Cruise ports and stops in the Caribbean

Welcome aboard this comprehensive guide to “Cruise ports and stops in the Caribbean”.
I’m Sarah ( or Miss Tatane 😛), passionate about cruising and a cruiser just like you. I’m here to share my experiences and advice with you, so that you can experience each destination to the full 😉


Cruise ports and stops in the Caribbean


For all the  stopovers in the Caribbean  that I have listed for you, I will give you my opinion on the most beautiful ones. This opinion can be subjective because it is only the opinion of a tourist (like you) and a few cruise passengers who also give their valuable opinions.

I put this symbol for you 👁 when you can’t miss it 👁👁 and  👁👁👁 to see it at least once in your life because it’s paradise!

Unlike the Mediterranean, the stopovers in the Caribbean (of all those I made) I didn’t find anything so-so, they were all stopovers not to be missed. I’ll still leave you with the little symbols but it’s just a matter of…


Fort-de-France

Cruise ports and stops in the Caribbean – Explore the charming capital of Martinique

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How to leave the cruise port in Fort de France? 

When you disembark at the port of Fort-de-France, you will need to walk to access the somewhat distant city center.

You have the option to walk (allow 25 minutes of walking) or take a taxi at the foot of the ship (they are waiting for you within a 5-minute walk). As you may have guessed, it’s a free visit!

The walking distance can vary depending on where the ship is docked (you may only need to walk 10 minutes if it’s well-placed).

If you wish to visit the nearby islands: Bourg des Trois-Îlets, Anse-Mitan (7 euros round trip), Case-Pilote (5 euros round trip), you can opt for the short ferry rides at the west quays.

For rum enthusiasts, beautiful landscapes, and turquoise waters, it’s going to be a delight.

When I went to Fort-de-France, I chose to walk to the city center and then we took a guided tour.


The best things to do

The best things to do in Fort-de-France

Saint Lucia guided tour – Discover the island’s natural and cultural wonders

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Explore St. Lucia’s historical and cultural sites, visit the island’s most popular beaches, and enjoy the convenience of traveling with a private guide.

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Sulfur springs and mud bathImmerse yourself in the benefits of sulfur springs and enjoy a revitalizing mud bath. Discover the healing properties of these natural resources while relaxing in a picturesque setting.
Botanical Gardens and Diamond FallsTake in the sights and sounds of the botanical gardens, offering a variety of exotic tropical plants. Explore Diamond Falls, a majestic waterfall, and be amazed by the natural beauty of this environment.
Majestic peaksGaze at the majestic Pitons, the iconic twin peaks of Saint Lucia. Appreciate the grandeur of these unique geological formations, symbols of the island, and capture unforgettable memories of these imposing mountains.
Toraille WaterfallImmerse yourself in the breathtaking Toraille waterfall, a refreshing experience in the heart of nature. Enjoy the tropical environment and let yourself be enveloped by the sensations of this spectacular waterfall.
Exploration of Castries and the local marketDiscover the town of Castries, explore its original buildings such as the Castries market, steeped in over 100 years of history. Visit the largest Roman Catholic church on the island, demonstrating its cultural and religious importance.
Morne Fortune, banana plantation and MarigotTravel to Morne Fortune and explore the island’s largest banana plantation along the way. Discover Marigot Bay, a picturesque destination, and visit fishing villages to understand the diversity of life in Saint Lucia.

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Aruba-Antilles

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Cruise ports and stops in the caribbean Arubia


How to leave the cruise port in Aruba Antilles? 

Upon your arrival at the port of Aruba, open your eyes wide because it’s truly magnificent!

If you wish to exit the port, please note that it can be done on foot. Exit is free.

If you want to walk to the city center, it only takes 4/5 minutes. You will find the main shopping street at the port’s exit. For those who enjoy walking, everything can be done on foot as the scenery is breathtaking! You will find lovely bars, an artisan market to bring souvenirs home, a casino, restaurants, and plenty of souvenir shops. The locals are very generous, and I encourage you to fully immerse yourself in the atmosphere and engage with them. As for the landscapes, open your eyes!

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The best things to do in Aruba-Antilles

Explore Aruba’s natural and historical sites with a local guide

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Visit Aruba in one day with a private guide. See the Aloe Vera Plant, Casibari Rock Formation, Bushiribana Gold Mine Ruins, Alto Vista Chapel and the California Lighthouse.

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Aruba Natural Wonders TourExplore many of Aruba’s natural wonders led by an expert guide. Discover the diversity of the island’s natural landscapes, highlighting its natural beauty and ecological richness.
Interesting historical sitesImmerse yourself in Aruba’s history with a visit to captivating historical sites. Explore locations that showcase the island’s rich past, offering a fascinating insight into its cultural heritage.
Aloe Vera Factory and MuseumExplore Aruba’s economic past with a tour of the Aloe Vera Factory and Museum. Discover the importance of this plant for the island and its role in its economic development. Get information about growing aloe, an integral part of Aruba’s history.
Views from the California Lighthouse and CasibariAdmire the panoramic views from the California Lighthouse, offering a spectacular vantage point over the island. Explore the Casibari rock formation, a natural wonder of Aruba. Climb to the top for breathtaking views and appreciate the natural beauty of this unique place.
Travel by air-conditioned busEnjoy the comfort of traveling by air-conditioned bus during this 3½-hour excursion. Travel relaxed from site to site, benefiting from your guide’s fun and informative commentary. A perfect way to experience Aruba without the hassle of transportation.

Cruise ports and stops in the Caribbean – SS Antilla wreck snorkeling tour

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The wreck of the SS Antilla is located approximately 1.5 kilometers off the coast of Aruba. The ship was sunk by a German submarine in 1940 and today lies at a depth of 25 meters. It has become a habitat for a variety of fish, corals and other sea creatures.

The tour begins with a boat ride to the wreck site. Once there, participants receive a safety briefing and an introduction to the history of the wreck. Then they put on their snorkeling gear and dive into the water.

