Western Caribbean Cruises Are Adventuresome
The beaches, water and tropical breezes are ties that bind almost every Caribbean cruise destination. But when it comes to some serious distinction, the Western Caribbean is known for its adventurous destinations, ancient influences and Latin styling.
Cruises to the Caribbean are perhaps some of the most popular in the world. Offering everything a vacationer would want and more, the islands that dot the Caribbean are vacationers’ paradise on earth. The Western Caribbean is a favorite for those who enjoy diving and snorkeling. Known for its archaeological finds, this region was heavily influenced by the Mayan culture hundreds of years ago and the memory of this most impressive ancient civilization is still strong.
With its year-round balmy weather, the Western Caribbean is a popular destination no matter the time of year. The only caution is Hurricane Season, which can really kick things up. This runs annually between June 1 to Nov. 30, but storms can, and sometimes do, stir things up outside that time window.
The big draws in the Western Caribbean include such stops as Belize, Cozumel, Grand Cayman Island and Costa Maya. Although these are some of the main stops, there are more, plenty more, for cruise lovers to see and explore. One of the big distinguishing features of cruises to this part of the Caribbean over Eastern and Southern is the strong Mayan influence felt in the region and is a Latin flavor as well. But don’t be surprised to see, hear and taste other influences such as British and French.
When visiting the Western Caribbean, some of the favorite ports of call for cruisers include Belize City, Cozumel and the Cayman Islands’ Grand Cayman.
In Belize City, visitors who are brave enough can snorkel Shark Alley where they are more than likely to see stingrays and nurse sharks, among other water-loving creatures. Cozumel is the big Mayan draw with its walled city of Tulum. This is considered a do-not-miss on a Western Caribbean cruise. The Caymans operate on a slightly different pace and here visitors will feel a British influence. This island stop is famed for its historical sights and of course its snorkeling, swimming and diving.
Depending on the cruise taken, the Mayan city of Chitzen Itza is a possible side trip, as well. This famed city is home to some of the most impressive pyramids in this hemisphere and gives a strong indication of what life was like in this ancient civilization.
No matter the destination in the Western Caribbean, visitors who travel aboard cruise lines will find the ship’s crews do what it takes to ensure passengers get to see the biggest highlights of the area. From off board excursions to visit Mayan ruins to days available to spend snorkeling or fishing, the lures of the Caribbean are strong for those who want to do little more than kick back and relax. But, of course, kicking back and relaxing is certainly not frowned upon. The region is famous for its tropical and idyllic settings just right for unwinding while enjoying warm oceanic breezes.