When you want to get away from it all, nothing beats a tropical paradise. A place where you can feel the sand between your toes as you gaze at crystal-clear waters, sipping a cocktail or planning your next outdoor adventure. A cruise to the Caribbean always makes for a great tropical destination, and the one of the best ways to get there is on a cruise from Fort Lauderdale.
But where should you go on that cruise ship? There are so many things to do in the Caribbean that you really can’t go wrong — but we do have some suggestions. Take a look at some of our favorite destinations as you decide where to go in the Caribbean for your next vacation.
1. Grand Turk
Grand Turk is an absolute gem of an island that sits on the continental shelf, making it an ideal place to see a pristine coral reef in all its glory. Don’t miss the Off Road ATV Adventure, where you will ride off the beaten path and see one of the island’s largest salt ponds, as well of stunning views of the island.
When you’ve had your fill of adventure, be sure to explore the historic charm of Cockburn Town as well as the Grand Turk Lighthouse.
2. Ocho Rios
Ocho Rios is one of the most beautiful spots in Jamaica. Here you can relax, enjoying some of the world’s greatest resorts, or let your adventuring soul run free with activities like zip lining, tubing, horseback riding and more.
To enjoy all the heart-pumping action one afternoon, sign up for the Big 3 excursion, an exciting package of mountain exploration, zip lining and coasting on a Jamaican bobsled through the lush forests.
3. Grand Cayman
Grand Cayman is a study in contrasts: wild, natural expanses of beach right alongside charming British culture of the tea and crumpets variety. Here you can also enjoy one of the best activities on any of the family cruises from Fort Lauderdale: the Sea Trek Grand Cayman.
Put on your specialty helmet and walk the ocean floor to feel like an astronaut and a deep-sea diver all at the same time.
4. Amber Cove
Amber Cove might just be the greatest destination you’ve never heard of. This quiet corner of the Dominican Republic lets you do as much or as little as you like, all in a gorgeous setting that will make you want to come back every year.
Explore the secret Waterfalls of Damajagua on an excursion that includes hiking, canyoneering and sliding down natural rock chutes into the clear waters below.
Aruba has some of the best weather on the planet, so it’s the ideal place to visit at nearly any time of year. Of course you’ll want to hit the beach, but it’s also rewarding to seek out some more rustic spots. Try the North Coast Jeep Safari for an off-road tour of rock formations, historic buildings and even a visit to the local donkey sanctuary.
With complimentary snacks and time for a swim, this excursion lets you do it all.
6. Montego Bay
Montego Bay is where it’s at for anyone who wants to experience reggae rhythms and the bustle of the Jamaican lifestyle. To take a deep dive into what island life is really all about and join the Community Tour: Giving Back With Purpose.
On this excursion you will visit a rural Jamaican school and have the chance to donate gifts and supplies to the children who study there. You’ll also sample local food, see historic buildings and get to know the people of Jamaica in a whole new way.
Curaçao features colorful colonial architecture against a backdrop of gorgeous beaches. Enjoy the blend of Dutch culture and island fun as you snorkel with sea turtles or sail off into the sunset. For a truly unique experience, sign up for the Ostrich Farm and Sightseeing tour, where you’ll get a chance to feed the largest collection of ostriches anywhere outside of Africa.
There’s also plenty of art and architecture to enjoy on the tour after greeting the big birds.
8. San Juan
The capital of Puerto Rico is a top-notch destination for cosmopolitan flair in a laid-back island setting. Take the time to stroll the streets to immerse yourself in a blend of classic and modern architecture, including cafes, art galleries and flashy nightlife. San Juan also has some amazing waves for surfing, so be sure to take some Surf Lessons to learn to hang ten with the best of them.
9. St. Maarten
St. Maarten has a long history of sailing wrapped up in its culture, and it’s no wonder why: one look at the water and you’ll want to be a part of it, too. For the thrill of a lifetime, take part in a miniature version of the America’s Cup Regatta, where you’ll trim the sails and race other 12-meter sailboats to the finish line in an exhilarating afternoon adventure.
Afterwards, sip some rum punch to celebrate your victory.
Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or looking for family cruises to the Caribbean, Carnival® sails to your ideal destination for fun in the sun. Once you step off the pier at Fort Lauderdale and onto your cruise ship, your trip to Paradise begins. Don’t wait to get started — book your cruise to the Caribbean today!