The islands that make up the Caribbean are a patchwork of cultures, each with its own unique history and local flavour. Evidence of the past can be seen in the local languages, cuisine, music and architecture, with French, English, African, Spanish and Dutch influences omnipresent. Tourists can get a flavour of this rich heritage by exploring museums and historical sites throughout the islands, including Brimstone Hill Fortress in St. Kitts, the historical towns of St. George and Hamilton in the Bahamas and Antigua’s Nelson’s Dockyard.
One of the major attractions of the Caribbean is that it offers visitors the chance to relax on pristine white and pink sandy beaches, bathed in glorious sunshine, with a number of islands offering
year-round sun. Caribbean beaches are perfect for a romantic stroll or for pure relaxation in a tropical paradise that is far away from the pressures of everyday life. Less well-known islands such as Mayreau offer the ultimate in tranquillity and escapism. Meanwhile, the crystal clear blue waters of the Caribbean are perfect for water sports and, in many areas, the chance to dive below the surface and discover the colourful underwater worlds of coral reefs, teeming with life. Shore excursions to a number of islands allow passengers to explore water sports in the Caribbean, with islands such as Curacao offering great snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities. Elsewhere, the islands offer activities such as jet skiing, parasailing and the chance to swim with dolphins or even sharks.
Those looking to take part in land-based activities on shore excursions can also find plenty of options to choose from throughout the Caribbean, including zip lining, climbing and caving. The diverse landscapes of the Caribbean islands offer an ideal setting for a number of activities as well as the chance to simply explore the natural beauty of the islands. St. Lucia has a lush tropical rainforest to explore while Barbados is home to Harrison’s cave, featuring an impressive 40 foot waterfall while Dunns River Falls are a popular visitor attraction in Jamaica. In addition, the barrier reef in the western Caribbean is an area of natural beauty that should not be missed on a Caribbean cruise.
Lovers of shopping will also be in heaven on a Caribbean cruise, with plenty of opportunities to buy unique souvenirs and gifts. Shoppers can choose from an array of shopping experiences, ranging from flea markets, shops selling hand crafted goods and high-end boutiques.