Best Cruise Destinations Southern Caribbean
When it comes to finding a region that has it all, go for the southern Caribbean Islands. Cruising the Southern Caribbean will leave you relaxed with its rich cultural experiences, white sandy beaches and soothing therapeutic water.
Explore the natural beauty and gorgeous sceneries of the famous Southern Caribbean islands including Trinidad and Tobago, the luxurious St. Lucia, Grenada “The Spice Isle” and the sandy Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. With Sint Vincent & The Grenadines, Grenada and Barbados as embarkation ports, the Southern Caribbean features the most stunning rainforests in the world, spice plantations, tropical cuisines to expand your palate, intriguing culture and an exclusive, calm atmosphere that will make you feel right at home.
Top Ports on Southern Caribbean Cruises
1. Oranjestad, Aruba
When your ship docks alongside Aruba’s capital Oranjestad you’ll encounter a unique blend of old and new. Historic buildings such as Fort Zoutman mingle with upmarket boutiques and jewelers while in the evening the town comes alive with a wealth of restaurants, nightclubs, and casinos. See the sights by taking the state-of-the-art tram that departs regularly from the cruise terminal.
2. Bridgetown, Barbados
With its bustling port, history, and culture, Bridgetown is the perfect stopping-off point. Take a walking tour of the city before dining on freshly caught fish. Bridgetown is one of the Caribbean’s oldest cities so be sure to visit the Parliament Buildings or for something a little different take a tour of the Agapey Chocolate Factory.
3. St George’s, Grenada
Grenada is the Caribbean’s ‘Spice Island’, a place where nutmeg, cloves, vanilla and cinnamon flourish. In its capital St George, you can enjoy these flavors when you sample the local cuisine. You’ll also find plenty of history to explore before you relax and unwind on the city’s golden beaches.
4. Kralendijk, Bonaire
Kralendijk is Dutch for the ‘coral reef’ on which the town lies. As you stroll around, admire typical Caribbean architecture while shopping for souvenirs in the local markets or on the main street, Kaya Grandi. The beaches will certainly tempt you, while a couple of hours snorkeling provides its own colorful rewards.
5. Willemstad, Curaçao
At Willemstad, The Netherlands meets the Caribbean with colorful Dutch-style townhouses lining the shores of tropical beaches. Inland waterways add to the authentic Dutch feel. History lovers will find plenty to admire with its 17th and 18th-century fortifications while the streets of the Punda district are packed with galleries and shops.
6. Castries St Lucia
With its craft markets, natural harbor and sheltered bay, Castries is the perfect starting point for exploring St Lucia. From The twin Pitons, rainforests, hidden waterfalls, black sandy beaches to a “drive-through” volcano. Cruise passengers will find a choice of fascinating things to do.
7. Mayreau (St Vincent and the Grenadines)
Mayreau is the smallest of the Grenadine Islands and home to just 300 or so inhabitants who make their living by fishing. With its isolated location, some say that Mayreau truly is the ‘land that time forgot’. You’ll find long stretches of glorious beaches while from the windows of the attractive stone-built Mayreau Catholic Church, you can enjoy fine views of Tobago.
8. Bequia (St Vincent and the Grenadines)
Bequia is lucky enough to possess one of the Caribbean’s most protected harbors. Surrounded by lush green hills, the harbor is picture perfect in its beauty while behind it lies Port Elizabeth, Bequia’s tiny capital. Stroll the Belmont Walkway along the shoreline before stretching out under the shade of cedar and almond trees on the Princess Margaret Beach.
9. Tobago Cays (St Vincent and the Grenadines)
The Tobago Cays are five uninhabited islands surrounded by coral reefs and turquoise waters. Even if you haven’t visited before, they will look familiar as they were used to film ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’. The islands make up a Marine Park and are popular for snorkeling and diving, especially at the World’s End and Horseshoe Reefs.
10. Los Roques Islands, Venezuela
The exceptional beauty of this part of Venezuela was recognized in 1972 when the Los Roques Archipelago National Park was founded. It’s now the largest marine park in the Caribbean and home to coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangrove swamps. Popular activities include diving, sailing, fishing, windsurfing, and snorkeling.
11. Tobago (Pigeon Point beach), Trinidad and Tobago
Pigeon Point Beach is part of a heritage nature reserve on Tobago’s southwestern coastline. It is the perfect place for a tropical island adventure of sun, sand, and sea interspersed with a wide diversity of plant and animal life.