For those seeking sun-soaked adventure, the Western Caribbean is a glorious, bountiful destination. On a Western Caribbean cruise, you can uncover ancient temples near Cozumel and Progreso in Mexico, or get up close and personal with the plethora of exotic fish and corals, by snorkelling the reefs in Belize or Roatan. If you just want to hit the beach, this pocket of the world boasts unrivalled, untouched white sands, cobalt blue skies all-year-round and the sweetest, most decadent rum cocktails you’ve ever tasted.
No wonder the Western Caribbean has long been a magnet for travellers worldwide. This remote group of islands boasts beautiful beaches, pristine bays and spectacular coral reefs. Drawing inspiration from the fascinating history of ancient civilisation, the way of life in the Western Caribbean embraces nature, living in relaxed harmony with the flora and fauna indigenous to the islands. Ports of call on a Western Caribbean cruise include Belize, Jamaica, The Cayman Islands and many, many more.
After El Salvador, Belize is the second smallest country in Central America – covering only approximately 9,000 square miles. Much of the mainland is blanketed by dense, lush rainforest, home to all sorts of exciting and exotic species. However, the country’s main claim to fame is its monumental line of reefs and cayes that extends along its coast – Belize’s barrier reef is in fact the largest in the Western Hemisphere. This makes for some unmissable diving opportunities, as snorkelers share the crystal-clear turquoise waters with nonplussed stingrays and many species of nurse shark.
As your Western Caribbean cruise approaches the coastal town of Montego Bay, expect a lively and colourful welcome. Mo’Bay, as the locals lovingly refer to it, offers some of the Caribbean’s most energetic beaches, with waterfront bars, water sports, great food and cultural festivals.
If it’s idyllic tropical beaches and balmy weather you seek, Montego Bay boasts the prettiest coast in the Caribbean. The town is a hot spot for traditional reggae music, an area perfect for whiling away the days at a funky beach bar, cocktail in hand while the music sings and the hours slip by.
Imagine the Caribbean cruise port of your dreams – powdery white sands, palm trees swaying in the breeze, duty-free stores stocked with stunning jewels and world-class liquor… and yes, you’re picturing Grand Cayman.
Once your ship docks in the iconic port of George Town, you’ll be enraptured by the sights to behold. Walk the stunning stretch that is Seven Mile Beach or pop in to the tremendously good-fun Tortuga Rum Factory – it’s worth fighting the crowds for the world-class tasty rum cakes. For nature lovers, take a boat trip to the famous Stingray City Sandbar. You can snorkel in the warm, shallow waters alongside the huge stingrays – tour operators provide buckets of bait so you can feed these gentle giants. Only on a Western Caribbean cruise can you combine all of these not-to-be-missed delights.
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