Vision of the Seas Cruise Ship Docks in Cozumel, Mexico - (15 Amazing Cruise Ports in the Caribbean)

With the Caribbean being the number one cruise spot in the world accounting for 36.6% of global cruise volume in 2022, and home to dozens of beautiful islands and hundreds of cruise ports, you will discover in this post the 15 amazing cruise ports in the Caribbean that you should experience or re-experienced on your cruise itinerary to the lush and pristine region.

During a cruise itinerary especially islands-hoping in an astounding naturally endowed region like the Caribbean, cruise ports are the best place to experience the shore awesomeness during your cruise itinerary.

From inspiring historical sites and landmarks to pristine palm-lined beaches, lush forests, duty-free shopping, shore tours and excursions, meeting the locals, and tasting some delicious local cuisine, no cruise itinerary is complete without a stop and spending quality time at the port(s) of call.

There are several cruise ports in the Caribbean and I have simplified your task of deciding and choosing which ports to see and experience in the Caribbean by curating this list of the best and most popular cruise ports in the region.

To many cruise lovers, the Caribbean is usually classified into: Eastern Caribbean, Western Caribbean and Southern Caribbean. The ports presented in this post cut across the three major sub-regions of the Caribbean.

Therefore, here are the 15 most amazing cruise ports in the Caribbean in no particular order or rank.

Castries, St Lucia - (15 Amazing Cruise Ports in the Caribbean)
Castries, St Lucia

The 15 Most Amazing Cruise Ports in the Caribbean

1. Bahamas: Nassau and Freeport

The Bahamas is one of the major cruise destinations in the Caribbean. Several cruise lines operate one or more private island(s) in the Bahamas, and Nassau, the heart and capital of the Bahamas is a popular cruise port.

The Nassau cruise port is just about a 10-minute walk from downtown Nassau. In Nassau, you can visit the abandoned lighthouse, shop at the local Straw market, experience John Watling’s distillery, take a splash at the 141-acre Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark, and relax on some of Nassau’s best beaches.

The National Museum of Bahamas and the Heritage Museum of the Bahamas are also worth some of your time in Nassau.

In Freeport, you can visit the Lucayan National Park, and the Paradise Cove, take in the sun on Taino Beach, visit the Port Lucaya Marketplace, Peterson Cay, and Garden of the Groves, and even enjoy some local Bahamian cuisine. You should explore stunning Freeport coral reefs and snorkel amidst spectacular marine life like rays, tropical fish, dolphins and sea turtles.

Carnival Glory and Carnival Sunshine Cruise Ships Docks in the Bahamas - (15 Amazing Cruise Ports in the Caribbean)
Carnival Glory and Carnival Sunshine Cruise Ships Docks in the Bahamas

2. St Maarten: Philipsburg and Great Bay Beach

Located in the Eastern Caribbean, St Maarten is a thrilling cruise destination in the Caribbean and its capital Philipsburg is a famous port on many itineraries. Philipsburg is simply enchanting!

The cruise port in Philipsburg has two piers with both accommodating up to four ships. You will find around the Philipsburg cruise port, a tourist information centre, luxury hotels, boutique shops and an array of local restaurants.

Three of the main highlights of the Philipsburg and St Maarten experience are the sailing excursion, the island’s famous shopping areas and the casinos.

Downtown Philipsburg is just a one-kilometre walk from the port, alternatively, you can take a short water taxi ride which reduces the commute time. Front Street in Philipsburg is the heart of the city and that’s where you can get things like jewelry, souvenirs, electronics or liquor. You can also take a leisurely beachfront stroll on the Philipsburg Boardwalk.

To round up your St Maarten experience, head to the famous Great Bay Beach where you can relax, and rent a lounger and umbrella. You can also enjoy swimming or just simply sit back and soak in the warm tropical sun of the Caribbean with a spectacular view of the sea.

