Dive under the sea, fly above the ocean and treasure-hunt through the jungle with a cruise to Western Caribbean.
Cruise to the Western Caribbean and find yourself immersed in bygone eras and pristine natural scenery. Hike through Mayan ruins in Tulum, Mexico, before diving into deep blue cenotes – aquamarine sinkholes surrounded by limestone caves, perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Or, you can choose to sail to Stingray City in Grand Cayman and swim with these gentle creatures. When you're ready to come up for air, take flight on a massive zipline over Labadee's shimmering coastlines in Haiti. Or soak up some sun and see the pastel-hued, conch-style houses in Key West. Discover the magic with a Western Caribbean cruise.
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Explore the rich history and cultural diversity of these legendary destinations, where colonial cities lead to hidden pyramids from thousands of years ago. And don't miss out on the vibrant arts and foods scenes you'll find in the urban centres when you sail on the best Western Caribbean cruises.
Puerto Costa Maya in Mexico is home to Mayan art and architecture (as its name implies), but you can also find the Spanish fort Fuerte San Felipe Bacalar. Spend your day exploring this historic site, just over an hour from the port – there's also a cenote cavern nearby if you're up for some diving.
Known around the world for its vibrant coral reefs and diving sites, Roatan, Honduras is also one of Central America’s cultural capitals. Turn back time as you wander the breathtaking ancient ruins of Copan, a Maya city that dates back nearly a millennium. The site is so rich in artefacts that archaeologists are still uncovering new finds.
Spend your days swimming in clear-blue waves and diving into underwater adventures, where hundreds of sea creatures are ready to greet you. Or turn up the excitement factor with adrenaline-pumping activities and attractions in the Caribbean's rainforests and mysterious caverns when you cruise to Western Caribbean.
Stroll down one of the world's best beaches for a healthy dose of sunshine and salt. Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman island (which is really five and a half miles, but who's counting?) is a long stretch of beautiful coral sands and sparkling, crystal-clear water. Grab a rum punch or a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants and bars along the way.
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Break away from your daily grind with a quick getaway to the Western Caribbean. Admire the grandeur of the ancient ruins at Chichen Itza in Mexico's Yucatan, or head to San Gervasio, which is home to the largest ancient Maya site in Cozumel. Dive Roatan’s famous barrier reef – the second largest in the world – or explore the remains of the ancient city of Copan, located in the scenic Copan Valley.
Give yourself plenty of time to play on a long voyage, so you can get to know the character and excitement of the Western Caribbean. Immerse yourself in Mayan history at the ruins in Tulum, Mexico. Dive among vibrant coral reefs off the coast of Belize, or hang out with monkeys in the nature sanctuary at Roatan, Honduras.
Drone hobbyists should leave their drones at home when visiting to Chichen Itza or Tulum. Flights are forbidden in these areas because of their historical significance.
Thousands of people visit the ruins in Mexico each day, so make sure to follow the rules of your guides. Doing this will ensure that other people can enjoy them in the future.
Book your excursions and things to do in advance so you know what to expect once you arrive at a port.
The Western Caribbean offers the perfect mix of spicy dishes and refreshing drinks. Have your fill of fresh seafood and zesty tacos, then relax with the tropical cocktail of your choice.
Do yourself a favour and order the Cochinita Pibil tacos when you're in Mexico. The slow-roasted pork will melt in your mouth and your taste buds will come alive with the heavy seasoning of spicy achiote paste and bright citrus. Wash it all down with a michelada, a refreshing drink made with beer and freshly squeezed lime juice served over ice in a salt-rimmed glass.
Conch – a meaty sea mollusk with a large shell – isn't an ingredient you come by much in other parts of the world, but it's an integral part of Western Caribbean cuisine. Crunchy conch fritters are one of the region's most-loved staples. Or try it served raw, finely diced and marinated in citrus juice in Caribbean conch salad.
Slow-cooked meats have a storied history in Central and South America, and stew chicken is arguably Belize's greatest contribution to the tradition. Typically served over rice and beans, stew chicken is coated in spicy, bright-red achiote paste and simmered with onions in liquid – often stock or coconut milk – until it's falling-off-the-bone tender.