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Western Caribbean Shore Excursions

By Viator, February 2014

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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. Also check out our selection of Shore Excursions in the Eastern & Southern Caribbean.

Montego Bay
The beaches and colonial history of Montego Bay are a Jamaican highlight, and you’ll dock nearby in Freeport. Patois-accented English is spoken here, and the US dollar is as commonly used as the Jamaican dollar. Take a shore excursion to splash in Dunns River Falls, hit the beach at Negril, swing above the rainforest canopy on an exciting zipline tour, or shop for duty-free bargains in downtown Montego Bay. Click here to view our full list of Montego Bay shore excursions.

Ocho Rios
Ships dock at Turtle Bay and James Bond Pier in Ocho Rios, further east along the island from Montego Bay. Outdoor pursuits are the attraction here, like Dunns River Falls, dolphin encounters, horseback beach riding and white-water rafting. Experience Jamaica’s rasta culture on a visit to Bob Marley’s hometown of Nine Mile or hail the Zion bus for a unique reggae experience. Click here to see the full list of Ocho Rios shore excursions.

Cruise liners touring the Caribbean tender visitors to shore at George Town on Grand Cayman Island. English is spoken and US dollars are accepted. There are colonial buildings and gardens to see in George Town, or you can take an island tour, but 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.

The island of Cozumel is off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. English is widely spoken and US dollars are accepted all over the island, though Spanish is the local language and the peso is the local currency. Cruise liners dock on the island’s western coast at Punta Langosta, International Pier and Puerta Maya. Punta Langosta is right near downtown San Miguel’s shops, restaurants and waterfront promenades. Ride in a glass-bottom boat or submarine, go snorkeling at Palancar Gardens or Playa Uvas, and if time allows take an excursion to the Mayan ruins at Tulum. Click here for the full list of Cozumel shore excursions.

Cancun, gateway to the Ruta Maya, is 60km (35 miles) north of Cozumel. Ships anchor quite a way offshore, and tenders bring you ashore to Cancun’s legendary resorts, beaches and shopping centers. The celebrated Mayan sites of Chichen Itza, Tulum and Xel-Ha are nearby on the Yucatan Peninsula.

The US Florida Keys island that Ernest Hemingway called home is packed with museums and restaurants, and has a winningly laidback pace of life. You’ll be tendered right to the Old Town if your ship docks at Mallory Square, or ride a trolley to town if you dock at the Truman Annex. Step aboard the Conch Tour Train to see the best of Key West, go snorkeling and dolphin-spotting for the day, or meet descendants of Hemingway’s cats at the author’s former home-museum.

Belize is world famous for its diving and snorkeling, so organizing a diving shore excursion is as essential as seeing the sights of Belize City. English is the official language and US dollars are widely accepted, along with the local currency, the Belizean dollar. Your ship docks in Belize City’s harbor, and tenders bring you ashore to the capital’s shopping village. After touring the colonial architecture of Belize City, 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.

Royal Caribbean’s private port of Labadee is on the island of Haiti. Your ship will anchor offshore and you’ll be ferried to the private resort to spend the day sipping frozen fruit cocktails, dining at beach cafes and browsing Haitian crafts. The real highlight is adrenaline-charged rather than relaxing, riding jetski waverunners across the sea or ziplining across Dragon’s Breath Rock.

Costa Maya is near the Belize border. Ships dock at Costa Maya’s new port for shore excursions to less visited Mayan sites like Chacchoben and Kohunlick. Palm beach huts fringe the Costa Maya port, and authentic fishing villages are nearby.


The port of Progreso is your cruise base in Merida, the Yucatan capital. You’ll hear more Spanish than English spoken in Merida, along with locally spoken Maya. The currency is the Mexican Peso, available from Merida’s banks, currency exchanges and ATMs. Fabled Mayan sites like Chichen Itza, Uxmal and X’cambo are easily visited from Progreso, along with underwater cenote caves on a snorkeling tour and palm-fringed beaches.

Honduras’ cruise ship port is Coxen Hole on Roatan, the Bay Islands’ largest island and world-class diving hub. Spanish and English are spoken, and US dollars are accepted if you don’t have the official currency, the Lempira. While you’re here, take the chance to go reef snorkeling in year-round warm waters, on a reef that’s second only in size to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Paddle a kayak at West Bay Beach, sample the local lobster at a beachfront cafe or visit the island’s Butterfly Farm.

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Nassau Shore Excursion: Bahamas Snorkel Adventure

4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

The waters in the Bahamas are simply perfect for snorkeling! If you have limited time and want to see its incredible marine life, hop aboard this Nassau shore ...  Read more

Location: Nassau, Bahamas
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Nassau Shore Excursion: SUB Bahamas Adventure

4.5 star rating: Recommended 23 Reviews

On your next cruise to the Bahamas, you must jump off your ship and experience the fun of the SUB Bahamas Adventure! This shore excursion is the perfect way to ...  Read more

Location: Nassau, Bahamas
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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Grand Cayman Shore Excursion: West Bay Sightseeing Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 31 Reviews

Hop off your cruise ship and discover the real Grand Cayman! On this West Bay shore excursion, you'll avoid the tourist traps and gift shops and travel ...  Read more

Location: Georgetown, Cayman Islands
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Falmouth Shore Excursion: Bob Marley Experience

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

While you’re in port in Jamaica, see where the island’s most famous son, Bob Marley, lived and played! On this shore excursion, you’ll visit the small village ...  Read more

Location: Falmouth, Jamaica
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.99

Ocho Rios Shore Excursion: Heritage Beach Horse Ride

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

What’s more breathtaking while in port in Ocho Rios than horseback riding on the beach? Depart your cruise ship for a Jamaican adventure on horseback. You’ll ...  Read more

Location: Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Freeport Shore Excursion: Lucayan National Park Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

If you are a nature-lover docking in Freeport, this Grand Bahama shore excursion to Lucayan National Park is for you. The park is home to one of the longest ...  Read more

Location: Freeport, Bahamas
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.99

Grand Cayman Shore Excursion: Atlantis Submarine Expedition

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

If you're arriving to Grand Cayman via a cruise ship and don't have much time, you simply must see the tropical marine life. The Atlantis submarine shore ...  Read more

Location: George Town, Cayman Islands
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

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Ocho Rios Shore Excursion: Sky Explorer and Zipline at Mystic Mountain

While you’re off your cruise ship in Ocho Rios, spend your time soaring high above the Jamaican rainforest. The Sky Explorer shore excursion at Mystic Mountain ...  Read more

Location: Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.99

Ocho Rios Shore Excursion: Dunn's River Falls and Horseback Riding Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 24 Reviews

While you’re in port in Ocho Rios, take a shore excursion to the world-famous Dunn’s River Falls, and go horseback riding through the Jamaican countryside! ...  Read more

Location: Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Ocho Rios Shore Excursion: Green Grotto Caves

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

See one of Jamaica’s remarkable natural wonders while in port in Ocho Rios. A shore excursion to the Green Grotto Caves will leave you filled with wonderment ...  Read more

Location: Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $39.99

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