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Caribbean vacations are excellent for sightseeing, water sports, adventure, and enjoying the beach sand. Several best cruise destinations are well known among travelers. Read about the highlights of each island, port, top shore excursions, water sports, and things you can see and do during your visit. 

Nassau, Bahamas

When you cruise into the Nassau port, you’ll feel that the Caribbean heaven has arrived.

The Bahamas’ bustling tourist center is easily attached to Paradise Island, which gives you an excellent port experience. The Festival Place and Straw Market are perfect for unique gifts. A wander of the Cloisters and Versailles Gardens’ manicured lawns is a breath of fresh air for anyone who wants to lose the cruise smell. 

Sites To See: Aquaventure, Cable Beach, Blue Lagoon Island, Queen’s Staircase

Labadee, Haiti

Labadee is one of the most popular Caribbean destinations. Labadee lets you fall into white sand and fly down the island’s 500-foot-high zip line. Dragon’s Breath Zipline is one of the best things to do in Labadee, where you get the best views of the entire area. Labadee offers various water sports ranges like jet wave tours, kayaking tours to explore the peninsula’s coastlines, etc. 

If you want to shop, you can go to the Artisan market and buy some handmade gifts and items. You can also have a bbq lunch on the island. 

Sites To See: Adrenaline Beach, Nellie’s Beach, Artisan market

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

It’s best to start with a short walking tour of the nearby town of Philipsburg. It takes 10 to 20 minutes to get to the heart of Philipsburg’s colorful small town, located a mile away from the dock. The first beach you will see on the island is Great Bay beach. The most convenient beach for a cruise traveler is located just a short distance from the port. 

Besides shopping and eating in the town, the next best thing to do is hike up the green hills. However, there are many other things to enjoy in this cruise destination, including private yacht trips, golfing, nature explorations, and culinary tours.

Sites To See: Maho Beach, Mullet Bay Beach

San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan is the main port of departure for cruises to the Southern Caribbean. Puerto Rico is vast and has the best beaches to visit. Three main beaches: Condado Beach, Ocean Park Beach, and Escambrón, offer swimming, stand-up paddleboarding, diving, jet-skiing, and snorkeling. San Juan has the best nightclubs, lounges, and bars where you can drink world-class cocktails and dance.

Sites To See: Condado Beach, Ocean Park Beach, and Escambrón beaches.

St Thomas, US Virgin Islands

From Crown Bay Marina, take a ferry to Water Island for a whole new experience. The lush green hills are a great place to wildlife spot, and Honeymoon Beach is one of the best sandy spots. If you’re feeling lazy, then hire a golf buggy and explore what will be the most peaceful cruise line stop.

Sites To See: Magens Bay, St John Ferry, Coral World Ocean Park, and Virgin Islands Ecotours.

Barbados

The reefs of Barbados island are more pristine and full of colorful marine life. It is an island on the Easternmost coast of the Caribbean. The waves and breaks on its eastern coast make the most impressively rugged coastline in the islands. Swimmers looking for calmer waters can head to the south coast’s Dover Beach. 

Barbados is an ideal destination spot for the cruise with plenty of golf courses, sporting events, and historic homes. Carlisle Bay is another famous shoreline because of its various shipwrecks and wildlife. Harrison’s Cave or Hunte’s Gardens, a popular Barbadian cave system that is more than a mile long. 

Sites To See Bathsheba Beach, Dover Beach, and Carlisle Bay. 

George Town, Grand Cayman

George town is best for shopping and dining in restaurants. Grand Cayman is an ideal paradise known primarily for its fishing, diving, and offshore banking. The food is unmatched here, with restaurants from Eric Ripert’s, with an annual culinary cookout that attracts A-list food celebrities from the world over. 

Grand Cayman is also famous for the Kittiwake, one of the most incredible wrecks in the Western Hemisphere. The port is lovely, clean, quaint. It’s busy but efficient. 

Sites To See: Porto di Georgetown, Oasis Aqua Park, Brewery

Oranjestad, Aruba

Aruba is on the southern coast of the island. Eagle Beach is one of the best as Aruba is known for many beaches. Eagle Beach is incredibly convenient for visitors staying in the area because it is close to many small hotels. Aruba offers various water sports, festivals, and sanctuaries. 

Sites To See: The Butterfly Farm, Hooiberg, Aruba Streetcar

Final Words

These are some of the best Caribbean cruise destinations that should be on your list. These islands offer many things and surprise you with spectacular beaches and tracks through the coastal desert wilderness.