10 best things to do in Caribbean ports

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A cruise to the Caribbean gives you the chance to partake in many fun and diverse shore excursions. Whether you want something action-packed or laidback, you can find your ideal activities ashore. Consider these:

Zip lining

Many Caribbean islands have zip lining parks. While in port in St. Martin/St. Maarten, visit Loterie Farm at Pic Paradis, where you’ll find not only zip lining but also an obstacle course high up above the trees.

Rainforest hike

If you’re on one of the islands that has a rainforest, consider hiking. Lush
and green, St. Lucia is a prime Caribbean port for this activity. See the
island’s exotic flora and fauna, and learn about the rainforest’s history and
ecology — and its effects on the island — from your guide.

City tours

You may be visiting an island, but the Caribbean still has some lively and
exciting cities to visit. A city tour through San Juan, Puerto Rico, is ideal
due to the many historic places located right in the city center. An expert
guide can share the stories of the sites and help you see as much as possible
before having to board your ship again.

Eastern Caribbean Cruise Guide


With local crafts and high-end duty-free stores, shopping ’til you drop in the
Caribbean is easy to do. In St. Thomas, an island especially known for its
duty-free shopping, partake in an excursion that takes you to some of the best
shopping spots on the island.


Nearly all Caribbean ports of call offer snorkeling — after all, these
locations are tough to beat. The Antilla Shipwreck in Aruba is a favorite spot,
as it’s shallow enough for snorkelers (not just scuba divers) to get a good
look at the wreck.

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Waterfalls and swimming holes

You don’t need to just swim in the sea while visiting the Caribbean. In
Jamaica, visit Dunn’s River Falls (see video here) and swim in the water at its
base. In Aruba, visit the Natural Pool, which is formed in the middle of large
rocks in a scenic location by the island’s coastline.

Play with sea life

If you’re an animal lover, the Caribbean is going to make you love them even
more, with the opportunity to see dolphins, monkeys, lizards and ride horses
along the beach. At Stingray City in Grand Cayman, you can swim with hundreds of stingrays who make their home in the bay and are used to human touch.

Western Caribbean Cruise Guide

White-water rafting

Zigzag down a river while in the Caribbean on an exhilarating white-water
rafting shore excursion in the Caribbean. A popular place to do this is in
Jamaica down the Rio Bueno River, which takes you through fast rapids and
tropical scenery.

Local drinks

A distillery or brewery tour is a tasty way to get in touch with the local side
of an island. In the Dominican Republic, try some sips of its famous rum while
visiting a local distillery.

Southern Caribbean Cruise Guide

Ancient sites

The Caribbean isn’t just beaches and tropical adventures; you can also view the remains of buildings left over from ancient civilizations. Many Caribbean
cruises make stops along the eastern coast of Mexico near Cancun. While there, visit the ruins of Tulum to see remnants of the way ancient Mayan civilizations lived.

Can’t decide which activity you most want to do? Don’t worry — most Caribbean cruises visit multiple islands, meaning you can enjoy a different type of excursion in each port. For adventurous and diverse activities onboard as well, check out family-friendly cruise lines such as Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival Cruises, MSC Cruises, Disney Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International.

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