Show sea days
Beautifully positioned in the Straits of Florida, the island of Key West is the United States’ southernmost point, located just 90 miles from Cuba. It’s one of the sunniest cities in the country with a beautiful year-round tropical climate—neither too hot nor too cold—and at only four miles long by two miles wide, Key West is filled with fabulous beaches, historic sights, international restaurants and a very lively nightlife. Meander down Duval Street for its energetic strips of cafés, shops and bars, or take a walking tour to see some of the island’s best architecture, courtyards and gardens. Dive or snorkel in the coral reefs and wrecks off Key West, or simply stroll in the footsteps of such famous citizens Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams and Thomas Edison, who all called Key West home at one point in their storied lives.
It’s hard to get lost in Philipsburg – one mile of colorful Creole houses long and four streets deep, it is easy to explore. It is also a place where you may find yourself on the brink of an adventure you have long imagined. Transfixed by those gutsy mariners sailing for glory in the America’s Cup? Now is your chance to race aboard one of those ace vessels as a working crew member. Thrilled by the stories of divers but intimidated by SCUBA? Try SNUBA and float carefree, tethered to the surface by a long hose and an ample supply of air. The reward: warm waters, a rainbow of tropical reef fish, sunken wrecks, and tall tales of your own to take home with you.
Famous for its twin peaks shaped by the upheaval of a now extinct volcano, St. Lucia is one of the truly unspoiled islands in all the Caribbean. Here you’ll find a variety of landscapes and eco-systems not found anywhere else in the region, including rain forests, mountains and beaches that truly deserve the “pristine” designation.
Paradise found. No crowds of tourists, no hotels, just a resident population of about 250 in one village on the island’s highest hill (with its most spectacular views). Spend the morning aboard a catamaran exploring the waters around the Tobago Cays, five petite, uninhabited islets floating in a marine park of coral, and turtle and bird sanctuaries. Snorkel the reef off Mopion Island, a speck of sand in a crystal sea, without so much as a palm tree – just one large thatch umbrella. No doubt such exertion will give you an appetite, so back at Mayreau enjoy a beach barbeque Azamara style, on the soft white sand.
If you were to close your eyes while enjoying a “high tea in Trafalgar Square,” you would swear you were in London – if it weren’t for the warm breezes and emerald green waters enveloping you. Nicknamed “Little England” by some, Barbados is home to many museums that chronicle the island’s rich past and over 100 shipwrecks along its reefs that are a playground for divers from around the world.
Local lore has it that the unusual shape of this little bit of paradise reminded Christopher Columbus of a reclining, voluptuous woman, so he named it Virgin Gorda, the “Fat Virgin.” She is suitably adorned with dramatic heights that plunge down from Gorda Peak to the sparkling turquoise waters far below. This is a good place to explore in a jeep, swim with dolphins, or hike the rugged trails throughout the island. Virgin Gorda is most famous for The Baths, where giant granite boulders are strewn across the beach and in the water, creating pools, caves, and grottos – a sort of natural water park.
Searching for the latest prices…