Hi Everyone…In this post I want to focus on a very popular cruise and vacation destination–The Caribbean Islands. Year after year, thousands upon thousands of people cruise, travel and vacation in the Caribbean. It remains one of the most popular vacation spots, and one of the top cruise destinations in the world. More people cruise the Caribbean islands than any other region.
The Caribbean encompassing more than 5,000 islands, cays and reefs. This tropical string of islands is within convenient air travel distance from North America and offers thousands of white sandy beaches, luxurious hotels, and interesting cuisine. Each island has its own personality and boasts individual culture.
The Caribbean is made of thousands of land masses that stretch from Bermuda, which is off the coast of the eastern United States, to Trinidad and Tobago, located off the coast of South America. Other islands include Jamaica, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas and others. (Click here for map of Caribbean region)
Caribbean cruises are very popular, and you will find an abundance of cruise itineraries by every cruise line in the industry. You can find Eastern Caribbean cruises, Western Caribbean cruises, Southern Caribbean cruises, short or long cruises, and theme cruises. However, you can fly directly to your Island of choice, as most of the more-developed islands have airports that accommodate major air carriers. Depending on which island you are visiting and your departure city, the flight could take between 2.5 and 5 hours. Of course, given that the Caribbean is surrounded by water, arriving by boat is always an option, which is why cruising so popular.
I personally enjoy vacationing in the Caribbean. The islands are so picturesque, and each one holds its own unique qualities. You could spend many, many years just traveling to each one of these islands and learning all there is to know about the people and its culture. My personal favorite islands are: St.Thomas, St. Lucia, Belize and the Bahamas.
In the Caribbean, you will find everything from balmy weather, clear blue skies, glorious seas, luxurious lodgings, find food, sports, sights, and entertainment – all under the warmth of the Caribbean sun. The possibilities of things to do are endless. You can choose to relax and have yourself pampered at the spa, go sailing, snorkeling, diving, or just enjoy the food, the view, and the islands. The most popular tourist activities include water sports, dining, music, nightlife and shopping.
One of the nicest things I found with cruising the Caribbean is that you can visit multiple islands during the course of each cruise vacation. After several cruises you may have visited as many as ten islands. Then, if you find an island that you really like, you can always book an all-inclusive resort where you can enjoy everything for a single price, and stay for a weekend, a week or stay longer. You could also choose to rent a beach condo for a week or two as well. There are so many options available to you with vacationing in the Caribbean.
The weather in the Caribbean is wonderfully pleasant, with daytime temperatures ranging anywhere from the mid 60s (F) to the 90s (F) and up. These excellent conditions make it ideal for beach going–just remember the sunscreen, as the sun is extremely intense due to the Caribbean’s proximity to the equator. Also note, that Hurricane season in the Caribbean is typically from May to December, but you can still choose to travel during these times. I have gone on (8) Caribbean cruises between May-December with no problems. But, you should be aware of weather conditions before booking any vacation.
When traveling to the Caribbean, don’t forget a sweatshirt or long-sleeved item because the nights can get cool, depending on the time of year. And most importantly, bring your good attitude and desire for fun. The Caribbean is a relaxed, friendly place you are sure to enjoy.
Caio for now and have fun searching for your Caribbean cruise vacation!
Disclosure: Any views and opinions expressed here are strictly my own.