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Western Caribbean Cruise Guidelines
By Sharon
Pushed April 13, 2017
Western Caribbean Cruise Guidelines
Western Caribbean Cruise Guidelines
The Caribbean is a fantastic place for a cruise. It is one of the most popular cruise destinations in the world and travelers from all over the planet flock to the Caribbean every year. The great weather and carnival atmosphere are what most travelers are visiting for. Western Caribbean Cruises explore the ancient and adventure same time.

The Western Caribbean cruise vacation is interesting because you can explore a number of countries and experience a variety of cultures in the same trip. You can also pop over the Mexican coast. Some cruises include stopovers at Key West and New Orleans.

The Western Caribbean is a popular location and nearly all cruise operators run some kind of cruise vacation in the area. The Western Caribbean includes most of the locations that you would expect on a cruise of this area.
 
Western Caribbean weather is warm throughout most of the year with temperatures that hover from the low 80s to low 90s Fahrenheit depending on the location.
Cozumel and Grand Cayman often reach the low 90s during the summer and mid-80s during the winter.

Belize, Panama and Costa Rica are somewhat cooler with average highs in the upper 80s during the summer and low 80s during the winter.
But the rain is much more varied throughout the year as a result of the annual Caribbean hurricane season, which officially starts June 1 and ends Nov. 30.
 
As well as Cozumel and Belize other destinations may include Playa del Carmen, Mexico; Grand Cayman; Key West, FL; the Dominican Republic; Jamaica or Costa Rica.
The most popular embarkation ports are San Juan and the three Florida cruise ports of Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Port Canaveral (near Orlando).
 
Other options include New Orleans, Galveston, and the up-and-coming Tampa.
 
Many people think of the embarkation ports as a place where they arrive via plane, hop on the ship and leave. But each of these ports has many attractions in their own right and can fill a day -- or days -- with beaches and many things to do.

Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands include a major port of call at Grand Cayman.
 
This British-dependent territory receives seven times more cruise visitors than people who stop over for a week or more.
 
The most famous attraction is Stingray City, where people boat out to a sandbar and snorkel in three-feet-deep water with a school of stingray that has become comfortable with touching humans.
 
Other popular attractions include the Cayman Turtle Farm with 16,000 sea turtles, and a town named Hell, which is most famous for tourists using its post office to mail postcards that say "I've been to Hell."
 
Jamaica
Jamaica has two major cruise ports at Ocho Rios and Montego Bay as well as a new one at the historic town of Falmouth.
 
Jamaica's most famous attraction is Dunn's River Falls near Ocho Rios, where visitors climb up 600 feet of cascading and stair-stepping waterfalls to the top via a daisy chain (holding hands).
 
Spending the day in Kingston is a chance to enjoy duty-free shopping and get the full flavor of Jamaican culture. But like most cruise ports, the products are fairly common such as T-shirts and vacation mementos. The real main draw is simply being there.
 
Belize and Cozumel are two of the most popular locations in the western Caribbean cruise itineraries. Both destinations boast the same fantastic weather as the rest of the Caribbean and both destinations offer something unique to their area.
 
Cozumel
Cozumel is a Mexican paradise, an island just off the coast of Mexico. Being in the Caribbean seas the island has influences from both Mexico and the Caribbean. Cozumel is famous for its coral reefs and water sports. It is a great port of call for many cruise ships.
 
The overwhelming favorite stop on the Mexican coast is the town of San Miguel on Cozumel, the largest island in Mexico and one of the most popular western Caribbean cruise ports.
 
Cozumel is known for dining, beaches, Mayan ruins, snorkeling and scuba diving. Snorkeling and diving are a big attraction because of the coral reefs surrounding the islands, especially on the west side. Many cruise visitors to Cozumel take a ferry across the water to Playa del Carmen on the mainland. The city is a great shopping mecca for tourists on the long and busy 5th Avenue, which is packed with shops and restaurants.
 
Costa Maya
Costa Maya is an up and coming cruise ship destination.It has the highest concentration of Mayan archeological sites and the largest existing Mayan population in Mexico.
 
Costa Maya is a planned cruise port with three grand pavilions, artisan shopping areas, a beach club, saltwater pools, restaurants, and bars.
 
It is located near the Mexican border with Belize. Numerous cruise lines now include Costa Maya as a stop. It is worth considering for anyone wanting someplace new to visit that isn't overly commercialized
 
Roatan
The island of Roatan, 30 miles off the Honduras coast, is an up and coming cruise port.
 
Like Cozumel, it is known for snorkeling and scuba diving because of the coral reefs around the island. It also is known for its white sand beaches.The island is only about 2.5 miles wide at the widest point but about 40 miles long.

Belize
Belize is the only country in Central America without a coastline on the North Pacific Ocean. Belize was British Honduras and its native spoken language is English. It has a diverse society and a massive range of different cultures. Belize considers itself to be both Caribbean and American.
 
Anyone wanting great eco-tourism adventures or a chance to see major Mayan ruins should consider Belize or Costa Rica.The most famous attraction in Belize is cave tubing in the Sibun Caves Branch Archaeological Park.
 
Visitors on this all-day cruise excursion will jump into an inner tube and float down a river through a long dark cave that used to be the site of Mayan religious ceremonies.It is worth noting that Belize receives a great deal of rain throughout the year with the majority of it in the interior mountains and rain forests.
 
 
Costa Rica
Costa Rica may not be the only place in the world to go zip lining (gliding on a wire from one tree to the next), but it is one of the best and most famous. Tourists will experience lush rain forests and, if they are lucky, they might see a jaguar. Each of the above destinations ranks among the best western Caribbean cruise ports and provide plenty of shopping, dining, beaches and attractions to make the trip a memorable one.
 
Panama
One of the highlights of an exotic western Caribbean cruise may be a stop in Panama.
Visitors will have an opportunity to see the Panama Canal and related attractions such as Gatún Lake and Monkey Island.
Monkey Island on Gatún Lake has been taken over by four species of monkeys.
 
Cruise Ships go to the island throughout the day where visitors can photograph not only the monkeys but other creatures as well such as sloths, caimans, and toucans.
 
Soberania National Park, which lies along the east coast of Gatún Lake, covers 55,000 acres and is popular as an eco-tour because of its large number and variety of birds and mammals.
 
A western Caribbean cruise will often include longer sailing times due to the distances involved. The extra days at sea will not be wasted because the aim of a cruise is relaxation.
 
Because of the extremely varied ports, the shore excursions throughout the western Caribbean cruises are usually extremely varied and there probably will be something for everyone. Everything from rain forests to scuba diving will be on offer.
 
The Caribbean seas are a cruise lover's paradise and the western Caribbean is a great location for your cruise and is one vacation you won't forget in a hurry. The days at sea will be spent relaxing, eating and drinking and the days at the port will be spent in an exciting and exotic location.


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