The wreck is easily accessible and can be explored by swimming or snorkeling. Participants can see schools of colorful fish, vibrant corals and even sea turtles

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Exploring the wreck of the SS AntillaDiscover the captivating story of the sunken WWII ship, the SS Antilla. Your local guide will provide you with fascinating information about this historic site as you explore its waters.
Snorkel in the lush waters of the CaribbeanDive into the lush waters of the Caribbean for an unforgettable snorkeling experience. Explore the colorful, native marine life that inhabits the area surrounding the SS Antilla Wreck and Boca Catalina Bay.
Relaxation on board with open barEnjoy total relaxation on board with an open bar. Enjoy refreshing cocktails and other drinks while admiring coastal views and soaking up the boat’s relaxed atmosphere.
Meet a friendly crewStart your afternoon with a friendly meeting with the boat’s crew. Receive a warm welcome and enjoy the hospitality of the crew throughout the excursion.
Discovery of Boca Catalina BayExplore Boca Catalina Bay, a second scenic destination on the tour. Enjoy a brief history lesson about the place before free diving into its waters to discover the surrounding marine life. Free time at the bay allows for personal exploration and appreciation of its underwater wonders.

Saint Lucia – Castries

Cruise ports and stops in the Caribbean – Tropical paradise and natural beauty

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Cruise ports and stops in the caribbean Saint Lucia


How to leave the cruise port in Saint Lucia – Castries? 

Upon arriving in Saint Lucia, if your cruise ship docks at Pointe Seraphine (where most cruise ships dock), you’ll be just 5 minutes away from the information point located near the Creole Village. I found it fantastic that they’ve created this village for cruise passengers, similar to the Harbor Village in La Goulette, with bars and duty-free shops – it sets the tone for your visit.

I’ve spoken to many cruisers who’ve had their ship anchor offshore. In such cases, rest assured that disembarkation is done via company-chartered dinghies. The boat ride takes around 5 minutes, and you’ll be at the dock in no time!

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The best things to do in Saint Lucia

Cruise ports and stops in the Caribbean – Snorkeling in Saint Lucia

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Discover the colorful marine life of the Caribbean, including reef fish, sea turtles and rays. No matter your experience level, you can enjoy snorkeling in St. Lucia.

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Snorkeling off the coast of Saint LuciaExplore the magnificent underwater sites of Saint Lucia during a 5-hour snorkeling excursion. Discover the coral reefs, trenches and caves that are home to an exceptional variety of colorful fish in the waters of the Caribbean.
Spectacular coral reefsDive alongside spectacular coral reefs, discovering unique formations, trenches, caverns and walls. These underwater environments offer an immersive experience with the marine life and natural beauty of the area.
Marvel at the array of colorful fishAdmire a fascinating array of colorful Caribbean reef fish. Diverse species add a vibrant touch to St. Lucia’s crystal clear waters, providing an unforgettable snorkeling experience for participants of all levels, even those who have never done this activity before.
Dive sites near sheltered beachesSnorkeling sites are easily accessible from most sheltered beaches on the west coast of the island. The proximity to popular underwater sites, located in marine reserve areas, makes this adventure easy to access for participants of all levels, including those new to snorkeling.
Support and training for all levelsWhether you are a beginner or experienced in freediving, you will receive appropriate assistance. Enjoy informative videos, the Snorkeling Guide and advice adapted to all levels. Dive masters and instructors are also available for formal training, and even freediving certification courses can be taken to enrich your underwater experience.

Pointe-à-Pitre

Cruise ports and stops in the Caribbean – A stopover full of colors and flavors

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Cruise ports and stops in the caribbean


How to leave the cruise port in Pointe à Pitre? 

When you disembark in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, you’ll be just a 5-minute walk from the city center. The port is quite convenient, and you’ll find everything you need right at the foot of the ship – bars, shops, restaurants, and more. If you wish to explore the city center, it’s very close, and everything can be done on foot. As you may have guessed, there’s no cost to exit!

I personally was a bit disappointed with Pointe-à-Pitre; I was expecting something different from the city. However, the fine sandy beaches make up for the city’s scenery. Fortunately, the locals are extremely warm and welcoming, and the beaches are absolutely stunning. For snorkeling enthusiasts (like me), you’ll be delighted to know that the snorkeling spots are fantastic!

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The best things to do in Pointe à Pitre

Cruise ports and stops in the Caribbean – Historical walking tour of Pointe-à-Pitre

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Explore the history and culture of the Guadeloupean capital during a 3-hour guided tour.

During this visit you will discover:

  • The origins of the city, founded in 1635 by the French
  • Vestiges of the city’s colonial history, such as the Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul church and the sub-prefecture
  • Guadeloupean culture, notably Gwo-Ka music and Creole cuisine

Here is an overview of the route:

  • Place de la Victoire : Start your visit in the city’s central square, where you will learn more about the history of Pointe-à-Pitre.
  • Fish Market : Visit the local market to buy fresh fish and other local products.
  • Sub-prefecture : Discover the military history of the city at the old infantry barracks.
  • Church of Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul : Admire the beauty of this church rebuilt after an earthquake.
  • Statue of Marcel Lollia : Discover the importance of Gwo-Ka music in Guadeloupean culture.
  • Maison Souques : Visit the residence of Louisiana planter Ernest Souques, today the Saint-John Perse Museum.
  • Spice Market : Stock up on local spices and souvenirs.
  • Rue Frèbault : Stroll this bustling street to discover local shops and restaurants.

This tour is ideal for people who want to discover the history and culture of Pointe-à-Pitre.

What are the strong points?

Strong pointsHistorical walking tour of Pointe-à-Pitre
Go back in time and explore historyImmerse yourself in the history of Pointe-à-Pitre by going back 300 years. Learn about the founding of the city and explore Victory Square, the oldest in the city, with iconic monuments.
Immersion in local cultureVisit the local market to buy spices, artisanal spirits and souvenirs. Cross the fresh fish sales point for an immersion in local life. Discover cultural elements such as Gwo-Ka music and the Marcel Lollia statue.
Exploring historic architectureExplore important architectural sites such as the Church of Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul, rebuilt in the 19th century, and the residence of Ernest Souques designed by Gustave Eiffel. Discover the history of Saint John Perse through the museum.
Spice Market and lively Rue FrèbaultEnd your visit at the Spice Market to shop for unique souvenirs. Stroll along Rue Frèbault, a lively street with a variety of shops. Enjoy an enriching experience with a local guide sharing interesting facts about daily life and local culture.

