There is a reason the Caribbean is the world’s most popular cruising destination.
However, not all places in the Caribbean get the same amount of attention. We wanted to change that and provide you with some of our favorite places to dock in the Caribbean. We looked at the quality of excursions, comfort, food, and safety, and came up with a few of the Caribbean’s best cruise ports.
St. George’s, Grenada
It is hard to argue with the assessment that many have – that this is the Caribbean’s most beautiful port. You are going to be amazed by the approach to downtown St. George, and once you get on dry land...it only gets better! Make sure to take an excursion to one of the island’s three rum distilleries, shop on Young Street, or explore the Carenage (St. George's lively waterfront promenade).
Even though it is perhaps more ‘well known’ than some of the options here, we still had to include it on our list. If you want to see a Mayan city dating back all the way to the 13th century, make sure to visit Tulum when traveling to Cozumel. There is also some terrific food and a host of exciting adventures.
Besseterre, St. Kitts
What Basseterre lacks in size, it certainly makes up in options. You can experience the famous laidback West Indian atmosphere, enjoy interesting excursions (our recommendation is the St. Kitts Scenic Railway) and enjoy some excellent duty free shopping.
Fort de France, Martinique
Once you get off the dock the first time, you are going to realize why so many people consider this to be one of their favorite cities in the Caribbean. Most cities in the region do not offer thesame energetic, metropolitan bustle, interesting boutiques, and superb creole restaurants that Fort de France does.
Nassau remains one of the most popular cruising destinations, despite it also being one of the oldest. The initial approach is good, but certainly not the best part of the experience. Once you get to Old Nassau’s backstreets, you are able to enjoy art galleries, historic buildings, and some epicurean delights. A stop we highly recommend is the Graycliff Hotel, which dates back to the 17th century.
When a city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you already know that you are in for a treat for the eyes. It also offers great food, dutyfree shopping, and a great deal more. It is safe to say that Curacao’s cosmopolitan capital has it all.
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