Premier Cruise Destinations in the Caribbean and Central America

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One of the best parts about planning a cruise is selecting the different destinations you’ll get to visit along the way, and for those looking into Caribbean cruises, you’ll be pleased to know that there are no shortage of gorgeous beaches, quaint colonial towns, lush landscapes, as well as historical and cultural sites. If you’re wondering where are the best places to plan your port visits for your next cruise, then here are a few Caribbean and Central American destinations you won’t want to miss-out on.

Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

For those who delight in a little cultural exploration as well as great beach experiences, Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula might be the place for you. This region is home to the famed Chichen Itza Mayan ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features the El Castillo pyramid at its heart. This coastal region also has historic towns such as the cultural capital of Mérida, and the stunning beaches of Cancún.

Saint John, USVI

Saint John may be the smallest of the USVI islands and require a little maneuvering to get to, but it is also home to the region’s most lush and scenic landscapes. Cue white sand beaches backed by tropical foliage and rocky outcrops dotting the azure blue waters. The sleepy fishing village atmosphere is perfect for relaxing on the beach, snorkeling and hiking.

Montego Bay, Jamaica

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If you’re looking for a mix of excitement and relaxation, then head to Montego Bay. Here you’ll find waterfalls and ramshackle beach bars, theme park rides and top-notch sunbathing spots. Everything is at your fingertips in this Jamaican section of paradise.

Philipsburg, St Maarten

The colonial town of Philipsburg in St Maarten has a cool and trendy European vibe to it. The town is replete with great restaurants, prime shopping spots and a number of fun activities, including the opportunity to test your nautical skills on a miniature America’s Cup sailing course at the 12 Metre Challenge. This town is the perfect destination for those looking for a brief break from the beaches.

St George’s, Grenada

Many believe that the port town of St George’s is the most picturesque and beautiful in the Caribbean, and with its colourful houses, Fort Fredrick, St George’s Market, and the scenic inlet of the Carenage, it’s difficult to disagree. Set-out on foot to discover all that this historic town has to offer, from the Church of the Immaculate Conception, to the Grenada National Museum.

These are just a handful of the great destinations that can be found dotting the gorgeous region of the Caribbean and Central America. Planning a winter holiday? Good news: Central American and Caribbean cruises are lovely all year round.

Images by allenran 917 and Ricymar Photography (Thanks to all the fans!!!!) used under Creative Commons License.

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