Two Cruise Ships Docks in St. Maarten - (15 Amazing Cruise Ports in the Caribbean)
Two Cruise Ships Docks in St. Maarten

3. St Kitts and Nevis: Basseterre

The island country of St Kitts and Nevis is one of the best Caribbean destinations for history buffs. Cruise ships dock at Port Zante in the heart of the country’s capital, Basseterre on St Kitts island. There are several activities you can indulge in and enjoy in Basseterre.

St Kitts is a Caribbean island with an extraordinary blend of history, beaches and nature. A short taxi ride from the cruise port will take you to some of the best beaches the island has to offer especially in the south at Cockleshell Bay or the Friar’s Bay. The beaches have amazing bars you can check out.

Though, due to the volcanic nature of St Kitts, most of the beaches are of black sand, you will find on the island’s southeast peninsula the best white sand beaches.

The Brimstone Hill National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is perhaps the most iconic historic attraction on St Kitts. The park is home to a massive British fort which has been a primary attraction to most visitors to the island.

If you are a Golf enthusiast, head to the Royal St Kitts Golf Club where you can play Golf and meet other Golfers at the palm-dotted Golf course that stretches between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

There are also several organized hikes around the island that anyone, including children, can embark on. These walks can take you to hidden waterfalls, secret beaches and jungles where you will find unique plants and animals.

Cruise Port in St. Kitts, St. Kitts and Nevis - (15 Amazing Cruise Ports in the Caribbean)
Cruise Port in St. Kitts, St. Kitts and Nevis

4. Grenada: St George’s

Known as the “Spice Island” or “Isle of Spice” for its nutmeg and mace production, Grenada is a spectacular Caribbean island and a hotspot for tropical flora and aromatic markets. The country is one of the southernmost ports in the Caribbean and it is the second-largest producer of nutmeg in the world after Indonesia.

A country of lush foliage, rich in history as well as a lot of natural features like gushing waterfalls, exciting reefs and underwater wrecks, and some of the best beaches in the Caribbean.

Grenada’s capital, St George’s is a top cruise port in the region with most attractions within walking distance or a short ride from the port.

The Grand Anse Beach is by far the most popular in Grenada. This is a perfect place to explore the southern part of the island with malls, banks and restaurants within walking distance from the beach.

Combine your Grenada visit with a tour of its spice gardens, forts and the beautiful Grand Etang National Park. The Grand Etang National Park is located around the crater lake of an extinct volcano.

Fort Fredrick, the Annandale Falls, and the Grand Etang Seven Sisters Waterfalls (a great place to hike) are places you should not miss on your Grenada tour. You can also combine your tour with a visit to some of Grenada’s best spice, nutmeg or rum factories like the Belmont Estate plantation, the seafront nutmeg processing plant at Guoyave and the River Antoine rum distillery.

St. George's, Grenada - (15 Amazing Cruise Ports in the Caribbean)
St. George’s, Grenada

5. Curacao: Willemstad

Curacao is one of the most colourful islands in the Caribbean. An island of Dutch colonial heritage, the capital Willemstad is an amazing cruise port and destination with colourful waterfront buildings, a shopping centre, beautiful beaches, museums, and history-rich streets.

The island’s newly built cruise terminal is a few minutes walking distance from the city centre. With Otrabanda and Punda being its two main districts, Willemstad offers a plethora of lively cultural experiences to relish.

You can have fish or goat meals at Plasa Bieu, a former market turned casual lunch venue, stroll the well-lit streets of Willemstad at night, explore its radiant beaches such as Playa Kenepa and Playa Porto Mari which are some ride away from the city centre, and sample its iconic gaudy liqueur – the blue curacao.

You shouldn’t miss snorkelling and diving in Curacao, as well as experiencing the hiking trails of Christoffel Park. Taste sumptuous delicacies like Trio Penotti, Shelerrock and Brisa do Mar at one or more of the local restaurants.

A day trip to Klein Curacao, a tropical Caribbean paradise which is an untouched, small uninhabited island where you can revel on its astounding beach and dive into its undersea caves. You should also experience the spectacular Shete Boka National Park in the island’s northwest. Round up your Curacao tour by visiting the island’s Hato Caves with their underground limestone formations and pools.

