Cruise destinations in the Western Caribbean include Mexico, Grand Cayman and Jamaica. With a mix of mainland and island ports of call, you can explore Mayan ruins, relax on white-sand beaches under palm trees, go reef diving or shop for souvenirs in market towns.
Cruise liners touring the Caribbean tender visitors to shore at George Town on Grand Cayman Island, where colonial buildings and gardens reign supreme. Most visitors head to the long stretch of sand at Seven Mile Beach to relax at a beach resort or go diving and fish-feeding at Stingray City. English is spoken here, and U.S. dollars are accepted.
Belize is famous for its diving and snorkeling, two activities that are just as essential as sightseeing in town. English is the official language here, and U.S. dollars are widely accepted, along with the local Belizean dollar. Ships dock in historical Belize City’s harbor, and tenders bring you ashore to the capital’s shopping village. There are ancient Mayan temples to explore at Lamanai and Xunantunich, riverside jungles to hike and offshore coral cayes to spot on a helicopter tour.
Often overshadowed by other Central American locations, Honduras is growing in popularity as a cruise destination thanks to recent economic revitalization. It offers the beautiful Bay Islands, the second-largest barrier reef system in the world and rugged mountains that descend into beautiful coastlines full of ancient ruins. Spanish is the primary language here, but English is prominent in the Bay Islands. Although the dollar is accepted here, Lempira is the local currency, and you’ll get more for your money should you pay with it instead.
Roatan is the Bay Islands’ largest isle and a world-class diving hub, and its Coxen Hole is the cruise port. Spanish and English are spoken here, and U.S. dollars are accepted if you don’t have the official currency, the Lempira. Take the chance to go reef snorkeling in year-round warm waters on the enormous barrier reef, paddle a kayak at West Bay Beach, sample the local lobster at a beachfront cafe or visit the island’s Butterfly Farm.
With miles of ivory-sand beaches, lush mountains and all-night parties with a reggae soundtrack, there’s a lot to be happy about on the third-largest island in the Caribbean. Jamaica’s coastline is blanketed with all-inclusive resorts, but nature and adventure are rarely far away, with everything from unspoiled jungles and waterfalls to rivers, mountains and 3,000 tropical plant species.
The beaches and colonial history in Montego Bay make it a great spot to dock. You'll hear Patois-accented English here and be able to use U.S. dollars. Take a shore excursion to splash in Dunns River Falls, hit the beach at Negril or shop for duty-free bargains downtown.
Ships dock at Turtle Bay and James Bond Pier, further east along the island from Montego Bay. Outdoor pursuits such as Dunns River Falls, dolphin encounters, horseback beach riding and white-water rafting reign supreme here.