Thinking of journeying from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic for a Caribbean cruise, but not sure what islands to visit? We’re here to help. Here are some Caribbean islands you may love traveling to based off of your favorite west coast regions.
Southern California Lover? Explore Jamaica
Love the fun vibe in southern California where you may find yourself lounging on the beach one day, hiking the next day, and then partying it up in a cosmopolitan city like San Diego or LA that weekend? Then you’ll like visiting Jamaica where you can spend the day visiting Jamaica’s fun and scenic beaches or getting out into nature, such as a hike to Dunn’s River Falls or tubing through the White River Valley. Then there’s Jamaica’s vibrant cities. Depending where your cruise ship docks, you can explore the culture of Ocho Rios, Falmouth, or Montego Bay. San Diego is also known for its craft beer culture and you can take a break from walking city streets to sip on a Red Stripe, Jamaica’s local brewery, while on the island.
Have Fun in Portland? Cruise to Barbados
Speaking of beer, Portland is the often-touted beer capital of the world. If you love beer tasting in Portland, you may love the island of Barbados, which is home to several local breweries including the popular Banks Barbados Breweries. You can also partake in the Beer Tasting & Scenic Drive shore excursion for a carefree day of beer and great Caribbean views. If you also like the fact that Portland’s slogan is “Keep Portland Weird” you’ll enjoy some of Barbados’ quirkier activities like an Atlantis submarine excursion, a pirate cruise, and a cave tour.
Love Jetting Off to Kauai? Check out St. Lucia
If you love jetting off to Hawaii every chance you get and are especially enthralled with the lushly green, mountainous landscape of the Hawaiian island of Kauai, then don’t discount the Caribbean islands, particularly St. Lucia. As soon as your ship pulls up to St. Lucia, you’ll see why it’s so special from a natural wonder perspective. Two tall green peaks jut up from the center of the island. These volcanic peaks are St. Lucia’s famous Pitons and they are incredible to behold. While in port, you can even hike part of those peaks. If you prefer seeing nature from the comfort of a beach lounge chair, head to Reduit Beach and take turns looking behind you to the jungle landscape and in front of you to the aquamarine ripples of the sea.
Love Exploring Seattle and the Eastside? Spend Time in St. Maarten / St. Martin
Visiting Seattle often doesn’t mean just visiting Seattle (though there is plenty to do in the Emerald City). You can also head east across Lake Washington to visit another downtown area: picturesque Bellevue. And while you’re on the Eastside, head into the Cascade Mountains and see roaring waterfalls and snow-tipped peaks. If you love the two atmospheres of the Seattle and Eastside areas, you’ll like the dichotomy of St. Maarten / St. Martin, the smallest island to be inhabited by two nations: French St. Martin and Dutch St. Maarten. It’s easy to cross between the two sides and no matter which part of the island you’re on, you’ll find lots of friendly locals and gorgeous beaches. Each side of the island definitely has a different feel though, reflective of its home country – with a good dose of Caribbean charm thrown in. Head inland and you’ll find nature walks and ziplines over treetop canopies.
Dream of Central Coast California? Try Aruba
Arid climate, rugged coastline, and wineries characterize much of Central California. If you love visiting this region, consider a cruise that visits Aruba. Of all the islands in the Caribbean, Aruba averages one of the lowest rainfall amounts. This makes the island a bit different from other Caribbean islands – you’ll find less of the lush green scenery and instead see striking views of mahogany-rimmed rock and sand dunes — plus plenty of sandy beaches. The north end of the island is home to more secluded beaches which are mesmerizing with cliffy shoreline and big waves, while Palm Beach a bit farther south provides a more traditional beach for a day lying in the sun. Oranjestad (where your ship will pull into port) is a fun town to explore and though you won’t find wineries, you will find rum shops in town and the Palmera Rum Factory just outside of town, which you can tour.
Enjoy the Ease of Catalina Island? Visit the Bahamas
If you like Catalina Island because it’s easy to get to for a quick weekend away from southern California, then your Caribbean cruise island of choice may be the Bahamas. Yes, you’ll still have to fly to Florida, but once you’re there it’s a quick trip to get down to the Bahamas. Celebrity Cruises is launching new 3-night cruises to the Bahamas in 2018, which leave from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and stop in Nassau, Bahamas. While there, you can wander the streets framed by candy-colored buildings and do some shopping, or partake in a number of fun and exciting water sports.
To book your Caribbean cruise with port stops at your dream islands, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent.