’s best.
Venture inland to see beautiful waterfalls, including Annandale Falls, Mt.
Carmel Falls, and the Seven Sisters.
Bequia. This tiny island, part of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, is
refreshingly undeveloped. Still, there’s plenty to see, including an open-air farmers
market, lovely Princess Margaret Beach, a small sanctuary for hawksbill turtles, and plenty of dive sites.
Curacao. Larger but not as busy as neighboring Aruba, Curacao is famous for its
orange-flavored liqueur and its floating market. The island is a favorite of
scuba divers and historians: the center of Willemstad is a World Heritage Site filled
with colorful Dutch Colonial architecture.
Ask Anita, your
professional travel advisor, about ships that visit these and other secluded ports
in the Caribbean.
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