There are a number of Carnival Caribbean cruises which visit St Kitts, and for good reason. It´s a tropical paradise and a real island of contrasts. Its wonderful beaches are perfect for some secluded sun, while its lava formations, forests and lagoons are sure to leave you enthralled. With more than 200 historical sites on the island, you´ll have plenty to explore.
St Maarten, meanwhile, offers a captivating blend of cultures, as the island boasts French and Dutch heritages which blend beautifully into its Caribbean vibe and can be experienced to the full when you shop or sample cuisine in urban areas. Be sure to take a sailing trip if you visit Simpson Bay or go on an underwater adventure scuba diving in Anse Marcel. You´ll have the run of some amazing beaches and there are some great coastal caves to explore.
As far as truly natural Caribbean islands go, Dominica is tough to beat. Its beautiful mountains are covered by rainforests, with many trails to explore. Don´t miss the beautiful Middleham Falls and Ti Tou Gorge, where you can swim in natural pools and even slide down a waterfall. Screw´s Sulphur Spa, meanwhile, is a well-designed natural outdoor spring and the perfect place to relax.
If you are looking for a Caribbean island packed with exciting activities, Aruba´s the place. It´s beautiful beaches and perfect weather are of course, attractions in themselves but a horse-riding tour is a must and a great way to see the countryside, while Philip´s Animal Garden offers exotic animals in abundance and is a great place for the family to visit.
St Thomas is the place if you want to peruse the markets for a bargain and then spend the rest of the day relaxing on an idyllic beach, but there´s a host of other great activities to explore too. Fort Christian is a 17th century Dutch stronghold, while Drake´s Seat an arresting vantage point supposedly used by Sir Francis Drake when on the lookout for the Spanish fleet. You may not associate the Caribbean with Ice, but St Thomas is actually home to the world´s biggest permanent ice gallery — Magic Ice, where a host of fascinating sculptures reflect the history of the islands.
Grand Turk is the perfect island from which to explore captivating marine life. Take a scuba dive and explore the beautiful shallow Library Reef, or Coral Gardens Reef, a hard coral cluster populated by schools of beautiful fish. Turks and Caicos National Museum, meanwhile offers a fascinating insight into the history of the Caribbean.