Curacao is found just on the outskirts of the hurricane belt. The island is a terrific year-round destination. Temperature averages between 29 and 31 degrees throughout the year.

Willemstad, Curacao - (15 Amazing Cruise Ports in the Caribbean)
Willemstad, Curacao

6. Barbados: Bridgetown

Barbados is a Southern Caribbean island country adorned with lush tropical rain forests, crystal-clear waters, white sand beaches and lively culture. Though Caribbean islands are known for their pulsating beaches, Barbados has more than just beaches to offer!

If you are looking for a perfect, unique and memorable Caribbean vacation, Barbados is the place to be. The island’s capital is Bridgetown, a port city, characterized by a shopping district where you can shop for some duty-free products. You can also head south of Bridgetown to one of the scintillating beaches of the island.

For adventure lovers, Barbados is among the Caribbean cruise destinations where you can enjoy snorkelling with sea turtles and amazing marine life. The island also has great spots for divers where you can scuba dive around infamous shipwrecks.

To elevate your experience around the city, you can hire a tour guide or driver to take you around the cruise port and the city proper. You can explore the well-known Harrison cave in the central region of the city, or visit the Animal Flower Caves on the northern coast. The Harrison’s Cave is a crystalized limestone cavern with pools, streams, stalactites and stalagmites.

Round up your tour of Barbados by visiting Bridgetown’s Garrison Historic Area, a world heritage site and its colonial architecture. You should also experience the countryside of the island, especially by seeing St Nicholas Abbey. Wind down by dining or having lunch in one of the amazing seaside restaurants like Line Star, Champers and Paul Owens at the Beach House.

Bridgetown, Barbados - (15 Amazing Cruise Ports in the Caribbean)
Bridgetown, Barbados

7. Cayman Islands: George Town, Grand Cayman

If there is one thing that the Cayman Islands is famous for, it is its Stingray City on Grand Cayman, a shallow sandbar offshore, where visitors can get to swim with the stingrays or even interact and feed this amazing marine creature.

Grand Cayman is the largest and most populous of the islands that compose Cayman, and George Town Cruise Port is the cruise terminal that serves the island. Cruise ships dock a little bit offshore and guests (passengers) take a short tender ride to the cruise port. Be sure to plan ahead as tender tickets are required and the process can take a long time.

And if you are looking for the best beach on Grand Cayman to relax and get suntanned, Seven Mile Beach is the best on the island. This charming strip of shoreline is where tourists and locals go to get their feet wet or simply to sit back and enjoy the warm tropical Caribbean weather.

In the Cayman Islands, you can’t go wrong with either or both the Stingray City or the Seven Mile Beach.

Though the weather is nice throughout the year, Grand Cayman is best visited between January and April.

George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands - (15 Amazing Cruise Ports in the Caribbean)
George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

8. Turks and Caicos: Grand Turk

Grand Turk, the largest and main island of the British Overseas Territory of Turks and Caicos, is one of the most amazing cruise ports in the Caribbean and it is well-known for its turquoise waters, power snorkelling and Catamaran tours.

The whole island is just 7 miles long and 1.5 miles wide and its southern dock can accommodate two large cruise ships per day. There are no towns at Grand Turk cruise port.

The port is host to a cruise centre complex which offers shopping, a Margaritaville, a large pool with a swim-up bar, a FlowRider, and lots more. This is a perfect place for families and cruise passengers who want to stay close to the port. The cruise centre complex’s pool area can be a bit crowdy if two cruise ships dock at the same time [Source].

Many visitors to Grand Turk spend most parts of their day at the beach, where they can relax, take in the sun or snorkel among vibrant marine wildlife like barracudas, nurse sharks and sea turtles.

You can also take a dose of history at the Turks and Caicos National Museum in Cockburn Town.

Catamaran cruising is a very popular experience with tourists to Grand Turk. You can go on a catamaran fishing cruise or enjoy snorkelling via the catamaran.