Saint John’s – Antigua and Barbuda

Cruise ports and stops in the Caribbean

Cruise stops in the caribbean: Saint John's - Antigua and Barbuda


How to leave the cruise port in Saint John’s? 

When you arrive on the island of Saint John’s, I believe you will be the happiest person in the world, what a paradise-like setting! I had tears in my eyes in front of such beauty.

Saint John’s is the capital of Antigua and Barbuda, an archipelago of which Antigua is the main island and represents one of the oldest commercial ports in the Caribbean.

The ship docks in the city center: as you may have guessed, it’s a free exit!

The port itself is a place worth visiting, it’s really lovely and a sacred concept! At the port, you will find the information point, but most importantly, shops where they sell everything (alcohol, tobacco, clothing… all duty-free!).

Right outside the port, musicians are waiting to welcome you properly; it was amazing (can’t wait to go back). It’s an extraordinary destination! The landscape is stunning, the city is magnificent with its colorful houses; you would think you’re in Cuba. It’s the most beautiful destination in the Caribbean.

Taxis are waiting right at the port, and the fare is not expensive, plus they make excellent tour guides. Personally, I think everything can be done on foot, and at least you can fully enjoy the scenery. This island is one of the most fascinating in the world.

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The best things to do in Saint John’s

Learn to cook with rum and taste 6 different rums

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This cooking class is the ideal opportunity to learn the different uses of rum in cooking. You will discover how rum can be used to enhance the flavor of your dishes, from starters to desserts.

Your guide, Nicole, is an experienced local chef who will teach you basic Creole cooking techniques. You will also learn the history and influence of rum on Caribbean culture and cuisine.

In addition to the cooking class, you will also have the opportunity to taste 6 different rums from Antigua to Cuba. Nicole will guide you through an informative tasting that will help you understand the different flavors and aromas of rum.

This cooking class is a unique experience that will allow you to learn more about Creole cuisine and rum. This is a must-do activity for anyone visiting the Caribbean.

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Strong pointsCreole cooking class with rum tasting
Immersive cooking classTake a cooking class at a local home overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The experience is more focused on local Caribbean life than just a cooking class, offering beautiful views and informal lessons from your host and teacher, Nicole.
Regional rum tastingExplore the history and influence of rum in the Caribbean with a tasting of 6 different regional rums, from Antigua and Guyana to Martinique and Cuba. Learn the different uses of rum in the starter, main course and dessert of the typical three-course menu.
Delicious and varied menuSavor a three-course lunch, including local cocktails, a starter of rum-marinated sweet potato soup, a main course of rum-marinated flank steak, mouth-watering sides, and a delicious dessert like rum-soaked bread pudding or cake with butter and rum.
Cultural immersion and local stories with NicoleNicole, your host and teacher, shares stories about life in the West Indies, the history of rum and its influence on Caribbean culture and cuisine. Enjoy an informal and engaging experience while learning to cook delicious dishes infused with the richness of Caribbean rum.

Phillipsburg

Cruise ports and stops in the Caribbean – Shopping and beach fun in Sint Maarten – stop in Saint Martin

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Cruise ports and stops in the caribbeans: Phillipsburg


How to leave the cruise port in Philipsburg? 

Discover Philipsburg, a vibrant cosmopolitan city

Upon disembarking, you will be immediately directed to the tourist information point, where you can obtain a detailed map of the island. Following the signs that read “Taxis Island Tours & Beaches,” you will discover that the taxis are located behind this information point.

In Philipsburg, exiting the port is free, allowing you to easily explore the bustling streets of the city. Stroll along the duty-free shops and stores and indulge in a unique shopping experience.

The beaches of Philipsburg, with their turquoise waters and fine sands, offer an idyllic setting for relaxation. Don’t miss the must-visit beaches, such as Orient Bay Beach and Maho Beach, which are very popular among visitors. If you are a water sports enthusiast, you will have the opportunity to enjoy jet skiing, windsurfing, or paddleboarding.

For a cultural immersion, Fort Amsterdam offers a panoramic view of the city and the bay. Make the most of your stopover in Saint Martin to combine shopping, beach relaxation, and exploration of the rich local culture.

During your stopover in Saint Martin, immerse yourself in the cosmopolitan and vibrant atmosphere of Philipsburg. Explore the treasures it has to offer and have an unforgettable experience in the heart of the Caribbean.

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The best things to do in Phillipsburg St Martin

Cruise ports and stops in the Caribbean – Panoramic tour of Saint-Martin

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Explore both sides of this unique Caribbean island on a 4.5-hour guided tour. Discover the wonders of nature at Coralita Bay Nature Reserve. Savor the beauty of Grand Case Beach, a paradise for water sports enthusiasts. Enjoy tasty local dishes over a self-styled lunch at a local restaurant.

Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of Marigot, the French capital of Saint-Martin. Enjoy the unique experience of seeing commercial planes land at low altitude above Maho Beach.

This tour is a great opportunity to experience the natural beauty and unique culture of Saint Martin.

What are the strong points?

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Panoramic tour of the islandEnjoy a 4.5-hour tour of the French and Dutch sides of St. Maarten (St. Maarten) with a warm welcome from locals. Discover iconic sites and hidden gems of the island, crossing symbolic borders and exploring spectacular beaches.
Grand Case Beach – Relaxation and swimmingDive into the turquoise waters of the Caribbean on Grand Case Beach. Enjoy free time to stroll, swim, or relax on the soft sand. Discover over 30 bars and restaurants on Orient Beach, offering a variety of options to make you feel right at home.
Coralita Bay Nature Reserve – Panoramic ViewsExplore Coralita Bay Nature Reserve and enjoy breathtaking views of tropical nature. Admire the diversity of fauna and flora while discovering the unspoilt beauty of the environment.
Unique Maho Beach Experience – Low-flying planes and spectacular sceneryExperience the unique excitement of seeing commercial planes land low above Maho Beach. Watch these impressive aircraft carriers fly over the beach while you feel the thrill of this unique experience. The ride ends with picturesque views from Cole Bay Hill, providing a memorable conclusion.

