Set sail for a sun-soaked, wind-swept, salty and sandy adventure with a cruise to Southern Caribbean.
Cruise to Southern Caribbean and ease into island time. Surround by warm, green-blue waters and sugar-soft sand, grab a lounger at Simpson Bay in Philipsburg, St Maarten and watch the yachts pass by. When you're feeling ready to turn up the thrill, lace up your running shoes and scale Mount Liamuiga in St Kitts and Nevis – at the summit, soak in the view of the dense jungle and volcanic black rocks on the shoreline below. Visit the sugar plantations in Antigua before hopping on a sailing boat at Nelson's Dockyard. Or explore the rainforest in style in St Lucia on an open-air gondola ride. Discover the magic with a Southern Caribbean cruise.
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The best Southern Caribbean cruises will take you to splash in the crystalline Caribbean Sea or rove through rainforests.
Suit up and explore 86 stunning dive sites at Bonaire Marine Park, a quick boat ride from Curacao on Bonaire. The island is an attraction known for its scuba diving opportunities – and you'll soon learn why, as you swim with frogfish, seahorses, spotted eagle rays and more.
Set sail on a Southern Caribbean cruise and explore the kaleidoscope of cultural influences that make up the area.
When you dock in Martinique, make your way to the Chateau Dubuc. The ruins date back to the 17th century and have a colourful history. Rumour has it, the master of the estate was a thief who would lure ships into the cove where they would slam against the rocks, leaving the wreckage fresh for looting.
During your day in Grenada, head to the Dougaldston Estate and learn all about nutmeg. The spice trade was a prominent part of Caribbean history, and here you can see how the spice is harvested, processed and then exported.
With beauty stretching from coast to coast in the Dominican Republic, there's no shortage of photo ops. Perhaps the best one is at Montana Redonda, where you can snap a sweeping panoramic view of the mountains and the sea. Ask your local guide to tell you about the region while you take it all in.
Southern Caribbean cuisine reflects the region's diverse cultural influences, from hearty Latin American dishes based on plantains and rice to east Indian curries and island-inspired takes on British favourites. Look for locally owned spots serving humble, authentic dishes – this is where you'll find the region's most distinctive flavours.
St Maarten is known for its mix of Caribbean flavours. The French, east Indian and island influences are the perfect combination for a delicious roadside BBQ stop. Visit a lolo – the local term for a barbecue joint – and enjoy freshly grilled lobster. Wash it all down with some guavaberry liqueur.
Grab a glass of rum to sip your way through the distilleries in St Croix in the US Virgin Islands. Home to both Captain Morgan and Cruzan Rum distilleries, you can spend the day learning about the famed Caribbean drink while tasting it right from the source. Rum tasting is one of the best things to do when you visit a Southern Caribbean island.