In part 1 of "Caribbean Cruises – Set Sail For Paradise" we covered the ever increasing popularity of cruising and profiled the Eastern Caribbean region. Now, let's move onto the other two areas of the Caribbean you might wish to visit.
Western Caribbean – A Diver's Dream Destination
The Western Caribbean has a more exotic adventurous flavor and is becoming increasingly popular with Belize, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Jamaica and Costa Maya being the more popular stops. Many cruise ships departing from Texas and Louisiana typically travel to this part of the Caribbean because of it's proximate to these ports.
While enjoying great weather year round be aware that hurricanes tend to occur around the end of October to early November so plan accordingly.
Scuba diving and snorkeling is among the best in the world and is perfect for those looking for a more active vacation with water activities the order of the day. This part of the Caribbean is also home to several ancient Mayan temple ruins that are sure to appeal to any modern day Indiana Jones.
The Grand Cayman islands are probably the most popular port of call in the Western Caribbean and are made up of three islands; Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Brac. Being an English territory there should not be a language problem and because of their location the Caymans are usually free from hurricanes making them ideal to visit any time.
Southern Caribbean – Kick Back In Unspoiled Tropical Beauty
Finally, we have the Southern Caribbean considered by many as one of the last unspoiled tropical paradises in the world. Aruba, Barbados, Antigua, Costa Rica, Dominica and the British Virgin Islands are the major tourist destinations in the area.
The best time to cruise the Southern Caribbean is the dead of winter and because this part of the Caribbean is fairly unknown and less developed it tends to be less crowded and cheaper overall. The Southern Caribbean joins the more adventurous cruiser who wants to get away from the hectic crowds of the Eastern Caribbean islands.
Temperatures in the Southern Caribbean do not vary much and tropical storms and hurricanes are rare which makes this a perfect cruise destination for those wanting to see unspoiled tropical beauty. The Southern Caribbean is a perfect place to kick back and relax in some of the most beautiful surroundings in the world.
No matter which part of the Caribbean you choose to sail to you can expect a first rate trip and a vacation experience you will always remember. Whether you plan to shop, dive or just lay on a secluded beach soaking up the sun you will find a region that is made just for you.