Cruise ports and stops in the Caribbean – Rhino safari excursions

Explore the Caribbean at your own pace in your own Rhino Rider Experience the excitement of piloting your own 10-foot inflatable speedboat on the largest lagoon in the Caribbean. Fly over huge luxury yachts and admire the spectacular coastline of Saint Martin.

Stop to snorkel at a protected dive site and discover colorful marine life. Enjoy a free drink in the Caribbean sun.

What you will see and do:

  • Sail the Simpson Bay Lagoon, the largest lagoon in the Caribbean.
  • Admire the huge luxury yachts up close.
  • Jump and splash in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean.
  • Go snorkeling at a protected dive site.
  • Enjoy a free drink in the Caribbean sun.

This tour is perfect for people who want to explore the Caribbean at their own pace and have an unforgettable adventure.

What are the strong points?

Strong pointRhino safari excursions
Unique experiencePilot your own inflatable motorboat and explore the Caribbean at your own pace.
Admire luxury yachtsPass by the huge luxury yachts moored in the Simpson Bay lagoon.
Discover natural beautyAdmire the spectacular coastline of Saint-Martin and go snorkelling in a protected site.
Enjoy the Caribbean sunRelax and enjoy a free drink in the Caribbean sun.

Cozumel, Mexico

Cruise ports and stops in the Caribbean – Dive into maya heritage and underwater beauty

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Cruise ports and stops in the caribbean: Cozumel


How to leave the cruise port in Cozumel? 

When you disembark in Cozumel, you’ll be immediately captivated by the pristine white sandy beaches and preserved coral reefs that make this paradise island famous. Take advantage of your free port exit to explore the natural wonders that surround you.

A popular choice among cruisers is to visit the Mexican Artificial Village, located near the long pier. This village offers a safe and entertaining experience with its shops, restaurants, pools, and dolphinarium. You can stroll around, admire cultural exhibitions, and perhaps even catch a dolphin show.

If you prefer to discover authentic Mexican charm, you can opt for an excursion to the real Mexican village, accessible by taxi for approximately $4 USD. There, you’ll find lively markets, artisan shops, and traditional restaurants where you can savor delicious local cuisine.

For history and culture enthusiasts, excursions to the Chacchoben ruins are a must. About 1 to 1.15 hours away by bus or taxi, these Mayan ruins will transport you to the fascinating past of this ancient civilization.

The Mexican Artificial Village offers a convenient option for cruisers looking to enjoy a safe and lively environment. However, it’s important to note that prices may vary, and you can find items at more favorable prices in the nearby authentic Mexican village.

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The best things to do in Cozumel

Scuba diving in an Atlantis submarine in Cozumel

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Explore the depths of the Caribbean Sea aboard a real U.S. Coast Guard-certified Atlantis submarine.

What you will see and do:

  • Descend to a depth of 30 meters and discover a magical underwater world.
  • Admire a wide variety of tropical fish, such as parrotfish, grunts and groupers.
  • Enjoy fascinating explanations from an experienced co-pilot.

This tour is perfect for people who want to:

  • Discover the marine life of the Caribbean without having to dive.
  • Have a unique and unforgettable experience.
  • Learn about the underwater world.

What are the strong points?

Strong pointScuba diving in an Atlantis submarine
Unique experienceDive 30 meters deep in a real submarine.
Observation of marine faunaAdmire a wide variety of tropical fish.
Fascinating explanationsLearn about the underwater world.

Private buggy tour with lunch and snorkeling

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Explore this stunning Caribbean island at your own pace aboard an open-top buggy.

What you will see and do:

  • Visit central Cozumel and learn about its culture and history.
  • Explore the pristine beaches on the east side of the island.
  • Go snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean.
  • Enjoy an authentic Mexican lunch at the beach club.

This tour is perfect for people who want to:

  • Discover Cozumel at their own pace.
  • Explore the island’s pristine beaches.
  • Go snorkelling.
  • Taste Mexican cuisine.

What are the strong points?

Strong pointPrivate Buggy Tour with Lunch and Snorkeling
Explore at your own paceExplore Cozumel at your own pace and stop to enjoy the things that interest you.
Discovery of culture and historyVisit central Cozumel and learn about its culture and history.
Virgin beachesExplore the pristine beaches on the east side of the island.
Diving with a mask and a snorkelGo snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean.
Mexican mealEnjoy an authentic Mexican lunch at the beach club.

Nassau, Bahamas

Cruise ports and stops in the Caribbean – Discover the charm of paradise islands

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Cruise ports and stops in the caribbean Nassau

How to leave the cruise port in Nassau? 

Upon your arrival in Nassau, immerse yourself in the charm of its rich culture, captivating history, and paradise-like beaches. Free exit. Explore the old town of Nassau, its colorful streets, and historic buildings. Don’t miss the famous Queen’s Staircase, a 65-step stone staircase offering panoramic views of the city. At the port exit, you will find all available means of transportation: taxis, horse-drawn carriages, and more.

Visit Fort Charlotte to discover the island’s history and its impressive cannons. Then, relax on the white sandy beaches lined with palm trees and bask in the Caribbean sun. Paradise Island is a must-visit with the renowned Atlantis Paradise Resort and its exciting water activities, such as dolphin watching and water slides. Shopping enthusiasts will find their bliss at the Straw Market for local artisanal souvenirs. Savor delicious Bahamian cuisine in the island’s picturesque restaurants. Nassau is the perfect place to combine culture, history, and relaxation on paradise beaches.

