Cruise enthusiasts will know that when you only have a few hours in a port, it can seem a little daunting figuring out how to spend your time. After all, you want to make the most of your trip, right?
A cruise to the Caribbean is no different. With so many beautiful islands to visit, and numerous day trips and excursions on offer, the choice becomes overwhelming. Well, fear not! We’re on hand to recommend some of the best activities in five of the Caribbean’s most beautiful islands.
Boasting 365 beaches – that’s one for every day of the year! – Antigua isn’t short on places to soak up the sun. But if you want to experience more than just soft sands and clear waters, you’ll be pleased to know this beautiful island has a lot more to offer.
Head to Nelson’s Dockyard in St. John’s, a heavily restored marina that has been in operation since 1671, where you can learn more about Antigua’s colonial past. The Dockyard Museum contains titbits about the island’s history, what life was like at the forts and even a telescope used by Nelson himself!
A visit to Shirley Heights also comes highly recommended. Housed in a former military complex, Shirley Heights commands breathtaking views of English Harbour. Enjoy the scenery over a glass of island punch or a romantic meal for two.
No trip to St Lucia is complete without a visit to the world famous Pitons. These volcanic plugs are classed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, with woodland covering the summit and miles of coral reefs covering the Pitons’ marine area.
Depending on how much time you have in St Lucia – and if you’re feeling particularly adventurous – then you can hike up the Pitons. It takes around 6 hours to complete, which should give you enough time for a celebratory cocktail afterwards.
Of course, if you’d rather just relax then you can take to the water and enjoy a cruise around the Pitons – perfect for those who value the finer things in life.
It’s likely you won’t be able to explore all Barbados has to offer in a day, as it’s such a diverse and bountiful destination, but we have a couple of suggestions up our sleeve.
The first is Harrison’s Cave. Carved from limestone, this expansive cavern is truly one of Barbados’ greatest wonders. Explore this active cave by foot or tram, and familiarise yourself with the collection of stalagmites that continue to grow every day.
If you’d like to see more of the island then hopping in the back of a taxi is a good option. Most taxi drivers on the island are used to giving tours, and often know all the worthwhile places to visit, like the Mount Gay distillery – ideal if you fancy a drop of rum!
Boasting some of the Caribbean’s most beautiful beaches, St Maarten invites the chance to soak up the sun on silken sands. This is a good opportunity to indulge in some watersports activities if you fancy exploring Aruba’s underwater paradise, too.
You can also head to the French side of the island and explore Marigot, where a variety of markets, bars and restaurants reside.
Often referred to as the ‘Spice Island’, no trip to Grenada would be complete without learning more about the island’s spice trade. You can do this by taking a tour of a spice plantation in Gouyave, where you’ll learn more about the island’s production of nutmeg and other aromatic spices, or even visiting Market Square, where you’ll be able to buy some fresh spices of your own.
There are also plenty of hiking trails to embark on for those adventurous types. Hike up Mt. Qua Qua, where the views are truly stupendous, or traverse the Morne LaBaye Trail if you fancy something less extreme.
If we’ve whetted your appetite then book your dream Caribbean cruise today.