Southern Caribbean Cruises
Southern Caribbean Cruise Overview
The Colonial Dutch, English, and French influences on Southern Caribbean cruise destinations is evident in both the culture and architecture, making it arguably the most distinctive region in the Caribbean. Each Southern Caribbean cruise port offers a different flavor, stretching from the rum distilleries of Barbados to the powder-sand beaches of Aruba. Many Southern Caribbean cruises also stop at some Eastern Caribbean ports along the way.
Castries, St. Lucia, a popular Southern Caribbean cruise port, offers a distinctive blend of French and British cultures. Visitors are privy to an array of spectacular sights and activities including duty-free shopping, coral reefs, rainforests, hiking, watersports, and beautiful beaches.
Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, is located about 100 miles southeast of St. Lucia. Bridgetown has a population of 80,000 and is the largest city on the island. It's home to some of the Southern Caribbean's best duty-free shopping and two of Barbados's three "must-see" rum distilleries.
St. Georges, Grenada is known as the "Spice Island" because of it's many spice trees. The island boasts 45 public beaches, making it easy to find a secluded location for relaxing.
The black-sand beaches of Roseau, Dominica make this island one of the Southern Caribbean's most exotic destinations. Dominica is also home to the tallest mountains in the Caribbean, which are perfect for hiking.
Willemstad, Curacao, with its colorful facades and Dutch architecture, has the feel of a European city. Southern Caribbean cruisers are treated to a floating market, white-sand beaches, and a wide variety of watersports.
Bonaire is located just 30 miles east of Curacao and is best known for its windsurfing and pink flamingoes.
Many Southern Caribbean cruises also stop in Oranjestad, Aruba. Its arid climate helps make it the Southern Caribbean's least-humid island. Oranjestad offers visitors white-powder beaches, duty-free shopping, golf, and an array of watersports.
Margarita, Venezuela, sits about 25 miles off the main coast of Venezuela. Margarita boasts beaches lined with palm trees, hiking, watersports, and some of the best coffee in the world.
Southern Caribbean Cruise Activities & Attractions
Carlisle Bay: This marine bay is a great spot for scuba diving. Located in Bridgetown, Barbados.
Mount Gay Rum Distillery: Take a tour of this rum distillery located in Bridgetown. Tours are offered Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
Broad Street: Duty-free shopping center located in Bridgetown, Barbados.
Bajan Helicopters: 30-mile and 50-mile helicopter tours of Barbados.
Pointe Seraphine: Home to some of the best duty-free shopping in the Southern Caribbean. Located in Castries, St. Lucia.
Pitons: Two majestic, 2000-ft. volcanic peaks located on the coast of St. Lucia. Hike to the top of either peak and enjoy awe-inspiring views of the entire island.
Bay Gardens: Explore a dizzying array of tropical flora at this old Grenada sugar mill. Located in St. Paul's, adjacent to St. George's.
Castillo de San Carlos Borremeo This 17th-century fort was built to protect Margarita against pirate attacks.
Hato Caves: These fascinating caves, located north of Curacao, were once used as hiding places for escaped slaves. Guided tours are available.
Southern Caribbean Cruises Climate
Temperatures in the Southern Caribbean remain in the mid- to high-80s throughout the entire year. Autumn is, on average, the region's wettest season with October being the wettest month for most Southern Caribbean islands. When it comes to hurricanes, the Southern Caribbean is considered the safest area in the Caribbean.