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The best things to do in Nassau

Nassau 3-Island speedboat tour

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Explore the paradise islands of the Bahamas aboard a private speedboat.

What you will see and do:

  • Snorkel in the turquoise waters of Pearl Island and admire the colorful fish and marine life.
  • Stroll along the pristine beaches of Turtle Cay and observe the local turtles.
  • Swim with the pigs on Rose Island, a unique and fun experience.

This tour is perfect for people who want to:

  • Discover the Bahamas at their own pace.
  • Explore the paradise islands of the Bahamas.
  • Snorkel and observe marine life.
  • Swimming with pigs.
Strong pointNassau 3-Island Speedboat Tour
Explore at your own paceExplore the islands at your own pace and stop to enjoy the things that interest you.
Paradise IslandsVisit three paradise islands in the Bahamas and discover their natural beauty.
Snorkel and observe marine lifeSnorkel in the turquoise waters and admire colorful fish and marine life.
Swimming with pigsLive a unique and fun experience swimming with pigs.

Green turtle cay and Rose Island day trip

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Explore the paradise islands of the Bahamas aboard a speed boat.

What you will see and do:

  • Observe green sea turtles and other marine life at Green Turtle Cay.
  • Snorkel in the turquoise waters of Rose Island Reef and admire the colorful fish.
  • Relax on Rose Island Beach and soak up the sun.

This tour is perfect for people who want to:

  • Discover the Bahamas at their own pace.
  • Explore the paradise islands of the Bahamas.
  • Snorkel and observe marine life.
  • Relax on the beach.
Strong pointday trip to Green Turtle Cay and Rose Island
Sea turtle watchingObserve green sea turtles and other marine species in their natural habitat.
Diving with a mask and a snorkelSnorkel in the turquoise waters and admire the colorful fish.
Rose Island BeachEnjoy the sun and relaxation on Rose Island Beach.

Willemstad Curaçao

Cruise ports and stops in the Caribbean – A unique blend of culture and colors

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Cruise ports and stops in the caribbean Willemstad - Curaçao

How to leave the cruise port in Willemstad? 

When you arrive in Willemstad, you will be immediately captivated by the colorful architecture of this charming city. Explore the vibrant beauty of this picturesque Caribbean town, where you can freely stroll upon arrival at the port. It’s a free exit.

Willemstad is renowned for its charming Dutch architecture, with colorful houses along the waterfront. Wander along the cobblestone streets and admire the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic buildings. We visited the city with the pink train, and it was fantastic.

Don’t miss the famous floating bridge, the “Ponte Hap,” which connects the districts of Punda and Otrobanda. You can see it swing open to allow passing boats. Once crossed, head to the Punda district to enjoy lively shops, cafes, and restaurants.

If you’re a diving enthusiast, Curaçao offers spectacular underwater sites. Explore colorful coral reefs, swim among tropical fish, and discover fascinating shipwrecks.

Don’t forget to visit the Kurá Hulanda Museum, which traces African history and slavery. It’s an opportunity to learn more about the culture and history of Curaçao.

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The best things to do in Willemstad Curaçao

Cruise ports and stops in the Caribbean – Day trip to Willemstad, Curaçao

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Explore the colorful capital of Curaçao at your own pace.

What you will see and do:

  • Visit the Otrabanda neighborhood, the oldest neighborhood in Willemstad.
  • Admire the magnificent baroque mansions of the Scharloo district.
  • Go shopping in the Punda district, the commercial center of Willemstad.
  • Enjoy a relaxing day at Kokomo Beach.

This tour is perfect for people who want to:

  • Discover the culture and history of Curaçao.
  • Go shopping and taste local specialties.
  • Enjoy a day at the beach.
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Willemstad tourDiscover the colorful capital of Curaçao, with its historic buildings and bustling shops.
Kokomo BeachEnjoy a relaxing day on Kokomo Beach, with its crystal clear waters and palm trees.

Cruise ports and stops in the Caribbean – Cruise the spanish lagoons of Curaçao

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Explore the beautiful Spanish lagoons of Curaçao aboard a luxury yacht.

What you will see and do:

  • Cruise the coast of Curaçao, passing different beaches, coves and bays.
  • Swim in the refreshing waters of the Caribbean Sea.
  • Snorkeling around the corals and reefs of a tugboat wreck.

This tour is perfect for people who want to:

  • Discover the natural beauties of Curaçao.
  • Enjoy a relaxing day on the beach.
  • Go snorkelling.
Strong pointCruise the Spanish lagoons of Curaçao
Cruise in the Spanish lagoonsSail the coast of Curaçao and discover the magnificent Spanish lagoons.
SwimmingSwim in the refreshing waters of the Caribbean Sea.
Diving with a mask and a snorkelSnorkeling around the corals and reefs of a tugboat wreck.

Bridgetown, Barbados

Cruise ports and stops in the Caribbean – White sandy beaches and Caribbean charm

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Cruise ports and stops in the caribbean – Bridgetown, Barbados

How to leave the cruise port in Bridgetown? 

During your unforgettable cruise in Barbados, you will make a stop at a modern port, just minutes away from Bridgetown. Upon your arrival, a tourist information point will be at your disposal to help you plan your day. Afterward, you can reach the city center in just 20 minutes on foot, with a free exit. You will also find taxis and buses.

Barbados, the easternmost of the Caribbean islands, is an island rich in history and culture. You will discover the colonial buildings of the historic Carenage district in Bridgetown, as well as monuments and religious buildings. Don’t miss visiting the Barbados Museum and Historical Society to learn more about the island’s fascinating history.

Barbados beaches are simply stunning. The famous Brandon’s Beach and Paradise Beach will offer you turquoise waters and fine sandy beaches where you can relax and enjoy the sun. Water sports enthusiasts will be delighted with activities such as surfing, windsurfing, jet-skiing, and snorkeling.

Outside the beaches, Barbados is full of natural treasures. Visit the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, where you can observe turtles, iguanas, monkeys, and caimans in the wild.