Carnival Triumph Cruise Ship docks in Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands - (15 Amazing Cruise Ports in the Caribbean)
Carnival Triumph Cruise Ship docks in Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands

9. Puerto Rico: San Juan

San Juan is the capital and cultural and commercial hub of Puerto Rico. Located on the northern side of Puerto Rico, the city abounds with street arts and delicious criollo foods as well as plenty of attractions and things to see and experience. San Juan is one of the amazing cruise ports in the Caribbean.

The highlight of San Juan’s visit is its historical core, the Old San Juan and its two mighty forts, Castillo San Felipe del Morro (commonly known as “El Morro) and Fuerte San Cristobal. The two forts offer panoramic views of the turquoise sea and host historical artefacts like cannons.

Old San Juan as the top attraction of Puerto Rico offers a bit of everything like world heritage sites, pristine white sand beaches, cobblestone streets and the El Yungue Rainforest. The El Yungue, a 28,000-acre national park is where you will find some of the most exciting waterfalls in Puerto Rico including La Coca, Juan Diego and La Mina Falls.

There are several organized special interest tours in Puerto Rico where you can savour some local Puerto Rican dishes, have some cocktails, learn to dance salsa as well as visit some of the islands’ cultural landmarks.

To experience the rich cultural side of San Juan, head to Calle Loiza for award-winning murals, delectable seafood, creative cocktails and live music. To have a bite at some of the best foods in San Juan, check out the restaurants Tresbe, Acapulco, Azucena and Nonna [Source].

For a beautiful stretch of sandy beaches, go to Condado and Isla Verde. While Loiza offers a more relaxed environment with beaches and nice foods, the area of Pinones is well-known for its empanadas, bacalaitos and alcapurrias.

Cruise Port in San Juan, Puerto Rico - (15 Amazing Cruise Ports in the Caribbean)
Cruise Port in San Juan, Puerto Rico

10. Jamaica: Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, and Port of Falmouth

Jamaica is one of the most popular cruise ports in the Caribbean. The country is served by five (5) amazing cruise ports: Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Port Antonio, Falmouth and Kingston [Source]. Many cruise lines operating cruises to and through Jamaica have their ports of call around these five ports.

Ocho Rios, made famous by James Bond in the movie Dr. No, is the most popular among the cruise ports in Jamaica. This is where nature lovers can have fun at the Blue Hole and Dunn’s River Falls where they can hike through the jungle, relax on the beach, swim, snorkel or climb rocks. Jamaican jerk chicken with scotch bonnet hot sauce and a glass of Ting (a grapefruit soda) is a delicious way to experience authentic Jamaica.

Montego Bay is Jamaica’s tourist capital and host to the second-largest cruise port in the country. In Montego Bay, you can experience the curative waters of the popular Doctor’s Cave Beach, play golf in one of the city’s golf courses, and visit one or more great houses such as the well-known Rose Hall Plantation or the Croydon Plantation. Montego Bay is famous for its upbeat vibes, entertainment hotspots, sumptuous cuisines, shipping and gaming facilities.

The Falmouth Cruise Port is famed for its distinct architecture and history. Take a walking tour or guided trolley ride, raft on the Martha Brae River or experience the vibrant wildlife of the Cockpit Country mountains.

External Link: Jamaica – Cruise Ports – VisitJamaica

Ocho Rios Port, Jamaica - (15 Amazing Cruise Ports in the Caribbean)
Ocho Rios Port, Jamaica

11. Mexico: Cozumel, Costa Maya and Cabo San Lucas

Mexico is indisputably one of the most visited destinations in the Western Caribbean and North America. The country has roughly 20 active cruise ports straddling both its Pacific and Caribbean coasts.

Cozumel, a picturesque island located in the Caribbean Sea, is by far the largest cruise port in Mexico and it is also one of the busiest and most popular cruise ports in the world by total passengers (fourth largest) [Source]. Cozumel is famous for its crystal-clear turquoise waters, white sand beaches and world-class snorkelling and diving spots.

