A Caribbean to Mexico cruise may well be one of the most desirable journeys a keen traveller can experience. But with so many beautiful islands to choose from, where should you aim to have on your itinerary. Here are three suggestions.
Home to the world-renowned Palancar Reef, this divers paradise is a real must-see. Settled by the Maya around 2,000 years ago, Cozumel is today the largest Caribbean island in Mexico. However, two-thirds of the island remains undeveloped, meaning swathes of beautiful island scenery for all to enjoy.
Located on the southwest side of the island lies the large coral reef Palancar, which is an ideal spot for novice divers who’ve always wanted to try their hand. Turtles are common, while if you’re lucky, you may well spot Angelfish, Butterflyfish and Parrotfish. Back above sea level, the beaches look like they’re straight out of travel brochures.
On the northern coast of Haiti lies Labadee, a piece of paradise that remains largely untouched even to today. From the main beach, visitors can take short boat rides to private beaches, many of which cap their numbers at only a couple dozen of people. Back on the mainline there are all sorts of activities for the braver individual, including a zip-line over the clear turquoise sea and a 300ft waterslide which winds through the lush trees and back towards the ocean. Labadee is a privately resort leased until 2050, but can be accessed today via companies like Cruise Deals. What are you waiting for?
Anywhere with the phrase “One Happy Place” on the licence place has to be well worthy of a stop. With reliable weather, thanks to the low humidity, rain is a rarity and sunshine is consistent. Aruba is an island of contrasts, with sugar sand beaches on one side and towering dunes and cliffs to the other. It’s an island filled with European influences, thanks to its Dutch heritage. This makes for interesting architecture and a mixture of four languages spoken by the locals; English, Dutch, Spanish and Papiamento, the local dialect. Aruba is also home to the aptly-named Flamingo Beach, where you can sit amongst and feed the elegant pink birds that call the beach their home.For the historically minded there are the remains of a Spanish goldmine, but for those wanting to simply relax, you’ll also find ample beaches adorned with sun loungers and hammocks.