Also, take advantage of your stop to shop in the duty-free shops on Broad Street, dive in the Folkstone Marine Reserve, and try exciting activities like the ones below:

The best things to do

The best things to do in Bridgetown

Cruise ports and stops in the Caribbean – Barbados custom tour

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Explore Barbados at your own pace aboard a private vehicle.

What you will see and do:

  • Visit historical, cultural and natural attractions.
  • Admire spectacular views of the island.
  • Travel at your own pace with your guide.

This tour is perfect for people who want to:

  • Discover Barbados in depth.
  • Enjoy a personalized experience.
  • Travel at their own pace.
Strong pointBarbados Custom Tour
FlexibilityChoose which part of Barbados you want to see and the pace at which you want to travel.
Access to attractionsVisit popular attractions like historic Bridgetown, Agapey Chocolate Factory, and Animal Flower Cave.
Spectacular viewsAdmire stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, rolling green hills, and historic plantations.

Cruise ports and stops in the Caribbean – Kayak tour in search of turtles and wrecks

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Explore Carlisle Bay in search of sea turtles and sunken wrecks.

What you will see and do:

  • Stop at the turtle feeding ground where green turtles and hawksbill turtles are regularly seen.
  • Travel to three different shipwrecks, all located close to shore.
  • Learn the history of shipwrecks as you explore the bay.

This tour is perfect for people who want to:

  • Observe marine fauna
  • Explore sunken wrecks
  • Learn the history of Barbados
Strong pointKayak excursion
Turtle watchingObserve green turtles and hawksbill turtles in their natural habitat.
Wreck explorationExplore three different sunken shipwrecks close to shore.
HistoryLearn the history of shipwrecks and Barbados.

Grand Cayman, Cayman islands

Cruise ports and stops in the Caribbean

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Cruise ports and stops in the caribbean – Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

How to leave the cruise port in Grand Cayman? 

Dear fellow cruisers, during your stop in the Cayman Islands, you’ll be delighted by the many exciting activities awaiting you. Ships cannot dock at Harbour Drive, but you’ll be transported by ferries to the shopping district of Georgetown.

Located approximately 260 km northwest of Jamaica, the Cayman Islands offer breathtaking landscapes. You can enjoy magnificent beaches, such as Seven Miles Beach in Grand Cayman, where you can relax and swim in crystal-clear waters. Diving enthusiasts will have the opportunity to explore natural reserves, including the Turtle Farm and Stingray City, where you can swim with these fascinating creatures.

But the activities don’t stop there! You’ll also have the chance to engage in a variety of water sports like kayaking, jet skiing, and scuba diving. For nature lovers, don’t miss the Little Cayman Bird Sanctuary and the fascinating caves of Cayman Brac.

And of course, take advantage of your stop to discover the local culture and shop at the duty-free stores in Georgetown, where you’ll find unique souvenirs to take home.

To enhance your experience, I recommend booking your activities in advance through GetYourGuide. Here are some of the best activities in the Cayman Islands that you can reserve:

The best things to do

The best things to do in Grand Cayman

Cruise ports and stops in the Caribbean – Day trip to Stingray city, Grand Cayman

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Explore the natural beauty of Stingray City and learn more about these fascinating creatures.

What you will see and do:

  • Take a 25-minute boat ride from Seven Mile Beach to Stingray City.
  • Stop at three different locations to snorkel among stingrays.
  • Learn more about rays and their role in the Caribbean ecosystem.
  • Feed and pet stingrays in the shallow waters of the Caribbean.

This tour is perfect for people who want to:

  • Observe marine fauna
  • Learn about nature conservation
  • Spend a fun and relaxing day on the beach
Strong pointDay trip to Stingray City, Grand Cayman
Meeting with the raysSwim with, feed and pet stingrays in their natural habitat.
LearningLearn more about rays and their role in the Caribbean ecosystem.
Natural beautyAdmire the ethereal beauty of Stingray City, a sandbar located in Grand Cayman’s North Sound.

Cruise ports and stops in the Caribbean – Grand Cayman rum distillery day trip

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Discover the culture and food of Grand Cayman on a rum distillery day trip.

What you will see and do:

  • Visit the island’s only rum distillery and learn about the rum-making process.
  • Taste a variety of flavored rums, including the famous Tortuga Rum Cake.
  • Taste different and delicious local beers.
  • Have lunch at a local restaurant off the beaten track.

This tour is perfect for people who want to:

  • Learn about the culture and gastronomy of Grand Cayman.
  • Taste local rums and beers.
  • Discover local restaurants off the beaten track.
Strongs pointsRum Distillery
Visit to the rum distilleryDiscover the rum-making process and learn about the history of rum distilling in Grand Cayman.
Rum tastingTaste a variety of flavored rums, including the famous Tortuga Rum Cake.
Tasting of local beersTaste different and delicious local beers.
Lunch at a local restaurant off the beaten trackEnjoy authentic dishes at a local restaurant off the beaten track.

Charlotte Amalie

Cruise ports and stops in the Caribbean – United states virgin islands

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Cruise ports and stops in the caribbean - Charlotte Amalie

How to leave the cruise port in Charlotte Amalie? 

When you disembark in Charlotte Amalie, the capital of the United States Virgin Islands, you will be delighted by its unique blend of duty-free shopping and breathtaking landscapes. The port exit is free, allowing you to start your exploration without constraints.

Charlotte Amalie is renowned for its duty-free shops, making it a true paradise for shopping enthusiasts. The city’s cobbled streets are filled with stores offering jewelry, watches, electronics, and more, all at very attractive prices.

As you venture away from the shopping streets, you will be amazed by the breathtaking landscapes surrounding the city. The lush hills provide spectacular panoramas of the Caribbean Sea and the surrounding islands. Don’t miss taking the cable car to the top of Paradise Point for a 360-degree view of the area.

If you wish to immerse yourself in the local history and culture, visit Fort Christian, a historic site that houses a museum detailing the history of the United States Virgin Islands. You can also explore the St. Thomas Cathedral, an architectural gem dating back to the 19th century.

