Cruise liners visiting Antigua dock at the capital of St. John’s on the island’s west coast, while Antigua’s sister island of Barbuda is an easy day trip by catamaran for shore visitors. In St John’s, visitors can stop at the market, head out on an off-road beach safari or hit the water at Cade Reef for snorkeling. Barbuda has its own pristine beaches, as well as a popular frigate bird sanctuary.
Ships sailing to Aruba dock in Oranjestad, the island’s capital on its southwest coast. You’ll hear English, Spanish and Dutch spoken here, and although the official currency is the Aruban florin, U.S. dollars are widely accepted. A shore excursion tour will show you the highlights with the option to learn to dive, snorkel or sail on at the famous white-sand beaches.
This is a little slice of England in the Southern Caribbean. English is spoken, and U.S. dollar bills (but not coins) are accepted. Ships dock in the capital of Bridgetown.