Top 10 Caribbean Shore Excursions
Filled with breathtaking beaches, stunning landscapes and photo opportunities, the Caribbean is a traveller’s delight. With so much to see and do, cruise passengers are certainly spoilt for choice when they explore this part of the world. However, with limited time in port, figuring out what to do with your precious hours can be difficult and overwhelming. The handy guide below puts a spotlight on the top things to do in these 10 Caribbean destinations and has sourced possible shore excursions from cruise lines such as Carnival Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Disney, Princess and Celebrity Cruises. Enjoy!
Swimming with stingrays on your to-do list? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Allowing visitors to get up close and personal with these usually shy creatures, Grand Cayman’s Stingray City is a huge tourist attraction. Consisting of several shallow sand bars, Stingray City was originally a fish cleaning ground for fisherman, luring groups of stingrays who soon became accustomed to the humans around them. Cruisers of all ages will love this unique shore excursion and experience.
Enjoy incomparable aerial views of flourishing rainforests by booking yourself on a zip-lining shore excursion during your visit to Antigua. With adrenaline flowing through you and the wind in your face, you’ll be loving every minute of your exhilarating journey.
If you’re heading to this picturesque island nation, a trip to (or at least a photo of) the UNESCO World Heritage site of Le Pitons is a must. These two volcanic spires (Gros Piton and Petit Piton) loom majestically and can be scaled by mountain climbers and hikers. If you have the time, a hike up Gros Piton can take between 3-6 hours in one direction; thus, most tours leave early in the morning and return before dark.
Known as the ‘Spice Isle’, Grenada is well-recognised as a leading producer of spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves, and during your time here, you can visit a historic plantation and learn more about spice-growing. To take advantage of the island’s warm waters, choose a shore excursion which explores Molinere Point, a marine park which is home to the unique Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park and an abundance of colourful marine life.
Located just off the mainland of Mexico, Cozumel is a popular port and stopover point for travellers journeying to the majestical Mayan ruins at Tulum. Built in the 13th century and steeped in history, the ruins consist of several temples, a wall and a ‘castillo’ or castle. While history buffs will rejoice, it’s arguably the stunning surrounds of the ruins which will really wow visitors; situated on a rugged coastline, the ruins overlook fervently blue waters and a white-sanded beach.
One of the most exquisite spots on the island, Dunn’s River Falls is truly a Jamaican national treasure. This 600-foot cascading waterfall features a stair-like structure, as well as lagoons in which visitors can lie back and relax. Shore excursions to this popular attraction are often paired with other activities such as horse-riding.
When it comes to highlights, Belize City seems to have it all, but one of the most popular pastimes in this tourist haven is cave-tubing. Float along dark waters in what will feel like another world and look around in wonder as you pass underground waterfalls, stalagmites and stalactites.
Along with boasting sumptuous French cuisine and luxury goods, Martinique is endowed with endless physical beauty. On your shore excursion, you could explore the island on a 4x4 safari, taking in vistas of banana plantations, lush rainforests and the impressive Fort-de-France Bay. Or you could visit a local rum factory, such as the Neisson Distillery, and learn how the drink is made, as well as indulging in a tasting, of course.
North of Martinique, the island of Dominica features the kind of verdant mountain scenery and unspoiled beauty seen on postcards. On your shore excursion, you could take note of local wildlife and flora at the Botanical Gardens, gaze at the striking Hibiscus Falls or enjoy a dip at one of the unique black-sanded beaches.
With stunning views, deep blue waters and fantastic shopping opportunities, St. Thomas offers visitors a little bit of everything. Make the most of this tropical paradise by embarking on a well-rounded tour that transports you to locales such as Magen’s Bay Beach and Drake’s Seat (this vantage point boasts exquisite panoramic views of Magen’s Bay), before returning to Charlotte Amalie for some duty-free shopping.
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