In Cozumel, you can explore Mayan ruins, savour some local cuisines, snorkel or dive in the clear waters of Palancar Reef and shop for souvenirs at the local markets. Three (3) of the must-see attractions in Cozumel include the Chankanaab National Park, San Gervasio Mayan Ruins, and the Cozumel Museum. Tranquil beaches such as Mr Santos and Nachi Cocom should also be of interest to you.

South of Cozumel in the Quintana Roo region is Costa Maya, another amazing cruise port and destination in Mexico. In Costa Maya, you can explore the Maya ruins of Chacchoben, shop at the local markets, tour the Costa Maya Port, experience the Lost Mayan Kingdom Water Park and see the Mahahual Lighthouse. Costa Maya is one of the best Mexican cruise ports to relax on a pristine beach, paddleboard and snorkel or scuba dive.

Cabo San Lucas is one of the cruise ports on Mexico’s west (Pacific) coast. It is one of the safest ports in the country and amazing for whale watching especially during the winter months. In Cabo San Lucas (Los Cabos), you can enjoy some exhilarating snorkelling and scuba diving.

Cozumel Island, Mexico - (15 Amazing Cruise Ports in the Caribbean)
Cozumel Island, Mexico

12. Honduras: Roatan

Roatan is an eclectic island and cruise port in Honduras. The island is served by two cruise terminals – Mahogany Bay and Coxen Hole. Both are located about 20 minutes apart.

As one of the three Honduran Bay Islands located in the Western Caribbean Sea, Roatan is one of the region’s incredible spots for snorkelling and scuba diving – two things that the island is mostly famous for, serene beaches and delicious food.

West Bay Beach is a hub of fun activities on Roatan, this is also where the Grand Roatan Resort is situated, one of the best snorkelling spots and resorts in the entire Caribbean. You will find here, vibrant marine life like the lively coral, different types of tropical fish and sea turtles. West Bay Beach is a public beach and it is easily accessible to cruise ship passengers.

You should also visit the thrilling Gumbalimba Park where you can zipline through the jungle canopy and encounter free-roaming monkeys and birds. And if you desire a less crowded escape, head to Roatan’s Camp Bay Beach on the more remote East End of the island.

Roatan Port, Roatan, Honduras - (15 Amazing Cruise Ports in the Caribbean)
Roatan Port, Roatan, Honduras

13. Dominican Republic: Puerto Plata

Puerto Plata, one of the most beautiful cities to visit in the Caribbean and northern Dominican Republic is a natural Caribbean gem well-known for its adorable Malecon, leafy Parque Central and outdoor markets.

The city has two amazing cruise ports – one at Taino Bay and the other at Amber Cove. There is easy access to the main town from the two ports. In the town, you can visit and explore a variety of Dominican museums, historical sites, restaurants, bars, markets and shops.

Puerto Plata was founded by Christopher Columbus in 1503 and it is located along the Dominican Republic’s Amber coast in the Eastern Caribbean.

One of the most popular cruise destinations in the country, Puerto Plata is surrounded by thrilling natural wonders, a fierce sea, mountains, and valleys adorned with lush greenery.

Located just a short taxi ride from each of the town’s ports, you will find one of the most astonishing beaches on the island, Plata Dorada, also known as the Golden Beach. And if you are a history lover, you should take a tour of popular sites like Cathedral San Felipe and the 16th-century Fortress of San Felipe with amazing city and bay views.

For the most spectacular view of the city and the coast, take the teleferico, a cable car that travels through the city to the top of Mount Isabel de Torres. You can also hike up the mountain.

To try out something a bit different and more thrilling, visit the city’s Ocean World Adventure Park, the Monkeyland, or go on a light zipline adventure. You should also explore the 27 waterfalls of Damajagua.

It is best to visit Puerto Plata between December and March during the island’s dry season.

Teleferico Ride in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic - (15 Amazing Cruise Ports in the Caribbean)
Teleferico Ride in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

14. Belize: Belize City

Boasting the second largest reef system in the world – the Belize Barrier Reef, and a lush tropical rainforest – the Belize Rainforest, Belize City is a famous cruise destination in the Western Caribbean along Central American eastern coast just north of Guatemala.

