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  • Caribbean Cruises (Southern)
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The southern Caribbean includes many coastal ports of South America and the small islands just off of the coast. From the wonder of Harrison's Cave in Barbados, to jeep safaris on Curacao, many of these small islands have excellent adventure opportunities for those looking to get off the beaten path.

In a very quiet way, the Southern Caribbean, probably the least known part of the broader Caribbean region, is becoming one of the most interesting.

Southern Caribbean cruises offer the choice of more island destinations for the inquisitive. Embarking in San Juan, ports of call may include Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Tortola/Virgin Gorda, Curaçao, Grenada, Martinique, St. Barts, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, and sometimes St. Thomas/St. John or St. Martin/Sint Maarten. 

Aren’t these islands all the same? Not a bit. Each has its own personality and style—some derived from their colonial culture and geography. Most are home to friendly residents and offer pleasant diversions and enough shopping for even the most addicted shop-aholic. It’s quite possible to take as many as four or five Caribbean cruises and “repeat” very few islands. 


Caribbean Cruises (Southern) ports
Aruba (Oranjestad)
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North of Venezuela, the island of Aruba is famous for its stunning blonde beaches, wind-sculpted desert landscapes, and some of the best wreck diving in the Caribbean. Aruba is a relatively dry island with consistently fine weather. Its ...
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Guadeloupe belongs to the Leeward Islands, the island chain directly north of the Windward Islands, where Martinique is found. Dominica separates the two cousin islands, but they are often thought of as neighbors. Guadeloupe is actually com...
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Bequia Grenadines
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Bequia (pronounced ‘beck-way’) is the most perfect island in the whole Grenadines. Stunning beaches dotting the shoreline, accommodations to fit most budgets and a slow pace of life all help to create an environment that is unforgett...
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Bonaire (Kralendijk)
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Kralendijk is the largest town on the Caribbean island of Bonaire. It's also the island's capital. Bonaire may be the marine existence capital of the Caribbean, a "Diver's Paradise" replete with offshore treasures. For diving and scuba d...
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Bridgetown Barbados
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Tropical Island Barbados Bridgetown cruise port  is a beautiful located at a faraway distance from most Caribbean hotspots. It is about a thousand miles to the east of Netherlands. The Portuguese discovered this island in the 16th cent...
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Castries St. Lucia
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Off late, St. Lucia, and Castries particularly, is becoming probably the most popular locations within the Caribbean for vacationers. The lodging and facilities are top quality, and also the restaurants and activities are fabulous. Nearl...
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Culebra, Puerto Rico
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Culebra, a 12-square-mile island in a corner of the Caribbean that was quiet even in mid-January, with news of the polar vortex reaching us like word from a distant, far less habitable planet. During the 80-degree days, my family and I h...
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Martinique, within the Windward Islands, is among the more distinct islands within the Caribbean, both topographically and culture-wise. For just one, it stands at the merging of two water bodies, the Atlantic Sea at the northern and eas...
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Grenada
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Grenada is a perfect Caribbean cruise hotspot, that is as vibrant and verdant as it is laid-back and varied. An abundantly gifted destination filled with natural splendor, Grenada features cacao, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger root...
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Guadeloupe is located at the southern tip of the Leeward Islands, to the northern end of the Windward Islands. While Dominica cuts Guadeloupe from Martinique, the dual islands are often regarded as next door neighbors.Guadeloupe was init...
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If you’re looking for a quiet and unruffled cruise vacation port as retreat, then Isla Catalina is your place. Not to be confused with Catalina off the California coast. This is merely forty-five-minutes from a Casa de Campo boat rid...
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Ninety-two miles to the north of Caracas is Venezuela’s largest group of islands -- the Los Roques archipelago. It consists of more than 330 islets and reefs and combine to form one of the nation’s most beautiful national parks. Its ...
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La Isla Margarita, referred to as "Gem from the Caribbean", is located about 38 km north east of the Venezuela landmass. Its location being an island within the Caribbean ocean offers plenty of beaches to understand more about, many of t...
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Isla Providencia or Old Providence is really a mountainous Caribbean island laying half way between Panama And Nicaragua, and Jamaica. It's located roughly 60 miles north of the San Andres Island, and about 400 miles to the northwest of ...
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Kingstown, St. Vincent, situated within the British Windward Islands, is really a gorgeous tropical paradise set far from other Caribbean islands. It's nearly a hundred miles east in the Netherlands Antilles chain. The British culture is...
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Nevis (Charlestown)
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Nevis is a small island in the Caribbean Sea that forms part of the inner arc of the Leeward Islands chain of the West Indies. It is located near the northern end of the Lesser Antilles archipelago, about 350 km (217 mile) east-southeas...
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Guadeloupe may be the southernmost from the Leeward Islands, just off the north from the Windward Islands, at Martinique. The area of Dominica splits the two islands, but they're always considered as next door neighbors and bundled toget...
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Ponce (Puerto Rico)
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Ponce is the second largest city in Puerto Rico, situated on the south coast. The city is rich in history and unique architecture, and has a charming laid-back atmosphere. Ponce's downtown is a single quaint city square around which most...
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Lying nine miles from the coast of Venezuela, Trinidad is a Caribbean hotspot and the southernmost connect in the Antillean islands cluster. Trinidad is part of the two-island state known as Trinidad & Tobago. Yet, although these two sis...
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Portsmouth (Dominica)
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Portsmouth Dominica will be a dream destination for travelers who are looking to escape other tourists. Smaller than Roseau, with only about 3,000 inhabitants, Portsmouth is a laid-back and non-touristy town with excellent opportunities ...
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Roseau (Dominica)
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Dominica belongs to the Windward Islands. The Windwards comprise four primary islands: Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and also the Grenadines. These islands aren't regarded as the heavy tourist points of interest, as in co...
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With little cruise traffic and a single all-inclusive resort, St.Vincent is among the Caribbean's least visited islands -- which makes going to this small volcanic island concurrently exciting and challenging for travelers looking for of...
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A major port of call on both the Eastern and Southern Caribbean itineraries -- as well as a turnaround port for several ships -- San Juan is really a place where nearly all cruisers are likely to find themselves. San Juan is the urban hu...
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Santo Domingo
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Santo Domingo is the Capital of the Dominican Republic and it is a exuberant and friendly community. It’s not innately touristy compared to other neighboring hotspots, but there's a good amount of treasures to be unearthed here if visi...
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Scarborough Tobago
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Scarborough Tobago most cruise ships visit the deep-port cruise terminal, Scarborough, around the southern coast of Tobago. The cruise-ship terminal, that is in the heart of town, rules the harbor. Most ships meet in the pier, however, m...
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St. George's Grenada
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Grenada comprises the big island of Grenada, along with a couple of islands around the southern fringe of the Grenadines, with Carriacou and Petit Martinique being the most important. The main city of Grenada, St George's, is around the ...
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Willemsted Curacao
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The "C" from the ABC Islands from the Nederlander Caribbean (Aruba and Bonaire composed of the A & B), Curaçao is situated just thirty-five miles off the north of Venezuela and is easily the most inhabited island within the Netherlands ...
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