The islands of the Caribbean are a colorful medley of exotic foods, music and tropical terrains. While sailing your way through the bluest waters, make sure to visit these alluring ports of call. They are famous for being tourist friendly, adventure-filled, visually charming and timeless.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Certainly not off the beaten path, but still one of the Caribbean’s shining gems, San Juan is one of the most popular destinations—and for good reason. We can’t get enough of this stunning city; however, if you only have a half day or a couple of hours, you can still explore the natural splendor of their rich history.
Old San Juan
Exemplary shopping, dining, and sightseeing opportunities. Photograph the stunning jewel-toned architecture and indulge in a Piragua, a sweet ice slushy sold by street vendors.
El Yunque National Forest
The only tropical rain forest in the US National Park System. Enjoy the chance to hike through unique foliage and visit majestic waterfalls—the Caribbean’s most precious resource.
Tour the world’s largest rum distillery while learning how to make Mojitos and Cuba Libres. The tour takes about an hour and then another half hour to enjoy drinks and socialize.
By far one of most beautiful cities in Aruba, Oranjestad is known for its beautiful weather and for having the most sunny days per year in all the Caribbean. Basically, you are guaranteed to have clear skies and a perfect beach day when you visit, and there are plenty of opportunities for relaxation and sightseeing while you’re at port.
Head towards the pristine white sand beaches for smaller crowds than popular Palm Beach. Bask in the opportunity to get away from the tourists, and grab a snorkel to explore the nearby coral reefs.
Arikok National Park
Horseback ride or hike to the Natural Pool also known as conchi or Cura di Tortuga. Hidden on a stretch of deserted coastline, feel a sense of accomplishment as you reach the most spectacular naturally occurring swimming hole, surrounded by volcanic stone.
A perfect family-friendly activity—enjoy observing, interacting, and admiring these beautiful creatures while learning about their life cycle and history.
Port of Barbados, Barbados
This lively port embodies the authentic Bajan island energy. A British territory until 1966, the island still has traditions rooted in the United Kingdom, like driving on the left-hand side of the road and high tea in the afternoon. The culture is a joyous mix, and even though the island is developed, there are still unparalleled natural vistas to explore.
One of the most popular destinations on the island, Harrison’s Cave is known for its excellent and knowledgeable tour guides that will lead you through limestone caverns filled with stalagmites, stalactites, streams and calcite formations. It’s a true visual splendor and an adventurous way to spend the day.
For breathtaking views, jealousy-inducing photos, and gusts of fresh ocean air, head to this surf, beach and photographer lover’s paradise. The massive rock formations look like monumental-sized mushrooms jutting out of the sea into the blue skies. Not fit for swimming? Then head to the pools for a relaxing dip and a tropical drink.
St. Nicholas Abbey
St. Nicholas Abbey is a stunning boutique distillery with entertaining two-hour tours that include rum tastings and a walk-through of the distillery process. Explore the luscious grounds, which include a 350-year-old plantation home, museum, orchards, and multiple gardens.
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