There are a variety of adventurous activities to indulge in Belize City including cave explorations, jungle ecotours and excursions to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. More than 100 types of coral can be seen in Belize as well as hundreds of different kinds of marine animals such as large schools of fish and sea turtles.

You can book a day trip to Caye Caulker where you can enjoy the relaxed laid-back vibe of the island or you may also merge your tour with snorkeling at Shark Ray Alley. This is the best place for you to swim with stingrays and tend to sharks.

Belize City is also world-famous for its giant marine sinkhole, the Great Blue Hole. This is a choice spot for scuba divers and an amazing place to see rare species of marine wildlife like the midnight parrotfish. You can also book a flight to see the enchanting sinkhole from the sky.

You will find on-land, a variety of forested jungles mostly located inside national parks. You can also immerse yourself in Mayan cultural history by visiting popular Maya archaeological sites including Xunantunich and Lamanai ruins.

Belize national parks and rainforests are wildlife sanctuaries where you can spot Jaguars, Tapirs, Ocelots, Howler Monkeys, Cutter Ants and Poison Dart Frogs. The parks also have lagoons and rivers.

Belize City Port Architecture, Belize - (15 Amazing Cruise Ports in the Caribbean)
Belize City Port Architecture, Belize

15. Aruba: Oranjestad

Stretching about 21 miles (33km) long and 6 miles (9km) wide in the southern Caribbean, Aruba is a small island north of Venezuela popular for beaches, shopping, landmarks and national parks.

Cruise ships dock in the northern end of Oranjestad, the capital and largest city of Aruba. There are four major ports in Aruba – Port of Barcadera, Port of Oranjestad, Port of San Nicolas and Port of Manchebo [Source].

Port of Oranjestad is the primary cruise port for the island and it receives over 300 cruise ships every year. The cruise port is just a 5-minute drive to the city centre and popular beaches and resorts, and it is fitted with 5 berths and 3 air-conditioned terminals.

The weather in Aruba is good throughout the year, a great place to explore and experience on a Caribbean cruise vacation or itinerary with your family.

Also known as the “Orange Town”, Oranjestad is an amazing Caribbean cruise destination with a mesmerizing blend of cultures, colours, and delicious cultural foods. Whichever your choice is, Dutch, Creole, Cuban or other Caribbean dishes, Oranjestad have something sumptuous to savour for everyone.

The major attraction of Aruba is its beaches and notable among them is the famous Eagle Beach which was voted as the second (2nd) best beach in the world by USA Today. This eclectic beach features an extravagant stretch of white sands, clear turquoise waters, watersports facilities, Divi Divi Trees, and shaded picnic areas.

For the best shopping experience on the island, head to the city’s Lloyd G. Smith Boulevard, Main Street and the Renaissance Marketplace. You can also explore the Archaeological Museum of Aruba, Fort Zoutman Historical Museum and the City Hall via a street car.

External Link: Aruba by Cruise – VisitAruba

Oranjestad City, Aruba - (15 Amazing Cruise Ports in the Caribbean)
Oranjestad City, Aruba

Other Amazing Cruise Ports in the Caribbean

The Caribbean is a region of a large collection of beautiful islands and cruise ports. The list of best cruise ports in the region is extensive.

While the 15 discussed above are the most amazing cruise ports in the Caribbean, here is a list of additional cruise ports you might want to experience or explore on a Caribbean cruise itinerary or vacation:

  1. Antigua – St Johns
  2. US Virgin Islands – St Thomas (Charlotte Amalie) and St. Croix
  3. St Lucia – Castries & Pointe Seraphine
  4. Cuba – Havana
  5. Dominica – Roseau
  6. Trinidad & Tobago – Port of Spain
  7. British Virgin Islands – Tortola
  8. Martinique – Fort-de-France
  9. St Bart, and
  10. Haiti – Labade
Shirley Heights Lookout, Antigua - (15 Amazing Cruise Ports in the Caribbean)
Shirley Heights Lookout, Antigua


