Cruising and the Caribbean go hand-in-hand, with many arguing that there is no better way to visit those golden sands. With each island offering an opportunity to experience something completely different, it can be difficult to decide what to do in the Caribbean. Sure, the temptation is there to grab a pineapple cocktail and head to the nearest lounger on the beach, but if you’re looking for a real taste of the Caribbean – of eating smoky jerk chicken in Jamaica and whale watching on the Dominican Republic’s Península de Samaná – you should take a look at our ultimate guide to Caribbean day trips.
We’ve created a brand new microsite dedicated to showing you what to do in the Caribbean. Toing and froing over which excursions to choose on your next Caribbean cruise? You need to see this.
In the meantime, here are some of our favourite Caribbean day trips to whet your appetite…
GO WHALE WATCHING IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Cruisers aren’t the only ones heading to the Caribbean in search of a little winter sun; over 10,000 humpback whales descend in the warm waters of the Península de Samaná between mid-January and late March. Take a tour from the town of Samaná and watch them breach, lobtail and flipper – it’s all part of the annual mating ritual!
SAMPLE AUTHENTIC BOUILLABAISSE AT TURKS & CAICOS’ MOST INFAMOUS HAUNT
Ask anyone on the island of Salt Cay where to find the best Caribbean cuisine and they’ll probably say Porter’s Island Thyme; this place is renowned as not just the best on the island but possibly the whole of the Caribbean. If you’re lucky enough to be around on a Saturday, head to the beach bonfire barbecue, otherwise try and drop on one of the bistro’s guest/chef evenings. You’ll have a chance to join the chef, rustling up some authentic island eats and taking away plenty of tips to recreate the Caribbean flavours at home.
COMBINE JAMAICA’S MOST FAMOUS EXPORTS – RUM AND REGGAE
Alfred’s, the beachfront bar in the resort town of Negril, has been sizzling with the best reggae, roots and rock talent for over 25 years. The stage is set every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday and freshly-caught seafood is a must when the interval rolls around.
GET A TASTE OF AUTHENTIC ST LUCIAN LIFE AT THE GROS ISLET STREET PARTY
Friday nights on St Lucia call for what Bajans call the Gros Islet ‘jump-up’, with the whole of the northern fishing village transformed in a food and drink fuelled-fiesta. Grab a smoky dinner from countless BBQ stands that line the road and join the throngs of people swaying to a calypso beat.
GO WILD AT ST MAARTEN’S LOTERIE FARM
Located on the island of St Maarten, Loterie Farm is a former sugar plantation cum private nature reserve, and its 150 acres offer the opportunity to be as adventurous or laid-back as you choose. Trek through the dense forests – greenback monkeys swinging above your head – or see the island from a new perspective from rope ladders, zip lines, tightropes and bridges suspended high in the tree canopy. If that all sounds far too much like hard work, simply nurse something cold beside the spring-fed pool. Perfect.
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Ready to plan day trips galore? Head to our Interactive Caribbean Map for more amazing ideas on what to do in the Caribbean.