Cruising the Southern Caribbean will take away all of your stresses and concerns and replace them with sandy beaches, sunny days and clear, soothing waters.
From hot springs to waterfalls, you can let the gorgeous and therapeutic waters of the Southern Caribbean cascade down your shoulders or delight your senses. Explore tropical island paradises filled with vibrant butterflies, ostriches and more. Visit spice plantations, snorkel and discover underwater life, or immerse yourself in intriguing culture. Relax and be inspired by the natural beauty of the Southern Caribbean.
Things to Do on a Cruise to the Southern Caribbean
Of all the islands in the Caribbean, those in the South are a bit more exclusive. Further away from the coast of the U.S., a cruise to the Southern Caribbean sometimes requires a flight to one of the islands, like Puerto Rico or Aruba, or an extended sailing. However, once you get to the Southern Caribbean – with its white sand beaches and warm weather – you’ll feel like you were let into paradise. Featured below are a few of our favorite things to do when cruising to the Southern Caribbean:
Explore the forts and old buildings that make up Old San Juan, the historical heart of Puerto Rico. This walled Spanish city was sought after by the British and the French, and while here you can uncover its historical significance for yourself.
Rum is to the Caribbean as vodka is to Russia. Visit the oldest known rum distillery, Mount Gay Rum in Barbados, and be sure to savor your free sample after the tour. Puerto Rico is also home to the Bacardi distillery, which offers tours as well.
Get in the water. The constantly warm waters of the Southern Caribbean make snorkeling, wind surfing and heading out on a catamaran simply marvelous. Check out the shipwreck sites off the coast of Aruba.
Check out the old sugar mills and plantations in St. Kitts. You can ride on the St. Kitts Scenic Railway, which used to be the route for the sugar cane to get to the mill and then to the city for export.
Be one with nature by exploring one of the many rainforests on these islands. Puerto Rico has El Yunque where you can hike. In Dominica you can take a tram through the rainforest. If you’re feeling adventurous in St. Lucia, get on the zip line and swing like a monkey from tree to tree.
Get lucky at one of the many ritzy casinos on several of the islands, especially Aruba where many of them are open 24 hours a day and are decorated with stunning chandeliers.
Map of the Southern Caribbean: