Think of Caribbean cruise stops and you probably picture yourself dozing in a sun lounger by the pool, exotic cocktail in hand or soaking up some rays on a picture-perfect white sandy beach whilst the water gently laps the shore. But no matter how in need of some serious rest and relaxation you are, a Caribbean cruise spent chilling out the whole time is a total waste!
Much more than just an opportunity to see beautiful beaches, Caribbean cruises give you the chance to explore some incredible natural attractions which have been around for centuries. If you’re thinking about setting sail in the Caribbean and are worried there simply won’t be enough to keep you entertained, check out these three must-see Caribbean cruise stops, each one guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience.
3 Must-See Caribbean Cruise Stops
Hike up the Pitons St Lucia
The first in our list of must-see Caribbean Cruise stops is The Pitons. The Pitons is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, made up of two mountainous peaks close to the town of Soufriere in St Lucia. Gros Piton, the highest of the two, is 771m tall, whilst the slightly smaller Petit Piton comes in at a still-impressive 743m tall. Although the peaks are infinitely stunning from afar (make sure you get some photos!) the best view is from the top of Gros Piton. After you make the challenging climb to the top, you’ll be rewarded with breath-taking views which stretch over most of the lush, green island and out over the dazzling Caribbean Sea. Surprisingly, the hike up Gros Piton is much less steep than the route leading to the top of Petit Piton and is something that most travellers of reasonable fitness level can conquer.
Go scuba diving in Cozumel, Mexico
Cozumel is one of the world’s premier dive destinations, and for good reason, too! Running along the western side of this island you’ll find world-renowned diving hotspots such as the Santa Rosa Wall, Tormentos Reef and Palancar Reef, all of which are loaded with truly stunning coral formations and a kaleidoscope of tropical marine life. One thing you need to be aware of when scuba diving around Cozumel is that there is a strong current which pushes divers out to the channel in the northern part of the island.
If you’re worried about the current, visit Chankanaab Marine Park instead. Here you can scuba dive or snorkel just offshore, where the water is calmer, for the chance to see some underwater statues.
Climb Dunn’s River Falls in Jamaica
Dunn’s River Falls is one of the most famous natural attractions in Jamaica, located just outside Ocho Rios. This national treasure attracts thousands of visitors each year who are all eager to make the 180m walk to the top of the waterfall. If you don’t fancy getting your feet wet or aren’t sure of your footing, there is a set of stairs which lines the waterfall and follows the same basic path. Even if you’re not interested in completing the climb, visiting Dunn’s River Falls is still highly recommended for its captivating beauty. The waterfall is surrounded by a thick layer of dense green vegetation which shades the area and keeps the water refreshingly cool – perfect for a dip!