The Caribbean is home to a number of beautiful islands, and many of them are world famous for their sandy beaches, sunshine and culture. When you think of the Caribbean you probably think of the Bahamas, Jamaica and Barbados – and their famous sights. However, there are actually more than 700 islands in the Caribbean which can be divided by countries.
Because there is so much to explore in the Caribbean, there are plenty of hidden gems to see – and, even better a cruise around the Caribbean is one of the best ways to see them! Not only do our ships visit some of the lesser-known Caribbean islands but they also dock at their own Private Islands. For example, if you opt for a Royal Caribbean cruise you have the chance to visit their own island – CocoCay.
Bonaire lies just off the coast of Venezuela in the Southern Caribbean. It is home to rich and varied marine life, that is protected by its National Marine Park. Bonaire is one of the safest islands in the Caribbean – making it great for tourists and families. Part of the Dutch Caribbean, Bonaire is home to wonderous natural beauty and pristine waters. You can visit this lesser-known island on some of our Royal Caribbean cruises.
St. Kitts and Nevis is a dual-island nation. The larger of the two islands, St. Kitts features the dormant volcano; Mount Liamuiga – which dominates the majority of the island. On the island you will find interesting wildlife and hiking trails. On-board many of our Caribbean cruises you may pay a visit to Basseterre, the capital city.
Turks & Caicos
Turks & Caicos comprises of 40 coral islands, where you will find various white sand beaches and luxury resorts. If Turks & Caicos rings a bell it’s probably because many of the rich and famous holiday there. Due to the sheer amount of small coral islands, you can see some of the Caribbean’s most beautiful islands.
Dominica is considered the Caribbean’s ‘natural isle’ due to its miles of hiking trials, rainforests and beaches. Here you can find hidden waterfalls, lakes and hot springs as well as a variety of wildlife – including sperm whales! The island is mostly covered by jungle which is why it isn’t as popular as other Caribbean destinations – but it is definitely one for the bucket list, and one you can visit on our Caribbean cruises.
Nearby, you will find Martinque – a French region. Here you will find a distinct blend of French and West Indian influences. This is the perfect spot for food lovers as there is a fantastic range of French, Creole and African cuisine on the island. It’s another island for adventure seekers, as there are plenty of hiking trails through the islands rugged landscape.
Curacao is a Dutch island, known for beaches and expansive coral reefs. Here you will find plenty of pristine beaches and waters as well as vast history. By paying a visit to the capital city of Willemstad you will quickly see pastel-coloured architecture from colonial times. It is the perfect destination for those looking for a little history, culture and beauty.
With so much to do and see, a cruise around the Caribbean makes the perfect mode of travel – visit a variety of islands and territories you may otherwise not see and experience the most hidden gems of the Caribbean.
Take a look at our Caribbean cruise deals to start planning your next adventure.