5 Top spots to visit in the Caribbean
If you’re looking for the perfect beach holiday destination, the Caribbean will fulfil your wildest dreams and offer your imagination the opportunity to run rampant as you experience the heavenly beaches and learn more about the legends and stories of the region. From relaxing on perfect beaches and diving and snorkelling with dolphins and rays, to experiencing 2000 year old Mayan culture, the Caribbean is a dream destination for the whole family!
Cozumel lies off the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula and is famous for its scuba diving, snorkelling, beaches, and the 2000 year old Mayan ruins. The island of Cozumel was considered to be a sacred place to Ix Chel, the Maya Moon Goddess. Many of the temples were a destination of pilgrimage by women who desired fertility. The ruins which remain, have a fascinating story to tell, and some will still give its visitors a clear picture of what Mayan life may have been like on the island nearly 2000 years ago, and what the Spanish may have experienced when they first arrived nearly 500 years ago.
Cozumel also offers exceptional snorkelling and dive sites, which are some of the best in the world. You’ll find caves to explore, above the sea and below and may get an opportunity to swim with turtles and dolphins.
Grand Cayman in the Western Caribbean is the largest of the Cayman Islands and is home to exceptional coral reef, ship wrecks and underwater walls which make it one of the most popular diving spots in the world. One of the top attractions for visitors to the Grand Cayman is Sting Ray City – a series of sand bars found north of the island, where hundreds of sting rays congregate. Visiting Sting Ray city is an experience you won’t soon forget!
Grand Cayman is really small and it would be possible to travel around the entire island in a day or less. On the east side of the island you will find the capital, Georgetown which is where most of the hotels, clubs, bars and museums are located.
St Maarten is the smallest land mass in the world to be shared by two different countries. The island is governed by France and the Netherlands, making it a fascinating island to visit with its European and local influences. The beaches are spectacular, the nightlife is incredible and the shopping opportunities are world class. And if you’re looking to test out your luck with a bit of gambling, St Maarten is a good place to do it.
Nassau is one of the most popular cruise destinations in the Caribbean and is the largest city in the Bahamas. It has spectacular beaches, endless coral reefs and colourful colonial buildings and palm trees lining the paved streets. Horse drawn carts take visitors for rides through the town while the backdrop of a turquoise pastel sea reminds them that they are in paradise. The beaches in Nassau are spectacular, and there is no shortage of beach activities to enjoy. From snorkelling with dolphins to sunset cruises, Nassau will take your breath away.
Belize City is located in the western Caribbean on the coastline of Central America. It’s the largest city in the country of Belize and is most famous for its Mayan ruins and day trips to the many atolls and cays off the coast of the city. Although Belize is generally-speaking fairly run down, the city and its attractions make for a fascinating Central American and Caribbean experience. With more than 200 islands spread along the Belize coastline, there is also no shortage of snorkelling, swimming and diving opportunities.
With its white sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, crystal clear water and backdrop of forests and hills, the Caribbean is the perfect setting for rest and relaxation, or excitement and adventure. Speak to your Cruiseabout Consultant today to find out how you can enjoy a little time out on the spectacular islands of the Caribbean.