Finally, be sure to taste the culinary specialties of the United States Virgin Islands, such as meat pies and tropical cocktails made with local rum.

In conclusion, Charlotte Amalie is a port of call that offers a perfect balance between duty-free shopping and breathtaking landscapes.

The best things to do

The best things to do in Amalie

Semi-private tour to turtle cove and Honeymoon Beach

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Explore the natural beauties of the U.S. Virgin Islands on a 4-hour semi-private excursion.

What you will see and do:

  • Go snorkeling at Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Swim with sea turtles in the crystal clear waters of Turtle Cove Bay.
  • Enjoy the white sand and turquoise blue waters of Honeymoon Beach.

This tour is perfect for people who want to:

  • Observe marine fauna
  • Discover the natural beauties of the Virgin Islands
  • Enjoy a relaxing day on the beach
Strong pointDescription
SnorkelingExplore coral reefs and swim with sea turtles at Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge.
White sand beachEnjoy the white sand and turquoise blue waters of Honeymoon Beach.
Crystal clear watersAdmire the crystal clear waters of the US Virgin Islands.

Guided food and culture tour of St. Thomas

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Discover the local cuisine and history of St. Thomas on a 3-hour guided walking tour.

What you will see and do:

  • Sample 10 local dishes and drinks at restaurants and specialty food shops.
  • Visit Fort Christian, a 17th century fort that offers stunning views of the city.
  • Learn about the history and culture of St. Thomas from an informative local guide.

This tour is perfect for people who want to:

  • Discover the local cuisine of St. Thomas.
  • Learn about the history and culture of St. Thomas.
  • Explore historic downtown St. Thomas.
Strong pointDescription
Taste the local cuisineTaste 10 local dishes and drinks, including jerk chicken, crab cakes, fresh seafood and Caribbean cocktails.
Visit Fort ChristianVisit Fort Christian, a 17th century fort that offers stunning views of the city.
LearningLearn about the history and culture of St. Thomas from an informative local guide.

Ocho Rios – Jamaica

Cruise ports and stops in the Caribbean – Adventure and culture in the land of reggae

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Cruise ports and stops in the caribbean – Ocho Rios – Jamaica

How to leave the cruise port in Ocho Rios? 

When you disembark in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, you’ll find a blend of adventure and culture in the land of reggae. The port exit will lead you to a world of exciting experiences and cultural discoveries.

Ocho Rios is not only famous for its stunning beaches but also for its lush natural beauty. One of the must-visit attractions is Dunn’s River Falls, where you can climb the cascading waterfalls and enjoy the picturesque surroundings. You can explore the nearby Mystic Mountain, home to thrilling adventures like zip-lining and bobsledding, all set against a backdrop of tropical rainforests.

For a taste of Jamaican culture, consider visiting the Bob Marley Museum, where you can learn about the life and music of the legendary reggae artist. Don’t forget to savor the local cuisine, including jerk chicken and patties, for a delicious and authentic Jamaican experience.

Ocho Rios is also known for its vibrant markets and shopping opportunities. You can find unique souvenirs, local crafts, and spices to bring back home.

In conclusion, Ocho Rios offers a perfect blend of adventure and cultural exploration in the heart of reggae music’s homeland. It’s a destination that caters to both thrill-seekers and those looking to immerse themselves in Jamaican culture.

The best things to do

The best things to do in Ocho Rios

Meeting the dolphins of Ocho Rios

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Experience an unforgettable encounter with Jamaican dolphins during a day at Dolphin Cove Marine Park, Ocho Rios.

What you will see and do:

  • Meet bottlenose dolphins, one of the most intelligent dolphin species in the world.
  • Enjoy a 30-minute swim with your very own dolphin.
  • Learn about dolphins and their behavior from an experienced guide.
  • Relax in the sun in the park’s natural lagoon.

This tour is perfect for people who want to:

  • Observe marine fauna
  • Learn about dolphins
  • Spend a fun and relaxing day on the beach
Strong pointDescription
Meeting with dolphinsSwim, play, and learn about bottle-nosed dolphins on a 30-minute swim.
LearningLearn about dolphins and their behavior from an experienced guide.
RelaxationRelax in the sun in the park’s natural lagoon.

Dunn’s river falls and reggae hill day trip

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Explore Jamaica’s natural beauties on a day trip to Dunn’s River Falls and Reggae Hill.

What you will see and do:

  • Climb the famous Dunn’s River Falls, a Jamaican national treasure.
  • Swim in the White River at Reggae Hill.
  • Enjoy a Jamaican tapas lunch and light entertainment.

This tour is perfect for people who want to:

  • Observe nature
  • Enjoy a relaxing day on the beach
  • Learn about Jamaican culture
Strongs pointsDay trip to Dunn’s River Falls and Reggae Hill
Climbing Dunn’s River FallsClimb the 600-foot natural limestone staircase surrounded by rushing waters.
Swimming in the White RiverSwim in the crystal clear waters of the White River and relax in a lush tropical setting.
Light entertainmentEnjoy line dancing, cocktail demonstrations, and a Jamaican tapas lunch.

Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin islands

Cruise ports and stops in the Caribbean – Dream beaches

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Cruise ports and stops in the caribbean – Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands


How to leave the cruise port in Saint Thomas

When you arrive in Saint Thomas, you will be immediately captivated by the splendor of this paradise destination. Free exit!

Head to the shopping district of Charlotte Amalie and discover an incredible variety of shops, from major brands to local designers. Don’t miss the opportunity to take advantage of duty-free shopping.

In addition to shopping, Saint Thomas offers breathtaking landscapes. Panoramic viewpoints provide you with stunning views of the island and its surroundings. Don’t miss the famous Mountain Top, the highest point on the island, where you can admire spectacular panoramas.

The turquoise waters surrounding Saint Thomas are an irresistible invitation to relaxation and underwater exploration. Explore colorful coral reefs on a diving or snorkeling excursion. The white sandy beaches invite you to bask in the sun and enjoy the tropical atmosphere.

