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3 Things Not to Miss When Cruising the Caribbean – My favorite is #2

Sometimes you just need to get away from it all and there might not be a better way to do that than to get aboard a beautiful cruise ship and head to the Caribbean. 

Caribbean Cruise Photo by Prickly Sarah on Flickr ccImage

A Caribbean cruise is just what you need to unwind and relax on your upcoming holiday. The crystal clear waters of the Caribbean coupled with warm, fragrant breezes and sunny skies set the picture-perfect background for the vacation of a lifetime.

A cruise holiday also gives you the unbelievable opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful destinations in the world. As you select the itinerary for your holiday, consider exploring some of these unforgettable attractions with guided tours available through the cruise lines. Do your homework and you will find there are cheap Caribbean holidays available as well as the ultra-luxury ones.

1) Mayreau

Beautiful shot of Mareau by Andreas Carlen

By selecting a cruise itinerary that includes a stop in the Grenadines, you can explore the picturesque island of Mayreau. This is a small, isolated island that is only available via boat. With around 300 inhabitants and located off-the-beaten-path, you can choose from guided tours that include activities like soaking up the sun on pristine, unspoiled beaches like the Salt Whistle Bay beach, snorkelling in the Mopian Reef and scuba diving with the sharks around the Puruni shipwreck.

2) Dunns River Falls

If your cruise ship itinerary takes you to Jamaica, take time to explore the tropical paradise known as Dunn’s River Falls. This world-famous water fall is located in a tropical rain forest just outside of Ocho Rios. The breathtaking beauty of the tropical rain forest is the ideal backdrop for this grand waterfall that measures 55 meters in height and 180 meters in length. It boasts terraced areas with small lagoons that make it ideal for climbing and playing in the water. With a guided tour, you can ascend to the top of the falls in about an hour and a half.

3) Nelson’s Dockyard

Nelson's Dockyard in the Caribbean ccImage by TPS58 on Flickr

If your cruise ship docks in Antigua, you may spend your time exploring attractions like the Galley Bay Beach and Devil’s Bridge, but Nelson’s Dockyard will be a highlight of your time on the island. This is a popular, restored cultural site in beautiful English Harbour that dates back to the late 18th century. Today, Nelson’s Dockyard is home to many shops, restaurants, the Dockyard Museum, Shirley Heights and historic Clarence House. With a guided tour, you can explore this scenic attraction to enjoy the culture of the island while learning more about the island’s rich history.

You may have plans to lounge by the pool of your cruise ship while on your Caribbean cruise holiday, but while at port, make plans to get to know the islands in more detail with a guided tour to these or other attractions. Most ports of call feature multiple tour options that may include outdoor activities, touring historical attractions and more. These varied options give you the flexibility to plan the Caribbean holiday of your dreams with ease.

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Vago Damitio

Damitio  (@vagodamitio) is the Editor-in-Chief for Vagobond. Life is good. You can also find him on Google+ and at Facebook

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