If you’re planning a cruise this summer, look no further than the beautiful Caribbean and you’ll find a slice of paradise lost in the heart of the Atlantic Ocean. If long, hot days, cocktails on the beach and soaking up the sun are your idea of heaven, but you can’t decide on just one location to explore, a cruise to the Caribbean can provide you with all these things and an easy introduction into the relaxed, Caribbean way of life.
A Cruise Into the Caribbean Way of Life
There’s a whole lot to see and do in Barbados, so make the most of it you if you get to spend more than a day there. Barbados takes its arts and culture very seriously, and in the Pelican Village on the outskirts of Bridgetown, visitors can take a trip to one of the many local markets where you can buy authentic rum cakes, pottery and art all handmade by locals. It’s the perfect place to soak up some culture and get to know Barbados the way the residents do.
Antigua is home to 365 beaches. If you haven’t got enough of the sea and sand from the luxury of your cruise ship visit Dickenson Bay (or Runway Bay) which boasts a mile long stretch of white sand and beautiful blue waters. Guests can relax on the beach and sip on a cool, refreshing cocktail at one of the beach front bars. Or you can take a glass bottom boat trip among other activities, or try your hand at jet skiing.
St Maarten is located directly between the Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea, and the waters here are ideal for scuba diving and snorkelling. Complete beginners can head to Ocean Explorers Dive Centre. There you’ll meet Tanya, the hawksbill turtle on “French Reef,” and Angelina, the green turtle along with reef sharks and stingrays, to name just a few.
The Dominican Republic
If it’s the nightlife you’re after, the Dominican Republic is exactly what you’re looking for. Malecón the city board walk is home to some lively bars and clubs, where guests can dance the night away in true Caribbean style. Head to El Malecón for authentic salsa dancing and Latin pop that goes on long into the night.
Before you book your Caribbean cruise, try using a price comparison site to make sure you find the right deal at the best price, as well as going to the sites of holiday companies and operators themselves to see if there are any deals. Plan your route to make sure you find the best price in terms of flights, and this will help you decide how long you want to spend in each place.