During your stop in Saint Thomas, take the time to discover the beauty of this island, combining the luxury of shopping, breathtaking panoramas, and turquoise waters. An unforgettable experience awaits you in this dream Caribbean destination.

The best things to do

The best things to do in Saint Thomas

Visit Coral world ocean park

Discover the underwater and land-based marine life of the U.S. Virgin Islands on a tour of Coral World Ocean Park.

What you will see and do:

  • Observe marine life at the Underwater Observatory, Marine Gardens and Turtle Rehabilitation Center.
  • Swimming with sea lions.
  • Feed the rainbow lorikeets.
  • Meet turtles and sharks.
  • Enjoy Coki Beach.

This tour is perfect for people who want to:

  • Observe marine fauna
  • Learn about marine life conservation
  • Spend a fun and relaxing day on the beach
Strong pointsVisit Coral World Ocean Park
Underwater observatoryObserve marine life 15 feet underground without having to get your feet wet.
Marine gardensObserve eels, lobsters, scorpion fish and other fascinating marine life.
Turtle rehabilitation centerLearn about sea turtles and witness their rehabilitation.
Sea lionsSwim with playful sea lions and learn more about their behavior.
Rainbow lorikeetsFeed these friendly birds and listen to their melodious songs.
Turtles and sharksMeet turtles and sharks in the water or at the turtle rehabilitation center.
Coki BeachEnjoy the crystal clear waters of Coki Beach and its many snorkeling opportunities.

Grenada

Cruise ports and stops in the Caribbean

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Cruise ports and stops in the caribbean: Grenada

How to leave the cruise port in Grenada


During your stop in Grenada, get ready to dive into the heart of a paradise island known for its unparalleled natural beauty. As soon as you step out of the port, you’ll be enchanted by the diversity of landscapes that await you.

The good news is that the exit from the port is free in Grenada, allowing you to easily venture into the wonders of the island. Furthermore, you’ll be instantly charmed by the warmth of the locals’ hospitality.

Start your exploration by heading to Grenada’s famous waterfalls. Let yourself be amazed by the power and clarity of the waters cascading into natural pools. A refreshing swim at the base of the waterfalls is an unforgettable experience.

Next, visit Grenada’s botanical gardens, a true tropical paradise housing an incredible variety of exotic flowers, majestic trees, and medicinal plants. Stroll along shaded pathways and admire the richness of the flora.

To complete your day, head to Grenada’s pristine beaches. Soft sand, crystal-clear waters, and colorful coral reefs make these beaches ideal for relaxation and snorkeling.

In summary, Grenada offers an authentic natural experience where the picturesque beauty of waterfalls, botanical gardens, and pristine beaches will amaze you at every turn. Make the most of this stop to immerse yourself in the magic of Grenada.

The best things to do

The best things to do in Grenada

Grenada guided tour: nutmeg museum, grand etang national park and laura’s herb and spice garden

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Discover the rich history, culture and nature of Grenada on a full-day guided tour.

What you will see and do:

  • Visit the Grenada Nutmeg Museum to learn about the history and production of this iconic spice.
  • Explore Grand Etang National Park, a natural paradise home to diverse flora and fauna.
  • Discover Laura’s Herb and Spice Garden, where you can taste a variety of local spices and herbs.

This tour is perfect for people who want to:

  • Learn more about Grenada
  • Exploring the nature of Grenada
  • Taste the local cuisine
Strongs pointsDescription
Nutmeg MuseumDiscover the history and production of nutmeg, an emblematic spice of Grenada.
Grand Etang National ParkExplore a natural paradise home to diverse flora and fauna.
Laura’s Herb and Spice GardenTaste a variety of local spices and herbs.

Caribbean sea’s most scenic drive and chocolate factory tour in Grenada

Discover Grenada’s chocolate culture and enjoy a delicious lunch with a view

What you will see and do:

  • Enjoy a scenic drive on the most scenic drive in the Caribbean Sea.
  • Visit a local chocolate factory and learn all about chocolate production.
  • Savor a delicious lunch of authentic local cuisine.

This tour is perfect for people who want to:

  • Discover the chocolate culture of Grenada.
  • Explore the natural beauty of Grenada.
  • Taste the local cuisine.
Strongs pointsVisit to a chocolate factory in Grenada
Most Scenic Drive in the Caribbean SeaEnjoy a scenic drive on a winding road that winds through Grenada’s verdant mountains.
Local chocolate factoryDiscover how chocolate is made, from the cocoa plantation to the finished bar.
Local lunchSavor a delicious lunch of authentic local fish cuisine, with a rich sauce tailored to satisfy the taste buds.

Practical information

Pratical informations!

Cruise ports and stops in the Caribbean


During your Caribbean cruise, several unforgettable stops await you. To prepare yourself best, here are some practical tips and useful information to fully enjoy your stops.

  • Carry US Dollars: The most commonly accepted currency in the Caribbean islands is the US Dollar. Make sure to have some in cash to pay for expenses on-site, especially at small shops and local services.
  • Explore the most popular excursions and discover unique activities such as scuba diving, guided tours of historical sites, or catamaran getaways. Book in advance to secure your spot.
  • Bring sunscreen products: The Caribbean enjoys abundant sunshine all year round. Protect your skin by bringing high SPF sunscreens, hats, sunglasses, and lightweight clothing.
  • Respect local customs: Each Caribbean island has its own culture and customs. Be respectful towards the locals and familiarize yourself with some basic words in the local language. This will allow you to have a more authentic experience and build connections with the locals.
  • Taste local flavors: Take advantage of your stop to savor local cuisine. Whether it’s dishes made from fresh seafood, spicy specialties, or exotic cocktails, the Caribbean offers a wealth of culinary delights to discover.
  • Be aware of your schedule: Make sure to know the embarkation times for your ship. Plan your activities accordingly and allow enough time to return on board before departure.

By following these practical tips and immersing yourself in the enchanting atmosphere of the Caribbean, you will experience an unforgettable cruise. Enjoy the stops to explore paradise-like landscapes.


MTT wishes you the most beautiful Caribbean cruise.

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