This post highlights the 15 most amazing cruise ports in the Caribbean. These top Caribbean cruise ports and destinations are:

  1. Bahamas: Nassau and Freeport
  2. St Maarten: Philipsburg and Great Bay Beach
  3. St Kitts & Nevis: Basseterre
  4. Grenada: St George’s
  5. Curacao: Willemstad
  6. Barbados: Bridgetown
  7. Cayman Islands: George Town, Grand Cayman
  8. Turks and Caicos: Grand Turk
  9. Puerto Rico: San Juan
  10. Jamaica: Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, and Port of Falmouth
  11. Mexico: Cozumel, Costa Maya and Cabo San Lucas
  12. Honduras: Roatan
  13. Dominican Republic: Puerto Plata
  14. Belize: Belize City, and
  15. Aruba: Oranjestad
Panoramic View of the Coast of Cozumel, Mexico - (15 Amazing Cruise Ports in the Caribbean)
Panoramic View of the Coast of Cozumel, Mexico


The Caribbean is the number one cruise destination in the world and it doesn’t occupy this position for no reason. It has everything a cruise lover would love to experience from peaceful islands, lush tropical forests, pristine beaches, gourmet cuisines, amazing cultures, shopping centres, historical landmarks, and buoyant marine life to luxury hotels and resorts and wildlife sanctuaries.

The Caribbean is the region where people go to relax and rejuvenate! Cruise ports are the gateway for cruise passengers to explore, experience and enjoy the amazing islands of the Caribbean.

This post discusses the 15 most amazing cruise ports in the Caribbean and serves as a guide to your next Caribbean island-hopping, family vacation or cruise itinerary.

From the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, St Maarten and St Kitts and Nevis in the Eastern Caribbean to Barbados, Curacao and Grenada in the Southern Caribbean, and Jamaica, Mexico and Honduras in the Western Caribbean, the Caribbean is a top-of-the-list cruise destination and the region never disappoints in keeping its guests refreshed and entertained all year round.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What is a cruise port?

A cruise port is a coastal facility where ships carrying passengers on leisure voyages can temporarily stop or dock thus allowing the cruise passengers to disembark and engage in various overland activities like shore tours and excursions, shopping, beaching, dining, sports, and other touristy activities.

2. What are the best cruise ports in the Caribbean?

Nassau (Bahamas), Philipsburg (St Maarten), Basseterre (St Kitts & Nevis), St George’s (Grenada), Willemstad (Curacao), Cozumel (Mexico), Bridgetown (Barbados), George Town (Grand Cayman), Ocho Rios (Jamaica), San Juan (Puerto Rico), Oranjestad (Aruba), Grand Turk (Turks & Caicos Islands), and Roatan (Honduras) are among the best and most amazing cruise ports in the Caribbean.

3. What is the sub-regional division of the Caribbean?

The Caribbean is divided into three primary sub-regions. They are Eastern Caribbean, Western Caribbean and Southern Caribbean.

3. What activities can I do in a Caribbean cruise port?

There is a wide selection of activities you can do in a Caribbean cruise port. You can explore the hinterland through shore excursions and tours, relax on the beach, dive and snorkel in the Coral Reefs, hike the jungles, zipline in the rainforests, visit historical landmarks and museums, taste some of the local delicacies, shop for souvenirs, experience the waterparks, visit national parks, and engage in some watersports like paddle-boarding, jet skiing and kayaking.

4. What is the best time to visit the Caribbean on a cruise?

December to April are the best months to go on a Caribbean cruise. The sky is mostly clear with dry and sunny weather during these months.

5. Is it all cruises and cruise lines to the Caribbean that call at port?

Yes. All cruise lines operating cruises to the Caribbean call at one or more ports in the region. A Caribbean cruise is intended for the passengers to experience various destinations in the region which makes cruise ships dock at various ports to allow passengers to disembark, explore the hinterland and indulge in some touristy overland activities.

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